Ali on the Run Show

Ali on the Run Show

By Ali Feller

Every week on the Ali on the Run Show, I talk with inspiring people who lead interesting lives on the run and beyond. And while running is what brings us all together, on these episodes, we're digging a little deeper. These conversations are about the decisions people have made to get where they are today, and how getting sweaty has factored in. Whether you’re on the run toward something great or away from something that’s holding you back, join me on this never-ending adventure, and let’s all pick up the pace together.

Episodes

282. Andrea Wagner, 52-Time Marathoner

“I was in a world I could never have imagined — and I completely broke.”   Andrea Wagner had a meteoric rise to running success. She first leaned into running to cope with the stress of working at the Pentagon in the wake of the September 11 attacks in 2001. She ran her first marathon with a one-and-done mindset, finishing in 4:35 and insisting she would never do it again. (Famous last words!) More than a decade later, Andrea was a mom of two in a bad marriage, again turning to running to cope. She ran more marathons — but this time around, she was winning them. In 2014, she won the Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon, and then went on to finish the Chicago Marathon in 2:41, earning herself an Olympic Trials qualifying time. She signed with Oiselle. She garnered the strength to leave her marriage after 10 years. And then, she lined up at the start of the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. But after 14 miles, she stopped running. She was done. Done with that race, and done running competitively. On this episode, Andrea, who lives in San Antonio, TX, talks about life after elite running, about finding strength from within, and about discovering your self worth.   What you’ll get on this episode: How Andrea got started on the run, and how the September 11, 2011, terrorist attacks played a role in her running story (5:00) What has kept Andrea running? (14:00) Andrea talks about the challenges she faced after becoming a mom (18:30) What did it take to go from a 4:35 marathon to a 2:41? (24:30) On the addiction of constant progress, and a breakdown during the 2015 Boston Marathon (33:50) On external pressure, and what happened during the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials (50:30)   Stuff we mention on this episode: Running Unbroken Race Against Time   Follow Andrea: Instagram @awag227   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play
23/09/201h 14m

281. What's New With You with Rachel Wyman

“I’ve never been so tired in my life. No amount of having babies or opening businesses or anything set me up for this. Those first three months, I’ve never experienced anything so difficult in my entire life. But I just kept going.”   Welcome to the What’s New With You series on the Ali on the Run Show! For the next six weeks, I’ll be catching up with past guests to see what they’ve been up to since the last time we talked. And we’re kicking things off with the indomitable Rachel Wyman! Rachel first appeared on Episode 166 of the show, where she talked about her life as a bread baker, single mom of three, owner of Montclair Bread Company, and race director for two of New Jersey’s most popular races. On this episode, Rachel offers an update about what life for a small business owner has been like during the pandemic, and reflects on the bike accident that shattered her pelvis, and how far she’s come in the two years since the accident. (Spoiler: She ran a marathon last fall and earned a Boston Qualifying time!)   Thank you to UCAN for sponsoring the What’s New With You series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to ucan.co/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN for 20% off your order!   What we mention on this episode: Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald Meb Keflezighi on Episode 175 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Rachel: Instagram @rachelrwyman Blog Montclair Bread Company Fueled by Doughnuts Run Club   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
20/09/2055m 55s

280. Aisha Qamar, 3:02 Marathoner, Activist, & South Brooklyn Mutual Aid Volunteer

“I keep showing up so that people know that a Pakistani Muslim woman can be a marathoner. But just because I am there doesn’t mean the work is done.”   Aisha Qamar cares deeply about her community and the people around her. She earned her master’s in public health at Columbia University, and has used that degree to learn more about and to give back to people in need. She volunteers with South Brooklyn Mutual Aid, delivering food to her neighbors in New York City, and on this episode, Aisha explains how delivering supplies on the run has brought meaning back to her running during the pandemic. She talks about finding her people and making friends when she didn’t think she belonged in the running community, and she talks about being a Muslim woman, and explains what running looks like when she is fasting during Ramadan. Aisha is on the Global Womxn Run Collective steering committee, she runs a 3:02 marathon, and she is on a mission to make sure every runner knows that you do, in fact, belong.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! Go to ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones!   What you’ll get on this episode: Aisha’s take on the global pandemic, from someone with a master’s in public health (4:00) Aisha talks about what her family was like growing up (8:40) All about Aisha’s job, and her career path in healthcare (15:00) Aisha shares her running story (23:30) How Aisha found running friends, and how she went from a 3:53 marathon to a 3:02 (32:10) On running the L.A. Marathon earlier this year (41:30) Running with purpose (47:00) How Aisha got involved with South Brooklyn Mutual Aid (51:25) How Aisha sees her role in helping work toward more diversity and representation in running (1:02.00) The role religion plays in Aisha’s life right now (1:05.00)   What we mention on this episode: South Brooklyn Mutual Aid Global Womxn Run Collective Banker to the Poor Mountains Beyond Mountains "Food, Clothing, Shelter: These NYC Runners Are Helping Their Neighbors Survive," by Cindy Kuzma for Runner's World Whitney Hu on Twitter @whitney_hu   Follow Aisha: Instagram @aishaq Twitter @aishaqamar   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
16/09/201h 19m

279. Justin Grunewald

"I think the biggest thing with grief is knowing that some days you’re gonna be drowning and unable to breathe, and I think I’ve had 12- to 24-hour cry-fests where you literally feel like you’re going to suffocate or die of dehydration. But it does end eventually. And then you take that deep breath and drink a glass of water and look outside and the world is still there. And you can keep going. Just having the hope to keep going is the most important."   Justin Grunewald is a doctor, ultra runner, and avid chaser of FKTs. He's happiest running up mountains in pursuit of running the fastest known time on any given trail. (So far in 2020, Justin has run more than 15 FKTs — two of which he did since we recorded this episode!) In addition to his many accomplishments, both professionally and on the run, Justin is perhaps best known as husband to the late Gabe Grunewald, who passed away last year after a long and arduous battle with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare cancer. On this episode, Justin shares what he's learned about grief, and how he finds hope even when life feels particularly hard. He talks about feeling joy amidst pain, crying happy tears alongside sad ones, and about finding love after loss. Justin opens up about meeting Amanda Basham, and reveals some big news on their behalf.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! Go to ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones!   What you’ll get on this episode: What’s making Justin happy right now? And where is he living? Plus what it’s been like working in a hospital during the past seven months (3:35) How Justin met Gabe (16:25) How Justin held onto hope as Gabe’s health worsened (18:50) What the final days of Gabe’s life were like for Justin, and why he chose to share so much on social media during that time (26:40) What Justin has learned about grief, and how he’s learned “not to sweat the small stuff” (33:30) On “going public” about his relationship with Amanda Basham (40:55) Taylor Swift talk! (58:25) Justin pops in with some “wild and crazy news” (1:00.48)   Stuff we mention on this episode: Gabe Grunewald on Episode 62 of the Ali on the Run Show Brave Like Gabe Foundation Ladia Albertson-Junkans on Episode 178 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Justin: Instagram @justingrunewald1 Twitter @justingrunewald   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
09/09/201h 9m

278. Ali & the Experts with Dr. Nicole Detling, Mental Performance Coach

"Motivation is great when it’s there, but at the end of the day, it’s all about commitment."   Dr. Detling is back! I'm thrilled to wrap up the Ali & the Experts series with returning favorite Dr. Nicole Detling, mental performance coach and founder of Headstrong Consulting. Dr. Detling has a PhD in exercise and sports science with an emphasis in sports psychology, is the author of Don't Leave Your Mind Behind, and hosts the Becoming HeadStrong podcast. On this episode, Dr. Detling — who works with top athletes, Olympians, artists, and sports teams — answers listener questions about injuries, comebacks, emotions on the run, and how to prepare for race day.   Thank you to Athletic Greens for sponsoring this series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to athleticgreens.com/ontherun to get a year’s supply of Vitamin D with your first Athletic Greens purchase!   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
07/09/201h 17m

277. Ben Chan, Ultra Runner & Activist

"If I want things to change, I have to keep on fighting. But I can’t be the only one."   If you've ever run a race in New York City, you know Ben Chan. He's the "leopard print short-shorts and cowboy hat guy," and he's a staple on the NYC running scene. On this episode, in addition to talking about his on-the-run fashion choices, Ben shares the story of how he found running at age 30, by way of donating a kidney to a friend in need. And Ben talks about his firsthand experiences with racism, many of which he's experienced recently, and on the run. Ben talks about being the son of immigrants and grandson of refugees, and offers his perspective on what it means to create "safe spaces" and "escapes" by way of running.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! Go to ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones!   What you’ll get on this episode: All about those amazing running outfits (6:30) How Ben got started running — and how donating a kidney factored in (19:00) Ben talks about his firsthand experiences with racism, both within the running community and beyond (27:30) Why does Ben keep showing up? (51:30)   Stuff we mention on this episode: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, by Robert Caro April Cargill on Episode 148 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Ben: Instagram @malerunner   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
03/09/201h 15m

276. Ali & the Experts with Mandi Woodruff, Personal Finance Expert

“Let’s talk about our deepest and darkest fears around money.”   This week on Ali & the Experts, we’re talking money with Mandi! Mandi Woodruff is the senior content director at Lending Tree, and is co-host of the Brown Ambition podcast. She worked as an editor and reporter on the personal finance beat at Business Insider and Yahoo Finance, and hosted both The Money Minute and The Payoff weekly web series. Plus, she’s been featured as an expert guest on Good Morning America, ABC News Tonight, CBS This Morning, NY1, and more. On this episode, Mandi answers listener questions about investing, buying a home, saving, student loans, and emotions around money.   Thank you to Athletic Greens for sponsoring this series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to athleticgreens.com/ontherun to get a year’s supply of Vitamin D with your first Athletic Greens purchase!   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
01/09/201h 43m

275. Rolanda Bell, Elite Runner

“You know when you’re not done yet. There were goals I wanted to accomplish, and I knew they were still in me. I just needed to keep going and see what I could do.”   In 2015, Rolanda Bell was living the dream. She had graduated from the University of Tennessee, where she was a member of the historic 2009 Women’s 4x1500m relay team alongside Chanelle Price, Phoebe Wright, and Sarah Bowman. Together, they broke the existing Penn Relays, National Collegiate, American, and world records — several of which still stand, 11 years later. She went on to run professionally representing Panama — a lifelong dream. But at the 2015 World Athletics Championship in Beijing, Rolanda was competing in the 3000m steeplechase when she went over the water barrier, and landed face-first on the way down. On this episode, Rolanda, who works in marketing for Hoka One One, talks about falling in love with running, going pro, and getting back up and finishing that race in Beijing. She talks about bouncing back, training with the NorCal Distance Project, and why, even after a career as a professional middle-distance athlete, she felt pressure to run a marathon. (Rolanda runs a 4:38 indoor mile, a 1:16 half marathon, and ran a 2:49 in her marathon debut.) She also talks about her experiences with racism living in New York City.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! Go to ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones!   What you’ll get on this episode: Why Rolanda felt “pressure” to run a marathon (5:45) How Rolanda got started on the run (9:15) Why Rolanda decided to keep running after college (22:15) Rolanda reflects on that “traumatizing” race at the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing (26:00) What life as a pro athlete with NorCal Distance looked like, and why Rolanda decided to move back to New York (41:00) On finding “balance” when you work in the running industry (49:00) On attending the “All Crews One Run” in NYC earlier this summer, and Roland shares her own experiences with racism (56:00)   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
27/08/201h 18m

274. Ali & the Experts with Kaitlin Goodman, Running Coach

“Running isn’t canceled! You can still be improving during this time.”   Kaitlin Goodman is a 2:32 marathoner and four-time Olympic Trials qualifier who runs professionally for the Boston Athletic Association and adidas. Kaitlin — a frequent Ali on the Run Show guest and fan favorite — is incredibly versatile on the run. She has qualified for the Olympic Trials four times — in three different distances! (The 5K, 10K, and marathon.) And she’s a running coach with a master’s in public health. Kaitlin is the founder of Running Joyfully, where she coaches runners of all abilities. She’s also the founder of Safe on the Road, a nonprofit education and advocacy organization that promotes pedestrian and cyclist safety.   Thank you to Athletic Greens for sponsoring this series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to athleticgreens.com/ontherun to get a year’s supply of Vitamin D with your first Athletic Greens purchase!   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
24/08/201h 3m

273. Emily Halnon, Fastest Known Runner on the Oregon Pacific Crest Trail

"We as humans have the capacity to surprise ourselves with how much stronger we are than we think we are. You don’t get to make those discoveries unless you do something that challenges you to probe that question: Can I do this? Am I capable of this?"   The last time Emily Halnon was here, she talked about her big, brave, bold goal: to run the fastest known time (FKT) on the Oregon Pacific Crest Trail. And spoiler: She did it! And now, Emily is back to talk about how she ran 453 miles in 7 days, 19 hours, and 23 minutes. Along the way, Emily also raised more than $30,000 for the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, in honor of her mother, Andrea — "AndyJHa" — who passed away in January after being diagnosed with a rare uterine cancer. And a warning: This conversation may inspire you to go out and set your own big, brave, bold goals!   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off all wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: How Emily feels now, after running for eight days straight (3:00) How Emily trained and prepared for this run (4:45) On raising money for Brave Like Gabe (21:00) Emily breaks down every day of the run (34:00)   Follow Emily: Instagram @emilysweats DONATE   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
19/08/201h 15m

272. Ali & the Experts with Dr. Meggie Smith, OB-GYN & Infertility Specialist

“Have those conversations with yourself. Figure out, ‘What is it that I want? What is my goal, essentially?’ Kind of like running. What is your goal?”   Dr. Meggie is back! This week on the Ali & the Experts series, Dr. Meggie Smith, Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Southern California specializing in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, is here to answer listener questions about pregnancy, fertility, periods, birth control, and women’s health during the Covid-19 era.   Thank you to Athletic Greens for sponsoring this series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to athleticgreens.com/ontherun to get a year’s supply of Vitamin D with your first Athletic Greens purchase!   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
17/08/201h 2m

271. Rebecca Mehra, Professional Middle-Distance Runner

“I got to this point where I had to tell myself that I deserve to be there and I deserve to be on the starting line, and say, ‘You are good enough, you’ve put in the work, you’ve put in the training.’ My motto was ‘Just give it a go.’”   Rebecca Mehra is a professional middle-distance runner for Oiselle’s Little Wing team, where she’s coached by Lauren Fleshman. Earlier this year, Rebecca became a household name when she Tweeted about helping an elderly couple grocery shop at the onset of the pandemic — and that story went viral. Rebecca is an incredibly talented runner, but her life off the track is as compelling as her fast 1500m times. When she’s not running, Rebecca is involved in public policy: She’s the special assistant to the mayor in Bend, OR, and is the campaign manager for two local candidates. On this episode, Rebecca talks about going pro, getting political, going viral, and growing up in a biracial family (she’s the daughter of an Indian immigrant father and a Jewish mother from Long Island) in California.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off all wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: What it’s like training with Lauren Fleshman, and how and why Rebecca joined Oiselle’s Little Wing team (8:30) On the idea of balance vs. going all-in (15:00) What does it mean being special assistant to the mayor of Bend? (18:45) Rebecca talks about her family, her childhood, and going viral earlier this year (24:40) The full story behind Rebecca’s recent blog post for Oiselle, and what it was like growing up biracial (37:30) “The electrocution incident,” and what Rebecca’s running looks like right now (52:00)   What we mention on this episode: Jenny Simpson on Episode 268 of the Ali on the Run Show Elle Purrier on Episode 210 of the Ali on the Run Show Lauren Fleshman on Episode 103 of the Ali on the Run Show “Mixed + Passing — Let’s Talk About Race,” by Rebecca Mehra for Oiselle   Follow Rebecca: Instagram @rebecca_mehra Twitter @rebecca_mehra   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
12/08/201h 12m

270. Ali & the Experts with Jess Thomas, Therapist

"Our feelings are truly valid. Remember that the concerns that are leading to your struggles with anxiety and depression are valid and worthy of being talked about, gaining support, and being acknowledged."   Raise your hand if you're feeling anxious! (Mine are both raised.) Then you've come to the right place. On this episode — the second in the six-part Ali & the Experts series — NYC-based therapist Jess Thomas is here to answer listener questions about anxiety, depression, perfectionism, quarantine dating, and how to handle life during a pandemic. Jess, who is part of the Viva Wellness team, also talks about being new to therapy, and debunks all kinds of common mental health myths.   Thank you to Athletic Greens for sponsoring this series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to athleticgreens.com/ontherun to get a year’s supply of Vitamin D with your first Athletic Greens purchase!   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
10/08/2050m 33s

269. Ali & the Experts with Laura Parrott, Career Coach

"Looking for technical solutions to people problems doesn’t work."   Welcome to the Ali & the Experts series! For the next six weeks, I'll be talking with six different experts who will be answering all of your questions. We're kicking things off today with a major career pep talk, courtesy of Laura Parrott. Laura, who lives in Detroit, MI, is currently the Head of People at Floyd. Before that, she spent eight years leading recruiting work at McKinsey, seven years working in people management and leadership development at Google, and, most recently, she was the lead for manager development programming at Hubspot. Laura is also a fitness instructor and is the founder of her own coaching company. On this episode, she answers questions about people challenges at work, including dealing with a difficult boss, networking during a pandemic, being laid off, and getting back into the workforce after taking time off to have children. A must-listen!   Thank you to Athletic Greens for sponsoring this series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to athleticgreens.com/ontherun to get a year’s supply of Vitamin D with your first Athletic Greens purchase!   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
06/08/201h 4m

268. Jenny Simpson

"There’s always someone gunning for that spot. And if you’re off your game at all, they’re going to take it."   Jenny Simpson is the country's most-decorated female miler and 1500-meter runner. Case in point: She's a three-time Olympian, she won gold in the 1500 at the 2011 World Championships, she was the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic medal in the 1500 when she won bronze in Rio in 2016, and she's a two-time world silver medalist. She has won the Fifth Avenue Mile eight times, and her personal bests include a 3:57.22 1500 and a 4:16.1 road mile. On this episode, Jenny talks about how she and her husband Jason have been spending quarantine. She shares her thoughts on retirement (someday!), having a baby (someday!), and "waiting to be slow" (which may never happen!). But mostly, we talk about Truman, the dog Jenny and Jason adopted once the lockdowns started.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off all wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: All about Truman! (4:30) What life has looked like for Jenny during the pandemic (9:55) What do Jenny’s easy days look like? (16:00) Jenny’s thoughts on the Olympics right now (18:30) How do you know when to retire? (23:55) Which runners are Jenny’s eyes on? (30:00) Jenny’s advice for running a fast mile (39:00) What are Jenny’s sponsor obligations right now? (45:00) Jenny talks about cheering for her husband, Jason, at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in February (51:00)   What we mention on this episode: Jenny Simpson on Episode 96 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Jenny: Instagram @trackjenny Twitter @trackjenny Facebook   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
05/08/201h 15m

267. Catching Up with Emily Halnon

"There’s this possibility to live with this duality of life. You can both grieve and have a really, truly happy day. You can be really stressed and scared, and also be extraordinarily brave."   In January, the world truly lost one of the greatest lights and coolest women on the planet: Andrea Halnon, or as she's known around here, "AndyJHa." Emily Halnon was the very first guest on the Ali on the Run Show, and is one of my dear friends, and when her mom passed away after a 13-month battle with a rare uterine cancer, it was devastating. On this episode, Emily returns to the show to graciously and openly talk about her badass mom's amazing legacy, and what the grief process is like. She also talks about how she'll be bravely and boldly honoring that legacy starting this Saturday: By running 453 miles across the state of Oregon, from the California border to Washington, in an attempt to run the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Pacific Crest Trail. In doing so, Emily is also raising money for the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, which supports rare cancer research. CLICK HERE TO DONATE. Let's see if we can get Emily to $10K by the time she reaches Washington! This one's for you, AndyJHa. We love you.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off all wireless headphones.   What we mention on this episode: Chris Heuisler on Episode 265 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Halnon on Episode 1 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Halnon on Episode 85 of the Ali on the Run Show Brave Like Gabe Foundation   Follow Emily: Instagram @emilysweats Twitter @emilysweats   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
29/07/201h 3m

266. On the Record with Mario Fraioli, Host of The Morning Shakeout

"I won’t use my voice unless I can back up whatever argument I’m trying to make. But I’ve gotten increasingly more comfortable putting myself in those situations and taking a stance on something and then being able to back it up, whether it’s systemic racism, whether it’s diversity in the sport, whether it’s how we should be handling the pandemic right now as runners. We all have thoughts on those things. A lot of us are afraid to share those thoughts. Not all of us have platforms where we can share those thoughts and have it have an impact, and I am very cognizant of the fact that I do, and I want to make sure I’m using my platform for good in those ways and spurring up healthy conversation and debate."   Today, we wrap up the On the Record series with Mario Fraioli, host of The Morning Shakeout podcast and creator of The Morning Shakeout newsletter. Mario comes to podcasting with a background in journalism: He's a longtime sports writer and was the editor of Competitor magazine. On this episode, Mario talks about taking that journalistic approach when it comes to having conversations with running's top athletes, and opens up about getting comfortable taking a stance and using his voice. And he explains why sometimes, you have to let the silence do the work.   Thank you to Gatorade Endurance for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! Go to gatoradeendurance.com and use code ONTHERUN20 for 20% off your order.   What you’ll get on this episode: How and why Mario got into podcasting (11:00) How Mario prepares for his interviews (18:40) What’s on Mario’s mind right now? (29:00) On choosing guests for The Morning Shakeout (35:50) Mario shares his dream-come-true moments (43:00) On speaking out (53:50)   What we mention on this episode: Ali Feller on The Morning Shakeout Subscribe to The Morning Shakeout newsletter Tommy Rivers Puzey GoFundMe "Interview: Mebrahtom Keflezighi," by Mario Fraioli for mensracing.com "Retraction Reaction," by Mario Fraioli Erin Strout on Episode 73 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Mario: Instagram @mariofraioli Twitter @mariofraioli Website   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
26/07/201h 15m

265. Catching Up with Chris Heuisler

"That’s what I have now: I have hope."   A lot has changed for Chris Heuisler since the last time he was on the Ali on the Run Show. He turned 40! He's no longer the Global RunWestin Concierge. And he got sober. On this episode, Chris — for the first time publicly — talks about his past with alcoholism, and his journey to sobriety. (SO PROUD OF YOU, CHRIS.)   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off all wireless headphones.   What we mention on this episode: Chris Heuisler, National Run Concierge for Westin Hotels Chris Heuisler’s Most Embarrassing Running Moment! Ali on the Run Show LIVE! Featuring Meb Keflezighi, Andrea Barber, Chris Heuisler, and Des Linden Des Linden on Finding Mastery Catching Up with Andrea Barber Andrea Barber AKA Full House‘s Kimmy Gibbler   Follow Chris: Instagram @chrisheuisler Twitter @runheuisler Brontosaurus L.A. EMAIL: chris.heuisler@gmail.com   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
22/07/201h 21m

264. On the Record with Dana Giordano, Host of More Than Running

"What matters most to me is talking about athletes, especially female athletes, in the way that I would want someone to ask me questions. I want someone to respect me as a whole person and dig a little bit deeper and learn about who I am and what I have to give beyond the typical rote questions we hear over and over again."   Dana Giordano is a professional middle-distance runner for the B.A.A. and adidas. She's a 4:34 miler and 15:47 5K runner who ran track and cross-country at Dartmouth College and hopes to compete at the 2021 Olympic Track & Field Trials. In April, Dana added another line to her impressive resume: host of the More Than Running podcast. Dana enters the running podcast space with an inside look at the sport. On this episode, she talks about relatability on the track, inspiration on the run, and how she wants to see the industry improve. She also offers her take on how to make running more accessible, and talks about why it's so important to share women's stories and celebrate other women's successes.   Thank you to Gatorade Endurance for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! Go to gatoradeendurance.com and use code ONTHERUN20 for 20% off your order.   What you’ll get on this episode: How and why Dana decided to leave her corporate job to become a professional runner (4:00) As a podcast host, what’s matters most to Dana? (13:50) How Dana sees her role in the running industry (27:00) On choosing guests for the show (40:00) What Dana’s running looks like right now (56:00)   What we mention on this episode: Chris Chavez on Episode 262 of the Ali on the Run Show "Dana Giordano's Falmouth Run is For a Greater Cause," via Citius Mag   Follow Dana: Instagram @dana_gio Twitter @dana_gio6 More Than Running podcast   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
19/07/201h 4m

263. Hawi Keflezighi, Founder & CEO of HAWI Management

"I was nervous. But it was the kind of nervousness that really drove me to work as hard as possible, be as persistent as possible, and as thorough as possible."   Hawi Keflezighi is one of the greatest agents in running and track and field. As the founder and CEO of HAWI Management, Hawi and his team represent 30 athletes including Alexi Pappas, Nikki Hiltz, Aliphine Tuliamuk, and, of course, Hawi's brother, Meb Keflezighi. On this episode, Hawi talks about how — and why — he started his agency when he was still in law school, and explains what, exactly, agents do. He talks about being one of 11 siblings, and shares his family's story of emigrating from Eritrea to the United States. Hawi, who lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids, talks about what the American Dream means to him, and talks about why integrity is so important to him. There's a reason the Keflezighis are some of the best-loved people in sports, and this conversation is a perfect example of that.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off all wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: How Hawi became an agent (5:00) What exactly does an agent do? (14:10) What it means to Hawi to lead with integrity (16:40) What’s the vibe among running agents like? (25:00) Hawi reflects on the biggest days for his athletes (27:00) On navigating floods of athlete media requests (41:00) Reflecting on Aliphine Tuliamuk’s win at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials, and what race day looks like from an agent’s perspective (48:00) What does the idea of the American Dream mean to Hawi? (53:00)   What we mention on this episode: Ali on the Run Show LIVE! Featuring Meb Keflezighi, Andrea Barber, Chris Heuisler, and Des Linden LIVE at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with Carrie Tollefson, Meb Keflezighi, & UCAN You Can Run a Marathon with Meb Keflezighi   Follow Hawi: Instagram @hawimanagement Twitter @hawisports   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
15/07/201h 10m

262. On the Record with Chris Chavez, Host of the Citius Mag and Runners of NYC Podcasts

"Once you have enough of these uncomfortable conversations, you do start to pick up on new ways of going about it and asking different questions. It’s never going to end. Being uncomfortable is just part of it, and you welcome it, and do it over and over and over again to get better."   Welcome to the second episode in the four-part "On the Record" series, talking with fellow running podcasters about their work, their takes on the state of the running industry, and their roles within it. We kicked things off last week with Alysia Montaño, Molly Huddle, and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas — the hosts off Keeping Track — and this week, Chris Chavez is here! In addition to being a full-time writer for Sports Illustrated, Chris is also the host of the Citius Mag podcast, and co-host of the Runners of NYC podcast (alongside former Ali on the Run Show guest Leigh Anne Sharek). He's an important, well-respected voice in the running community, and on this episode, Chris talks about what it means to be an influencer in the running space, explains how he decides who to feature on his shows, and reflects on what the future of the running industry and community might look like.   Thank you to Gatorade Endurance for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! Go to gatoradeendurance.com and use code ONTHERUN20 for 20% off your order.   What you’ll get on this episode: How Chris decides what to cover where (3:45) Why podcasting? (11:30) What does it mean to be an influencer in the running space? (16:00) On deciding who to feature on the podcast (28:00) Chris talks about his recent “Black Off the Track” piece for Sports Illustrated (37:00) The future of the running industry and community (46:45)   What we mention on this episode: The Sports Gene by David Epstein Humans of New York Henna Rustami on the Citius Mag podcast “Black Off the Track," by Chris Chavez for Sports Illustrated "Mary Cain Speaks Out Against Nike and Coach Alberto Salazar Over Emotional, Physical Abuse," by Chris Chavez for Sports Illustrated   Follow Chris: Instagram @chris_j_chavez Twitter @chrischavez Citius Mag Runners of NYC podcast   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
12/07/201h 4m

261. Jess Sims, Peloton Instructor

"Stop negotiating with yourself. Be like a little kid again and jump into the pool. Don’t stick your foot in to check out the temperature. Don’t think you have to have the right bathing suit on. Jump in the pool."   It's safe to say Jess Sims is one of the most popular fitness instructors in the country. As a Peloton instructor, Jess is known for her no frills, no BS, no gimmick approach to working out. She's the real deal, and she's passionate about helping people feel their best every day. And though Jess says she never dreamed about being a fitness instructor, let alone a global superstar with a massive platform, being an educator has always come naturally to her. On this episode, Jess shares her road to Peloton fame, which started by teaching not in fitness studios, but in classrooms: Jess did Teach for America, and taught kids in Houston, Harlem, and Massachusetts. Jess also talks about the a-ha moment that led her from her role as a principal to one on the podium, and explains why, at first, she actually turned down the opportunity to teach at Peloton. Plus, she talks about growing up in Peabody, MA, in a biracial family, and offers her take on diversity in the fitness industry today.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off all wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: Did Young Jess plan for a future in the fitness industry? (4:15) How Jess became a teacher (7:45) How Jess broke into the fitness industry (16:15) On getting hired at Peloton, and what life looks like as a Peloton instructor (20:00) On both “personal branding” and diversity in the fitness industry (41:00) What it means to Jess to “take up space” (47:20)   What we mention on this episode: Teach For America Rebecca Kennedy   Follow Jess: Instagram @jsimsfit Website   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
08/07/201h 3m

260. On the Job with United States Air Force Colonel Shelly Mendieta

"It doesn’t matter if I’m a man or a woman. It just matters how I do my job. That responsibility I’m given is based on how I’ve done in the past, and how well they think I’m going to do in the future."   Welcome to the final episode in the On the Job series! Today, we are wrapping things up with United States Air Force Colonel Shelly Mendieta, who is the Vice Wing Commander of the 39th Airbase Wing in Incirlik, Turkey. As the #2 in command, Col. Mendieta is responsible for more than 3,500 military, civilian, and contractor personnel on base. She's also a Weapons System Operator in the F-15E fighter plane, having logged more than 2,400 flight hours! On this episode, Col. Mendieta talks about what it's really like flying those planes — which women weren't even allowed to fly when she first enlisted in the Air Force — and what it's like serving the country and being stationed overseas. She also talks about how being a runner makes her better in the air, and shares her take on being a woman in the military.   Thank you to Tracksmith for sponsoring the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN15 at checkout for 15% off your first Tracksmith purchase!   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
06/07/2050m 38s

259. On the Record with the Hosts of Keeping Track

"I’m not afraid to have the uncomfortable conversations. Does it mean I feel comfortable? No! And I need my allies. I need my friends to say what I’ve been saying." —Alysia Montaño   Welcome to the first episode in a new four-part series, where I'll be talking with fellow running podcast hosts about how they view the current state of the running industry and their roles within it. We're kicking things off with Alysia Montaño, Molly Huddle, and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas, the hosts of Keeping Track! As current and former professional athletes, these three incredibly accomplished women offer a unique lens on the sport. They are mothers, businesswomen, authors, and important voices in running and beyond. On this episode, we talk about how Keeping Track came to fruition, and discuss representation in the running community.   Thank you to Gatorade Endurance for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! Go to gatoradeendurance.com and use code ONTHERUN20 for 20% off your order.   What you’ll get on this episode: How Keeping Track came to fruition (9:10) The hopes, dreams, plans, and goals of Keeping Track (13:10) Reflecting on Keeping Track’s “Representation in Running” episode, and the reactions to that conversation (21:15) What does the future of the running industry look like? (41:40) What are Molly, Ro, and Alysia’s dreams for the running industry? (51:50)   What we mention on this episode: A Message & A Promise From Ali Molly Huddle on Episode 66 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly Huddle on Episode 51 of the Ali on the Run Show Feel-Good Fitness by Alysia Montaño "Racing for Representation" via Keeping Track &Mother Believe & Compete Training Journals.    Follow Keeping Track: Instagram @keeptrackmedia iTunes   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
05/07/201h 2m

258. Feel-Good Friday with Claudia Thompson, President of Claudia Connects

"You're the one. If you want to do something...you're the one that's going to do it."   My greatest wish for my daughter is that she never lacks confidence. Some people are born with it, but for others, cultivating confidence takes work — it's like a muscle that has to be flexed repeatedly in order to get stronger. Claudia Thompson is the president of Claudia Connects, a personal and professional training, development, and networking events company, and on this episode, she shares all her best tips and tricks for building your own confidence. She shares her own confidence journey, reflecting on being a Black woman — her mom is from Jamaica and her dad is from Panama — in predominantly white spaces. She also talks about practicing vulnerability, and explains how confidence in life will help us all on the run.   Feel-Good Fridays on the Ali on the Run Show are brought to you by UCAN. Click here and use code ONTHERUN25 for 25% off your first UCAN order. Returning UCAN fans can use code ONTHERUN for 15% off.   What we mention on this episode: Rachel Wyman on Episode 166 of the Ali on the Run Show Landmark Forum Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper Claudia's Facebook post   Follow Claudia: Instagram @claudiaconnects Twitter @claudiaconnects Facebook @claudiaconnection   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
02/07/2028m 41s

257. Nutrition Q&A with Starla Garcia, Registered Dietitian

"Sustainable changes happen over months of time. And there’s nothing to be ashamed of it it takes you a long time. When you come out of it and you do the work and you’re gentle on yourself and you’re looking for progress over perfection, you’re going to be so much happier because you got to know yourself so much better."   Starla Garcia is back on the Ali on the Run Show! Starla is a registered dietitian (and Olympic Marathon Trials runner!) and is the founder of The Healthy Shine, a sports nutrition consulting practice in Houston, TX. On this episode, Starla answers listener questions about nutrition, fueling on the run, sugar addictions, protein, disordered eating, and what she wants everyone to know and understand about fad diets and buzzwords like "keto," "intermittent fasting," and "macros."   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off all wireless headphones.   What we mention on this episode: Starla Garcia on Episode 200 of the Ali on the Run Show Evelyn Tribole on 10% Happier with Dan Harris SmartyPants multivitamin Picky Bars Performance Oats   Follow Starla:  Instagram @starla_shines Twitter @starla_shines The Healthy Shine   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
01/07/2059m 58s

256. On the Job with Vikki Spruill, President & CEO of New England Aquarium

“I loved science. I had a biology teacher who was a bit of a mentor of mine in high school and I said, ‘I really think this is what I want to pursue!’ And he said, ‘There’s actually not a place for women in science.’ But I never lost sight of my passion.”   When Vikki Spruill was growing up, she loved science and, in particular, ocean life. But she was told that "women didn't have a place in science." Today, Vikki is President & CEO of the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA, so it's safe to say she found her place in science. On this episode, Vikki talks about how she got the job and what her days are like, both before and during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. To date, the aquarium has been closed for 16 weeks, and Vikki talks about the plans they're putting into place for when the doors do reopen. Plus, she talks about what it's really like running a huge cultural institution that's home to 20,000 animals, 200 employees, and more than 1.5 million visitors every year.   Thank you to Tracksmith for sponsoring the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN15 at checkout for 15% off your first Tracksmith purchase!   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
29/06/2050m 51s

255. Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt

Welcome to this month's edition of Ramblings on the Run with Ali and Matt. This month, Matt and I catch up and share how things are going on the run, and then we talk about what we're each loving and are excited about right now. Then, we do a twist on the On the Job series, asking each other questions about our respective careers in podcasting.   What we mention on this episode: Don't Keep Your Day Job by Cathy Heller "Influence in the Time of Social Injustice" via Be There in Five Aliphine Tuliamuk on Instagram Courtney Carter on Episode 251 of the Ali on the Run Show The Mina Kimes Show That's What She Said with Sarah Spain   Follow Matt:  Instagram @rambling_runner Rambling Runner podcast Road to the Olympic Trials podcast   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
25/06/201h 4m

