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

470. Calum Neff, Pacer for Keira D'Amato's American Record at the Houston Marathon

"We hit that first split bang on the money, and I told her, 'We’re good. It’s happening. It’s on.'" It was a record-breaking, history-making weekend at the Houston Marathon! Keira D'Amato won the race and ran a new American record in the marathon, finishing in 2:19:12 and breaking Deena Kastor's former record by 24 seconds. And Keira had some company along the way: two pacers, one of whom was Texas-based ultra-runner and four-time Guinness World Record Holder Calum Neff. (You may also remember Calum as the "green shorts guy" who paced Sara Hall at the Marathon Project in 2020.) And while Calum is an incredibly accomplished runner, he — like Keira — had never broken 2:20 in the marathon. So this task would require running a personal best of his own en route to that American record goal. (Spoiler: He did it, finishing in 2:19:33.) On this episode, Calum talks about how he got the role as Keira's pacer, what it was like previewing the course together the day before the race, and what that 5:18 pace actually felt like. Plus, all the details and dad jokes from the day, hashing out the realities of pandemic marriage and parenting (Calum and his wife have three daughters), and what's next for Calum. SPONSOR: Shokz — Visit shokz.com/ontherun for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: How Calum’s feeling post-race (4:00) How Calum got the job as Keira D’Amato’s Houston Marathon pacer (5:55) What Calum’s training was like leading up to Houston (16:20) All about Calum’s experience at the 2021 Chicago Marathon (21:00) How Calum balances pacing duties with his own running goals, and what it was like previewing the course with Keira (27:15) The plan for race day (36:00) All about the race (46:15) That finish line moment (1:04:05) Calum’s top moment from the day (1:13:00) What’s next for Calum? (1:16:00) Check out: Calum Neff on Episode 318 of the Ali on the Run Show Keira D’Amato on Episode 414 of the Ali on the Run Show Keira D’Amato on Episode 305 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Calum: Instagram @calneff Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
20/01/221h 21m

469. Allie Wilson, Professional Runner for Atlanta Track Club Elite

“I will be a nervous wreck until that gun goes off, but I will never race like I’m nervous… As soon as I’m racing, it all goes out the window, and I’m always going to race my heart out, no matter what.” At last summer's U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials, Allie Wilson officially solidified her spot as "one to watch" in the 800m. The professional runner for Atlanta Track Club Elite made it to the final round of the 800, ultimately finishing sixth. And despite not making the Olympic team, she walked away from Hayward Field proudly — and with a new personal best (1:59.02). On this episode, Allie reflects on her first Olympic Trials experience. She talks about her pre-race meltdown before the first round of competition, and talks about how she deals with race-day nerves. Allie talks about why she likes "racing under the radar," and about how she's learned not to count herself out when it matters the most. ("I may not be the fastest person going into the Trials, but I’m one of the fastest," Allie says. "And anything can happen if you put your mind to it.") Plus, all about heat training in Florida and what's on tap for 2022. SPONSOR: The Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K, all taking place on February 6, 2022. Click here to register today! What you’ll get on this episode: All about what Allie is up to in Florida right now (5:40) On Allie’s evolution as a runner (12:10) Reflecting on last summer’s U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials (15:20) How Allie learned not to count herself out (19:15) All about that first round at the Trials (24:40) How Allie was feeling heading into the semi-finals (34:40) Breaking down the 800m final at the Olympic Trials (39:00) On racing happy and loving this sport (47:30) How Allie ended up in Atlanta (53:50) What’s on tap for 2022? (58:45) Follow Allie: Instagram @allie_oop9 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
18/01/221h 7m

468. Brittany Charboneau, 2022 Dopey Challenge Champion

“It was just so magical. Like holy smokes, I did it.” Last weekend, Brittany Charboneau made Disney history by becoming the first person to ever win all four races in the Dopey Challenge. The North Face-sponsored professional runner ran four races in four days — a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon — and broke the tape at each one. And she did so in carefully curated costumes that she hand-made herself, including Elsa from Frozen 2, Bing Bong and Joy from Inside Out, and Cruella de Vil from Cruella. On this episode, Brittany talks about why she wanted to complete the Dopey Challenge after a disappointing experience at last year's Boston Marathon. She talks about getting Covid just a few weeks before the races, and about her inspiration for each race and each costume. Plus, the Colorado-based comedian talks about attending "Broadway Camp" in New York City, where she spent nine hours a day training in dance, acting, and singing — in addition to training for the Dopey Challenge. SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! What you’ll get on this episode: How Brittany’s feeling after completing the Dopey Challenge (5:30) Why Brittany wanted to run the Dopey Challenge (7:30) All about Brittany’s Dopey Challenge goals, and how she trained to run four races in four days (12:45) On getting Covid on Christmas Eve (20:15) On winning the Dopey Challenge 5K in 17:36, dressed as Elsa from Frozen 2 (22:00) On winning the Dopey Challenge 10K in 36:36, dressed as Bing Bong from Inside Out (30:15) On winning the Dopey Challenge half marathon in 1:19:18, dressed as Joy from Inside Out (36:00) On winning the Dopey Challenge marathon in 2:45:15, dressed as Cruella de Vil from 101 Cruella (48:30) All about those finish line cookies (1:05:45) What it was like getting a private tour of Walt Disney World (1:08:30) All about Broadway Camp in New York City (1:10:20) What’s next for Brittany (1:15:20) Check out: Sugar Tats Cookie Company Broadway Weekends Follow Brittany: Instagram @funnyrunner26.2 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
14/01/221h 25m

467. Dakotah Lindwurm, Puma-Sponsored Professional Runner

“That is how I always race — I’ve always got a smile on my face.” Dakotah Lindwurm runs happy. If you saw her leading the 2021 Boston Marathon — where she ultimately finished as the third American woman — you saw that smile on full display, from start to finish. And that smile just got a lot bigger, as Dakotah kicks off the new year with her first professional contract. Last week, Dakotah announced that she has officially signed with Puma, and that she will continue training with Minnesota Distance Elite. On this episode, the 2:29 marathoner (and former hockey goalie!) talks about her stellar past year on the run, which included two half-marathon personal bests and a win at Grandma's Marathon, where she also ran a personal best. She talks about being pegged as an underdog, and why she loves it, and about her goals for this weekend's Houston Half Marathon. SPONSOR: Shokz — Visit shokz.com/ontherun for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: How Dakotah’s Puma contract came together (3:15) How Dakotah’s feeling heading into her first race as a sponsored athlete (7:45) On being a happy runner (10:40) Reflecting on the 2021 Boston Marathon, and the highs and lows in Dakotah’s career so far (14:10) How Dakotah plans her racing calendar, and all about signing with an agent (23:00) The underdog mentality (26:50) All about Dakotah’s training (33:00) What Dakotah’s childhood was like, and how she got into running (38:45) All the stuff Dakotah does off the run (46:00) Dakotah’s advice for pursuing big running goals in 2022 (55:00) Check out: Minnesota Distance Elite Run the Mile You’re In by Ryan Hall Atomic Habits by James Clear Follow Dakotah: Instagram @dakotahlindwurm Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
13/01/221h 1m

466. Hiruni Wijayaratne, South Asia's Fastest Marathoner

“I feel like I’m in love again with the process of waking up early, putting my shoes on, bundling up, and going for a run. It doesn’t feel quite easy or fun all the time yet, but I’m definitely in love with the process again.” For most professional athletes, a day in the life includes running, eating, recovering, napping, resting, running again, eating again, and sleeping. But for Hiruni Wijayaratne — the 11-time Sri Lankan record holder in distances from the 5,000 meters to the marathon, and the fastest female marathoner in South Asia — running has to happen before or after her other jobs. Hiruni lives in Colorado, where she works full-time in the tech industry, coaches with Runcoach, and trains at an elite level under the coaching of Ric Rojas. On this episode, Hiruni talks about her years-long quest to qualify for Sri Lanka's Olympic marathon team, and what it's been like to fall short of that goal and break her mind, body, and spirit in the process. She talks about her struggles over the past few years, and about clawing her way back to loving running again. Most recently, Hiruni ran the California International Marathon (with training partner Nell Rojas!), where she earned her second-fastest marathon time, finishing in 2:34:22. But the road to the CIM start line wasn't easy, and today Hiruni is here to talk about what it means to bet on yourself — and how she's learned to do it. SPONSOR: The WineShine Half Marathon — Register today for the inaugural event, happening July 16, 2022. See you in Napa! What you’ll get on this episode: What it was like being in the Boulder area during the massive fires in December (4:10) All about Hiruni’s recent wedding! (11:15) What Hiruni’s job is like, what it entails, and when she runs (13:00) All about those 12 seconds at CIM (16:45) The road to CIM (18:20) What Hiruni’s relationship with running is like now (23:40) Hiruni’s high point in CIM training (28:00) Hiruni’s CIM goals (32:30) How CIM played out for Hiruni (41:35) How Hiruni learned to bet on herself (51:50) On goal setting in the new year (58:15) Check out: Nell Rojas on Episode 434 of the Ali on the Run Show Nell Rojas on Episode 431 of the Ali on the Run Show Nell Rojas on Episode 229 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Hiruni: Instagram @hiruni_w Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
11/01/221h 11m

465. The 2022 State of the Ali on the Run Show

“I don’t know what the year will bring, but I know I’m going to keep showing up for myself and for all of you.” In 2021, I released 165 episodes of the Ali on the Run Show with 134 different guests. I welcomed 10 new sponsors to the show, and maintained a strong partnership with eight longtime sponsors. In addition to the "hallmark" Thursday conversations, there was a steady stream of fun series options to choose from, including Love on the Run, On the Job, Ask Ali, What's New With You, Just Missed, Ramblings on the Run, and The Everyday Runner. After a long, pandemic-induced break, I was thrilled to return to in-person live shows in both Boston and New York City, and I hosted two virtual live shows earlier in the year. In October, the show surpassed 10 million downloads. November saw the show's single highest week of downloads, and became the show's highest-ever month of downloads. I hired a new member of the Ali on the Run Show team, and finally (finally!) created and sold merchandise. It wasn't an easy year. We were — and still are — in this pandemic. I'm still recording all of my episodes remotely, without having face-to-face conversations with the guests. I'm still trying to do a better job of navigating my role in the running industry's problems with racism and representation, and on this episode, you'll hear me acknowledge where I feel I fell short this year. Today, I offer my annual State of the Ali on the Run Show, reflecting on the past, present, and future of this podcast. I'm here (solo today, and returning with guests next week) to look back on 2021, sharing both the by-the-numbers and beyond-the-numbers looks at the past year. I touch on my personal highlight reel from 2021, and revisit my 2021 goals. I share some key takeaways from the year-end listener survey (thank you to the thousand of you who participated!), and share what you can expect from this show in 2022. SPONSOR: Shokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: The Ali on the Run Show in 2021, by the numbers (2:20) Revisiting my 2021 goals (42:50) Key takeaways from the 2021 Ali on the Run Show year-end listener survey (51:30) What you can expect from the Ali on the Run Show in 2022 (1:05:15) Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
06/01/221h 16m

464. Michelle Wolf, Comedian & Ultramarathoner

“If I’m stuck on a joke, I’ll go for a run and think about it during my run. And almost all the time, I can figure it out on the run.” Michelle Wolf is a comedian who is best known for her stand-up specials (Michelle Wolf: Joke Show on Netflix, and Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady on HBO), and her roles as a writer and on-air contributor at both The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Late Night with Seth Meyers. And though she's been successful on the comedy scene for a long time, it was her set as the headliner at the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner that really made headlines. Where was she when she got the call about being invited to the dinner? On a run. And what did she do in the aftermath, when life was, as she recalls, "tumultuous?" Go for a run. Michelle is a college high jumper turned avid distance runner, ultramarathoner, and self-proclaimed "track and field super fan." On this episode, she talks about her road to comedy fame, what her joke-writing process is like, and how she deals when rejection and feedback are essential parts of her job. Plus, all about that White House Correspondents' Dinner, including how she came up with the material, what it was like in the moment, and what happened next. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: How Michelle became a fan of the sport (6:40) On writing and telling running jokes (15:15) Is the goal as a comedian to make everyone laugh the entire time? (17:00) What Michelle was like as a kid (19:20) How Michelle went from Wall Street to comedy (25:45) What Michelle’s comedic process is like (39:40) All about the 2018 White House Correspondents’ Dinner (47:30) Why that time in Michelle’s life was so “tumultuous” (1:03:20) What hasn’t Michelle done? (1:09:55) Michelle’s advice for being more confident (1:17:55) Follow Michelle: Instagram @michelleisawolf Twitter @michelleisawolf Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
30/12/211h 28m

