Keeping Running Fun (There's A Giveaway!)

Date: June 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 173

Running. What a roller coaster.

(I always want roller coaster to be one word.)

(I also always want to ride roller coasters when I should be doing work.)

(I also also sometimes worry that roller coasters are not safe at all, and think that people should definitely not ride them.)

(And amusement parks are too expensive.)

So: running!

Super quick backtrack recap: I went into two fall marathons feeling over-trained and crappy. Then I ran two spring half-marathons, still feeling over-trained and slightly more crappy. I never felt fast or fit or light or speedy. I just felt frustrated. But I never did much about it. Finally, after a disappointing Brooklyn Half, I took 10 days off running. No November Project, no “brisk walks that may turn into a run,” and lots of full, real rest days.

Last Tuesday, I put my pretty HOKAs back on and hit the Bridle Path with the Tuesday morning interval group for my first run back!

DO YOU SEE ME? I'm in the front. Flexing my "muscles." Someday I will get muscles worth flexing.

DO YOU SEE ME? I’m in the front. Flexing my “muscles.” Someday I will get muscles worth flexing.

Unsurprisingly, I felt amazing. I felt bouncy and refreshed and so happy I had taken some time off.

I went to November Project Wednesday and without looking at my watch or pushing myself, I ended up running slightly quicker and feeling slightly better than usual.

A lot of people lately have been commenting on how much I sweat. Should I be self-conscious about this? I CAN'T HELP IT.

A lot of people lately have been commenting on how much I sweat. Should I be self-conscious about this? I CAN’T HELP IT.

And then, while I was in Vermont this weekend for a wedding, I found myself [lost, because running on trails is impossible and I tried to run on the “Valley Trail” but found myself in a very developed cul-de-sac, WTF?] suddenly feeling motivated and excited. I decided to sprint every time the song I was listening to reached its chorus. It was a fun, unintentional workout.

THIS ONE'S A FRAMER. Using it on our Save the Dates. (Just kidding. Definitely never got our act together enough to send Save the Dates. Also $$$$$$. BYE FELICIA.)

THIS ONE’S A FRAMER. Using it on our Save the Dates. (Just kidding. Definitely never got our act together enough to send Save the Dates. Also $$$$$$. BYE FELICIA.)

The important (and yeah, obvious) lessons I’ve learned here…

Rest is so so so important. I’ve learned this the hard way time and time again. But rest β€” real, honest don’t-move-at-all rest β€” works wonders on the body. And sometimes you don’t just need a “Rest Day.” You might need two rest days or three rest days or two weeks of legitimate rest. Refusing to listen to your body and push through pain or fatigue isn’t cute. Beasting your next race, though, because you’re super rested and feel amazing? Totally adorable.

Running in Central Park and unexpectedly seeing all my friends = reason #1 I can never leave NYC.

Running in Central Park and unexpectedly seeing all my friends = reason #1 I can never leave NYC.

Rest is not yoga. Especially not the yoga we do at Lyons Den. Rest is nothing. Rest, for me, isn’t even a walk around the Reservoir. If I want to achieve maximum recovery, I need to be horizontal. Obviously all bodies are different, and maybe for some people a rest day is best served by doing a yoga class or going for a walk. That’s not the case for me.

"Yoga" in D.C. Actually I was mid-run and I saw Brian biking and I got so excited and said, "WATCH MY HANDSTAND" and promptly face-planted. Kind of looks like I'm leaning on the Monument though, right? (That would've helped.)

“Yoga” in D.C. Actually I was mid-run and I saw Brian biking and I got so excited and said, “WATCH MY HANDSTAND” and promptly face-planted. Kind of looks like I’m leaning on the Monument though, right? (That would’ve helped.)

I would rather work out at a high intensity than for a really really long time. For the past few years, I’ve told myself I thrive on endurance activity. Think two-hour long runs on Saturday mornings even when I’m not training for anything, or adding three-mile warm-up or cool-down miles to my workouts just to hit a certain number of mileage during training. Last week, my daily mileage was way lower than it ever is when I’m training for a big race, but all my workouts went so much better. I had so much more fun just going out and doing five miles with pickups or fartleks or whatever than slogging a bunch of junk miles for no good reason.

File under "Things That Are So Much Fun."

File under “Things That Are So Much Fun.” See also: It’s OK Not To Have A Thigh Gap And To Have Thigh Chafing Instead. See also: BodyGlide.

Turns out, running this way is far more fun for me. And as a very recreational, definitely not getting paid for this runner, that’s my goal: keeping it fun.