254. Samia Akbar, Fastest U.S.-Born Black Female Marathoner

"He made an assumption that I didn’t speak English and that’s why he didn’t speak to me. I remember feeling so hurt. Things like that happened to me all the time, being the first and only to do a lot of these distance events on the road racing circuit. And I feel like it was so hurtful. We are the epitome of the American Dream."   A few weeks ago, Peyton Thomas was on the Ali on the Run Show. We talked about Peyton being the fourth-fastest U.S.-born Black female marathoner, which prompted the question: Who's the fastest? That person is Samia Akbar. In 2006, Samia ran a 2:34 at the New York City Marathon, finishing 12th and earning the aforementioned title, which still stands. On this episode, Samia shares her running story, including how her dad instilled in her a love for running, how she went to American University on a full running scholarship, and how she spent seven years as a professional runner sponsored by Reebok. Today, Samia lives in Virginia and is a Global Marketing Manager for New Balance.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off all wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: Samia explains why she lives in Virginia but works in Boston (3:40) How Samia became a runner (9:00) On being competitive (21:35) What it means to “take up space,” and how Samia learned to do that (22:45) How Samia decided to become a professional runner (33:50) Why Samia decided to run a marathon (45:20) On being the fastest U.S.-born Black female marathoner (52:30)   What we mention on this episode: Peyton Thomas on Episode 244 of the Ali on the Run Show "A Conversation with Samia Akbar" via Fast Women "The Undeniable Power of Sport" International Women's Day panel via Hurdle podcast TedCorbitt.com   Follow Samia: Instagram @Samia.Akbar Twitter @Samia_Akbar   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
25/06/201h 26m

253. On the Job with Steph Blozy, Owner of Fleet Feet Sports West Hartford

"We are obviously a business and we need to sell running shoes to make money, but I feel a very big obligation to be that hub of the community and be that leader and driver to connect people and to help out others."   Steph Blozy is the owner of Fleet Feet Sports in West Hartford, one of the leading run specialty stores in the country. Steph is so much more than a running store owner, though: She's truly a community builder and leader, and on this episode, she talks about how she's built such a strong, supportive community in Connecticut. (Her "special sprinkle of magic," she calls it.) Steph's road to running store ownership wasn't a straight one: She got her start as a meteorologist! Click here to hear more from Steph and about how she's adapted during the pandemic both personally and on the job.   Thank you to Tracksmith for sponsoring the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN15 at checkout for 15% off your first Tracksmith purchase!   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
22/06/201h 7m

252. Feel-Good Friday with Katie Burke, Chief People Officer at HubSpot

"What opportunities does this open up that didn't exist before? How can I adapt my leadership style and how I show up to adapt to that opportunity? Rather than cringing and thinking about the worst case, think about the upside and opportunity that comes with this change."   If I could hire any human on this planet to be in charge of my life and make all my decisions for me, that person would, without a single doubt, be Katie Burke. Katie is the Chief People Officer at HubSpot, and is a returning favorite guest on the Ali on the Run Show. (Check out her first two episodes here and here.) On this episode, Katie offers advice for anyone who is thinking about life going "back to normal" — or finding a new normal — and might be struggling to figure out what comes next. Katie talks about how to find your passion, and what to do when you're faced with the overwhelming sense of wanting to change your life and change the world, but you're not sure where to start. Where do work and passion intersect? How can you stay in the present? How, exactly, should you attempt some soul searching? And what do you do when the comparison trap comes into play? So much good stuff here!   Feel-Good Fridays on the Ali on the Run Show are brought to you by UCAN. Click here and use code ONTHERUN25 for 25% off your first UCAN order. Returning UCAN fans can use code ONTHERUN for 15% off.   What we mention on this episode: Untamed by Glennon Doyle Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations with Tim Storey "In Her Own Words: For HubSpot’s Katie Burke, it’s all about avoiding the second arrow"   Follow Katie: Instagram @katieburke16 Twitter @katieburke LinkedIn   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
18/06/2029m 23s

251. Courtney Carter, Oiselle Advisor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

"People have to start looking at what’s going on globally, but also locally. What does your running club look like? Who do the people you run with look like? What are the books you read? Who are they by? These individual decisions and choices that we make all come together and change the landscape."   You probably know Courtney Carter by her Instagram moniker: EatPrayRunDC. Both on- and offline, Courtney's work has a major impact on the world. The 10-time marathoner is a former practicing lawyer who now leads diversity initiatives at a large law firm in Washington, DC, and she was recently named Oiselle's Advisor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. On this episode, Courtney talks about what that means, what her vision is for both Oiselle and the running community at large, and shares her own running story and goals.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off all wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: Why it was a good day for Courtney (2:55) What Courtney’s job entails, and her path to her current role (8:00) All about Courtney’s role as Oiselle’s Advisor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (21:20) Courtney’s wishes for U.S. distance running right now (32:25) Courtney shares her running story (46:50)   What we mention on this episode: "A Wish for U.S. Running From a Black Marathoner," by Courtney Carter for Women's Running "Let's Talk About the Word Colorblind," by Courtney Carter for the Oiselle blog Peyton Thomas on Episode 244 of the Ali on the Run Show Aliphine Tuliamuk’s Resiliency Beanies on Etsy   Follow Courtney: Instagram @eatprayrundc Twitter @eatprayrundc Blog   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
17/06/201h 8m

250. On the Job with Grace Kim James, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Atlantic Records

"Music literally changes peoples’ lives. It really has the ability to uplift people, especially during today’s times. That’s a really powerful thing, and that, to me, is success. Beyond the sales and the accolades and the awards — being able to create positive change through music."   As Senior Vice President of Marketing at Atlantic Records, Grace Kim James works pretty much 24/7. On this episode, she talks about breaking into the music business, and what it's really like working for the number one label in the U.S. She talks about working closely with artists including Lizzo and Missy Elliott, and recalls that fateful day in the dining hall at NYU where it all started. There's glitz, glamour, and long, late nights on set or "at the club" — and somehow in between all that, Grace has trained for and run eight marathons.   Thank you to Tracksmith for sponsoring the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN15 at checkout for 15% off your first Tracksmith purchase!   Follow Grace:  Instagram @gracekimjames   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
15/06/2054m 44s

249. Feel-Good Friday with Jess Movold, Running Coach

"Now more than ever is the time to learn how to be a leader for ourselves, and to learn how to handle a pivot — and thrive."   Welcome to the second episode in a four-part series called Feel-Good Fridays. (Be sure to check out the first episode, too, with therapists Jor-El Caraballo and Rachel Gersten.) These short episodes are intended to leave you feeling lighter, better, more optimistic — whether temporarily or for the rest of your life. These conversations with experts are meant to be uplifting without being fluffy or delusional. Today, running coach and 3:13 marathoner Jess Movold is here to talk about how to find meaning, purpose, and motivation on the run right now. She talks about how to connect to your "why" as a runner, and offers up some fun workouts to add to your routine. (Warning: death by burpees!)   Feel-Good Fridays on the Ali on the Run Show are brought to you by UCAN. Click here and use code ONTHERUN25 for 25% off your first UCAN order. Returning UCAN fans can use code ONTHERUN for 15% off.   Follow Jess: Instagram @jessmovold Instagram @runnersworldcoach   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
12/06/2029m 7s

248. The Future of Running: The Next Step Forward "Live Show"

I was honored when UCAN asked me to host a conversation with five running industry leaders and experts called "The Next Step Forward: The Future of Running." This conversation is about how we get back on our feet and on the run in a post-pandemic world, and you'll hear some really eye-opening insights about what's happening now in the running community, and where we go from here. Enjoy hearing from Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray, renowned running coach Greg McMillan, super-agent Hawi Keflezighi, professional runner Sarah Sellers, and Steph Blozy, owner of Fleet Feet West Hartford.   This conversation is brought to you by UCAN. Click here and use code ONTHERUN25 for 25% off your first UCAN order. Returning UCAN fans can use code ONTHERUN for 15% off.   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
11/06/2056m 5s

247. Mary Kate Shea, John Hancock Senior Director of Endurance Marketing & 23-Time Boston Marathon Finisher

"There is nothing we will not do for this team."   Mary Kate Shea — or "MK," as she's known to the fastest marathoners in the world — is the senior director of endurance marketing for John Hancock, the title sponsor of the Boston Marathon. Every year, it's Mary Kate's job to woo, recruit, and get the best distance runners to come run the historic Boston Marathon. On this episode — which we recorded at the beginning of May, before the 2020 race had been officially canceled — Mary Kate talks about how, exactly, she puts together the 50-person pro field every year. She talks about the first thing she said to Desiree Linden after Des won the 2018 race, explains what she says is the most stressful part of her job and her entire year, and shares lots of stories about everyone's favorite elites. But don't think Mary Kate is just watching this race from the media center: She says the fastest way from Hopkinton back to Boston is by foot, which is why, after she checks the elites in and gets them on their way, she joins the second wave of runners and runs the marathon herself. MK is a 23-time Boston Marathon finisher, she's run ultramarathons including 100-milers, and she's a mom of four. Superwoman, indeed.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off all wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: What Marathon Monday is like every year for Mary Kate (8:00) MK’s “Day in the Life” on Marathon Monday (15:40) What makes Marathon Monday a success? (31:10) How the recruiting process works (37:00) Which runners are on MK’s “Boston wish list?” (44:40) What it means to be a “technical expert” at major marathons (49:55) How MK got her job (51:40)   Follow Mary Kate: Twitter @jhboston26   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
10/06/201h 10m

246. On the Job with Ross Altenbaugh, Executive Director of Flagstaff Shelter Services

"I grew up riding around in a cargo van filled with bologna sandwiches and handing them out under bridges and in parks."   Ross Altenbaugh is the executive director at Flagstaff Shelter Services, the largest emergency shelter in Northern Arizona. Since 2014, Flagstaff Shelter Services has permanently housed more than 500 individuals and families, which Ross says is the goal — to find permanent housing for those who need it most. Ross is a remarkable human, an in addition to the important work she does at the shelter, she's also a mom to two boys and, of course, is a runner. On this episode, she talks about how her own childhood — and her mom's — led her to this line of work, and talks about the emotional component of working in shelter services.   Thank you to Tracksmith for sponsoring the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN15 at checkout for 15% off your first Tracksmith purchase!   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
09/06/2045m 3s

245. Feel-Good Friday with Rachel Gersten & Jor-El Caraballo, Licensed Therapists & Co-Founders of Viva Wellness

"It's not so much what you're doing — it's why are you doing it?"   Welcome to the first episode in a four-part series called Feel-Good Fridays. These short episodes are intended to leave you feeling lighter, better, more optimistic — whether temporarily or for the rest of your life. These conversations with experts are meant to be uplifting without being fluffy or delusional. We're kicking things off with Rachel Gersten and Jor-El Caraballo, licensed therapists and co-founders of Viva Wellness, a private therapy practice in New York City. In just 20 minutes, Rachel and Jor-El will help us all breathe a little easier. They bust some common self-care myths, and offer tangible advice on how we can all take better care of ourselves right now. (And, if nothing else, "eat some pie.")   A great, and I think very relevant quote to take away from this episode: "This isn't the Feelings Olympics. Your feelings are valid. They're real. They mean something to you. Perspective is important, but don't let that stop you from also experiencing whatever you're feeling."   Feel-Good Fridays on the Ali on the Run Show are brought to you by UCAN. Click here and use code ONTHERUN25 for 25% off your first UCAN order. Returning UCAN fans can use code ONTHERUN for 15% off.   Follow Rachel: Instagram @rachelgersten Viva Wellness The Viva Wellness Podcast   Follow Jor-El: Instagram @jorelcaraballo Twitter @jorelcaraballo Viva Wellness The Viva Wellness Podcast   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
05/06/2029m 24s

244. Peyton Thomas, 2:42 Marathoner

"I had all these supporters that were from the Black running community that were there to cheer me on because I was their representation in the race. That’s really big and pretty heavy, I think. And not heavy in a bad way. But it weighs on my mind a lot, especially now."   At just 24 years old — and with only two marathons under her belt so far — Peyton Thomas is already making a name for herself on the long-distance running scene. After running track and cross-country in high school and college, Peyton graduated from Baylor University and decided to run a marathon (with a 40-mile ultramarathon thrown in the mix). She made her 26.2-mile debut at the 2019 California International Marathon (CIM) and ran a 2:42.57, qualifying for the Olympic Trials on her first try. She went on to run the Trials in February in Atlanta, where she ran a three-second personal best time on a day that included big hills, wild wind, and a handful of calf cramp-induced walk breaks. (Imagine: 2:42.54 on a tough day!) Peyton was the only American-born Black female athlete who ran at the Trials, in a sea of more than 450 women. On this episode, she talks about what that was like, and talks about how her running journey has evolved from the days when she would black out while racing in high school and college. Peyton is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, studying biology and marine biology.   Quick note! Around 40 minutes into the conversation, you may notice some beeping. We couldn't help the fact that a truck parked outside Peyton's home for a while — and we hope you aren't too bothered by it! Thanks for understanding!   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: How Peyton got her start on the run (4:45) Peyton talks about blacking out while racing in high school and college (15:45) Why Peyton decided to train for a marathon and try to run an Olympic Trials qualifying time (20:20) Peyton reflects on running the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (35:40) On diversity and inclusion at the Trials (47:30)   Follow Peyton: Instagram @ptcruisin22   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
04/06/201h 2m

243. On the Job with Amy Diallo, Covid-19 Researcher

"We just wish that science was faster sometimes!"   Amy Diallo always knew she wanted to be a scientist. Growing up in France, her plan was always to move to the United States and study infectious diseases. And perhaps never has Amy's career as a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, San Francisco, been more relevant than today, as she's spending long hours in the lab doing Covid-19 research. Every day, Amy and her team are hard at work studying proteins to eventually develop medication that will treat the novel coronavirus. On this episode, she talks about why she wanted to work in infectious diseases, what it's like being an essential worker right now, and what it's really like being a scientist in the cutthroat biochemistry lab world. She talks about the pressure to work fast, what she wants everyone to know about where we're at right now with this pandemic, and how running fits into her busy life.   Follow Amy: Instagram @dreaming_amy   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
01/06/2046m 47s

242. Shalane Flanagan

"If that’s my legacy, that’s a good one."   Shalane Flanagan has many titles: former professional runner, four-time Olympian, Olympic silver medalist, Bowerman Track Club coach, 2017 New York City Marathon champion, American record holder, two-time New York Times best-selling author, race broadcaster — and, her newest title, mom. Last month, Shalane and her husband, Steven Edwards, became parents to their son, Jack Dean Edwards, and on this episode, Shalane talks candidly about new motherhood. She talks about what it was like being at the top of her professional game and constantly fielding questions about when she planned to have children, and explains why she and Steven chose to adopt, and what that process looked like for them. She talks about her decision to retire from professional running in 2019, about why coaching was her next dream, and her third cookbook with co-author Elyse Kopecky, and about the pressure women often feel to "do it all."   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: What’s making Shalane happy right now? (3:15) What new motherhood looks like so far (5:10) Shalane and Steven’s road to adoption (14:00) On fielding questions about having children (20:00) On the decision to retire from professional running in 2019 (27:00) All about Coach Shalane (36:15) How Shalane got into race broadcasting (44:20) All about Rise & Run, Shalane and Elyse Kopecky’s third cookbook, coming in 2021 (49:20) Reflecting on “The Shalane Effect” and Shalane’s legacy (54:30) Shalane answers listener questions (59:30)   What we mention on this episode: Choice Adoptions Shalane Flanagan on The Growth Equation podcast "How the Shalane Effect Works," by Lindsay Crouse for The New York Times Run Fast. Eat Slow. Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. Untamed by Glennon Doyle   Follow Shalane: Instagram @shalaneflanagan Twitter @shalaneflanagan Facebook   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
27/05/201h 10m

241. On the Job with JoMarie Flores, Funeral Director

"I’m 100 percent emotionally involved with the families I serve."   Welcome to Season 2 of the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! This season, we're kicking things off with JoMarie Flores, a funeral director in Houston, TX. But don't worry: This episode isn't all death, doom, and gloom. JoMarie is so passionate about her work, and you'll quickly see why families love and appreciate her so much. On this episode, JoMarie talks about the education required to become an embalmer and funeral director, and addresses the common misperceptions about her line of work. She opens up about the emotional component of the work, shares why it's important to find laughter during hard times, and offers advice for people who are uncomfortable with death and addressing our own mortality. When she's not on the job as a "last responder," JoMarie is a marathoner, triathlete, and mom to a five-year-old boy.   Thank you to Tracksmith for sponsoring the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN15 at checkout for 15% off your first Tracksmith purchase!   Follow JoMarie: Instagram @jfloresfd   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
26/05/2059m 50s

240. Lee Glandorf, Tracksmith Head of Communications

"The best thing that can happen to you is to have all your plans get blown up because then you learn how you react to that."   Last week, Tracksmith announced it was adding two members to its team: professional athletes Mary Cain and Nick Willis. But Nick and Mary aren't just figureheads for the brand or sponsored athletes. They're full-time, salaried employees. On this episode, Lee Glandorf, head of communications at Tracksmith, shares the behind-the-scenes making of those deals, and talks about what hiring Nick and Mary means for both them and for the brand. She also explains why now — in the midst of a global pandemic — was the right time to make these moves. Lee is a former Yale University rower turned runner, who also shares her running story and talks about how, as someone who thrives on lists and plans, she's adjusting to life right now and finding ways to connect with the community.   What you’ll get on this episode: How Lee is handling this time as a self-proclaimed “control freak” (6:00) How Tracksmith pivoted strategies and plans at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic (12:00) All about Tracksmith’s decision to hire professional runners Mary Cain and Nick Willis earlier this month (16:30) How Lee fell in love with running (33:00) How Lee got her job at Tracksmith (42:50)   What we mention on this episode: On the Job with Taylor Ritzel, Content Acquisition at Netflix Run Free Grand Prix "Mary Cain Announces New Role at Tracksmith," via Women’s Running "To Run My Best Marathon at Age 44, I Had to Outrun My Past," via Wired   Follow Lee: Instagram @leeglandorf   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
21/05/201h 3m

239. Dinée Dorame, Citizen of the Navajo Nation

"I was at the cross-section of a couple different identities that people didn’t quite understand."   Dinée Dorame is a citizen of the Navajo Nation, Water's Edge clan. She's a lifelong runner who grew up in Albuquerque, NM, moved to the east coast to attend and later work in admissions at Yale University, and has since returned to Albuquerque, where she is the Associate Director of College Horizons. On this episode, Dinée talks passionately about the role of running in Native culture, and the role her culture plays in her life on and off the run. She talks about setbacks she's experienced related to Accessory Navicular Syndrome, and how she has dealt with chronic pain, and offers advice for how and why runners can and should better connect with the land around them.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: Was Dinée’s plan always to return home to New Mexico after attending Yale? (4:30) What it was like growing up as a Native girl in Albuquerque, NM (12:00) Why Dinée says running “is like medicine” for many indigenous people (24:30) What Dinée says are some of the most common misperceptions of Native people today (41:15)   What we mention on this episode: Support Dinée and Girls Inc. of New York City Dinée in Runner’s World College Horizons Carolyn Su on Episode 140 of the Ali on the Run Show Native Appropriations blog @Native_Women_Running on Instagram Jordan @nativein_la on Instagram Running: A Love Story, by Jen A. Miller Oofos sandals   Follow Dinée: Instagram @dinee_pink22   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
20/05/201h 12m

238. Sasha Wolff, Founder of Still I Run

"I didn’t want people to think fun, happy Sasha really has depression and anxiety."   Sasha Wolff is the founder of Still I Run, a non-profit organization and online community for runners, whose mission is to raise awareness around mental health. On this episode — in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month — Sasha, a mom of two who lives in Michigan, talks openly about her own experiences with depression and anxiety. She opens up about her decision to admit herself to an inpatient facility for treatment, talks about what that was like, and explains what's in her "mental health care kit." She also shares the story of how she found running, and why she's so passionate about running for her own mental health.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: What Mental Health Awareness Month means to Sasha (4:30) Sasha shares her mental health story (7:40) On the decision to check into a mental health hospital (14:30) What’s in Sasha’s “Mental Health Care Kit?” (21:00) How running has played a role in Sasha’s mental health journey (30:20)   What we mention on this episode: Andrea Barber on Episode 209 of the Ali on the Run Show Andrea Barber on Episode 45 of the Ali on the Run Show Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again, by Andrea Barber Koala Clip   Follow Sasha: Instagram @sashawolff Instagram @stilliruncommunity Facebook Website   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
14/05/2049m 31s

237. A Message & A Promise From Ali

"With this platform comes a responsibility."   This episode is a message from me to every listener of the Ali on the Run Show. It's a promise to do better. To showcase more voices on the show and during live events. To listen more. To do the work.   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
11/05/2014m 41s

236. Izzy Seidel, Tracksmith Marketing & Communications Associate

"I always knew Molly was going to qualify for the Olympics at some point. It was just a matter of when."   During the last weekend in February, everyone was talking about one race: the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. But there was another race that same day, in that same city: Take the Bridge, which Izzy Seidel won. And if that last name sounds familiar — particularly in the context of having a great race in Atlanta on February 29 — that's because Izzy's sister is Molly Seidel, who finished second at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials that same day, solidifying her spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. On this episode, Izzy recaps that day in Atlanta from her perspective. What is it like when your sister (and roommate!) runs the Trials and lands a spot on the U.S. team? Izzy, who lives in Boston and works for Tracksmith, talks about watching the race, going on to win Take the Bridge, and then taking selfies with adoring fans — who thought she was Molly!   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off wireless headphones. (My favorite is the Aeropex!)   What you’ll get on this episode: What’s making Izzy happy right now, and what her running looks like these days (3:10) Recapping the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials from Izzy’s perspective (9:30) On going on to run — and win — Take the Bridge later that night (33:30) What Izzy and Molly’s relationship was like growing up (38:10) All about Izzy’s job at Tracksmith (43:50)   What we mention on this episode: Jay Holder on Episode 231 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Izzy: Instagram @isabelseidel   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
07/05/2059m 8s

235. On the Job with Kaitie Brown, Walt Disney World Talent Casting Coordinator

"I just remember looking down and seeing that five year old little girl, dressed in her favorite princess dress, looking up at me with the biggest smile on her face — and I just see myself in her. It is so magical."   Kaitie Brown knew from a young age that her dream was to one day perform at Walt Disney World — and that's exactly what she went on to do. After three years and 12 auditions, Kaitie was hired as a cast member, where she would perform several times a day, dancing up and down Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom. Today, Kaitie is one of Disney World's talent casting coordinators, and on this episode, she talks about what it takes to get hired, why auditions are — she swears — actually really fun, and what it's really like to dance at Disney. Plus, as a four-time marathoner, she talks about how being a runner has made her a better performer.   Thank you to Tracksmith for sponsoring the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN15 at checkout for 15% off your first Tracksmith purchase!   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
04/05/2051m 28s

234. Emily Sisson Recaps the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

"I think after a certain point you just realize you’re not running to impress other people."   Emily Sisson was one of the top-seeded women competing at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. She's a 2:23 marathoner and professional runner for New Balance, and she went into the Trials after a huge year on the run in 2019. Emily made her marathon debut at the 2019 London Marathon, where she finished sixth and became the seventh-fastest woman ever at the marathon distance. It was also the second fastest debut by an American woman. Emily then went on to compete in the 10,000 meters at USATF Nationals, where she earned a spot to represent the U.S. at Worlds in Doha. Emily's race in Atlanta didn't quite go as she'd hoped, and she ended up pulling out of the race with four miles to go. On this episode, she talks about what went down during the race, whether being a top pick added pressure to her day, and what it was like stepping off the course. She also talks about the emotional aftermath from the race — and getting a second dog!   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off wireless headphones. (My favorite is the Aeropex!)   What you’ll get on this episode: On the decision to get a second dog! (3:10) How Emily’s life has changed over the past six weeks (11:10) Recapping the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (16:30) What it was like dropping out of the Trials (35:30) On the emotional recovery from the race (40:30) Emily’s advice for dealing with disappointment (47:30)   What we mention on this episode: Emily Sisson on Episode 169 of the Ali on the Run Show Emma Coburn on Episode 224 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Emily: Instagram @em_sisson_ Twitter @em_sisson   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
30/04/201h 2m

233. On the Job with Amanda LaVergne, Broadway Performer

"I’ve trained for Boston... I’ve done a 20-miler before doing two shows of A Chorus Line, which is two hours of standing on your feet and kicking. I’ve done 20-milers before a five-show day at Radio City."   Amanda LaVergne is a Broadway actress, singer, and dancer. She has performed in Annie and Grease, among many others, and spent a decade performing as Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Offstage, Amanda is a 3:07 marathoner, a 1:24 half marathoner, and a running coach. So how do you train for the Boston Marathon while also doing five shows a day at Radio City? How do you run the New York City Marathon fast enough to make it to the theater before a 3 PM curtain? On this episode, Amanda talks about the realities of making it on Broadway and beyond, having thick skin, what auditions are really like, and what it feels like to make your Broadway debut.   Thank you to Tracksmith for sponsoring the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN15 at checkout for 15% off your first Tracksmith purchase!   Follow Amanda: Instagram @amandalealavergne Twitter @lavergne_amanda Website   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
27/04/201h 19m

232. Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt

Welcome to the April edition of Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt. Every month, Matt Chittim — host of the Rambling Runner podcast and the Road to the Olympic Trials show — and I will come together to talk about running industry news, our own running, and things we’re loving right now, and to answer listener questions about running and podcasting. But this time around, instead of listener Q&A, we created the Quarantine Decathlon. Give it a try — and let us know how you fare! We recorded this episode on Marathon Monday — the should-be day for the Boston Marathon — and had fun talking about how the running community celebrated running on a day that wasn't what anyone had planned for.   What we mention on this episode: Peloton app Bota Box wine Sarah Cummings on Episode 215 of the Ali on the Run Show Sarah Cummings on Episode 112 of the Ali on the Run Show "The Third Monday in April," by Erin Strout for Women's Running "To Run My Best Marathon at Age 44, I Had to Outrun My Past," by Nicholas Thompson for Wired McKirdy Mile Race Series Laura Thweatt on Episode 228 of the Ali on the Run Show Nell Rojas on Episode 229 of the Ali on the Run Show   Try the Quarantine Decathlon! Stair Jump House Races Emergency Shuttle Run Tower Ball Hungry or Bored? Kid Toy Push-Ups The Quiet & Alone Hurdles Letter PRs The Coffee to Wine Relay "Foam rolling?"   Follow Matt:  Instagram @rambling_runner Rambling Runner podcast Road to the Olympic Trials podcast   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
24/04/2057m 20s

231. Jay Holder, Director of Marketing & Communications at Atlanta Track Club

“Find a way to get people hooked on running. That’s what we need.”   Jay Holder just might love running — the sport itself, plus every single member of the running community — more than any guy I know. Jay is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Atlanta Track Club, which means this week, we're getting a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials! Jay talks about the bidding process leading up to the Trials, and shares what, exactly, Atlanta did to show USA Track & Field that they were worthy of hosting one of the greatest weekends in American distance racing. (It involved a 90-page proposal and plan!) Jay, a dad of two, shares stories from the course — which he ran several dozen times before race weekend — and explains what he says is "the best part of the job." We look back reminiscing about the Trials weekend, and look forward, with some trepidation: The Atlanta Track Club also hosts the Peachtree Road Race, which is the largest 10K in the world that takes place every year on the Fourth of July.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off wireless headphones. (My favorite is the Aeropex!)   What you’ll get on this episode: A bit of background on Jay’s professional career, and what brought him to Atlanta Track Club (6:55) The bidding process behind the Olympic Trials, and how Atlanta won the hosting gig (10:00) What Jay says is the best part of his job (21:50) What race weekend looked like for Jay (28:50) What does the current state of the world mean for the 2020 Peachtree Road Race?   Follow Jay: Instagram @jayholderruns Twitter @jauntingjourno   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
22/04/2051m 36s

230. On the Job with Christine Mousa, Family Specialist in the Division of Child Protection and Permanency

"I can sincerely say that when I leave work and go home, my heart feels really full — but sometimes it feels defeated... There's a lot of emotion at stake. It's hard."   Christine Mousa is a family specialist in New Jersey's Division of Child Protection and Permanency. Her job is to find safe and loving homes for children. It's important, emotional work, and on this episode, Christine talks about what the job entails, whether she ever feels afraid on the job, and what being "out in the field" means.   Thank you to Tracksmith for sponsoring the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN15 at checkout for 15% off your first Tracksmith purchase!   Follow Christine: Instagram @christineemilyy   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
20/04/2049m 2s

229. Nell Rojas, 2:28 Marathoner & 9th-Place Olympic Trials Finisher

"You have to believe in yourself. And you can say it a million times, but before this, I didn’t actually believe I could run with these girls. And now I absolutely know that I can run with these girls, and I know that I can be competitive."   Nell Rojas finished ninth at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in February. And that in its own is impressive — but it's especially impressive when you consider that it was only Nell's third ever marathon. Nell is a triathlete and obstacle course racer turned marathoner, and on this episode, she talks about running the Olympic A standard at her first marathon, winning her second marathon (a 2:28 at Grandma's Marathon in 2019), and running the Trials as her third marathon. She talks about her recovery from the Trials and what's next, and talks about the time she beat Des Linden at the Falmouth Road Race — and then immediately asked for her autograph. Plus: What Nell is like as a coach, why she decided to rescue a dog right before the Trials, and the advice she has for anyone who's ever been told they "don't look like a runner."   What you’ll get on this episode: Nell breaks down her post-Trials recovery, and explains what her training looks like right now (3:50) Nell recaps her race at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (6:20) Nell’s road to becoming a marathoner (24:50) On winning Boulder Bolder 40 years after her dad won the race, and winning Grandma’s Marathon in 2019 (32:00) What is Nell like as a coach? (36:00) What will Nell’s training look like between now and the fall? (37:00)   Follow Nell: Instagram @nell_rojas_running Twitter @nellrojas   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
16/04/2051m 38s

228. Laura Thweatt, 2:25 Marathoner & 5th-Place Olympic Trials Finisher

"I had to keep believing that my Olympic dream was still alive until the race was over."   Laura Thweatt ran a fast, fierce, gutsy race at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta — a hard effort that earned her a fifth-place finish. But fifth place at the Trials is a tough spot: When the first three finishers make the team and the fourth-place finisher is the alternate, fifth place is so close, but so far from being on the Olympic team. On this episode, Laura — a 2:25 marathoner who runs for Saucony and is coached by Joe Bosshard — recaps her race at the Trials, offers advice for runners dealing with injuries or setbacks, and talks about how the Covid-19 crisis has affected her training so far and her year ahead.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off wireless headphones. (My favorite is the Aeropex!)   What you’ll get on this episode: How Laura’s doing during these “weird times” (3:45) The story behind that Saucony #dontrushchallenge video (7:20) What Laura’s days look like right now (14:40) How Laura got so strong leading up to the Trials (17:40) Recapping the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (24:05) What Laura’s post-Trials meeting with her sports psychologist was like (43:00) Laura’s advice for dealing with injuries or setbacks (51:00) Did Laura always plan to be a professional runner? (53:30)   What we mention on this episode: Saucony’s #dontrushchallenge video The "original" runner #dontrushchallenge video   Follow Laura: Instagram @lthweatt Twitter @thweatt11   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
15/04/201h 11m

227. On the Job with Julia Harrington, Corporate Pilot

"Fear is not something you experience in an airplane. That’s your comfort zone."   For many people, flying in an airplane is an anxiety-inducing adventure. But not for Julia Harrington. Julia is a corporate pilot and captain on two business jets, and on this On the Job episode, she talks about her adventures in the skies. Julia reminisces about her childhood dreams of becoming a pilot, and talks about the education required to get a pilot's license. She talks about her first flight, whether she's ever scared in the air, and what it's like being a badass woman in a very male-dominated industry. (Plus, she offers reassuring advice for all the anxious fliers out there!)   Thank you to Tracksmith for sponsoring the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN15 at checkout for 15% off your first Tracksmith purchase!   Follow Julia: Instagram @pilotjulia   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
13/04/2058m 4s

226. Caitlyn Tateishi, 2:43 Marathoner

"Without races on the schedule, you’re figuring out why you run in the first place. I think this is a really good reminder that we do it because we love it — not because we’re constantly chasing a goal or trying to prove something."   Caitlyn Tateishi has run — long, and fast — all over the world. On this episode, the 2:43 marathoner talks about growing up in Hawaii and discovering life on the run, and going on to run an unofficial ultramarathon during her time in the Peace Corps in Africa. Caitlyn explains why she took a long break from running, and talks about rediscovering her passion for the sport. Plus, she breaks down how, exactly, she shaved 50 minutes off her marathon time, going from wanting to qualify for the Boston Marathon to running at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials earlier this year. It's a powerful, relatable conversation about identifying as a runner, dealing with failure, and getting to that "I belong" moment.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for 15% off wireless headphones. (My favorite is the Aeropex!)   What you’ll get on this episode: How Caitlyn is feeling physically and emotionally since running the Trials (3:00) Recapping Caitlyn’s race in Atlanta (7:00) How Caitlyn found running (11:00) Why Caitlyn joined the Peace Corps, and what it was like living and running in tK (23:00) Why Caitlyn decided to start training for marathons — and her road to an OTQ (29:15)   What we mention on this episode: “I thought my best running days were over”: How Olympic Trials Qualifier Caitlyn Tateishi Found Her Way Back to Running via Women's Running Born to Run Miles to the Trials blog First Ladies of Running   Follow Caitlyn: Instagram @cait.tate   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
08/04/201h 6m

225. On the Job with Taylor Ritzel, Content Acquisition at Netflix

"I was just like, ‘Oh my god, I’m in Hollywood! This was meant to be!'"   Taylor Ritzel has quite the resumé: She was a collegiate rower at Yale University who went on to win Olympic gold in rowing at the 2012 games. Today, though, Taylor has traded her oars for the Hollywood life. She works at Netflix, in nonfiction series content acquisition. On this episode, she talks about what, exactly, that means, and what it's like working on shows including Cheer, Queer Eye, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.   Thank you to Tracksmith for sponsoring the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN15 at checkout for 15% off your first Tracksmith purchase!   Follow Taylor:  Instagram @taritzel   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
06/04/201h 5m

224. Catching Up with Emma Coburn

"There’s nothing I can do, so I might as well not wallow about it, and I might as well just find something else to make me happy for the moment."   Emma Coburn is a two-time Olympian, eight-time U.S. steeplechase champion, world champion, and world silver medalist. On this episode, Emma — who runs for New Balance and is Vice President of the Athletics Association — talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected her training and her livelihood. She's honest about the financial hit professional athletes will take during this time, and shares her take on the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How Emma is finding happiness right now (3:40) All about Emma’s nightly Instagram Lives (7:15) What Emma’s training has been like, both before and since hearing about the Olympics being postponed (10:45) How COVID-19 has directly affected Emma’s career and life at home (25:25) How Emma is maintaining a positive attitude during these times (37:00)   What we mention on this episode: Emma Coburn on Episode 60 of the Ali on the Run Show Emma Coburn on Episode 96 of the Ali on the Run Show Aisha Praught & Will Leer on Episode 204 of the Ali on the Run Show Emma’s Resistance Bands   Follow Emma: Instagram @emmacoburn Twitter @emmajcoburn Facebook   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
01/04/2049m 32s

223. On the Job with Kelly McKnight, Orthopedic Surgery Resident

"I run on pure stress and adrenaline."   Kelly McKnight is an orthopedic surgery resident — a real-life Callie Torres from Grey's Anatomy! — in Sioux Falls, SD. On this episode, the second in the On the Job series, Kelly talks about what her job entails, what the schooling is like, how she survives grueling 80-hour weeks on her feet, and how running fits in. She also talks about why only six percent of orthopedic surgeons are women — and why she's passionate about bringing that number way up.   Follow Kelly: Instagram @kellynicolemck   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
31/03/2057m 10s

222. Kaitlin Goodman Recaps the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

"I know I wasn’t a favorite, but I felt that if a door opened, I was fully ready to sprint through it."   When Kaitlin Goodman, a 2:32 marathoner who runs for adidas and the Boston Athletic Association, arrived at the start line of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, she felt fit, strong, and ready to race. Kaitlin was ranked 29th in the field of more than 500 women, and she was in Atlanta to be at the front of the race. But just half a mile into the 26.2-mile run, Kaitlin fell, and in an instant, her dreams of finishing at the top of the field were shaken. On this episode, Kaitlin vividly recounts what the day was like for her. (Warning: This one is a tear-jerker.) At the end of the episode, Kaitlin — who holds a master's in public health from Brown University and is a consultant in the field — shares what she wishes everyone understood about the current state of the world and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How Kaitlin is feeling post-Trials (5:55) Kaitlin recaps her race at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (12:00) On recovering from the race (40:35) Kaitlin talks about COVID-19 from the perspective of a public health professional (46:00)   What we mention on this episode: Kaitlin Goodman on Episode 160 of the Ali on the Run Show LIVE at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with Sarah Cummings, Kaitlin Goodman, Amanda Nurse, Ladia Albertson-Junkans, & Jenny Donnelly What It Was Like Being in Atlanta for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials   Follow Kaitlin: Instagram @runnerkg Twitter @runnerkg RunningJoyfully.com Strava   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
26/03/2058m 9s