463. Jesse Harmon, Founder of Run Hard

A disclaimer, before we get into it: This conversation talks at great length about one man's experience with disordered eating and anorexia. We discuss his eating habits and behaviors, his weight fluctuations, and what worked for him during recovery. As always, I want you to take care of yourselves and your hearts, and if for any reason these topics are hard for you to hear about right now, please consider listening cautiously or skipping this episode. “They looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘You’re dying.’ And I didn’t believe them.” Jesse Harmon is a 12-time marathoner with a 2:58 personal best in the distance. He's a dad of four, living with his wife and kids in South Carolina, where he's the founder of Run Hard — an after-school program for kids, where the goal is to create self-confidence through running. And though Jesse is a talented runner and an eager role model, the road there hasn't been easy. In 2013, Jesse was diagnosed with anorexia. His doctors told him he was going to die if he kept living the way he was living. On this episode, Jesse shares his story — the highs, the lows, the scary parts, and the light bulb moment that got him to finally commit to recovery. Plus, where he's at now in what he calls this "lifelong race." SPONSOR: The Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K, all taking place on February 6, 2022. Click here to register today! Follow Jesse: Instagram @mrrunhard Run Hard Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
28/12/2159m 16s

462: The 2020 Virtual Live Show Holiday Party with Shalane Flanagan, Des Linden, & Aisha Praught Leer

“Holiday songs are my passion.” —Aisha Praught Leer One year ago, we closed out 2020 on the Ali on the Run Show with a holiday party of sorts. It was virtual, with a 500-person Zoom audience, a Schitt's Creek-inspired soundtrack, and an all-star guest lineup: Shalane Flanagan, Des Linden, and Aisha Praught Leer. We sat in front of our Christmas trees (Shalane wore holiday pajamas!), and indulged in 90 minutes of warm, fuzzy feelings. It felt like what we all needed at the time. And now, more than 365 days later, it seems like we might need those good feelings again. So, I'm releasing the episode to the public for the very first time. Whether you were there with us when the show first happened, or you're tuning in for the first time now, I hope this conversation brings you some holiday cheer. Shalane, Des, and Aisha talk about their holiday traditions, their earliest memories of happiness and joy, and what kept them motivated during peak pandemic times. (We also surprised Shalane, Des, and Aisha with a video that included tons of clips from their loved ones, and though you can't see the video here, listening in is still pretty fun, and you can see the names of all the guests, in order, below.) SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. The video guest list (they're all past Ali on the Run Show guests!), in order of "appearance:" Will Leer (Aisha’s husband) Laura Thweatt (Aisha’s former teammate and close friend) Courtney Frerichs (Shalane’s athlete and friend) Gwen Jorgensen (Shalane’s athlete and friend) Ryan Linden (Des’s husband) Mary Kate Shea (Des’s friend) Elise Cranny (Shalane’s athlete) Listen to Des on the Ali on the Run Show: Episode 363 Episode 205: Love on the Run with Des & Ryan Linden Episode 100 Episode 77: Live in San Diego Episode 64 Listen to Shalane on the Ali on the Run Show: Episode 438 Episode 242 Listen to Aisha on the Ali on the Run Show: Episode 415 Episode 204 Episode 197 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
23/12/211h 22m

461. Makenna Myler, Professional Distance Runner

“That seems to have diminished quite a bit since having a baby. The outcomes really don’t matter. It’s just so much more about who I’m becoming as I’m trying to reach these goals. It’s so cliché, right — the journey. But it really is true. The journey and who you’re becoming are just so much more important.” Last year, Makenna Myler went viral when she ran a mile in five minutes and 25 seconds — at nine months pregnant. On this episode, Makenna talks about that day, and about the bet she had with her husband that motivated the run. She also talks about the aftermath of going viral, and the criticism she received just days before going into labor. Today, Makenna is mom to one-year-old Kenny Lou, and she's had a strong comeback on the run. She qualified for the Olympic Track & Field Trials in the 10K, competed at the Trials and finished 14th (her goal was to finish in the top 15!), won the Deseret News Half Marathon (and set a course record in the process), and signed a professional contract with Asics. Most recently, Makenna ran the TCS New York City Marathon — and she's hungry for more. Plus, Makenna talks about her expectations about running and motherhood, and shares what the reality has been like for her. SPONSOR: UCAN. Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your entire UCAN order! What you’ll get on this episode: When Makenna gets out for her runs (5:50) Makenna’s tradition of racing a mile at important times in her life (7:10) The dare, the mile, and the aftermath (10:00) On the decision to have children when you are a professional athlete (21:00) Makenna’s expectations about running and motherhood, and how the reality compares (26:30) Makenna’s quest to qualify for the Olympic Track & Field Trials, and what it was like competing at the Trials (29:30) On signing with Asics (40:30) Makenna’s experience at this year’s New York City Marathon (48:00) What’s on Makenna’s mind now (56:30) Follow Makenna: Instagram @benzmakenz Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
21/12/211h 4m

460. Sika Henry, Professional Triathlete

“I hit a severe low. I went through a bout of depression, actually. I felt lost, in some ways. I had this dream and this goal, and I was so focused, and then I achieved it…and then it was like I didn’t have anything.” Earlier this year, Sika Henry made history, becoming the first African American woman to become a professional triathlete. She's an Ironman, an ultramarathoner (she just completed the JFK 50 Mile last month), and a Hoka-sponsored athlete. But the road to trailblazing status hasn't been without its challenges. In 2019, Sika was competing at an Ironman 70.3 event in Texas when she crashed her bike and had to be rushed to the hospital. On this episode, she recalls that day, and talks about the road to getting back on the bike, and back to herself. She talks about earning her triathlon pro card this year, and about dealing with a bout of depression afterward. Plus, all about the breakup that inspired her to get her start in triathlon (relatable!), what it was like completing the JFK 50 Mile, and why representation is so important to her. (For more from Sika, check out her recent profile in the New York Times.) SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: On working full-time and being a professional triathlete (2:15) Why Sika wanted to run the JFK 50 (5:25) Sika’s JFK 50 race plan (11:45) Sika’s JFK 50 recap (16:00) How the ultra community compares to the triathlon community, in Sika’s experience (22:00) Sika’s highlight reel (27:00) All about Sika’s family and childhood (30:15) How Sika got into triathlon (39:35) Sika’s bike accident in 2019 (41:30) All about Sika’s first Ironman at World Championships in Kona (46:50) On becoming the first African American woman to earn her triathlon pro card (50:00) Sika talks about making her pro debut (56:15) What Sika wants to do next (1:00:25) Follow Sika: Instagram @sikahenry Twitter @sika_henry Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
16/12/211h 7m

459. Sara Hall's 2021 Recap

“We all want love and belonging at the end of the day. And so when you feel like your love and belonging is threatened if you fail…at a young age I started to really become afraid of that.” We kicked off 2021 on the Ali on the Run Show with professional runner Sara Hall, and today, Sara is back to recap the highs and lows of her year, both on the run (wins and podiums!) and off (getting Covid early in the year and dealing with a long recovery). Sara talks about her win at the NYRR Mini 10K, her fifth-place finish at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials 10K, and her third-place finish at the Chicago Marathon in October. She also talks about supporting her daughters in their endeavors, whether on the sidelines at their races or in mother-daughter hip-hop classes. Plus, a look ahead at 2022 and Sara's hopes and dreams as a member of the World Championship Marathon team. SPONSOR: UCAN. Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your entire UCAN order! What you’ll get on this episode: On the pursuit of the perfect hip-hop class (4:15) On daughter Mia’s recent race and the responses to Sara’s post about it (6:15) Reflecting on running The Marathon Project one year ago (8:40) How Sara’s handling her current downtime, and what Sara’s like on the sidelines while her daughters are racing (11:35) How Sara plans and balances her race calendar (17:45) Has Sara ever felt fully satisfied after a race? (19:30) On training with Emma Coburn in Crested Butte before the Olympic Track & Field Trials (25:30) Looking back on the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials (28:00) Reflecting on this year’s Chicago Marathon, and on learning to cope with outside expectation and pressure (35:00) The moment from the Chicago Marathon that Sara remembers most (47:20) What hasn’t Sara done yet? (50:40) Sara’s High / Low / High from 2021 (56:00) Check out: Sara Hall on Episode 321 of the Ali on the Run Show Sara Hall on Episode 300 of the Ali on the Run Show Sara and Ryan Hall on Episode 144 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Sara:  Instagram @sarahall3 Twitter @sarahall3 Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
15/12/211h 0m

458. The Everyday Runners, Julia Berteletti & Robyn Mayer

“Women really only get tougher. I’ve figured that out myself, and I’ve figured that out watching others. I don’t really put a limit at this point of what being a mom and being a runner means anymore.” Welcome to the fifth and final episode in Season 2 of the Everyday Runner series. And today, we're getting a two-for-one deal, with Denver-based running best friends Robyn Mayer and Julia Berteletti! This warm-fuzzy-filled episode is all about the power of female friendships, both on the run and beyond. Julia and Robyn met through Twitter (remember those days?!) a decade ago, and eventually met in real life when they both moved to Colorado and started working out with November Project. On this episode, they share their real-life meet-cute moment, and talk about why they hit it off right away. They talk about their expectations about running after having children, and about the reality. Julia is mom to three-year-old Max, and talks about her hopes to have a second child, and the three miscarriages she has suffered along the way. Robyn is mom to two-year-old Rosie, and talks about her experience with Crohn's disease and how it affects her every day. Both women just ran CIM as their first marathons since becoming moms, so they reflect on how marathon training is different with a little one at home when you are also working full-time outside the home. Plus, what they talk about on the run together, and all about their Shalane Flanagan and Abby Wambach moment at CIM. SPONSOR: COROS — Use code ONTHERUN for a free keychain watch charger with the purchase of any watch! What you’ll get on this episode: Julia and Robyn share their CIM recaps (5:00) What it was like marathon training as a parent vs. pre-parenthood training (19:30) Robyn’s experience with Crohn’s disease (24:15) What Young Julia was like (29:25) What Young Robyn was like (30:40) How Julia and Robyn each found running (34:15) How Julia and Robyn met (40:20) When Julia and Robyn get their runs in (46:40) On family planning when you’re a runner with big dreams and goals (49:10) The running highlight reels, and what Julia and Robyn are looking forward to and dreaming about now (53:30) Follow Julia: Instagram @griffeletti Follow Robyn: Instagram @rbbirdie Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
14/12/211h 11m

457. Ask Ali!

"I know that for me to run well, I need to be happy, I need to not be stressed, I need to be relaxed, and I need to know that the time on the clock does not define me as a human." Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around — the last Ask Ali of the year! — we’ve got listener questions about early morning running, my favorite winter running gear, what to do when training feels discouraging, how I decide who to feature on the podcast, and more. Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! You asked: Tips for morning running (3:00) What I wear when I run in the dark (10:00) My favorite pieces of running gear (14:45) My favorite running songs and playlists (17:50) What to do when you’re feeling discouraged instead of empowered after a workout (23:25) How I decide who to interview on the show, and how I get in touch with them (31:45) What to look for in a running coach (38:50) I mentioned: Amphipod light vest Noxgear light vest Millennium Running code Headlamp Hoka Cliftons lululemon socks lululemon Base Pace tight Tracksmith Brighton Base Layer Down For It All vest and jacket lululemon earwarmer lululemon gloves lululemon Wunder Train Long Line bra Ali's Spotify playlists Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
10/12/2145m 24s

456. Talya Minsberg, New York Times Sports Editor

“It was so cool, and so weird, and it’s still hard to describe.” For many sports journalists — especially the ones who cover running — New York City Marathon week is arguably the busiest of the year. That was certainly true for New York Times sports editor Talya Minsberg, who not only covered the race and many of the stories leading up to it, but also ran the marathon herself (and earned a Boston Marathon qualifying time in the process!). On this episode, Talya reflects on that week, sharing the stories she was most excited to tell (notably, the one about Tommy Rivers Puzey's comeback), and stories from her own race. She talks about what her days look like writing, editing, and managing the NYT Running newsletter. Plus, tales from the Met Gala, the Tokyo Olympics, and the Times comment section. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: What’s making Talya happy right now? (5:00) What Talya’s busiest week of the year was like (6:00) All about that Tommy Rivers Puzey story (14:30) What Talya’s reporting process is like (18:45) The stories that give Talya butterflies (24:50) What it was like running the virtual NYC Marathon in 2020, and how it compared to this year’s in-person race (29:00) What it was like being at the Tokyo Olympics this summer (31:30) Talya shares her career highlight reel (40:00) What Talya was like growing up, and how she got the job at the New York Times (45:00) On being a comment moderator for the New York Times (53:40) How Talya spends her days now (55:50) Talya’s take on the uneven coverage of women’s vs. men’s sports in the media (57:15) The running stories Talya is excited about right now (1:03:30) The New York Times piece Talya thinks everyone should read (1:07:30) Check out: Erin Azar in the New York Times Tommy Rivers Puzey in the New York Times "Why Are American Women Running Faster Than Ever? We Asked Them — Hundreds of Them" Follow Talya: Instagram @tminsberg Twitter @tminsberg Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
09/12/211h 18m

