On Friday, we ran to Queens. It took 10 miles (and a few wrong turns, I think). I was tired.

To The Races

Date: September 10, 2014 at 9:12 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 37

Summer is over. This is what I have to show for it:

If you're sexy and you know it and you really wanna show it, if you're sexy and you know it, WEAR SUNSCREEN.

If you’re sexy and you know it and you really wanna show it, if you’re sexy and you know it, WEAR SUNSCREEN.

I went to the beach zero times, I went in zero pools, and I didn’t take little weekend vacations beyond going to Brian’s bike races.

Cycling weekend getaways = me as the official bib pinner-onner. I'm awesome at it.

Cycling weekend getaways = me as the official bib pinner-onner. I’m awesome at it.

This is the true story of eight cyclist dudes and one Ali and god I'm bored already. We all shave our legs.

This is the true story of eight cyclist dudes and one Ali and god I’m bored already. We all shave our legs.

My "vacation" this summer. Dudes in a hot tub together, talking about watts and Strava and power meters and AGAIN I AM BORED. Girls, come with me next time. PLEASE.

My “vacation” this summer. Dudes in a hot tub together, talking about watts and Strava and power meters and AGAIN I AM BORED. Girls, come with me next time. PLEASE. (Really, I love and respect the hell out of these guys. I do. And I love cheering for them. I just want a cowbell companion on the sidelines sometimes.)

True life: My boyfriend stole my razor.

True life: My boyfriend stole my razor.

I don’t know how it happened, but somehow I only have two hard weeks of training left before I start tapering for the Steamtown Marathon.

So…that’s a little scary.

My coworkers. Buncha overachievers, I tell ya.

My coworkers. Buncha overachievers, I tell ya.

I’ve just been sort of cruising along, following my plan, kicking my mileage into high gear, and rolling with things really well. The every-single-freaking-day 4:30 AM alarm is starting to kick me hard and wear me down, but generally I’m handling the training really well on the physical and mental spectrums.

OK maybe I am a little tired. This is me, mid-type type type, passed out one morning. Good job, Feller. Way to get yourself to work on time.

OK maybe I am a little tired. This is me, mid-type type type, passed out one morning. Good job, Feller. Way to get yourself to work on time.

I’ve racked up a few battle wounds…

This one hurt badly. If you're going to run with a backpack, wear BodyGlide. Or don't run with a backpack.

This one hurt badly. If you’re going to run with a backpack, wear BodyGlide. Or don’t run with a backpack.

…but generally my body is cooperating. [Pause to knock on all the woods. Can you do it too, please? We're all in this together. High School Musical. Everyone loves a jazz square.]

I haven’t felt burnt out yet, which can happen to me sometimes, and I think that’s simply because I couldn’t run for so much of the past two years and now I’m audibly psyched every time I get to lace up. For real. Every time. Enthusiasm to the max.

I will wake up at 4 AM on a Saturday if it means I still get quality time with this kid.

I will wake up at 4 AM on a Saturday if it means I still get quality time with this kid.

Plus, my training plan is only a 12-week plan, not a 16-week or longer plan, and that keeps me working hard, focusing, and prioritizing every run as best I can.

I’m all in.

STOKED. Seriously.

STOKED. Seriously. This is the perma-grin these days.

This week is a bit of a stepback week, which I’m really appreciating. I’m coming off two weeks of big mileage, including a 21-miler to wrap up last week. So this week I’m taking it down a notch before kicking it back up for next week’s 23-miler.

One of my all-time favorite naps. We all earned it. Even Monkey.

One of my all-time favorite naps. We all earned it. Even Monkey.

And then I taper.

And then I run Steamtown.

Yikes.

We’ll talk “goals” another time. Because I’m not sure yet what they are. I don’t know that a PR is within reach. I wish I could say I feel super confident, but getting back into shape has been tough for me this time around in terms of building speed. I was able to get my mileage stacked relatively quickly, but my paces aren’t as speedy as I’d like right now, and my long run paces are generally a little slower than they’ve been since I started running marathons in 2011.

MY FIRST MARATHON! Remember this special day? I do. It was my very best day in my whole life. Also, I hadn't yet developed hips then. Those came later in life. VELVEETA!

MY FIRST MARATHON! Remember this special day? I do. It was my very best day in my whole life. Also, I hadn’t yet developed hips then. Those came later in life. VELVEETA!

All things considered, though, I’m OK with it. Again with the whole “grateful just to be out!” bit.

While Steamtown is my #1 bigtime A-goal this fall, it’s not the only bib I’ll be pinning on. Far from it, in fact. I’m living life in the “saying yes to everything because I said no to everything for two years” mindset. Full throttle, baby.

