Thankful Things Thursday: Winding Down From Disney

I didn’t forget that today is Thursday. I’m just way late in posting due to traveling.

At 4 am, when my alarm went off, I wasn’t feeling very thankful. But I am now, so let’s get to it. Here’s what I’m thankful for on this very lovely Thursday…

I’m thankful for the amazing trip I just experienced. Orlando was great. Seriously, every single aspect of my time there was amazing, from the poolside cocktails to the wildly talented dancers I watched all day yesterday.

Not a bad view.

In case you missed out on any of the Orlando Adventures, here’s a recap:

Last night's sunset from the Disney Boardwalk

I feel very fortunate to have been blessed with great weather, delicious food and plenty of sunshine to tide me over for a while.

I’m thankful I still have my toenail. True story. Ever since the Fairfield Half Marathon, the nail on my second toe has felt a little…flimsy? Loose, even? But I got a pedicure a week before that race, so I couldn’t actually see the toe. As the polish has chipped, however, I can see that the nail is purple. It feels hardcore and I’m fine with it. I’m just glad it’s still attached. Little victory.

Running is sexy.

I’m thankful I squeezed in my run today. I was up at 4 to catch a 7 am flight out of Orlando. By the time I got back to my apartment in the city, it was already close to 11 am — much later than I am ever willing to run in the hot months.

This is just gross.

I was not happy about this forecast.

Fake smile. I was not very happy.

Coach Cane had a pretty specific plan for me, and I followed it at first before totally giving in to the heat. I ended up covering 6.25 miles, the first few of which were at a quick pace, the final few at a not-so-quick pace.

I tried sticking to the Central Park Reservoir, but it was closed at parts, so I shifted over to the Bridle Path. The shade was spotty and whenever the sun was beating down on me I felt pretty defeated.

I also had to stop twice. My stomach gets so much worse when it’s super hot out. Go figure.

Needless to say I was disgusting by the time I was done running.


That picture does me no justice. I was dripping all over the floor.

Running is sexy.

I’m thankful I’m going to make a new To Do list soon. My old one just won’t do, and I love making new lists.

I’m thankful I cleaned my apartment before I left. Nothing beats coming home to a spotless home.

I’m thankful I was able to unplug. Granted, I didn’t have much choice — the wireless access in the hotel wasn’t great and my cell phone hardly worked while I was in Florida. But I barely went on Twitter, didn’t stay on top of any Facebook updates and didn’t really read any blogs. I made sure my work emails were covered, but other than that I relaxed away from technology. It felt great.

I’m thankful I’m back in NYC. As great as my trip was, it’s nice to settle back into a routine. I’m looking forward to doing some grocery shopping, making some home-cooked food this weekend, doing a long run (15 miles on Saturday!) and getting back into my groove.

I’m thankful for hummus. It’s my current favorite food group. Yesterday afternoon I got edamame hummus for lunch. It was awesome.

I didn't know edamame hummus existed, but it does, and it's delicious.

I’m thankful I have no plans this weekend. I need to run on Saturday, but other than that I’m keeping myself free. I can’t wait. I will probably spend many hours walking to and from 16 Handles. Who’s in?

NOW YOU DO IT: Tell me what you’re thankful for today!



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  1. i would like that edamame hummus and pita bread. eventhough it is 8:44am 🙂

    i am thankful that this week is almost over (TGIF) and that i will run some miles with you tomorrow a.m.!

  2. You mention 16 Handles so often and believe it or not, I have never been. I know, what kind of New Yorker am I?

    The weather was gross today. I had plans to run back home (to the east side) from the UWS but it was so steamily uncomfortable that I just walked. I was dripping with sweat regardless so I may as well have just run.

    I am thankful for being able to run pain-free after suffering an ITB injury two months ago.

  3. I am thankful for trying the yoga class in Bryant Park tonight for the first time. It feels great to try new things !! I will definitely come back !