455. The Everyday Runner, Molly Burke

“We all just decided, we need to keep moving. We can’t just stay here and wallow in this. Obviously we’ll still be grieving, but we all made the decision that we had to just do the best we could.” Today's episode in the Everyday Runner series is extra special: Molly Burke is here, and she is the newest member of the Ali on the Run Show team! (Merch! Events! A retreat! A live show tour! All in the works, thanks to Molly!) Molly's story — both on the run and off — is a powerful one. On this episode, Molly talks about her family, about her dad (Brian Burke, president of hockey operations for the Pittsburgh Penguins) being big time in the NHL, and about the close bond she shares with her siblings. She talks about the impact her dad's very public career had on her and her siblings growing up, and shares the story of her brother, Brendan, privately and publicly coming out as gay, and being the first NHL-affiliated person to do so. Tragically, Brendan was killed in a car accident just three months later. Molly talks about leaning into running as a way to help cope with her grief, and talks about being an advocate and ally for the LGBTQ+ community. (Come for the inspiration. Stay for the story about 19-year-old Molly getting kicked out of a Bruins game for standing up to a group of men using homophobic slurs.) Plus, Molly talks about her career working at Edelman and TripAdvisor, and talks about why she was hesitant to join a run group or group fitness class — and how she got over it. SPONSOR: COROS — Use code ONTHERUN for a free keychain watch charger with the purchase of any watch! What you’ll get on this episode: What running looks like for Molly right now (4:45) What Molly’s childhood was like (14:30) How Molly is like her dad, and how she’s like her mom (23:10) All about Molly’s brother, Brendan (25:00) How Molly found running (42:00) On being an advocate and ally for the LGBTQ+ community (49:30) What it was like running the virtual Boston Marathon last year, and raising more than $11,000 for You Can Play (54:00) Molly’s running and racing highlights (1:01:30) Check out: Katie Burke on Episode 327 of the Ali on the Run Show Katie Burke on Episode 252 of the Ali on the Run Show Katie Burke on Episode 84 of the Ali on the Run Show Katie Burke on Episode 70 of the Ali on the Run Show MyStryd Boston "We love you, this won't change a thing." You Can Play Project Follow Molly: Instagram @mollysburke Twitter @mollysburke Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
07/12/211h 21m

454. Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt

“I ran that fresh off a breakup, fueled by vodka and cute bartenders. I was not in a good headspace, and I rage ran — and I loved it. But now, I run better when I'm very happy.” We're back! After an eight-month hiatus, Ramblings on the Run returns! On these episodes, Matt Chittim — host of the Rambling Runner podcast and the Road to the Trials podcast — and I catch up on how our running is going, share what we’re loving right now, and talk about what we’re excited about. And then, in our fourth segment, we play a game of "High, Low, High," sharing our high and low points from 2021 both personally and in the running industry. SPONSOR: The Run Show USA — Use code ONTHERUN to get free admission to The Run Show in Boston, happening January 29–30, 2022. What we mention on this episode: In It for the Long Run by Damian Hall Be There in Five podcast Grayson Murphy on Episode 450 of the Ali on the Run Show My 2021 New York City Marathon Experience Follow Matt:  Instagram @rambling_runner Rambling Runner podcast Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
06/12/211h 5m

453. Ask Ali!

"Get holiday cheer whenever and wherever and however you want. I support that. I support all of the cheer and sparkles and glitter." Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about my relationship with my mom, how I got into running, holiday celebrations, merchandise, and more. (Plus, a very special guest!) Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! You asked: How did my mom and I become so close? (2:30) What happened to Ramblings on the Run? (22:30) How did I get into running? (23:50) Have I ever considered having Ali on the Run merchandise? (29:45) Do I really not drink coffee? (33:15) Team holiday music after Halloween or Thanksgiving? (35:50) Will I be doing another listener survey? (39:30) Check out: My Running Story Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
03/12/2146m 4s

452. Alexi Pappas, New York City Marathoner

Photo by Stone Malick. “I just started to leap — like a prancing dancer across one of the intersections. And the crowd just lit up and went crazy… And I realized, this is fun!” There were more than 30,000 runners at this year's New York City Marathon. But it feels safe to say that no one had more fun on that course than professional runner and Olympian Alexi Pappas. On this episode, Alexi recounts her joyful journey from Staten Island to Central Park. She talks about her plans and goals for the day, and shares the story of how she made a friend — Vito — at mile three, with whom she went on to run the entire rest of the race. She talks about leaning into fun, about channeling her true inner self on the run, and about the life-changing advice she got from Jenny Simpson after the race. Plus, how she's coped with the post-marathon comedown, and why she wants people to stop asking professional runners what's next. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: The New York City Marathon comedown (4:00) Alexi’s favorite moment from the marathon (12:35) On marrying competitive drive and joy (26:30) All about running with Vito (32:30) The finish line feeling (35:00) Alexi’s advice for how to make your next race more fun (42:30) Check out: Alexi Pappas on Episode 330 of the Ali on the Run Show Alexi Pappas on Episode 296 of the Ali on the Run Show Alexi Pappas on Episode 163 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Alexi: Instagram @alexipappas Twitter @alexipappas Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
02/12/2149m 23s

451. The Everyday Runner, Lara Kondor

“I just had to keep moving forward… I never let myself stop and wallow in it, because I was afraid that if I did, I’d never stop. I just had to keep going. So I did.” Lara Kondor is — and always has been — tough. She's a 46-year-old ultra-running mom of three who lives in New Hampshire, and on this episode, she talks about how she found running, and about the powerful role running has played in her life. Lara is a 13-time marathoner and nine-time ultramarathoner, with dreams of hitting the 100-mile mark in a single event. (Her longest so far is 92 miles at The Hamsterwheel 24-hour race.) Both on the run and off, Lara is a full-time caregiver for her oldest child, Noah, who is 25 and was diagnosed with autism at three years old. Noah is mostly nonverbal, but running has given him a new way to communicate. In this conversation, Lara talks about Noah's diagnosis, about new motherhood, and about how they started running together. She talks about asking for help, about accepting help, and about seeing Noah thrive (and get faster!) on the run. SPONSOR: COROS — Use code ONTHERUN for a free keychain watch charger with the purchase of any watch! What you’ll get on this episode: All about Lara’s childhood growing up in Florida (4:15) On having children at a young age, and what it was like getting Noah’s autism diagnosis when he was three years old (6:20) How Lara found running (17:25) Why Lara loves running ultras — on a track (31:40) How Noah found running (36:00) Why Lara and Noah joined the Millennium Running Club (42:30) What’s next for Lara and Noah? (55:40) Check out: Clearwater Running Festival Melissa Cummings on Episode 375 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Lara: Instagram @lara_runs_in_circles Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
30/11/211h 16m

450. Grayson Murphy, Mountain Running World Champion

“If I can make someone else get comfortable and they can get the help they need, that seems like mission accomplished to me.” Grayson Murphy just may be the most versatile professional runner in the country right now. This year alone, Grayson has taken home wins on the trails, the track, and the roads. She won Saucony's Fast Future 10K in Germany, won her heat in the 3000m steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials (and ultimately finished sixth in the finals), won the USATF Mountain Running Championships, won the Deseret News 10K, and earned herself a personal best in the mile. On this episode, we cover all of the highlights from Grayson's fast, fun year, and talk about the tough stuff along the way. Grayson talks about dealing with race anxiety, shares her thoughts on the emotional side of running, and offers advice for thriving in a long-distance relationship. (Yay love language talk!) She talks about her passion for rest days, her love for journaling (check out her line of 2022 planners here!), and what's next on the run. (Hint: The word marathon came up an awful lot in this conversation...) SPONSOR: The WineShine Half Marathon — Register today for the inaugural event, happening July 16, 2022. See you in Napa! What you’ll get on this episode: All about Grayson’s morning run (3:00) Grayson talks about her race at the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K in New York City (4:30) Riding in the lead vehicle during the TCS New York City Marathon — and Grayson’s thoughts on an eventual marathon debut (6:20) Now what? (13:10) Why Grayson loves rest days (15:20) Grayson’s 2021 highlight reel, and what makes racing fun for her (21:20) All about Grayson’s line of planners, and her own mental health journey (24:40) How Grayson processed this summer’s U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials outcome (32:45) Grayson’s favorite drug testing story (41:30) The anti-highlight reel (43:00) Trail running vs. the roads and the track (46:40) How Grayson reflects on her decision to leave HOKA and NAZ Elite after a year at the beginning of her professional career (48:45) Grayson’s biggest hopes and dreams, on the run and off (52:40) Follow Grayson: Instagram @racin__grayson Twitter @racin__grayson Website Buy her planners! Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
29/11/211h 1m

449. Elyse Kopecky, Marathoner

"There was never a low point for me. Is that weird?!" Two weeks before this year's New York City Marathon, Elyse Kopecky was on the Ali on the Run Show with best friend Shalane Flanagan, talking all about their NYC Marathon plans and dreams, and about the release of their third cookbook, Rise & Run. Now, Elyse is back — and she's officially a marathoner! On this episode, Elyse shares every detail of her debut marathon experience. She talks about the highs and lows of training, about the struggle of being a mom pulled in many directions at all times, and about traveling to New York City alone. She reflects on the excitement of Rise & Run becoming a New York Times best-seller the same week as the marathon, and breaks down her race week. Then, she talks about lining up on the top of the Verrazzano Bridge next to Shalane, and about meeting her at the finish line 3 hours, 32 minutes, and 28 seconds later. Plus, all the excitement of the 26.2 miles in between. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: On Rise & Run making the New York Times best-seller list the week of the marathon (3:00) Elyse shares her pre-NYC knowledge (5:00) The highs and lows of training (8:00) All the new things Elyse did before race day (11:15) What it was like lining up at the start line next to Shalane (16:30) All about the race! (20:00) That finish line feeling (29:30) How Elyse celebrated her marathon finish (34:00) “The biggest thing that was new on race day” (39:45) Now what? (44:30) Follow Elyse: Instagram @ElyseKopecky Twitter @ElyseKopecky Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
24/11/2149m 27s

448. The Everyday Runner, Adalgisa Rivera

"I just loved what I saw. I felt seen. I felt heard. There were so many people that looked like me, or they had similar journeys. They were in a transitional point in their lives, and fitness was part of that. So I just kept coming back." This week on the Everyday Runner series, meet Adalgisa (best known as "Lisa") Rivera. Not only did Lisa and I record this episode just a few days after she completed the New York City Marathon, we also did so on Veteran's Day — an especially meaningful day for Lisa, who served in the U.S. Army National Guard for eight years. On this episode, Lisa shares her emotional NYC Marathon recap, and talks about how she first found running several years ago. (It involved being dragged to a Harlem Run workout "kicking and screaming." Fast forward a few years, and Lisa is now a five-time marathoner and pacer for Harlem Run.) She talks about her childhood, and about discovering the importance of community. And she talks about getting her master's degree in social work, and pursuing a career working in child welfare. Plus, all about her experience at the TransRockies Run this summer (and why she wants to double that distance in 2022), and why it's so important for Lisa to be a "change agent" in her community. SPONSOR: COROS — Use code ONTHERUN for a free keychain watch charger with the purchase of any watch! What you’ll get on this episode: Lisa reflects on her time serving in the military (4:10) Lisa’s emotional New York City Marathon recap (17:00) What Lisa’s childhood was like, and how she got into social work (27:00) How Lisa found running (39:30) What’s next for Lisa? (59:50) Follow Lisa: Instagram @lovelylisa125 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
23/11/211h 17m

447. Cortney White, Professional Photographer

"This was something I would never pass up. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to document these moments." Cortney White has a unique lens on the running world — literally. Cortney is a professional photographer who just spent the past two months on the road with Shalane Flanagan, documenting every step of her Project Eclipse journey. On this episode, Cortney talks about how she got involved with this project, and shares her own highlights, challenges, and most memorable moments from the six-marathons-in-six-cities experience. She also talks about getting started in the industry, about the camaraderie among running photographers, and about why she wants to get cameras in the hands of more women. Plus, behind-the-scenes stories from her adventures, all about her #vanlife, and her answer to whether she's ever missed a major moment on camera. SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! What you’ll get on this episode: All about Cortney’s #vanlife (4:00) How Cortney got involved with Project Eclipse (6:00) Seeing that giant billboard in NYC (12:30) The logistical side of Project Eclipse (15:20) Cortney’s favorite photo from Project Eclipse (29:45) Project Eclipse superlatives! (32:55) The camaraderie among professional photographers (35:30) All about that Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle moment at the New York City Marathon (48:50) How Cortney got her start as a photographer (51:50) On working with the Bowerman Track Club during a difficult year (59:45) Cortney’s favorite part of the job and the ultimate dream assignment (1:02:30) Follow Cortney: Instagram @cortneywhite_ Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
19/11/211h 13m