221. On the Job with Rachel Dewan, Archaeologist

"It’s really a lesson in humans and human activity."   Welcome to the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! Every Tuesday for the next seven weeks, we'll meet cool women with interesting, fascinating, unique, badass jobs. They'll talk about how they got into their respective fields, what their jobs entail, why their work matters, and why they've pursued their passions. Plus, they're all runners, so they'll talk about how running fits into their busy lives. First up: Rachel Dewan. Rachel is an archaeologist who spends her summers in Greece, digging for artifacts and studying ancient cultures from 4,000 years ago. (The Minoan culture, specifically.) It's her job to dig up material culture and try to make sense of it all. On this episode, she talks about what, exactly, it means to be an archaeologist (she's not Ross from Friends!), what it's like on a dig, and what being on a dig actually means.   Inspired? Me, too! This November, Rachel will be leading a trip combining both her passions: running and archaeology. This 8-day running tour of Greece (led by Rachel and a fellow archaeologist and art historian) will end with the Athens Marathon. Between runs, you'll explore historic places and great food. Check it out here!   Thank you to Tracksmith for sponsoring the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN15 at checkout for 15% off your first Tracksmith purchase!   Follow Rachel:  Instagram @rundigsleep   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
23/03/2055m 16s

220. Andrea Toppin Recaps Her Race at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

"I’m not going to throw a pity party. I’m celebrating this day. I was a part of history."   It's so hard to believe it’s been nearly a month since we were all in Atlanta for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials — truly the good old days! And I want to keep remembering and celebrating those days. Andrea Toppin is a chiropractic student and elite marathoner for Oiselle who trains with the Minnesota Distance Elite — and she didn’t have the race of her dreams that day in Atlanta. On this episode, Andrea shares her story, opens up about the tough decision to DNF at the Trials, and talks about her outlook moving forward. (Spoiler: One race does not define you as a runner or as a human!)   What you’ll get on this episode: Andrea recaps her race at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (7:10) What’s next for Andrea? (39:30)   What we mention on this episode: Anita Perez on Episode 218 of the Ali on the Run Show LIVE at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with Carrie Tollefson, Meb Keflezighi, & UCAN   Follow Andrea: Instagram @atop1212   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
22/03/201h 0m

219. Jacqueline Alnes, Creator of Running-Inspired Tiny Art

“I viewed myself as a runner my whole life. That was my main identity. And so when I started considering the possibility that that might be taken away from me, I just felt this grief I didn’t even know how to handle yet, of who are you if you’re not a runner?”   Even if you don't know Dr. Jacqueline Alnes by the name, you definitely know her work. She's the woman behind the "tiny art" paintings you've seen all over Instagram featuring inspiring women from within the running community. (You can buy her prints on Etsy here!) Jacqueline is a creative writing professor in Pennsylvania, and on this episode, she opens up about the neurological disorder that left her passing out on the run as a Division-I athlete in college — and talks about how she came back and rediscovered her love for running.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Why Jacqueline is training to run the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon in honor of the Brave Like Gabe Foundation (5:10) Jacqueline explains the neurological disorder she’s been experiencing since college (8:20) What Jacqueline’s health and running are like today (26:35) The story behind Jacqueline’s “tiny art” on Instagram (31:00) The app that helped Jacqueline get over a bad breakup (41:40)   What we mention on this episode: Support Jacqueline’s Brave Like Gabe fundraising efforts! The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai   Follow Jacqueline: Instagram @jacquelinealnes Etsy Website   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
18/03/201h 0m

218. Anita Perez, 2:39 Marathoner, Single Mom, & Special Education Teacher

"It’s almost like I was running away from what had happened."   Anita Perez just might be one of the most inspiring, hardworking, dedicated women you'll ever meet. She's a 2:39 marathoner (who also runs a 1:17 half marathon), a single mom to two kids, and a middle school special education teacher. She's kind and caring, and she works her butt off in every facet of her life (including waking up at 3 AM to get her workouts in). On this episode, she talks about what it was like running at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials last month, compares that to her experience running the 2016 Trials, and opens up about the years in between. She talks about her mom passing away after a short and devastating bout with cancer, and opens up about how that affected her running. It's a powerful, poignant episode.   Thank you to the Atlanta Track Club for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! The Atlanta Track Club is proud to host the AJC Peachtree Road Race — the largest 10K in the world! — every year on the Fourth of July. The lottery for this year's race opens on March 15, so head to ajc.com/peachtree to enter!   What you’ll get on this episode: Anita recaps her race at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (3:40) Reflecting on running through grief (14:45) On the goal to run an Olympic Trials qualifying time (25:00) What Anita’s typical day looks like (37:30) Why Anita loves her work as a middle school special education teacher (43:45)   What we mention on this episode: LIVE at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with Carrie Tollefson, Meb Keflezighi, & UCAN MyCookieDealer on Instagram   Follow Anita: Instagram @anitaruns26.2   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
13/03/2056m 48s

217. What It Was Like Being in Atlanta for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

"I wasn't there as a runner. I wasn't there as a sister, a mother...I was there as a fan of the sport, and as a supporter of so many of these women. And in a very different way I found my own 'I belong,' and it was realizing I am bringing something to the running community."   It's a solo episode! On this episode, I reflect on my experience traveling to Atlanta to watch the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. (To read more about the weekend, check out this post.)   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What I mention on this episode: Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta Track Club LIVE at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with Sarah Cummings, Kaitlin Goodman, Amanda Nurse, Ladia Albertson-Junkans, & Jenny Donnelly LIVE at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with Carrie Tollefson, Meb Keflezighi, & UCAN Veronica Jackson & Alex Bernardi, Olympic Trials Qualifiers Veronica Jackson & Alex Bernardi Recap the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Jenny & Judi Donnelly BONUS EPISODE! Subscribe to the Fast Women newsletter "Why Are American Women Running Faster Than Ever?" via The New York Times Starla Garcia, Olympic Trials Qualifier & Registered Dietitian Carly Gill, Olympic Trials Qualifier Jen Bigham AKA Local Elite   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
11/03/2048m 19s

216. LIVE on International Women's Day

In honor of International Women's Day, I sat down with an all-star panel of smart, inspiring women — Abby Bales, Rozalynn Frazier, Kelly Hogan, and Henna Rustami — to talk about everything from periods, nutrition, and diversity in running to the whys behind why we started running and why we keep running.   Thank you to New Balance for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show. Go to newbalance.com and use code ONTHERUN20 for 20% off your order of $100 or more. Happy shopping!   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
11/03/2057m 37s

215. LIVE at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with Sarah Cummings, Kaitlin Goodman, Amanda Nurse, Ladia Albertson-Junkans, & Jenny Donnelly

"I am here to try and find the best version of myself." —Sarah Cummings   "I am here because running makes me feel the most alive." —Kaitlin Goodman   "I’m here because I found running later in life, and it felt like it fed my soul." —Amanda Nurse   "My why is Gabe Grunewald." —Ladia Albertson-Junkans   "I’m here because running feels like home. And because despite years of subpar performances and giving up on myself, I had people who didn’t, and I’m very grateful for that." —Jenny Donnelly   It was a tremendous honor and privilege to host a live show at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Expo in Atlanta, GA, with five former Ali on the Run Show guests and Trials runners: Sarah Cummings, Kaitlin Goodman, Amanda Nurse, Ladia Albertson-Junkans, and Jenny Donnelly. This was an inspiring, uplifting, at times emotional conversation about goals, the running community, choices and sacrifices, and each woman's "why."   Follow Sarah: Instagram @sarahccummings   Follow Kaitlin: Instagram @runnerkg Twitter @runnerkg RunningJoyfully.com Strava   Follow Amanda: Instagram @amandarunsboston Twitter @amandarunsbos   Follow Ladia: Instagram @ladiahallie Twitter @ladiahallie   Follow Jenny:  Instagram @jenny_donn   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
05/03/2051m 16s

214. Veronica Jackson & Alex Bernardi Recap the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

"This showed me I can make more dreams — because apparently they come true!" —Veronica Jackson   Last week, we heard from U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon qualifiers, friends, and former training partners Veronica Jackson and Alex Bernardi. This week, they're back to recap their respective races in Atlanta. (Spoiler: Veronica finished 63rd and Alex ran a personal best!)   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How Veronica and Alex were feeling three days after running the Trials (2:30) Breaking down the early miles of the race (7:25) On the crowds and the spectators (13:45) Alex and Veronica talk about what it was like seeing each other during the race (20:10) Veronica talks about experiencing pre-race anxiety the day before the race (24:00) What it was really like being in Atlanta (32:25)   What we mention on this episode: Veronica on Alex on Episode 211 of the Ali on the Run Show Atlanta Track Club Kaitlin Goodman on Episode 160 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Alex: Instagram @aebernardi   Follow Veronica: Instagram @vjaxs Twitter @vjacks01   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
05/03/2050m 49s

213. LIVE at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with Carrie Tollefson, Meb Keflezighi, & UCAN

This is the first of several post-U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials episodes coming your way this week. It was such an honor to co-host a live show after the race alongside Carrie Tollefson and Meb Keflezighi — in front of a 400-person audience! After an inspiring opening speech by UCAN President and CEO Shoba Murali and a few remarks from Meb, we recapped the race with Carrie (who was the official race announcer) and Meb (the official race starter). Then, we welcomed seven UCAN athletes — Sarah Sellers, Taylor Ward, Dawn Grunnagle, Tyler Pennel, Andrea Toppin, Anita Perez, and Jocelyn Todd — who shared their stories from the day. Some had breakthrough races (a PR for Sarah Sellers!), while others had challenging days on the course. All of their stories were honest, uplifting, and relatable, and I'm so grateful for everything they shared.   Thank you to UCAN for sponsoring this episode of Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.)   What you’ll get on this episode: Opening remarks from Shoba Murali, UCAN President and CEO (3:40) A few words from Meb Keflezighi (9:00) The live show begins! Carrie and Meb recap the race from their perspectives (12:30) Taylor Ward, Sarah Sellers, and Dawn Grunnagle recap their races at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (30:45) Tyler Pennel joins the conversation to talk about his race, where he finished 11th overall (43:20) Andrea Toppin, Anita Perez, and Jocelyn Todd share their races stories from the day (58:30)   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
04/03/201h 19m

212. Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt

Welcome to the second edition of a new monthly series on the Ali on the Run Show: Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt. Every month, Matt Chittim — host of the Rambling Runner podcast and the Road to the Olympic Trials show — and I will come together to talk about running industry news, our own running, and things we’re loving right now, and to answer listener questions about running and podcasting. It’s something new we’re trying, so let us know what you think and what you want more (or less!) of. On this episode, it's all about Trials talk. We share our excitement for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, talk about our predictions about what might happen while admitting none of us really have any idea, and answer listener questions about podcasting.   What we mention on this episode: Superhero Muffins Publix Atlanta 5K Peter Bromka on Road to the Olympic Trials Lou Serafini on Road to the Olympic Trials Sarah Ibbetson @runningbcba on Instagram (2:45.01 series) "In Celebrating Local Olympic Hopefuls, We Lift Up Our Communities" by Erin Strout for Women's Running Jay Holder on The CITIUS MAG Podcast Jay Holder on C Tolle Run Kaitlin Gregg Goodman on Episode 160 of the Ali on the Run Show Sara Hall on Episode 144 of the Ali on the Run Show Steph Bruce on Episode 206 of the Ali on the Run Show Steph Bruce on Episode 104 of the Ali on the Run Show Alison Wade and Erin Strout on Road to the Olympic Trials Elle Purrier on Episode 210 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Matt:  Instagram @rambling_runner Rambling Runner podcast Road to the Olympic Trials podcast   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
27/02/201h 2m

211. Veronica Jackson & Alex Bernardi, Olympic Trials Qualifiers

"The only reason this was my goal is because it was her goal. I only have this dream because she was crazy enough to dream it first." —Veronica Jackson   Veronica Jackson and Alex Bernardi are among the 500+ women who will be running the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon this weekend in Atlanta, GA. They're longtime training partners, and on this episode, they talk about the power of running friendships, and the effects your best running friends can have on your goals. Today, Alex and Veronica live in separate cities — Veronica in Boston where she's an attorney at the Partners Healthcare Hospital System, and Alex in New York City, where she's a research associate at a nonprofit — but we got together in person to record this episode (after they finished their 20-miler, of course).   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How Alex and Veronica were feeling two weeks out from the Trials (7:30) Alex reflects on qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials (8:30) What does it mean to each of them to get to run the Trials? (14:00) Alex talks about her postpartum running experience, and shares how she qualified for the Trials again after having her son (16:20) #TBT: Alex and Veronica share the story of how they met, and the importance of running friendships (19:50) How moving out of NYC affected Veronica’s training (34:15) How Veronica found new running buddies in Boston (52:00) How Veronica and Alex support each other from afar, and what the OTQ community is like (56:15)   What we mention on this episode: Central Park Track Club Sarah Cummings on Episode 112 of the Ali on the Run Show Jenny Donnelly on Episode 193 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Alex: Instagram @aebernardi   Follow Veronica: Instagram @vjaxs Twitter @vjacks01   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
26/02/201h 14m

210. Elle Purrier, Indoor Mile American Record Holder

"It’s a pretty misunderstood lifestyle. Unless you’re in it, you don’t really have a clue what it’s like to do it or why you would do it, because it’s so much work. But the people who have a passion for it would never change that."   Earlier this month, Elle Purrier won the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games in New York City. In the process, she set a new American record in the indoor mile (4:16.85), broke a 37-year-old record, ran an 8-second personal best time, and ran the second fastest indoor mile in history. On this episode, Elle, who runs for New Balance, talks about that day, and reflects on her indoor season before she begins training for outdoor season — and the 2020 Olympic Track & Field Trials. She also talks about growing up on a dairy farm in Vermont, and how that impacted her work ethic.   Thank you to the Atlanta Track Club for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! Go to atlantatrackclub.org to sign up for this weekend's Publix Atlanta 5K, where you can finish in the same spot as the men and women running the Olympic Trials Marathon the day before!   What you’ll get on this episode: Recapping Elle’s amazing race at the 2020 Millrose Games (3:00) Recapping the next week’s USATF indoor championships in Albuquerque, where Elle ran the 3000m (11:00) Elle sounds off on her competition (19:15) What’s next for Elle, and how does outdoor training compare to indoor training? (20:30) On growing up on a dairy farm in Vermont (22:45) A closer look at Elle’s training, and looking back at the 2019 Fifth Avenue Mile (28:30)   Follow Elle: Instagram @elleruns_4_her_life Twitter @ellepurrier   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
24/02/2043m 50s

209. Catching Up with Andrea Barber

"I’m an open book. I have no shame about anything I have gone through or felt."   Andrea Barber — perhaps best known as Kimmy Gibbler on Full House and the Netflix revival Fuller House — is back on the Ali on the Run Show! And this time, she's a published author! Andrea's first book, Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again, came out late last year, and it's a hit. (I'm not just saying this because Andrea is a friend: This book is fantastic.) Full Circle isn't a salacious Hollywood memoir or tell-all. It's real and it's honest, and in it, Andrea shares her story in a raw, visceral way. On this episode, Andrea and I catch up on what's new in her life — including why her home is filled with thousands of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, what it was like wrapping the fifth and final season of Fuller House, and where she's at with running right now — and we talk about some of my favorite parts of the book, including her uncensored stories about depression, anxiety, and divorce.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How it feels to have wrapped Fuller House (7:50) On becoming a writer for Fuller House (20:55) What’s next for Andrea? (29:00) All about Andrea’s book, Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again, and her decision to open up about depression, anxiety, and divorce (32:40) How New Kids on the Block helped Andrea through her divorce (48:45) Where Andrea is at with running right now (56:00)   What we mention on this episode: Andrea Barber on Episode 45 of the Ali on the Run Show Andrea Barber on Episode 77 of the Ali on the Run Show Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again, by Andrea Barber   Follow Andrea: Instagram @andreabarber Facebook Twitter @andreabarber Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
20/02/201h 5m

208. Love on the Run Week with Kara & Adam Goucher

"Change always takes time, and the battles that Adam and I have chosen to fight have just taken time. We’ve learned to be patient and to think less about ourselves and more about the future."   Happy Valentine’s Day! We're celebrating here on the Ali on the Run Show with the fifth and final episode of Love on the Run Week — and we're wrapping things up with the Gouchers! Kara and Adam Goucher have been married for 19 years. On this episode, we have an open and honest conversation about their struggles with infertility and how it affected their marriage, Kara's time as a Nike-sponsored athlete who was suspended without pay during her pregnancy and postpartum period, and why they've decided to be outspoken activists in the industry. They talk about developing thicker skin, how speaking out has impacted their relationship, and about why they're so passionate about clean sport.   Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring this episode of Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.)   What you’ll get on this episode: How Kara and Adam met (1:55) Is marriage easy? (10:35) How becoming parents has changed their relationship (16:15) On struggling with infertility (23:40) Reflecting on Kara’s time as a Nike-sponsored athlete, and why that time was “like being in a nightmare” for Kara and Adam (28:00) Has speaking out publicly brought Kara and Adam closer or has it created marital stress? (41:20) Kara and Adam share their 2020 goals, hopes, and dreams (48:00)   What we mention on this episode: Kara on Episode 43 of the Ali on the Run Show Kara on Episode 86 of the Ali on the Run Show "It's Time For Me To Use My Voice" by Adam Goucher Clean Sport Collective Clean Sport Collective Podcast   Follow Kara:  Instagram @karagoucher Twitter @karagoucher Facebook Clean Sport Collective Podcast Blog   Follow Adam Instagram @adamgoucher Twitter @adam_goucher   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
14/02/201h 1m

207. Love on the Run Week with Gwen Jorgensen & Pat Lemieux

"It showed Pat my worst side, and what I’m like when I’m not my happy self."   Gwen Jorgensen won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in the triathlon, and then decided she wanted to trade in the bike and the swim for a while to see how she could fare as a professional distance runner. Today, Gwen trains with the Bowerman Track Club, and is gearing up to compete at the 2020 Olympic Track & Field Trials in the 5K and 10K. And her husband, Pat Lemieux, will be by her side every step of the way. Pat was a professional cyclist, but he decided to put his career aside so he could fully support Gwen in hers. On this episode, they talk about that decision, and what it looked like then vs. now. Gwen and Pat live in Portland, OR, with their son, Stanley.   Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring this episode of Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.)   What you’ll get on this episode: How Gwen and Pat met (2:40) How important was it to each of them to have a relationship with a fellow athlete? (10:20) Pat’s decision to leave his career as a professional cyclist in order to support Gwen in her career (13:00) On the decision to have a baby (25:00) The biggest challenges Pat and Gwen face in their relationship (33:25) Gwen’s decision to train for the 2020 Olympic Track & Field Trials (36:30)   What we mention on this episode: Gwen Jorgensen on Episode 54 of the Ali on the Run Show Gwen Jorgensen on Episode 90 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Gwen: Instagram @gwenjorgensen Twitter @gwenjorgensen Facebook YouTube   Follow Pat: Instagram @patrick_lemieux Twitter @patlemieux   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
13/02/2056m 4s

206. Love on the Run Week with Steph & Ben Bruce

"He doesn’t do these grand gestures — he just shows up for me every single day."   Love on the Run Week continues! From the Leers to the Lindens — to the Bruces! Today, professional marathon runners Steph and Ben Bruce are here to talk about what makes them Team Bruce. They talk about what it's like when Ben is pacing Steph on the run, like at the 2019 Chicago Marathon, and open up about the impact having their two sons (Riley and Hudson) has had on their careers and their marriage. Steph and Ben live in Flagstaff, AZ, where he is an assistant coach and she competes for NAZ Elite.   Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring this episode of Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.)   What you’ll get on this episode: How Steph and Ben met (2:45) How Ben proposed to Steph (12:00) What makes Steph and Ben a great team (17:15) On resentment (25:00) Reflecting on running the 2019 Chicago Marathon, where Steph ran a 2:27 personal best time, and Ben was on pacing duties (31:00) How marriage has changed since having kids (37:00) How Steph is feeling just a few weeks out from the Olympic Trials (42:35)   What we mention on this episode:  Steph Bruce on Episode 104 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Steph: Instagram @stephrothstein Twitter @steph_rothstein Facebook Blog   Follow Ben: Instagram @bbjamin15 Twitter @bbjamin   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
12/02/201h 3m

205. Love on the Run Week with Des & Ryan Linden

“It’s competitive…in a healthy way!”   It's Love on the Run Week on the Ali on the Run Show! First we heard from Aisha Praught and Will Leer, and today it's the Linden's turn. On this episode, we hear from 2018 Boston Marathon champion Desiree Linden and her Ironman and entrepreneur husband, Ryan.   Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring this episode of Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.)   What you’ll get on this episode: How Des and Ryan met (2:15) How important is running in their relationship? (8:30) Des and Ryan reflect on some of the biggest moments in their careers and how they affected their relationship (15:50) How Ryan and Des support each other and celebrate their wins (21:30) Who’s the better spectator? (29:55) When one person’s career is thriving and the other’s isn’t (34:00) How Des is feeling leading up to the Olympic Trials (38:20) The moments in each others’ careers Des and Ryan are most proud of (40:15)   What we mention on this episode: Des on Episode 64 of the Ali on the Run Show Des on Episode 77 of the Ali on the Run Show Des on Episode 100 of the Ali on the Run Show Ryan on Episode 83 of the Ali on the Run Show Des on Episode 27 of the Clean Sport Collective podcast   Follow Des: Instagram @des_linden Facebook Twitter @des_linden   Follow Ryan: Instagram @rl_linden Twitter @rl_linden   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
11/02/2053m 26s

204. Love on the Run Week with Aisha Praught & Will Leer

"When talking about running, it’s where we have to be the most delicate with each other."   We're celebrating love all week long on the Ali on the Run Show: Welcome to Love on the Run Week! Today, we're kicking things off with professional middle-distance runners Aisha Praught and Will Leer, who live and train in Boulder, CO.   Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring this episode of Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.)   What you’ll get on this episode: How Aisha and Will met (3:15) How Will proposed (7:30) On Aisha and Will’s competitive sides (11:30) Why Aisha and Will moved from Oregon to Boulder, and how they made the decision (15:30) Why Will and Aisha don’t do workouts together (21:30) How Will and Aisha set goals individually and together (30:40) The impact Gabe Grunewald’s passing has had on both Will and Aisha (41:00)   What we mention on this episode: Aisha Praught Leer on Episode 197 of the Ali on the Run Show "No Sacrifices for Aisha Praught Leer," by Erin Strout for Women's Running Brave Like Gabe Foundation   Follow Aisha: Instagram @aishapraughtleer Twitter @aishapraught   Follow Will: Instagram @williamleer Twitter @william_leer   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
10/02/201h 1m

203. Rick Powell, Houston Marathon 2:45 Pacer

"There was an incredible amount of pressure that I acknowledged and then just kind of wanted to tuck away in the back of my mind and not pay attention to, because if I let that take over, I would’ve been scrutinizing it, and it would’ve gotten in my head, and I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did."   Rick Powell was the official 2:45 pacer at the 2020 Houston Marathon, who led a group of several dozen women hoping to qualify for the Olympic Trials. On this episode, Rick — a former Marine and current attorney who was fresh off a 2:31 finish at the Steamtown Marathon — reflects on his experience in Houston.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Why Rick wanted to be the OTQ pacer in Houston (5:55) On the magnitude of the day for the women (14:30) On getting advice from the CIM pacers before the race (21:00) What it was like being the only pacer for the 2:45 group (25:30) What it was like at the start of the Houston Marathon (34:20) What happens when people fall off the pace group (39:55) What it was like pacing Neely Spence Gracey (48:25) The impact this experience had on Rick (51:00)   What we mention on this episode: The CIM Pacers on Episode 196 of the Ali on the Run Show Starla Garcia on Episode 200 of the Ali on the Run Show Neely Spence Gracey on Episode 201 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Rick: Instagram @rjp1210   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava   Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
05/02/2055m 47s

202. Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt

Welcome to a new monthly series on the Ali on the Run Show: Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt. Every month, Matt Chittim — host of the Rambling Runner podcast and the Road to the Olympic Trials show — and I will come together to talk about running industry news, our own running, and things we're loving right now, and to answer listener questions about running and podcasting. It's something new we're trying, so let us know what you think and what you want more (or less!) of. On this episode, we talk about each of our recent interviews with professional runner Neely Spence Gracey, the hype surrounding the upcoming Olympic Trials marathon, and what podcasting is like behind the microphone.   What we mention on this episode: Neely Spence Gracey on Episode 201 of the Ali on the Run Show Neely Spence Gracey on Episode 40 of Road to the Olympic Trials "Amy Cragg Is Very Much Still in It, Thank You for Asking," by Sarah Lorge Butler for Runner's World   Follow Matt:  Instagram @rambling_runner Rambling Runner podcast Road to the Olympic Trials podcast Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
31/01/201h 0m

201. Neely Spence Gracey

"I wasn’t ready to run a marathon to my standards, and I did it anyway, and I was able to meet that goal, I was able to check off a goal, and I haven’t been able to do that in a long time."   Neely Spence Gracey just ran her first postpartum race since having her son, Athens, in 2018. She ran the Houston Marathon — and qualified for the Olympic Trials by running a 2:44. Not a bad return to the races! But Neely's journey to the OTQ hasn't been easy. On this episode, she talks about her pregnancy and postpartum running expectations vs. her reality, which included a series of injuries and other issues that kept her sidelined despite her best efforts to remain strong and healthy. She also talks about new motherhood, rest day-related anxiety, and why she stopped weighing herself.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How Neely is feeling post-Houston Marathon, and why this marathon — her slowest — was also her proudest (2:30) Neely talks about running during pregnancy, and her postpartum running experience (6:30) Neely opens up about her nonlinear return to running (23:45) Neely shares how her perspective about taking rest days has changed over the years (34:45) Neely recaps her 2020 Houston Marathon experience (40:45) Neely’s message to new moms trying to get back on the run (58:00)   What we mention on this episode: Starla Garcia on Episode 200 of the Ali on the Run Show Neely Spence Gracey on Episode 42 of the Ali on the Run Show FITsplint ReCoreFitness.com "Neely Spence Gracey Is Ready to Chase the Olympic Trials Standard at Houston" by Taylor Dutch for Runner’s World   Follow Neely:  Instagram @neelysgracey Facebook Twitter @neelysgracey Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
30/01/201h 8m

200. Starla Garcia, Olympic Trials Qualifier & Registered Dietitian

"I dropped so many F-bombs the last 10K! I just kept saying, 'It’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen!' I was just so hyped up."   This past weekend, Starla Garcia ran the Chevron Houston Marathon in 2 hours and 43 minutes — officially qualifying to run the 2020 Olympic Trials. On this episode — the 200th episode of the Ali on the Run Show! — Starla talks about her road to the OTQ, including missing the cutoff by just two minutes at last year's Grandma's Marathon, and a DNF at CIM. She talks about developing an eating disorder in high school, and finding recovery as a division-1 athlete in college. Today, Starla is a registered dietitian living in Houston, TX.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Where Starla’s OTQ dream came from (3:10) On bouncing back from disappointment (8:45) What Starla’s pre-Houston training was like (14:45) What it felt like to cross the finish line with an Olympic Trials qualifying time (27:00) Starla reflects on her relationship with running when she was growing up, and the pressure she felt as a D-1 collegiate runner (31:00) Starla talks about her past with an eating disorder (36:20) On becoming a registered dietitian (49:40)   What we mention on this episode: Carly Gill on Episode 182 of the Ali on the Run Show Neely Spence Gracey on Episode 42 of the Ali on the Run Show "Elated Runners Are Headed to Trials After Grabbing an #OTQinHOU," by Emilia Benton for Runner’s World Anti-Diet by Christy Harrison   Follow Starla:  Instagram @starla_shines Twitter @starla_shines Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play   SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
23/01/201h 5m

199. My 2020 Visions, Plans, Hopes, & Dreams

"I can’t sit around waiting for things to happen."   New year, excited me! On this short-ish solo episode, I'm sharing my 2020 vision — an Ali on the Run Show State of the Union of sorts. I talk about my personal and professional goals for this year, and reflect on my lululemon goal setting process. (Speaking of new: Come join the Ali on the Run Facebook group! We're having fun in there!)   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!     What you’ll get on this episode: Looking back on 2019 (2:15) On becoming a lululemon ambassador (4:45) My goals, plans, hopes, and dreams for 2020 (15:30)   What I mention on this episode: Today Show Modern Motherhood Series "I'm a New York City Marathon Race Announcer" 2019 United Airlines NYC Half Recap 2019 Popular Brooklyn Half Recap Garden State Plaza lululemon Align Pants   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
16/01/2038m 26s

198. Rachel Gersten, Therapist & Co-Founder of Viva Wellness

"The goal isn’t to stop feeling anxious or to judge yourself for it. That’s like saying, 'Oh, it shouldn’t be raining.' But it is. So now what?"   Rachel Gersten is a New York City-based licensed therapist, and is the co-founder of Viva Wellness. On this episode — perfect for the new year! — she dishes out advice about dealing with burnout, anxiety, and what to do when you realize you have no idea what you want to do with the rest of your life. She also talks about her lifelong battle with chronic pain, and how running more than 150 races, including marathons, has actually helped her cope with the pain.   Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: What does it actually mean to be a wellness coach? (2:30) Why are most people going to therapy these days? (10:30) What to do when you realize you’re not sure what you want to be when you grow up (18:00) What do appointments with Rachel look like? (24:25) On chronic pain, and becoming a runner (34:00)   What we mention on this episode: Hannah Montana: The Bone Dance Find a Way by Diana Nyad   Follow Rachel: Instagram @rachelgersten Viva Wellness The Viva Wellness Podcast Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
09/01/2056m 1s

197. Aisha Praught Leer

"Most people would describe me as kind and warm. But I have this other part of my personality: I am insatiably competitive." Aisha Praught Leer is a professional middle-distance runner for Under Armour, a national record holder in the 5000 meters, a 2016 Olympian (she competed in the 3000-meter steeplechase), and a gold medal winner at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. On this episode, Aisha talks about her progression as a professional athlete, her decision to race for and represent Jamaica (she's a Jamaican-American dual citizen), and her dedication for giving back and helping inspire the next generation of runners. She talks about what it's like being married to fellow professional runner Will Leer, and opens up about her decision to leave Eugene, OR, where she trained with the Oregon Track Club Elite, and move to Colorado to train alongside Emma Coburn, under the direction of coach Joe Bosshard. She also shares her thoughts on imposter syndrome, working with a sports psychologist, and building mental strength. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Why do you do what you do? (4:30) On building mental and physical strength as a professional athlete (14:00) On competitiveness (23:30) What it’s actually like working with a sports psychologist (25:30) Why Aisha left Oregon Track Club to train with Joe Bosshard and Emma Coburn in Colorado (30:00) Aisha’s decision to switch from the steeplechase to the 1500m (42:00) Aisha’s decision to race for Jamaica (49:00) All about drug testing (54:50) How Aisha met now-husband Will Leer (1:03:00)   What we mention on this episode: The Biggest Little Farm Oregon Track Club Elite Melissa Todd, Sports Psychologist The Overstory   Follow Aisha: Instagram @aishapraughtleer Twitter @aishapraught Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
01/01/201h 15m

196. The CIM Olympic Trials Qualifying Time Pacers

"We put ourselves on the line to help other people accomplish their dreams, and that was pretty freaking awesome." At the California International Marathon (CIM) earlier this month, 72 women ran faster than 2 hours 45 minutes, officially qualifying to run the Olympic Trials in the marathon. Leading several dozen of those women were Menso de Jong, Chris Stehula, and Ken Rakestraw — the official sub-2:45 pace group leaders. None of them had ever run a 2:45 marathon before. This is their story. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How Menso, Chris, and Ken got the job as pacers (3:40) How Menso, Chris, and Ken trained for the race (16:30) The plan for race day! (26:25) What the energy at the CIM start line was like (32:20) On the rules of pacing (49:00) What the finish was like (53:20) Menso, Chris, and Ken share their messages for all the women who went for OTQ times at CIM this year (1:03.50) What we mention on this episode: Jenny & Judi Donnelly on Episode 193 of the Ali on the Run Show "The Marathon Protagonists" by Menso de Jong Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
25/12/191h 11m

195. Mary Johnson, Founder of Lift, Run, Perform, on Postpartum Life and Running

"I’m just winging it." Mary Johnson (perhaps best known as @itsamarython on Instagram) is the owner of Lift, Run, Perform. She's a running coach and a strength coach who also works at Ranfone Training Systems. And she just had a baby! Mary's first child, Eli, is five months old, and on this episode, Mary very honestly talks about what the past five months have looked like for her. She talks about the highs and lows of new motherhood, explains her strategy for getting work done as a work-from-home mom, and opens up about her expectations vs. the reality of returning to running postpartum. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Mary talks about how she’s feeling at 20 weeks postpartum, and shares her take on expectation vs. reality (3:00) On seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist (12:10) On finding, develoing, and harnessing new-mom confidence (15:00) Mary talks about having to get a D&C after giving birth (17:45) On being a work-from-home entrepreneur mom, and getting back to work after baby (26:00) Mary talks about coaching a group of women to run sub-3:00 marathons this fall (42:50) What we mention on this episode: Mary Johnson on Episode 122 of the Ali on the Run Show Postpartum return-to-exercise recommendations Abby Bales on Episode 49 of the Ali on the Run Show Abby Bales on Episode 139 of the Ali on the Run Show Reform Physical Therapy Superhero Muffins Follow Mary: Instagram @itsamarython Twitter @itsamarython Blog Lift, Run, Perform Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
19/12/191h 0m

194. Sarah Grooms, Rockette Turned Marathoner

"In dance, you’re kind of always told what to do, how to do it, how perfect it has to be. Running has been a way for me to let all of that go." Sarah Grooms spent 13 years doing hundreds of eye-high kicks a day as a Radio City Rockette. On this episode, she talks about everything you've ever wanted to know about performing at one of the world's most famous venues (including how Radio City's famous camels get their exercise between shows!), and explains why she decided to hang up her heels last year in favor of running shoes. Today, Sarah is a certified personal trainer, and is a fitness instructor at Precision Run in New York City and obé Fitness online — and she's a marathoner! Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Sarah reflects on her 13-year tenure as a Radio City Rockette (5:50) On getting — and then losing — the dream job (12:50) What it’s like performing at Radio City Music Hall (16:40) What don’t audiences see from the Radio City Rockettes? (20:00) The physical demands of being a Rockette (33:15) Why Sarah decided to retire from the Rockettes — and how she became a runner (38:00) What’s next for Sarah? (46:40) Follow Sarah: Instagram @sarahgrooms Twitter @sarahgrooms Podcast Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
12/12/191h 3m

193. Jenny & Judi Donnelly BONUS EPISODE!

"We are both a bit stubborn — especially about our goals." —Jenny Donnelly It was a big, exciting weekend at the 2019 California International Marathon! It was especially exciting for the Donnelly family: 28-year-old Jenny qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials, finishing in 2:44.31, and her mom, 62-year-old Judi celebrating 25 years of being breast-cancer-free, ran a lifetime personal best, finishing in a Boston Marathon qualifying time of 3:56. On this episode, Jenny and Judi reflect on their exciting weekend at CIM, and talk about why this sport and this community are so special. Jenny opens up about her history with race anxiety, and Judi talks about navigating parenting a child who is dealing with running-related panic attacks. It's a fun episode that proves why running is so magical. Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring this episode of Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.)   What you’ll get on this episode: Jenny breaks down her race at CIM (3:55) Judi talks about running a 3:56 at CIM — a lifetime personal best! (10:45) Jenny talks about her history for race anxiety (14:50) Judi talks about what it was like running the New York City Marathon in the 80s! (25:40) What it’s like getting panic attacks on the run (29:00) Judi talks about being 25 years cancer-free, and talks about raising high-achieving daughters (36:30)   What we mention on this episode: Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor   Follow Jenny:  Instagram @jenny_donn Follow Judi:  Instagram @judidonnelly Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
11/12/1959m 27s