Here’s what I’ve got going on in the next two months. I’m bracing myself. And should probably get to foam rolling and compression gear-ing ’round the clock.

Ragnar Relay Adirondacks

The JackRabbit team! I'm first!

The JackRabbit team! I’m first! And angriest, apparently.

This will be my first relay! I’ve always resisted relays because the idea of driving through the night without my beloved bathroom access has been a major deterrent. But when you work for a running company, sometimes they say, “Hey, we’re fielding a Ragnar team. You in?” and you don’t remember saying yes, and in fact you remember saying “hell no,” but then you’re signed up and you’re runner #1 in van #1.

I’m nervous about running this relay two weeks before Steamtown, but Coach John has assured me that as long as I take it easy, I’ll be fine. I got to be the first person to choose legs, and I picked runner #1 because I’ll have the shortest total distance (14 miles over three legs) and the easiest terrain. So…I’m the slacker runner on the team. But in my defense, I agreed to make the weekend-long playlist, so you’re welcome, team. I hope you do Celine with gusto. (Meet the JackRabbit team here!)

Look! These are my best work friends!

Look! These are my best work friends!

Steamtown Marathon

We’ve discussed. We’re familiar. We’re nervous. I’m nervous. Really, I’m already getting nervous. It’s been a long time since I’ve trained and tried to do well at a race.

I’ve read every single recap I can find on the entire internet. If you’ve run the race, tell me every detail. I know I know I know to take it easy on the early downhills so I can save my legs for the uphill at the end. But what else? Where are the Porta Potties?

Runner’s World Half & Festival

I'm doing it. Will you do it?

I’m doing it. Will you do it?

I’ve been invited to RW events in the past and have had to turn them down every single time on account of that Crohn’s thing. So when I got the offer to trek to Bethlehem, PA, this fall to take part in the Festival — which includes a 5K, 10K, and half-marathon — I, again, was all in.

So now, the downfall here is that the races are one week after Steamtown. So I’ll likely still be hobbling in major recovery mode. I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll be running the 5K, the 10K, the half-marathon, or some combination of the three — it will depend on how recovered I feel. But regardless, these are fun races for me, not anything close to PR attempts.

BEAUTIFUL BUT UNRELATED SUNRISE PHOTO.

BEAUTIFUL BUT UNRELATED SUNRISE PHOTO.

I’m excited to make some new friends, see some new scenes, and hang out with my roommate, Kristen. We started an aggressive email chain as soon as we got our room assignments, and I felt an instant click. (Did you, Kristen? Is this one-sided? I’m OK with that. I love you. Love me back.) She’s hilarious, and she knows all about Crohn’s disease because her dad has it, too. How about that? Comfort zone = restored.

Hey, do you want to run one or any of these races with me? Do it. We’ll have so much fun. You can piggyback me to the finish line(s)! Isn’t that the best offer you’ve ever received? Here, let me make signing up easier for you. Click here, and then enter any or all of these discount codes to receive 10% off your race entry.

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New York City Marathon

So yeah, there’s that.

<3 My one true love <3

<3 My one true love <3

I know.

I know.

I know.

“This race was so perfect that I’ll never run it again.”

"I'll never run it again" = Toooootally gonna do it again next year, guys!

“I’ll never run it again” = Toooootally gonna do it again next year, guys!

I’m sorry I lied to you. And to myself.

But again, when you work for a running store, opportunities present themselves in the form of race entries, and while I did pay my full [expensive] entry fee, I was guaranteed a spot in this highly coveted, and that’s sweet. My luck and good fortune here is not lost on me. So I couldn’t turn it down. I’m excited to be able to run this as a fun race, taking in as much as possible, and basically having the best day ever. Again. Hopefully.

Best day take two? We'll see. We'll try. We'll crawl if needed.

Best day take two? We’ll see. We’ll try. We’ll crawl if needed.

Whooooo wants to be my Staten Island Ferry buddy?

(Yes, the “two marathons in one month” thing is a little scary. That’s why NYCM is a no-pressure race. I will race Steamtown, recover as best I can in three weeks, and then run my city with so much pride. That’s the no-plan plan.)

I’m especially excited to have all my November Project friends manning the mile 14 water station. Guaranteed highlight before hauling myself over the Queensboro Bridge.

On Friday, we ran to Queens. It took 10 miles (and a few wrong turns, I think). I was tired.

On Friday, we ran to Queens. It took 10 miles (and a few wrong turns, I think). I was tired.

So now… More core. More yoga.

Quality corework.

Quality corework.

More healthy foods. More sleep. Maybe no drinking. Definitely more foam rolling. Maybe more ice baths.

