In A Good Place

Um. It’s May 2, 2011.

That is crazy.

That means today is my one month anniversary of living in my new apartment.

The entire past few months have been crazy, to say the least.

I went through a breakup.

I moved out of the apartment I lived in with my now ex-boyfriend.

I got selected by JackRabbit to run the Hamptons Marathon.

But I’m happy report that after all of this, I feel like I’m in a good place right now. I love living alone.

I love that everything in this apartment is mine (yes, including the dirty dishes and the laundry, which is getting done right now).

No, life is not perfect.

I’ve been eating a ton of sweets lately. That needs to change.

I haven’t been sleeping enough lately. That also needs to change.

I haven’t taken enough rest days this…year. That most definitely needs to change. (Right, Coach Cane?)

I need more yoga, less stress. More fruits and vegetables, less peanut M&Ms (thanks a lot, Mom). More deep breaths, fewer zits.

The JackRabbit “Run For The Rabbit” campaign couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’ve spring cleaned my life, and now I have an exciting new venture to throw my whole heart (and mind and body) into.

I turn 26 on Friday. I love that I’m going to run 26.2 miles the year that I’m 26 years old. (I’m Type A, give me a break.)

I love that through this program I get to raise money for a cause I’m so incredibly passionate about. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation has been a part of my life since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the ripe age of 7. I had no idea what was going on at the time — and some days I still don’t know what’s going on with my body.

But I know that there’s going to be a cure found in my lifetime, and if that means I have to run a freakin’ marathon, then so be it.

The Run For The Rabbit donation pages are officially up and running, and you can track the progress here. From now until September 24, the race is on — whoever raises the most money for his or her designated charity is the winner. My competitive edge is taking over.

It doesn’t matter how fast we run.

It doesn’t matter if we cross the finish line with a smile or with a face full of tears (I’m anticipating both on my end).

All that matters is that we work hard through training and through fundraising. I want to win this competition.

I’m pretty pumped about it.

Crohn’s Disease? Breakup? NYC real estate market? Bring it on, suckers. I’ll conquer you.

I’m in a good place.

On the fundraising end, I’ve got a few projects in the works that I’ll be letting you all know about.

In the meantime, if you’d like to contribute and make a donation to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, you can do so here. Everything helps, whether it’s $25, $250 or $2,500!

And now, in an effort to get some more sleep, laugh some more and not go through life with giant bags under my eyes, I’m off to fold laundry, take a hot shower and get to bed with my new “Bossypants” book (an early birthday present!).

Happy May!

Fun-ish fact of the day: Casey Abrams, who was just voted off “American Idol,” has Colitis! Stay tuned for more celebrity-infested Crohn’s Disease news in upcoming posts.



0 Responses

  1. I really appreciate your post. I also appreciate that you’re raising money for this cause and I think that doing for others helps you become stronger.

  2. what a big month for you its been! And so many exciting things coming up, too! SO impressed how you juggle everything! (teach me, please?)

  3. What a May you’ve had! Definitely admire your perseverance and look forward to great things to come. I feel you on living alone. Nothing like living alone in the big city. Makes me feel so accomplished! 🙂

  4. Wow- it’s been an action packed and emotional last few weeks for you, hasn’t it. I’m glad that Jack Rabbit came along at this point in life- refocusing on YOU (and finding balance within that) will be so beneficial!

  5. You have gone through quite the journey this month, and how you’ve handled everything really shows how strong you are, and how determined you are to get the most out of life. Your attitude about all kinds of obstacles and your perseverance are SO incredible, and I’m excited to see where it all takes you next!! All big changes start with little things, and I know you will tackle all of those!

  6. Happily already donated when you first got selected! You go girl!

    This is my favorite phrase right now, for my butt kicking mood:

    “Don’t tell me I’m not superwomen”

    Rock on girl!! Keep kicking butt and taking names!

  7. So excited for what the future holds for you! Can;t wait to follow your marathon training plan… and yes the key to success is definitely allowin your body to recover and taking some rest days : ) Can’t wait till June 11th!

  8. I feel proud for you when I read this post, Ali. You have done great things this month – and this year! You have conquered more in this month then most people can over a long period of time! Keep it up, chica!

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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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