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Thankful Things Thursday: Ali Runs With Friends
I’m not sure why, but I’m in an excellent mood today. Perfect, considering it’s Thursday, which means is the day of the fake Ali On The Run holiday, “Thankful Things Thursday.” Onward with the positivity!
I’m thankful for many things today, including but certainly not limited to the following…
I’m thankful for wine. Yeah that’s right. That’s the first thing I’m thankful for today. It’s delicious and a glass — maybe two and a half glasses… OK, fine, three glasses — was exactly what I needed last night. It was such a nice night and after a grueling spinning class and weights session, I was happy to be at a bar with all the windows open, surrounded by
drunk happy people.
I’m thankful I actually like strength training. I feel like most people despise doing it. But I love getting in the weight room with all the cocky dudes and hauling some 15 pound dumbbells over my head. I’ve been pretty diligent about my strength training lately, and I think it’s starting to show! My arms feel toned and strong. Maybe someday I’ll post a photo of my biceps.
Probably not though.
I’m thankful for my new mattress pad. It’s really soft and my bed is amazing. Thanks, Mom. Great purchase. Though it doesn’t make getting out of bed any easier.
I’m thankful that I ran with a friend this morning. I know, I know. I’m the queen of “I only run alone,” but my friend Katie and I have been trying to get together for two years — no joke — and on Tuesday we made a running date. Thursday. 6 am. Be there.
It was awesome.
First of all, knowing Katie would be outside my door at 6 am meant I couldn’t hit snooze, even though my wine belly wanted to lay down for a little while longer.
Secondly, Katie’s an awesome runner. She’ll be running her 10th marathon this year, and her marathon PR is in the 3-hour range. She’s hardcore.
I’m apprehensive about running with other people because I worry I’ll either hold them back or I’ll go out too fast. I don’t want to mess with other peoples’ runs. I wore my Garmin so we could track our distance, and every so often I glanced down and saw that we were staying right around an 8:20 pace. Not bad considering we were chatting the entire time!
She also didn’t mind when I wanted to stop and take pretty pictures.
She’s a reader. She understands. Thanks, Katie.
I was surprised that I was actually able to talk and run. I’m excited to keep running with Katie because I know she’ll push me and I can’t wait to see if my endurance improves!
We ended up covering 6.6 miles mostly along the East River and down a few random streets to add mileage. It was the perfect way to start my day.
Well. It was mostly perfect.
I’m thankful for Starbucks. I’m not a coffee drinker. But I am a runner, and sometimes a runner needs to make a pit stop. My stomach issues kicked in full force midway through the run, and Katie was totally cool and understanding when I said, “Uh, I need to find a Starbucks.” Public restrooms are a blessing.
I’m thankful people in NYC are too busy to judge me. (At least that’s what I hope.) Like I said above, I’m in a good mood today. Good moods warrant singing. I was walking to the office this morning and didn’t even realize I was chanting “Judas-jud-ah-ah” as I walked to the beat of Lady Gaga’s new jam. My headphones were up way too loud and I had no shame singing along. Whatever. Karaoke commuting would be awesome. MTA? Care to get on board with this?
I’m thankful for my outfit. OK, that’s debatable. I think my outfit is kind of weird today, but I wanted to try mixing patterns like all the magazines are saying I should.
I paired my favorite polka dotted skirt (H&M) with my favorite patterned blouse (J.Crew). Then I threw on a belt (Ralph Lauren), naturally. I’m not sure it works together, but I’m proud of myself for trying it out.
I do know I like my shoes. No debate necessary.
These are my butt kicking shoes!
Now who wants to come give me a pedicure?
I’m thankful for yoga. I’ve been running a lot lately. I can’t wait to get my butt up in downward dog tonight. I’m not really sure how I’m going to fit it into today’s busy schedule, but I’m telling myself now that I’ll make it work. I need to be stretched.
I’m thankful for this beautiful weather today. The next few days don’t look so good, but I’m loving the sunshine and warm air today.
Lastly, I’m thankful I live alone. I’m planning to write a longer post on this in the future, but for now I’ll just say that I am so happy in my new apartment and love that everything that’s in there is mine. Unfortunately that includes the dirty dishes, but I can deal with that. I’m even remembering to water my cute new plant. (Though guaranteed I kill it within the next week. The poor thing will undoubtedly die of neglect.)
Alright there’s lots more I’m thankful for, but I have to get a move on.
YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO: Tell me what you’re pumped about today! Having a good hair day? Found a public bathroom just at the nick of time? Slept in? Pulled an all-nighter? Made a new friend? Whatever’s good, let me know.