Are You Ready For Me, Mickey?

Seven hours until I’m on board a JetBlue flight headed for Orlando, FL!

Oh Pluto, you're so silly!
Hollywood Studios

So naturally before I can even think about hitting the air, there’s entirely too much to be done.

Good thing I got that massage yesterday! Stress be gone!

I was able to leave the office at 1:30 pm, giving me plenty of time to grab lunch (Pret A Manger, thank you for your ham, cheese & mustard toasted sandwich — it is always amazing), run to Lord & Taylor (at the ripe age of 26, I finally own a racer-back bra) and get up to Exhale Spa.

Truth be told, I didn’t love the massage. I didn’t think I cared whether I had a male or female massage therapist, and yesterday I had a male for the first time. Turns out, I think I prefer the lady hands.

For massages, at least.

Still, it felt nice to lay down for an hour and get my muscles rubbed down. Afterward I felt relaxed and ready for summer!

My afternoon was spent doing laundry, running errands and making my apartment spotless. I’m completely OCD about making sure I come home to a clean apartment after a trip. Dishes are washed, counter-tops are dusted, trash is taken out. It makes coming home so much better.

For dinner I was craving a cocktail.

And sushi.

So I got both.

I was up at 6 am today to get a run in. I thrive on early morning Saturday runs. Central Park is always packed with die-hard exercisers and I get a huge rush being a part of it.

Here I am with giant bedhead. It's good for running. Helps me be

Coach Cane asked for 10 miles at my marathon goal pace. Or something.

I did 11 miles…at my fun pace.

Decent splits. Central Park hills can't slow me down.

I don’t even know what my marathon goal pace is…

I felt great during this run! The steroids are workingggggggg. The Crohn’s is going away!

I did make a bathroom stop at mile 9.3 or something, though it wasn’t urgent. It was just there. So I used it.

And took a sweaty self-portrait.

Hot. Quite literally.

You’re welcome for that.

The park was hot, but not brutal, and the hills were no problem for me today. I saw lots of familiar faces as I ran which kept me smiling.

Feeling good, people, feeling good.

Now I’m showered and struggling to fit everything into my little carry-on suitcase.

I’m going to be in Orlando through Thursday, and I need to pack work clothes, play clothes, pool options, running clothes (dang sneakers for taking up so my precious suitcase space) and an outfit for a “red carpet event.”


Needless to say things are going to get wrinkled.

I will also state for the record that in the four times I’ve been to Orlando over the past five years, there was one time where bad things happened.

I got pink eye. That was great, especially since I’m terrified of eye drops.

That's me in the yellow. My fellow spring break travelers (my best friends/roommates, though I hated them in this moment) were attacking me with eye drops.

I also tried to use a fake ID to go to the bars at Pleasure Island. I was the only non-21 year old in the group and thought I could get away with it.

Guess what?

I didn’t get away with it.

And I was escorted out of Pleasure Island and asked to never return.

I cried a lot. And yelled at the cops.

Always a classy one, Ali.

But I’m an adult now. I can totally get into Pleasure Island should I choose.

I’m still afraid of eye drops though.

OK, off to a quick work thing, then back home to wrap up the packing and get to JFK.

Here’s hoping today’s flight gets out on time and the trip goes smoothly.

Have a great July 4th weekend, everyone! See fireworks! Break a sweat! Yay America!



0 Responses

  1. Hi Ali, where are the clothes you wear running from? I really like the length of the tops!
    Thanks!! Enjoy your trip 🙂

      1. The tops I wear in most of my photos are the Cool Racerback from Lululemon. They’re a bit pricey, but great quality, and I love how long they are. Definitely recommend!

  2. Lol, your pleasure island story made me giggle although I’m sure it wasn’t very fun getting escorted out by the po po. The good news- you’re now 26 and very legal for holiday weekend drinking 🙂 nice job on the 11 miler!

  3. Haha, you make me laugh. And, if you like early Saturday a.m. long runs and want a buddy, LET ME KNOW! I love them too – and it was good seeing you out there!

    I always preferred women masseuses, but the last one I had just couldn’t use enough pressure. Which made me wonder if I’d like a dude more. Hmm. Have an amazing time in Orlando!

  4. wear your sneakers on the plane! traveling is always SO much easier/more comfortable if you’re dressed for a workout. enjoy disney!!

  5. LOL — well actually, Pleasure Island is closed now (it still kind of exists, but no clubs — just shops and restaurants). So you win!

    The hot ham, cheese, and mustard at Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney is seriously awesome — I want to eat it every day when I’m in Disney.

    I don’t think there is much frozen yogurt to be found in WDW, but here are my favorite ice cream based treats: Dole Whip (vanilla/pineapple swirl soft-serve), ice cream cookie sandwich at the Main Street Bakery (fresh baked cookies, 3 scoops of ice cream — heaven!), and the Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream (8 scoops of ice cream, all the toppings, and a whole can of whipped cream). You probably shouldn’t eat them all in one day, so don’t be afraid to pace yourself 😉

    Have a great trip!

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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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