I Love My Dad

I’m back in NYC (with a coach-approved 3-mile run behind me, no less).

Run = done

Charlotte was good to me and I’ll update a bit more tomorrow, but I wanted to post a little note to wish all the fathers out there a very Happy Father’s Day.

Yet another holiday that should be acknowledged more often. But I’ll let it slide.

I think my dad knows that I think about him every day and that he is the apple of my eye.

Dad and me in May

My dad is my hero.

He is the greatest guy I know.

He is so smart, so hardworking and so passionate about everything he does.

Dad and me last summer

I admire the way he fixes things. If something breaks, he buys tools to make it right. He never pays someone to do the work he can do himself. (And of course, I now judge all the men I date based on whether they’re willing to get their hands dirty or just hand over money to fix the problem.)

I look up to the way he gets everything done all the time. You think my To Do list is long? I’ve got nothing on him. He’s the busiest guy I know, but he still makes time to call his [favorite] daughter to catch up whenever he can.

Wearing green for Saint Patrick's Day

My dad is big on tough love. My brother and I hated studying for tests with our dad when we were younger. My mom asked the easy questions — the ones we knew the answers to. My dad asked the harder, outside-the-box questions. He wanted to make sure we weren’t just memorizing material. He wanted us to learn.

When I’m upset, I can’t talk to my dad. All I do is cry. Something about hearing his voice does that to me. But he always ends up making me feel better.

Sure we’ve had fights.

Sure we disagree on some things.

But at the end of the day, there’s no one I look up to more than my dad. I want to be just like him when I grow up.

At my brother's wedding

So Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I wish I could be spending it with you, but I’m thinking of you today and every other day. You are the best dad in the world (sorry other dads, he wins). I love you!

Side note: Check out my guest post over at The Runner’s Kitchen!

My guest post!

I wrote a little piece for Megan about why working out in the morning is awesome.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!



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  1. Such a cute post. My dad is the same way with fixing things. I definitely judge the guys I date based on whether or not they try and fix it themselves. It says a lot!

  2. AWWW. My dad was also big on tough love and he gets so mad at us when we don’t live up to our potential. I know when I was away from home and was drowning hitting rock bottom I would call my mom and get nothing, but I’d call my dad and just start bawling. We were never even that close, but he could make me melt. I have never found a guy as good as my daddy why I am still single. He set the bar high he’s far from perfect he’ll admit that, but he’s perfect to me!

  3. Aw, that’s a great tribute. Given I am not very close to my dad, I love seeing those that do have great relationships with them and appreciate it! you definitely do and I love that!

  4. Sweet tribute! The way he likes to fix things himself and how he always would ask you the hard, out-of-the-box questions both remind me a lot of my grandfather, my Mom’s (now deceased) Dad. Happy Father’s Day!

  5. Happy Father’s Day, to my second Dad!

    Ali, miss you already! Can’t wait to see you in a month up in NH! We had a blast with you and hope you did too! xoxo

  6. Such a nice tribute — he sounds like a great guy! My dad was always really good at helping me feel better when things were tough. Sometimes talking to him was like having a magic wand take all the bad stuff away.

    Love the pics — you totally have your dad’s eyes!

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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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