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The Three Questions Everyone Keeps Asking
Yesterday was a looong day. So I’m kind of surprised to find out it’s only Tuesday today.
Despite the fact that it was a marathon day, yesterday was a good one! My workday was busy and I scooted out of the office right at 5 in order to make it to the gym for some back-to-back classes.
I took Chisel first, which was lovely as always. Lots of tricep and rear deltoid work. Love that!
Afterward I went downstairs for Spinning. There was a sub and normally that would break my heart because I adore the regular Monday teacher, but the sub was Bethany Lyons, who is one of my favorite Crunch instructors. She is the group fitness coordinator for Crunch and is so adorable and peppy, but totally hardcore. I was sweating within the first 10 minutes. (She also teaches at SoulCycle, so if any of you are Soul enthusiasts, check out her class. You won’t be disappointed.)
I had a work event to attend last night on the Upper West Side that started at 8.
Spinning ended at 7.
I’m getting quite good at the “shower really fast at the gym then get ready while you’re still kind of sweating and P.S. Ali, you’re disgusting” routine.
I was cleaned up, out the gym door and at the Beacon Theater by 7:35.
The Dance Awards are a new event and they were great! The dancing was outrageously good and the people watching was excellent.
All my favorite dancers were out in full force last night and it was great catching up with them. Travis Wall! Nick Lazzarini! Mandy Moore (in a smoking hot little strapless sequin dress)! Misha Gabriel! Sonya Tayeh! Jeanine Mason! Billy Bell!
Nerd alert. Sorry. I like my job.
As great as the show was, it made for a late night.
I didn’t get to bed until 12.
And I had to do some 5 am running this morning.
Coach Cane wanted speedy things happening: 1 mile warm-up, 1 lap of the Bridle Path at an 8:30 pace and a second lap at an 8:15 pace, plus a cool-down.
That’s a lie.
They found me…just as I was about to punt my non-functioning phone into the Reservoir.
I had already finished the bulk of my run, but I joined them for an additional lap of the Reservoir.
It was sweaty and wonderful.
I can’t believe I used to shy away from running dates. They’re the best.
Thanks for the extra miles, ladies! I ended up covering 7.25.
Something exciting: Coach Cane has me running 16 miles on Friday! I am so excited. Maybe a little too excited. All I want to do in life is talk about running. I don’t think I’m going to have any non-runner friends left by the end of marathon season.
Also exciting: today’s outfit, courtesy of my cute mom.
I have the same dress in pink. I think I look a little bit like toothpaste today, but I don’t mind. It’s so comfortable and perfect for a hot day. And it’s from the Banana Republic outlet, so even though it was a gift it makes me happy to know it was probably on sale.
OK, so the title of the post…
Lately there are only three questions people ask me, and they ask them all the time. I don’t know why, but in the past week these questions have flooded my inbox, Twitter feed, email and live conversations (yes, those still exist).
The questions you’ve been asking:
- What is the Hamptons Marathon course like?
- What is your marathon goal time?
- Who is the “handsome friend” you have mentioned on your blog?
Oddly people never ask “Why do you eat so much frozen yogurt?”
So I’ll answer one of the questions above. Sorry. That’s all you get for now.
You want to know about the marathon course that I’m going to dominate on September 24? Sure, let’s talk about that.
The Hamptons Marathon course looks like this:
What people really want to know is whether or not it’s flat.
Here’s the elevation chart:
Those numbers mean nothing to me. But there you go.
Now who wants to tell me just how steep that hill 4-mile hill is going to be?
As for the other two questions…
My goal, considering this is my first marathon, is to finish and be proud of myself. That’s truly all I want. I want to cross the finish line knowing I pushed my hardest and did my best. And ideally I’ll be smiling.
And ideally I won’t die.
There’s no way of knowing.
I emailed with Coach Cane yesterday, and he wrapped up our chain with this: “All I really care about for first time marathoners is getting them to the starting line and to the finish line.”
I can do that, Coach!
We did discuss a specific time goal. I will tell you that the time difference between my goal and his goal is 40 minutes. Haha!
I’m going to wait to see how my 20-mile runs go before I share my time goal. Hopefully the suspense doesn’t keep you up at night.
And you’re not getting any more information about “handsome friend.” Sorry.
Have a great day!
SO: Any other questions?