This was such a good week! Did you have a good week?!
I am fired up. If you listened to this week’s podcast episode, you could probably tell. I’m just in a really good mood. I’ve been listening to a lot of this…
And also watching this, and crying while also getting all pumped up…
I’m hyped. I’m amped. I want to take a dance class. Like right this second.
Anyway! In the spirit of keeping this short, sweet, and simple, here are the 10 best parts of my week!
1. Annie crawling over to me, standing next to me, and giving me a hug. A real hug! An intentional hug! It was the sweetest thing! She’s very into giving hugs and kisses right now, and I can’t get enough.
2. Interviewing Mark Kanemura. Not for the Ali on the Run Show — sorry! But for a story I’m writing for Dance Spirit. He was an absolute delight. If you’re not following him on Instagram, you absolutely must. He’s @mkik808.
3. Finding the bulletin board of my dreams. For years, I have wanted a very specific type of bulletin board for my office. Brown cork. Gold frame. Affordable. And the other day, I found it. So I bought two of them, much to Brian’s dismay, because he is the one tasked with hanging them. But I am convinced they’re going to make me more productive and effective. I’ll get to see my ideas on the wall instead of in piles of paper!
4. Announcing the launch of Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt! In the spirit of pursuing connection and community — my two words of the year! — I’ve teamed up with Matt Chittim, the host of the Rambling Runner podcast and the Road to the Olympic Trials show, and we’re going to be doing a monthly show together! It’s going to be so fun!
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When I sat down to really think about what I want to feel and accomplish in 2020, I kept coming back to two things: connection and community. Yesterday, I had one of those moments of, “Why am I doing what I’m doing? Does any of this even matter? Do I need it to matter?” (Cue Jean Ralphio’s voiceover: “Who are we? Where are we going? Those are questions Lil’ Sebastian never had to answer. Because he was a horse…”) Anyway! It’s really important to me to be around and collaborate with good people. People who are all about lifting others up, supporting them, and acting with kindness and integrity. Not just saying it, but showing it, and living it. And so! I’m super excited to be joining forces with @rambling_runner for a new monthly podcast series on each of our shows! Matt is one of the BEST people I’ve gotten to know through this little iPhone screen. He is such a positive voice in the running community, and the stories he shares on his show are important. I’m grateful for the work he does, and the way he encourages the people around him. The first episode will launch at the end of this month. We’ll be talking about all things running, podcasting, industry news, behind the scenes stuff, and stories we’ve never shared. (Ooooh!) And, of course, answering YOUR questions! We’ll have a listener Q&A portion of every episode, so hit us up here with anything you want to know or hear about! Connection. Community. And getting to do fun things with great people. Let’s go!
5. Finally creating an Ali on the Run Show Facebook GROUP! OK, I may have gotten myself in a little over my head here, but it’s fine, because this group is incredible! Everyone is nice and kind (those are mandatory) and supportive and funny! Lots of really funny people in there! I highly recommend coming and joining the funny. I’m doing my very best to see everything and respond to everything, but Facebook isn’t the best at streamlining group conversations, so if I miss something, tell me and tag me a million times!
6. Brian surprising us and coming home early Tuesday and got to be here for bedtime. It was so nice! I always get a little envious when I’m out walking Annie and Ellie at 5:30 PM, and I see all these parents out with their kids, together. That’s not a reality for us right now, so when it does get to happen, it’s so nice and so special.
7. Announcing the lululemon x Orangetheory class for the Brave Like Gabe Foundation! Again, connection and community. Check it out. If you can’t join us in person, consider making a donation. All of the proceeds go to charity. I’m hugely grateful for Orangetheory for donating the studio, the instructor’s time, and the staff’s time so we can do this, and to lululemon for providing post-class mimosas among other (secret!) things.
8. Submitting a story for Women’s Running magazine. I got to write about someone I adore and admire — someone you heard on the Ali on the Run Show way back when it first launched!
9. Getting out of the house! One of my goals for this year is to get out more, and this week, I did. I worked from my favorite local cafe, and it’s a changer, I’ll tell ya! I was so much happier and more productive and more focused. And I ate some delicious ricotta toast!
10. Running a 5:55 mile at Orangetheory!!!
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5:55!!! My goal for the @orangetheory mile today was to go sub-6:00. I knew that with the treadmill lag, I’d have to go out at a pace that’s way faster than what I’m comfortable running — and would have to max out from there. So I did. I felt great for the first 90 seconds running at 10.2 mph, and then it felt hard. At the three-minute mark, I bumped it to 10.3, and at 4:30 I hit 11 mph. I squeaked in with five seconds to spare, and I am PUMPED! That was hard and I loved it! The whole time I was running, I kept repeating @gigrunewald’s words in my head: “It’s OK to struggle, but it’s not OK to give up.” I think about Gabe a lot. I don’t know why. I never met her in real life. But her legacy is so powerful. That’s why I’m teaming up with @lululemon and am hosting a private @otfedgewater class on Sunday, February 9, at 3 PM! It’s a $30 donation-based class, and every single cent we bring in that day is going to the @bravelikegabe Foundation. We have 39 spots up for grabs. Check out the link in my bio to sign up, and do it fast — I have a good feeling this is going to sell out ASAP. It’s going to be such a fun class. It doesn’t matter if you’re an OTF regular or you haven’t run since the timed mile in fifth grade. It’s for all levels. We’ll have a live DJ, post-class mimosas, and a bunch of awesome stuff to give away and raffle off. (Bring cash for the raffles!) And it’ll be coached by @iamem_fit, who helped get me to that 5:55 today! The goal is to have fun, have friendship, break a good sweat, and raise as much money as we can for Brave Like Gabe. If you can’t attend the class but would still like to make a contribution, you can do that at the link in my bio as well. Just select the “donation” option and contribute however much you’d like. Nothing too big or small. Grateful for it all. To everyone running the mile today, YOU GOT THIS!
WOO! So pumped about that one. And about all of it. Other great things included fun phone calls with Carrie Tollefson (love her) and my friend Jenn at New Balance (things in the works!), cooking dinner every night (OK, three nights…), and lots of nice walks with Annie and Ellie.
I’m a lot today, I know. I’m just excited.
And since I want to be best friends, I’d love to know: WHAT WAS THE BEST PART OF YOUR WEEK?!