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- A beautiful piece about @ShalaneFlanagan's retirement, by @erinstrout for @WomensRunning! https://t.co/MroKJYnzsf 09:48:56 AM October 21, 2019 ReplyRetweetFavorite
- It’s hard not to play the comparison game sometimes when it comes to running and social media. Every weekend morni… https://t.co/aM5H9M1OmL 07:34:45 PM October 20, 2019 ReplyRetweetFavorite
- Everything’s better in the off-season. 😎 @ Asbury Park Boardwalk https://t.co/lQSHJQD2c2 02:45:55 PM October 19, 2019 ReplyRetweetFavorite
- NYC runners, I am so sad I can't go to this, but YOU SHOULD! A great lineup sharing @nycmarathon tips, advice, and… https://t.co/uFMAjhepeC 07:34:49 AM October 19, 2019 ReplyRetweetFavorite
- October 16, 2019 by AliAli on the Run Show Episode 182: Carly Gill, Olympic Trials Qualifier
- October 14, 2019 by AliAli on the Run Show Episode 181: Carrie Tollefson BONUS EPISODE!
- October 9, 2019 by AliAli on the Run Show Episode 180: Roberta Groner, 2:29 Marathoner, Nurse, & Mom of Three
- October 8, 2019 by AliAli on the Run Show Episode 179: Janae Baron BONUS EPISODE!
- October 2, 2019 by AliAli on the Run Show Episode 178: Ladia Albertson-Junkans, Ultra Runner & Best Friend to Gabe Grunewald
Up until today, I hadn’t been really feeling the holidays.
It’s not that I don’t want to be in the Christmas spirit. But it hasn’t snowed yet in NYC, and I can’t find any of my favorite holiday tunes since I bought my new computer a few months ago.
I went to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and tapped my feet in the audience as the Rockettes kicked for me.
I spent a divine evening at Lincoln Center watching the impeccable New York City Ballet dancers getting their Nutcracker on.
I got all of my shopping — and wrapping — done, and even exchanged one gift with ABS last night.
But still, I wasn’t feeling the Christmas love.
But today, I knew what I had to do to start getting excited, since I’m headed to New Hampshire on Thursday and celebrating Christmas with ABS and my family on Saturday.
So after finishing up my half day at the office, I prepared myself:
Headphones in. Christmas music cued up. (My current Christmas playlist is mostly Celine Dion, Jessica Simpson and Trans-Siberian Orchestra—I don’t have any of the good stuff loaded onto my computer yet.)
Uptown 1 train to Columbus Circle, please.
Ahhhhh. Christmas time at Columbus Circle. My happy place. I don’t care how flooded with tourists the Shops are or how packed the markets get. It’s beautiful.
I especially love the stars that change colors inside the Shops at Columbus Circle lobby.
After scooping up some last-minute presents for my mom and ABS, I headed across the circle to the Columbus Circle Markets.
I love these markets that are set up every year during the holiday season. They also have them at Bryant Park, the South Street Seaport and Union Square. But the Columbus Circle ones are my favorite and I think they’re the most manageable.
The gym was nothing special. I planned to do Chisel and spinning, but once Chisel was over I just wanted to be home in my sweatpants, eating leftover Chinese food.
My knee has been bothering me a bit lately (to the point where I shortened my planned long run this morning to 3 miles) so I didn’t want to push it too hard at the gym tonight.
Now I’m home, delighted in the fact that it’s beginning to feel (not yet look) a lot like Christmas.
TELL ME: What’s your favorite part of the holiday season? The shopping? The music? The parties? The eggnog? The cookies? I love it all! But I think my favorite thing is finally arriving home and seeing how my mom has decorated our house. She’s a pro at decorating the house so that it’s classy but festive. (She favors snowmen over Santa Claus decorations, which I love.)