    And, I am IN for ’16 Handles’ !!! 😉 … I live in the UES too and NEVER tried it yet… can you believe it ? … Shame on me !

  4. I am thankful I found your blog through Twitter! I am getting caught up, and I’m in awe of you. I have ulcerative colitis, and it is completely aggravated by stress. I love, love running, and sometimes (especially when it’s hot) it takes a toll on my body. I am just reading and reading, and nodding and nodding.

    Thank you for being so open and honest and giving me someone to virtually relate to today. It’s the kind of day where I needed it.

  5. I don’t know how you ran that late today – I was a sweaty beast at 6:00 a.m.! Excited for our run on Saturday 🙂 And obv, if you need a 16 Handles buddy I am so down.

  6. I’m so glad you had such a great time in Orlando! Your recaps made me a little homesick for Florida, though! Here’s what I’m thankful for:

    1. I’m thankful that I survived my first run in Central Park last week – despite being caught in a horrible thunderstorm (thanks for your help planning my route!).
    2. On that note, I’m thankful for the nice doorman who let me take cover under the awning of the building for, oh, 20 minutes.
    3. I’m thankful for the courage to sign up for my first 1/2 marathon – which I just did! I’ll be running the Disney Princess 1/2 in February 2012!
    4. I’m thankful for good friends who will help me move this weekend.

  7. 1. I am thankful for a short week!!!
    2. I am also thankful that my sister’s baby shower is this weekend and then I can mark the event as completed and no longer stress about $$ and planning it.
    3. I am thankful that it is the summertime… even rough days are better in the summer.

  8. I’m thankful for total strangers complimenting me on things (like my purse today)!

    i’m actually heading to NYC this weekend to see my best gals from home, and i couldnt be more excited!

  9. That hummus! I want. I only ran 4 this morning and I was a drippy mess, so I can only imagine what you were like (that pic doesn’t really show much). Very happy you had such a great time in Orlando. Good luck on 15 miles! I’m doing 8 on Saturday. The last time I ran 8 was the last time I ran before being derailed by injury. Hoping all goes well!

    I am thankful for getting ready to truly have my own apartment.
    I am thankful for my backyard (party plans TK).
    I am thankful for things my blog has brought into my life.

  10. I’m thankful for….
    -3 day weekends – that extra day makes all the difference! And now this week is almost done! yay!
    -having fun things to look forward to- so far I’m already a fan of July, and now I have some exciting August plans coming up, too! yay for happy summers!
    -my google reader being filled with food blogs that give me wonderful ideas, and healthy living blogs with inspiration to put down the junk and go for a run. yay balance!

  11. I’m thankful that I recently found your blog. I need all the motivation I can get to run in the hot summer months and I’m so glad you can provide that! Thanks for being so positive! I’m going to keep reading!

  12. Welcome to the city! I’m really inspired by your blog. I followed it since I moved to NYC last week. You provide such a positive life style for me to follow. I had my first 5k run last year and now I run from 32st to Central Park at early morning. Hope we will run into each other someday. Have a great one!

  13. I love this! I am thankful that my ‘test run’ to see if I could ‘not think’ so I didn’t have a panic attack went well. And I am thankful for a double barre n9ne class tonight 😉 (I agree re: humidity in these parts, it’s been so tough to run anyway in heat, humidity is like a dagger on top of it!)

  14. I’m thankful for someone on twitter describing me as “acerbic” and deeming it “delightful.”

    I’m thankful for the receipt for a free sandwich from Chick-Fil-A that I found in my purse earlier when I was starving.

    I’m thankful for the apparently free iced coffee I got from Starbucks (balance on my card didn’t decrease, so I’m assuming it didn’t go through properly when I paid, but the cashier waved me off and said it was fine).

    I’m thankful that the outfit I chose today makes me look rather slim. Nice confidence boost when walking into a building and catching a glimpse of my reflection.

    Finally, I’m also thankful for hummus. I’ve been on a major roasted garlic Athenos hummus kick lately and it’s fantastic.

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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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