EVERYBODY LISTEN TO ME. I WANT TO DANCE WITH YOU.

EVERYBODY LISTEN TO ME. I WANT TO DANCE WITH YOU.

I want to do other stuff now, too. With no races on the horizon, I want to run and I want to do yoga and I want to spin. I also have a whole huge list of NYC workouts and studios I want to finally try. I want to get stronger and feel better, and running a million miles a week does not, in fact, make me feel that way. It makes me feel tired and achy and jiggly. And hungry. But I always feel hungry.

Was supposed to be running. Took a dance break instead.

Was supposed to be running. Took a dance break instead. CNN caught it.

And so, in the spirit of being a smarter, better recovered fun (and, fine, sometimes competitive) runner, I would like to offer up a giveaway!

You know I love a little knee-high action, be it legwarmers or compression socks.

TWINSIES! In totally different outfits, but short shorts + knee-high fashions basically = TWINSIES!

TWINSIES! In totally different outfits, but short shorts + knee-high fashions basically = TWINSIES!

I even wore compression socks on my first date with Brian (and it worked out fine, soΒ shut up).

YEAH I wore Lululemon to a wedding this weekend. YEAH I should stop spending so much time in the sun.

YEAH I wore Lululemon to a wedding this weekend. YEAH I should stop spending so much time in the sun.

Of all the compression brands out there, I like PRO Compression the best. (They didn’t even pay me to say that! But yo, PRO, do you want to?) The socks are nice and tight without being impossible to pull on and remove. And they’re made in the USA, which is always cool.

I run in compression socks sometimes, but I usually wear them for recovery. And for fashion.

Look down. You can see my socks peeking out.

Look down. You can see my socks peeking out.

You should have a pair of compression socks, too. PRO Compression socks, in fact. Up for grabs today is a pair of PRO Compression socks or sleeves for one lucky runner, nurse, doctor, elderly person, on-your-feet-all-day human, cyclist, CrossFitter, or aggressive outlet shopper (or however else you identify yourself).

LOLOLOLOL

LOLOLOLOL SELENA GOMEZ U R CRAZY. HASHTAG TOO MANY BIKES.

As always, entering the giveaway is easy and free and joyful. All you have to do is comment on this post answering one of the following:

  • What’s your favorite, most indulgent way to spend a rest day?
  • If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? (This is my very favorite question to ask people.)
  • If Brian and I invite Celine Dion to our wedding, do you think she will attend? Do you know if she is busy that day? Do you have her direct contact information?

The giveaway is open until Friday, June 19, at 5 PM EST. I’ll email and announce the winner after that. (The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Sorry, I love you.)

SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS EVERYBODYYYY!

SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS EVERYBODYYYY!

If you don’t win or don’t want to wait to find out if you’ve won, PRO is currently offering up 40% off Marathon Socks and Sleeves (that’s a lot of percent off). Use the code PRO15 to snag yours.

Happy running, resting, recovering, and raging!

All good things.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

173 Responses to "Keeping Running Fun (There's A Giveaway!)"

My favorite rest day in the summer includes starbucks, a greasy meal at lunch- which of course includes fries, and a long afternoon at the pool! I love it!

I could eat nachos every day forever…

The one food one is hard. I might say pizza. I could switch up the toppings. I think I’ll go with stocked salad bar though πŸ™‚ Also thanks for this post. I’ve been in the two rest day per week mode and feeling guilty at times because isn’t the rule you only need one rest day a week from fitness people? lol. I love PRO too. Keeping running or whatever fun and not intense all the time is the way to be!

I would definitely eat Mac & Cheese for the rest of my life. And who doesn’t love eating on a Rest Day!

If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would have to be pizza. I mean think about it, pizza is so versatile-breakfast pizza, veggie, meat, dessert, etc.. I don’t think I would ever get bored of the combos. Plus, it’s carbs every meal and let’s be honest, carbs are a girl’s best friend.

Peanut butter…not even a tough question.

Natalie says: June 16, 2015 at 3:06 pm

I think Celine should be free for your wedding because she doesn’t tour anymore and because who wouldn’t drop everything to go to NYC in the Fall? I don’t have her number BUT I once saw her house on a Duck boat Tour in Jupiter Florida with my uncle who lives there! Maybe I can send him back out on the Duck Tour and demand they drop off an invite…it’s worth a shot!

Joe Fox says: June 16, 2015 at 3:08 pm

hey AOTR number 2 is harder than you think. In order to answer it I once ate pizza every day for a month. Sticking with the devil i know…pizza forever!

A trip a local coffee shop and a good book! That’s the perfect rest day for me!