446. Erin "Mrs. Space Cadet" Azar, New York City Marathoner

"My whole life, I didn’t think I was funny or anything. So when people say that, or when they say I inspire them, my brain is immediately like, 'No, no you don't, don’t listen, they’re lying!' The New York City Marathon completely changed that for me. Meeting people in person for the first time…it really made it real for me." She's baaaaack — and this time, she's a New York City Marathoner! Erin Azar — best known online as Mrs. Space Cadet — became a viral sensation when she started running after having her third child, documenting the process for her TikTok and YouTube fans. Erin was on the Ali on the Run Show in February talking about her rise to internet superstardom. Now, she returns to the show as an official New York City Marathoner. On this episode, Erin shares all the details from her New York City experience, from the pre-race adventures on foot to the journey to the start line, and every meaningful step in between the Verrazzano Bridge and the finish line. Along the way, Erin raised more than $76,000 for Team Fox, which supports Parkinson's disease research — a cause close to Erin's heart, since her dad lives with Parkinson's. (Her goal is to hit $100,000, and they are accepting donations until the end of the month. Click here to help get Erin a few dollars closer to $100K!) Watch Erin's full recap from the day here. Dare you not to cry at the 13-minute mark! SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: How it feels to be a New York City Marathoner (2:30) The moment from NYC that Erin keeps going back to in her mind (6:00) Erin’s journey to the New York City Marathon (12:30) Training reflections (17:15) How the day before the race played out (25:00) The journey to the start line (33:45) What was going through Erin’s head at the start, and what she thought about the Verrazzano Bridge (40:00) Erin’s journey through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx (44:00) That finish line feeling (59:00) All about appearing on the Today show on Marathon Monday (1:05:00) What’s next for Erin? (1:09:00) Follow Erin: Instagram @immrsspacecadet TikTok @mrs.space.cadet YouTube Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
18/11/211h 14m

445. The Everyday Runner, Chloe Rosen

“Running doesn’t break us. It teaches us to bend.” By very popular demand: Welcome to Season 2 of The Everyday Runner series! For the next five weeks, we'll hear from runners who are just like you and me. They are women who love running and who care about it deeply — but they don't do this professionally, and they have jobs, families, responsibilities, and busy lives off the run. They are the everyday runner. To kick off Season 2, meet Chloe Rosen! Chloe is the real-life runner behind the popular "Your Best Running Friend" Instagram account. And no wonder it's funny: Chloe is an actor and comedian whose work has been featured on Comedy Central, Funny or Die, and College Humor! (Check out her hit web series "Dating My TV.") On this episode, Chloe talks about her road to improv and sketch comedy greatness, and about how she found running along the way. (It involves a breakup. Relatable!) She talks about how her relationship with her body has ebbed and flowed over the years, about learning not to compare herself to Past Chloe, and about how she was feeling before running the New York City Marathon last weekend. SPONSOR: COROS — Use code ONTHERUN for a free keychain watch charger with the purchase of any COROS watch! What you’ll get on this episode: On the post-wedding comedown — and how it compares to the post-race comedown (5:15) What Chloe’s childhood was like (10:15) On teaching English in India, and how it changed Chloe’s life (22:25) How Chloe broke into comedy (31:20) How Chloe found running (44:25) All about “Your Best Running Friend” (50:00) How Chloe’s relationship with running has evolved (58:50) Pre-NYC Marathon thoughts (1:06:15) Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
16/11/211h 22m

444. Emma Bates, 2nd Place Finisher at the Chicago Marathon

“I really want to represent the country, and I want to make that the focus of my entire year.” Last month, Emma Bates was among the thousands of runners who ran the Chicago Marathon on a very hot, very humid day. But the weather didn't bring her down: Emma finished second that day, earning herself a spot on the podium and a new personal best time in the marathon (2:24:20). On this episode, the professional runner for Asics reflects on that day in Chicago, and shares the lessons she learned when the running got tough. She talks about her emotional 2020, including missing a spot on Team USA at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and then traveling to Europe afterward and getting a bad case of Covid-19 (which she hates talking about). Then, she talks about returning to the roads for the Marathon Project, and about her decision to join Team Boss and to be coached by Joe Bosshard. Plus, all about her weekend spectating at the TCS New York City Marathon (where she was best friend Laura Thweatt's "person"), and her excitement about earning a spot on next year's world championship team in the marathon. SPONSOR: Napa Valley Marathon & Half Marathon — Registration is now open for next year's races. Click the link and secure your spot today for these fast, scenic races on March 6, 2022. What you’ll get on this episode: On being Laura Thweatt’s “person” during the New York City Marathon (4:00) How Emma celebrated after the Chicago Marathon, and how recovery is going (12:00) Emma’s 2022 plans, hopes, and dreams (18:30) What Emma remembers most from Chicago (21:10) Emma’s pre-race conversation with coach Joe Bosshard, what Emma’s like on race day, and all about “methodical patience” (25:30) When the race got hard (29:00) On running and grief (33:00) What the last mile of the Chicago Marathon was like, and what happened after the race (36:00) Reflecting on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and getting Covid after (45:00) Reflecting on the 2020 Marathon Project (51:00) All about joining Team Boss (52:00) On being an emotional runner (1:00:00) What’s next for Emma? (1:02:00) Follow Emma: Instagram @emmajanelbates Twitter @emmajbates Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
12/11/211h 11m

443. My 2021 New York City Marathon Experience

“I love what I do. I didn’t know any of these jobs existed a few years ago. I didn’t know I could be a podcaster, I didn’t know I could be a race announcer. Now that I’m not only doing them, but I feel really fulfilled…and I know that can be fleeting. So I’m really basking in it.” After more than 700 days, the TCS New York City Marathon was back this weekend! And I had the best week ever — without even running the marathon! On this episode, I'm talking all about my week in New York City, where I did my best to master the balance between work and pleasure. (I'm giving myself a solid A+ on that assignment.) I talk (in excessive detail) about all of the work and all of the play, from live shows and finish line race announcing to earning a new 5K PR, galavanting around the city, and seeing as many friends as possible. And, unsurprisingly, I shed a few tears along the way. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: All about my week in New York City (1:45) Listener Q&A (1:08:45) Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
11/11/211h 40m

442. LIVE from the New York City Marathon

"I wasn't going to let a few bad laps on a circle in Asia redefine how I feel about myself. And I've been that way with the good things, too. The last Olympics, I was on a circle in South America and it went differently, it went great. And it's fun, and it's way more fun to do well, but also, this is a game. I'm choosing to commit my life to this game, and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose." It's New York City Marathon week! And I had the pleasure of getting to host a live show with New Balance at the 1 Hotel Central Park South with an all-star panel of guests: professional athletes Emma Coburn and Dani Jones, Peloton instructor Selena Samuela, and Stolen Starts ambassador Lizeth Aparicio. This wide-ranging conversation covered everything from the highlight reel to the blooper reel. Emma talked about processing this year's Olympics, Dani talked about transitioning from a college all-star to a professional athlete, Selena talked about the pressure to perform live to thousands of fans, and Lizeth talked about the intersection of running and activism in her life. Big thanks to everyone who joined us in that beautiful room, and good luck to everyone running the greatest marathon in the world. You got this! SPONSOR: New Balance. Click here to learn all about the conversations New Balance is having to promote mental wellness. Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
06/11/211h 20m

441. Ask Ali!

"I don’t 'have it all.' I have toilet paper in my pocket for Crohn’s disease emergencies." Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about "having it all," wedding planning, early morning races, podcast sponsorship, and more. Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! You asked: On the topic of “having it all” (6:10) All about wedding planning (16:25) All about the 2022 Clearwater Running Festival (24:30) How would I pick the marathon world teams? (30:50) My must-haves for a one-year-old child (34:40) How to prepare for an early race start (39:50) What does it mean when a podcast episode is sponsored? (42:55) Check out: Clearwater Running Festival (Use code ONTHERUN for 20% off all distances!) Sheraton Sand Key Resort Fast Women newsletter Stacking cups Fisher-Price walker Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
05/11/2148m 36s

440. Catching Up with Laura Thweatt

"I can do this. I am more capable than I give myself credit for. I can bet on myself. I can show up on race day, on that start line, and be confident in what I’ve done and know there’s no reason why I can’t go out there and have the race of my life." The last time Laura Thweatt was on the Ali on the Run Show, she had just finished fifth at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta. (Listen to that episode here.) She was running professionally for Saucony (still true) and training with coach Joe Bosshard and the Team Boss crew in Boulder, CO (no longer true!). On this episode, Laura offers an update on life after Team Boss. She talks about her decision to step away from her training group, and shares the news about her new coach and training plan. She also talks all about the work she's done leading up to this weekend's New York City Marathon. Laura is a 2:25 marathoner who made her marathon debut in New York City in 2015. Now, she's heading back to the start line in Staten Island with big goals, big dreams, and some big life changes happening behind the scenes. Plus, reality TV talk, Laura's hilarious story of her interaction with Des Linden after the Trials, and so much more. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. Follow Laura: Instagram @lthweatt Twitter @thweatt11 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
04/11/211h 19m

439. Dr. Abby Bales Takeover Edition

"You’re honestly doing a really good job. I know all you see is all the ways you think you’re failing. But I promise, you’re doing OK, and no one has it all figured out, despite what you see on Instagram! Stop scrolling. Read a book." In 2019, I interviewed Dr. Abby Bales — a pelvic floor physical therapist and the owner and founder of Reform Physical Therapy — as part of the Ali on the Run Show's Motherhood Mondays series. Ever since, Abby has asked when I would be willing to flip the script; when I would be willing to hand over the microphone so I could answer her questions. And today is that day. Welcome to the Dr. Abby on the Run Show! On this episode, Abby is in control, asking me questions about Crohn's disease, motherhood, life with a chronic illness, running, career stuff, and how they all intersect. (Listen to Dr. Abby's previous conversations on the Ali on the Run Show here, here, and here.) SPONSOR: The AGA IBD Parenthood Project — Follow the link for resources and support on your own journey navigating parenthood and life with an inflammatory bowel disease. What you’ll get on this episode: Why now? (4:40) My Crohn’s disease story (7:45) On Crohn’s and the decision to have children (10:45) My experience with postpartum anxiety… (16:00) …and my decision to finally start therapy (20:45) On having a support system (29:30) Do I worry about Annie getting Crohn’s? (36:15) Talking to Annie about feelings (48:20) How having a chronic illness has made me more resilient, and helped me better relate with people (52:00) How Crohn’s disease has affected my career (58:00) How living in New Hampshire has helped my health (1:01:15) What goals now seem possible? (1:06:00) Follow Abby & Reform Physical Therapy:  Instagram @reformptnyc Facebook Twitter @reformptnyc Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
02/11/211h 24m

438. Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky, Best Friends & Best-Selling Authors

"It’s been fun to stand on the start line with really good friends and just feel like we’re a team, in this together." Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky are best friends — best friends who run, bake, and co-author best-selling cookbooks together! On this episode, Shalane and Elyse are here to talk about their latest cookbook (available now!), Rise & Run. They talk about the unexpected success and popularity of their Superhero Muffins, and admit that they never thought anyone would publish their first cookbook (Run Fast, Eat Slow), let alone turn it into a three-book series. They share their friendship story (and stories about tequila), talk about how motherhood has changed their relationship, and talk about how they're celebrating their 40th birthdays this year. Shalane talks about Project Eclipse — her quest to run all six World Marathon Majors in 42 days — and about how she's feeling heading in her sixth and final race, the New York City Marathon next weekend. And Elyse talks about training for her marathon debut, also in NYC. Lots to celebrate on this episode, from muffins and marathons to motherhood and more! SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: How Shalane and Elyse are feeling heading into the New York City Marathon (4:30) All about Rise & Run (7:15) Shalane talks “taper” (14:45) Shalane and Elyse talk NYC Marathon plans (20:20) Shalane and Elyse share their friendship story (24:40) What runs with Shalane and Elyse are like (35:00) How Shalane and Elyse’s friendship has changed since becoming mothers (39:35) On Shalane’s “runway looks” for Project Eclipse (48:40) Shalane reflects on her Project Eclipse training (55:50) Shalane’s New York City Marathon advice (58:15) Why Rise & Run is dedicated to parents and caregivers (1:04:45) FOR MORE: Listen to Shalane on Episode 242 of the Ali on the Run Show. Follow Shalane: Instagram @shalaneflanagan Twitter @shalaneflanagan Facebook Follow Elyse: Instagram @ElyseKopecky Twitter @ElyseKopecky Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
28/10/211h 20m

