Before I dive into this brain dump, please accept my heartiest THANK YOU to everyone who has been supporting the Ali on the Run Show! I know I keep saying this, but I’m really loving doing this, and am so grateful for everyone who has subscribed, listened, rated, and reviewed the show. (I know the whole “subscribe, rate, and review” thing is probably getting a little tired — the reason I keep bringing it up is because that’s how iTunes ranks and displays podcasts! So the more subscribers, ratings, and reviews a show has, the more visibility you get. And the more visibility you get, the better, right? So if you’re up for it, please consider subscribing, rating, and reviewing the show. Eventually I’ll shut up about it.)
Beyond podcasting, here’s what else is going down in Ali Land. (OMG I’m going to put a sign on our front door that says Welcome 2 Ali Land. Brian will love it. Or Ali & Ellie Land. That’s better.)
LISTENING: Well, to my own podcast, to be totally narcissistic. I love listening to podcasts for my long and easy runs and while cooking dinner, but still opt for the dope beats during track workouts. Lately I’ve been jamming out to “Green Light” by Lorde, “Play That Song” by Train (I feel like it’s kinda cheesy but I’m into it), “Bad Girls” by M.I.A., “Be The One” by Dua Lipa, and “It Ain’t Me” by Kygo and Selena Gomez. I have pretty eclectic taste, and by that I mean I listen exclusively to Top 40 pop hits and the occasional Broadway cast album.
COOKING: Like so much. I make these buffalo chicken nuggets once a week because they’re so good and so easy and I have most of the ingredients on hand at all times. I also make a lot of stir fry-type dishes, and am newly obsessed with these meatballs, which are probably one of the top three things I’ve ever made. Brian went crazy for them, too. Ellie didn’t get any, but she would’ve loved them. Plus lots of avocado toast for lunch. I’m a creature of habit and I fear for the day I get sick of avocado toast and don’t know how to feed myself in the middle of the day.
Oh and I’m still doing the dairy-free thing. It doesn’t even feel like a thing anymore and hasn’t been an inconvenience at all. I’ve even found decent dairy-free yogurt (Kite Hill) so I can still make my favorite Family Recipe Dip (which is not so much a family recipe as it is “stir Lipton Onion Mix powder from packet into sour cream or, healthier option, Greek yogurt).
RUNNING: I’m officially training for the Brooklyn Half! I also signed up to run the New Jersey Half Marathon on April 30. In theory I would love to PR at Brooklyn, but in reality, I don’t know if that’ll happen. My PR is 1:44:48 (from 2011 — pretty outdated, IMO), and that seems impossible right now. Granted I haven’t been training or trying and have still been easing back into things, but I’ve been running four days per week and am just trying to be mindful and tuned in to how my body feels. Running a fast-for-me half isn’t worth getting sick again, so I’m attempting to be good about getting plenty of rest, recovering smartly, and all that jazz. So WE’LL SEE.
But I NEED TO DO MORE STRENGTH TRAINING! So can someone force me to do that or hold me accountable or something? I even put it on my to-do list every day but it never gets checked off. I live three feet from a gym and really have no excuses for not making this happen, unless laziness counts as an excuse. Help.
FEELING: Healthy, still! My stomach has actually been a little gnarly and unsettled this week, but I think that has more to do with the fact that I’m a female than the fact that I have Crohn’s disease. I’ll do my next Stelara injection at the beginning of April, so I’m happy the drug seems to be working for me and that it’s pretty low-maintenance.
WRITING: About my quest to sleep better for Women’s Health.
NEEDING: To do something about my eyebrows. The last time I got them threaded or waxed or shaped or whatever I did was the week of our wedding — so September 2015. They’re in pretty rough shape. But waxing and threading make me break out, so I need a better solution that is as low-maintenance as possible. Should I just shave them off?
READING: You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. Finally. I think I’m the last person on the planet to read this. I’m into it ish. I think I’m getting to the part that I want to read most, though.
Plus this quote, over and over…
Also this, which took me back…
And this, which was fantastic.
SEEING: CELINE DION IN LAS VEGAS!!! The other night, I was in a weird funk and Brian was traveling and Ellie was sleeping, so there was no one to tell me not to go ahead and buy two tickets to Celine’s show on June 3. I’m so excited. I still need to figure out flights and who’s coming with me and where to stay (I’ve been to Vegas many times; just need to pick a hotel that is ideally nice but not super expensive and is on The Strip for max convenience and minimal Ubers, and has a good breakfast buffet, obviously), but those are small details. I have the tickets, so it’s happening!
LIVING: In New Jersey for a full year! Still digging it here.
WANTING: To be warm. I hate talking about the weather, I really do, but I’m so tired of being cold. I ran 12 hours ago and I swear my fingers and toes are still chilled. I’m over it.
TRYING: To be a grown-up who is able to curl her own hair. How do people do this? How do you do the back part? How do you not burn your head or hand? How do you not lose patience and give up and just throw it all in a ponytail?
MEETING: Puppies, all the time. It’s probably what I’m best at. In honor of National Puppy Day, here are some puppies.
And of course, my most favorite puppy…
BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHAT’S NEW WITH YOU?