Ali For The Win

This morning I resolved not to let this competitive, hardcore, relentless city get the best of me.

By 9 am, I had been sleeted on, I had dealt with transportation issues and I wasn’t early to work like I had hoped.

Still, I said, “Hey NYC. I will beat you.”

And I did. Ohhhh I did.

Before I even got to work, I knew how to conquer the weather: wear my favorite outfit. And it’s funny, because tons of people made comments at work.

“It’s so gross out — Why are you so dressed up?!”

I explained to them that if I gave in to the weather and wore jeans, boots and a sweater (ahem, like I have been for the past week), that means the weather wins. Instead, I showed the weather who’s boss (me) by putting on my favorite outfit.

My favorite

In my defense, the bathroom photo shoot thing doesn’t do me or this dress any favors. But it’s my birthday dress from last year, it’s from French Connection, and I’m obsessed with it.

A close up:

The blazer kept me warm

I also got tons of compliments on my hair — kind of hilarious considering I threw it up in a ponytail and just sprayed down the wispies (an old habit from my dance competition days).

Blingy earrings too, of course

It’s amazing the way dressing the part made me feel so much better about the day. After a full month of crap weather — which I am so, so tired of talking about — this is the best way I’ve found to stay positive.

Once I got to the office, I felt like a rock star. Not just because I felt good in my outfit, but also because I was so productive! I love when the days fly by because I’ve accomplished so much.

At the end of the day, I headed to the gym for some strength training + foam rolling and a great spinning class. My legs were a bit sore from the Chisel class I did yesterday, but it felt good to move them around.

Now I’m home and still going strong. I had leftovers for dinner:

Tomato, basil & mozzarella salad

Yum! I also had a piece of fish, which was delicious, too.

I put some laundry in, ran a few errands on the way home and am looking forward to being in bed as close to 10:30 as possible.


That, my friends, is how I (in my mind) beat NYC today. Tomorrow is supposed to be nasty again. I’ll let you know how I do.

TELL ME: Do you give in to the weather or have you found a way to combat it? I know that I’m lucky not to have to shovel or worry about my office or gym shutting down. NYC is, as I previously stated, too hardcore to let that happen!



0 Responses

  1. I always wear jeans to work when its crappy out which is very taboo in my office. (I wear black jeans, they are slightly nicer than blue ones) I don’t think of it as giving in to the weather. I think of it as a reason to dress down. I guess thats because I have to dress like your favorite outfit everyday, so this is a special treat for me!

  2. I think the weather has been kicking my ass lately! But I’ve managed to still get all of my runs in, so that’s a small victory for me. I’m still in awe you went out yesterday morning!

  3. hmm i went to the gym instead of pretending i might fall and perish in the ice that was coming down this morning. i wanted to stay in bed. and i DID almost fall. 🙂
    you’re too cuteee in your bday dress!

  4. I wish I looked cute in an easy ponytail the way you do, my life would be so much easier. I also wish I could feel like a rock star while wearing tights. Sigh. Way to make some good out of a yucky day!

  5. Well, the few times that we have sub-freezing temps this winter I did get my runs done, so that has to count for something. Lately, there has been no weather to beat, our weather has been amazing. I actually feel kind of bad that most of the country is covered in snow and our weather was so great today 🙁 It is supposed to rain all weekend which stinks because we were planning on going to the beach for our anniversary. Oh well, at least we aren’t buried in snow.

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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