192. Adrianne Haslet, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor

"I really hope that people seeing amputees in line at the grocery store don’t think, 'Oh, you poor thing,' they wonder, 'Oh, are you a marathoner?'" In April 2013, Adrianne Haslet was living her dream as a professional ballroom dancer. On Marathon Monday, she found herself near the Boston Marathon finish line, watching the runners finish the iconic race. But then, so many lives were forever changed that day. When the two bombs went off near the finish, the second blast took Adrianne's foot. On this episode, she recounts that day in Boston, and talks about rebuilding and moving forward. She talks about learning to wear, walk, and run with a prosthetic leg, and beautifully talks about the importance of being defined not as a victim, but as a survivor. Despite being at the center of tragedy that day, Adrianne has become an inspiration — and a Boston Marathoner herself. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: What brought Adrianne to the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line (3:00) What, exactly, she remembers after the blast went off (6:00) How Adrianne’s “rebuilding” process went, and what it was like putting on her prosthetic for the first time (17:30) Adrianne talks about how her relationship with her body has changed since the bombings, and how she became a runner (26:00) Adrianne talks about post-traumatic stress disorder, and how therapy has helped with her recovery (36:15) How Adrianne became a Boston Marathon finisher (40:30) The car accident that thwarted Adrianne’s 2019 Boston Marathon dreams (44:15) Why the 2020 Boston Marathon will be extra special for Adrianne (47:15) What we mention on this episode: Heartbreak Hill Running Company Follow Adrianne: Instagram @adriannehaslet Twitter @adriannehaslet Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
04/12/191h 2m

191. The Great Turkey Trot of 2014

“It was in that moment I realized that I wasn’t running. I also realized I wasn’t jogging. I was barely walking. I looked down, and the tops of my shoes are scraping the ground — one slow movement after the next slow movement.” It's an Ali on the Run Show Thanksgiving tradition! Four years ago, my now-husband, Brian, and I lined up at the start of two very different Turkey Trots. Though both races were five miles, the outcomes were vastly dissimilar. I ran the Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot in Brooklyn, NY, in a respectable 38:41 — a 7:44 minute-per-mile pace. Meanwhile, in Rhode Island, Brian was racing the Newport Pie Run. Here’s a dramatic retelling of how his race went. This is forever my favorite story, and I love re-sharing it every year. Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy LOL-ing!   What we mention on this episode:  Newport Pie Run Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot Meet Brian Our engagement story Mystery Science Theater 3000 Ugg slippers Orangetheory Fitness   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Follow Brian: Instagram @boldceo Facebook Twitter @boldceo Growing BOLD BOLD Worldwide Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
27/11/1936m 59s

190. Sarah True, Olympian & Ironman Triathlete

"One of the hardest conversations I ever had was to admit that I’d been struggling. And I no longer wanted to be alive." Sarah True is a professional triathlete and Olympian. On this episode, she honestly and vulnerably shares her story of competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, hitting rock bottom, and the intense emotional recovery that followed. She opens up about her history with mood disorders and depression, and talks about how stress affects her body and her performance. She also talks about the past two years competing at the Ironman distance, including a very good year followed by a challenging one. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: On diversity, inclusivity, privilege, and bias in sport (3:00) Sarah reflects on her racing year (8:30) Sarah talks about competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and the emotional aftermath that followed (24:45) Sarah talks about managing her depression, and what that looks like today (36:00) How Sarah met her now-husband, fellow professional athlete Ben True (46:00) What Sarah says are the universal struggles in sport (51:00)   Follow Sarah: Instagram @sarah.b.true Twitter @sgroffy Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
21/11/191h 0m

189. Running Industry Hot Takes with Phoebe Wright

"When you’re in a powerless position and the rest of your career is totally dependent on what you do, you aren’t going to burn bridges. You don’t have many bridges to walk across." Phoebe Wright is a former professional middle-distance runner who spent six years competing as a Nike-sponsored athlete. Phoebe, an 800-meter specialist from Tennessee, became a five-time national champion before retiring after the 2016 Olympics. On this episode, she reflects on her time with Nike and talks about some of the big stories in running right now, including #DreamMaternity and Mary Cain. She also talks about confidence, overtraining, and being an advocate for the running industry and its athletes. Thank you to the New York Road Runners Virtual Turkey Trot 5K for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE to register (it’s free!) and complete your Turkey Trot anytime between November 23 and December 1. Everybody’s doing it!   What you’ll get on this episode: Phoebe reflects on her six years as a Nike athlete (4:45) Phoebe’s take on the #DreamMaternity coverage (13:10) Phoebe discusses the recent Mary Cain story about Mary’s time working with Alberto Salazar and Nike (18:40) Phoebe talks about training with Brooks (21:50) On being an advocate, confidence, and having thick skin (27:45) Phoebe talks about her experience with overtraining (30:45) All about being a pharmacist! (35:30) What we mention on this episode: "Nike Told Me to Dream Crazy, Until I Wanted a Baby," via The New York Times "Allyson Felix: My Own Nike Pregnancy Story," via The New York Times "I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike," via The New York Times   Follow Phoebe: Instagram @phe800 Twitter @phe800 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
15/11/1944m 5s

188. Nikki Hiltz & Therese Haiss

"I’m kind of labeled as the gay runner. But those are two things I’m really proud of. I’m proud to be gay and I’m proud of my running." —Nikki Hiltz Nikki Hiltz and Therese Haiss are professional runners for adidas. They live in San Diego where they train with the Mission Athletics Club, and on this episode, they talk about how they met — and how their immediate friendship evolved into something more. They talk about coming out to each other, and to their loved ones, and talk about society's obsession with labels. They share their insecurities, and talk about how living authentically has made them better runners. Nikki and Therese are one of my favorite pro runner couples, and they promised that nothing was off-limits for this conversation, which we had after they had just settled in Mammoth for four weeks of high-altitude training camp. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle! What you’ll get on this episode: What altitude training looks like for Therese and Nikki, and what sacrifices they have to make as professional runners (2:30) Nikki and Therese reflect on their trip to Doha for world championships (8:20) How Nikki and Therese met, the evolution of their relationship, and what it was like coming out to friends and family — and to each other (21:20) How coming out affected Nikki’s running (31:30) Reflecting on that now-famous adidas Pride photo, plus their take on authenticity and whether there’s pressure to be a role model (36:15) What’s coming up for Nikki and Therese? And what’s it like competing against each other in races? (49:00) What we mention on this episode: Nikki Hiltz on Episode 170 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Nikki:  Instagram @nikkihiltz Twitter @nikki_hiltz Mission Athletics Club YouTube Follow Therese:  Instagram @therese_haiss Twitter @therese_haiss Mission Athletics Club YouTube Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
14/11/191h 4m

187. I'm a New York City Marathon Race Announcer!

"I want to know that every person that crosses that finish line is celebrated. I don’t care what the time on the clock says. I want everyone’s hard work and dreams to be celebrated." Last Sunday, I became an official TCS New York City Marathon finish line announcer. I always said my dream was to “stand at a finish line and cheer for all the runners.” And I got to do that on the world’s largest stage. I need about a month to sit and process the magic of this past week. What I got to do. The opportunities. The people I met. The conversations I had. The finishes and emotions I witnessed. The tears. The victories. The arms up in the air, in moments of pure awe and celebration. The chills I got, over and over. On this episode, I attempt to recap it all. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Recapping my 2019 TCS New York City Marathon week (1:30) Answering listener questions all about announcing at the TCS New York City Marathon finish line (32:40) What we mention on this episode: TCS New York City Marathon Mile High Run Club Amelia Boone on Episode 80 of the Ali on the Run Show Altra Solstice Team For Kids The Izzo Brothers NYRR Run with Champions NYRR Night of Champions Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K 2017 Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K Recap Ali on the Run Show Live: Why It’s An Exciting Time for Women’s Running NYRR RunCenter 2016 TCS New York City Marathon Recap Janelle Hartman on Episode 185 of the Ali on the Run Show Stephanie Pennington on Episode 183 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
07/11/191h 22m

186. Why It's An Exciting Time For Women's Running LIVE Show

It was an honor, a pleasure, and a privilege to host this live recording of the Ali on the Run Show at the New York Road Runners RunCenter the day before the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon. Five leaders in the industry — Mary Wittenberg, Lauren Fleshman, Alison Desir, Jen Ator, and Lindsay Crouse — discuss why it's an exciting time to be a woman in running right now, and address the work that still needs to be done to make the running world more inclusive. THANK YOU to New York Road Runners for hosting us and for sponsoring this episode. Be sure to check out all the great (free!) programming at the NYRR RunCenter featuring the New Balance Run Hub.   Follow Mary:  Mary on Episode 98 of the Ali on the Run Show Mary on Episode 129 of the Ali on the Run Show Instagram @marywruns Twitter @marywitt Follow Lauren:  Lauren on Episode 103 of the Ali on the Run Show Lauren on Episode 161 of the Ali on the Run Show Instagram @fleshmanflyer Twitter @laurenfleshman Follow Lindsay:  Lindsay on Episode 149 of the Ali on the Run Show Instagram @lindsaycrouse Twitter @lindsaycrouse Follow Alison:  Alison on Episode 3 of the Ali on the Run Show Instagram @alisonmdesir Follow Jen: Jen on Episode 142 of the Ali on the Run Show Instagram @jen_ator Twitter @jen_ator Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
05/11/1956m 5s

185. Janelle Hartman, Final Finisher of the 2018 New York City Marathon

"Everyone talks about the roar on first avenue. Mine was trying to dodge the roar of the cleaning trucks!" Last year, 55-year-old Janelle Hartman became a marathoner. After running more than 100 races and volunteering at just as many, Janelle decided that 2018 was the year she would run the TCS New York City Marathon. And on this episode, she talks about what it's like to be the very last finisher of the marathon: Janelle was the final finisher at the 2018 New York City Marathon. She paints a picture about what it was like running the marathon in the dark, being moved onto the city sidewalks, without that famous roar of screaming fans on First Avenue. And she talks about why runners shouldn't be afraid of coming in last, and why it should be celebrated. She opens up about the times in her own life when she let her fears, worries, and concerns hold her back from pursuing her dreams, and shares what it's like on the other side of success. When Janelle isn't running or volunteering, she works as a psychotherapist in a nursing home. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How it felt to be the final finisher of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon (4:20) Janelle recaps her 2018 race (7:10) Janelle’s message to runners who don’t want to sign up for races because they’re “afraid of coming in last” (20:30) On receiving the 2018 Joe Kleinerman Award from New York Road Runners (27:00) Janelle talks about how she started running at 49, her inspiration, and her decision to run a marathon at 55 (31:40) What does Janelle wish more runners understood about what it takes to make a race happen? (50:00) Janelle talks about her career in psychiatry (54:00) What we mention on this episode: Peter Ciaccia on Episode 96 of the Ali on the Run Show Project Finish The Galloway Method Run, Fat Boy, Run Follow Janelle: Instagram @janhart26 Twitter @janhart26 Strava Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
30/10/191h 2m

184. Crohn's Disease and Motherhood with Natalie Hayden

"This illness is just a small part of me. It’s not all of me. I’m still able to be a mom. And I haven’t allowed my disease to rob me of that. It just gives me strength. It almost makes me feel like a badass some days! It’s not always pretty, but for the most part, I’m doing what I want to do with my life despite my illness." Natalie Hayden was diagnosed with Crohn's disease right after graduating college. She was on track to pursue her dream job as a television anchor, but her inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) diagnosis tried to derail that. After several hospitalizations and a series of bowel obstructions, Natalie underwent major surgery to remove 18 inches from her intestines. But despite the disease's valiant efforts to keep Natalie down, she has persevered. She went on to become a TV news anchor, just as she'd always dreamed, and she's a mother to two healthy children. Today, Natalie is a freelance, work-from-home mom who chronicles her life with Crohn's disease at Lights, Camera, Crohn's: An Unobstructed View. This is an honest conversation about what it looks like when you have a chronic illness and want to become a mom, and what concerns arose for both Natalie and me in our respective journeys. Thank you to the American Gastroenterological Association's IBD Parenthood Project for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! If you or someone you know has inflammatory bowel disease, like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, go to ibdparenthoodproject.org for support on your journey to and through parenthood.   What you’ll get on this episode: Natalie talks about her Crohn’s diagnosis (4:30) Natalie talks about moving away from home and pursuing her dream job — with Crohn’s as her sidekick (11:00) How having a chronic illness has affected Natalie’s relationships and marriage (16:50) Natalie talks about her history with bowel obstructions, and her bowel resection surgery (23:50) Natalie talks about her decision to have children, and her concerns about how Crohn’s may affect her ability to get pregnant, have a baby, and be a mom (37:20) To breastfeed or not to breastfeed with a chronic illness? Natalie talks about trying to make the decision that was right for her and her family (45:20) Follow Natalie: Instagram @natalieannhayden Twitter @nataliesparacio Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
28/10/191h 4m

183. Stephanie Pennington, Creator of Project Finish

"They don’t expect a group to be there. And any runner deserves that incredible finish, no matter if it took two hours or if it’s taken 12. It’s not so much the time that needs to be celebrated in this case, it’s the passion and the drive and the motivation behind each runner’s story." In 2015, Stephanie Pennington had just completed her first New York City Marathon. After finishing, she went out to celebrate — but before heading back home, she wanted to swing back through Central Park to see if anything was still happening. It was 7:45 PM, and Stephanie saw runners still making their way to the iconic finish line. She was inspired — and she didn't want any of those runners to ever finish 26.2 miles without a celebration. That's how Project Finish was born. (This video is a must-watch.) Now, every year at the TCS New York City Marathon finish line, Stephanie encourages people to join her and her wildly enthusiastic, growing group of supporters to cheer at the finish line until the very last runner comes through. On this episode, Stephanie — who is a fashion and technical designer for QVC — shares some inspiring finish line stories, and talks about her hopes and dreams for Project Finish this year. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: What inspired Stephanie to start Project Finish (3:30) What is the Project Finish vibe like? (12:15) Stephanie’s favorite Project Finish memories from over the years (15:50) Why YOU should show up for Project Finish at this year’s TCS New York City Marathon (27:10) Stephanie shares her running story (34:10) All about Stephanie’s job (47:15) What we mention on this episode: Project Finish Project Finish in the New York Times New York Road Runners Virtual Training Programs Follow Stephanie: Instagram @stephanie_pennington Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
24/10/1959m 3s

182. Carly Gill, Olympic Trials Qualifier

"I think kindness can solve a lot of problems." Last year, Carly Gill made a goal to qualify for the Olympic Trials in the marathon. She ran CIM in December 2018 — and came up just two minutes short of her goal. So this year, Carly was ready to get stronger, faster, and fitter, and again chase down an OTQ time of 2:45 or faster. On this episode, Carly talks about her dream come true: running a 2:42 at the Berlin Marathon, and officially qualifying to run the Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta in February 2020. She talks about the mental side of training and racing, and shares her take on expectations, disappointment, and how to emotionally recover after a race. Carly is a freelance TV producer living in Brooklyn, NY. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Carly reflects on running an Olympic Trials qualifying time at the Berlin Marathon (2:45) On running most of the race surrounded by men (23:00) Carly revisits the heartbreaks on the way to her 2:42 marathon, and talks about putting her goals out there publicly (29:00) How Carly went from running a 6:14 mile to running 26.2 of them at 6:10 pace (35:00) A look at Carly’s Berlin training cycle, and how it was different than past marathon training cycles (42:40) Carly talks about joining a team — or not joining a team (52:00) Carly talks about life as a freelance television producer (59:30) Follow Carly Instagram @carlysheree Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
16/10/191h 14m

181. Carrie Tollefson BONUS EPISODE!

“The way that I’m training is good for my soul right now.” Carrie Tollefson is a professional middle-distance runner and Olympian turned mom of three, broadcaster, race analyst, podcast host, running camp director, and so much more. Most recently, the former 1500-meter specialist added another impressive title to her list: 2:51 marathoner. Six years ago, Carrie was four months postpartum and ran her first marathon in an astonishing time of 3:02. She made a goal to someday run a sub-3:00 marathon, and this was her year. On this episode, the Minnesota native and host of C Tolle Run talks about her somewhat unconventional training methods, why this was the time to pursue her marathon dreams, and what it meant to her to race in a Brave Like Gabe singlet. Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring this episode of Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.)   What you’ll get on this episode: Carrie breaks down her 2:51 at the Twin Cities Marathon, and shares why she decided to run a marathon this year (5:35) Why Carrie says her race was “surprising” to her (12:00) What it meant to Carrie to run in a Brave Like Gabe singlet (18:15) Where does Carrie see herself in the sport right now? And where does she want to be and go? (28:30) What a day in Carrie’s life looks like, and when she gets her runs in (38:45) How Carrie got into broadcasting (44:30) Carrie revists her list of goals from two years ago! (1:04:04) What we mention on this episode: Wellbeats Brave Like Gabe Foundation Follow Carrie: Instagram @carrie_tollefson Twitter @carrietollefson Facebook Podcast & Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
14/10/191h 14m

180. Roberta Groner, 2:29 Marathoner, Nurse, & Mom of Three

"I’m not one to usually show too much emotion crossing a finish line, but that last 100 to 200 meters, I thought about my children, my family, and all the hard work I did to put into this race that I had a lot of people doubt or question. It was just this moment of, 'This is why I do what I do.'" Roberta Groner just returned from Qatar, where she was one of three women representing the United States at the marathon world championships. But Roberta isn't a full-time professional athlete: She's a full-time nurse, a 41-year-old single mom of three, and a 2:29 marathoner. (She's one of only three U.S. women over 40 to have broken 2:30 in the marathon.) Roberta's story is pretty remarkable and wildly impressive. On this episode, she recounts her race in Doha — it was 90 degrees and 73 percent humidity, and the race started at midnight — where she finished sixth overall and was the first American finisher. She talks about why she chose to go to world championships when she was very aware of the grueling conditions that awaited her, and she talks about how she's gotten faster and stronger over the years. Roberta isn't slowing down on the roads or in life: She'll race the TCS New York City Marathon in just a few weeks, and then she'll compete at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta in February 2020. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Roberta breaks down the world championships marathon in Doha, including the heat and how she prepped for it, her goals, and her strategy (3:15) How Roberta is feeling now, and what her training will look like between now and the New York City Marathon in a few weeks (22:25) Roberta’s thoughts on sponsorship (32:30) Roberta shares her running story, including why she took a long break — and what brought her back (37:30) How Roberta has chipped away at her marathon time over the years (39:50) What Roberta is doing to ensure her longevity in the sport, and when she fits running into her busy life (43:40) What we mention on this episode: New York Athletic Club Truly Faster as a Master: Roberta Groner, 41, Makes U.S. World Championships Marathon Team, via Erin Strout for Women's Running Follow Roberta: Instagram @bad_boys104 Twitter @marathongirl245 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
09/10/191h 3m

179. Janae Baron BONUS EPISODE!

"That’s running — all of us are having major fails along the way! That’s what keeps bringing us back. We’re chasing that perfect race and that perfect day." This past weekend, Janae Baron — Hungry Runner Girl — ran a 2:49 at the St. George Marathon. It was a 9 minute 55 second personal best time at the distance. It took Janae nine years to go sub-3:00 in the marathon. Last year, she ran a 2:59 — and thought she was good, done, and satisfied. Her potential, she thought, had been reached. But then: a 2:49, just one year later. On this episode, Janae recaps this breakthrough race, sharing every detail of the weekend, including what it was like being part of the elite start (and getting her own fuel and hydration bottles on the course!). She talks about how, exactly, she's gotten faster, and about joining a team and what that looks like. (She now trains with a group of "big dreamers," she told me.) Janae also opens up about what it's like racing when you're a public-facing person and have thousands of people following along: Does that add pressure, motivation, or both? Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring this episode of Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.)   What you’ll get on this episode: Recapping Janae’s 2:49 race at the St. George Marathon (4:00) Does being a public person affect Janae on race day? (35:30) How Janae went from a 2:59 to a 2:49, and what it’s been like running and training with a team (42:00) Janae’s experience experimenting with carb depletion before her race (55:00) What it means to Janae to be stubborn about her goals (59:20) What’s next for Janae? (1:01:00) Janae’s messages to marathoners in all stages this season (1:03:50) What we mention on this episode: Janae Baron on Episode 89 of the Ali on the Run Show Janae Baron on Episode 50 of the Ali on the Run Show St. George Marathon Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald Follow Janae: Instagram @hungryrunnergirl Facebook Twitter @hungryrunnergrl Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
08/10/191h 17m

178. Ladia Albertson-Junkans, Ultra Runner & Best Friend to Gabe Grunewald

"Gabe was all about trying her best, whereas I was more about striving for perfection. And thankfully, I had Gabe in my life to show me what that really meant — trying your best — and why that was so much better than striving for perfection." Ladia Albertson-Junkans is a collegiate cross-country runner turned ultramarathoner. Most recently, Ladia ran the Western States 100, and followed that up by running the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Timberline Trail around Mount Hood. Ladia is also well known in the running community as Gabe Grunewald's best friend. On this poignant episode, Ladia beautifully shares stories about Gabe, who passed away this summer. She talks about their friendship, including the sweet story of how they met, and opens up about being by Gabe's side during her final days. She talks about what it means to be brave, the role running played in her grieving process, and about learning how to say goodbye. Ladia also talks about how important it was to Gabe to make sure the Brave Like Gabe Foundation kept running and inspiring fellow cancer patients. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: On running the Fastest Known Time on the Timberline Trail around Mount Hood, including how Ladia felt Gabe’s presence before and during the run (6:00) On running Western States in June (19:40) When does Ladia fit running into her busy life? (26:20) How Ladia and Gabe met, and why Gabe wouldn’t let Ladia quit running after college (27:30) Ladia opens up about what Gabe’s last few weeks were like, and shares a few stories about Gabe that speak to her remarkable character (33:45) Ladia talks about that visit from Chip and Joanna Gaines (41:30) Did Gabe know the impact she had on the world? (46:00) What does it mean to live #BraveLikeGabe? (55:30) What we mention on this episode: Gabe Grunewald on Episode 62 of the Ali on the Run Show Brave Like Gabe Foundation Follow Ladia: Instagram @ladiahallie Twitter @ladiahallie Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
03/10/191h 16m

177. You Can Run a Marathon Q&A with Greg McMillan & Dr. Cathy Yeckel

"You can race as many 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons as you'd like, but that suffering that's at the end of the marathon is a totally different experience." —Greg McMillan On the final episode in the You Can Run a Marathon series, experts Greg McMillan and Dr. Cathy Yeckel are on hand to answer dozens of listener questions about training, race day, nutrition, and more. Greg McMillan is the founder of McMillan Running, where he is also the head coach, exercise physiologist, and 2:31 marathoner. Dr. Yeckel, also a multiple-time marathoner, is a human metabolism researcher and assistance clinical professor at the Yale School of Public Health. Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring the You Can Run a Marathon series on the Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.)   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
01/10/191h 5m

176. Megan Harrington, Creator of The Runner's Kitchen

"One run or two runs, or even a handful of runs, in the grand scheme of things isn’t really going to make that much of a difference. So I try not to get too stressed out about it." You may know Megan Harrington (formerly Kretz) as one of the OG running bloggers: She is the woman behind the popular "Runner's Kitchen" blog. In 2008, Megan had just graduated from Wesleyan University and moved to New York City to pursue her writing dreams. She joined the Central Park Track Club — and Twitter! — and started blogging about her training, in addition to working a slew of different jobs, including writing, editing, and working at a law firm. Today, Megan is a mom of two (to Teddy, 3, and Evelyn, 13 months) living in upstate New York with her husband, Brian. She works several part-time jobs: She's a freelance writer, social media manager for a local newspaper, and peer breastfeeding counselor for the county WIC program. On this episode, Megan talks about her recent postpartum half-marathon PR, when she fits marathon training into her busy life, and how running has changed for her since becoming a mom. Megan will be running the Chicago Marathon in two weeks. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Megan talks about running a big postpartum half-marathon PR, and her decision to hire a coach at this point in her life (3:45) How Megan found and fell in love with running (8:00) On having a running blog back in the glory days of blogging, and how the running industry has changed over the past decade (16:20) Megan talks about her career evolution (20:30) How running has changed for Megan since becoming a mom (24:40) All about being a breastfeeding educator for the local WIC program (36:15) Megan’s advice to newly postpartum women who are eager to get back on the run (42:25) Megan’s Chicago Marathon plans, goals, hopes, and dreams (46:00) What we mention on this episode: Kelly Hogan on Episode 123 of the Ali on the Run Show Central Park Track Club New York Road Runners Follow Megan: Instagram @meganireneh Twitter @runnerskitchen Facebook Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
25/09/1957m 10s

175. You Can Run a Marathon with Meb Keflezighi

"The marathon is a metaphor for life. It’s about patience, and you get out of it what you put in it." This is a very special episode of the You Can Run a Marathon series, because it was recorded live in front of a fantastic audience at Finish Line Physical Therapy in New York City. Meb Keflezighi is the only person to ever win the New York City Marathon, Boston Marathon, and Olympic silver medal. Runner's World named him The Most Influential Person in Running, and he's the author of several books, including Meb for Mortals and 26 Marathons. On this episode, Meb reflects on his career on the run, talks about what he's learned about life and running and how they intersect, and shares whether there's any chance we might see him at the start line of the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials in February. He also shares the story of getting a congratulatory phone call from President Obama after winning the 2014 Boston Marathon, and dining with the Obamas a few weeks later. Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring the You Can Run a Marathon series on the Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.) What you’ll get on this episode: What does it mean to Meb to “run to win?” And how does he keep going when the race is getting tough? (5:30) Meb’s New York City Marathon-specific advice (13:25) What are the keys to being able to run for life? (17:50) Why the 2013 New York City Marathon was so special for local runner Mike Cassidy, who got to finish with Meb (22:00) Why the marathon is a metaphor for life (26:20) All about that post-Boston-win call from President Obama (28:30) Why the marathon for Meb? (35:20) On pre-race nerves and anxiety, mental training, and visualization (46:10) What race week looks like for Meb (53:30) Is there any chance we might see Meb at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials?! (55:30) Follow Meb: Instagram @runmeb Twitter @runmeb Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
23/09/191h 14m

174. A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Ali on the Run Show

"If you are sitting on an idea, a dream, a plan, the longer you wait to execute on it, the sooner someone else will. So stop waiting, stop procrastinating. Do as I say, not as I’ve done!" It's solo episode time! On this episode, I'm talking all about what goes on behind the scenes of the Ali on the Run Show, answering listener questions about getting started, choosing guests, recording, editing, working with sponsors, pay days, and more. I also talk about the episodes I've recorded but never aired — and why — and share a few never-before-told stories. Next week it's back to regularly exciting running-related programming. Until then, I hope you enjoy this long-winded peek behind the microphone. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle! What you’ll get on this episode: Getting started (2:10) All about equipment (12:00) How I prep for episodes (15:00) On choosing guests and having conversations (21:50) All about recording and editing (48:00) Sponsor stuff (1:01:40) And more random questions about podcasting and the Ali on the Run Show (1:08:10) What we mention on this episode: Blue Snowball microphone Blue Yeti microphone Audacity Libsyn hosting ShePodcasts Facebook Group Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
18/09/191h 26m

173. You Can Run a Marathon with Dawn Grunnagle

At about mile 9, I was in the porta-potty, wishing and praying that somebody would pick it up. I was like, ‘If I stay here long enough, somebody will pick up the porta-potty. I just want to disappear in here.’ That’s how terrible I felt."" At 41 years old, Dawn Grunnagle is proof that you can, in fact, keep getting faster with age. Dawn is a Nike-sponsored professional 1500-meter runner turned master's marathoner. (Before going pro, she spent 10 years teaching third and fourth graders. Aw!) She has qualified for the Olympic Trials three times: first in 2012 in the 1500, and then in 2016 and 2020 in the marathon. Last year, she ran a 2:34 personal best time — but the road to OTQ glory hasn't been easy or pretty for Dawn. On this episode, she talks about her earliest marathon days, which involved a lot of porta-potties and puking. (Relatable!) She talks about how she chipped away at her time over the years, going from a 2:49 to a 2:34, and talks about her adventures in fueling. (Key takeaway: Just because it works for someone you admire doesn't mean it will work for you!) Dawn is currently training for the 2019 Berlin Marathon. Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring the You Can Run a Marathon series on the Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.) What you’ll get on this episode: How Dawn got into the marathon distance — and why she stuck with it despite getting off to a rough start (2:00) What Dawn considers her breakthrough race (17:50) How Dawn went from a 2:49 marathon to a 2:34, and what her marathon training looks like (19:00) What Dawn’s recovery looks like (26:50) What race week is like for Dawn (33:00) What Dawn’s goals are for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials (39:30) Follow Dawn: Instagram @dawngrunnagle Twitter @dawngrunnagle Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
16/09/1946m 15s

172. Amanda Nurse, Elite Marathoner for adidas

"We decided, 'OK, I’m gonna run in the Trials and then we’ll hopefully get pregnant right away, and then I’ll maybe even be able to run a fall marathon the next year!' And…it didn’t happen like that." You probably know Amanda Nurse by her Instagram moniker: Amanda Runs Boston. And she sure does. Amanda is a 20-time marathoner and two-time Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon. She's a clinical social worker turned adidas-sponsored runner and coach who has taken her marathon time from 3:26 to a very impressive 2:40. On this episode, Amanda talks about her road to elite distance running, her decision to make a major career change, and her adventures in motherhood. She opens up about her "plans" to get pregnant and what that means for a professional runner, and shares what actually happened on her road to having Riley, her now two-year-old son. It's an honest, real-talk-filled conversation about the realities of new motherhood. (And fun fact: Amanda is coached by former Ali on the Run Show guest Kaitlin Goodman! Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Did Amanda always want to be a runner? Plus, the time Joan Benoit Samuelson called Amanda a sandbagger (2:50) How Amanda met her husband at a local 5K (13:00) Amanda reflects on the first time she qualified for the Olympic Trials in the marathon, and what running the Trials was like (22:00) How Amanda has improved her mental strength (30:30) On deciding to have a baby, and the surprising amount of time it took to get pregnant (34:40) How Amanda felt throughout her pregnancy, and her adventures in postpartum running (45:00) On postpartum emotions, depression, and more (54:10) What Amanda wishes she had known as a new runner (1:02:35) What we mention on this episode: Beach to Beacon Dana-Farber Cancer Institute How Bad Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerald Barre3 Kara Goucher on Episode 43 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly Millwood on Episode 155 of the Ali on the Run Show Amanda’s postpartum post To Have and To Hold by Dr. Molly Millwood Follow Amanda: Instagram @amandarunsboston Twitter @amandarunsbos Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
11/09/191h 13m

171. You Can Run a Marathon with Molly Bookmyer

"You deserve to be on that starting line. Believe in yourself and your training." Molly Bookmyer is a 2:44 marathoner who recently finished third in the U.S. 25K championships. But the road to an Olympic Trials qualifying time hasn't been easy. On this episode, Molly shares her inspiring story of resilience and positivity. In 2013, Molly's doctors found a brain tumor and needed to perform brain surgery to remove it. Then, she suffered a seizure while running on the treadmill, and had to have a second brain surgery. After recovering, getting healthy, and getting back on the run, Molly and her now-husband got married. But one week after returning from their honeymoon, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Molly is a force to be reckoned with, on the run and beyond. Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring the You Can Run a Marathon series on the Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.)   What you’ll get on this episode: Molly’s inspiring story (2:05) On leaning into running during difficult times (8:50) On grieving an injury and healing emotionally (12:15) What Molly’s work day looks like right now (15:20) Why the marathon? Plus, what Molly’s first marathon training cycle and race looked like (16:10) How Molly fuels for marathon training and racing (22:00) When Molly realized she had the potential to run an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the marathon (26:00) On training in Ohio’s ever-changing weather (34:10) What race week looks like for Molly (35:10) Follow Molly: Instagram @mollybookie Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
09/09/1947m 51s

170. LIVE at NYRR RunnerCon with Nikki Hiltz & Allie Ostrander

“Pressure is a privilege.” —Nikki Hiltz Allie Ostrander and Nikki Hiltz are both having huge breakthrough years on the run. Allie, who recently signed with Brooks Running, and Nikki, who is in her second year as a pro athlete for adidas, joined me for a live show at New York Road Runners's second annual RunnerCon event the day before the New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile to talk racing, big dreams, goals, and activism. Neither Allie nor Nikki had ever run Fifth Avenue before, so it was fun talking to them on the eve of the big race. (Nikki ended up running strong and placing fourth!)   What we mention on this episode: Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson on Episode 96 of the Ali on the Run Show Allie Ostrander on Episode 162 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Nikki: Instagram @nikkihiltz Follow Allie: Instagram @allie_ostrander Twitter @allie_ostrander Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
08/09/1945m 57s

169. Emily Sisson

"At this level, everyone works really hard. You can’t just say, 'Oh, she just works the hardest.' All the elite athletes on that starting line, everyone has their own challenges in their build up and had to overcome those. Everyone has their own story." Emily Sisson just might be having the best year of her life. The professional runner for New Balance kicked off her year by running a 1:07 at the Houston Half Marathon — coming just five seconds short of the American record. In April, Emily made her marathon debut at the London Marathon, where she ran a 2:23, finishing in sixth place and becoming the seventh-fastest U.S. woman ever at the marathon distance. It was also the second-fastest marathon debut by an American woman. This summer, Emily competed in the 10,000 meters at USA Track & Field Nationals, and landed a spot on the U.S. world team. She'll head to Doha later this month to represent the United States. On this episode, Emily reflects on her breakout year and talks about what's next, including where her head is at leading up to the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials in February. She talks about what training at altitude is really like and what her training looks like right now, and she shares the game-changing marathon advice she got from Meb Keflezighi, Des Linden, and training partner Molly Huddle. Thank you to the New York Road Runners Virtual Halfway There 13.1M for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE to register (it’s free!) and complete your 13.1-mile run between September 7 and October 13. Everybody’s doing it!   What you’ll get on this episode: How was Emily’s run today? (3:00) What is training at altitude really like? (4:20) All about Emily’s relationship with her husband and part-time pacer (10:30) Emily reflects on the highlights of her year on the run (14:30) What advice did training partner Molly Huddle give Emily before running London? (19:30) Why Emily chose not to run this year’s NYRR New York Mini 10K, and how she came back to land a spot on the U.S. 10,000m team (21:50) Is there pressure surrounding the 2020 Olympic Trials? Plus, what it’s like being an American female distance runner right now (28:00) How Emily and Molly became friends and training partners (38:10) What Emily’s diet looks like (42:20) What we mention on this episode: Molly Huddle on Episode 66 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly Huddle on Episode 51 of the Ali on the Run Show Amy Cragg on Episode 97 of the Ali on the Run Show Des Linden on Episode 100 of the Ali on the Run Show Des Linden on Episode 64 of the Ali on the Run Show Maurten The Heart’s Invisible Furies Follow Emily: Instagram @em_sisson_ Twitter @em_sisson Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
05/09/191h 6m

168. Dr. Shelby Harris, Clinical Psychologist & Sleep Expert

“When I started running, people laughed at me. But it was a challenge I needed to do for myself.” Dr. Shelby Harris is a clinical psychologist and clinical associate professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the neurology and psychiatry departments. She specializes in anxiety, depression, and treating sleep disorders, and is the author of The Women's Guide to Overcoming Insomnia. What does that have to do with running? On this episode, Dr. Harris shares how treating her insomnia-and-sleep-apnea-riddled patients led her to marathon running. She's now a 13-time marathoner who has taken her time from 5:19 to 3:45, and she's currently training for the 2019 Chicago Marathon, where she hopes to run a Boston Qualifying time. Dr. Harris shares her story of being seconds away from crossing the Boston Marathon finish line in 2013 when the second bomb went off, and talks about losing hearing in her left ear as a result of the blast. She also talks about using exposure therapy as a way to get back to running and racing. Plus, she answers your sleep questions! We received more than 200 questions from listeners (wow!), and Dr. Harris dishes out loads of advice, from how to deal with insomnia to how sleep impacts running and so much more. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How Shelby got into the sleep field — and found running along the way (5:10) How much sleep should we all be getting, realistically? (8:50) On having phones in the bedroom (14:00) How sleep impacts running (19:35) How Shelby shaved nearly 90 minutes off her marathon time (21:50) Shelby’s 2013 Boston Marathon story (24:10) Shelby answers listener questions about sleep (34:00) What we mention on this episode: Montefiore Sleep Disorders Center Team in Training Jen Bigham on Episode 151 of the Ali on the Run Show Jack Daniels Run S.M.A.R.T. Program Wake Up Narcolepsy New York Road Runners Newport Marathon Follow Shelby: Instagram @sleepdocshelby Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
05/09/191h 9m