437. The CIM OTQ Pacers Take on the Boston Marathon

“You have to honor the race by going and trying to do the best you possibly can.” In December 2019, three men — Menso de Jong, Chris Stehula, and Ken Rakestraw — led 72 women to Olympic Trials qualifying times at the California International Marathon. Soon after, they came on the Ali on the Run Show to share their stories. Before CIM, neither Menso, Chris, nor Ken had ever run 2:45 marathons before. But that day, they pulled it off. And, in the process of doing so, they each earned themselves Boston Marathon qualifying times. So now, Menso, Chris, and Ken are back on the Ali on the Run Show for another race recap episode — but this one is different. This time, the only people they were pacing were themselves, and there were plenty of highs, lows, and backward walks along the way. Enjoy hearing about their race day strategies (most of which did not go according to plan), what the rolling start in Boston was really like, and what lessons they learned on the course that day. SPONSOR: The WineShine Half Marathon — Register today for the inaugural event, happening July 16, 2022. See you in Napa! What you’ll get on this episode: How everyone’s feeling after Boston (6:45) The desire to run Boston (10:30) What training for Boston looked like (13:30) Everyone’s plans for Boston (26:45) What the start was like (37:00) How the race broke down for everyone (44:15) Highs and lows from the day (52:25) Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
26/10/211h 8m

436. CJ Albertson, "The Guy Who Led the Boston Marathon for 21 Miles"

“It was a win-win either way. If they go with me, they’re running my race, and that’s great. And if they don’t go with me, I have a huge lead at Boston, and that’s pretty awesome, too!” If you watched the 2021 Boston Marathon, you got to know CJ Albertson — or at least his face — pretty well. That's because CJ, who runs professionally for Brooks Running, took the lead in the men's elite race right from the start, and held it for 21 miles. He ran solo that entire time, gapping the rest of the field by two minutes at one point. After 21 miles, the pack caught up to CJ — who was also celebrating his birthday that day — but he was able to hang in and ultimately finished 10th. Those 21 miles at the front may have put CJ on the Boston map, but he's hardly new to the running scene. The California native is a 2:11 marathoner and cross-country and track coach at Clovis Community College. In 2019, he completed the indoor marathon world record challenge in 2 hours 17 minutes and 59 seconds. (That's 26.2 miles, indoors, on a 200-meter track!) Then, in 2020, CJ set an all-surface 50K world best time of 2:42:30, which he also ran on a track. CJ loves pursuing the fun side of running, and is always up for a challenge, whether it's leading the Boston Marathon or topping the leaderboard of every Peloton class he takes. All that and more, on this episode of the Ali on the Run Show. SPONSOR: UCAN. Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your entire UCAN order! What you’ll get on this episode: What CJ’s Boston recovery has been like (2:30) On feeling like a star (6:30) What the day before the race was like (8:30) On praying before the race (17:00) What it was like walking to the start line (23:50) CJ’s race plan, and how it played out (26:20) On gapping the field — by two minutes — and eventually getting caught by the pack (35:15) That finish line feeling (48:15) CJ’s love for Peloton (50:55) What’s next? (57:40) Follow CJ: Instagram @cjalbertson Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
25/10/211h 4m

435. Ask Ali!

“I think being sensitive can be a strength in many ways. It’s OK to be sensitive. It’s OK to be emotional. It’s OK to have feelings. It’s OK to care.” Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about Center Stage (best movie ever), my ideal desserts, recent impulse purchases, finding a running coach, dealing with difficult people, and more. Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! You asked: Will I ever come run CIM? (4:30) Which character from Center Stage would I love to hang out with? (7:35) My ideal dessert bracket (10:55) My best recent impulse buy (15:05) How to find a running coach (19:45) How to deal with unkind people (23:20) What to know about running the Manchester City Marathon (31:30) Check out: High-rise flare jeans! Chunky boots! Mary Johnson on Episode 195 of the Ali on the Run Show Kaitlin Goodman on Episode 160 of the Ali on the Run Show Manchester City Marathon Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
22/10/2137m 24s

434. Nell Rojas, 2021 Boston Marathon Recap

“I hope that brands see the value in me and my future in running and what I have to offer to the running community.” On October 11, Nell Rojas ran her fourth marathon. In her Boston Marathon debut, Nell finished sixth overall, ran a personal best time of 2:27, and was the first American woman across the finish line. We heard from Nell before the race, and now she's back to recap every detail of race day. On this episode, Nell shares how she was feeling heading into the race, what race morning was like, and what it was like doing breathing exercises in a church nursery. She reflects on why her goal was to be first American that day, what that goal means to her now, and whether or not it matters. Plus, she shares fun stories from her post-race interviews and talks about what's next. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Was Boston the best day of Nell’s life? (2:45) How Nell spent the day before the race (7:15) On lining up behind Des Linden at the start, and what the pre-race technical meetings are like (10:45) Choosing a race day outfit (15:00) How Nell was feeling on race morning (18:20) Nell’s goals and her plan for race day (23:45) Why Nell’s goal was to be top American at Boston (32:20) How Nell’s race played out (38:25) The finish line experience (48:00) On being unsponsored, and what happens next (50:50) Nell answers a listener question about protein (54:20) What’s next? (57:00) Follow Nell: Instagram @nell_rojas_running Twitter @nellrojas Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
21/10/211h 1m

433. Jason Suarez, Professional Sports Photographer @notafraid2fail

“I just turned around and it was like, oh man, I’m an Olympic photographer. With that one click.” Jason Suarez — also known as @notafraid2fail — is one of the best, most sought-after photographers in running today. He has shot nearly every track and field event, every major marathon, and every athlete you know, love, and follow in this sport. And we recorded this conversation just a few days after Jason returned from a true dream-come-true experience: being an official photographer at the Olympic Games. He shot the track and field events inside Olympic Stadium, and dabbled in shooting new events, including gymnastics and swimming. But the Queens-born-and-raised former collegiate sprinter turned marathoner never planned for or expected this life. On this episode, Jason talks about his career trajectory — in addition to being a professional photographer, he also works for Apple — and about the importance of networking, relationships, and being a good person along the way. He talks about breaking into the industry, and shares his career highlights, including spending a week in Kenya with Eliud Kipchoge. Plus, he talks about feeling burned out and about questioning his next moves as a photographer. SPONSOR: UCAN. Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your entire UCAN order! What you’ll get on this episode: What it means to be “notafraid2fail” (3:45) The significance of Jason’s laptop background (6:30) How and why Jason got to go to the Tokyo Olympics (7:45) On learning the ropes in Tokyo (12:25) The business side of being a freelance sports photographer (22:00) When Jason realized his dream was coming true (28:00) Jason’s running story (30:45) How Jason got his start in photography (37:30) Jason’s highlight reel (45:30) All about the Pansa Boyz! (51:00) What’s next for Jason, on the run and behind the lens (59:35) Why Jason loves shooting marathons (1:08:15) Jason’s advice for taking better photos (1:15:00) Follow Jason: Instagram @notafraid2fail Twitter @notafraid2fail Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
19/10/211h 22m

432. Shayla Martin, Breast Cancer Survivor

“In my gut, I knew my life was about to change.” Shayla Martin has a lot to celebrate right now. First, her 43rd birthday. Then, a spontaneous experience dancing onstage at a concert with Diplo. And, perhaps most importantly, her three-year anniversary of being cancer-free. On this episode, meet two-time marathoner Shayla Martin, a woman who is always joyful, smiling, and seeking a good time. But in 2017, at just 39 years old, Shayla's world was rocked when she found a lump in her breast that turned out to be breast cancer. Here, Shayla shares her cancer story, which included a mastectomy, chemo, radiation, and three breast reconstruction surgeries. She talks about how cancer changed her relationship with her body, and why, in her forties, she decided to pursue therapy for the very first time. She talks about living her best life at Burning Man, about a low point in her life last summer, when she was arrested on her way home after a run, and about why she thinks "life should be lived in a tutu." Shayla lives in New York City where she works in hospitality sales for GrubHub. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: On dancing onstage with Diplo and Jess King, and going to Burning Man (3:00) What Shayla’s life was like before her cancer diagnosis (15:30) What it was like being diagnosed with breast cancer (19:50) How Shayla responded to chemo and radiation (35:00) How Shayla’s relationship with her body has changed since getting cancer, and what it was like being told she was cancer-free (44:55) Therapy talk (54:00) Shayla’s experience getting arrested last summer while walking home after a run (1:04:00) Check out: The Pink Agenda Black Burner Project on Instagram @blackburnerproject Follow Shayla: Instagram @sdotmartin05 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
14/10/211h 22m

431. LIVE at the Boston Marathon with Nell Rojas

"My goal is to be the top American. That's my goal. And I think I can do it... To be the top American would probably be the best day of my life." Racing is back! Major marathons are back! And, after 19 long and lonely months, live shows are back! It was such a privilege to get to host a live recording of the Ali on the Run Show at the Tracksmith Trackhouse during Boston Marathon weekend, with very special guest Nell Rojas. During the show (recorded on Saturday, October 9), Nell said that finishing as the top American during the Boston Marathon would make Marathon Monday the best day of her life — and she went on to do just that. In her fourth marathon and her Boston Marathon debut, Nell — who is currently, somehow, unsponsored — finished sixth, was the first woman from the U.S. to cross the line, and earned a personal best time of 2:27. This show was so much fun. I promise you will laugh at least once, and, special treat, you'll get to hear from Nell's dad, running legend Ric Rojas. Thank you to Tracksmith for hosting us, thank you to Nell for being a legend, and thank you to everyone who was part of the fun! SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code AliBoston for 15% off your next Tracksmith order! Follow Nell: Instagram @nell_rojas_running Twitter @nellrojas Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
12/10/211h 12m

430. Ask Ali!

"That goal wasn’t for anyone else. It wasn’t to prove anything to anyone else. It was just something new that I was going to accomplish on my own." Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about my time as a single 20-something in New York City, redefining the word "smart," dealing with expectations and disappointment when a race isn't a personal best, muffins and more. Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! You asked: Looking back on being single in NYC (4:10) On re-defining the word “smart,” and ways I think I’m smart (11:55) My favorite marathons (22:45) “What’s the point if I’m not going to PR?” (29:40) How do you deal with feeling like you’re not the “perfect” runner? (36:50) Which Superhero Muffins do you make for breakfast every day? (44:50) Dealing with identity struggles (46:20) Check out: New England Half Marathon Millennium Running Hamptons Marathon Manchester City Marathon Mount Desert Island Marathon "36 Hours in Bar Harbor" Steamtown Marathon Megan Harrington on Episode 176 of the Ali on the Run Show Rise & Run Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
08/10/2156m 38s

429. Henna Rustami, Fifth Avenue Mile NYRR Women’s Road Mile Champion

“I ended up on a dude ranch in Arizona. I just wanted to go far away from New York and from home and just do something completely different. I felt like I’d kind of lost a sense of myself in that pursuit of running really fast and high achievement, so I wanted to recalibrate and go somewhere where no one knew me and running didn’t matter.” Henna Rustami is a rising star in the running world. Though she describes herself as "the worst runner" on her high school and college teams, she has gone on to thrive on the run, becoming an Ivy League champion (running for Columbia University) and thriving on the New York City competitive running scene. Most recently, Henna won the NYRR Women's Road Mile division at the Fifth Avenue Mile, breaking the tape in four minutes and 45 seconds. And she's thriving off the run, too: Henna graduated from law school earlier this year! On this episode, Henna reflects on her running journey and her childhood, growing up in Long Island as the daughter of refugees from Afghanistan. She talks about her parents' journeys fleeing Afghanistan in the 1980s, and about what it was like growing up in a Muslim family in the wake of 9/11. She talks about finding confidence on the run, about escaping to a dude ranch for six months, and about what her training looks like today as a member of Brooklyn Track Club. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Henna recaps her NYRR Women’s Road Mile win at the Fifth Avenue Mile (4:55) On confidence in running (8:45) What Henna’s training looks like (10:45) All about Henna’s childhood (14:50) How Henna’s parents responded to her love for running, and what it was like growing up in an Afghan family on Long Island after 9/11 (22:15) On graduating from law school and starting a career in the pursuit of fighting injustices (35:45) What it was like going from being “the worst runner on the team” to an Ivy League champion (41:35) On navigating what role running would play after college (44:50) What’s next for Henna? (53:35) Check out: Ali on the Run Show LIVE on International Women's Day Caitlyn Tateishi on Episode 226 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Henna: Instagram @hennarustami Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
07/10/211h 9m

