Favorite Things: January 19 – 25, 2019

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It has been kind of quiet here this week, but I’ve been using most of my time to finish up the dissertation. I probably could have been finished days ago, but I just keep looking at it, wondering if it is fine to turn it yet. Today, I’m answering with a big yes, going through format one last time, then godspeed dissertation. Make me proud. Or at the very least, do not shame me.

So without further ado, here are this week’s favorite things:

For a chuckle: Make America Smoke Again.

I am in full nesting mode and I can tell by what I google: Cleaning tips. 24 Effective Cleaning Products.

The grocery store does stress me out.

As a Catholic and a runner, I can appreciate some running nuns.

I liked this article on trail runner Emelie Forsberg.


Another great irunfar article from Sabrina Little on being story-telling animals.


Tomorrow is sourdough Saturday. Here is a beautiful article on making bread.


There is always a simpler way.

Something I need to work on: turning off the noise.

Why is this so fascinating? Influencer economy gone wrong.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Favorite Things : January 5 – 11, 2018

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Quick post today. I’m home in Ohio because I have a job interview later today. I know, with finishing my dissertation to submit and everything else, right? It will be fun though because I’ll get to have coffee with friends I haven’t seen in awhile.

I cannot express how much better I feel as compared with last week Friday. I really tried hard to take it easy and pay attention to see if the pelvic pain increased or decreased and it has been, for the most part, the latter. I’m hoping (fingers crossed) to do an hour fifteen minute run on Sunday without walk breaks. I’ll take it as easy as I can, but that would definitely feel good. Most importantly, I’ll try to be happy with whatever happens.

Without further ado, here are this week’s favorite things.

David Roche on how lack of time is not an excuse.

Are calendars better than to-do lists?

The need for quiet time.

Joining a regular gym in the new year is apparently a waste of money.

When life gets in the way of running.

I loved this Instagram post from girlsgonewodpodcast.

Have a great weekend!

Favorite Things: December 28, 2018 – January 4, 2019

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Does it feel like it took forever to get to Friday this week, or is that just me? I’m glad it is finally the weekend, made all the better because the next two days involves zero travel, no holiday parties, nothing at all. Hello, return to normalcy.

I have nothing too exciting planned, which is exactly how I want it. Tomorrow morning I have my small group. We’re still reading this book. Then Sunday I’ll do a longish run around an hour and fifteen minutes. Probably needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway), but I’ll mostly be working on my dissertation.

So, without further ado, here are this week’s favorite things:

Kaci Lickteig posts about her year of overcoming injury and return to running.

I think we can all agree that we can leave words like collusion, grapple, platform, and wheelhouse in 2018.

Eric Schranz on his first year of not drinking. When in Connecticut, I tried to find the Athletic Brewing beer he mentions. I couldn’t find it at the liquor stores where (according to the brewery website) I thought I would find it, so I think I’ll have to just order it.

Foods for eating healthier on a budget. I’m pretty sure Bruno and I go through three cartons of eggs a week. Maybe that is too much for two people?

Bad habits we won’t give up for 2019.

Yesterday I declared 2019 the year of 1% better. Here is an article by James Cleary on the Lakers and 1% improvements.

Outcome goals vs. process goals.

Any big plans for this weekend? Or, like me, are you spending this weekend hanging out with your dissertation, wondering “can I graduate“?


Favorite Things : December 11 – 21, 2018

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I’m home in Ohio and about to head South to Dayton for some Dorothy Lane Market cookies and a lunch date with my mom. We leave for Connecticut on Sunday, making an overnight stop in Pennsylvania to break the eleven to twelve hour drive up. It is nice to be home and it is nice to see family, but I miss our place in Michigan and look forward to maybe not traveling for the holidays (maybe post-baby ha!).

I’ll post a few short things next week, but will be radio silent for Christmas. I hope you all enjoy your holidays and hopefully, hopefully make some time to relax and enjoy some eggnog and cookies.

And without further ado, this week’s favorite things:

Tis the season to fall back in love with your dreadmill.err…I mean treadmill.

Maybe controversial but still good — worshipping the idols of wellness.

Ultramarathoner Sabrina Little writes a Discourse on Cheating.

For those of you with writing aspirations for 2019.

Ultramarathoner Anna Frost on the coexistence of pregnancy and running.

Why is it so hard for runners to cycle and cyclists to run?

Have a wonderful weekend and Merry Christmas!

xo, Ali

Favorite Things : December 8 – 14, 2018

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I’m about ready to do a quick thirty minute run before heading to CrossFit for the day. This week was good — I felt like I had much more consistency in dissertating than I have in a long time since becoming pregnant. I’m hoping to turn the whole thing in when the spring semester starts in January and hopefully, hopefully defend in February. Doing a little bit every single day has been working for me.

I do not have much for weekend plans. I have small group at church tomorrow morning. We’re discussing this book, which I love so far. We have a few Christmas parties we may or may not go to, depending on if I feel up to it. Other than that nothing too exciting!

Without further ado, here are this week’s favorite things:

When you are making little habits, remember these are all seeds for future you.

How being outdoors makes your kids smarter.

How to know if you are in a real bookstore.

Blogs > Social Media.

I have a foam roller, but have no idea what to do with it or how to use it. This article helps.

What to do instead of spending money.

An ode to the blue collar runner:

“The idea that someone could love something so much and pursue it with such tenacity and sacrifice in the name of personal satisfaction inspires the imagination. It forces fans and competitors alike to ask themselves — what am I really capable of? What do I really want?”

Courtney Dauwalter is a rock star.

What are your plans for the weekend?

xo, Ali

Favorite Things : December 1 – 7, 2018

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I feel wiped out this week. I have not been sick, but just thoroughly drained. I’m hoping this weekend will involve some relaxation and some Harry Potter-time. No big plans other than an ugly Christmas sweater CrossFit WOD tomorrow and a long run on Sunday. I’d like to try to make some homemade cinnamon rolls, but we’ll see.