167. You Can Run a Marathon with Mo Alkhawaldeh

"You just have to show up. And I showed up." Not too long ago, Mo Alkhawaldeh was a casual smoker. Today, he's a 2:23 marathoner with his sights set on representing his home country of Jordan in the 2020 Olympic Games. But although Mo is one of the top-ranked runners in the Middle East and Africa, he's not a full-time runner: He works full-time at Princeton University, where he's also the head coach of the Princeton Running Club. He gets his training done before and after work — elite marathoners, they're just like us! In 2015, Runner's World named Mo one of the 50 most influential people in running. Mo, who is coached by Ryan Hall, is currently training for the Berlin Marathon, where he hopes to run a 2:18. Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring the You Can Run a Marathon series on the Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.)   What you’ll get on this episode: Why running, and why the marathon for Mo (2:30) The sacrifices that come with training at a high — but not professional — level (11:30) How Mo stays healthy on the run (18:10) A day in Mo’s diet (19:50) What race week looks like for Mo (25:00) Follow Mo: Instagram @mo_alkhawaldeh Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
02/09/1945m 40s

166. Rachel Wyman, Owner of Montclair Bread Company & Founder of Fueled by Doughnuts Run Club

"I was in survival mode. What can I do to pay our rent? What can I do to put food on the table?" When Rachel Wyman was five months postpartum with her third child, she opened her first bakery: Montclair Bread Company. Then, when the bakery hit 4,000 Facebook likes, Rachel decided she should do something to celebrate the social media milestone. Despite not being a runner and never having run a race herself, she hosted a low-key 4K race that has since grown to become New Jersey's hardest-to-get-into annual 5K. And Rachel, of course, has become a runner and triathlete along the way. Today, Montclair Bread Company is the town's go-to destination for runners, and is home to the 2,000-member Fueled by Doughnuts run club. On this episode, Rachel, a mom of three, talks about what it was like working 80-hour weeks while getting her MBA and being the sole income provider for her family of five. (Her final project for her master's degree was a business plan for a bakery — which she then made into a reality. A+ for Rachel!) She talks about the accident that shattered her pelvis and changed her life, the power of community, and the importance of following your passions and being open to where life takes you. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle! Listen on Apple Podcasts I Spotify I SoundCloud I Overcast I Stitcher I Google Play EMBED EPISODE HERE What you’ll get on this episode: The story behind the Fueled by Doughnuts 5K, and how it grew to something huge and amazing (4:45) How Rachel started the Fueled by Doughnuts run club, and grew it to more than 2,000 members (18:50) On being naturally business-minded (31:10) What it feels like walking into her bakery every day (52:50) What it was like being on — and winning! — Food Network’s Doughnut Showdown (55:00) The accident that shattered Rachel’s pelvis and changed her life (57:50) What we mention on this episode: Fueled by Doughnuts 5K Fueled by Doughnuts Run Club Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon Wineglass Marathon Bread Alone "Meet the Club that Runs for Doughnuts" via Runner’s World Ironman Lake Placid Mohawk Hudson Marathon Follow Rachel: Instagram @rachelrwyman Blog Montclair Bread Company Fueled by Doughnuts Run Club Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Twitter @aliontherun1 Facebook Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
28/08/191h 17m

165. You Can Run a Marathon with Chirine Njeim

"I never picture myself at the start or during the race or what I’m doing during the race. I just picture myself finishing. That’s all I can see." Chirine Njeim is a four-time Olympian — but the four times she's represented her home country of Lebanon haven't all been on the run. Chirine is a former alpine ski racer turned marathon runner. She competed at the Winter Olympics three times, and in 2016 made her Summer Olympics debut in the marathon. Today, Chirine is a 12-time marathoner who has taken her time from 3:07 to 2:39. Chirine lives in Chicago, where she works full-time and trains with the Second City Track Club. On this episode, she shares how a fun run at the Shamrock Shuffle 8K changed her life, and what her training looks like right now as she gears up for the 2019 Chicago Marathon. Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring the You Can Run a Marathon series on the Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.)   What you’ll get on this episode: How Chirine got into skiing and running (2:15) How Chirine got faster (9:30) What Chirine’s marathon training looks like (13:50) What Chirine’s diet is like (21:30) A look at what a typical race week is like for Chirine (26:45) Chirine’s rough races (34:30) Follow Chirine: Instagram @chirine.njeim Twitter @cheron33 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
26/08/1944m 52s

164. Carrie Kreiswirth, Breast Cancer Survivor & Marathoner

"I was letting life pass me by. I had just gone through all of this insanity, and I wasn’t really a participant in my own life. How could I let that happen?" I first met Carrie Kreiswirth in 2011, when a marketing campaign for a local running store brought us together. Several years later, I saw a photo of Carrie on Facebook. She was bald. What had I missed? In the time since we met, Carrie had tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation — the one that raises the probability of developing breast and ovarian cancer — and was diagnosed with stage one triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma. Breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy and breast reconstruction surgery. She went through the process of having her eggs frozen. And then, the self-proclaimed "non-runner" ran the New York City Marathon. This is a powerful, emotional, and inspirational episode. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your Aeropex wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Carrie shares her breast cancer story, starting from diagnosis (4:50) What chemotherapy — and losing her hair — was like, and the aftermath (23:40) How Carrie took back control of her life (32:40) How Carrie celebrated five years since her cancer diagnosis (42:45) Carrie’s message to women facing a scary diagnosis or life change (55:45) What we mention on this episode: Run for the Rabbit Care+Wear Center for Restorative Breast Surgery First Descents Coach Cane The Breasties Follow Carrie: Instagram @ckreiswirth Twitter @ckreiswirth Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
21/08/191h 3m

163. You Can Run a Marathon with Alexi Pappas

"I realized, no one on the sidelines is judging me as harshly as I’m judging myself." Welcome to the first episode in the seven-part "You Can Run a Marathon" series, all about getting you through training and to the start line of your first or next 26.2-mile race. Whether you're training for your first, your fastest, or your funnest, we're here to help you reach your goals. Who's "we?" On this series, I'll be talking with runners about their training and races, as well as experts who can answer all of your questions about training, fueling, and just how many 20-mile runs you should be doing before you start to taper. The series kicks off with Olympian Alexi Pappas. Alexi is a middle-distance runner turned marathoner. She made her 26.2-mile debut at the 2018 Chicago Marathon, and on this episode, she's honest about how humbling this distance is for runners of all levels. She talks about her own fueling strategies, what she'll do differently leading up to her next race, and what advice she's received from the legendary Deena Kastor. Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring the You Can Run a Marathon series on the Ali on the Run Show! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your order, plus free shipping. (First-time buyers, check out the UCAN Run Starter Pack here, and get 50 percent off.)   What you’ll get on this episode: Why Alexi wanted to give the marathon a shot, and how she feels about owning the “marathoner” title (2:20) What made Alexi’s first marathon “harder than it looks” (5:50) Goal setting as a first-time marathoner (9:30) On running and racing with Deena Kastor (14:30) How Alexi felt when she finished her first marathon (17:30) How and when Alexi decided to run a marathon (20:20) What goes into Alexi’s marathon training plan (24:20) On fueling and nutrition (33:25) What is Alexi thinking about when she’s racing? (40:50) Follow Alexi: Instagram @alexipappas Twitter @alexipappas Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
20/08/1950m 3s

162. Allie Ostrander, Professional Runner for Brooks Running

"It’s still really unreal to me that I get paid to run. Running is something that I would do anyway. It’s not a job, it’s just a good time!" It's been a big summer for Allie Ostrander. The Alaska native graduated from Boise State University, signed her first professional running contract with Brooks Running, and made her pro debut at USA Track & Field Nationals, where she finished fourth in the 3000m steeplechase, landing her a spot on the U.S. team headed to world championships in Doha next month. On this episode, Allie talks about the process of going pro, how she became a steeplechaser, what her first pro race was like, and what's next. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Allie recaps her fourth-place finish at USATF Nationals (3:00) What Allie’s training will look like between now and the world championships in Doha in September (7:30) Allie’s decision to go pro, and why she chose to sign with Brooks Running (9:20) Allie talks about her life on the trails (17:00) What the transition from college to pro life has been like so far, and what Allie is most looking forward to with her new pro lifestyle (19:20) Allie reflects on her road to going pro (26:00) On that viral Instagram post (29:40) Why the steeplechase? (38:00) What we mention on this episode: Emma Coburn on Episode 60 of the Ali on the Run Show Pan American Games NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile Allie’s viral Instagram post Follow Allie: Instagram @allie_ostrander Twitter @allie_ostrander Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
14/08/1956m 53s

161. Lauren Fleshman & Jesse Thomas

"As an entrepreneur, just like an athlete, you have to be almost psychotically optimistic. You have to believe, ‘We can do this, we can make it back.’ You have to have that belief because there’s so much headwind." Husband-and-wife team Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas are the co-founders of Picky Bars and hosts of the Work, Play, Love podcast. Lauren is a former professional middle-distance and marathon runner who spent 13 years competing and is now a coach for Little Wing Athletics, and Jesse is a professional triathlete. On this episode, they get "really real" about parenthood (they have two children, Jude and Zadie) and the realities of trying to grow a business and a family simultaneously. They talk about resentment, balance, entrepreneurship, work challenges, and "the dark days." And hey, Picky Bars are awesome! Click here and use code ONTHERUN for 30 percent off your order, plus an extra 30 percent off your first delivery of the Picky Club! Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Why Jesse is having an identity crisis right now (4:30) On being able to laugh through the hard moments of parenting (12:40) On resentment (20:00) Lauren and Jesse share their take on the idea of balance (22:50) On bringing home work stress when you’re an entrepreneur (28:40) What Jesse remembers about the earliest weeks and months after becoming a dad (39:45) On deciding to have a second child, and how Lauren and Jesse’s marriage changed after having children (48:00) Lauren and Jesse answer a few listener questions (1:05:35) What we mention on this episode: Lauren on Episode 103 of the Ali on the Run Show Challenge Roth Range by David Epstein Car Talk Dear Sugars Mel Lawrence Follow Lauren: Instagram @fleshmanflyer Twitter @laurenfleshman Facebook Work, Play, Love podcast Strava Follow Jesse: Instagram @jessemthomas Twitter @jessemthomas Work, Play, Love podcast Strava Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
07/08/191h 25m

160. Kaitlin Goodman, Professional Runner for the Boston Athletic Association

“I didn’t really have the credentials to back up what I wanted to do. I just had a dream and a lot of passion and determination.” If you don't already know it, remember the name Kaitlin Goodman. Kaitlin is a professional runner for the Boston Athletic Association and a run coach with a master's degree in public health. She's fast — and multifaceted. Kaitlin, who lives in Providence, RI, and trains in Boston, is a four-time Olympic Trials qualifier: She's qualified in the 5,000 meters, the 10,000 meters, and the marathon. (She runs a 2:32 marathon.) And although it's been a lifelong dream to become a professional runner, it hasn't all been smooth sailing and speedy running along the way. Kaitlin suffered a brutal injury while training for last year's New York City Marathon, and she eagerly opens up about what that physical and mental recovery process looked like. She talks about making goals, and what happens when you don't hit them, and she shares how she rebounds and grows from disappointing experiences. Kaitlin breaks down what, exactly, it means to be a professional runner, and talks about training alongside Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Kaitlin talks about what it takes to be successful at a medley of distances, including the 5,000 meters, the 10,000 meters, and the marathon (4:15) Was being a professional runner always the plan? Plus, the good, bad, and ugly of having a dad as a running coach (5:30) What does it mean to try and go pro as a runner? (10:50, and again at 37:00) The road to the 2016 Trials, and how race day went for Kaitlin (18:40) How Kaitlin ended up in New England (31:20) The brutal injury that sidelined Kaitlin while training for the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon (43:00) What does it mean to run joyfully? (56:00) What we mention on this episode: Sara Hall on Episode 144 of the Ali on the Run Show Peninsula Distance Club Dena Evans Steph Bruce on Episode 104 of the Ali on the Run Show Lauren Fleshman on Episode 103 of the Ali on the Run Show Falmouth Road Race Follow Kaitlin: Instagram @runnerkg Twitter @runnerkg RunningJoyfully.com Strava Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
31/07/191h 5m

159. Mirinda Carfrae, 3-Time Ironman World Champion

"When you focus on yourself, you get the best results." Mirinda "Rinny" Carfrae is a professional triathlete and three-time Ironman World Champion. On this episode, Rinny talks about her road to swim-bike-run domination, and how she went from a scrappy basketball player to the fastest woman in Kona. Rinny — who is from Brisbane, Australia, but now lives and trains in Boulder, CO — is a podium staple at both the Ironman and the Half-Ironman distance. She's also a mom to two-year-old Isabelle, and she's very candid about what it's like deciding to have a baby as a professional athlete. She talks about how her sponsors reacted — and what their support looked like — when she announced her pregnancy, and shares how she managed to train for an Ironman while breastfeeding. She talks about pre-race nerves, whether she'd ever ditch the swim and the bike to race a road marathon, and the time she overcame a 14-minute deficit off the bike to land the win in Kona. And of course, Rinny shares her big goals for 2019. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Rinny recaps her very successful month of 70.3 racing (2:40) Rinny’s road to success, from basketball to Kona domination (8:20) What it was like competing in Kona for the first time (15:45) Why Rinny says having a baby helped her become a better cyclist (23:20) All about Rinny’s at-home “Pain Cave” — including how it helped her breastfeed while training (24:15) On making up time on the run during an Ironman or Half Ironman — including the time Rinny overcame a 14-minute deficit to snag the win in Kona (28:00) What being a triathlete really consists of (36:00) Would Rinny ever ditch the swim and the bike in favor of a road marathon? (40:00) How Rinny ended up in Boulder (42:00) How Rinny met her husband, Tim (45:00) Rinny opens up about her decision to have a baby — plus how her sponsors reacted to the news (52:30) On returning to training and competition after having Isabelle (58:00) What we mention on this episode: Siri Lindley Technogym Gwen Jorgensen on Episode 90 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Rinny: Instagram @mirindacarfrae Twitter @mirindacarfrae Facebook The Tim & Rinny Show Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
24/07/191h 9m

158. Beatie Deutsch, National Marathon Champion of Israel

"I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and discovered this tremendous strength that I had. It made me realize that so many of us have amazing gifts within us, but we’re sometimes scared to take that leap — so we don’t even realize what we’re capable of." —Beatie Deutsch Beatie Deutsch is a 29-year-old Orthodox Jewish mom of five living in Israel, by way of New Jersey. And she's earned the nickname "Speedy Beatie" for a reason: Despite only picking up running a few years ago, Beatie runs a 2:42 marathon and a 1:17 half marathon. On this episode, she talks about what it's like being the National Marathon Champion of Israel, and breaks down her monumental Tiberias Marathon win, where she not only ran a 2:42, she ran a 27-minute personal best time in the process, negative splitting the race by six minutes. She talks about being an Orthodox Jewish woman and runner in 2019, explaining her race attire (she runs with her elbows, knees, and hair covered), her values, and what it's like looking different from other women on the starting line. Beatie is sponsored by Nike, and her current goal is to qualify to represent Israel in the 2020 Olympic Games in the marathon. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How Beatie became “Speedy Beatie” (3:25) On winning the Tiberias Marathon and running a 27-minute marathon PR in the process (4:15) How Beatie became a runner (12:00) How Beatie went from a 3:25 marathon to a 2:42 (22:00) What it’s like to be an Orthodox Jewish runner in 2019 (29:00) What it means to be sponsored by Nike (38:00) Busting common misconceptions about the Orthodox Jewish community (40:20) Beatie’s message to runners who think they don’t look like everyone else (46:00) What we mention on this episode: Tiberias Marathon Jerusalem Marathon Nike Vaporfly 4% Hamburg Half Marathon Free Solo Follow Beatie: Instagram @marathonmother Twitter @marathonmother1 Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
17/07/1953m 18s

157. Motherhood Mondays with Julia Berteletti and Laura Green

"I’m wearing these massive pads that are like six inches deep and waddling around the house. I think I thought the first week would be rough. But it was a month out and I’m still rocking these massive pads. I was never told about that." Every week on these Motherhood Mondays episodes, I've asked my guests, "Who's in your village?" I feel so lucky to be able to say that the two women on today's show — Laura Green and Julia Berteletti — are in my village. Laura lives in Boston, and is mom to 10-month-old Jack. She's a part-time physical therapist and the "community boss" for November Project, and is "very creative" about how she gets her work hours in while Jack does a part-time nanny share. Julia lives in Denver, CO, is mom to 8-month-old Max, and works full-time in an office while Max is in daycare. On this episode, we talk like we do every day, sharing perhaps too much about everything from breastfeeding, identity loss, and body image, to giving birth, relationships, emotional labor, and that first postpartum poop. We also talk about schedule-related anxiety, postpartum running, and guilt. Thank you to Sweaty Betty for sponsoring Motherhood Mondays on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to sweatybetty.com and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your purchase.   What you’ll get on this episode: Getting to know Laura (3:00) Getting to know Julia (8:20) Breastfeeding and boob stuff (13:20) How prepared did we feel for the postpartum period? (21:47) Relationship stuff (35:00) On postpartum running and body image (55:00) What we mention on this episode: November Project Laura’s childbirth story via Wisconsin Notes Kristin Mallon on Episode 136 of the Ali on the Run Show Lauren Fleshman on Episode 103 of the Ali on the Run Show Work, Play, Love with Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas Boston Marathon Brogan Graham Follow Laura: Instagram @lauramcgreen Follow Julia: Instagram @griffeletti Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
14/07/191h 13m

156. Sarah MacKay Robinson, Elite Runner

"It’s not sexy, but all the little teeny tiny things add up. Invest in recovery, nutrition, and sleep. That’s where you’re going to see the big gains — even though it’s not as much fun to put on Instagram. You’ll see it pay off." Sarah "Mac" Robinson is an elite runner, mom of two, and freelance brand storyteller. On this episode, she gets very candid about how her life — on the run and beyond — has changed since becoming a mom. She opens up about her experience with postpartum depression and anxiety, what life on medication has been like, and the stigmas surrounding postpartum mental health. She also talks about how she landed an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the marathon in 2016, what the road there was like, and what's next in her running life. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Sarah’s experience with postpartum anxiety and Zoloft (3:15) Sarah’s running story — the high highs and low lows (20:10) On trying — and trying again and again — to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon (24:30) On body image as an elite runner, both before and after having kids, and “skinny privilege” (34:10) What Sarah’s running looks like these days (37:00) Sarah’s career, how she found Oiselle, and what she’s up to professionally (42:20) Sarah’s messages to moms and to runners working on big goals (51:40) What we mention on this episode: Oiselle Sarah’s Instagram post about weaning off Zoloft Stephanie Bruce on Episode 104 of the Ali on the Run Show Lauren Fleshman on Episode 103 of the Ali on the Run Show Oiselle Mac Roga short Follow Sarah: Instagram @thatsarahmac Twitter @thatsarahmac Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
10/07/191h 0m

155. Motherhood Mondays with Dr. Molly Millwood, Clinical Psychologist

"There's a fear of the foundation we're standing on having too many cracks in it." Dr. Molly Millwood is a clinical psychologist and licensed psychotherapist specializing in marital therapy and intimate relationships. She's also the author of the just-released book, To Have and To Hold: Motherhood, Marriage, & the Modern Dilemma. On this episode, Dr. Millwood — a mom of two — expands on many of the new-mom-related topics she covers in her brilliant book, including guilt, shame, missing life before baby, marriage after baby, gender roles for new parents, and social media. Dr. Millwood lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons. Thank you to Sweaty Betty for sponsoring Motherhood Mondays on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to sweatybetty.com and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your purchase.   What you’ll get on this episode: What tends to hold new moms back from going to therapy (8:00) The shame and guilt surrounding new motherhood (13:00) On missing “life before baby” (21:00) Why no one is talking about what their romantic relationships are like after having a baby (25:00) How couples can improve their communication when talking about tough stuff (34:30) On expectations (40:20) How social media affects new moms (44:50) Some of the most common reasons women come to Molly for therapy (48:00) What does a first-time therapy session actually look like? (54:00) Follow Molly: Instagram @molly.millwood.phd Facebook Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
07/07/191h 2m

154. Motherhood Mondays with Hitha Palepu, on Postpartum Depression, Breaking Points, & Parenting Unapologetically

"You are never going to be the woman you were before, and that’s great. Because this woman you are now is so much stronger, more powerful, capable of doing so much more. But you’ve gotta give her some time and space to heal and figure things out a bit." Hitha Palepu has many titles. She's an entrepreneur and the CEO of Rhosan Pharmaceuticals, the author of the book How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip, an angel investor and advisor to women-led and women-focused start-ups, the creator of the blog Hitha on the Go, and the brains behind #5SmartReads on Instagram and in her popular weekly newsletter. She's also a mom to four-year-old Rho and seven-week-old Rhaki. On this episode, Hitha, who lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side, opens up about the realities of motherhood, her decision to have children (it wasn't a given!), and her experience with postpartum depression and antidepressants. Thank you to Sweaty Betty for sponsoring Motherhood Mondays on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to sweatybetty.com and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your purchase.   What you’ll get on this episode: Getting to know Hitha — on the decision to have kids, having help, breastfeeding, and parenting unapologetically and gratefully (1:50) On the transition from one kid to two, and how Hitha is doing right now (23:00) On resentment (27:50) Hitha’s experience with postpartum depression, and the breaking point that got her to therapy (33:00) How Hitha “recalibrated her mental state” (42:30) Talking “balance” and identity loss in motherhood (45:40) Hitha’s take on mom guilt (52:40) Hitha’s message for new moms (56:00) What we mention on this episode: The Motherhood Center Follow Hitha: Instagram @hithapalepu Twitter @hithapalepu Facebook Website Newsletter Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
30/06/1958m 1s

153. David Willey, Former Editor in Chief of Runner's World

"If you are struggling, it does not mean that you are failing. It does not mean that you’re doing something wrong. It just means that you are coming up against some hurdles, whether they’re physical or mental or emotional, and it’s important to listen to those and try and understand what’s underneath them. But by no means do they imply that you’re not going to achieve your goal. You just need to see them as part of the process. Struggle is just as important as the elation and the sense of fulfillment that we all get after a great workout or a PR." David Willey spent 14 years at the helm of Runner's World magazine. But after announcing his departure from the brand in 2017, David went off the grid. On this episode, David's back on the grid, opening up about what made life for the past two years "outlandishly fun, intentionally challenging, unexpectedly hard and depressing, and newly regenerating." David talks about his time at Runner's World — the highs, the lows, and the part of the job that had him ambushing runners on live television during the New York City Marathon — and talks about his take on the brand now. He talks about his old dog and his new dog (we both shed a few tears there), his battle with Lyme Disease, and how he fulfilled his decade-long dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How David got the job at Runner’s World, and why it was a dream job (3:45) David looks back at his favorite Runner’s World covers, stories, and adventures (10:00) Why David left Runner’s World after 14 years (18:40) All about David’s “Moonshot Marathon” (24:30) Why David says Runner’s World readers get so heated online (32:20) What it’s like interviewing runners live on the course during the New York City Marathon broadcast (35:20) Does David still read Runner’s World? (43:15) David looks back on his time with his dog, Trucha, and his book proposal in the works (45:30) On an unexpected battle with Lyme Disease (56:30) David’s message to runners who are struggling right now (1:05:10) What we mention on this episode: Runner's World covers through the years Mary Wittenberg on Episode 98 of the Ali on the Run Show Joe Holder Julia Lucas "A Very Good Dog" — David's editor's letter about his dog, Trucha Camp Canine The Runner’s World Show podcast The Human Race podcast The Hive Life podcast Neely Spence Gracey on Episode 42 of the Ali on the Run Show Bayshore Marathon Follow David: Twitter @davidmwilley Send dog photos to davidmwilley67@gmail.com Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
26/06/191h 17m

152. Motherhood Mondays with Sashea Lawson AKA Sassy Fit Girl

"Everything I thought would happen did not happen." Sashea Lawson is perhaps best known by her social media moniker: "Sassy Fit Girl." Sashea is a mom to 2.5-year-old Skye and three-month-old Marley, and on this episode she talks about what life is like right now as a toddler mom and newborn mom. She talks about why she's been so vocal about making a slow return to fitness after baby number two, and opens up about recovering from two c-sections, her first baby's emotional NICU stay, and the pressure she felt to breastfeed. Sashea, who has eight sisters and two brothers, owns and runs a marketing and entertainment company with her husband, and they live in West Orange, NJ. Thank you to Sweaty Betty for sponsoring Motherhood Mondays on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to sweatybetty.com and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your purchase.   What you’ll get on this episode: Getting to know Sashea (1:30) Did Sashea always know she wanted to be a mom? (8:30) On recovering from two c-sections, and the importance of postpartum recovery (10:15) How prepared did Sashea feel for the postpartum period? (20:30) How Sashea’s feeling at three months postpartum (25:40) What Sashea’s marriage is like since having kids (30:00) A look at the highest highs and lowest lows of new motherhood, including a scary NICU stay (35:50) Sashea’s message to moms in all stages (47:50) What we mention on this episode: Orangetheory Fitness Velcro swaddles Alysia Montaño on Instagram @alysiamontano Follow Sashea: Instagram @sassyfitgirl Twitter @sassyfitgirl Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
23/06/1950m 25s

151. Jen Bigham AKA Local Elite

"Be happy with your life! Run races that are exciting to you. Set goals that are exciting to you. Maybe it’s a goal that everyone in the world has. Maybe it’s something that no one has. It doesn’t matter. Just be true to yourself. If you’re setting these goals that aren’t for you, it’s not going to fulfill you in the end." You may know Jen Bigham as the 2019 winner of the Eugene Marathon. You may also know her the way much of the internet does: as "Local Elite." (Her Instagram and Twitter handle is, appropriately, @localelite.) On this episode, Jen talks about what it means to be a local elite runner, and it's pretty impressive. Not only did Jen win Eugene this year, she ran a 10-minute marathon PR in the process, finishing in 2:41 and nabbing a well-deserved Olympic Trials qualifying time. The road to an OTQ wasn't an easy one for Jen, who has been trying to land one since 2010. On this episode, Jen, who runs for Oiselle and is a high school track and cross-country coach, talks about the highs and lows along that road, and the illnesses, injuries, and series setbacks she faced. She talks about going from a 3:14 marathon before having kids to becoming a 2:41 marathon as a mom of three, and opens up social media and that dreaded comparison trap. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: What does “localelite” mean to Jen? (3:00) What it felt like to win the Eugene Marathon, run a 10-minute marathon PR, and get that sought-after Olympic Trials qualifying time (4:30) On getting faster after having kids (9:30) The heartbreaks along the way to an OTQ (16:00) Coming back from injury and illness (26:00) The role social media plays when chasing down big goals (31:00) On re-signing with Oiselle’s Haute Volee team (39:20) On parenting and how Jen sets an example for her children (43:10) Jen’s message to everyone chasing big goals (50:40) What we mention on this episode: Eugene Marathon Grandma’s Marathon California International Marathon (CIM) Oiselle Follow Jen: Instagram @localelite Twitter @localelite Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
19/06/191h 4m

150. Motherhood Mondays with Jill Koziol & Liz Tenety, Co-Founders of Motherly

"I wish I knew that it was normal to feel this way." —Jill Koziol When Jill Koziol and Liz Tenety were new moms, they felt alone, terrified, and overwhelmed by this new adventure. Five — soon to be six — kids later (two for Jill, three with a fourth on the way for Liz), and Liz and Jill are the co-founders of Motherly, a website, community, and brand for moms in all stages of parenthood. With Jill as CEO, Liz as Chief Digital Officer, and a work-from-home team of 40 spread across the United States, Motherly sees more than 20 million monthly views, and is home to an active, engaged community. On this episode, Jill and Liz reflect on what new motherhood looked like for them, what it means to be motherly, and what they found in their second annual "State of Motherhood" survey. Thank you to Sweaty Betty for sponsoring Motherhood Mondays on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to sweatybetty.com and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your purchase.     What you’ll get on this episode: Getting to know Jill and Liz (3:00) Why Motherly needed to exist (11:30) What were Jill and Liz like as new moms? (21:30) A look at the State of Motherhood survey — what were the surprises and validations? (24:30) “New-parent relationship tension stuff” (30:00) Why 85 percent of millennial moms don’t feel understood or supported by society — and what we can do with that information (45:00) What we mention on this episode: This is Motherhood State of Motherhood survey Whitney Port on The Motherly Podcast Simple Habit app Follow Motherly: Instagram @mother.ly Twitter @motherlymedia The Motherly Podcast This Is Motherhood Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
17/06/1958m 39s

149. The Women Reporting on Women's Running

"There’s a lot of work that goes into this, and we take it really seriously." —Sarah Lorge Butler Welcome to the first-ever Ali on the Run Show roundtable! I was thrilled and honored to get to have this conversation with four of the women leading the charge reporting on the women's running industry: Erin Strout (Women's Running), Sarah Lorge Butler (Runner's World), Lindsay Crouse (The New York Times), and Alison Wade (Fast Women). On this episode, we talk about what it's like covering professional women's running — both the highlights and the challenges. We talk about whether the four of them are competitive when it comes to breaking major stories, like Lindsay's recent "Dream Maternity" piece in the Times. They open up about their relationships with the best-known professional runners, and sound off on the current state of the industry as they see it. They also share their perspective on how to cover the industry critically and thoughtfully while also wanting to support runners of all abilities and advance the sport. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!     What you’ll get on this episode: Are these women friends, competitors, or both? (4:45) Lindsay talks about the reaction to her “Dream Maternity” stories (6:00) Finding the balance between being critical and wanting to elevate and advance the industry (17:00) How the Fast Women newsletter comes together every week (19:30) On reading the comments (23:50) What is the current state of the women’s running industry? (24:40) Who do these women love interviewing, and what are their relationships with the pros like? (33:30) What is the biggest struggle right now when it comes to covering women’s running? (48:30) How to measure success in reporting (56:00) What we mention on this episode: Erin Strout on Episode 73 of the Ali on the Run Show "Nike Told Me to Dream Crazy, Until I Wanted a Baby," by Lindsay Crouse for The New York Times "Allyson Felix: My Own Nike Pregnancy Story," by Lindsay Crouse for The New York Times "7 Pearls of Wisdom From a 103-Year-Old World Record Holder" via Women's Running Lauren Fleshman on Episode 103 of the Ali on the Run Show Des Linden on Episode 100 of the Ali on the Run Show Sara Hall on Episode 144 of the Ali on the Run Show "How the 'Shalane Flanagan Effect' Works," by Lindsay Crouse for The New York Times "How Emily Infeld Cross-Trained Her Way to the Olympics," by Erin Strout for Runner's World Follow Erin: Instagram @erinstrout Twitter @erinstrout Follow Sarah: Instagram @sarahlorgebutler Twitter @slorgebutler Follow Alison: Fast Women newsletter Instagram @fastwomen Twitter @fast_women Follow Lindsay: Instagram @lindsaycrouse Twitter @lindsaycrouse Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
12/06/191h 3m

148. April Cargill on Becoming a Marathoner at 50

"I thought oh, London Marathon, that sounds cute! So I signed up. And then I was like Paris Marathon? Oh my god, that sounds so cute, too. So I signed up for that, too." In her twenties, April Cargill was a two-pack-a-day smoker working long days and staying up late nights in the fashion industry in New York City. Today, at 55, the Harlem native is a six-time marathoner on a quest to complete all six World Marathon Majors. On this episode, April — who is the director of production for designer Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss — talks about why she started running in her fifties, what finally got her to kick the smoking habit, and what it's like being a hard-working single mom. Thank you to the New York Road Runners Virtual Pride Run 5K for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE to register (it’s free!) and complete your run between June 22–30. Everybody’s doing it! What you’ll get on this episode: What was 20-year-old April up to? (3:00) What April’s job in the fashion industry is like (4:50) How April got into a serious smoking habit — and found fitness when she quit (7:40) What it was like starting running in her fifties, and the intimidation factor that came with it (23:00) On joining November Project, and working out with her son, Aubrey (32:00) April opens up about being a single mom (41:40) How running has helped April get through tough times (47:11) What we mention on this episode: Project Start Candice Huffine on Episode 11 of the Ali on the Run Show Pratt Institute New York Road Runners John Honerkamp on Episode 4 of the Ali on the Run Show November Project Harlem Run Alison Desir on Episode 3 of the Ali on the Run Show April’s November Project post Meaghan Murphy on Episode 113 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow April: Instagram @abril413 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
06/06/1958m 26s

147. Jess Movold, Running & Strength Coach

“He said, ‘I get it. The mountain’s too steep.’ And I said, ‘No. It’s just the wrong mountain.’” Jess Movold is perhaps best known as the super positive, super uplifting, super kind and empowering run and strength coach at Mile High Run Club and The Fortitude Strength Club in NYC. She's the current face of Runner's World (check her out on the cover!), and is the official "Runner's World Coach." So surely the 3:13 marathoner and 1:29 half marathoner from Missouri always envisioned this über-fit life for herself, right? Not quite. Jess began her career in the fashion industry, and she has stories that rival the ones in The Devil Wears Prada. On this episode, she shares her journey from high fashion to ultramarathons, and it's one that's packed with endearing and hilarious stories along the way — including the best "nothing new on race day" story I've ever heard. Up next: Jess wants to break three hours at the Berlin Marathon. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How it feels to see herself on the cover of Runner’s World (2:55) How Jess got her start in the fashion industry — and found running along the way (7:00) The crazy stories about what being an executive assistant in the high-fashion industry looked like for Jess (31:00) Why Jess left the fashion industry and went all-in on fitness instead (41:15) What we mention on this episode: The Fort Mile High Run Club "The Workout That Helped This Runner Trim 20 Minutes Off Her Marathon Time" via Well+Good The Speed Project The Great New York 100 Mile Running Exposition Falmouth Road Race Follow Jess: Instagram @jessmovold Instagram @runnersworldcoach Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
05/06/191h 6m

146. Motherhood Mondays with Kate Parker, Author of Strong is the New Pretty

"It's not a girl message, and it's not a boy message. It's a human message. It's about celebrating who you are, whatever you are." Kate T. Parker is the photographer and author behind the best-selling books Strong is the New Pretty and The Heart of a Boy. Her message for children is profoundly simple: You, just as you are, are worthy. You don't need to change who you are. Kids should feel strong and empowered being whoever they are. They should be accepted for staying true to themselves, whatever that looks like. Kate, a mom of two girls (Ella, 14, and Alice, 10) in Atlanta, GA, had a revelation a few years ago while taking photos of her kids. The photos weren't stereotypically "pretty" and posed, and the girls weren't sitting, smiling, wearing matching bows and dresses. They were messy. They were loud. They silly. And Kate wanted to make sure they always embraced that spirit. On this episode, Kate talks about the failure and rejection she experienced on the way to viral success, and talks about the moments when she knew the Strong is the New Pretty movement was making an impact. (They involve a Tweet from Emma Watson, and a DM exchange with David Beckham.) Kate, who is also a multiple-time triathlete and Ironman, opens up about what it's like when your middle school-aged daughter is dealing with bullying or mean girls, and talks about what she's doing to raise strong, confident children. Thank you to Sweaty Betty for sponsoring Motherhood Mondays on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to sweatybetty.com and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your purchase.   What you’ll get on this episode: On the highs, the worries, and the stress and loneliness of new motherhood (3:00) All about Strong is the New Pretty (11:15) All about The Heart of a Boy (35:15) The story behind Kate’s Blended project (40:40) Kate’s advice for raising confident children (42:40) Kate looks back on what new motherhood looked like for her (45:15) What we mention on this episode: Strong is the New Pretty The Heart of a Boy Strong is the New Pretty Journal Kate's Disney campaign BLENDED Scary Mommy A Mighty Girl on Facebook Meaghan Murphy on Episode 113 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Kate: Instagram @katetparker Twitter @ktparkerphoto Facebook Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
02/06/1959m 27s