428. Erika Kemp, Professional Runner for the B.A.A. & adidas

“That was the moment where I remember being like, ‘Oh, I’m not done yet.’ Like I know there’s more. It finally hit me, ‘If you just continue on, you have no idea where your ceiling is.’ So at that point, I just wanted to see how far I could go.” This summer, Erika Kemp — like so many professional runners — had one really, really, really big goal race. Since going pro in 2018 and signing with the Boston Athletic Association and adidas, Erika knew she would want to compete at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in hopes of making her Team USA debut. When it came time to race the 5K at Hayward Field, Erika made it through the first round and advanced to the finals. But ultimately, she finished last that day, and didn't make the 2020 Olympic team. But! Erika has gone on to have an incredible season since then. On this episode, Erika talks about her physical and emotional recovery from the Trials, and explains her motivation for continuing to race throughout the year. Since the Trials, Erika won the USATF New England 5-mile championships, won the U.S. 20K championships at the New Haven Road Race (it was her debut at that distance, and it earned her a second national title), won the Cow Harbor 10K (and ran a personal best), and finished fourth at the Cooper River Bridge Run 10K the following weekend. This girl is on fire, and on this episode, she talks about how she fell in love with running — and how she stays in love with it. SPONSOR: UCAN. Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your entire UCAN order! What you’ll get on this episode: How Erika plans her season (4:00) All about this year’s Olympic Track & Field Trials (10:30) On returning to running after taking a break (14:55) Why the Trials felt so “big” (16:45) Erika’s outlook on racing this season (20:30) Try it: Erika’s favorite workout (24:30) All about Erika’s childhood and how she got into running (27:45) On falling in love with running (34:50) On going pro (39:00) Where to find Erika during Boston Marathon weekend (46:30) Erika’s biggest hopes, dreams, and goals (49:50) Follow Erika: Instagram @imtinyrik Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
05/10/211h 3m

427. Jess King, Peloton Instructor

“I had remembered this promise I had made to myself, which was a ‘year of yes.’ That if there was an opportunity to meet someone, to make a dollar, or whatever it was, if there was an opportunity in front of me, no matter how scary it felt or how much resistance I felt, I was at least going to give myself the chance to explore it. So I said yes.” Every day, Jess King is in the homes of millions of people around the world. As one of Peloton's first instructors (she joined the team in 2014), she teaches cycling, Tread, Pilates, and dance cardio classes, and is known and loved for her bubbly, glittery, high-energy personality. Jess is a born performer. She grew up dancing competitively in Myrtle Beach, SC, and competed on Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance. On this episode, she reflects on that experience — on making it to the Top 10 before having to withdraw from the competition on account of a few broken ribs. She talks about the disappointment, about reading the comments on social media, and about stepping away from dance for a while afterward. Then, she talks about what it's been like for her to watch fellow Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby make his dance reality competition debut on Dancing with the Stars, and talks about the text she sent him before he first stepped onstage "from someone who's been there." Jess talks about her desire to use her platform for good, and about the power of representation as a Latina woman and member of the LGBTQ+ community. She shares her love story with fiancée Sophia Urista (power couple alert!), opens up about her own mental health and self-help journeys, and talks about how she got the job at Peloton — and how the pursuit of fame quickly transitioned into a passion for building community. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: On bad days, setting intentions, and Halloween (6:00) What it was like watching colleague Cody Rigsby on Dancing with the Stars (11:30) Jess reflects on her time on So You Think You Can Dance Season 4 (14:20) On dancing again after SYTYCD (24:45) How fitness — and Peloton — entered the picture (31:00) On the pursuit of fame, and the a-ha moment when everything felt validating (43:30) The pressure of having a platform (51:15) How Jess has evolved as an instructor since her earliest days at Peloton (55:35) On developing thicker skin and being human (58:40) Jess shares her love story with fiancée Sophia Urista (1:02:00) Jess’s message to anyone going through some stuff right now (1:08:00) If you love Peloton, check out: Matt Wilpers on Episode 398 of the Ali on the Run Show Becs Gentry on Episode 379 of the Ali on the Run Show Jess Sims on Episode 261 of the Ali on the Run Show Tunde Oyeneyin on Episode 311 of the Ali on the Run Show Olivia Amato on Episode 344 of the Ali on the Run Show Matty Maggiacomo on Episode 350 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Jess: Instagram @jesskingnyc Twitter @jesskingnyc Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
30/09/211h 21m

426. Sam Grotewold, Director of Professional Athletes at New York Road Runners

“Everybody who has ever run a marathon in the history of ever has run a first marathon. And I guarantee you that some of the concerns and doubts and fears that you or I had in our first marathon have crept into the minds of someone like Shalane Flanagan or Meb Keflezighi in the weeks and days and hours before they ran their first marathon.” Every year at races like the New York City Marathon and the Fifth Avenue Mile, dozens of professional runners assemble for their shot at glory. And in New York City, Sam Grotewold is the guy who brings them all together. As the director of professional athletes for New York Road Runners, it’s Sam’s job to recruit the professional fields at major events like the TCS New York City Marathon, the New York City Half, the Mini 10K, and the New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile. And on this episode, the self-proclaimed “running and track nerd” explains how he makes that happen. With more than 20 years of experience, Sam knows the wooing process well. Here, he shares his goals for the recruitment process, how he measures success in his role, and how this year’s New York City Marathon field (which features professional runners from 25 countries and territories) came together. Plus, he shares some of his best stories from his time with the pros, and tells which athlete he reached out to first as he was assembling this year’s NYCM field. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: All about Sam’s role in the New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile (5:30) On getting the athletes to the start line (19:00) How Sam got his job (21:30) How Sam assembles the fields of professional athletes (29:40) The narrative for this year’s TCS New York City Marathon (33:45) Sam’s process for recruiting athletes (39:00) Sam’s favorite thing about New York City Marathon week (46:15) What goes into the contracts for professional athletes (48:50) On schmoozing, socializing, and spreadsheets (51:20) What New York City Marathon day is like for Sam — plus some of his best race day stories! (56:00) Reflecting on the past year and a half at New York Road Runners (1:08:00) Follow Sam: Twitter @nyrr_pro Instagram @s.grotewold Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
23/09/211h 23m

425. Ask Ali!

"So many of us, we put so much pressure and expectation on our running goals because we work so hard, we make so many sacrifices and choices, and we just want race day to be everything that we dreamed of and everything we worked toward. And sometimes life happens, and it’s just… We have to adjust our goals accordingly." Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about what to expect at the New York City Marathon start line, hitting a wall during marathon training, race announcing vs. running, The Baby-Sitters Club, and more. Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! You asked: Insider tips for running the New York City Marathon (4:15) What is the ultimate food crime? (13:15) Advice for when you hit a wall during marathon training (16:00) Why I changed the warm-up questions on the Ali on the Run Show (27:40) On race announcing vs. running (33:00) How to get notified about live events on the Ali on the Run Show (38:45) My favorite character from The Baby-Sitters Club (45:00) Check out: Custom Performance Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
17/09/2149m 57s

424. Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Race Director

“We all have something in common. You know what it is? We woke up this morning. Not everyone else did. There’s the best reason to go for a run.” Dave McGillivray is many things — philanthropist, motivational speaker, 166-time marathoner with a 2:29 PR, Ironman triathlete with a 10:36 PR, father, World Marathon Challenge finisher — but he is best known for his role as race director of the Boston Marathon. On this episode, Dave talks about what runners can expect at this year's race. As the "boots on the ground guy," Dave oversees everything that happens on race day, from the start line to the finish and every mile in between. But Dave's day doesn't end when the final finisher crosses the line: Every year after the official race concludes, Dave returns to the start line in Hopkinton and runs his Boston Marathon. Another famous Dave tradition: Every year on his birthday, Dave runs his age in miles. He's been doing this since he was 12 and hasn't missed a year yet. (This year, Dave is 67.) Dave cares deeply about this sport and the running community, and nearly everything he does, both personally and as the owner and founder of DMSE Sports, is for a greater purpose. This year, Dave served as a logistician for Covid-19 mass vaccination sites including Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park, and helped vaccinate 1.3 million people. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Dave’s advice for World Marathon Challenge hopefuls (11:30) Dave’s morning routine (14:30) What’s top of mind for Dave, one month out from Marathon Monday? (19:20) What goes into choosing a race event date? (37:20) What race day is like for Dave — and all about his post-race tradition (47:45) Dave’s favorite part of race day, and his favorite Boston Marathon memories (55:15) What unites runners? (1:03:40) The role running plays in Dave’s life right now (1:09:50) Check it out: "The Future of Running" Live Show Deirdre Keane on Episode 422 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Dave: Twitter @dmse Instagram @dmsedave Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
16/09/211h 23m

423. Courtney Dauwalter, 2021 UTMB Winner

“I was doing everything I could, every section that I was coming upon. So in my head it was like, if I’m doing as best I can and I get caught and passed, then that’s just how it played out, and I’m gonna cheer that person on who’s passing me because that’s cool, and that’s how we get better together.” Last month, Courtney Dauwalter defended — and reclaimed — her title at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc 106.5-mile race, and smashed records along the way. She broke the all-time women's course record by seven minutes, finishing in 22 hours 30 minutes and 54 seconds. She beat her 2019 winning time by two hours and two minutes, finished sixth overall (the highest finish ever by a woman), and won the women's division by more than an hour and a half. On this episode, Courtney talks about this year's UTMB experience, describing the sights (and hallucinations), sounds, highs (more than 32,800 feet of climbing!), lows, and views (of France, Italy, and Switzerland) along the way. Plus, in true Courtney fashion, we laugh a lot and talk about candy. If you're looking for a conversation that's equal parts fun, silly, inspiring, and encouraging, this is it. SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! What you’ll get on this episode: A day in the life of Courtney Dauwalter (2:00) What do the numbers and stats mean to Courtney? (5:00) Courtney reflects on having to drop out of the Hardrock 100 earlier this summer (6:45) Courtney’s goals for UTMB, and how she would grade her performance (12:30) How Courtney was feeling on race day (16:30) Courtney breaks down the race (19:45) Hallucination stories! And when things started to hurt (32:20) What Courtney listens to on the run (34:40) Marriage talk (41:00) How Courtney celebrated her UTMB win (44:00) What’s next? (50:25) Candy talk! (53:00) Check out: Courtney Dauwalter on Episode 302 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Courtney: Instagram @courtneydauwalter Twitter @courtdauwalter Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
13/09/211h 0m

422. Deirdre Keane, As Seen on Humans of New York

“I took down all facades. I just could not hold up this fake exterior of everything was OK when I felt like I could barely get out of bed every day. I would just get up, go to work, and the only thing else that was consistent was running. I would run every day, despite how bad I felt. And it was such a sense of refuge at points. I would feel like I would be OK. And that’s when I would start planning for the future. I was like, ‘Deirdre, this is transient. This is going to get better. You are going to get better. Dad’s looking out for you. Don’t give up. Just keep going. Get through today. Tomorrow will hopefully be a better day. And if it’s not, that’s OK, too. We will get there.’ Running reinforced that resiliency that I truly thought I’d lost.” Deirdre Keane normally flies pretty under the radar. But last month, the 33-time marathoner (whose personal best time is 3:14) became a face seen by millions when she was featured on Humans of New York. Suddenly, 11.3 million people on Instagram and 17 million more on Facebook knew Deirdre's story. In the post, Deirdre shared the story of her dad, who was an avid (and fast!) marathoner. She talked about how he ran his final New York City Marathon the day before what turned out to be his final surgery to help treat his melanoma. Deirdre talked about how her dad so badly wanted his kids to be runners when they were growing up, but they weren't interested — until after his passing, when Deidre decided to run her first marathon on what would've been her dad's birthday. Then, Deirdre talked about going through a tough time last year, and how running became her constant — it was what she did to remember who she was, and who she is. On this episode, Deirdre talks about the rest of her story. She talks about waking up at 4 AM to run 10 miles to work from her home in the Bronx to the Upper East Side, where she's a nurse practitioner in the pediatric ICU at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She talks about working through the pandemic in New York City, about leaning into running after her brother was in a near-fatal car accident, and about her big plans for her next year on the run (starting with three fall marathons: Boston, New York City, and Dallas). When she's not working or on the run, Deirdre is pursuing her MBA at New York University, where she is also the editor-in-chief of the school's graduate newspaper. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: On running through wet cement! (6:10) All about being featured on Humans of New York (11:00) Deirdre talks about her dad and his love for running (24:00) How Deirdre got into marathoning (28:35) How Deirdre has added more meaning to her running over the past year and a half (39:25) On being a “helper” (48:00) The role running has served for Deirdre over the past year (50:10) How training (for the Boston, New York City, and Dallas Marathons) is going, and what’s next for Deirdre (1:00:00) Check out: Achilles International Manchester City Marathon 2020 Manchester City Half Marathon Recap From 4:13 To 3:51: My Manchester City Marathon Recap Follow Deirdre: Instagram @deirdremkeane Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
09/09/211h 15m

421. A Pep Talk from Jesse Itzler

“You hear the thing, ‘Are you glass half full or glass half empty?’ I’m so damn glad I have a glass!” Jesse Itzler is all about "building your life resume." He's a wildly successful entrepreneur, rapper, owner of the Atlanta Hawks, 60-time marathoner, ultramarathoner, best-selling author, creator of events including the 29029 Everesting challenge and Hell on the Hill, dad of four, and husband to Spanx founder Sara Blakely (talk about a power couple). I've been a fan of Jesse's since I read his book Living with a SEAL (and, later, Living with the Monks), and was psyched when I met him at the finish line of this year's Clearwater Marathon — which he has since called his most memorable marathon. (Not because he met me at the finish, but because his four kids ran the last six miles with him, and they all crossed the finish line together.) In this rapid-fire conversation, Jesse and I cover a range of topics, including how he lives in constant pursuit of fun, and the importance of making time for ourselves. Plus, fruit, muffins, and so much more. SPONSOR: Millennium Running's Clearwater Running Festival — Join us in Florida in January 2022, and use code ONTHERUN for 20% off your race registration. Check it out: Fit for Life by Harvey Diamond Brent and Kyle Pease on Episode 389 of the Ali on the Run Show Ashley Paulson on Episode 409 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Jesse: Instagram @jesseitzler Twitter @JesseItzler YouTube Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
07/09/2148m 27s