Step 1: Smile in the tub!

Step 1: Smile in the tub!

Step 2: EVERYTHING IS THE COLD WORST.

Step 2: EVERYTHING IS THE COLD WORST.

So a bunch of races on top of a bunch of other things. I’m part overwhelmed, part psyched as hell. Mostly psyched as hell.

RAWR! Let's do this!

RAWR! Let’s do this!

Finally, here’s Abby, the newest love of my life…

#fartsmile

#fartsmile

WHO’S RUNNING ANY OF THESE WITH ME? Who’s running a different race? Can I come cheer for you? I’m so good with a cowbell. Let me prove it to you. Also also, if you’ve done the “two marathons in a month” deal, how’d that work out for you? Oh, you got injured? Shit. If you didn’t, though, talk it out. What worked? What didn’t? Oh and relay tips! Those would be helpful, too? Where do I sleep? How much do I Instagram?

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This is Lucy. RAWR.

Back On The Run

Date: August 27, 2014 at 10:51 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 41

Blog? What blog? Eeeeesh, I suck. I know. To think I used to write daily here… But the absence is with good reason, you see. Last summer, I abandoned this blog for weeks at a time because I was too […]

 
I will plank forever if I can do it alongside these people. Though this particular plank was being done in a little alleyway near Penn Station, and I think I got a little bit of hepatitis that day.

This Endless Positivity

Date: August 6, 2014 at 9:44 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 65

I can’t stop bouncing and wiggling today. As soon as I finished my workout this morning, I’ve had this nonstop energy that I can’t burn off. I figured I’d hit an afternoon slump, but it never happened. Instead, I jammed […]

 
Happy, shiny people in neon. Love this group so much. Join us!!!

A WednesDAY In The Life

Date: July 29, 2014 at 7:28 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 66

Haha. WednesDAY. So this blogging thing. Eesh. I’ve been not awesome about it, which is sad (probably only for me) because I’ve had plenty to share. I’m training for a marathon! I have a coach! I’m the healthiest I’ve been […]

 
During the July 4th class, Instructor Terri made the best playlist and it included "Party in the U.S.A." My yoga is more fun than your yoga, probably. But it can be OUR yoga if you want to come with me!

Adjustments

Date: July 8, 2014 at 9:49 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 59

I’ve been wanting to write for a while. A big reason I haven’t been posting — so much for that “groove” I thought I’d hit — is that I simply don’t have time. A bigger reason for the absence is […]

 
JAZZ HANDS JAZZ HANDS JAZZ HANDS. You would not believe how often I have to explain to people the difference between jazz hands and spirit fingers. It's ridiculous.

Fairfield Half Marathon Recap

Date: June 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 38

All my life, I’ve never been big on spontaneity. I tend to enjoy well-laid plans and have a keen ability to follow through. Life according to plan is what thrills me. That’s changed quite a bit over the past two […]

 
OH LOOK, ANOTHER PHOTO OF ALI PICKING HER BUTT. Why is this my standard now?

Perplexing Thoughts

Date: June 17, 2014 at 10:44 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 53

I’ve been doing some really deep thinking lately, pondering some of life’s greatest mysteries. Malaysia Flight 370. KONY 2012. (What ever happened with that, other than the guy who made the video getting busted for doing…ya know…in the middle of […]

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Each workout ends with a group photo and there's usually some sort of theme or pose. In this one, we were supposed to make an "F" with your hands, standing for FRIDAY, but I am advanced and I can spell "BLOOD" with my fingers, so I did that. I'm not usually a rule breaker, so this was pretty ballsy.

Why I'm So Glad I Gave The November Project A Second Shot

Date: June 11, 2014 at 11:32 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 63

Back in November (October? What was the actual date of that party, people? Party people.), I was at the Runner’s World New York City Marathon party, and Brogan Graham gave a speech. Speech = he made everyone at the party […]

 
My first job in NYC had a tiny little "break room" where you could eat your lunch. In that tiny little break room was a tiny little window, and from that window you could stare out at the Brooklyn Bridge. I adored it.

21 Questions

Date: May 30, 2014 at 11:18 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 40

You’ve been a great audience lately: You’ve stuck around when my posts were miserable and unhappy, and you were there waiting when I was ready to come back and try to bring myself back to life. My posts have either […]

 
I suppose I can say why people move to Vermont. It smells so good and fresh, and check out those views! (To think I grew up just next door and didn't appreciate "the country" at ALL.)

The Rise From Rock Bottom

Date: May 27, 2014 at 9:10 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 56

The nice thing about having a blog is that — if you actually update it regularly — it allows you to look back on the past and quite vividly remember what you were going through or how you were feeling […]

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