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Thankful Things Thursday: The Adorable Edition
Why waste time?
It’s Thursday, so let’s get our grateful on!
(Oh, you’re new? You have no idea what I’m talking about? I know, it’s tough to figure out. On Thursdays, we celebrate Thankful Things Thursday. It’s a special time when we all share the things we appreciate, whether large — being healthy and having families and stuff — or small, such as the recent consumption of a delicious cupcake. Now you’re caught up. Go time.)
I’m thankful Tyler is healthy, even though he’s so teeny tiny! I had a hunch Ryan and Michaela would become parents before her due date because they are very prompt people. Early is on time, and on time is late. (Rules to live by, people.) When Ryan told me Tyler was only 4 pounds, 15 ounces, I was worried about all his tiny little body parts. But he’s all good! And he’s cute as heck.
Brian and I are going up to Boston on Saturday to meet the little human and I am so excited. I’ve been forcing my mom and brother to text me pictures constantly. That was all going great until this morning, when I dropped my phone face-down on the sidewalk and the entire screen shattered. I’m really really psyched about having to put money I don’t exactly have toward a new, unnecessary phone. Psyched, I say!
Sorry. I got angry. Here’s another cute Tyler photo to calm us all down:
I’m thankful for puppies!!! My friend Lauren got a Vizsla and her name is Parker. I got to play with her on Tuesday and she was really really excited at first, but then she got all tuckered out and fell asleep on my lap.
Actually, she didn’t fall asleep on my lap.
She fell asleep somewhere else, and then I demanded that she be carefully placed on my lap. Now we are best friends.
OK, one more puppy photo. The theme of today is “adorable things that are alive.”
I’m thankful for my sweet new shoes. They are adorable, though they are not alive. I got some cool new kicks at yesterday’s #fitblognyc event and I’m psyched about them. More on the event another time. I have a lot to say about it since it was the first time I attended a blog-themed conference. But for now, let’s stick to the great stuff: the shoes.
They’re Reeboks, they’re squishy, and they’re all cloud-like to walk around in. I do not, however, recommend them for spinning. The soles are way too soft and by the end of the class I took last night, my feet were killing me. But they’re fun, right?
I’m thankful I can run again. And I’m trying to be smart about it! For real. This morning, Brian was like, “Are you going to the gym?” and I was like, “Yeah,” and then he was like, “Cool,” and I was like, “Yeah. I’m trying not to run too much,” and then he was like, “That’s smart.”
He called me smart.
That almost never happens.
I ran on Tuesday, which we’ve already discussed, and I ran again yesterday — five miles with Kelly, hovering around a 9-minute pace (which is probably quicker than I would have done on my own, so thanks Kelly!).
My new shoes are making a huge difference, I can already tell. I’m still doing all the things I was doing before I could run again: foam rolling, icing my shins after workouts and before bed, and attempting to stretch more (I still suck at this). I don’t want to fall into a pattern of injury-recover-injury-recover. That would suck. So yes, like Brian said and you should all repeat to me daily, I’m being wicked smart.
I’m thankful for giant chocolate chip cookies.
Thank you, coworkers! I ate most of it and was pissed I had to share.
I’m thankful for spinning. During those two weeks when I couldn’t run, spinning is what kept me sane and sweaty. I’ve always loved it as a supplement to my running — yay cross training! get on board! — but when I was without running, spinning filled that void better than any other workout. You get the loud music, the dark room, the sweat flying off your body and onto the guy next to you (no? that’s just me?) and the motivation of being in a pack of fellow riders. It’s fun. Last night I took my favorite Crunch class — and dragged first-timer Kristan with me! — and then I managed to wake up this morning for another class. Crunch may not be able to compare to Central Park, but it comes kind of close when I need it to.
I’m thankful I’ll actually get to see my mom on Mother’s Day. The holiday always falls right in between my birthday and hers, yet for some reason we’re never actually together on this oh-so-special day. This year, since Bump became Tyler, I’ll be making the trip up north and I’ll get to celebrate with two moms: mine and now Michaela! I’m a little pissed because I bought Michaela this really adorable card I found that says, “Happy Mother’s Day, Mom-to-Be,” and it’s all pastel-colored and wonderful…but now I’ll have to get creative with it. Dang it.
Anyway, looking forward to a day with the moms!
I’m thankful that in the midst of an exceptionally busy and stressful — argh, excitingly busy — spring, I know I have so many people to talk to, lean on and, if needed, ask for help. My world feels a little out of control right now and some days I feel like I’m helplessly sinking. It helps to know I have good friends and a wonderful family on my side.
To wrap this up: one final puppy photo. I know, I was really deep and insightful today.
DO YOUR PART: What are you thankful for today? Boy bands? (Yes.) The ability to run? That PR you successfully snagged this weekend? Your mom? Your own puppy? The puppy you’re planning to give to me? (Yes.) Tell me now.