420. LIVE with Molly Seidel, Olympic Bronze Medalist

"Once I got on the start line, that was the most at peace I'd felt in a long time." "Drink a beer for me," Molly Seidel told her family over FaceTime from Sapporo, just moments after becoming an Olympic Bronze Medalist in the marathon. Even better: drinking a beer with Molly, which is exactly what a few hundred of us did on Tuesday, August 31, during this virtual live show with the newly minted Olympic medalist. During this fun celebratory conversation, Molly talks about throwing out the first pitch at the Red Sox game a few weeks ago (let's just call it a strike, OK?), that viral airplane Tweet ("It was 100 percent mansplaining," she says), where she plans to keep her bronze medal ("somewhere weird"), and the fellow Olympic marathoner she's "shooting her shot" with. Plus, every detail on the Olympic marathon, including Molly's fun travel details, tales from the Athlete Village, and some jaw-dropping stories of mid-race trash talking and why Molly was veering away from the pack (it wasn't in search of shade). SPONSOR: Picky Bars — Visit pickybars.com/ontherun, where code ONTHERUN gets you 20% off. (Join the Picky Club and get an extra 20% off.) Check it out: Molly Seidel on Episode 341 of the Ali on the Run Show Brave Like Gabe Foundation Follow Molly: Instagram @bygolly.molly Twitter @ByGollyMolly12 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
04/09/211h 31m

419. Ask Ali!

“To me, it’s not heroic to have a miserable experience. It’s not heroic to further injure myself. It’s not heroic to set myself back, for what? A medal, an Instagram post, a couple hundred likes? Not worth it. I’d rather be the people’s champion by saying, ‘Hey, I made the tough call.’” Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about Schitt's Creek friendships, adjusting to hilly running routes, DNFs, and so much more. Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! You asked: Is there a list of the best of the Ali on the Run Show? (5:05) Have you ever not finished a race that you trained for and started? (6:50) What is your honest opinion on LetsRun.com? (15:30) Do you have any funny injury stories? (22:05) If you lived in Schitt’s Creek, who would you be friends with? (28:30) How have you adapted to running on hillier terrain? (32:10) What tips do you have for preparing for a busy time? (37:00) I mentioned: "Start Here" Aisha Praught Leer on Episode 415 of the Ali on the Run Show Dr. Nicole Detling on Episode 278 of the Ali on the Run Show Dr. Nicole Detling on Episode 128 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
03/09/2143m 30s

418. Abbey Cooper, Professional Runner for New Balance

Photo by Jason Suarez, @notafraid2fail “It’s not who I am. It’s something that happened to me.” Abbey Cooper was the talk of this year's U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials. She may not have ultimately made Team USA, but Abbey, who is sponsored by New Balance, threw down not one but two of the most inspiring, gutsy performances at Hayward Field. First, in the 5K prelims, when she broke away from the field and ran the majority of the race solo in pursuit of the Olympic Standard (and she hit it, with a few seconds to spare!). Then, in the 5K final, when she was with the lead pack until the final moments, when she ultimately finished fourth, just one and a half seconds off the podium. Abbey is perhaps best known for her performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, when she fell during the 5K prelims. But people don't talk about the fall — they talk about how Abbey got right back up and helped her fellow competitor to the finish. On this episode, Abbey talks about how Rio has — and hasn't — defined her, and she reflects on the highs (like her recent 5K personal best at the Prefontaine Classic!) and those just-missed moments on the track. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Abbey reflects on her 5K PR at the Pre Classic, and why she feels like she’s been “running on house money” this year (4:50) On working with a sports psychologist: Abbey’s husband  (9:40) What it means to be “relationally healthy” (11:00) What it was like watching friend Molly Seidel win bronze at the Olympic marathon (18:30) On entering the off season (22:00) Reflecting on this year’s Olympic Track & Field Trials (25:45) On all those just-missed moments along the way (40:35) On being defined — or not — by Rio 2016 (44:20) More thoughts on just-missed moments and the lessons that come with them (55:00) On “trusting the process with both commitment and surrender” (1:00:45) What does “Running with Heart” mean right now? (1:05:15) Follow Abbey: Instagram @abbey_dags Running With Heart Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
02/09/211h 20m

417. What's New With You with Cory McGee

“I’ve always been my own biggest believer.” In 2004, Cory McGee's dad was working security for the FBI at the Olympic Games in Athens — which meant Cory got to tag along! It was then that she vowed to one day return to the Olympics — as a competitor. And just a few weeks ago, Cory's dream came true when she got to represent Team USA in Tokyo. (She became an Olympic finalist, no less!) On this episode, Cory, who is sponsored by New Balance, talks about traveling to Japan to compete in the 1500m. She talks about that brutal fall in the semifinals, and about the physical and emotional toll that took on her. She shares how coach Joe Bosshard has helped her over the years, and has worked with her to turn her weaknesses into strengths. Plus, Cory talks about ending her season early on account of some bone bruising from that fall, and talks about hosting a Covid-19 vaccine event back home in Mississippi. THE LAST TIME CORY WAS ON THE SHOW: Episode 284 SPONSOR: UCAN. Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your entire UCAN order! What you’ll get on this episode: Cory’s decision to end her season earlier than expected (4:45) On becoming an Olympian (9:00) On performance ruts and getting through them (12:50) Cory looks back on competing at the U.S. Track & Field Trials and earning her spot on Team USA (17:50) What training was like between the Trials and the Olympics (20:00) What makes Cory McGee tick? (22:45) All about the travel journey to Tokyo (27:45) What it was like walking into Olympic Stadium for the first time (38:50) That semi-final fall (43:00) What running the 1500m final was like (51:40) On phone calls back home (54:50) What the Closing Ceremonies and flight home were like (57:10) On hosting a Covid-19 vaccine drive in Mississippi (1:03:00) What’s next for Cory (1:07:15) Follow Cory: Instagram @corymcgeeruns Twitter @corymcgeeruns Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
30/08/211h 10m

416. Courtney Frerichs, Olympic Silver Medalist

“He said, ‘I want you to feel like you can take over this race. And take over early.’ And I was like, ‘Wait, what?!’” This girl is on fire! Courtney Frerichs is a two-time Olympian for Team USA who just returned from Tokyo as a silver medalist! Courtney, who trains with Nike's Bowerman Track Club, competed in the 3000m steeplechase at the Tokyo Olympics, and made the final an exciting one when she made her move and took the lead with four laps to go. (A move she attributes both to coach Jerry Schumacher's plan and to her own quiet confidence and instinct taking over mid-race.) Courtney went into the Games as the American record holder in the 3000m steeplechase and as a world silver medalist, and just a week after returning from Tokyo, she competed at the Prefontaine Classic where she became the first American woman to go sub-9:00 in the steeplechase. On this episode, Courtney talks about the hard work she's done on her mental game leading up to this year's Olympic Track & Field Trials and, ultimately, the Olympics. She talks about what it was like being in Tokyo, gives a behind-the-scenes look at life in the athlete village (where she roomed with Team USA's 1500m runner Elle Purrier St. Pierre), and shares the mantras that helped her through it all. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Where is Courtney keeping her silver medal? (3:30) Courtney’s plans and goals for the Pre Classic, and whether she feels pressure going into the race (5:40) All about Courtney’s decision to prioritize her mental health recently (9:30) Courtney’s first impressions when she got to Tokyo (23:15) How Courtney was feeling before the racing started at the Games (32:00) What running was like in Tokyo (40:45) Courtney recaps the Prelims (43:30) Courtney shares her pre-race routine (47:00) All about Courtney’s race plan and that “big move” (53:50) What it felt like to cross the line and earn an Olympic silver medal (1:02:50) How Courtney is feeling now (1:08:30) On going back to school for nutrition (1:10:15) Follow Courtney: Instagram @courtneyfrerichs Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
26/08/211h 23m

415. Aisha Praught Leer, Two-Time Olympian for Team Jamaica

“I couldn’t hear. I couldn’t think. He was very matter of fact. He said, ‘You have a complete medial meniscus root tear. That means your meniscus tore off the bone. You need surgery — not today, but in the next couple days. Tokyo isn’t an option.’” Professional Puma-sponsored runner Aisha Praught Leer was living every athlete's dream this summer. She'd secured her spot on Jamaica's Olympic team, and was training in St. Moritz with her Team Boss teammates Emma Coburn and Cory McGee. She was feeling fit. Fast. Ready to race the 1500 in Tokyo. But then, just a few days before boarding the plane to Japan, Aisha was warming up before a track workout when she felt a pop in her knee. That pop turned out to be a torn meniscus. ("Like meniscus fully dangling off the bone," Aisha explains.) In this conversation, Aisha reflects on that day at the track in Chiavenna, and talks about what it's like when all of your dreams are ripped away from you in an instant. She talks about her decision to race anyway, and talks about what she says was the hardest part of this injury. (It wasn't the race. It was calling her loved ones.) Plus, Aisha — who is now two weeks post-op — discusses her surgery, her recovery, and her big dreams for what's next. SPONSOR: Oiselle — Use code ONTHERUN for 15% off. What you’ll get on this episode: How Aisha made Jamaica’s Olympic team this year (11:40) How Aisha’s training was going leading up to the Olympics (19:30) The day Aisha heard that “pop” at practice, and the aftermath (22:30) The journey to Tokyo, and what Aisha says was the hardest part of the injury (49:00) What it was like racing the 1500 on a torn meniscus in Tokyo (1:05:20) Aisha’s goals for the future (1:17:45) What Aisha’s watching right now (1:19:00) What we mention on this episode: Aisha Praught & Will Leer on Episode 204 of the Ali on the Run Show Aisha Praught Leer on Episode 197 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Aisha: Instagram @aishapraughtleer Twitter @aishapraught Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
25/08/211h 26m

414. What's New With You with Keira D'Amato

“I feel like nothing and everything changed.” Keira D'Amato is many things: a full-time realtor, a mom of two, a Nike-sponsored professional runner, and — her newest title — a world record holder. Last year, Keira had arguably the best running year of her life. She ran a personal best at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (2:34), ran a 5K on the track in 15:04 (beating her lifetime best by a full minute), won the Michigan Pro Half Marathon (and ran a 64-second personal best), ran a 2:22 at the Marathon Project (a 12-minute PR), and broke the 10-mile women's only American record at a race she created called the Up Dawg 10-Miler. Turns out, that race wasn't just an American record — it was also good enough for a just-ratified world record! At the peak of it all, Keira signed with a sponsor (Nike) for the first time at age 36. Unfortunately, since then, Keira has dealt with injury stuff and health stuff, and had to scratch from the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, where she'd hoped to run the 10K. Still, her perspective is as inspiring ever, and she's one of the funnest, funniest women in running. Always a good time with Keira on the Ali on the Run Show! THE LAST TIME KEIRA WAS ON THE SHOW: Episode 305 SPONSOR: UCAN. Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your entire UCAN order! What you’ll get on this episode: What’s making Keira happy right now? (6:00) Keira’s advice for raising confident kids (10:00) All about D’Amato family food challenges (13:50) Reflecting on running the Up Dawg 10-Miler and setting both an American Record and a World Record (20:00) On becoming a sponsored runner and signing with Nike (26:20) How a kind compliment from Molly Seidel changed so much for Keira (35:00) On the decision to scratch from the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials (40:00) All about Keira’s recent 5K vs. her husband — where he got a big advantage! — and their Vegas wedding (49:50) Keira’s biggest hopes, dreams, and goals on the run and beyond (1:01:00) Follow Keira: Instagram @keiradamato Twitter @KeiraDAmato Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
23/08/211h 7m

413. Ask Ali!

“It just feels like too much.” Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about preparing for parenthood, podcast planning, first marathons, and so much more. Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! You asked: What can I do to prepare for pregnancy and motherhood? (6:00) The Ali on the Run Show recording and releasing timeline (12:00) All about the Ali on the Run Show theme music (18:40) My favorite places in New England (24:30) The best half marathons on the east coast (31:45) Advice for a first-time marathoner (33:50) I mentioned: 36 Hours in Bar Harbor, Maine New England Half Marathon Recap Manchester City Half Marathon Recap Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
20/08/2138m 57s