Karen H says: June 16, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Food: Peanut Butter!!! If I were allowed a combo, peanut butter and banana.

I would eat chicken piccata with pasta every day for every meal! I love carbs!!

Pierogies…hands down. Could eat them all day, every day πŸ™‚

Answers: Netflix, pizza, and if anyone can get Celine to their wedding, it’s you!

Totes invite Celine Dion. I’m sure you she will clear her schedule for you that day. πŸ˜‰

My favorite way to spend a rest day is outside, preferably at the pool, with a good book and perhaps a fruity drink in hand.

Sarah Beth says: June 16, 2015 at 3:44 pm

i could eat pizza 24/7 for the rest of my life! I am also getting married Saturday so I hope I get lucky and win bc Pro Comp would feel glorious after walking Disney on my honeymoon!

Jillian J says: June 16, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Favorite way to spend a rest day is giving blood, that is the only way I truly rest on the rest day. Only problem is that I am wiped out for a week!

One food for rest of life is potatoes… There are so many things you can do with those so it would take a little while to get boring.

Celine would be insane not to go to your wedding! it is the event of the year!

I would eat pizza for the rest of my life! There are so many ways to modify it and change it up πŸ™‚

I would eat chips and guacamole every day for the rest of my life. I LOVE IT! In fact when I was in Mexico on vacation in March I ate it at least 5 times a day. They may have had to plant another tree just to recover from my mass consumption!

Chelsey M says: June 16, 2015 at 3:53 pm

My favorite way to enjoy a real rest day is to read a book.

Michelle B says: June 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Tacos. I could eat them everyday. Does that make me sound like a teenage boy?

Angie H. says: June 16, 2015 at 3:58 pm

I could easily eat tacos every day for the rest of my life! Some days I have to stop myself from having them for both lunch and dinner!

PIZZA, forever and always. If it were legal I’d marry it.

My favorite rest day activity is to get a massage. I wish I could afford a full 24 hours worth of massaging. And I would choose ice cream to eat the rest of my life. It is delicious and there are so many favor options. And soft serve and hard serve and milk shakes and fro yo. It wouldn’t get old.

Hmm, I thought about it, and I’m going to have to say a thick pub-style cheeseburger would be my pick for food that I could eat every day. This is assuming they were good for you and not clogging my arteries πŸ˜‰ Popcorn would be a close second.

Michelle says: June 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm

It’s a tie between ice cream and macaroni and cheese.. but if I had to pick, dessert always wins!

fryo… I could (and often do) eat froyo every darn day!

Celine Dion would totally attend! Only if you promised everyone else attending would belt out “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” with her.

A massage, compression socks and all the food. All day err [rest] day.

Bethany says: June 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

I’m a runner and a nurse and I love me some compression socks. I’d definitely eat bacon cheeseburgers for the rest of my life.

What’s your favorite, most indulgent way to spend a rest day?

GOING TO GET FROYO. And also doing some summer day drinking on a Saturday. Come what may after that.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? (This is my very favorite question to ask people.)

ALSO FROYO. And maybe Sushi. Sushi and then FroYo?

If Brian and I invite Celine Dion to our wedding, do you think she will attend? Do you know if she is busy that day? Do you have her direct contact information?

I do not have her direct contact information. I would, however, donate to a Kickstarter to get this going for you. MY HEART WILL GO ON.

If you can get Celine to come to your wedding, I am there. She is my favorite singer. I would do a lot to see her in concert! I wish I had direct contact info πŸ˜‰ I’d probably use it for myself first! ha

I could never just choose one food for the rest of my life, sorry but no. I love spending rest days getting a massage and indulging in TV show catchups on the couch πŸ™‚

Rest days = clothes without buttons all day long. Those are the best days.

Food I’d eat for the rest of my life – the black miso glazed cod from Nobu. It’s SO GOOD!

A rest day for me is sitting around reading or watching tv and not feeling guilty for not moving.

I would eat pancakes for the rest of my life.

I hope Celine attends your wedding, but since I do not know her personally, I cannot help you make sure that happens. πŸ™‚

Catherine says: June 16, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Rest day for me is in bed with a book all day. ALL.DAY.
I would eat pizza for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, that amount of cheese would probably make me explode, but at least I would be happy.

And, Celine would be lucky to celebrate your wedding with you and Brian!

My perfect rest day would include a mani, pedi, & massage.

You should invite Celine – the worst thing that happens is you get an awesome note from her? Or something like that?

