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What I’ve Been Up To Lately
I’ve missed you.
Life lately has been busy. And hot. And now rainy. And mostly good.
In lieu of an organized, beautifully coherent post, here instead is a mass roundup of “My Life Lately.” Consider it a highlight reel.
I “starred” (ha) in a Mets commercial. Two Mets commercials, actually!
I played the part of “runner girl” and “dog walker.” You don’t really see my face in either one, but the little appearance was just enough to make my mom and dad proud.
I turned 30. I had a wonderful day.
November Project was so much fun that morning, and I felt very loved all day long. My most wonderful friend Lauren showed up at Brian’s office where I was working that afternoon with two bottles of champagne, and then Brian took me to dinner at Bouley. Livin’ large at 30.
I went to the North Fork for a day. My happy place! Brian and I basically only go out there during the off-season because the “on-season” is too nuts (read: expensive).
We drove out to spend a day relaxing, playing at the wineries, and eating at one of my favorite restaurants.
Then we took the ferry to New London, CT, and we drove our car right onto the ferry and parked it there. This was unsettling to me. Cars don’t go on boats. Cars go on roads. I think I held my breath for the entire 1 hour 20 minute trip because I was so convinced the cars were going to weigh us down and we were going to sink.
Then we went on the top deck and I yelled, “Never let go, Jack!” As one does on a big boat.
I celebrated Tyler’s third birthday in Massachusetts. It was at a gymnastics place. The adults may have had more fun than the children.
I tried out TheRUN studio. It’s pretty similar to Mile High Run Club, but the treadmills are pre-programmed, which is awesome. You don’t have to constantly adjust the pace and incline because the workout is entered before you start. I went during one of the studio’s opening weeks, so I’m eager to see if it gains traction and takes off.
I started following David Beckham on Instagram. You should, too.
I discovered Whine About It Wednesdays with Matt Bellassai. And I can’t stop laughing.
I finally learned how to do “Cups.” Singing and cupping.
I got back on my bike! I’ve been wanting to get back in the saddle since the weather started heating up. Cycling is so hard for me. You’d think these husky legs would have some decent power in them, but nope.
Brian joined me for an “easy ride” and he was basically cruising hands-free while sending emails on his laptop, and I was gasping for air at the sight of every hill. It is impossible.
I went to Vermont to cheer on Brian and his team at the Killington Stage Race. It was my first big race of the season, so it was time to warm up the cowbells! I did really well. I screamed a ton, and saw all “my guys” every time they passed me. Nailed it!
I also got to visit a certain special someone!
I did yoga in Bryant Park. Athleta offers free yoga in Bryant Park every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer, and Bethany was teaching last week.
It was so wonderful doing yoga outside, though my drishti wandered a lot. There really is nothing like doing yoga in the middle of New York City. It’s totally surreal. (And free! Here’s the schedule for the rest of the summer.)
I celebrated my one year anniversary at November Project. It’s hard to believe I’ve been going to these workouts almost every week for the past 365 days. What a game changer. If you haven’t sought out a November Project workout in a city near you yet, I implore you to try it out. Three times. (Also free!)
I cooked dinner. Three nights in a row. This is monumental for me. I got to try out Ritual, a food delivery service similar to Blue Apron. It was amazing. One night I made burgers, lemony green beans, and sweet potato fries.
The next night, it was salmon (with toasted pine nuts!!!), broccoli rabe, and roasted carrots. Both meals were incredible and made me feel like a legitimate chef. Which I am so clearly not. The service is very much out of my price range right now, which is a huge bummer, because I really highly recommend the food and the service. If you are rich, do it! And invite me over for dinner!
I said my tearful (not really, but almost) goodbye to F.A.O. Schwartz. I thought the flagship store on Fifth Avenue was closing, so I went to “stock up” (on what, Alison? you’re an adult.) and say my goodbyes.
Turns out, the store is just moving. But still. I’m not really a toy person and I’m definitely not a toy store person, but I love F.A.O. It feels so special and so quintessentially New York City.
I put my Garmin in a drawer and said, “It’s not you, it’s me. But it’s also a little bit you.” I’ve always said that the second running stops being fun for me, I will stop. Or at least do what I have to do to love it again. After two fall marathons and a disappointing spring half-marathon, I’m ready and willing to take a big step back. I have other priorities right now, and I want to always love running. The minute it feels like something I have to do or something that doesn’t make my mind and body feel good is the minute I need to pause the Garmin, walk back home, and take a break.
I took a few days off after the Brooklyn Half, then went on a few runs while I was in Vermont. Nothing fast, nothing exciting, certainly nothing approaching double digits. And while Vermont was lovely, I wasn’t necessarily “yay running!” It was more, “I guess I’ll exercise while the guys are riding their bikes for five hours.”
Last week I ran at November Project, which was fun, and went on a few shorter runs, and I hated each one. I just feel so deeply over-trained and over-worked and I don’t want to feel that way any longer.
If I’m dying to run again in a week, I’ll run. If the process takes a month, then I’ll take a month. I have no races planned for the rest of 2015, so we’ll just see.
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