It’s a good day.
Who’s with me?
You can complain about the heat all you want, but I know I’m not going to let a little upper lip sweat during my morning commute bring me down.
What? You don’t get that, too? It’s sexy.
Let me tell you a few things that are great right now…
After work yesterday I went to the gym. I had the day off from running, but Coach Cane said I could do some “easy cross training at my discretion.”
Oh, Coach Cane, when will you see that I have no “discretion?”
To me, “easy cross training” was back-to-back classes at the gym: Chisel followed by Spinning.
I liked the Chisel class because we did a ton of arm stuff, which is my favorite. At the end of class we did a weird butt exercise that had us starting on all fours on top of our steps. (Yes, we use steps and risers — what up, 1989?) Then we extended one leg behind us and reached forward with the arm on the same side. Then we had to bring our elbow to our knee.
I know I’m not describing it well. But the way this story ends is that I was dizzy and my balance sucks and I fell off my step.
Spinning was fun, too.
I didn’t fall during that class, but the lady on the bike next to me (or maybe in front of me?) was smelly and I couldn’t breathe. Every now and then I would use my towel to “wipe the sweat off my face,” but really I was just breathing into it and gasping for air.
Despite being a klutz and dealing with smelly spinners, it was a solid workout.
Remember yesterday when I said I was going to cook more?
Last night I made some tilapia and Brussels sprouts.
This might be my new favorite vegetable. I cut the sprouts up, tossed them around with some olive oil, black pepper and garlic powder (Fresh garlic would have been better, I know, but do you really think I had that on hand? No.) and then baked them for an amount of time that I don’t remember.
You’re welcome for the very specific recipe. Feel free to follow it.
Dinner was delicious. Good job, Ali.
I also said I was going to be productive this week, and while my sprouts were cooking, my laundry was getting done.
My apartment looks like Lululemon threw up all over it.
I didn’t get to bed as early as I had hoped, but I did sleep in these bad boys:
I’m still not totally convinced that compression socks really work, but my shins and calves were a little achy last night, so I went for it.
I woke up this morning with legs that were still tired, and that had sock lines on them.
At 5 am it was already 80 degrees out. Fine by me — I had speedwork to conquer.
Coach Cane gave me the following plan for today:
- 1 mile warm-up
- 1 lap of the Central Park Reservoir at 8:15-8:30 pace
- 1 lap of the Reservoir at 8:00-8:15 pace
- 1 mile cool-down
It took me a little while to feel loose, but once I got to the Reservoir I felt surprisingly good. I was shocked to hit 8:20 early into the first lap and was even more excited to maintain a solid pace the entire time.
The splits don’t make a whole lot of analytical sense since the Reservoir is more than 1 mile around, but the times are still good ones.
I also looked at my watch at one point and saw this, which was cool:
Oh you thought you could win this round, heat? Good joke.
The heat wasn’t as big of a challenge as I expected it to be. The air was thick and I was disgustingly sweaty, but I zoned out, focused on trying to run fast and got through it.
The bigger challenge this morning was attempting to find something to wear, which is a game that is getting kind of old.
My outfit today doesn’t match and I’m pretty sure my mom will hate it. Sorry Mom. I don’t always color coordinate.
The great thing about humidity? I can retire my blow dryer for a while and save a decent chunk of time in the morning.
Let me now take you over to Run For The Rabbit land, where I have some new things to share!
There are a bunch of new videos on the site, which I’m really excited about!
I have my own commercial, which is on the home page, and is going to eventually be airing on TV. Pretty pumped about that.
My favorite video is the recap from the Fairfield Half Marathon.
As much as I hated that race, I love the video from it!
Then there’s a video with three of us runners talking about how the training is going. There’s some really sweaty footage of me — self-shot on a FlipCam — so get excited for that.
And then there’s a video with three of us talking about fundraising…
To summarize: the training is going great. The fundraising can be kicked up a notch. I’m currently in third place.
I don’t belong there. That’s crazy.
First place would be better.
I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has donated to my cause so far. I’m so proud to be raising money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and am pumped about some upcoming events that I’ll be hosting.
NYC friends, stay tuned: I’ve got a happy hour, a spinning class and an event at the JackRabbit Upper East Side store all coming up soon.
I will wrap this post up by showing you a photo of a really small puppy:
Now how can it not be a great day? I just showed you a photo of the smallest French Bulldog ever. You’re welcome.
TELL ME THIS: Give me one reason today is going to be a great day for you. Bonus points if you give me like 20 reasons or something awesome. Go crazy. Even if you’re cranky and you had a bad commute or you sweat through your entire work outfit already, you can still make it a good day! Tell me how that’ll happen.