Katrina in Seattle says: June 16, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Rest Day = Couch + Internet + Friends Marathon (Or Big Bang Theory Marathon)

A friend and I have a hashtag that seems appropriate here:

#ButCouch

Lindsay says: June 16, 2015 at 5:15 pm

My perfect rest day would involve margaritas on the beach that included a massage. If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life it would probably be some kind of seafood…probably lobster rolls.

Food I would eat everyday is nachos. My “last meal on death row” is super nachos and a hot fudge brownie sundae. In case you were wondering.

Tacos! There are so many different kinds of tacos and tacos are always delicious.

This probably wouldn’t be my usual answer, but right now I’m pregnant and feel like I could eat watermelon all day everyday for the rest of my life. I am watermelon crazy. I need all the watermelon!!! Now!!! (please.)

Elizabeth says: June 16, 2015 at 5:41 pm

Tacos for days!! (all the days!)

Emily S says: June 16, 2015 at 6:10 pm

My favorite way to spend a rest day is with a massage, followed by plenty of quiet time with a good book πŸ™‚

An ideal rest day would include a massage and lots of laying on the couch πŸ™‚

I love food too much to just pick one!

1) sleep in until at least 9am. This almost never happens because I’m a light sleeper (the worst) and the sun wakes me up.
2) french toast and a cup of breakfast tea for breakfast HOLLA!
3) be lazy and then nap mid-day
4) play with my nephew (potentially nap with him!)
5) be in my pajamas by 6pm.

BOOM!

LaTanya says: June 16, 2015 at 6:34 pm

I would eat ice cream

Lindsay says: June 16, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Cheese. So many varieties!

My Mom’s homemade taco soup. Favorite meal after a marathon or a Crossfit competition or a rest day!

pizza pizza pizza–so many different toppings.

for me I took a whole month off, so 10 days is not that much to brag about haha πŸ˜‰

Lindsay Brunner says: June 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm

If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be chicken alfredo!!

Any maybe cheese, …. and bread. πŸ™‚

Ice cream!! That’s my answer to both what food I would eat the rest of my life and favorite way to spend a rest day!

If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be red Thai curry!

For rest days, it doesn’t matter as much what I do, but who I spend it with!

Omgggg, I’m obsessed with your dancing in that video!! Hilarious that they caught that.

I would eat chips./salsa/guac forever. Sign me up.

Hmm favorite way to spend an indulgent rest day? I gotta go with a lazy morning that includes breakfast in bed (because sitting up requires effort) and a few episode of Catfish, my guilty pleasure show. I’d also have to include hangin by the pool for the afternoon and maybe some bbq action??

My favorite way to spend a rest day is reading a book with a giant Starbucks flavored latte with the works.

Jessica says: June 16, 2015 at 8:48 pm

My favorite rest day is reclining on the couch, binge watching tv. I could never pick just one good for the rest of my life.

Food I could eat forever: PB & J with a spoon or chips and queso.

I like participate in horizontal running on rest day(s).

Celine will come under one condition: she gets compression socks too.

Poolside with a book and a cold glass of Sauvignon blanc, please!

I could probably eat BBQ pulled pork nachos all day, every day. Plus, it has all the food groups so it’s totally healthy.

I would definitely eat pasta for the rest of my life. Although I would really miss ice cream… hmmm hard choices.
Also, I definitely invited Winnie the Pooh to my wedding. Sent the invite with a nice little note down to Disneyland. He didn’t show. Hope you have better luck with Celine!!

What’s your favorite, most indulgent way to spend a rest day?

Binge watching something on Netflix!!

Rest days are best spent with a giant bowl of popcorn and Call the Midwife. And maybe a walk down to get iced coffee and some gummy candy.

Food I could eat the rest of my life: see above.

I think instead of Celine Dion you should invite Susan Boyle. I bet she’d come, and she has a better voice.

cobb salad. it’s just got so many delicious parts. bacon! blue cheese! avocado! CHICKEN!

…and then ice cream for dessert. yeah, i cheated.

Peanut Butter! The chunky kind of course and the gritty all natural kind. My only concern is that i could possibly get sick of it someday because that would be heartbreaking..

I love the compression socks! I bought a pair at an expo last year and I’m hooked!

If i could eat only one food for the rest of my life…it would be bread. Or bagels. Or pasta. Or…. (do you see where this is going? basically, I just really love carbs)

my favorite rest day activity is to crash on the couch with a marathon of a favorite tv show. 6 hours of blue bloods? Yes Please!

Potato chips. Love, love, love ’em!

Tracey C says: June 16, 2015 at 11:41 pm

favorite food is pizza! Always and forever #1 in my heart…and stomach.

