How was your Thanksgiving?
Important question: What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner? I like traditional bread stuffing with gravy on it. I also like buttered dinner rolls (smothered in gravy), and whatever’s for dessert (smothered in chocolate).
This year I was a bit of a downer during the holiday. There were plenty of happy high moments — including Ellie’s first race! — but overall I was pretty sick and wasn’t able to fully enjoy much of the aforementioned “smothered in gravy” elements.
The best part of the long weekend in Pennsylvania (I was born there! And that’s where most of my extended family is.) was Ellie’s race! She totally rocked the North Wales Turkey Trot 5K. Ellie has always loved runners — she knows they’ll stop mid-run to pet her and give her attention — and when she realized she got to be part of the race instead of just on the sidelines, she was visibly thrilled.
She ran the whole race with a giant smile on her face, only stopping once to poop on the side of the road during the second mile. (Lucky me, I then got to run the rest of the race with a stinky poop bag in my hand. At one point a fellow runner yelled, “It smells like poop!” and I apologized and blamed Ellie. Because, for once, it was my dog — not me! — making the mid-run bathroom stop.)
Brian, Ellie, and I ran the race in 29:46 (or 29:11 according to my watch — not sure if the results online are chip time or gun time?), and crossed the finish line holding hands. It was probably my favorite race of my whole life. Forget marathons — from now on I’m sticking to family 5Ks.
This was also my first run since the marathon! I’ve been feeling pretty crappy lately (pun!), so I haven’t really been working out, but it felt good to get out there again!
The rest of the holiday weekend was spent relaxing, going for walks with Ellie and my cousin’s pup, and playing Catchphrase and Charades. I didn’t drink, didn’t over-indulge in delicious treats, and didn’t hit up any remarkable post-Thanksgiving feast workouts. #CrohnsLife
Another thing I did over the weekend: listened to my very favorite podcast, I’ll Have Another With Lindsey Hein. I always listen to Lindsey’s show, but this time, I was the special guest!
Lindsey reached out to me a few months ago about being a guest on an episode, and we recorded it via Skype after that victorious outdoor run I had back in October. (The run that led me to declare a post-Crohn’s “comeback.” Oh, naive lil’ Ali. It’s OK. It’ll happen soon. Maybe. Probably. Hopefully.)
I was riding a super runner’s high, and Lindsey and I ended up chatting for more than two hours! We talked about everything from running and my career and Crohn’s disease to Celiné Dion and This Is Us and mean people on the internet. It was like talking with a best friend — even though it was our first time actually talking. (We’ve been Twitter friends for years though, which totally counts.)
I highly recommend Lindsey’s podcast for long runs, long drives, or long walks to the refrigerator. She’s such a fun host and her guests are always great. I was worried about not having anything to offer — what is my take on the world, after all? — but hopefully the people listening find something fun, relatable, or entertaining during our conversation. (I had no idea I say “like” so much. Ugh. I’ll work on it.)
Click here to listen to my episode with Lindsey. (And if you love her, which you will, hook her up with some downloads and a review on iTunes. Spread the love.)
GOT A FAVORITE PODCAST TO ADD TO THE LIST? Let me know and, better yet, tell me why you love it!
AND ANOTHER THING: I have a few posts coming up for Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week. If you have any questions you want answered, thoughts you want shared, or topics you’d otherwise love to see in the spotlight over here, let me know!