Is Valentine’s Day a totally cheesy Hallmark holiday?
But am I totally feeling it this year?
I’ve been in a nonstop good mood for like five days straight, and that’s the longest streak I’ve had since roughly November 9. I’m going to keep riding this high, and in the spirit of the day of love, here are a few things I am loving right now.
Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who has subscribed to, downloaded, rated, reviewed, and listened to the first five episodes of the Ali on the Run Show! I am having so much fun exploring this new world. I think I forgot how invigorating it can be to take on a new challenge.
I first decided I was going to create a podcast back in October. But at the time, I was deep in a Crohn’s flare and just didn’t have it in me to embark on something new. So I brainstormed and shared my visions with a few people, but it took a while for me to get it — and myself — off the ground.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little hesitant about embracing a new outlet with which to put myself out there. I’ve been sharing my life (fine, over-sharing my life) here for seven years now, and while it’s been among the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, it has also come with its share of criticism. I’d love to say any negativity just rolls off my back, but I tend to remember the one mean-spirited comment in a sea of hundreds. (I’m a work in progress!) So I wasn’t sure I wanted to start a podcast because I wasn’t sure I was up for potential critics. I love sharing and never struggle with the act of putting myself out there — the hard part is reminding people that just because you share a lot doesn’t mean you share everything. (And reminding people that you’re just a human, doing your best every day.)
But as soon as I decided I was definitely doing this — and once I started recording — all that seemed to fade away. I am so excited about the Ali on the Run Show. I love the guests I’ve talked with, I love learning something new every single day, and I love finding new ways to share in a slightly different space. Will everyone love me? No! Of course not! I’m sure there are people who don’t like Celine Dion (GFY) or who don’t think Zoolander is one of the greatest films of our time. That’s life. And that’s OK!
I am loving the response from the first few shows, and can’t wait to release new episodes every week. This Thursday, you’ll hear from Forestbound creator (and fast runner) Alice Saunders (plus a giveaway!), and next week’s guest is Chris Heuisler, best known as the National RunWESTIN Concierge. (I cried twice while recording that episode! Chris is so good.) There is so much great stuff to come. Thanks for joining me. (You can now listen on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Overcast. Stitcher is coming soon, I swear. Having a hard time getting that one to work.)
(And I am totally open to feedback! All episodes going forward will include sign-offs instead of abrupt endings, and I will do my best to ensure the best audio quality possible. Keep it coming!)
I went for one of the best runs of my life on Saturday. It wasn’t the fastest or the furthest, but it was one of the funnest.
I’ve been really missing Central Park lately, so I planned to meet some friends there Saturday morning for a run. Most of them are training for stuff (the New York City Half, the Paris Marathon…casual), but not me! I just got to trot along and smile as we cruised down Memory Lane. I was so happy that my cheeks hurt from smiling. I ended up covering 12 miles in good company, and even made it up Cat Hill (twice!) and Harlem Hill without having to walk.
Let this serve as your daily reminder that yes, having to take time off running sucks, and yes, getting back into it is really hard and humbling. But your fitness will come back! My speed isn’t where it was a year ago at this time, but 12 miles is solid proof that my endurance is coming back, and I’m sure the speed (if I put in the work) will follow. Hooray running!
OH AND GUESS WHAT ELSE I DIDN’T HAVE TO DO DURING THIS RUN? Make any bathroom stops. The entire time. Aaaaaamazing!
3. Heading to Utah!
I leave this afternoon, and as sad as I am to leave Ellie behind for eight whole days (I’ve never left her for this long!), I’m really excited to spend some time in the mountains. It’s not really a vacation, but it’s not totally a work trip, either. (Basically, my BFF Michael is originally from Utah, and was like, “I’m going to Utah because flights were so cheap,” and I haven’t spent much quality time with her lately, so I was like, “Let’s all go!” And then I booked my flight.)
I’ll be working from her house most days, but am also planning to make time to breathe in the fresh mountain air, attempt a few runs (at altitude, will prob die), and see some friends in the area. I’ve only been to Utah once — in 2010 for two super quick Dance Spirit photo shoots — so it’s been a while.
4. Chocolate-covered strawberries
I popped into the grocery store the other day, and, in true cheesy V-Day fashion, they were selling chocolate-covered strawberries. And not like the fancy kind from a luxe chocolate store. Just really, really mediocre-looking ones. But YOLO! I bought six.
5. Cely’s blog
I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately — to say the least — with the news and feeling like I’m not doing enough or consuming enough or understanding enough. I’ve always loved Cely’s blog, Running Off the Reese’s, but I’m especially digging it lately. She’s well-educated and insightful, and I appreciate her perspective on current events. She’s also good at sharing ways people (like me!) can take action. I did the whole “call your senators” thing for a while, and nothing I called about or left messages for ended up mattering, so that felt useless. But follow Cely’s blog. She’s more informed and does a better job speaking on political issues and current events than I do.
6. Keeping a daily list of “3 Things I Did Well Today”
Brian once told me that at the end of every day, successful people will acknowledge three things they did well that day. I got into this habit at the start of the new year by keeping a journal and jotting things down throughout the day. Sometimes it’s a struggle to pinpoint three things, but other days I easily write more than five! They range from “submitted a story on deadline and not six days late” to “almost emptied the dishwasher.” I celebrate victories of all sizes. (But seriously, it’s great to look back and feel accomplished every day.)