Rest day: in bed or on the couch. Napping between periods of binge watching Netflix.

Danielle says: June 17, 2015 at 1:24 am

Frozen yogurt (but let’s be honest, it’s really for the candy toppings πŸ™‚ )

If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, I would have to choose burritos! Just typing the word makes me crave one; there is no way I could live a life without them!

Alexis Teevens says: June 17, 2015 at 5:19 am

Definitely peanut butter. Can’t live without it.

Such a fun post, and a great reminder that rest is part of a healthy lifestyle.

Brittany says: June 17, 2015 at 6:46 am

i would eat tacos every day of the rest of my life … Yummmm

With a last name of Doolittle I excel at rest days! Mine would involve any beach with a cooler full of beer.

Rest Day-Sparkling wine & Netflix marathons. Food-cheese! Celine -She loves love so I am sure she would love to attend your wedding.

Is coffee a food group? If so, that’s what I’d have…

I could definitely eat pasta for the rest of my life. Does mixing up the sauces and toppings count?

I could eat cheese everyday. Any kind. I’d also like to drown myself in a vat of Qdoba queso.

rest day = on the couch, catching up on all of my favorite trashy tv shows.

for food it depends, do you mean just ONE thing, like peanut butter, or ice cream? or a meal, like pizza? if I get a whole meal, definitely pizza!

One food for the rest of my life? Without a doubt it would be my mother’s lasagna. Homemade sauce, super cheesy, super gooey, super delicious. Throw in her famous garlic bread and I’d be the happiest camper out there!

If I could only eat one food it would be ice cream or pizza. ..I can’t decide between the two

Perfect rest day for me is indulging on awful reality television and red wine!

Lyndsay S. says: June 17, 2015 at 9:27 am

Food would be oatmeal…I eat it every day for breakfast, and would eat it for lunch too if I didn’t think I needed more variety in my diet.

Kristine says: June 17, 2015 at 9:35 am

My favorite way to have a rest day is to not leave my apartment (I love it and am busy so hardly get to enjoy it), spending the whole day in pajamas binge watching Grey’s Anatomy while catching up on housework (I find cleaning relaxing) and reading my favorite blogs.

While I don’t have Celine’s phone number, I definitely think you all have a shot. If she’s busy, tell her to pull on her compression socks and just keep on moving because…your wedding.

Spend the rest of my life eating pizza. So basic and I love it. : ) Best way to spend a rest day is to get a deep tissue massage!

Brooklyn says: June 17, 2015 at 10:10 am

Best rest day by far — by the water (pool or beach) with a good book, Britney playing in the background and a cold beer. πŸ™‚

Brooklyn says: June 17, 2015 at 10:10 am

Best rest day by far — by the water (pool or beach) with a good book (probably Harry Potter), Britney playing in the background and a cold beer. πŸ™‚

My most indulgent rest day would be to sit out on my brother’s deck on his fancy cushy patio furniture with a frozen watermelon margarita and some snacks and my iPad cued up to all my magazines.
Pizza…all day….every day….forevah!
Celine would probably attend. Go for it. Invite her.

Indulgent way to spend a rest day? Binge watching tv haha it’s sad.

Manchego cheese!

Pizza! Also, expecting a baby any day and looking forward to getting back in shape!

Kelly Dubs says: June 17, 2015 at 10:54 am

Since my boyfriend and I think it would be fabulous to have Mandy Patinkin marry us and also plan on inviting TSwift (and Calvin Harris if they’re still together), I think it’s completely reasonable to expect that Celine will attend!

Favorite way to spend a rest day is watching TV laying on the couch with my cat. Yes, I’m single.

StephanieR says: June 17, 2015 at 11:12 am

Ooh! Ooh! My favorite way to spend a rest day is sleeping in, doing some kind of baking project, then lazing around the house for the rest of the day, with takeout for dinner πŸ™‚

I love this post! I have been thinking for a while that I need to change up my routine… but I have been scared!

I would love to win a pair of compression socks! My calves get incredibly tight when I exercise.

To answer a questions:
My FAVORITE way to spend a rest day is lying on the couch watching my favorite shows, marathon style! Reruns of Friends, Psych, and currently old episodes of Law & Order SVU are usually playing. Now that it is summer, I may spend some rest days horizontal by the pool!

Abbe Baker fka Abbe Lew says: June 17, 2015 at 11:15 am

Look down….

Look down….

Look down……….

(That’s all. #friends4lyfe)

There should be spaces in my last comment. WHY can I not ever get it to work!! =(

Indulgent rest day? I would love to come home from work and lay on the couch. This would require ignoring the cleaning and everything else I don’t do during the rest of the week.

