I'M THE KING OF THE WORLD! I made no friends on the ferry :(

What I’ve Been Up To Lately

Date: June 1, 2015 at 1:46 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 19

Hi!

I’ve missed you.

Life lately has been busy. And hot. And now rainy. And mostly good.

Mandatory nightly dance party on the Upper East Side. Last week's playlist was mostly Pitch Perfect 2 music.

Mandatory nightly dance party on the Upper East Side. Last week’s playlist was mostly Pitch Perfect 2 music. You’re my flashliiiiight.

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!

The HOKAs are ready for their close-up!

The HOKAs are ready for their close-up!

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.

Me and my cutest co-star, BAILEY!

Me and my cutest co-star, BAILEY!

I turned 30. I had a wonderful day.

We were ALL born on May 6. Different years, though. I'm the oldest :(

We were ALL born on May 6. Different years, though. I’m the oldest :(

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.

Lauren and me, disrupting the workday with champagne. No shoes, no problem.

Lauren and me, disrupting the workday with champagne. No shoes, no problem.

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).

NEW FAVORITE WINERY. My favorite used to be Wolffer, but now it's waaaaay crowded and everyone is like "OMG ROSE" and so I found a new favorite. It's called Sparkling Pointe.

NEW FAVORITE WINERY. My favorite used to be Wolffer, but now it’s waaaaay crowded and everyone is like “OMG ROSE” and so I found a new favorite. It’s called Sparkling Pointe.

We drove out to spend a day relaxing, playing at the wineries, and eating at one of my favorite restaurants.

Crow pose on a rock. Because I'm one of those people now I guess.

Crow pose on a rock. Because I’m one of those people now I guess.

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.

The most relaxed I've been all year. It lasted like 18 hours. I'll take it!

The most relaxed I’ve been all year. It lasted like 18 hours. I’ll take it!

Then we went on the top deck and I yelled, “Never let go, Jack!” As one does on a big boat.

I'M THE KING OF THE WORLD! I made no friends on the ferry :(

I’M THE KING OF THE WORLD! I made no friends on the ferry :(

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 was all, "Ew, foam pits are gross." And then I jumped in and then I loved it and then I kept losing my socks in it.

I was all, “Ew, foam pits are gross.” And then I jumped in and then I loved it and then I kept losing my socks in it.

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.

Where's Ali?

Where’s Ali?

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, WE HAVE TO PUT MY SEAT UP HIGHER. IT'S TOO LOW.

BRIAN, WE HAVE TO PUT MY SEAT UP HIGHER. IT’S TOO LOW.

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.

That guy was running faster than I was riding. Really.

That guy was running faster than I was riding. Really.

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!

Note the SNOW in the background. People were skiing!

Note the SNOW in the background. People were skiing!

I also got to visit a certain special someone!

Look at that tiny ponytail!!! This is Millie. She's the mini version of Lauren!

Look at that tiny ponytail!!! This is Millie. She’s the mini version of Lauren!

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.

Power trio! No one has ever called us that, but they should. Like POWER yoga.

Power trio! No one has ever called us that, but they should. Like POWER yoga.

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'm in a hot pink top and black short shorts. If you look at all the butts, you can, actually, find mine. Toward the left.

I’m in a hot pink top and black short shorts. If you look at all the butts, you can, actually, find mine. Toward the left.

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 <3 planking and bubble ponytails.

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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.

I would eat this every single day.

I would eat this every single day.

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 need lunch ASAP.

I need lunch ASAP.

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.

Giraffe! Kangaroo and Joey! Elephant! All my favorite things! Just no llamas :(

Giraffe! Kangaroo and Joey! Elephant! All my favorite things! Just no llamas :(

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.

PATRICK AND PENELOPE THE PUP! EVERYWHERE YOU TURN!

PATRICK AND PENELOPE THE PUP! EVERYWHERE YOU TURN!

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.

Do you smile in your sleep? ME TOO.

Do you smile in your sleep? ME TOO.

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.”

See me in the distance? You have to squint a little.

See me in the distance? You have to squint a little.

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.

Ben & Jerry's > running.

Ben & Jerry’s > running.

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