Still A Success

It’s been a long day. I was up at 4:30 am in order to get up to Connecticut for today’s Fairfield Half Marathon.

The full recap will come tomorrow — because right now my priorities are frozen yogurt and sleep — but here’s what I’ll tell you about the 13.1 miles I ran this morning…

And we're off!

The course was hilly. Really hilly.

I can run just fine on hills. I train in Central Park and I’m no longer afraid of the Harlem Hills. But the hills I climbed up today frightened me. And they took their tolls on me and my sad quads.

The air was hot. Really hot.

This also did a number on me. There were exactly three times I stopped on the course due to a super-quick blackout. No big deal. Kind of scary though.

Done! Thank goodness!

I didn’t PR today. I didn’t even come close. My finish time was something like 1:56 or 1:57 (haven’t snagged the official results yet). Respectable? Absolutely.

But the best news? My stomach was fine!

Six medals. Cool.

The heat killed me, the hills killed me, and that whole “I’m about to pass out if I don’t stop running” thing was a little challenging, but I’m thrilled to report that the steroids seem to be working. My stomach was a non-issue today.

So I don’t need a PR or a gloriously fast time to tell me that today’s race was a success.

You’re damn right it was a success. I’m on the road to recovery!

Crohn’s Disease, I told you I’d beat you. And I’m going to beat you, whether it’s on a race course or not. You suck.

Check back tomorrow for a full recap of the race, including a little behind-the-scenes peek at all the Run For The Rabbit filming we did. Fun!

What do you want to do after you run a miserable race? Be on camera, of course.

Congratulations to all of the runners and racers this weekend. You inspire me.



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  1. CONGRATS on the race and glad to hear that your stomach behaved. I feel your pain with the Fairfield Half. That is actually the FIRST long race (> 5K) that I ever ran and I too was overcome by the hills. Thank goodness I gave long runs another shot!

  2. Great job! You run fast so that’s already established. The positive outlook is the part of marathon training to work on and you nailed it today! You are a rock star!

  3. You inspire me! Not only are you a strong, dedicated athlete, you have the best attitude. This race was a definite success and I can’t wait to hear all about it. I love that your stomach felt good. That’s a great sign!

  4. Congrats on both your finish and your fantastic attitude about the race! You definitely don’t need to PR every race to make it a success, and I’m glad you’re able to appreciate the race despite it. Fantastic job:)

  5. Congrats! I’m sorry the heat and hills took their toll, but So glad to hear that the stomach wasn’t an issue! Enjoy lots and lots of froyo!!! You deserve it!!!

  6. Congrats girl! You should be so proud. I had some stomach issues of my own this weekend while running and thought of you and how impressed I am by your attitude and just how awesome you are. You are a rockstar.

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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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