7. New Two Dots levels!
I finally updated my app and now there are more levels!!! I’m on 1003. I know I should be ashamed, but I’m so proud. I attribute much of my success to time spent in the bathroom during my Crohn’s flare. Feeling better is great, but it hasn’t been so good for my Two Dots progress. NOT COMPLAINING, JUST SAYING.
Obviously. I can’t believe I’m about to leave her. I can’t think about it. It hurts my heart. She’s amazing. She’s my best friend.
Not loving: Beyonce’s Grammy’s performance (SORRY), being cold all the time, still relying on Ambien to get decent sleep, dry (and pimply) skin, dry (and itchy) eyes, paying extra to check a bag, the return of my sexy scalp psoriasis, feeling like I’ve written this same exact blog post 38 times in the past year. (Hence the need to pursue a new medium. The blog days may be wrapping up over here, kids…)
OK — time to hit the friendly skies! I’ll catch ya on the flip side, and by that I mean the other side of the country but slightly inland.
YOUR TURN, BECAUSE WE ARE BEST FRIENDS AND IT’S VALENTINE’S DAY: What are you loving today?!
What an upbeat and positive blog! Congratulations on your podcast and enjoy your time in Utah! ?
I’m gonna be a weirdo here, but I listened to your podcast with Brian yesterday, and it actually made me feel empowered. I just got out of a 5.5 year relationship with someone who, while he was a nice guy in 99% of areas, always made me feel bad about my bathroom problems. Like always made comments about sounds and how “gross” it was. As if I needed to hear that. And listening to your husband say that it never bothered him – made me believe that my ex was just being a dick, and that there really ARE nice guys out there. I’m super intimidated by dating at the moment – partially because I’ll have to have the bathroom conversation at some point (or not be able to hide it TOO long). But your podcast made me think that it might not be that bad. So thank you – and happy valentine’s day!
I miss running in Central Park too! Was visiting NY in November and ran in CP on most days.
Hi Ali. Your podcast is great! I love long runs + podcasts. It’s my JAM.
Things I’m loving : your blog ?.
I’ve been doing yoga for a few months now and for the last 3 weeks have been doing it daily and I can actually tell I’m getting better at some of the positions/ moves.
I’m loving that I get to take my kids to FL for spring break ??
Hi Ali! I have scalp psoriasis too, but is it totally gross to tell you that I kind of like it? I also have athlete’s foot between two of my toes and I quite enjoy that as well. Peeling and flaking skin is such a good stress reliever. I AM SO GROSS.
Also, today I listened to your podcast episode where you interview your husband, and I thought it was great! And can I say that there are a lot of similarities between what you guys deal with as a couple and what we deal with as a couple? My husband has bipolar disorder, and although your husband supports you with crohn’s, a lot of the same dynamics apply to both situations. It’s fascinating! Anyway, that’s all. I’ll stop typing now.
I have read your blog for many years and was excited for your podcast to air. I so appreciate the honesty and joy you bring to your work on the blog and in you podcast and wanted you to know how much you are inspiring folks with the work you are doing! Have a wonderful trip and looking forward to continuing to follow your writing and podcasting!
Have a great time in Utah! I have only listened to the first podcast so far, but I’m enjoying it! Please keep up the entertainment in blogging and audio 🙂
Please for the love of all things DONT stop blogging.
Loved both the podcast with Brian and Alison. So different yet so authentic and the honesty out of both of them.
You keep inspiring the world, ALI!!!!
Loving sitting in Starbucks before taking myself for Sushi, my all time favorite meal!
Don’t stop blogging! I love your blog. I’ve also been looking at instagram a lot more lately and enjoy following you there! I haven’t been able to listen to the podcast yet, but I will!
I am loving your podcast and my favorite episode so far was the one with you and Brian! So much fun to listen to you when I work, run, or snuggle on the couch with my pups. Happy Valentine’s Day and have fun in Utah!
Loving my family and loving your blog – please don’t stop.
Happy Valentine’s Day! (I love Valentine’s Day!) Today I am loving: my new mascara which really doesn’t clump, the cards and cute “love” pjs my mom sent me, that the sun is shining, that my hip bursitis is slowly getting better and I’m able to be active again (modified but still), and that tomorrow I get to help a friend by watching her new baby for an hour while she takes a barre class- an hour break from work to hang with a sweet little babe, what could be better?!
Don’t stop blogging!
I am loving that my 4 year old little boy asked me on the way to school this morning, “Mama, when I’m a grown up, will you be my honey?”
Happy Valentine’s Day!
okay, that’s pretty cute. Warm fuzzies forever on that one.
Agree with what Diana said about your podcast w/ Brian!
The episode with you and Brian was my favorite. It took me a long time to get on the podcast bandwagon but it’s my new favorite way to not waste data on my phone on my walks to work.
So so so jealous of your Utah trip! That’s high on my list of places I want to go. Have so much fun!
so glad you’re feeling better still. utah is beautiful!! you will have such a good time. hi ellie!
Your episode with Brian hurt my heart (in a GOOD way) because I am so so happy to hear love like this exists!! I’m single on VDay (womp womp) but you guys give me hope on not settling. Happy Valentine’s Day to the both of you (and Ellie!!) from a new-ish blog reader (and podcast listener!) have fun out west!
Don’t stop blogging!!
Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m loving your podcast – especially the one with Brian. It is so refreshing to hear the honesty between you both! I’m loving heart shaped donuts from Dunkin, my outfit today (cause i’m rockin’ Vday leggings w/ an adorable mini skirt) & that it will be nice weather this weekend when my mom comes in to celebrate my birthday.
Safe flight & enjoy Utah!