It's nice. And it'll [probably, pending the end of the world] still be there when I'm ready to return.

Loving Not Running

Date: December 12, 2012 at 8:30 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 34

First most important thing: Today is the last day to order I Heart Sweat shirts in order to ensure delivery by Christmas morning. So if you’re thinking the perfect present for your aunt, uncle, cousin, sister, brother or Jewish step-cousin is a sweat-loving piece of Dry-Fit, I suggest you get on it. Click here to place your order. Have a blast.

This color is called “Trout.” Not only does it sound delicious, it looks great, too.

There are still plenty of size and color options left for men and women. But remember: You snooze…

Honestly Tyler, what are you yawning about? What do you do all day? Oh right, you play and sleep. Time to get a job, buddy. Start pulling your weight.

…you lose.

Unless you’re Tyler. Tyler never loses.

In other news, Zero Week is going great. As much as I always preach about loving running, right now I’m here to preach about loving not running.

I realize it’s only been three days out of the Brooks and away from the Bridle, but so far so good. For the most part, I haven’t missed running or craved it or been dying to get out there.

It’s nice. And it’ll [probably, pending the end of the world] still be there when I’m ready to return.

I attribute my enjoyment of this week so far to the fact that I very clearly needed this mileage hiatus.

Not running on Monday was easy. It was my first mile-less day in a while and I knew I wanted it and needed it.

Not running on Tuesday was easy, too, even when I read this from my friends in midtown:

Taunt me. Go for it. I won’t give in.

Then Wednesday arrived. I was tired this morning, but I was signed up for a spin class. It was one of the toughest classes I’ve ever taken. I pranced out of the spin room (prance is a strong word — “limped and whined and dripped pools of sweat everywhere on my way out” is a more accurate description) thinking that was way more fun than running in the cold.

My first “I miss running a tiny bit” twinge came soon thereafter, though, when I read this Tweet:

Well OK. That does sound kind of cool…

For a split second I was like, “ME, DEANNA! ME! I WILL RUN 12 MILES TODAY!”

But I got over it pretty fast.

I know 12.12.12 will never happen again in my lifetime.

I also know that this break is so good for me right now, and it’s going to be so good for me in the days, weeks and months of running to come.

I may not run on this oh-so-special numerical day.

I may also opt out of signing up for the billions of races that are offering deals today…

The Salt Lake City Marathon was topping my list of spring marathon options for a while. But I’m still not tempted enough to commit.

…but I’ll sign up when I’m ready. And I’m just not ready yet.

I’m liking this.

BUT I KNOW YOU’RE STILL OUT THERE RUNNING AND RACING: Are you signing up for anything today? It seems like everyone is offering a deal here, a sale there, a giveaway and a puppy. No, just kidding. I would definitely enter a puppy giveaway. But really, tell me: Have you committed to any late winter or spring races?

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New York City waking up last Friday. How special, right?

Zero Week

Date: December 10, 2012 at 9:06 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 37

This morning was an awesome one for running here in NYC. It was warmer than it probably should be on December 10 — a sweet 46 degrees at 5 AM — and there was a crazy fog in the air […]

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With the other Team NYC mentors and Coach Jay (far left), welcoming TC participants to the pasta party. AKA being super obnoxious and trying to get people excited.

Thankful Things Thursday: On Having Crohn's Disease

Date: December 6, 2012 at 7:58 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 29

I mentioned the other day that this week is Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week. Now, if you’ve read this blog for longer than a day or two, you’re fully aware of Crohn’s disease. I like to think I’ve done my […]

Look at that long-sleeved one! Probably should have set one aside for myself, but I forgot. Dang it. Enjoy them.

So Much Sweat!

Date: December 5, 2012 at 8:07 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 22

Don’t let the title fool you. There’s not a lot of sweat happening in my mangled world right now. I actually feel a little better-ish today. My right hip is a slightly less swollen and the pain and soreness isn’t […]

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So happy togetherrrrrrrrrrr!

A Letter To My Lexa

Date: December 4, 2012 at 8:54 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 16

Dear Bike, We had a rough go together on Sunday, huh? And yesterday I lashed out on you a bit. I found my harshest words, my cruelest thoughts, and I swore never to spend time with you again. I’m sorry. […]

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Doing "The Brian." Whenever I tell him to act cool for a photo, he does this move. I don't have the heart to tell him it's not actually very cool, so I just mock it incessantly.


Date: December 2, 2012 at 10:44 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 57

This weekend had all the makings of being fantastic. Sunday was Brian’s birthday, so I made all kinds of plans. First, I cooked dinner. This was all the way back on Friday. I made chicken and baked potatoes and spinach […]

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I have more colors than this...but at 5:00 this morning, this was the best I could do for a photo. Sorry.

'Tis The Season To Be Giving (So How About An "I Heart Sweat" Shirt Giveaway?)

Date: November 30, 2012 at 8:48 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 383

I’m not going to dance around today and put on a show with my words and my ramblings. The holiday season makes me want to bestow unto people mass quantities of stuff. I’ve always said it’s more fun to give […]

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I was out the door while the full moon was still up and it was completely dark, but apparently this is the view Brian saw a little bit later. I guess it's pretty.

Thankful Things Thursday: Cold & Cheery

Date: November 29, 2012 at 9:09 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 38

I somehow made it out of bed to run this morning. I am still cold. How did I do this for the last two winters? I remember running just about every morning last winter — always in shorts and the […]

A side bow, a turtleneck, a vest and bangs that started all the way on the back of my head. Who's trendy now?

On Not Being Trendy

Date: November 28, 2012 at 9:03 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 101

Forget skinny jeans, boots and puggle puppies — do you know what’s trendy right now? Being on a diet. Exercising a lot. Feeling “gross” amidst the holidays. And “cleansing,” “hitting the reset button” or “getting back on track.” Now if […]

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My neighbors do not judge me, so I spend time with them.

With One Month To Go

Date: November 26, 2012 at 9:04 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 50

Hi gobblers! I hope you had a nice, stress-free, full-bellied Thanksgiving. On the long weekend front, there’s not much for me to report. Instead of cramming eleventy billion “must do now” tasks into the three days I was in New […]