A Quick Christmas With The Cristianos

Happy Day After the Day After Christmas! Ellie and I are settled back at home in New Jersey after our annual whirlwind Tour de New England, while Brian is off on his next leg off the trip. Our quick holiday getaway was lovely, if a little rushed. And because next year at this time I’ll […]

11 Things I Loved About Running Around Washington, D.C.

I walked out the door this morning and decided to take my building’s “secret shortcut” to get to the subway. (If you cut through the parking garage instead of leaving through the main entrance, you can shave like 7 seconds off your commute time!) I got to the parking garage exit and — since it […]

My 2014 Game Changers

For the past two years, I wasn’t really into the “year end recap” thing. I cringed looking back on the two previous years, and wanted pretty desperately to just move forward. As I said time and time again, 2012 and 2013 were “just not my years.” But 2014 was a year that changed the game […]

The Dog And Pony Christmas Show

There was Thanksgiving… …and then there was Hawaii… …and then the holidays came and went. And because of the festivities in Hawaii, Brian and I figured we should spend the holidays together for the first time, visiting both our families all over New England. He called it “the dog and pony show,” which I guess […]

Spring Duathlon At Smolak Farms Recap

What is a race recap and how do I write one? Noooo, I remember how. And turns out, I even kind of remember how to race. Not too fast and not too far, but this weekend — for the first time in a very long time — I woke up while it was still dark […]

With One Month To Go

Hi gobblers! I hope you had a nice, stress-free, full-bellied Thanksgiving. On the long weekend front, there’s not much for me to report. Instead of cramming eleventy billion “must do now” tasks into the three days I was in New Hampshire, I instead took The Route Frequently Less Traveled By Ali. I did pretty much […]

Thankful Things Thursday: Feel Good Friday Edition

A day late. My bad. Can we still get grateful though? Because I’m feeling it now more than ever. Ever, I tell you! And a Thankful Things Thursday by any other name — Feel Good Friday, perhaps? — is just as sweet. Or whatever that phrase is. You get it. Let’s do it. I’m thankful […]

From 4:13 To 3:51: My Manchester City Marathon Recap

I spent 11 months in 2011 working to gain automatic entry to the New York City Marathon. I ran the requisite nine races — seriously burning out in the process — and volunteered at that year’s NYCM Expo. Finally, after dropping too much money on entry fees and a New York Road Runners membership, I […]

When Nothing Goes According To Plan

One major lesson I’ve learned this year is that no matter how hard you try — no matter how many pretty little To-Do lists you make — life doesn’t always follow your plan. In fact, more often than not, live throws major curve balls your way. Sometimes those curve balls come in the form of […]