145. Leigh Anne Sharek, Co-Founder of Brooklyn Track Club

"It took a while — a lot of runs, a lot of soul searching — to have this confidence now to just show up and say, 'I've earned this. I deserve to be here. I've put in the work to be in this spot.'" Leigh Anne Sharek is the co-founder of the Brooklyn Track Club, which started as an idea a few years ago and has since grown to nearly 250 members. She's the co-host of the Runners of NYC podcast, she's a sub-five-minute miler, and she's a forensic scientist for New York City's chief medical examiner. (So cool!) On this episode, Leigh Anne talks about going from a 4-hour marathon to a 2:41 marathon, and nabbing an Olympic Trials qualifying time. She talks about running with faster people and what it's like when you realize you're fast, and she shares some oh-so-relatable feelings about showing up to her first group run. Leigh Anne, a former gymnast, has become a well-known face on the NYC running scene, and was named one of New York Road Runners' Runners of the Year last year. So what's it like moving up to the front of the pack and racing alongside the pros? Leigh Anne lets us know, and talks about the great state of the women's running community in New York City right now. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: On going from a 4-hour marathon to a 2:41 Olympic Trials Qualifier (4:20) Leigh Anne’s take on having a chill approach to running and racing, and on finding her place at the front of the pack (13:25) Where the pressure to run well comes from (20:45) The birth and growth of Brooklyn Track Club (22:30) What it was like qualifying for the Olympic Trials (35:45) Leigh Anne’s hopes and dreams for Brooklyn Track Club (43:00) All about life as a forensic scientist, including how Leigh Anne got into the field (44:30) Leigh Anne’s advice for conquering big goals (51:10) What we mention on this episode: Leigh Anne Sharek on Episode 129 of the Ali on the Run Show Pace University New York Road Runners NYCRUNS Nike Run Club Sarah Cummings on Episode 112 of the Ali on the Run Show NYRR New York Mini 10K Steve Finley Follow Leigh Anne: Instagram @wicked.la Twitter @leighannesharek Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
29/05/1957m 24s

144. Sara & Ryan Hall

“We’re distance runners. We know how to dig in with hard stuff and persevere.” Sara and Ryan Hall are one of the best-known couples in the running industry. Ryan is a retired professional runner: He holds the American record in both the half marathon (59:43) and marathon (2:04:58), and represented the United States at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games. Today, he's a coach, he's spending a ton of time bulking up in the gym, and he just published his latest book, Run the Mile You're In. Sara is a professional middle-distance-turned-long-distance runner, who holds a 2:26 marathon PR and has her eyes set on the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. On this episode, Sara and Ryan talk candidly about their marriage, what they fight about, and what it's like being coached by your spouse. Ryan is Sara's coach, and they were very honest about what it's like for each of them when Sara doesn't have a good race or workout. They also talk about adopting their four daughters from Ethiopia, and take a trip down memory lane sharing their love story, from first sushi date to proposal to becoming parents. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: What the Halls are celebrating right now (3:50) Sara talks about what it’s like being coached by her husband — and a glimpse at what they fight about in their relationship (4:40) Ryan and Sara’s love story, including who made the first move, the first kiss, how Ryan proposed, and the roles running and religion have played in their relationship (13:30) Sara and Ryan’s adoption story (23:35) How prepared did Sara and Ryan feel for parenthood, and what were their expectations? Plus, how they support and encourage their daughters when it comes to running (30:40) Fast Ryan or Ripped Ryan? Sara tells all! (45:15) What Ryan’s decision to retire meant for the Hall family (49:15) How Sara has gotten faster over the past few years (50:45) What’s next for the Halls? (58:10) What we mention on this episode: Run the Mile You’re In NYRR New York Mini 10K Follow Sara:  Instagram @sarahall3 Twitter @sarahall3 Facebook Follow Ryan:  Instagram @ryanhall3 Twitter @ryanhall3 Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
22/05/191h 8m

143. Motherhood Mondays with Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, OB/GYN & President of Saving Mothers

“Women are dying of causes that should not kill them in 2019.” Dr. Taraneh Shirazian is a board-certified OB/GYN and surgeon practicing at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, where she's also the Director of Global Women's Health at NYU's College of Global Public Health. In 2009, Dr. Shirazian created the Saving Mothers nonprofit organization, whose goal is to lower the global rate of maternal deaths. Currently, 350,000 women worldwide die due to pregnancy and childbirth complications. That's one mother dying every two minutes. On this episode, we talk about the important work Saving Mothers is doing to further women's empowerment and patient advocacy during pregnancy and childbirth, and we discuss why, exactly, so many women are dying this way, particularly women of color. Dr. Shirazian, a mom of two, also talks about her newest venture, Mommy Matters, which directly supports Saving Mothers. Thank you to Sweaty Betty for sponsoring Motherhood Mondays on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to sweatybetty.com and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your purchase.   What you’ll get on this episode: Why Dr. Shirazian says doctors make the worst patients (5:15) Why are so many women dying during childbirth? (7:45) All about Saving Mothers (12:30) Why are so many women dying during childbirth in New York City? Plus, the racial disparities involved with maternal deaths (17:00) Shirazian’s recommended resources for pregnant women (23:00) How to support Saving Mothers (24:30) All about Mommy Matters (27:20) Shirazian’s message to moms in all stages of motherhood, plus what she remembers about her own experience as a new mom (35:50) On returning to work post-baby (41:30) What we mention on this episode: Saving Mothers Mommy Matters American College of OB/GYN Patient Education Portal Run the TCS New York City Marathon for Saving Mothers Mommy Matters ergonomic pillow Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
19/05/1955m 40s

142. Jen Ator, Women's Running Editor in Chief

"You really can do anything. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy and that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be without sacrifice. It also doesn’t mean you’re going to be a rockstar at it. But you can do anything if you’re willing to put yourself out there and really risk failing in a huge way." Last month, Jen Ator was hired as the new editor in chief of Women's Running. Before joining WR, Jen was the longtime fitness director at Women's Health. On this episode, Jen talks about her decision to leave one dream job for another, and shares her hopes, dreams, and big plans for Women's Running. She shares her running story, including the heartbreaking knee injury that sidelined her just as she was hitting her running groove. Plus, she shares her advice for getting through some "really tough days." Jen also talks about the opportunity of a lifetime: getting to race Ironman Kona with training partner and Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno. She talks about her friendship with Deena Kastor, how her approach to exercise has changed over the past few years, and her book, The Fitness Fix. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How it feels to get to say “I’m an editor in chief” Plus, Jen opens up about her decision to leave one dream job for another (3:30) Jen’s hopes, dreams, plans, and goals for Women’s Running — and is anything off-limits? (9:15) What does the editor in chief job entail? (16:20) Jen reflects on her time at Women’s Health, and how she rose through the ranks and really proved herself to a tough editor in chief (30:00) Jen’s running story — how she went from college lacrosse player to runner to devastating ACL injury to competing at Ironman Kona alongside Apolo Ohno (39:30) On dealing with imposter syndrome leading up to Ironman Kona (54:30) What’s next for Jen? (1:01:10) What we mention on this episode: Liz Plosser on Episode 72 of the Ali on the Run Show Erin Strout on Episode 73 of the Ali on the Run Show Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor Roz Frazier on Episode 135 of the Ali on the Run Show The Women's Health Fitness Fix by Jen Ator Follow Jen: Instagram @jen_ator Twitter @jen_ator Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
15/05/191h 8m

141. Motherhood Mondays with Colleen Lubin, Creator of Not Quite Knocked Up

"I tried to float somewhere between hopeful and hopeless." Colleen Lubin's story is one of a tremendous amount of loss — and, ultimately, one of resiliency and strength. All her life, Colleen dreamed of becoming a mom. But, like the 6.1 million women in the United States who struggle with infertility, the road to having a baby wasn't easy for Colleen, who created the blog "Not Quite Knocked Up" to document her journey. (It's a must-read for those trying to conceive and those in the throes of new motherhood.) In the span of three years, Colleen suffered five miscarriages (including both a chemical pregnancy and an ectopic pregnancy) and two failed IVF treatments. The sixth time she found out she was pregnant — the one that would stick — was the day after her dad died unexpectedly. Today, Colleen is mom to nine-month-old Liam, and she's been open, honest, and very candid about her road to pregnancy, what pregnancy after loss is like, and what it was like going into labor six weeks early, six hours away from home. I am sending so much love and light to all the women out there this Mother's Day. Whether your day was celebratory or difficult, I am here for you. If I've learned anything as a new mom, it's that moms in all stages have each others' backs. I have yours. Thank you to Sweaty Betty for sponsoring Motherhood Mondays on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to sweatybetty.com and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your purchase.   What you’ll get on this episode: Did Colleen always know she wanted to be a mom? (4:00) Did Colleen expect the road to motherhood to be easy? (5:50) Colleen opens up about her long road to having a baby (9:40) The emotional side of suffering multiple miscarriages (20:20) Colleen’s take on what to say — and what not to say — to women struggling with infertility, miscarriage, and loss (24:00) Colleen’s IVF journey (31:00) The toll five miscarriages and two failed rounds of IVF took on Colleen’s marriage (40:00) Colleen’s reaction when she found out she was pregnant — the day after her dad passed away unexpectedly (45:35) Colleen’s message to women struggling with infertility, miscarriage, or loss (57:00) On having a baby six weeks early, six hours from home (1:00:03) On guilt, shame, and inadequacy (1:04:00) What we mention on this episode: Kristin Mallon on Episode 136 of the Ali on the Run Show Abby Bales on Episode 139 of the Ali on the Run Show RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association Follow Colleen: Instagram @notquiteknockedup Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
13/05/191h 16m

140. Carolyn Su, Creator of @diversewerun

"Take assessment of who you feel more comfortable making eye contact with." Carolyn Su is the creator of the @diversewerun Instagram account, where she shares inspiring stories from runners from all backgrounds. Carolyn, who is a Taiwanese-American daughter of immigrant parents and was born and raised in Texas, is a strong voice advocating for more diversity and representation within the running community. On this episode, Carolyn — who is a mom of two living with her husband and kids in Boston, MA — talks about her foray into running and how having an eating disorder in high school and college factored into her running journey. She also talks about how we can all advocate for more diversity and inclusion within the running community. A must-listen! Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How Carolyn became a runner — and how an eating disorder factored in (7:10) Carolyn’s road to recovery from her eating disorder (13:30) Why Carolyn ran her first marathon (16:40) Did Carolyn’s family support her running? (22:20) What it was like growing up as an Asian-American daughter of immigrants in Houston, TX (25:41) Why Carolyn started the @diversewerun Instagram account (35:44) What can I — a basic white girl with a community — do to encourage more diversity in running and amplify these voices from men and women of color? (46:00) Carolyn’s advice for modeling good behavior for our kids, and how to teach young people about race (53:45) What we mention on this episode: Women Behind the Mic LIVE in Boston Chris Mosier on Episode 13 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Carolyn: Instagram @irunfortheglory and @diversewerun Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
08/05/1959m 8s

139. Motherhood Mondays with Abby Bales, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist

"There are a lot of people who put a lot of pressure on themselves — maybe you, maybe me — to do it all. So if you do have problems postpartum, we can treat that at seven months, we can treat that at three years, we can treat it when you're ready. I want to treat my moms when they're ready — not when they're feeling overwhelmed." Dr. Abigail Bales is the founder of Reform Physical Therapy in New York City, where she specializes in pregnancy and postpartum rehabilitation, primarily focused on pelvic floor health. In this episode, Abby, who is a board-certified licensed physical therapist, breaks down everything you need to know about the pelvic floor in an easy to understand way. She talks about exercise modifications during and after pregnancy, and explains why peeing yourself after giving birth is "common, not normal." Abby, who is a mom of two (Henry, 5, and Caitlyn, almost 2), also talks about mothering with a chronic illness (ulcerative colitis), her experience with postpartum depression, what her marriage was like after having children, body image, breastfeeding, going back to work after baby, and learning to ask for help. Thank you to Sweaty Betty for sponsoring Motherhood Mondays on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to sweatybetty.com and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your purchase.   What you’ll get on this episode: What exactly does a pelvic floor physical therapist do? (4:00) Signs you may have a weak pelvic floor, and when people should see a pelvic floor physical therapist (7:00) What to know about exercise modifications during pregnancy (8:30) Why, no, peeing yourself after pregnancy isn’t normal according to Dr. Abby (14:30) Why I didn’t see Abby after giving birth — and her response to my confession (19:20) How having a chronic illness has affected Abby during her pregnancies and in motherhood (25:45) Abby’s experience with postpartum depression after her second baby (30:00) Abby reflects on new motherhood, marriage, and body stuff (35:00) On going back to work after having babies (41:00) What we mention on this episode: Abby on Episode 49 of the Ali on the Run Show Reform Physical Therapy The ACSM pregnancy guidelines Antony Lo PelvicRehab.com Global Pelvic Health Alliance directory Sara Blakely on Instagram Jenny Mollen on Instagram Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
05/05/1952m 11s

138. Lindsey Hein BONUS EPISODE

"I was smiling the whole time — even when it hurt really bad. I was so happy and thankful to be out there." Lindsey Hein, host of I'll Have Another with Lindsey Hein, is a returning guest on the Ali on the Run Show. Last month, Lindsey and I — along with fellow podcast hosts Carrie Tollefson and Tina Muir — did a live show during Boston Marathon weekend. But we wanted to keep the fun going! So Lindsey and I reconvened this week to talk about how Lindsey's Boston Marathon went (her first postpartum race since having baby number four!), what her training leading up to Boston looked like, and what's next on her race calendar. Then, we talk all things podcasting, including our most-downloaded episodes, biggest surprises, and rejections. Thank you to the New York Road Runners Virtual Dog Jog 5K for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE to register (it’s free!) and complete your run today. Everybody’s doing it!   What you’ll get on this episode: Lindsey reflects on the 2019 Boston Marathon, including her training leading up to the race and how race day went (2:40) Is there pressure that comes with knowing people are tracking you and following along during races? Plus, what’s next on Lindsey’s race calendar (17:00) Lindsey’s expert advice for a 4-ish-hour marathoner who wants to maybe Boston Qualify someday (22:00) Rehashing the Boston live show (28:30) Lindsey chats all things podcasting, including her most popular episodes, the potential guest who turned her down, and dream guests (34:35) Lindsey’s take on the current state of the running podcast world (45:00) How Lindsey gets it all done (52:00) What we mention on this episode: Lindsey on Episode 37 of the Ali on the Run Show Women Behind the Mic LIVE in Boston Boston Marathon Mary Johnson Ashley Fizzarotti Heather Jensen on I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein Kristen Garzone on I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein Amelia Gapin on I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson Follow Lindsey: Instagram @lindseyhein626 Facebook Twitter @lindseyhein Podcast Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
03/05/191h 1m

137. Grace Atwood, Creator of The Stripe

"I was like, really?! I just launched a podcast, I have a live show coming up, I grew my blog, I’m killing myself to kill it in my career — and you’re going to congratulate me on this? On being out at a bar with a cute guy? Do not congratulate me for having a boyfriend!" Grace Atwood is the creator of the wildly popular blog The Stripe and the co-host of the Bad on Paper podcast. With more than 110,000 followers on Instagram, it's safe to say Grace, who is also a multiple-time marathoner, has made it as a successful full-time blogger and influencer — but that was never the goal or the plan, and when she first dove head-first into full-time blogging, Grace was embarrassed to own the title. But now, not only does she own it, she's also vocal about the hard work that goes into this lifestyle. (Turns out, it's not all glamorous photo shoots and exotic press trips.) On this episode, Grace talks about shifting her career from marketing at P&G to late nights at BaubleBar to a Gossip Girl-inspired DIY site that eventually became a six-figure business. She talks about learning the business side of blogging, about what takes up most of her time (hint: "Where's that from?"), and about everything you ever wanted to know about the lives of your favorite Instagrammers and bloggers. She keeps it real, light, and hilarious. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Was going into business for herself always Grace’s vision? (2:45) The road to becoming a full-time blogger (8:00) How Grace grew her site and her brand, and how she learned the business side of blogging (18:00) What a day in the life of an influencer is actually like (25:00) Grace on dating, marriage, and whether or not she wants kids — and how her readers have reacted to her personal opinions (36:00) The very lucrative offer Grace recently turned down (44:40) On podcasting, confidence, and body positivity (50:00) Grace the runner! (58:00) What we mention on this episode: Coty BaubleBar rewardStyle DojoMojo Chinae Alexander Katie Sturino Honestly WTF Say Media A Day in Her Life series on The Stripe Girls Gotta Eat Team in Training 167 Raw The Correct Order to Apply Your Skincare Products via The Stripe The Devil in the White City The Idea of You Follow Grace: Instagram @graceatwood Twitter @graceatwood The Stripe Facebook Group The Stripe Bad on Paper podcast Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
01/05/191h 7m

136. Motherhood Mondays with Kristin Mallon, Certified Nurse Midwife

"We talk so much about the physical changes — but I wish we talked more about the emotional pieces in pregnancy." Welcome to the first episode in a 10-part Motherhood Mondays series on the Ali on the Run Show. The minute I found out I was pregnant in February 2018, my brain was consumed with all things pregnancy, childbirth, and Buy Buy Baby coupons. But once I gave birth, my world was rocked. I'd prepared for pregnancy, but had no idea what I was in for when it came to new motherhood. The breastfeeding, the hormones, the hair loss, the sleep deprivation — all things people had told me about, but that I don't think I ever could have fully prepared for. And so I struggled — hard. I've been at this new mom thing for six months now, and while I'm no expert, many of the guests on this series are. This series is all about new motherhood: the struggles, the intensity, the big wins, and little victories. It's a judgment-free, no-such-thing-as-TMI look at survival mode, thriving mode, and everything in between.  First up: Kristin Mallon, a board certified nurse midwife and founder of Integrative Obstetrics in Jersey City, NJ, who has delivered more than 4,000 babies in her 16 years of experience. Kristin is a mom of four and a four-time marathoner — and she was my midwife! I had an amazing pregnancy and delivery under Kristin's care, and I'm thrilled to welcome her to the show.  Thank you to Sweaty Betty for sponsoring Motherhood Mondays on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to sweatybetty.com and use code ONTHERUN for 20 percent off your purchase. What you’ll get on this episode: How Kristin became a midwife, and what the difference is between an OB/GYN and a midwife (3:30) Common misconceptions about midwifery (8:05) Who might want to consider using a midwife during pregnancy and delivery? (11:00) On first-time moms and pregnancy FAQs (13:55) Kristin’s top dos and don’ts during pregnancy (18:10) What Kristin wants to say to women trying to get pregnant after miscarriage or loss (22:20) How to advocate for yourself during pregnancy (25:00) All about “birth plans” and birth disappointment (31:30) What is a midwife’s role during the childbirth process? (41:00) On pooping and tearing (46:00) What women and their partners should understand about recovering from childbirth — physically and mentally (48:30) What Kristin’s four birth experiences were like (54:00) What we mention on this episode: Integrative Obstetrics Expecting Better by Emily Oster Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Penny Simkin Ovia Health app The Birth Partner Vibrant Beginnings prenatal and postnatal supplements Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
28/04/191h 1m

135. Rozalynn Frazier, Health Magazine Senior Fitness Editor

"I’m in a position where I can help make decisions that put images out there of diverse people. That’s very special, and it’s an important job." Rozalynn "Roz" Frazier is the senior health editor at Health magazine, where she's worked for the past decade. On this episode, Roz talks about breaking into the publishing industry (and that time she interviewed a mostly unknown-at-the-time Alicia Keys while working at Essence), and everything that comes with being a fitness editor. She talks about the state of the fitness industry, and her mission to get more women of varying shapes, sizes, and colors represented. And she shares her running story: how she got started, what her road to becoming a ten-time marathoner has looked like, and what's up with everyone's obsession with time goals. Finally, Roz — a self-proclaimed sneakerhead — shares her favorite gear picks, from sports bras to shorts to her favorite shoes for every distance. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Roz shares her career journey from college to Essence to her current position at Health (3:25) On confidence, maturity, and getting cut from the soccer team (13:30) What’s kept Roz at Health for 10 years? And how she’s advocating for diversity on the job, in the industry, and beyond (16:20) All about press trips — the amazing, the Alps, and the “no thanks” (23:00) How Roz’s workouts have changed over the past 10 years — and how a journalism class assignment made her want to run a marathon (34:45) That time Roz hung out with little-known-at-the-time Alicia Keys (57:15) What we mention on this episode: Coach Cane Columbia Publishing Course Robin Stone Spelman College Bowery Mission Soles 4 Souls Nike Run Club Finish Line Physical Therapy Tokyo Marathon Berlin Marathon Miami Marathon Tone House Adidas Stan Smith Asics Gel Kayano Brooks Adrenaline Nike Epic React Brooks Fiona Bra Brooks Greenlight 7" Short Tights Nike Epic Luxe Tight Follow Roz: Instagram @rozalynnfrazier Twitter @rozalynnfrazier Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
24/04/191h 11m

134. Women Behind the Mic LIVE in Boston

"This community brought me back to life." I was thrilled to share the Generation UCAN stage during Boston Marathon weekend alongside fellow running podcast hosts Lindsey Hein of I'll Have Another, Tina Muir of Running For Real, and Carrie Tollefson of C Tolle Run. We sold out more than 600 tickets to this show in just a few days — a true testament to this amazing and supportive community. We had so much fun together and loved meeting everyone in the audience. Thank you to everyone who joined us in person, congratulations to everyone who ran Boston (including Lindsey and Tina!), and YAY for another live show in the books. Enjoy! Thank you to Generation UCAN for sponsoring this episode and our live show in Boston! Click here and use code ONTHERUN25 for 25 percent off your first UCAN order. Then, when you realize how much you love this stuff, go back and order more! Code ONTHERUN gets you 15 percent off for life!   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
22/04/191h 5m

133. Melisse Gelula, Co-Founder of Well+Good

"If there could be a dining critic, a theater critic…why couldn’t there be a wellness critic?" —Melisse Gelula Melisse Gelula is the co-founder of the health and fitness mega-brand Well+Good. On this episode, she talks about starting — and growing — something you believe in, and how Well+Good went from an idea to fill a hole in the publishing industry to a brand reaching more than 12 million readers every month. She talks about Well+Good's focus, and why it's more than green juice and SoulCycle but isn't weight loss or looking a certain way, and talks passionately about why wellness should be taken seriously.  Big congratulations to Melisse and the Well+Good team for the launch of the Well+Good Cookbook. Head to my Instagram — @aliontherun1 — for your chance to win a copy! Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Was Melisse’s plan always to be a journalist? Plus how Well+Good became a reality (5:00) How Melisse got people to take a wellness website seriously (13:45) What Well+Good looks like now (18:30) What wellness-related things people are obsessed with right now (21:40) What is it like to work at Well+Good? (28:00) Looking at the wellness industry as an inclusive place, and what is there for people who can’t afford the fancy green juices and SoulCycle classes? (39:45) All about Well+Good’s annual Wellness Trends (43:00) What’s next for Well+Good? (47:40) What we mention on this episode: Well+Good in The New York Times Well+Good Cookbook The Best and Worst Nutrition Bars via Well+Good Well+Good's 2019 Wellness Trends Expo West Forward Space Follow Melisse: Instagram @melissejoy Twitter @melisseg Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
17/04/191h 4m

132. Kate Landau, 2:33 Marathoner

"I had never been driven by my own desire to get help. It was always other people pushing me to do it. Once I decided on my own and hit that rock bottom, everything got better very quickly." —Kate Landau Kate Landau is a 42-year-old single mom and physician's assistant living in Florida with her daughter, Grace. She's also a 2:33 marathoner. But the road to becoming an elite-level runner in her forties hasn't been easy for Kate, who is set to run the Boston Marathon this Monday (and is gunning for a "2:30-ish" time). Kate started running competitively as a young age, and was a star athlete at her high school. She competed in the Junior Olympics and graduated as valedictorian of her class. But, not wanting her running progress to be halted by puberty, Kate dove headfirst into an aggressive eating disorder, which became a mainstay in her life for nearly 20 years. She endured more than 25 stress fractures in seven years, and battled serious exercise addiction. It wasn't until after having Grace that Kate started to run again — and run fast. She won the Eugene Marathon last year, and the Miami Marathon earlier this year. She finished eighth at the 2018 Chicago Marathon, and was the third American female to finish. At the USATF 15K championships, Kate came in fourth — and she was the oldest in the top 10 by more than a decade. Next year, she'll compete at the 2020 Olympic Trials in the marathon. On this episode, Kate talks openly about her history with anorexia and how it shaped her life, and talks about her relationship with competition and why she always wanted to "be the best." If you or someone you know is currently suffering from or struggling with an eating disorder, please click here for help and support. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: What the road to a 2:33 marathon looks like, including how Kate got into competitive running at a young age (3:45) Kate opens up about her long history with an eating disorder, including lying to the New York Times (11:55) Kate’s eating disorder road to recovery (19:15) Kate’s advice for men and women struggling with eating disorders (31:20) How Kate’s relationship with her body changed during and after pregnancy (35:00) How Kate got back into competitive running after having her daughter (40:00) Kate shares her 2019 Boston Marathon goals (47:15) What we mention on this episode: Kate in the New York Times Tacoma City Marathon McKirdy Trained Follow Kate: Instagram @katelandau Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
10/04/1957m 37s

131. The Fifth Trimester

"I wanted to hug my former self. I wanted to tell her, 'It's OK! It's going to be OK. It won't be easy, but you will survive this.'" A few months ago, I recorded a solo episode talking about navigating "The Fourth Trimester." I was having a tough time — that was obvious. But then I learned: There's a "Fifth Trimester!" And that's the stage I'm in now, as I navigate life with a baby beyond the first 12 weeks and settle into a routine, a work life, and, well, some fun. On this episode, I'm talking about how parenthood has gone from terrifying to fun in the past month — and how getting to music class was a major catalyst in that crucial shift. Annie is five and a half months old now, and I can officially say we're having a blast. It's still hard sometimes, but being a mom to the coolest kid I know is pretty awesome. I'm also reflecting on loneliness, and the guilt associated with feeling lonely when, in theory, I had everything I needed. Plus, thoughts on the comparison trap, being a work-from-home mom, and the new Ali on the Run Show "Motherhood Mondays" series! Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What I mention on this episode: "A Message From Ali" Episode 118 of the Ali on the Run Show "The Fourth Trimester" Episode 114 of the Ali on the Run Show "I Had a Baby!" Episode 106 of the Ali on the Run Show NYC Half Marathon Recap NYC Half Marathon Live Show Taking Cara Babies Newborn Class Annie & Ellie blog post Mary Johnson on Ali & the Experts Week Brynn Fessette O'Neill on Ali & the Experts Week Brian's Great Turkey Trot of 2014 on the Ali on the Run Show Chris Heuisler on Episode 6 of the Ali on the Run Show Chris Mosier on Episode 13 of the Ali on the Run Show Andrea Barber on Episode 45 of the Ali on the Run Show Des Linden on Episode 100 of the Ali on the Run Show Sarah Sellers on Episode 69 of the Ali on the Run Show Boston live show Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
03/04/1955m 2s

130. Sadie Lincoln, Founder of Barre3

"Numbers don’t mean anything when it comes to success." —Sadie Lincoln Sadie Lincoln is the co-founder and CEO of Barre3, the mega-popular boutique fitness brand that has more than 130 studios in the United States. On this episode, Sadie talks about being a "former hippie kid," the unconventional way she was raised, and how that shaped her as a student and, eventually, an entrepreneur. She shares the story of how she discovered fitness in college, and how she went on to realize she was working out for all the wrong reasons, leading to burnout and a much-needed change of scenery. She shares her stories of resilience and grit, confidence and failure, and loneliness, connection, and community. She talks about what stresses her out, about why, despite having trained Madonna, she's "not a celebrity trainer," and her husband's grand plan to sell everything they own and move to Portland, OR, with their two toddlers to "start fresh." Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Sadie talks about her “hippie kid” upbringing and why she was self-conscious about not being smart (3:00) How Sadie found fitness, and how she made a career out of it (14:20) On starting a family, Sadie’s husband’s grand plan, and loneliness (21:10) What it was like starting over (35:15) Sadie’s advice on finding your dream job and life (37:30) Sadie shares what stresses her out (43:20) On training Madonna, and why Sadie says she’s not a celebrity trainer (47:00) How Sadie measures success (51:45) What we mention on this episode: Barre3 Sadie on How I Built This 24 Hour Fitness The Enneagram test Follow Sadie: Instagram @sadielincoln Twitter @barre3sadie Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
27/03/191h 4m

129. LIVE at the United Airlines NYC Half

"Start stuff. If you believe in something, just start it." —Mary Wittenberg It was an honor to host this live show at New York Road Runners the day before the United Airlines NYC Half. I was joined by four exemplary leaders in the running community: Mary Wittenberg, former NYRR and Virgin Sport president and CEO; Christine Burke, VP of Strategic Partnerships and Runner Products at NYRR; Leigh Anne Sharek, co-founder of Brooklyn Track Club; and Carly Gill, a 2:47 marathoner and one of the women behind Runner Braids. These women candidly shared their stories of success, failure, and what it's like to feel shaken to your core or rattled with insecurity. They talked about starting movements, social media, FOMO, and dealing with injury, and we talked about how to make running more inclusive. We wrapped it all up with a very special audience-participation-required edition of the Sprint to the Finish. Thanks to New York Road Runners for sponsoring and hosting this live show, which took place at the NYRR RUNCENTER Featuring the New Balance Run Hub. Go to nyrr.org/runcenter for a full calendar of FREE events like the Ali on the Run Show LIVE event, plus group fitness classes, themed group runs, course strategy sessions, and book signings.   What you’ll get on this episode: The significant moments in women’s running that have most inspired the women on the panel (4:00) On getting into running at a young age, and whether it was discouraged or encouraged (7:30) Running as an individual pursuit vs. team sport (11:00) On pink at women’s races (14:00) How do we make running more diverse and inclusive? (21:00) On insecurities and failures (28:30) Reflecting on the running industry and ourselves as runners (36:00) What do we wish men understood about being a female runner? (46:00) The downsides of social media in the running world, and falling into the comparison trap (49:10) What’s next for everyone? (54:00) A very special Sprint to the Finish (56:45) Stuff we mention on this episode:  United Airlines NYC Half NYRR New York Mini 10K Shape Half Marathon Alison Desir & Harlem Run Brooklyn Track Club TCS New York City Marathon Strava (use code ONTHERUN for a FREE month of Strava Summit!) Follow Mary: Instagram @marywruns Twitter @marywitt Follow Christine: Instagram @christinerburke Follow Leigh Anne: Instagram @wicked.la Follow Carly Instagram @carlysheree Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
19/03/191h 9m

128. Ali & the Experts Week with Dr. Nicole Detling, Sports Psychologist

"Be honest, be real, be vulnerable. That's how you find your mental toughness." —Dr. Nicole Detling This episode will change your life on the run. It's a bold statement, I know, but Dr. Nicole Detling, the founder of Headstrong Consulting in Utah, is here to help us all improve our mental game. Dr. Detling is a mental performance coach for teams and athletes including the US Ski and Snowboard Association, Ballet West, tons of Olympians, and members of the PGA, MLB, NBA, NHL, and more. On this episode, she talks about building mental strength, getting through tough workouts and races, motivation, "chunking," tapping into your "why," coming back from a break, and the importance of rest days — both physical and mental. She also talks a lot about failure — why we fear it, what it actually means, and how social media factors into that fear of failure. We wrap up the episode by talking about exercise abuse. Thank you to Strava for sponsoring Ali & the Experts Week! CLICK HERE and use code ONTHERUN to get one month FREE with your purchase of a Strava Summit subscription.   What you’ll get on this episode: Advice for training your brain on the run (4:30) How to mentally prep for and thrive on race day (23:50) General Q&A (45:33) What we mention on this episode: United Airlines NYC Half Marathon Don't Leave Your Mind Behind Follow Dr. Detling: Instagram @headstrongdoc Twitter @headstrongdoc Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
12/03/1957m 48s

127. Ali & the Experts Week with Dr. Rachel Nazarian, Dermatologist

"Hear my voice in your head when you start trying to dig out the cysts on your face." —Dr. Rachel Nazarian Dr. Rachel Nazarian is a dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology in New York City, and is an assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai. On this episode, she dishes some real talk about skin, including everything she wants women to know about acne, cysts, and beauty influencers.  Thank you to Strava for sponsoring Ali & the Experts Week! CLICK HERE and use code ONTHERUN to get one month FREE with your purchase of a Strava Summit subscription.   What you’ll get on this episode: General skincare and product Q&A (2:15) All things acne (16:45) Body stuff, like nipple hair, chin hair, and stretch marks (30:00) Myth-busting (43:15) What we mention on this episode: Dove Beauty Bar Cetaphil Cleanser BioClarity Treatment System VaniCream Revision Skincare Intellishade SPF Heliocare capsules Vanish spot treatment Mario Badescu skincare Follow Dr. Nazarian: Instagram @drrachelnazarian Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
11/03/1956m 52s

126. Ali & the Experts Week with Shannon McLay, Founder of The Financial Gym

"Physical fitness and financial fitness are both simple. To get physically fit, we need to eat less and work out more, and to get financially fit, we need to spend less and make more. It sounds really simple, but if it were that simple, we’d have a bunch of skinny millionaires running around! There are a lot of emotions around both." —Shannon McLay If you want to run a marathon, you hire a running coach or personal trainer. If you want to get your finances whipped into shape, you hire Shannon McLay, founder and CEO of The Financial Gym and host of the Martinis and Your Money podcast. Shannon is a former Merrill Lynch financial advisor who created The Financial Gym to help people "kick their assets into shape and their bad money habits to the curb." Her goal is to help men and women, primarily of the millennial generation, to get financially healthy. Shannon and her team at The Financial Gym have coached more than 1,400 clients and helped them turn their bank accounts, credit scores, and investments around — and on this episode, she talks about how to get started, plus how to avoid the financial comparison trap. Thank you to Strava for sponsoring Ali & the Experts Week! CLICK HERE and use code ONTHERUN to get one month FREE with your purchase of a Strava Summit subscription.   What you’ll get on this episode: General money Q&A, including advice on credit cards, bank accounts, the financial comparison trap, and more (5:00) Budgeting 101 (22:15) Advice for paying off student loans (28:05) All about investing and saving (37:45) Baby and family questions (53:00) What we mention on this episode: NerdWallet The Points Guy Acorns Investing 101 Webinar via The Financial Gym Betterment Policygenius Follow Shannon: Instagram @theshannonmclay Twitter @theshannonmclay The Financial Gym Martinis & Your Money Podcast Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
10/03/191h 6m

125. Ali & the Experts Week with Dr. Logan Levkoff, Sex & Relationships Educator

"It’s important to have the tough conversations." —Dr. Logan Levkoff Dr. Logan Levkoff is an expert on sexuality and relationships, and she's all about promoting honest conversations surrounding both. In addition to being a sexuality educator, Dr. Levkoff is also a television regular, appearing regularly on Good Morning America, the Today show, CNN, and the first three seasons of Married at First Sight. She has worked with major brands like Dove, Pfizer, Starbucks, and Trojan, and has authored and contributed to several books on sexuality. Thank you to Strava for sponsoring Ali & the Experts Week! CLICK HERE and use code ONTHERUN to get one month FREE with your purchase of a Strava Summit subscription.   What you’ll get on this episode: All things love and relationships (3:30) Advice on sex (30:00) What we mention on this episode: The 5 Love Languages Follow Dr. Levkoff: Instagram @loganlevkoff Twitter @loganlevkoff Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
09/03/1951m 36s

124. Ali & the Experts Week with Brynn Fessette O'Neill, Physical Therapist

"Please don’t Google this stuff." —Brynn Fessette O'Neill Brynn Fessette O'Neill, DPT, is a physical therapist at Finish Line Physical Therapy in New York City. On this episode, she offers advice on prehab, injuries, and recovery. Thank you to Strava for sponsoring Ali & the Experts Week! CLICK HERE and use code ONTHERUN to get one month FREE with your purchase of a Strava Summit subscription.   What you’ll get on this episode: All about prehab and rehab (3:00) Brynn explains why specific injuries happen and how to deal with them, including IT-Band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, and more (14:30) Everything you need to know about recovery (35:30) What we mention on this episode: Brynn on Episode 21 of the Ali on the Run Show Vibrating foam roller Follow Brynn: Instagram @bfessette Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
08/03/1948m 29s

