Ali On The ‘Roids

On any given day, I have a bit of energy, a lot of enthusiasm and an appetite for both life and chocolate. That’s “any given day.” On “any given day,” I am not on steroids. For the past eight days, however, I have been on the ‘roids, and they’re starting to kick in. Big time. […]

Lessons I Learned From Living Alone

Have I mentioned that I adore alliteration? Work at a peppy teen magazine for longer than about eight seconds and you, too, will find yourself frantically Googling “Adjectives That Start With J” as a deadline looms and catchy headlines are needed. Jovial. Jolly. Joyful. Jazzy. Today I want to talk about living alone. I’ve been […]

Thankful Things Thursday: Prednisone, You Complete Me & Make Me Hyper

The good: There’s a lot of good. Namely that I didn’t night sweat to death last night. I still engaged in a bit of overnight perspiration, but not nearly as drastically as the past few nights. These little changes are making a huge improvement in my hourly moods. The bad: I still slept like total […]

On The Road To Recovery At Marathon Goal Pace

HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE BEST DAY EVER. All caps = Internet yelling = I am saying something of the utmost importance. Yesterday was not the best day ever. Yesterday it took me two hours to get out of bed because of the whole stomach pain thing. I was quite literally doubled over and miserable. […]

How To Stay Positive

Hello! Here is a story about wildlife in Contoocook, NH, written by a young Ali: Yes, that was a true story. No, I did not seem concerned about potentially contracting rabies, because, to me, the animal was “cute.” Anyway. I seem to have a new nightly routine. I go to bed super late, usually around […]

Night Runners Deserve All The Credit

One of the questions I get all the time is, “Where do you get your legwarmers?” Another frequently asked thing is, “How do you wake up so early to run every day?” The truthful answer is that I have always been a morning person. Waking up at 5 AM is so much easier for me […]

I Did A Tempo Run Today

I’m moving quite slowly this morning. Normally my commute to work takes about 35–40 minutes door-to-door, depending on how cooperative the downtown 4/5 trains decide to be. Usually they are “delayed momentarily because of train traffic ahead. Please be patient.” Or I believe now it’s, “Thank you for your patience.” See that? They don’t even […]

Uncharacteristic Things I Did This Weekend

This weekend was wonderful in all the weirdest ways. Did I do all my usual things, like running and eventually showering and eating a lot? Yes, yes I did. But I also did many other things that are a bit out of character for me. Now I will tell you all about those things. I […]

I Ran. Twice!

For the past six days, I couldn’t eat. I barely slept. I didn’t even think about running. But yesterday? Oh sweet, beautiful yesterday. Yesterday I ate. I slept. And yes, I ran. Let’s talk about the running first, because that’s obviously — always — what I’m most excited about. Coach Cane said I could run […]

Long Run DNF

DNF = Did Not Finish. There’s a first time for everything, right? Let’s go back in time to recap this week a bit… Tuesday: Wake up brutally early to run seven miles before flying to L.A. for work. Embark on a 6+ hour flight aboard the always-pleasant JetBlue, and touch down in sunny and chilly […]