Life in 2018

I’m really excited about 2018.

I have a few New Year’s Resolutions. Nothing groundbreaking, just checklist-y things I want to (I will) accomplish this year. And since I believe everything good comes from putting your big dreams out there, here are mine:

1. I will put myself first. This is something I realized I need to prioritize after my trip to California. It’s not always fully possible, but I plan to set my intention on it and do my very best.

Best day ever.

2. I will bring live shows and events to the Ali on the Run Show! I’m in the process of planning live episodes for this year. They’re going to be fun. The guests are going to be amazing! (No, really. You’ve asked for them. It’s happening.) And, if all goes according to this big plan I have, they’re not all going to be NYC-centric. (And make sure you follow me on Instagram and like the Ali on the Run Facebook page, because I’m going to be doing a lot of live content there, too! It’s going to be fun and interactive!)

That time Brian and I recorded a podcast episode together and he padded my entire office with pillows and blankets to improve the sound quality. (Coming very soon: an actual podcast studio! YAY!)

3. I will stop waiting and hesitating. Every time I get annoyed about something, I realize it’s because I waited or hesitated. I have a lot of good ideas, and I sit on almost all of them for way too long before taking action. This year, I will constantly take action, even if it means “failing” a million times along the way. That’s OK. (“In order to fail, you have to try,” I once said while very high on anesthesia.)

Less thinking, more doing. Less hesitating, more ass kicking.

4. I will run on the Long Path. I said I’d do this last year, and then I didn’t do nearly as much running as I’d hoped. Life, man.

5. I will announce a New York Road Runners race. I really want to do this. I first came up with this dream last year and I want to make it happen this year. I think it would be so fun. I love races and I love seeing runners cross the finish line and I want to yell their names and make them smile even bigger as they have those triumphant finishes. I obviously have no experience doing this, but I’m going to figure it out and make it happen. WATCH ME.

I am really good at cheering for races! Being a race announcer seems like the natural next step…

And that’s it for now. I love the freshness and excitement of a new year. It always feels so positive and hopeful, and especially coming off many months of being sick, I’m just so excited to feel great right now and to want to channel all that energy into productive, happy, community-building, life-changing actions.

Here are a few other thoughts on life lately…

If you haven’t taken the Ali on the Run Show listener survey, do it now! It’s fast and fun (like a 5K, but you probably won’t feel like barfing at the end!), and it’s helpful for me in terms of getting a good feel for who’s listening to the show. I have good instincts, but it’s nice to get feedback about what people love, don’t love, or want more (or less!) of. Plus, everyone who fills it out is entered to win a $100 Whole Foods gift card!

So far five people have responded to the survey asking for Abby to be a guest on an upcoming episode. ON IT! (And LOL. I love you people so much.)

I feel really healthy right now. I am enjoying this so much. It’s absolutely amazing to be able to do what I want right now — and I don’t just mean big things like going on a worry-free road trip. I mean simple things like being able to walk Ellie in the morning without panicking about the possibility of having to run back inside for the bathroom, or eating before I leave the house, or going on dates with Brian, or actually recording podcasts since I’m not confined to the toilet. It’s freeing and amazing and I love every single minute of it. Yay!


I’m going to Bermuda next weekend! Speaking of being able to do things, many months ago, a group of friends decided to go to Bermuda for the Bermuda Race Weekend. I opted out since, at the time, I was too sick to do all those things I just mentioned (walking Ellie, walking myself, generally being away from a bathroom for more than 12 seconds). But now I’m healthy! So I’m going! (There’s a mile race, a 10K, a half, and a marathon. I really want to race the mile all-out to see what I can do. I’ve only raced a mile once and finished in 6:23. It’ll be fun!)

I saw Pitch Perfect 3. Twice. The plot is so, so silly, but I don’t care. I loved it so much. Both times. And I’ve been singing Freedommmmmm! Freedom!!! nonstop ever since. (PS If anyone can find where I can buy the dress Emily — Hailee Steinfeld’s character — wears during the final performance, that would be great. I Googled until I fell asleep last night and got nothin’. Help.)

The first time I saw Pitch Perfect 3 was with Brian. I love the guy, but he didn’t even cry during the final performance! So the second time, I went with my friend Lucy, and she sobbed right along with me. That was better. (LUV U, BRI.)

I finally bought the Trader Joe’s “Everything But the Bagel” spice everyone raves about, and yeah, it’s pretty good. Brian ate an actual handful of it the other night — not on something, just a handful of spices — so clearly he’s a fan, too.

I’m working on putting together a 30-day challenge that I’m excited about, and I want you to join me! Stand by for details. It’ll be fun and we’ll do it together and be best friends and at the end we can have a party where we all pat each other on the backs and eat snacks and stuff!

Ellie says HAPPY 2018!

DO YOU HAVE ANY 2018 GOALS OR RESOLUTIONS? Please tell me about them so I can cheer you on! 



11 Responses

  1. I love reading your blog and Instagram feed because no matter what state you’re in, you beam of positivity – something I’m usually lacking. Your smile is infectious and I’m so glad you are in a good place with Crohn’s right now. Best wishes on a fantastic 2018!

  2. Similar to you (and if I am honest completely inspired by you) I am going to put myself first more.
    I have had a bad year with my anxiety and depression raising their head, and entire bodies, in 2017. I am in a much better place, and I am determined to remain there. Starting with registering for a local half marathon in March and a solo yoga retreat before Easter. Happy New year! And thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Happy New Year, Ali! Your 2018 goals are amazing and I will my best to take my cue from you, when it comes to putting myself first. It is tough! The rest of mine are running related (run a new distance, keep working on half marathon, 5k, and 10k times) and be healthy. I will have to get back to you on that, since I am recovering from a nasty cold. My half is in early May and I am sure this will pass soon. Here’s to broth, juice, cough drops, and hot tea until then! Cheers to you!

  4. I love your new goals for the new year…. you can never go wrong with putting yourself first IMHO (because if you’re happy, you can make other people around you happy, too).

  5. I’ll be in Bermuda too! It’s my birthday on race day Sunday so I convinced a bunch of friends to come celebrate by running for a weekend. I even bought myself a sparkly rhinestone birthday sash for the occasion.

  6. Abby is getting so big!! My sister just had a baby (6 days old as of today) so now I am officially an aunt as well. Not really relevant information, but I just needed to brag 🙂

    My resolution is to stop preventing myself from doing things out of fear of failure/rejection/embarrassment/discomfort. I’ve followed this blog for like 6 years and have never commented because I felt awkward not actually knowing anybody in this community and didn’t want to be intrusive since I’ve never actually met you or talked to you, but I figured you’ve gotta start somewhere so cheers to my first official comment on a blog ever! 🙂

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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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