123. Ali & the Experts Week with Kelly Hogan, Registered Dietitian

"Focus on your food choices, your hunger, your fullness cues, and your body's cravings, and eat a variety of delicious foods you like." —Kelly Hogan Kelly Hogan is a registered dietitian and many-time marathoner. On this episode, she talks about what it means to be an anti-dietitian, how to question the nutrition information you find on social media, and what all runners should understand about healthy, proper fueling for optimal performance. Plus, she shares her expertise and insights on current popular health and wellness trends, from the keto diet to intermittent fasting.  Thank you to Strava for sponsoring Ali & the Experts Week! CLICK HERE and use code ONTHERUN to get one month FREE with your purchase of a Strava Summit subscription.   What you’ll get on this episode: What it means to be an anti-diet dietitian (2:10) Running-specific nutrition questions (5:45) Kelly shares her expertise on popular health and wellness trends (29:00) What we mention on this episode: Kelly Hogan on Episode 39 of the Ali on the Run Show Generation UCan Picky Bars Follow Kelly: Instagram @kellyhoganrd Follow Peanut on Instagram @peanut_the_dorkie Twitter @KellyHoganRD Email: kellyhoganrd@gmail.com Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
07/03/1954m 34s

122. Ali & the Experts Week with Mary Johnson, Running Coach

"Do your own training. Get in your own routine. Don't compare yourself to what everyone else is doing and posting everywhere. Have confidence in what you're doing." —Mary Johnson Mary Johnson is a USATF Level-1 certified coach and the founder of Lift, Run, Perform. On this episode, she answers listener questions about coaching, strength training, and that crucial build-up to race day. Thank you to Strava for sponsoring Ali & the Experts Week! CLICK HERE and use code ONTHERUN to get one month FREE with your purchase of a Strava Summit subscription.   What you’ll get on this episode: General coaching questions and personal questions (4:00) Cross training and strength training Q&A (14:10) Running-specific advice (22:20) Race-related questions (41:10) What we mention on this episode: Ranfone Training Systems Nike Vomero Nike Pegasus Allie Kieffer Follow Mary: Instagram @itsamarython Twitter @itsamarython Blog Lift, Run, Perform Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
06/03/1957m 3s

121. Anna Kaiser, Founder of AKT

"I’ve always been about working hard and going after things that you are excited about and passionate about and working your ass off. That’s the only way to make it happen. No one else is going to make it happen for you." —Anna Kaiser You may know Anna Kaiser as the creator, founder, and CEO of the dance cardio brand AKT. Maybe you've taken — and barely survived — her class, either in person or with AKT On Demand. Or maybe you recognize her from her professional dance days, performing on the Fame tour and dancing in the best movie ever, Enchanted. Or, let's be honest, maybe you know her as Kelly Ripa's workout BFF, or as the woman credited for keeping Shakira in shape.  On this episode, Anna talks about going from a wannabe opera singer in Zurich to an entrepreneur on the brink of opening 300 studios nationwide. She shares the mistakes, missteps, and challenges she's faced along the way, talks about why she wanted to improve upon the boutique fitness industry, and opens up about how becoming a mom two years ago changed her at home, in the studio, and beyond. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: What were Young Anna’s dreams for the future? (3:00) Anna reflects on her college experience and explains why it wasn’t everything she’d hoped it would be (8:15) Why Anna decided to move on from the dance world (12:00) How AKT was born, and how Anna stood out in the boutique fitness industry (15:00) How Anna became fitness BFFs with Kelly Ripa (21:00) How Anna has cultivated an empowering community (22:50) Why Anna decided to franchise (25:45) How Anna become business savvy, and the bad business decisions she’s made along the way (31:25) Anna’s take on the state of the fitness industry, now and in the future (34:30) Anna opens up about motherhood, including returning to work post-birth, having help, and “balance” (39:45) Does Anna have any insecurities? Plus, what she says she’s proudest of (46:30) What we mention on this episode: EDGE Performing Arts Center AKT On Demand Xponential Fitness The Milling Room Follow Anna: Instagram @theannakaiser Twitter @theannakaiser Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
28/02/1958m 43s

120. Bree Branker, NYC Trainer & Fitness Model

"I said I want to be the best. But at what?" —Bree Branker Baby Bree Branker dreamed about growing up and becoming a professional dancer. By 19, after attending a performing arts high school, she'd made that happen, as a Rockette and on Broadway in West Side Story, Spamalot, Memphis, and Big Fish. But by her early twenties, everything changed. Bree finally accepted the nagging hip dysplasia that had been plaguing her body for years — even getting her fired from her dream job at Cirque du Soleil — and found fitness instead. On this episode, Bree, now one of New York City's top trainers and a Wilhelmina model, opens up about the mental side of injury, the state of the fitness industry, and what it's like navigating the New York City boutique fitness scene. She talks about her Instagram pet peeves, luck, determination, a cross-country move, and why she was "a terrible Rockette." Plus, she shares why she got turned down for a SoulCycle audition, what terrified her as a Flywheel instructor, and why she's currently training for a half marathon. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Bree’s road to becoming a professional dancer (2:45) Why Bree got fired from her dream job at Cirque du Soleil, and the injury that ended her dance career (14:15) How Bree finally hit her dance career-ending breaking point (26:50) How Bree broke into the fitness industry (28:00) Bree’s take on the current state of the fitness industry, on Instagram and in real life (38:15) Why Bree felt like a fraud in the fitness world, and the a-ha moment that made her realize she’d made it (42:00) How Bree got into modeling — and met her now-fiance along the way (47:30) How and why Bree learned to “chill out” about fitness (51:30) Why Bree is training for a half marathon (59:30) What we mention on this episode: University of North Carolina School of the Arts Broadway Dance Center Walnut Street Theatre Akin Akman Kira Stokes Patrick Frost "Influence vs. Expertise: The Dangerous Rise of the Fitness Influencer" via The Sweat Life CJ Koegel "An Injury Left Me in a Dark Place — Until Working Out Got Me Out of It" via Women’s Health SHAPE Women’s Half Marathon FitOn app (use code BREE50 for 50% off) Follow Bree: Instagram @breebranks Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
21/02/191h 9m

119. Love on the Run LIVE at New York Road Runners

"Running made me better for our relationship outside of running. It gave me something to give to myself." —Matt Powers I love running and I love love, so what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a live show talking love on the run?! I had a blast hosting this live show with two of NYC's greatest running couples: Matt Powers and Candice Huffine (he's an entrepreneur and she's a supermodel — NBD), and Alex Salazar and Krissa Cetner ("that couple" that got married at mile 6 of the Brooklyn Half Marathon in 2017!). The crowd was amazing (THANK YOU to everyone who came!), and we had the best time talking about the role running plays in our relationships, whether or not we're competitive on the run, and of course, what it's like getting married in the middle of a race. We also covered very serious issues, like the gross things we do as runners, sweaty underwear, snot rockets, and more. Prepare to LOL and "awwwwww." Thank you to the New York Road Runners Virtual Valentine's Duo 5K for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE to register and complete your run today. (Des Linden did it. You should do it, too!)   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
14/02/1956m 10s

118. A Message From Ali

"Motherhood, for me, over the past three and a half months, has involved a lot of waves. I’ve ridden them and at times I’ve been drowning. Other times I'm treading water and managing to stay afloat, no matter how exhausted I’ve been. And other times, I’ve been getting along like I actually know how to swim! Right now, though, in this very moment, I’m on the drowning side of things." It's been a tricky week. So this is a quick check-in to say hi, and to [kind of] explain why I just didn't get it together to get a "real" episode out this week. Forgive me? Thanks! There's a lot of good stuff to come on the Ali on the Run Show — I just need to take a few deep breaths first!   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
06/02/1912m 10s

117. Julie Brazitis, Google Brand & Creative Lead

"Stay true to yourself. It gets really good on the other side, when you’re a good person and you follow your gut on who you want to be around and what you want to do with your life." —Julie Brazitis Julie Brazitis just might be the loveliest, kindest, most positive person you'll ever meet. She's a brand and creative lead at Google, a yoga instructor, a top-honors-earning graduate of Syracuse University, and a recovering perfectionist. On this episode, Julie talks about what it's like when you realize you're living the dream — but that it's someone else's dream. She talks about what it was like growing up as a competitive gymnast, and what happened when a severe spinal cord injury derailed her high-flying aspirations. She opens up about battling alopecia in high school and ulcerative colitis in college — and the mean girls she encountered along the way. Plus, she shares her running story: how she found running, why she loved running, and how she ultimately developed an unhealthy relationship with running. Julie has had a lovely life — something she's happy to acknowledge — but that doesn't mean it's been easy. This is a thought-provoking episode that'll get you thinking about why we make certain choices, what to do about internal conflicts, and how to embrace or combat the ever-present hustle culture in today's Instagram-inspired society. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Julie recounts her early days as a competitive gymnast, and the back-breaking injury that ended it all (2:45) Dealing with alopecia — and mean girls — during high school (6:30) Julie opens up about her high aspirations, the “inner conflict” she struggled with in her twenties, and choosing between her dream job and the safe route (13:30) How Julie started running — and how her relationship with running quickly turned problematic (29:30) Julie’s battle with ulcerative colitis, and what it was like getting diagnosed in college (32:40) On being our own worst critic (44:45) What it’s actually like working at Google (47:30) What we mention on this episode: Syracuse University NBC Universal Page Program Yosef Herzog on Episode 111 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Julie: Instagram @julieb.yogini Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
31/01/1959m 3s

116. Jen Lada, ESPN Reporter

“Know your value, and don’t allow other people to limit it, question it, or minimize it.” —Jen Lada Jen Lada is a reporter and host for ESPN. She's also a mom of two, is married to a fellow sports journalist, and is a multiple-time marathoner and triathlete. On this episode, Jen, who primarily covers college football, talks about how she got into sports journalism, how she got into running, and how she's thrived in a male-dominated industry. She shares her #metoo story, opens up about her two miscarriages, and talks about the challenges of being a working and often-traveling parent. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle! What you’ll get on this episode: Did Young Jen dream of being on ESPN? (2:50) How Jen broke into sports journalism, and the unfortunate #metoo moment that started it all (10:10) How Jen met her husband, who is also a sports journalist, and her best advice for surviving a long-distance relationship (24:00) The road to ESPN, the pressure to look a certain way on camera, and returning to work and marathoning after having a baby (31:00) Jen opens up about her two miscarriages, and what it was like being on camera every day during tough times (37:20) What post-game interviews are actually like, plus the biggest rewards and challenges of the job (42:45) Jen shares her running story — and her no-such-thing-as-TMI poop story! (51:40) What we mention on this episode: The Assertive Way Marquette University Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis Chicago Marathon TCS New York City Marathon New York Road Runners Team For Kids Follow Jen: Instagram @jenlada4 Twitter @jenlada Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
24/01/191h 13m

115. Tatyana McFadden, 17-Time Paralympic Medalist

“I never thought of myself as someone who was different.” —Tatyana McFadden Tatyana McFadden is one of the most decorated athletes on the planet. She's a 17-time Paralympic medalist, and she has won 24 World Marathon Majors. In 2013 alone, she won the Boston, Chicago, London, and New York City marathons. In 2015, she shattered the New York City Marathon record by 7 minutes and 20 seconds. But Tatyana wasn't born into success — she was born in Russia with Spina Bifida, a disease that left her paralyzed from the waist down. She spent the first six years of her life in an orphanage, crawling on her hands because she didn't have access to a wheelchair. At six years old, everything changed: Tatyana was adopted by Deborah McFadden, who at the time was the Commissioner of Disabilities for the Bush administration and happened to be at the orphanage on a business trip. Tatyana moved to the United States, was introduced to sports as a way to get strong, and by 15 was competing at the Paralympics. In addition to her outstanding athletic accomplishments, Tatyana is an outspoken advocate for people living with disabilities, and later this spring she'll complete her master's degree in pursuit of a career as a child life specialist. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone endurance bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Tatyana talks about her childhood and what it was like growing up with Spina Bifida in an orphanage in Russia and how she made her way to becoming a world-class athlete (2:55) Tatyana’s take on the word “disability” (10:50) What exactly is Spina Bifida? (13:35) What brought Tatyana’s mom to the orphanage in Russia (17:00) What it was like having a disability in high school, and how Tatyana went on to create an important law for high schools around the country — and then meet the Obamas and Ellen DeGeneres (19:00) How Tatyana became confident and outspoken (27:40) Why Tatyana decided to go all-in on the marathon, and what it’s like racing in a chair (30:30) What Tatyana’s training looks like before a goal race (38:30) What it means to be brave (41:00) What can people do to make life easier for people with disabilities? (44:30) Tatyana on insecurities, grad school, what she’s proudest of, and what’s next (47:40) What we mention on this episode: Kennedy Krieger Institute NormaTec Recovery Tatyana on The Ellen DeGeneres Show TCS New York City Marathon New York Road Runners Team For Kids Follow Tatyana: Instagram @tatyanamcfaddenusa Twitter @tatyanamcfadden Facebook Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
16/01/1957m 38s

114. The Fourth Trimester

"I felt broken. Physically. Emotionally. I had a complete breakdown. I felt like a broken human. I was so tired. Lifeless. And I finally Googled the one thing I hadn't really wanted to Google." In just a few days, Annie — my spankin' new daughter — will be three months old. That means I will have reached the end of what is commonly referred to as "the fourth trimester." That period postpartum when the baby still thinks its in the womb, and the mom is — I'm not sure what the mom is. But I know that for me, this fourth trimester has been tough. Trying. Exhausting. Emotional. Wonderful, amazing, monumental — but definitely hard. So on this solo episode, I talk about all of it: the pumping, the boob stuff, the expectations, the realities, and the truths. I talk about why I've been living in fear, and open up about what went down over the holidays, and how it ended with me Googling and really looking into postpartum depression. Plus, I talk about having help — thank god for help! — and answer listener questions. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What I mention on this episode: "I Had a Baby!" Episode 106 of the Ali on the Run Show Laura Anderson on Episode 92 of the Ali on the Run Show Chrissy Teigen Opens Up for the First Time About Her Postpartum Depression, via Glamour Michele Gonzalez on Episode 19 of the Ali on the Run Show Motherhood New Jersey Half Marathon The 5 Love Languages Annie's Birth Story Pregnancy + Baby Q&A Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
10/01/191h 6m

113. Meaghan Murphy, Executive Editor at Good Housekeeping

"The glass isn’t half empty. It’s not half full. It’s just refillable." —Meaghan Murphy Meaghan Murphy just might be the real-life Energizer Bunny. As executive editor at Good Housekeeping, Meaghan has her hands on every page of every issue every month (and fun fact: she gets monthly manicures to match the cover of each issue). Before coming to GH, Meaghan's career in publishing paralleled her life: as a teen, she worked at YM and Teen People. As a single twenty-something living in New York City, she worked at Cosmopolitan. When she started having kids, she spent nearly a decade as fitness director at Self. And now that she and her husband, three kids (ages 8, 6, and 5), and dog (Dempsey, a labradoodle!) have moved to a white-picket-fence house in the New Jersey suburbs, she's at Good Housekeeping. (She's also the Chief Spirit Officer of her town, Westfield — though she'll tell you it's called "Bestfield.") Meaghan is a giant ball of energy and positivity. (Case in point: She starts every day at exactly 5:03 AM, whens he heads to a workout with her #goodvibetribe.) She's kind, confident, and loves getting older. But Meaghan has been through some stuff. On this episode, she opens up about her battle with and recovery from anorexia. She talks about the challenges of parenting. She gets into what makes a marriage work. And we shed a few tears together when she talks about #operationgoodgrief, and how she healed from her dad's death. You'll finish this episode feeling energized, ready to find the good in every day, and excited to create your own #yaylist. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Meaghan’s secret to staying happy and in love, reflecting on the first 10 years of her marriage (2:30) Meaghan shares her love for New Jersey (5:50) What young Meaghan dreamed about for her future, and how she got started in the publishing industry (6:50) Meaghan on fearlessness (12:00) Meaghan looks back on her publishing career as it paralleled her life (13:45) Meaghan shares how exercise helped her recover from anorexia (19:15) What life is like as executive editor of Good Housekeeping — plus insider intel she’s gleaned on the job, like all about the dirtiest items in our homes! (25:05) Meaghan on motherhood, marriage, and parenting (31:25) Meaghan on confidence (41:30) Meaghan on fitness (46:30) All about #operationgoodgrief (49:30) Meaghan talks about her superpower: her on/off switch (56:10) How to be a fun mom (59:00) What we mention on this episode: Rutgers University A Million Little Pieces New Jersey Marathon Home Power Yoga SLT Orangetheory The Blast FitMama leggings POE Yoga Follow Meaghan:  Instagram @meaghanbmurphy Twitter @meaghanbmurphy Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
03/01/191h 11m

112. Sarah Cummings, Sub-Elite Runner

“I knew things were going to unravel at some point… But looking back, I don’t know if I would’ve done things differently.” —Sarah Cummings Few people have a work ethic like Sarah Cummings. Sarah, a 2:34 marathoner, lives in New York City where she runs for the New York Athletic Club and is a two-time New York Road Runners Runner of the Year. Sarah works long hours in the finance industry in addition to running 100-mile weeks — sometimes include 20-mile run commutes! On this episode, Sarah — who is a former competitive figure skater who graduated with top honors from Princeton University — talks about coming back from a grueling hamstring injury to run an Olympic qualifying time at the California International Marathon. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone bundle! What you’ll get on this episode: Sarah recaps her 2018 CIM performance (2:30) Sarah reflects on her figure skating days and how she found running (7:00) Sarah talks about her relationship with her sister — and whether or not they’re competitive on the run (14:30) What it was like being a competitive runner in college (18:10) How Sarah runs 100-mile weeks while working a demanding career in finance (22:10) If given the choice, would Sarah go pro? (31:40) Sarah talks about her hamstring injury and getting through a major setback (35:25) What it’s like competing at the Olympic Trials as a sub-elite runner (48:50) Sarah’s best advice for dealing with an injury (52:45) What we mention on this episode: New York Athletic Club Hospital for Special Surgery Princeton University California International Marathon Follow Sarah: Instagram @sarahccummings Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
27/12/181h 1m

111. Yosef Herzog, Today Show Stage Manager

"I wanted to see if I could do it. And then once I did it, I wanted to see what else I could do." —Yosef Herzog For most people, 3:30 AM is the middle of the night. For Yosef Herzog, it's time to get to work. As stage manager for NBC's Today show, Yosef starts his day early. As a two-time marathon runner, he ends it late. Yosef is on set at NBC by 4:30 AM, leaves after the show wraps at 11 AM, and then runs in the evenings with Brooklyn Track Club. On this episode, he talks about making it all work, shares why he decided to leave his steady, well-paying career in finance to get into television, and opens up about his impressive 50-pound weight loss. Plus, he talks about what it's like working at the Olympics, and what it was like meeting the Obamas. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: All the moves that led Yosef to his job at Today, including the a-ha moment that made him realize he needed to make a total career change (3:15) What it’s like being a part of NBC’s prestigious Page program (6:40) How Yosef landed at the Today show, and what his job as stage manager entails (13:15) What Yosef’s day looks like (17:10) What Yosef says are the biggest challenges about working on live TV (21:25) Yosef talks about major NBC events including Christmas in Rockefeller Center, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Halloween on the Plaza, the concerts, and the Olympics (24:00) What it’s like covering national tragedies (29:30) How Yosef got into running — and lost 50 pounds in the process — and what his lifestyle looks like now (33:00) Why Yosef got into racing (47:40) What’s next for Yosef? (53:30) What we mention on this episode: The Day I Met Celine Dion NBC Universal Page Program Fast Money Yosef in Men’s Health Natalie Morales on Episode 33 of the Ali on the Run Show New York City Half Marathon Team in Training New York Road Runners Follow Yosef: Instagram @yosefherzog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
20/12/181h 3m

110. Olivia Young, Creator of Box + Flow

"Ask the tough questions. Who are you? Who aren't you? What do you want? What don't you want? Be so clear on who, what, where, when, how, why, and don't sacrifice any piece of that puzzle if you want to live a full life." —Olivia Young Olivia Young is the founder and creator of Box + Flow, a yoga and boxing studio in New York City. But her plan wasn't always to be a heavy-hitter in the fitness industry: Olivia, who grew up in Miami Beach, moved to New York City to attend culinary school and to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. She worked with celebrity chefs and made a name for herself in the restaurant world, all the while waking up crazy early to run, box, and do yoga. Those early-morning passions eventually manifested in what is now Box + Flow. On this episode, Olivia, who was recently named "the woman who is redefining how NYC works out" on the coveted PureWow 100 list, reflects on her career path, her business mistakes, her great successes, what she's afraid of, and what it means to "liv young." Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Why Olivia doesn’t bother with fancy workout clothes (3:30) What it means to Olivia to “liv young” (5:30) Where Olivia got her work ethic, and how not getting a lead role in a musical led to her first disappointment — and changed her life (8:15) Why Olivia pursued a career in hospitality, and what culinary school was like (14:00) What it was really like working in the restaurant industry (22:00) All about Box+Flow, Olivia’s fitness studio in NYC (27:00) Did Olivia know Box+Flow would be an immediate success? And what does it mean to “flow through the fight?” (31:00) Where Liv got her confidence, and what has the power to make her feel insecure (37:00) Is it hard working in the restaurant industry and living a healthy lifestyle? And how Olivia feels about the idea of “cheat days” (43:00) What Olivia says she’s proudest of, what she’s afraid of, and how she focuses on being brave (48:45) What we mention on this episode: Box + Flow Lyons Den Power Yoga King Cole Bar Polo Bar Food & Wine Magazine Natural Gourmet Institute French Culinary Institute Two Hands Raoul’s The Ear Inn JG Melon Jack’s Wife Freda Atla Follow Olivia: Instagram @livyoung Website Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
13/12/181h 0m

109. Jes Woods, Nike Run Coach

“I was like, ‘I need more friends, so I’m going to start running. Everyone looks like they’re having a good time — maybe I can have a good time!’” Jes Woods is always. smiling. And she has good reason to be as happy as she is! As a Nike Run Coach and Flywheel Sports studio manager in New York City, Jes is living a good life — one she carefully crafted herself after an eight-and-a-half year career in broadcast journalism. Jes is an ultra runner who has completed 16 ultramarathons, including four 100 milers. (Most recently, Jes ran the Javelina Jundred.) On this episode, Jes talks about how she went from TV to a life on the run. She talks about working for NBC during the Beijing Olympics, and what it was like being a runner and covering the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Plus, Jes opens up about a recent breakup and the effect it had on her running, talks about why she struggles not to get too involved with the athletes she coaches (she loves them too much!), and talks about the rewarding parts of her job and what she says is "her Christmas." Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: What did Young Jes want to be when she grew up? Plus, how Jes used her engineering degree to pursue a career in television. (2:55) The big news stories Jes loved — and didn’t love — working on during her time at NBC (5:15) How Jes got her start as a runner (6:50) When and how Jes realized it was time to make a career change (10:45) Jes’s advice for people considering a major career switch (23:20) What makes Jes a good run coach? And what’s her favorite type of runner to coach? (24:10) Jes’s best “game” to play to make your next run more fun (26:30) The most common question Jes hears from runners she coaches (28:30) Why running? (36:50) How Jes got her jobs at Mile High Run Club and Flywheel, and what a day in the life for her looks like now (41:10) What Jes says is the most rewarding part of her career (49:45) Jes talks about her recent breakup, and how it affected her latest 100 miler (56:00) Jes's advice for getting into the fitness industry (57:00) What's next for Jes Woods? (58:00) What we mention on this episode: Nike Running Flywheel Sports Chelsea Javelina Jundred Mile High Run Club Carnegie Mellon University Boston Marathon New York City Half Marathon Team in Training Pittsburgh Marathon Nike Women’s 15K Toronto Western States Endurance Run OSR 30 Follow Jes: Instagram @jeslynnyc Twitter @jeslynnyc Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
06/12/181h 9m

108. 11 Ways I Improved My Confidence

"I started considering the amazing potential outcomes instead of the worst possible ones." At some point last year, I realized my once stellar confidence had taken a major hit — so I took action. I started making big and small changes to help boost my self-confidence and to feel like a badass again. On this episode — another solo episode — I'm sharing the 11 things I've done to improve my confidence over the past year. I dare you to do at least one thing on this list today if you feel your confidence lacking. Don't wait. Do it today. Do it within the hour. You got this. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What I mention on this episode: Katie Burke on Episode 70 of the Ali on the Run Show Dance Spirit magazine Episode 57 of the Ali on the Run Show Bethany Lyons on Episode 25 of the Ali on the Run Show Ali on the Run Show LIVE in San Diego Ali on the Run Show LIVE at NYRR RunnerCon Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
29/11/1831m 10s

107. The Great Turkey Trot of 2014

"And then somebody comes by, stops, looks me in the eye and goes, 'Wow! You can do it, buddy!' And it was in that moment I realized that I wasn't running. I also realized I wasn't jogging. I was barely walking. I looked down, and the tops of my shoes are scraping the ground — one slow movement after the next slow movement. And people genuinely thought I had a serious medical condition, and that I was being a hero and a trooper by getting out there." Three years ago, my now-husband, Brian Cristiano, and I lined up at the start of two very different Turkey Trots. Though both races were five miles, the outcomes were vastly dissimilar. I ran the Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot in Brooklyn, NY, in a respectable 38:41 — a 7:44 minute-per-mile pace. Meanwhile, in Rhode Island, Brian was racing the Newport Pie Run. Here’s a dramatic retelling of how his race went. This is forever my favorite story. Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy LOL-ing! Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What we mention on this episode:  Newport Pie Run Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot Meet Brian Our engagement story Mystery Science Theater 3000 Ugg slippers Orangetheory Fitness Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Follow Brian: Instagram @boldceo Facebook Twitter @boldceo Growing BOLD BOLD Worldwide Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
21/11/1836m 35s

106. I Had a Baby!

"It was like he was the deep breath, and I was the emergency barf bag." I had a baby! On this episode, I'm joined by a very special guest: Annie Leigh Cristiano. Annie was born on October 16, 2018, at 8:09 AM, clocking in at 5 lbs. 10 oz. On this solo episode, I'm talking about how the first month with Annie has gone, and how my expectations have compared to the reality. I talk about the challenges we've faced so far (breastfeeding, ugh), what Brian is like as a dad, how being selfish comes into play as a new parent, and how I'm adjusting to this new life of ours. Plus, answering listener questions and an update on all things Crohn's disease. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $50 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What I mention on this episode: Annie's Birth Story Pregnancy + Baby Q&A Ergo 360 carrier Lori & David Feller on Episode 71 of the Ali on the Run Show Ashley Fizzarotti on Episode 102 of the Ali on the Run Show Ali on the Run Show LIVE! in San Diego Ali on the Run Show LIVE! at New York Road Runners RunnerCon Lauren Fleshman on Episode 103 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
15/11/1851m 45s

105. Emily Abbate, Fitness Writer & Host of the Hurdle Podcast

"I had already gotten so far, and I just wasn’t willing to look back. That involved pushing my comfort zone and doing something I maybe wasn’t the best at." —Emily Abbate Emily Abbate is a freelance writer, editor, and content creator, a certified personal trainer, a marathoner, and the host of the Hurdle podcast. On this episode, Emily talks about her own #hurdlemoment, and what it took for her to lose 70 pounds — no quick fixes or fad diets included. She talks about her impressive journalism career, and shares how she rebounded after being laid off — twice. Plus, she opens up about confidence and failure, and dishes out life lessons galore. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Was this the life young Emily Abbate saw for herself? (2:15) Emily shares her own hurdle moment, and opens up about how she lost 70 pounds and learned to love running (4:00) How Emily became a super successful journalist and magazine editor (13:00) Whether Emily sees herself as a risk taker (18:00) Emily’s journey through the publishing industry, including being laid off — twice — and how she’s developed her confidence (19:00) How Emily ended up freelancing, and the hustle it requires (31:30) What a day in the life of Emily Abbate looks like (37:50) Emily’s best advice for aspiring journalists (48:15) What we mention on this episode: Café Mom Rodale University of Connecticut The Hartford Courant Liz Plosser on Episode 72 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily’s meditation book: Journey to the Heart Athletic Greens Lyons Den Power Yoga TCS New York City Marathon Lululemon Run All Day Backpack Kuju Coffee Packs WeWork Ali on the Run Show LIVE in San Diego R&Co. Dry Shampoo Follow Emily: Instagram @emilyabbate Twitter @emilyabbate Hurdle Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
08/11/181h 7m

104. Stephanie Bruce

"When I think something is hard or challenging, I think of how I’m going to grow from it." —Stephanie Bruce Happy TCS New York City Marathon Week! The professional field is stacked this year, and among the top competitors is Stephanie Bruce, who trains and races with NAZ Elite and is sponsored by Hoka One One. Steph made her New York City Marathon debut in 2017 and finished in 10th — an impressive-on-paper result, but on this episode, Steph explains why she was disappointed with her finish. She opens up about her health struggles over the years, talks about how she's feeling going into this year's race, and gets super honest about "body stuff." Steph trains in Flagstaff, AZ, where she lives with her husband, Ben Bruce, and their sons Hudson and Riley. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Steph rehashes her Peachtree Road Race win (2:30) Why Steph decided to return to the New York City Marathon this year, what her 2017 race was like, and how she gets through tough races (6:15) How Steph’s NYCM training is going, plus her best NYCM advice (12:30) Steph shares her 2018 New York City Marathon goals (17:40) Steph breaks down what was behind some of her recent Instagram posts (25:15) Steph’s take on failure (33:15) Why Steph left Oiselle to go all-in with Hoka One One (35:15) What it’s like training with Ben Rosario (37:50) Steph talks about “body stuff” and how becoming a mom has changed her as an athlete (40:00) What we mention on this episode: NAZ Elite Hoka One One Peachtree Road Race TCS New York City Marathon The Great North Run New York Road Runners London Marathon Oiselle Hoka One One Tracer 2  Follow Steph: Instagram @stephrothstein Twitter @steph_rothstein Facebook Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
01/11/1855m 24s

103. Lauren Fleshman

"I hope I’m always willing to be wrong, willing to learn, and able to get better." —Lauren Fleshman Lauren Fleshman is many things: She's a retired professional runner, a coach, the co-founder of Picky Bars, the co-creator of the Believe training journals, the creator of the Wilder retreat, one of the faces of Oiselle, a vocal USA Track & Field board member, a co-host of the Work, Play, Love podcast, wife to professional triathlete, and mom to Jude and Zadie. Phew! On this episode, Lauren talks about all of it, including her journey to becoming an entrepreneur, her honest thoughts on body image, and the real effect having kids had on her marriage. This is a fun, no-holds-barred conversation with one of the leading voices in the running industry. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: What takes up the majority of Lauren’s time right now (2:00) How Lauren became a professional runner (3:35) Lauren reflects on her favorite race distance and her decision to stop competing professionally (10:00) How having children affected Lauren’s career, and what running was like for her during and after pregnancy, plus how becoming a mom changed her as an athlete (13:00) Whether Lauren has always been confident speaking up and using her voice, and how she developed that confidence (23:00) Lauren talks about what she sees as the biggest problems facing professional runners right now, and what makes her want to speak up the loudest (28:45) What Lauren would tell a 16-year-old runner who wants to go pro (33:30) How Lauren became an entrepreneur, and the evolution of Picky Bars (36:00) How Lauren got involved with Oiselle, what her role is with the company now, and where she sees the company going (43:20) How Lauren met her now-husband, Jesse Thomas, and what their relationship is really like — plus the struggles they’ve faced together since having kids (52:30) What Lauren’s relationship with her body is like right now, and what she wants more people to feel about their own bodies (1:03.15) What we mention on this episode: Picky Bars Oiselle Believe Training Journals Wilder Retreat Work, Play, Love podcast "10 Reasons the 5K is Freaking Awesome" via Runner’s World Sally Bergesen "Welcome to the New School" via Oiselle "Dear Younger Me" by Lauren Fleshman Follow Lauren: Instagram @fleshmanflyer Twitter @laurenfleshman Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
24/10/181h 14m

102. Ashley Fizzarotti AKA Running Bun

“Make it important. Make a goal, and make time for it. It’s not about 'no excuses,' but make it a priority.” —Ashley Fizzarotti Ashley Fizzarotti — best known on the internet as "Running Bun" — joins the Ali on the Run Show fresh off a huge PR and BQ at the Chicago Marathon. (That's personal record and Boston Qualifying time — AKA pretty big deals and accomplishments. She also raised more than $5,600 for Every Mother Counts.) Ashley is proof that hard work works: She's a 5-time marathoner who has shaved nearly an hour off her marathon time, going from a 4:24 marathon debut to her 3:29 in Chicago. On this episode, Ashley — who works in finance (we get into that), is a mom of two (Jennie and Christopher), and lives in New Jersey — talks about her training, setbacks, injuries, and how she made a dream six years in the making a reality. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How Ashley’s feeling post-Chicago, plus what her training looked like (3:00) How Ashley fit marathon training into her very busy life (9:00) What motivates Ashley (12:00) Ashley talks about her mental training, and how she’s evolved from the mistakes she made in the past (14:25) Ashley breaks down the Chicago Marathon (22:15) What’s next for Ashley (27:15) How Ashley’s running has changed since having kids, and what running was like during both her pregnancies (29:00) Ashley talks about her work ethic (35:00) Ashley talks about what her diet looks like and her decision to become a vegetarian (40:20) Confidence talk! Ashley shares her take on confidence, how she’s instilling it in her kids, and what she’s done recently to boost her own confidence (43:30) What we mention on this episode: Chicago Marathon TCS New York City Marathon Ashley’s coach, Mary Johnson Stephanie Bruce How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor Boston Marathon Spring Lake 5 What it’s like to volunteer at the New York City Marathon Parker Stinson Follow Ashley: Instagram @runningbun Twitter @runningbun Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
17/10/181h 0m

101. Jeannie Klisiewicz of The Ellen DeGeneres Show

"You can have success and you can have money and you can have the best job in the world, but you’re only going to sleep well at night if you’re happy with who you are." —Jeannie Klisiewicz You probably know Jeannie Klisiewicz as the bubbly, always super excited receptionist and often-on-camera star of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. (She even has her own show now: Life's First-Evers with Jeannie!) Jeannie just may be the happiest person on the planet, and she's on the Ali on the Run Show today sharing the amazing (and gutsy!) story of how she got her job working with Ellen, and how her role has evolved over the past 10 years. Jeannie, who grew up outside Chicago, talks about confidence and the power of staying true to yourself and, of course, about how she got into running and what it's done for her physically and mentally. Warning: This episode will make you smile so hard your cheeks hurt. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How Jeannie got her job on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3:00) Why Jeannie says that, in spite of going out and asking Ellen DeGeneres for a job live on air, she’s actually not confident (14:15) How Jeannie — a small-town girl from outside Chicago — has adapted to life in Los Angeles, and a lifestyle that has her up-close-and-personal with celebrities every day (19:30) What Jeannie’s job was like when she started working with Ellen, and how it’s evolved over the past decade (22:00) Whether being put on camera changed Jeannie’s relationship with her body and appearance (27:00) What Jeannie’s new show, Life’s First Evers, entails (37:00) What Jeannie’s relationship with Ellen is like off-camera (40:15) Jeannie’s advice for people who want to get into the TV industry (49:30) How Jeannie got into running, and how she fits it into her busy schedule (52:00) What’s next for Jeannie? (58:00) What we mention on this episode: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Ellen surprising Jeannie Life’s First-Evers with Jeannie “Dennis Quaid is here!” Adele at Jamba Juice Ellen’s New York to L.A.  Follow Jeannie: Instagram @iamjeanniek Twitter @iamjeanniek Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
10/10/181h 7m