Without further ado — here are this week’s favorite things:

If you haven’t listened to Katie and Dominic Grossman’s interview on Ultra Runner Podcast yet, do so. Not that I’ve ever been a long-distance or large volume weekly runner, but I appreciate the acknowledgement that pregnancy is complicated and well, more gray, than either you can do it all or cannot do anything at all.

The interview led me to this great piece by Katie. I feel this on a daily basis, not necessarily running, but with writing my dissertation or anything graduate school related. Is it pregnancy or laziness?

“In maternity, this translates to the fear that by allowing my runs to turn to hikes or sometimes to nothing at all that I’m just using pregnancy as an excuse. Sometimes it feels like that is what the world is telling me – you’re giving up because you’re not actually that dedicated, you’re making excuses to lay on the couch, you need to try harder if you really want to be an accomplished athlete. I’m not certain if this is a result of the more modern focus on the value and acceptance of exercise and the competitive women who drive that message, or of my own lack of self acceptance. I’m sure it’s a combination of both. To the opposite end, I know that you’re supposed to take exercise easier and watch your heart rate and all that jazz, but at what point is it just being lazy? Where is the line? Why am I not “doing pregnancy” better? And why the hell can’t I find examples of anyone else here in the grey with me?! INTERNET, YOU ARE FAILING ME.”

Strava data on the state of running.

I’m not freelance, but I do a lot of my work from home. How to maintain your sanity.

Western States 100 and Hardrock 100 lottery results.

Break your digital addiction — this is a never ending battle.

When you’re running and it hurts, there is one solution. Go faster.

I love seeing what people eat during race training.

I think growing up I was more drawn to the hedonistic artist-types like Ernest Hemingway or rock stars, but now I find myself drawn more to the ascetic artist-types. NYT article on how the myth of the hedonistic artist has lost its allure.

Have a great weekend!

xo, Ali

Favorite Things : November 24 – 30, 2018

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Today starts week 13 of pregnancy. I was pretty sick yesterday morning, but today I feel fine. I’m planning on going for a 45 minute run and doing some CrossFit later today. This weekend is pretty social one. We have plans with friends almost every night of the weekend. Other than that the plan is to do some baking, make some soup, and hopefully spend some quality time with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

How did the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot become so popular?

Important: Run away.

How to become a trail runner.

At Run Woodstock, we set up our chairs near the finish line to I could cheer the 50mile, 100k, and 100 mile people in. And yes, I cried. Finish lines will get you every time.

I’m planning on making this soup this weekend.

Before the last few months, for obvious reasons, I never much paid attention to pregnancy and post-pregnancy running. I went through Salty Running’s archives and it is a treasure of blog posts of weekly running schedules of pregnant and postpartum runners.

Have a great weekend!

xo, Ali


Favorite Things : August 25-31, 2018

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I cannot that after this weekend summer is over. It flew by. I’ll admit to being a total cliché. I love fall, pumpkin spice lattes, and hot apple cider. I’m ready for the season change, but I’m not ready with how quickly time seems to be going.

I’d say it has been a successful summer. I finished two chapters and had them approved. I raced my first triathlon and two trail races. We went to Frankenmuth, Michigan and to Nashville, Tennessee. We went camping.

This fall I start teaching my first college class. I’m nervous, which I think is reasonable. I’m also very excited. I have been waiting a long time for this moment. Tuesday is the first day. I have not been able to touch my dissertation, because I want to make sure I’m as prepared as I can be. I feel so lucky and blessed to finally be able to do this that I want it to go as well as it reasonably can.

And so, without further ado, this week’s favorite things:

I mean I don’t think I’m bored, but I have always dreamed of doing an endurance event.

Life advice: Send one scary email a day.

Professional athletes with full-time jobs.

10 Simple Truths Revealed by CrossFit.

You’re gonna live in a van down by the river!

I love the “café” area of this house. So cute!

Running to stretch our limits.

Have a great weekend!

xo, Ali



Favorite Things : August 18 – 24, 2018

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Tomorrow is the day! And it still looks like it is going to storm. I’m still hoping it will turn out ok. I have not received any emails about any possible cancellations or what the plan is if inclement weather arrives. I also know how Michigan can be. It can be projected to storm all week and then it ends up a beautiful, lovely day. I keep checking to see if anything, anything has changed. Nope.

That all said, without further ado, here are this week’s favorite things:

I love that Cup of Jo featured a home near Dayton, Ohio (the closest city to my hometown)!

The only way to live your life.

I hated gym class and was definitely always the last person to be picked for any team. That said, I still like sports. I must be an anomaly.

Loved this article on Michigan breweries on the North Country Trail. I’ve been to three. What I did not know about was the North Country Trail. I will definitely start exploring now. This Ohioan is always so amazed at what there is to do in Michigan. I-er-mean-uh-go-Bucks!

It was a short one this week. Getting ready for the semester means less time on the internet, which honestly is a good thing.

xo, Ali





Favorite Things : August 11 – 17, 2018

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Only two more weekends to go before the fall semester starts back up again. This weekend I have a family reunion, so I’ll be heading down to Ohio tomorrow for that. Other than that, the plans are simple. I am going to do a short run on Sunday and catch up on some work that should have been done during the week.

And so, without further ado, this week’s favorite things:

A healthy pasta salad — looks so good!

Ten things learned in ten years of marriage.

I remember walking to the grocery store and going to the pool by myself when I was six or seven. Joanna Goddard on “free range parenting.”

Beautiful ode to camping.

Taking care of your body and burn-out.

Michigan is beautiful.

Have a great weekend!

xo, Ali




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