One food? A dish at my local Thai restaurant – pra ram long song. Spicy and peanut butter barred with tons of veggies. Makes new hungry when u think about it!

My most indulgent way to spend a rest day is having a margarita outside in Hells Kitchen followed by seeing a big splashy Broadway musical! #jazzhands #sparkles #margs

Perfect rest day–on a lounge at the pool or beach while eating..

Favorite food–coffee ice cream

I would drink a beer on the dock that’s across from my house. And occasionally jump in the lake if it’s warm enough.

A perfect rest includes a good book and comfy clothes. I’m taking rest days right now in between races. Did the big scary one on Sunday and am doing the big less scary one on Saturday.

If I could only eat one thing the rest of my life it would hands down be chips and salsa. With a side of chips and salsa. YUM

I figured to properly answer which food I could eat for the rest of my life, I probably shouldn’t take too long to figure out my answer so I’m going to go with what popped in my head first: MAC ‘N CHEESE!

I’m still a new reader- but you crack me up!!!!!! Might have to stop reading your blog at work for fear of LOL’ing too loudly. Anyways- I agree rest day=horizontal. Preferably in front of a TV. Favorite food: would be cereal, but I need milk, so does that count as two?

I could eat sweet potatoes all day ever day!

I know you said answer one of the question, but I’ll answer all three.

Is it bad that what comes to mind when you ask what the most indulgent way to spend a rest day, all I can think of is a hot fudge sundae.

If I could eat only one food for the rest of my life, I would eat mash potatoes. I don’t think any explanation is necessary. If you need one, you just wouldn’t get it. πŸ˜‰

If (what do you mean if) you invite Celine Dion to your wedding, she’s probably be heartbroken that she would have to decline due to her work schedule and because she needs to take care of her ailing husband.

Linda C. says: June 17, 2015 at 12:45 pm

*mashed potatoes
and
*she’d probably be

— that’s what I get for typing on my phone.

Jenn Johnson says: June 17, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Easy. I would eat poppy seed bagels lightly buttered (not toasted) from 2-4 bagels on Long Island

Macaroni and cheese, forever and always. Or pizza. Or mac and cheese pizza. NATURALLY. πŸ™‚

Pick me! Pick me!

1. rest day – on the beach!!! or if it’s rainy on the couch

2. anything Mexican…guacamole probably…can I throw in chips to dip in the guac??

3. You think I’m not already on it trying to get Celine to your wedding?? I’ve been up every night waiting for tickets on the radio!!

Loved this post! I’m running and really enjoy the rest days, I feel so much better and have more energy the next day for a run. Favorite way to rest? Play with my kids!

Sarah W says: June 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Pizza! Or tacos…but I think pizza would win out.

Allison D. says: June 17, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Oh how I wish Nutella was the only thing I ate for the rest of my life….

Lindsey says: June 17, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Summer rest day would be planted on a lounger by the pool, with ice cream! Note to self…. Start saving for a pool, like yesterday!

Melisssa says: June 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm

one food for the rest of my life: avocado…or cornbread with butter…or baked potato with sea salt….or mom’s three cheese macaroni…or spaghetti and meatballs…or, this question is too hard. Perfect rest day: spending the day on a hot sunny, not windy beach with a pile of magazines & books and my mom, being able to take a long nap listening to the waves, followed by a massage, a nice cool shower, comfy clothes and feasting on all of the above foods plus ice-cream :). I think I am due for a rest day!

p.s. ali on the run, you don’t know me and I’ve never actually met you in person but I see you ALL the time in the park (yes, there is only one park!) and three times just last week. I also see @boldewx in Nyack and the park and came thisclose to saying him to him at the spoon the two weeks ago but he was with several teammates and I didn’t want to be that weirdo in front of a group. I have the urge to wave and say hi every time I see you so maybe I will be brave next time. then we can be bff’s (or I can be second bff after Celine) and play with puppies all day. I grew up in NH too so we are practically sisters. And I am friends with Coach Cane. Can I be in your wedding now????

hmmm only one food….fruit.

I am only commenting to say that your “BYE FELICIA” was noted and highly appreciated.

Netflix! Friends! Some unbreakable kimmy Schmidt, a gorgeous book and plenty of lovely food – that’s my ideal rest day

I really love this post and your last one “Do What’s going to make you happy”. They describe where I’m at right now as well. I’m loving shorter runs and fitness classes. I’m working on not caving to the pressure I put on myself to sign up for longer distance runs just because everyone else is.