100. Des Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon Champion

“I would love to do something with finesse one of these days, but I guess I’m all grit.” —Des Linden Welcome to the 100th episode of the Ali on the Run Show! And for this very special episode, I’m thrilled to welcome back 2018 Boston Marathon winner Desiree Linden. This is the third time Des has been on the Ali on the Run Show, and it’s always a treat getting a chance to get inside her hardworking, hilarious, competitive head. On this episode, Des recaps her monumental 2018 Boston Marathon victory (including how long her post-race shower was!), and talks about her recent (gritty!) Rock 'N' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon win. Des is currently gearing up to run the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, so she also talks about how training is going — and finally answers the question everyone’s been asking: “Who’s coaching you right now?” Des left the Hansons-Brooks Project earlier this year, and today she talks about how she’s shaking things up post-Boston, and how she recovered from her 2017 running slump. Des loves coffee, and if you do, too, you should drink her coffee! Use code ONTHERUN for 10% off your Linden+True coffee order. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!     What you’ll get on this episode: How it feels to be the 2018 Boston Marathon champion (2:45) What the vibe was like standing on the Boston Marathon start line in the cold, pouring rain, and what was going through Des’s mind before starting the race (4:40) Des breaks down the moment when Shalane made that now-famous bathroom stop during the race (7:00) Des offers up advice for how to make a mental shift mid-race (11:30) What it felt like crossing the finish line and winning the Boston Marathon, and what Des remembers most from those few minutes after finishing (15:15) How soon after Boston Des started thinking about her next race and goal, and why she decided on the New York City Marathon (20:45) Who’s coaching Des Linden? (24:30) What it was like winning the Rock N Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon last month (29:00) Des shares her goals for the 2018 New York City Marathon, and whether she feels more pressure going into this race after winning Boston (32:00) Des’s best advice for staying good, strong, healthy, and injury-free on the run (35:30) Des answers listener questions, including who she considers her main American competitors right now, whether she’s down to take selfies with fans, and whether there’s a mini Des and Ryan in the future (36:30)   What we mention on this episode: Des Linden on Episode 64 of the Ali on the Run Show Des Linden on Episode 77 of the Ali on the Run Show Ryan Linden on Episode 83 of the Ali on the Run Show Boston Marathon TCS New York City Marathon Linden+True Coffee Brooks Running Molly Huddle New York Road Runners Rock 'N' Roll Philadelphia Amy Cragg on Episode 97 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Des: Instagram @des_linden Facebook Twitter @des_linden Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
03/10/1850m 26s

99. One Month Until Baby!

“I hope she finds her passion in life, and that she’s never discouraged to go after it.” —Brian Cristiano In honor of our third wedding anniversary and the realization that Baby Cristiano's due date is just one month away, Brian and I decided to record an episode about all things, marriage, pregnancy, baby, and life. We talk about our decision to work with a midwife and how that's been going, and we get into the highs, lows, and surprises of this pregnancy journey. Plus, I put Brian on the spot and asked for his honest reaction to my changing body. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Is marriage what Brian expected it to be? (2:00) Has the pregnancy experience been what Brian expected? Plus what the midwife experience has been like, and why Brian wanted to be at every appointment (4:15) The highs, lows, and biggest surprises of pregnancy so far (15:30) How Brian has reacted to my changing body (26:45) Whether Brian has felt increased pressure in life and at work since I got pregnant (35:00) The advice Brian has received that’s stuck with him (42:15) Brian shares his wishes for our baby, and the kind of dad he wants to be (48:30) Listener Q&A (52:00) What we mention on this episode: “We’re Having a Baby!” Brian on Episode 2 of the Ali on the Run Show Brian on Episode 17 of the Ali on the Run Show Brian on Episode 47 of the Ali on the Run Show Brian on Episode 52 of the Ali on the Run Show Brian on Episode 57 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Brian: Instagram Facebook Twitter Growing BOLD BOLD Worldwide Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
27/09/181h 6m

98. Mary Wittenberg, Former CEO of New York Road Runners & Virgin Sport

“My greatest fear is letting fear get in my way.” —Mary Wittenberg Mary Wittenberg is the former president and CEO of New York Road Runners and race director of the New York City Marathon, and was the Global CEO of Virgin Sport. Her titles are impressive, and she has the legacy to match. Mary has had an incredible impact on running. She is largely credited for turning marathon running into a spectator sport, and for getting female professional runners to be compensated appropriately. Mary was the brains behind the creation of the World Marathon Majors series, and she was at the helm of NYRR in 2012, when she and the city had to make the very public and controversial decision to cancel the New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. On this episode, she talks about what it was like making that call, how she went from law school to big law to being a powerful force in the American running boom, and what's next for her since leaving Virgin Sport. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Mary explains whether she’s always been someone who loves being busy and super active (2:00) What it was like growing up surrounded by men, and how that impacted Mary’s future (4:00) How — and why — Mary went from law school to big law to the sports industry (7:20) Mary opens up about her decision to wait to have children because of her career (13:45) What it was like being race director of the New York City Marathon (15:00) Mary shares her favorite memories from her time at New York Road Runners (29:15) What it was like being a race director in a post-Boston Marathon bombings world (32:20) Mary opens up about the 2012 New York City Marathon, and the decision to cancel the race after Hurricane Sandy — plus how she came back from that difficult time (36:50) Who gets to hold the tape at the marathon finish line?! (45:45) Why Mary left NYRR for Virgin Sport, and what it was like working with Richard Branson (48:00) Whether Mary has ever regretted leaving her dream job at NYRR (53:00) What it was like when Mary finally got to run the New York City Marathon for the first time in 2016 (57:00) Mary offers her best advice for women in male-dominated industries (59:20) What’s next for Mary Wittenberg? (1:01.15) What we mention on this episode: New York Road Runners TCS New York City Marathon Virgin Sport University of Notre Dame Molly Huddle Marine Corps Marathon Peter Ciaccia Percy Sutton Harlem 5K New York City Half Popular Brooklyn Half Fifth Avenue Mile Alison Desir John Honerkamp Follow Mary: Instagram @marywruns Twitter @marywitt Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
20/09/181h 14m

97. Amy Cragg

“I’m the one who just puts my head down and works really hard. That’s my thing.” —Amy Cragg In February, Amy Cragg — who runs for the Bowerman Track Club — ran an incredible five-minute personal best at the Tokyo Marathon. She finished third overall, and solidified her spot among the greats, officially becoming the fifth fastest female American marathoner. Now, Amy is gearing up to run the Chicago Marathon in October. On this episode, she shares her goals (she's in it to win it!), how her training has been going, what it's like training with Jerry Schumacher, and how she handles pressure. Plus, she reflects on the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials, talks about her relationship with her Olympian husband, and shares her dreams of starting a guitar band with former college roommate and friend Des Linden. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Amy reflects on the 2018 Tokyo Marathon, her five-minute PR, and what her goals were for that race (1:45) Amy’s take on the power of persistence, and whether a personal record matters when you’re a professional runner (4:20) Why Amy decided to run the Chicago Marathon this year, and how her training has been going (7:20) What it’s like when Amy races her teammates (11:35) Amy describes what it’s like to train with the Bowerman Track Club (12:50) Whether Amy and Des Linden — who were roommates in college — always knew they were destined for greatness (15:50) Amy looks back on the 2012 Olympic Trials, when she came in fourth, and then reflects on the 2016 Trials, which she won! (19:30) Amy compares the pressure of competing at the Olympics to the pressure of competing at the Trials — plus how she handles pressure (26:30) Amy talks about her relationship with her husband, Alistair (29:30) Amy shares the biggest challenge about being a professional athlete (33:00) Amy’s advice for anyone running the Chicago Marathon (38:30) What we mention on this episode: Tokyo Marathon Chicago Marathon Bowerman Track Club Gwen Jorgensen Molly Huddle Desiree Linden Kate Grace Mammoth Track Club KIMbia Athletics Follow Amy: Instagram @hastyhastings Twitter @hastyhastings Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
13/09/1847m 7s

96. LIVE at NYRR RunnerCon with Jenny Simpson, Emma Coburn, & Peter Ciaccia

“It’s every competitor for themselves, and there’s no mercy after the gun goes off.” —Jenny Simpson I was thrilled when New York Road Runners asked me to be part of the organization's first RunnerCon event to kick off the world-renowned 5th Avenue Mile weekend in New York City. The Ali on the Run Show LIVE event was sandwiched between a panel with YouTube sensation (and super speedy runner!) Casey Neistat and one with professional runner and cancer-fighting superstar Gabe Grunewald — not bad company to be in! Enjoy the recording from the live show, where I had the best time chatting with an all-star lineup including New York Road Runners President of Events and Race Director of the TCS New York City Marathon Peter Ciaccia, and professional runners Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn. (And biggest thanks to everyone who came out to support the show in person. The crowd was amazing and so much fun!)   What you’ll get on this episode: Peter Ciaccia — the man behind asking for “clearance on the roadways” at New York Road Runners events — talks about how he got into the running industry and ended up at the helm of NYRR Peter reflects on the pressure that comes with being in charge of the world’s biggest marathon, plus whether he checks the weather obsessively before the race and whether he sleeps the week of the marathon (6:30) Peter’s advice to anyone who has ever worried about “coming in last” at a race (10:15) Peter shares his favorite memory from his 18-year NYRR career — and his most memorable race-day blooper (12:20) Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn talk about what it’s like being both friends and competitors (23:15) Jenny shares whether pressure comes with defending her 5th Avenue Mile title (26:00) Jenny and Emma talk about confidence, and how social media comes into play (28:20) How Jenny defines failure, and what has the ability to rattle both women on the start line (32:15) What Emma’s competitive about off the race course (37:00) Jenny and Emma sprint to the finish (40:40) What we mention on this episode: TCS New York City Marathon New York Road Runners Jack LaLanne Dash to the Finish Line 5K Popular Brooklyn Half Emma Coburn on Episode 60 of the Ali on the Run Show Mary Wittenberg New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile Boys in the Boat Follow Peter: Instagram @peter_ciaccia Twitter @peter_ciaccia Follow Emma: Instagram @emmacoburn Twitter @emmajcoburn Facebook Follow Jenny: Instagram @trackjenny Twitter @trackjenny Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
10/09/1850m 42s

95. Keri Blunt, Goodr's VP of Everything

“I learned to get paid to do what I loved and enjoyed doing.” —Keri Blunt Keri Blunt is the VP of Everything at Goodr, the sunglasses company that has taken over the running world. But Keri’s goal wasn’t always (or ever) to work in the running industry. Her original plan — after graduating high school valedictorian at 16 years old — was to become a doctor. She went to college, where she double majored in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and English literature — and realized her actual passions along the way. Today, Keri splits her time between overseeing content at Goodr and being a dancer, actor, and comedic rapper. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Why Keri wanted to be a nudist growing up, and how she went on to become a 16-year-old high school valedictorian and college student double majoring in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and English literature (2:30) How Keri figured out what she actually wanted to do with her life (8:00) What exactly Keri does now, and how she got involved with Goodr (12:00) What it means to be the VP of Everything (22:10) How Goodr grew to success over the past 3.5 years (24:15) Where the name Goodr came from (32:15) Whether Keri considers herself an entrepreneur, and how Goodr defines success (37:50) What Keri’s relationship with running is like (42:00) Meet Wendy, Keri’s [NSFW] rapping alter ego (49:00) What we mention on this episode: Goodr Kara Goucher Goodr in Runner’s World The Running Event LA Marathon Kara Goucher’s Stop and Smell the Rosé glasses Goodr Flamboyance Follow Keri: Instagram @keriblunt Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
05/09/1857m 0s

94. Ellen Latham, Creator of Orangetheory Fitness

“I finally thought, ‘Why not me? Why not give it a shot?’” —Ellen Latham Ellen Latham is the creator and co-founder of Orangetheory Fitness. Orangetheory is the fastest-growing fitness franchise in the world: It's currently in 18 countries, it brought in more than $700 million in sales last year, and Ellen and her team recently celebrated the opening of the brand's 1000th studio. Of course, the road to super success hasn't been simple for Ellen. Before she was the founder of Orangetheory, she was a single mom who had just gotten fired from her job and had to figure out what to do next. On this episode, Ellen, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL, reflects on those challenges, how she decided to become an entrepreneur, and what makes OTF special. She also talks about her greatest successes and scariest failures and growing pains. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How Ellen made her way into the fitness industry (1:50) How being a single mom who got fired from her job led Ellen to create Orangetheory, and how she bounced back from extreme discomfort (2:40) Whether Ellen always knew she would be a huge success, and how she learned to be an entrepreneur (8:45) What Ellen says are the most important decisions she’s made to grow Orangetheory to become the fastest-growing fitness franchise in the world (16:00) Why Orangetheory’s motto is “More Life,” and what that means to Ellen (22:30) What a day in the life of Ellen Latham is like (26:00) Ellen shares her future goals for Orangetheory (28:00) Ellen’s advice for first-time Orangetheory-goers and for women who want to pursue careers in the fitness industry (30:45) What keeps Ellen up at night (33:45) What we mention on this episode: Orangetheory Fitness Ellen’s Ultimate Workout Massage Envy Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
29/08/1851m 42s

93. Jeni Novak, Founder of Novak Entertainment

“You only have a fallback plan if you plan to fall back.” —Jeni Novak When I was 12 years old, my cool older cousin was dating the coolest girl I'd ever met. She wore high heels, she was a dancer, and she would always do my hair and makeup when I saw her. That girl — woman — is Jeni Novak. We called her "Little Jen," because she was teeny tiny, but today, Little Jen has gotten up to some big things: She went on to become a professional dancer, eventually dancing for Miley Cyrus and becoming not just her go-to dancer, but also one of her closest friends. (Jealous.) Jeni met her now-husband while dancing for Miley (my cousin went on to marry the other coolest girl I've ever met), so if you're a Miley Cyrus fan (I am!), there are lots of fun Miley stories in this episode. Today, Jeni is a hair and makeup artist in Hollywood. She and her husband started their own creative agency and production company, Novak Entertainment, and their clients include Lululemon, Tone It Up, Reebok, and more. Jen has so many inspiring stories to share, so if you're looking for someone to help whip you into shape and up your hustle game, you'll get it in this episode. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Jeni recalls her early days as an aspiring professional dancer, and how she made her dance dreams come true — including the fateful way she ended up moving to Los Angeles for good (4:10) How Jeni has built her confidence, and whether she’s ever felt insecure in this industry (22:30) How Jeni ended up dancing for — and becoming close friends with — Miley Cyrus (25:15) How and why Jeni decided to start a production company (36:30) The big job Jeni was preparing for when we recorded this episode (48:40) How Jeni made her way into the health and wellness space (1:00:10) What we mention on this episode: The Juilliard School Legends in Concert Broadway Dance Center L.A. DanceMagic Miley Cyrus performing Melancholy Hill Matte Black Follow Jeni: Instagram @jeninovak Website Novak Entertainment Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
23/08/181h 13m

92. Laura Anderson, 2018 Buffalo Marathon Winner

“I haven’t always failed gracefully, but I’ve always come back.” —Laura Anderson Laura Anderson is a full-time working mom and McKirdy Trained running coach based in Rochester, NY. Laura had her daughter, Hannah, a little over a year ago, and in May she ran — and won — her first big postpartum race. On this episode, Laura reflects on her 2018 Buffalo Marathon win (she finished in 2:57, which was also a marathon PR) and the training that helped her break the tape. She also honestly and candidly talks about her experience with postpartum OCD, body image, and goal setting. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Laura reflects on her recent Buffalo Marathon win and what race day was like (2:50) How Laura’s Buffalo Marathon training went — her first postpartum training cycle — and what she does for cross-training (11:40) Why Laura chose not to run during her pregnancy (17:15) Laura talks about whether not running throughout pregnancy made her postpartum comeback easier or more challenging (22:00) How Laura got into running (28:30) What Laura’s training for now, plus how and when she sets her running goals (32:00) Laura’s advice for aspiring Boston Marathon qualifiers (36:30) How and why Laura decided to become a running coach, and what she’s like as a coach (38:30) Laura talks about the most common mistakes she sees most runners making (41:30) Laura opens up about her postpartum OCD (44:15) How Laura takes care of herself in spite of an extremely busy schedule (52:30) What we mention on this episode: Buffalo Marathon McKirdy Trained Lake Effect Half Marathon *Learn more about Postpartum OCD* Follow Laura: Instagram @losingrace Twitter @losingrace Coaching Blog Salty Running Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
15/08/181h 1m

91. What's New With You Week with Sarah Sellers

“I’m still not sure which was crazier: me finishing second, or the response to me finishing second.” — Sarah Sellers After the 2018 Boston Marathon, everyone wanted to meet second place finisher Sarah Sellers. She joined the Ali on the Run Show just two days after her triumphant finish in Boston — and that episode went on to become the most-downloaded episode of the show ever. Today, Sarah is still a nurse anesthetist living in Arizona, but her life looks a little different post-Boston. She's no longer and unknown, unsponsored runner — she signed with Altra soon after Boston — and she's $75,000 richer thanks to the Boston Marathon. On this episode, she looks back at that day in Boston and how her life has changed since, and shares her big racing plans for the fall. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring What's New With You Week on the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: What the days and weeks after the Boston Marathon were like for Sarah (2:05) What it was like returning to work after Boston (4:45) What Sarah’s post-Boston recovery was like (6:00) How Sarah spent her $75,000 Boston Marathon prize money (7:30) How Sarah became sponsored post-Boston, what that process was like, and why she chose to partner with Altra (10:10) Whether her second-place finish in Boston added stress and pressure to Sarah’s running (16:00) How Sarah is fitting her new, busier running and racing commitments into her already intense work schedule (19:40) What’s next for Sarah Sellers? (23:00) What we mention on this episode: Sarah Sellers on Episode 69 of the Ali on the Run Show Boston Marathon London Marathon Kara Goucher Des Linden NYRR New York Mini 10K Altra Deseret News 10K Follow Sarah: Instagram @sarah_sellers Twitter @sarahwhosellers Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
07/08/1826m 2s

90. What's New With You Week with Gwen Jorgensen

“It’s hard. I go and put the work in and see a glimmer of hope and then get my butt handed to me a week later. It’s difficult. But I know what I want to do and what I believe I’m capable of doing, and I know I just need to continue to work.” —Gwen Jorgensen When Gwen Jorgensen was on the Ali on the Run Show earlier this year, she had recently moved to Portland, OR, and had just announced her next big goal: to transition from an Olympic gold medal-winning triathlete to an Olympic gold medal-winning marathoner. Gwen has been training with the Bowerman Track Club, under the leadership of Coach Jerry Schumacher, and she's back on the show to give us all an update on how her 2020 pursuit is going. Plus, she talks about how becoming a mom to one-year-old Stanley has changed the game for her, and what she's learned from her fellow Bowerman Babes. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring What's New With You Week on the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Why Gwen wanted to train with the Bowerman Track Club, and how she made it happen (2:10) What it’s like being a Bowerman Babe, and what Gwen has learned from her teammates (4:20) What is it about Jerry Schumacher? (8:00) How Gwen’s training is going, physically and mentally (11:00) How becoming a mom has changed Gwen’s training (15:50) What Gwen’s fall marathon goals look like and how she’s working toward them (19:45) What’s new with Stanley? (22:00) Gwen reflects on her postpartum return to running and training (24:00) What we mention on this episode: Gwen Jorgensen on Episode 54 of the Ali on the Run Show Bowerman Track Club Shelby Houlihan Shalane Flanagan Follow Gwen: Instagram @gwenjorgensen Twitter @gwenjorgensen Facebook YouTube Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
06/08/1829m 9s

89. What's New With You Week with Janae Baron

“Running is important, but it’s not everything.” —Janae Baron When Janae Baron was on the Ali on the Run Show last December, she was 37 weeks pregnant, so needless to say, she’s seen some big changes now that she has an eight-month-old daughter, Skye, added to her six-member family! On this episode, Janae talks about how that transition has gone, and what the biggest challenges and surprises have been so far. She opens up about the easy parts, the hard parts, and, of course, the running-related parts. Plus, a very special guest at the beginning of the episode! Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring What's New With You Week on the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: How life has been for Janae since becoming a family of six (4:40) What Janae says has been the biggest surprise about adding a baby to the family (7:50) How having a baby with Andrew has impacted their marriage (9:45) What Janae’s recovery and return to running after having Skye was like (12:00) Janae opens up about her experience with feeling depressed and sad during pregnancy (18:00) Janae shares her current race goals, plans, and dreams — and talks about whether that sub-3:00 marathon goal is still on her mind (23:45) What Janae says she’s most excited about right now (39:20) What we mention on this episode: Janae Baron on Episode 50 of the Ali on the Run Show Mary Johnson St. George Marathon Lift.Run.Perform Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Follow Janae: Instagram @hungryrunnergirl Facebook Twitter @hungryrunnergrl Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
06/08/1844m 18s

88. What's New With You Week with Allie Kieffer

"Expectations obviously are higher now. But I put them on myself." —Allie Kieffer When Allie Kieffer was on Episode 46 of the Ali on the Run Show last November, she was fresh off a fifth-place finish at the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Her 2:29 finish was triumphant: She was this unknown, unsponsored runner from Buffalo, NY, who happened to be the first American woman to finish behind winner Shalane Flanagan. Now, Allie is no longer unknown or unsponsored. She signed with Oiselle soon after NYC, trained in Kenya for seven weeks, and recently moved to Boulder, CO, where she's gearing up to return to the New York City Marathon. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring What's New With You Week on the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Allie reflects on the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon and how it impacted her career (2:15) Allie’s best advice for moving past a bad race or workout (6:05) How Allie became a sponsored runner, thanks to Oiselle, what the signing process entailed, and what her sponsorship agreement looks like (7:20) Whether becoming a well-known, in-the-public-eye runner after the 2017 NYC Marathon was stressful or motivating for Allie (13:40) What training in Kenya was like — and how Allie ended up there in the first place (15:30) How Allie coped emotionally after going from being in the best shape of her life to having a stress fracture and being totally sidelined (22:10) Why Allie traded Buffalo for Boulder (28:00) Allie opens up about how she became an advocate for body positivity, and her relationship with her body and race times (31:15) What’s next for Allie Kieffer (37:00) What we mention on this episode: Allie Kieffer on Episode 46 of the Ali on the Run Show AJC Peachtree Road Race Portland Track Festival Emma Coburn New York Road Runners Nike Moonshot Project Oiselle Brad Hudson Sarah Lesko TCS New York City Marathon Desiree Linden Boilermaker 15K Follow Allie:  Instagram @kiefferallie Twitter @alliekieffer Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
05/08/1839m 14s

87. What's New With You Week with Michele Gonzalez

"I felt relieved. I knew mentally and physically, I was not ready to be on that starting line." —Michele Gonzalez The last time Michele Gonzalez (AKA "NYC Running Mama") was on the show, she was gearing up to run the 2017 Boston Marathon. During that episode, Michele and I joked about someday being pregnant at the same time — and now here we are, both expecting babies this fall! Michele is a full-time working mom of two, and her third child is due in November. On this episode, she talks about her pregnancy, what her running looked like over the past year, and whether she has any postpartum running goals. She also shares her secrets for snapping those gorgeous sunrise running photos! Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring What's New With You Week on the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle! What you’ll get on this episode: Michele shares all the exciting news about her pregnancy (1:45) How Michele’s recent running goals factored into her decision to have a baby right now (8:30) How Michele dealt with and got through a tough running year in 2017 (11:45) Whether Michele has any big postpartum running goals, and the pressure she felt in the past to return to running and racing soon after having a baby (16:00) Michele opens up about whether she’s worried to take time off from work post-baby (21:00) Michele’s best advice for getting back into the workforce after taking time off to raise a family (28:45) Michele shares her secret to getting those gorgeous sunrise running shots (31:30) What we mention on this episode: Michele Gonzalez on Episode 19 of the Ali on the Run Show Mary Johnson, Michele's coach Follow Michele: Instagram Facebook Twitter Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
03/08/1838m 25s

86. What's New With You Week with Kara Goucher

"I don’t think I’ll ever retire. If something motivates me, I want to go for it." —Kara Goucher Kara Goucher is back on the Ali on the Run Show, talking about her new book, Strong, how keeping a confidence journal changed her life, and where her running career is at right now. She also talks about the current state of women's running, and reflects on how choosing to have a child at the height of her professional running career affected her job. Plus, she answers the two questions everyone keeps asking: Is she retired, and does she want more kids? Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring What's New With You Week on the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Kara dishes about her new book, Strong, and how keeping a confidence journal has changed her life (2:00) Kara recounts her performance at this year’s Grandma’s Marathon, and reflects on the highs and lows of the day (7:30) Kara opens up about what it’s like when your competitor has an amazing day and you have a less-than-stellar one (13:10) Where Kara’s at with her running career right now (17:40) What it’s like watching American women dominate on the roads and track right now (20:15) Kara talks about running during and after pregnancy, and why she returned to running so soon after giving birth to her son, Colt (26:30) How choosing to have a child actually affected Kara’s professional running career (32:35) Whether Kara still wants to dabble in ultra running (38:00) Is Kara retired? (40:00) Does Kara want more kids? (42:00) What we mention on this episode: Kara Goucher on Episode 43 of the Ali on the Run Show Dr. Stephen Walker, sports psychologist Grandma’s Marathon Kara’s Podium Retreat Emma Coburn BolderBOULDER 10K Western States Endurance Run Follow Kara:  Instagram @karagoucher Twitter @karagoucher Facebook Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
03/08/1846m 32s

85. What's New With You Week with Emily Halnon

“I now live in a barn with an elderly schnauzer, surrounded by goats.” —Emily Halnon Emily Halnon was the very first guest on the Ali on the Run Show, and now she’s back to kick off What’s New With You Week. Emily is an ultra runner who lives in Eugene, OR, by way of Washington, DC, and Vermont. When we last talked on the show, Emily was dating a man with a cute dog and training for 100-mile races. Where’s she at now? Well, she still has the dog. Listen in for the rest. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring What's New With You Week on the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: An update on Emily’s “If my boyfriend and I ever break up, I’m keeping the dog” joke, and her current living situation (3:00) Why Emily is currently in a cast (10:30) Where Emily’s at with running, and what she’s training for right now (13:00) What Emily’s excited about right now, and what stresses her out (25:00) What’s next for Emily Halnon — plus details about her current relationship status (29:50) What we mention on this episode: Emily Halnon on Episode 1 of the Ali on the Run Show University of Oregon Cascade Crest Endurance Run Western States Endurance Run Hardrock 100 Waldo 100K Ultramarathon Dogs Being Basic Emily’s mom, @andyjha Follow Emily: Instagram @emilysweats Twitter @emilysweats Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
02/08/1839m 9s

84. Career Q&A with Katie Burke

“It’s never too late to do what you wanted to do growing up. But it’s not going to come easy, and no one’s going to hand it to you.” —Katie Burke Katie Burke is the Chief People Officer at HubSpot, a marketing software company in Boston that employs more than 2,300 people worldwide. Of those 2,300, Katie was the company’s first female to land a spot in the c-suite. (Today, 45 percent of the company’s vice presidents are women.) And on this episode, Katie is answering all of your career-related questions! From negotiating raises and promotions to navigating tricky bosses, office politics, and big career changes, Katie has brilliant advice for all of it. You’re going to want to take notes for this one! Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Katie talks about her upcoming sabbatical and how she plans to spend it (1:30) Katie’s best advice for building and strengthening confidence (3:10) Katie’s take on “being nice” (5:00) What to know about making a career change (9:00) What are the top three things that make a resume stand out? (13:00) Do you really need to know someone to get a job at a company? (14:00) What should an awesome cover letter look like? (15:00) Applying for more than one job or role at a company: Yay or nay? (16:00) How to explain a gap in employment to be a stay-at-home parent (16:30) How do I know what I’m worth? (18:20) How to negotiate your salary (21:25) Everything to know about raises (25:15) Maternity leave: When to tell your boss and how to negotiate the terms (28:00) How not to get talked over or disrespected during meetings (34:20) How to handle an unresponsive, disengaged boss (36:25) What to do when you and your friend are both up for the same job or promotion (38:00) What to do when you love your job and field, but everyone around you is miserable (39:30) How to apply for a different role within your current company, and when to tell your manager (42:10) How to be a standout employee during your first 30–90 days at a new job (44:15) How to deal with insecurity at a new job (46:30) How do I figure out what I actually want to do with my life? (48:00) What we mention on this episode: Katie Burke on Episode 70 of the Ali on the Run Show HubSpot Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations with Marianne Williamson Kim Scott’s Radical Candor Werk Glassdoor Jeni’s Ice Cream Follow Katie: Instagram @katieburke16 Twitter @katieburke LinkedIn Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
25/07/1857m 1s

83. Ryan Linden, Ironman, Entrepreneur, & Husband to Des Linden

“I had no idea there was a camera on me. But yes, I have seen all the memes.” — Ryan Linden If Ryan Linden’s last name sounds familiar, that’s because yes, he is married to 2018 Boston Marathon champion Desiree Linden. Ryan was the undeniably proud face the cameras kept cutting to as Des neared the historic Boston finish line, and on this episode, he breaks down every detail from that life-changing Marathon Monday — from his perspective! He also shares what Des is really like on race morning, how they met and got engaged, and how they balance their intense work and training schedules. In addition to being a super husband and stellar spectator, Ryan is also a tremendous athlete himself: He’s a 2:26 marathoner turned Ironman, and is hoping to return to Kona to compete this year. He’s also a new business owner and entrepreneur: Ryan, along with Des and fellow runner-husband-and-wife team Ben and Sarah True, founded Linden & True Coffee earlier this year to much fanfare. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $55 off your wireless headphone bundle!   What you’ll get on this episode: Ryan explains what he does for a living, where his Ironman pursuits fit into that lifestyle, and how he became a competitive athlete (4:05) What motivates Ryan, and what the “Linden on the run” partnership is like (9:15) What a day in the life of Ryan is like, and whether he still dreams of a 2:22 marathon and Olympic Trials qualifier (12:30) How Ryan and Des met, started dating, and got engaged — plus what went down at the 2010 Chicago Marathon (17:00) What Ryan and Desiree’s relationship dynamic is like, and whether they ever get competitive with each other (23:20) Ryan shares what Des is like on race morning, then breaks down the 2018 Boston Marathon from his perspective (30:30) What it was like seeing Des make that final turn about to win the Boston Marathon (41:45) What post-Boston life has been like for the Lindens, including walking the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards, and what Ryan wants to see Des do next (44:00) How and why Des, Ryan, and Ben and Sarah True decided to start Linden & True Coffee, and what that process has been like (46:00) What we mention on this episode: Desiree Linden on Episode 64 of the Ali on the Run Show Desiree Linden on Episode 77 of the Ali on the Run Show Linden & True Coffee Mallory Safety & Supply Tracksmith Follow Ryan: Instagram @rl_linden Twitter @rl_linden Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
19/07/1856m 33s

82. Tim & Jessica Murphy, Co-Founders of BibRave

“You have to be OK with hearing no, but also not letting that be the last thing that you hear.’” — Tim Murphy Tim and Jessica Murphy are the husband-and-wife team behind BibRave — the Yelp for running races. They’re the ultimate industry insiders, and on this episode, they share their journey to becoming entrepreneurs (before going all-in on BibRave, Jessica worked at LinkedIn, Nike, and Runner’s World, and Tim worked just about everywhere, doing a little of everything), and the challenges they’ve faced along the way. They open up about the moments — and emails! — that made them question what they were doing, and ultimately share what has made BibRave so successful. Plus, Tim (an ultra runner) and Jessica (a 20-time marathoner) talk about what they’ve learned from the BibRave community, and what people really love and really hate about races. This is a must-listen for aspiring entrepreneurs or anyone who has thought about going into business with a significant other. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $30 off your wireless headphone purchase!   What you’ll get on this episode: Tim and Jessica share how they came up with the idea for BibRave, and when they realized it could be a viable business (5:00) What Tim and Jessica were doing before they became entrepreneurs, and how their careers prepared them to make them jump (11:45) Who’s the boss at BibRave? (18:20) How Tim and Jessica actually grew BibRave into a business, and the moments that made them question what they were doing (19:45) How Tim and Jessica let rejection and tough phone calls roll off their backs (24:30) What Tim and Jessica fight about, and whether they get sick of each other (26:00) What Tim and Jessica spend most of their time worrying about, and what’s next for their business (41:15) What Tim and Jessica say people love — and loathe — most about races (51:20) Tim and Jessica share their best advice for couples who choose to become business partners (57:40) What we mention on this episode: BibRave Ali on the Run Show Live Chicago Marathon The Atlantic Runner’s World Honolulu Marathon Running USA The BibRave 100 Missoula Marathon North Face Endurance Challenge Series Leadville 100 Steamtown Marathon Desiree Linden Meb Keflezighi Follow Tim: Instagram @tmurph135 Twitter @tmurph135 Follow Jessica: Instagram @jmurphy628 Twitter @jnimurph Follow BibRave: Instagram @bibrave Facebook Twitter @bibrave Podcast Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
11/07/181h 8m

81. Rob Krar, Ultra Runner & Mental Health Advocate

“I said, ‘No way am I running Western States! That’s 100 miles!’” — Rob Krar, Western States Endurance Run winner 2014 Rob Krar is one of the kings of ultra running. He was a middle-distance runner through college, but then threw his running shoes in the trash, insisting he was done with running forever. Famous last words: Though Rob did take a break from running (during which time he worked grueling 12-hour graveyard shifts as a pharmacist), he eventually returned to the sport in a big way — as an ultramarathoner. He has won the most prestigious and competitive ultras, including Western States, Leadville, Run Rabbit Run, and a handful of North Face Endurance Challenge races, to name just a few. Rob is also a vocal advocate for mental health, and on this episode he opens up about his struggles with depression. Rob lives in Flagstaff, AZ, with his wife and fellow ultra runner, Christina. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $30 off your wireless headphone purchase!   What you’ll get on this episode: How and why Rob transitioned from the track to ultra running (4:15) How Rob met his wife, Christina, and the role running plays in their relationship (12:10) How Rob says he found his purpose through running after a difficult time in his life, and why he became drawn to ultras (18:45) What Rob’s relationship with pain is like (26:45) How Rob, who is self-coached, plans his training schedule and goal races (33:50) Rob’s advice for dealing with injuries, both physically and emotionally (41:10) What Rob tells people who are interested in getting into ultra running (43:50) Rob opens up about his mental health struggles and experience with depression (45:45) What we mention on this episode: Butler University Western States Endurance Run Boston Marathon TransRockies Run Moab Red Hot 33K Hardrock 100 Emily Halnon on Episode 1 of the Ali on the Run Show Dave Mackey Leadman Series Depressions short film Follow Rob: Instagram @robkrar Facebook Twitter @robkrar Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
05/07/181h 4m

80. Amelia Boone, Ultra Runner & World's Toughest Mudder

"I was so petrified of failure for so long that I never ventured outside of things I knew I was good at." —Amelia Boone Amelia Boone is a badass. By day, she’s a lawyer at Apple, and by very early morning, she’s a four-time world champion obstacle racer and self-proclaimed “budding ultra runner.” Amelia lives in San Jose, CA, and is a glutton for punishment — hence her race distance of choice being “long.” On this episode, Amelia — who you may recognize as last month’s Runner’s World cover star — talks about why she’s intrigued by failure, why she loves grueling races, and how she gained her mental strength. She reflects on her go at the 2018 Barkley Marathons, and opens up about the pressure to win. Thank you to AfterShokz for sponsoring this episode of the Ali on the Run Show! CLICK HERE for $30 off your wireless headphone purchase!   What you’ll get on this episode: Why the brutality of obstacle races and ultramarathons appeals to Amelia, and why she’s intrigued by fear (2:15) How Amelia got into obstacle course racing (5:00) Amelia reflects on her attempt at completing the 2018 Barkley Marathons (11:15) What it’s like to become the World’s Toughest Mudder (21:15) What Amelia’s family thinks of her crazy endurance adventures, and how she became a well-known figure in the sports world (27:00) What a day in the life looks like for Amelia (30:30) Amelia shares her take on rest days (35:00) What the pressure to keep winning is like (38:40) How Amelia found ultra running (41:00) Amelia shares her best advice for first-time obstacle racers and ultra runners (48:50) What we mention on this episode: The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young Tough Mudder Spartan Race “Amelia Boone Is Stronger Than Ever” via Runner’s World Rest Day Brags Western States Endurance Run Kilian Jornet Follow Amelia: Instagram @arboone11 Facebook Twitter @ameliaboone Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Facebook Twitter @aliontherun1 Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!
28/06/181h 3m