Dear 2017...

Date: January 4, 2017 at 12:19 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 30

Dear 2017,

It’s so nice to make your acquaintance!

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about you. I’ve been sick for a few months now, so I didn’t know if 2017 would be the year I stayed sick — or worse, got sicker — or if it would be the year I got to make some kind of comeback. I was just going to let you start out quietly and figured we’d see where we ended up.

Now it may be only four days into this new year, but I’m changing my mind.

I say 2017 is going to be great. 

New Year’s Eve walk with Ellie! She splashed me!

I say 2017 is the year I will make a comeback. I can already feel it coming.

I say 2017 is the year I’ll stop hesitating and start actually doing. Because if you can, you must, right?

And even though I said I was “so over New Year’s resolutions” in recent years, I’m feeling them this year. I like having goals and things to work toward, and I like making lists. I’m craving a challenge. And so, dear 2017, here’s what I want to accomplish over the next 12 months…

Our New Year’s Rockin’ Eve!

I WILL get healthy. 

This is, of course, my top priority. And while some of it may be beyond my control and in the hands of medicines and doctors, I’m doing what I can on my end to ensure this happens ASAP. I’m taking probiotics and vitamins, I’m getting plenty of sleep, and I saw an allergist to confirm I don’t have any underlying allergies that may be exacerbating how I feel (turns out, I’m allergic to dust mites; I don’t have any food allergies, but that doesn’t rule out food sensitivities or intolerances). I know firsthand that without your health, the other stuff doesn’t really matter. So I want to cruise down the road to recovery, and then I’ll tackle this whole list!

Ali at the allergist! Brian came with me, and good thing he did, because all those little arm pricks they gave me made me almost pass out!

I WILL ditch dairy for a full 30 days. 

Resolution already in progress! I love cheese. I love pizza. I love ice cream. But I don’t love how I feel after eating most of those things, and with an already upset stomach, I know I’m not doing myself any favors but eating that stuff. So I’m going dairy-free for the month of January in order to see how I feel. Stay tuned.


I WILL run the full 6.1-mile loop of Central Park, and then I’ll get a massage. 

I’ve been dying to do this for months. I always treat myself to a massage after I run a marathon. But after running NYC, I still didn’t feel well enough to lay on a table and have someone touch me for an hour. (Fine, maybe 90 minutes.) I knew I’d be uncomfortable and wouldn’t be able to fully enjoy it without worrying about bolting for a bathroom. So as soon as I’m ready, I’m going to go run that full loop of my favorite park, and then I’ll get a massage. It’s going to be the best day ever.

I WILL get off the roads and onto the trails.

Specifically the Long Path. There are lots of trails within driving distance of my New Jersey home — but I almost always stick to the waterfront because it’s convenient. (And, yes, totally flat.) This year, I pledge to explore unfamiliar terrain.

I WILL launch my podcast. 

I’ve been talking about doing this for the past two months. I have plans and a lineup of guests and all these ideas, but I haven’t executed on it. I blamed being sick, but come on. I can do this from the comfort of my home — where I do pretty much everything — so 2017 is the year this happens. (Tune in! When the time comes.)

My first guest will probably be Ellie. She has a lot to say.

I WILL try to PR the 5K.

When I’m back up and running, I would love to break my PR of 23:04 — and would love to go sub-23.

This is not my year to run a marathon. As much as I love training for marathons, I don’t want to put that physical stress on my body this year. (So this fall, when I’m feeling great and want to register for one because I’ve forgotten how I feel right now, remind me of this!) I want to run and race shorter stuff this year! I’d love to nab a fresh half-marathon PR since mine is from 2011, but it’s hard to declare big running goals when I’m still confined to the bathroom for a decent chunk of every day. So we’ll see. But I’m feeling the 5K.

The last time I ran a 5K! Definitely will need to find some dog-friendly ones around here…

I WILL hit that number I want to hit in my savings account.

I’m super proud of the progress I made in my savings last year, and have big goals for this year.

I WILL establish a team of doctors I love and trust. 

I love my GI, I really do, but I’m not super satisfied with his new office. It’s impossible to get an appointment, even when the doctor himself sees my insides and says I’m super sick and need treatment, and once I do get an appointment, it feels rushed, because he has 320 other patients to see that day. That’s not acceptable to me, especially considering how much all this stuff costs, even with good insurance. I know “the system is broken” and blah blah blah, but I am convinced there are doctors out there who are willing and able to spend more time with their patients and will ensure they get the treatment and care they need. I’d love to keep seeing my guy, but also want to shop around a bit and see what New Jersey has to offer. (I also need to do this for an OB-GYN, a dentist, and a general practitioner. Recommendations very much welcome!)

Being NOT AT ALL DRAMATIC at the allergist.

I WILL see La La Land.

Just because I haven’t yet (I’m afraid of movie theaters, ugh) and really need and want to. This isn’t so much a resolution as it is just a thing on my to-do list.

I WILL see Céline Dion perform in Las Vegas. 

It’s ridiculous that I haven’t seen her show, and I want to make sure I do while she’s still doing her residency at Caesar’s Palace. Maybe this summer. Or whenever it’s cheap to go to Vegas.

This all seems reasonable enough, right?

Ready? Let’s do this.

#seenonmyRUN (!!!)



I TOLD YOU MINE, NOW TELL ME YOURS! Got any 2017 resolutions in the works? 

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