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 : 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 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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Favorite Things : August 3-10, 2018

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We’ve made it to another weekend. However in the words of the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey, what is a weekend? This week did not start out the most productive, so plans for Saturday and Sunday mainly involve dissertating and finishing up my syllabus for class. I’d like to get in a swim and bike ride at some point. My brother and his girlfriend are coming up on Sunday to have lunch with us before they had to the Nascar race. The summer is ending quickly. Much too quickly.

And so, without further ado, here are this week’s favorite things.

I thought making a camping reservation was kind of a pain. This looks like it will help.

I’m not sure if I have posted this before, but always a good reminder. In other words, HTFU.

What a woman training for a 100-miler eats in a day.

For those, like myself, who feel like they don’t really have outdoor experience. It’s all relative.

Rejection always leads to something better.

“Back then, I wrote all day, getting up at five. By this time, I rise scratchy at six or twitch in bed until seven. I drink coffee before I pick up a pen. I look through the newspaper. I try to write all morning, but exhaustion shuts me down by ten o’clock. I dictate a letter. I nap. I rise to a lunch of crackers and peanut butter, followed by further exhaustion. At night I watch baseball on television, and between innings run through the New York Times Book Review. I roll over all night. Breakfast. Coffee.”

Seven hundred words on writing and age.

I must make these cookies.

xo, Ali






Favorite Things : July 14-20, 2018

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What. A. Week. It was a week full of good things. My paper is accepted to a conference in Montreal this November. Bruno has a paper accepted at the same conference, so guess where we’ll be traveling this fall? I finished chapter four of my dissertation and sent it in. Of course, it is not finished, finished yet and will need edits, but I’m getting closer to defending (hopefully). Then, I found out this morning all my medical expenses from March and April will be taken care of by the health share co-op we do in lieu of ACA insurance or employer insurance (grad student life) which means not only will I no longer have an excessive amount of medical bills hanging over my head, but also I will have money back in my pocket for the amounts I paid for out of pocket. And last, but not least. I had a back squat PR from 95 pounds to 123 pounds (you know you are a beginner when you make leaps like that). I’m ending this week very happy and very grateful.

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

I’ve been almost done with the Odyssey for months now. I think we’ll celebrate by grilling with Homer.

How to succeed at work.

How about not finding your passion.

Great blog post from elite swimmer turned real person, Lizzie Simmonds.

I drink, but I have to ask. Why do we promote this? Reminds of some 1950s “Mother’s Little Helper” b.s. and it makes me sad.

On a lighter note, this adorable, wonderful, best thing every Instagram account Life of Sharks.

Have a great weekend!

xo, Ali



Favorite Things : July 7 – 13, 2018

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Growing up, my mom would come upstairs half-yelling, half-singing, “It’s Friiiiiday! It’s Friiidaaaay!” That is about how I feel today. This has been my first week back to Michigan and back to routine in a few weeks. It feels good, but I have been so ready for today.

Sunday is our one year anniversary. We thought about going somewhere, but with camping next weekend and being gone, I just didn’t want to leave. We’ll go out to eat somewhere nice and maybe stop at a brewery. I just wanted something relaxing, especially because I’m still hoping to get that dissertation in by the end of this weekend. We’ll see how it goes!

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

10 Habits to Drop

How to ask someone to put their phone down and listen.

Related. Interesting article on phone use and distracted parenting.

My mom’s new place has a pond. We may need this.

The relationship between perfectionism and injury in athletes. Suddenly so much makes sense.

A history of the greatest campfire dessert.

I admit to having a bit of an obsession with the Kardashian/Jenner clan. Kylie Jenner is worth 900 million dollars.

Have a great weekend!

xo, Ali