As for the giveway, my food is definitely pizza.

Rest Day – Laying on the couch binge watching really bad reality tv shows and eating deliciously carby snacks. Carby is a word, I just made it so.
My One Food – PIZZA. Need I say more? Delicious, carby, cheesy, pizza. (I told you Carby was a word!)
Celine Dion? I swear I read in People magazine that she WAS attending and was going to sing you the “Jack and Rose” song – I have not decided if this is a good thing, knowing how that all ended πŸ˜‰

I can’t say whether Celine will attend, but I do know that my manager invited David Bowie to her wedding, and sadly he never RSVPed!

I bet if you send the invite with a rendition of “All by myself” she’ll reply !!

Jessica says: June 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Chocolate. Duh!

Pizza is by far my favorite food! And I’m convinced that it covers all major food groups πŸ™‚

Heather says: June 17, 2015 at 5:10 pm

I would eat grapes, because they are so versatile. I could have grapes, raisins, juice, wine.

Christina says: June 17, 2015 at 5:19 pm

My favorite rest day is to lounge by the beach or pool ( I’m not picky ) with a delicious cocktail in hand!

my favorite rest day ritual is: massage, mexican food, and the Mindy Project!

emily b says: June 17, 2015 at 6:31 pm

The ultimate rest day would include pool time, a massage, a margarita, and ice cream (but not at the same time lol)

rest day = sleeping in past 5:30!!!! coffee and a sunday crossword puzzle….a long walk….ice cream….a book…and lots of time with my long distance love!!!!

SLEEPING IN. Though I’m very bad at it. Which means “sleeping in” is usually “staying in bed until 7am, after getting up at 5am to feed the dogs and then climbing back in bed and sleeping fitfully for another couple hours.”

Ally (Name twinsies!) says: June 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Perfect rest day…doing NOTHING. Sitting on the couch eating pasta and ice cream doing nothing and then taking a loooong name. Oh, and all the champagne.

Tricia Fowler says: June 17, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Hi! This is my first time posting. I love your blog. I started reading a couple of months ago and binged until I was caught up. My favorite way to spend a rest day is to go to Disney World. I am obsessed with all things Disney. I love running the Disney races. I am a 5k/10k runner. On the days I don’t run, I will practice yoga.

First of all…I am a nurse AND runner AND I am running my 4th marathon this weekend so I could DEF use some new compression in my life!!

And second of all…If I could eat only one food for the rest of my life, that would be tough because I love food! Does a Chipotle bol counts as “one food”?

And third of all…my dream rest day would be spent sleeping in, cruising around on a boat or jet ski, eating LOTS of dessert foods, maybe getting a cocktail at my favorite rooftop bar and probably binge watching some trashy reality TV. Can’t help it…I love Teen Mom!

Baked cheese sandwhiches topped with fresh tomatoes everyday would be awesome!

Well if it’s your favorite question… πŸ™‚
I’d pick pizza, though ice cream is a close follower.

My perfect rest day? Comfy clothes, my couch, endless episodes of Orange is the New Black. And if I could only eat one food for the rest of my life? Watermelon. Definitely watermelon.

Marissa says: June 17, 2015 at 9:56 pm

I could eat a perfectly ripe summer peach every day. Forever.

hmm one food…. i’d have to say chips and guac!

My favorite rest day is one that includes lots of eating outside of normal mealtimes…and probably some romantic comedy binging (10 Things I Hate About You, anyone?). I’d get matzoh ball soup from Katz’s if I didn’t want to make it myself, and then a cookie from Ben’s Cookies (even though it’s across the ocean in England)…though if that didn’t happen, Levain would do very nicely indeed. Also, if you send Celine a link to your blog, she will TOTALLY come to the wedding πŸ™‚

If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would have to be chocolate chip pancakes (I almost picked Doritos, but decided it was only a response to the Doritos detox I’m going through, breaking habits suck)

Rest days = leg massages…wish I could afford them on a regular basis.

I love napping on rest days. Uninterrupted long quiet naps on Pure Beech sheets. Also, I would eat Snowcones the rest of my life if
I had to pick one food. Definitely, Snowcones!

If I could only eat one food forever, It would probably be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

As for Ms. Dion, you can look to this Tim Ferriss blog post of how to ask her yourself πŸ˜‰ http://fourhourworkweek.com/2007/12/10/how-to-get-george-bush-or-the-ceo-of-google-on-the-phone/

My fav way to spend a rest day is a movie and book reading day. Maybe a marathon of Gilmore Girls followed up with some light chick lit πŸ™‚

Janeifer says: June 18, 2015 at 12:14 pm

I’m going to answer the first two because I like them both and I can’t pick one!

1. Favorite, most indulgent way to spend a rest day: Sleep in with no alarm (luxury!), snuggle with my boyfriend, and then go out for brunch. Whatever else happens, I don’t care, because that morning sets me up for a glorious day.

2. The one food to each for the rest of my life: FUDGE. Like, from some place on the boardwalk. Chocolate, no nuts, nothing fancy, just sugary chocolately, no-teeth-required fudge.

Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Fro-Yo!!!! I grew up vacationing at our ski house in Surgarbush, VT and we always stopped at the Ben & Jerry’s Factory!!

I think you should 100% send Celine Dion an invite!

Sitting on a beach is the ultimate Relax DAY!!!

I would only eat cheese for the rest of my life if I had to pick. Most of my meals are just excuses to eat cheese, and I am very good at finding ways to make it work. Don’t judge me.

My favorite food is Thanksgiving dinner. The entire meal. That counts, right?

Jasmine says: June 18, 2015 at 4:06 pm

OMG…If Celine Dion comes to your wedding I am seriously going to crash it (OBSESSED with her since the age of 5..and I may or may not have all her cds, French and English).

Also…if I could eat one food for the rest of my life I would eat cheese and potatoes. Not necessarily together, although I’m not opposed to them together….Mmmmm cheese and potatoes.

I’m a big fan of an “active rest day,” so going for a short walk or leisurely hike while disc golfing is great for me. If I could, I would eat French fries and buffalo chicken tenders all day everyday.

Michelle says: June 18, 2015 at 4:35 pm

If I could only eat one food, omg that’s hard I love a lot things but it might have to be bean and cheese burritos! They are my go to comfort food that I try not eat too often especially when I am marathon training but they are delicious!

I had the most delightful rest day on Tuesday because I was WIPED (I went to Mile High Run Club the previous day and thought I was a track star, which I immediately regretted). I made myself a PB&J and watched Gilmore Girls. It made me want to move to Star’s Hollow yesterday.

On that note, if I could eat any one food the rest of my life, it would be a PB&J.

boo only US residents πŸ™ I will answer anyway though πŸ™‚

I could live on blackberry smoothies and chow mien noodles for my whole life, over and over again.
I make the best smoothies in the world. Which bring me to my restday of laying on the couch eating smoothies πŸ™‚

Will she come? I’m not sure. Should she? You bet.

PIZZA, pizza all day long.

Strawberries! They’re my favorite!

My favorite thing to do on a rest day i craft! With lots of glitter of course? ALL THE GLITTER!!!!

You must try Barry’s bootcamp! You will love it, promise.

Pizza!!!!

Rest day indulgence would be laying horizontal on a lounge that is strategically placed at the break of the ocean w/ some bubbly in hand! Calgon take me away!

I love that you put compression socks on Selena Gomez. I also love that CNN catches you and puts you on tv. That is awesome.

So happy to see you running and happy, and obv feeling better.

pizza. All day every day

Rest Day = Poop on couch day, and probably involves brunch. And burgers.

Rest Day = Read and catch up on favorite shows.
Food = Nachos with Vegetarian Chili.
Celine = She would definitely attend and perform, but I don’t have her contact info.

Omg! Pizza!!!! Pizza is not an original answer I know, but I could easily eat it for the rest of my life! Breakfast pizza: egg + arugula! Lunch pizza: all the grilled veggies + arugula! Dinner pizza: buffalo mozzarella, ‘shrooms, grilled brocallirabe! Dessert Pizza: Nuttella pizza!!!!

Pizza!

Also, so glad you are feeling better!!! πŸ™‚

I’m answering two questions, so that counts for two entries, right? πŸ˜‰

Rest day: lounge by the pool/beach with a good book and a cooler full of beer. Also, naps.

Food: Popcorn. Made on the stove – none of that gross microwave stuff. Just popcorn and loads of butter and salt. #health

Brittany says: June 19, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Like so many others, PIZZA is definitely what I could eat for the rest of my life! There’s so many options and they are all delicious!!!

I’ve never been convinced about compression socks so winning a pair would be a cheapskate way to see if I was right!

If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be bread. I love bread.

So I missed the giveaway, but I really want to answer the food question! I would eat peanut butter every single day for the rest of my life.

Seems like everyone loves pizza – I think a calorie-free pizza needs to happen already. I agree rest should be horizontal. On another note, have you been to Circuit of Change? It’s one of my favorite non-running, non-yoga workouts.