412. Jay Holder, Olympic Stadium Deputy Venue Media Manager

“I had never done this before. I mean, I’ve done press conferences before, but at this level, this was a whole other ballgame… I mean, there were several moments where I was like, ‘This is the Olympics, so I better do this right, and I better not screw this up, and I better look like I know what I’m talking about even if I don’t. Because this is the Olympics!’” Jay Holder knows his way around a press conference. As the director of marketing and communications for the Atlanta Track Club (remember this episode?) and as a former journalist himself (he has worked for ABC and with New York Road Runners at the New York City Marathon), Jay is the guy you want running your communications operations if you're putting on a race. And Jay just got to work his biggest gig yet: as the deputy venue media manager for Olympic Stadium at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Jay spent nine weeks in Tokyo running all communications-related matters inside the stadium, including managing the press tribunes and moderating and facilitating 53 press conferences in a 10-day span! This is a fascinating conversation about all that goes on behind the scenes at the Olympics. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: What is a press tribune? (5:15) Where Jay was during most of the races (7:40) Jay explains his role for the press conferences (10:00) What makes a great press conference question? (17:30) Is Jay’s role stressful? (21:30) How Jay measured success in his role at the Olympics (24:20) How Jay got this job (26:40) All about Jay’s quarantine once he got to Japan (40:00) What it was like getting ready for the Opening Ceremonies (53:40) What was the best part of it all? (59:30) What’s next? (1:06:45) Follow Jay: Instagram @jayholderruns Twitter @jauntingjourno Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
19/08/211h 11m

411. Kara Goucher, NBC Olympics Distance Analyst

“When you compete at that level, there’s this high that comes with that. And I’ve missed that. And nothing has replaced it, really… And I got little bit of that feeling calling some of those races. I started to feel that little high again that I used to get when I raced.” Last month, Kara Goucher joined the Ali on the Run Show to talk about her experience being part of the NBC broadcast team at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene, OR. Today, Kara's back — and this time, she's here to talk about what it was like commentating at the Tokyo Olympic Games! Kara just returned from Tokyo, where she served as an NBC Olympics Distance Analyst, calling the men's and women's races from the 1500m up to the marathon. She talks about how this experience compared to the Trials, and breaks down her studying process for each race, including what she did to make sure she pronounced every name of every athlete correctly. She shares the one thing she said on air that kept her up at night, reflects on getting choked up when Molly Seidel went for the bronze in the marathon, and explains why she wasn't allowed to cry on air. She talks about having to keep it together when one of her closest friends, Emma Coburn, was having a tough race in the steeplechase final, and talks about what it was like calling the men's marathon after having a complicated history with former teammate and Team USA competitor Galen Rupp. Finally, Kara, a two-time Olympian herself, answers listener questions about her time in Tokyo and what's next. SPONSOR: Oiselle — Use code ONTHERUN for 15% off. What you’ll get on this episode: Kara explains what her role was at the Tokyo Olympics, and when she could be heard commentating (3:55) How Kara was feeling confidence-wise heading into the Olympics broadcast (16:45) How Kara studied and prepped for the races she’d be calling (22:00) How Kara decompressed each night after working the races (27:45) The races Kara was most excited to call, and how to find the line between excitement and emotion (30:00) How Kara recalls her own experiences on the run during these races — without talking about herself too much (43:00) How Kara and her team called the men’s and women’s marathons (44:30) Does Kara feel respected in this role? (50:20) What’s next for Kara on the commentating front and beyond? (51:30) How being at the Games this year gave Kara a different perspective on her own time competing (56:15) Kara answers listener questions from the Ali on the Run Show Facebook Group (1:03:30) What we mention on this episode: Kara Goucher on Episode 43 of the Ali on the Run Show Kara Goucher on Episode 86 of the Ali on the Run Show Kara and Adam Goucher on Episode 208 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Kara:  Instagram @karagoucher Twitter @karagoucher Facebook Clean Sport Collective Podcast Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
18/08/211h 21m

410. What's New With You with Yosef Herzog

“The best part of going to the Olympics, for me, is being able to attend events when I’m not working, and then watching athletes win and medal an event, and then knowing they’re going to come on the show and I’m going to get to work with them up close and meet them. That’s the coolest thing about my job, and what makes it unique at the Olympics.” Yosef Herzog is the stage manager for NBC's Today show, which means part of his job is getting to go to the Olympics! On this episode, Yosef talks about what it was like being at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. (These were Yosef's fifth Olympic Games with NBC!) He talks about being on set with the country's best athletes, including Simone Biles and Allyson Felix, and talks about what it was like being inside the Olympic Stadium and getting to attend track and field events. He also talks about the challenges and perks of working a morning broadcast at 8 PM local time. (The biggest upside, Yosef says: not having to set an alarm in the morning for a change!) Yosef recently underwent surgery for a torn meniscus, so he was wearing a leg brace in Tokyo — something he says nearly every athlete commented on! He offers an update on how his recovery is going, reflects on getting Covid last year, and shares his big marathon goals for when he's able to get back on the run. THE LAST TIME YOSEF WAS ON THE SHOW: Episode 111 SPONSOR: UCAN. Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your entire UCAN order! What you’ll get on this episode: How was Tokyo?! (3:10) Yosef talks about what his role entails at the Olympics (5:15) The things that are stressful about live television (14:15) How many athletes at the Games asked Yosef about his leg brace? (18:15) The athletes Yosef was most excited to have on set (21:00) Which events Yosef got to watch in person (28:00) All about Yosef’s meniscus surgery and recovery, and what his Covid experience was like (35:45) Yosef’s thoughts on returning to “normal” on the Plaza (41:15) Follow Yosef: Instagram @yosefherzog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
16/08/2151m 8s

409. Ashley Paulson, iFit Coach, 91-Time Marathoner, & Professional Triathlete

“Build those relationships. Have those adventures. Create those memories. That’s what’s worth living for, right there.” Ashley Paulson never stops moving. She's a professional triathlete, ultramarathoner, 91-time marathoner, U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier and runner, iFit coach, and mom of four with hot pink hair. On this episode, Ashley talks about her recent win at the Deseret News Marathon, and about the sweet story that inspired her to run the race in honor of her father, wearing the T-shirt he got after running the race in the 80s. She reflects on the toughest times in her career, both at the races (in Kona, specifically) and off (when she was served a six-month suspension from triathlon after testing positive for a banned substance in a contaminated supplement). She shares the highs (traveling the country in an RV for two years with her husband and all four kids!), and the lows (her history with disordered eating). Ashley is a ball of energy — don't be surprised if you find yourself picking up the pace along the way. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: How Ashley celebrated her 40th birthday! (5:00) All about Ashley’s hot pink hair (6:30) Ashley reflects on her recent win at the Deseret News Marathon (10:15) Ashley recalls her toughest moments on the run (17:45) A day in the life of Ashley Paulson (22:30) How Ashley and her husband prioritize their marriage (26:00) On traveling around the country in an RV for two years  (32:00) Ashley reflects on serving a six-month suspension from triathlon (39:30) The pressure of being a public figure (47:20) Ashley’s relationship with food and her body, and her past with disordered eating (49:00) On qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials, and what’s next for Ashley (56:45) Follow Ashley: Instagram @ashkickn Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
12/08/211h 11m

408. Wyomia Tyus, 1964 & 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist

“You always have to stay in the fight.” It is an honor and a privilege to get to share this very special conversation with the legendary Wyomia Tyus today! Wyomia Tyus, now 75, is a two-time Olympian and four-time medalist (three gold, one silver). She competed in the 1964 Games in Tokyo at 19 years old (just like Athing Mu!), and again at the 1968 Games in Mexico City, where she became the first person to ever win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the 100 meters. On this episode, Wyomia tells her life story, reflecting on growing up as the youngest of four kids in the Jim Crow South, and dealing with racism and segregation at a young age. She shares the story of her house burning down when she was 14 and, one year later, the death of her father. She talks about meeting coach Ed Temple, who took her under his wing and coached her to all four Olympic medals while also filling the void left by her father's passing. Plus, she talks about her role in the 1968 Olympic protests, and what it was like being in Mexico City during a time of so much political and social unrest. (If you love Wyomia's story — which I think you will! — you can hear more from her in her book, Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story.) SPONSOR: Oiselle — Use code ONTHERUN for 15% off. What you’ll get on this episode: Wyomia talks about what it’s been like watching this year’s Olympics in Tokyo (4:50) What Wyomia’s childhood was like, growing up in Georgia (8:30) Reflecting on the year when Wyomia’s house burned down and, later, her dad died (14:30) On meeting and being trained by the legendary coach Ed Temple at Tennessee State University (18:30) How Wyomia developed confidence on the run (27:45) Wyomia’s experience competing at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo (36:00) On returning home after the Games (55:15) What it was like going to the Olympics in Mexico City to defend her title in the 100m (57:40) How Wyomia felt when she heard a broadcaster say Carl Lewis was the first person to run back-to-back 100m races — when it was actually Wyomia who had done that (1:05:00) Being a part of the protests at the 1968 Olympic Games (1:06:30) Dancing the “Tighten Up!” (1:13:45) Wyomia’s decision to step away from competing after the 1968 Games (1:16:00) What it was like being at the opening of Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park (1:18:00) Wyomia’s message to this year’s Olympic athletes (1:25:10) Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
11/08/211h 28m

407. What's New With You with Neely Spence Gracey

“Why can’t I do it all? Why can’t I be a mom, a really good mom, be the mom that I want to be, and also be an athlete, a really good athlete, the athlete I want to be?” The last time professional runner and coach Neely Spence Gracey was on the Ali on the Run Show, she had just run her first postpartum marathon after having her son, Athens. She ran a 2:44 at the Houston Marathon and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in the process. A year and a half later, a lot has happened in Neely's life — including another baby! On this episode, Neely offers updates about what it was like running the Marathon Trials last year and what life for her family was like during the pandemic. She talks about getting pregnant, in spite of having an IUD at the time, while she was training for The Marathon Project, and talks honestly about what that surprise was like. Neely talks about her pregnancy run streak, about giving birth to Rome on June 14, and about what postpartum life as a mom of two has been like so far. THE LAST TIME NEELY WAS ON THE SHOW:  Episode 42 Episode 201 SPONSOR: UCAN. Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your entire UCAN order! What you’ll get on this episode: On the transition from one to two kids (5:15) All about the names Athens and Rome (7:00) On getting pregnant with an IUD (9:30) What Neely’s pregnancy was like (16:55) How Neely recovered from running the Houston Marathon and prepared to run the Olympic Marathon Trials in 2020 (20:30) What the pandemic was like for Neely’s family (28:00) What running was like during Neely’s pregnancy with Rome (33:50) What labor and delivery was like with Rome (38:00) On experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety (46:45) On returning to running after having Rome (51:45) What’s next for Neely? (58:00) What we mention on this episode: Rome's birth story Follow Neely:  Instagram @neelysgracey Facebook Twitter @neelysgracey Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
09/08/211h 6m

406. Ask Ali!

“If you’re thinking, ‘Ali, basketball isn’t really supposed to be a contact sport…’ It was the way I played it!” Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about dealing with self doubt, running friendships, the mental side of marathon training, and so much more. Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! You asked: Why can’t professional marathoners tell you which fall races they’re running?! (2:20) What is it about running that can really attract such powerful friendships and relationships? (6:00) Advice for becoming an early morning runner (16:30) Should I drop from the marathon to the half-marathon? (24:50) Which ball sport would you play? (29:30) How to train for the mental side of marathon training (40:00) What I mention on this episode: Diane Nukuri on Episode 403 of the Ali on the Run Show Veronica Jackson and Alex Bernardi on Episode 211 of the Ali on the Run Show Ladia Albertson-Junkans on Episode 404 of the Ali on the Run Show Jenny Donnelly on Episode 193 of the Ali on the Run Show "How to Wake Up for Morning Workouts" Dr. Nicole Detling on Episode 128 of the Ali on the Run Show Dr. Nicole Detling on Episode 278 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
06/08/2150m 21s

405. Robyn Stevens, U.S. Olympic Trials 20K Race Walk Champion

“I said, ‘The best thing for me right now is to just choose life, and to step away.’” Tomorrow, Robyn Stevens will make her Olympic debut, representing Team USA in the 20K race walk. In June, Robyn won her event at the Olympic Track & Field Trials, officially becoming the fastest female walker in the country. And on this episode, she talks about the long road to becoming an Olympian, which included a 17-year break and retirement from the sport to recover from a severe eating disorder. But now, "Walkin' Robyn" is healthy, cruising at a 7:40/mile pace, and becoming an Olympian at age 38. Plus, Robyn offers a bit of "Race Walk 101" (race walking: it's not just fast walking, it's definitely not slow running, and it comes with lots of rules and regulations!), and shares her excitement about getting to head to Tokyo to compete with her boyfriend, fellow race walk champion and Team USA member Nick Christie. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: What Robyn’s training has looked like between the Trials and Tokyo, and how it feels to be representing Team USA (5:00) What it took for Robyn and Nick to make Team USA (16:15) Race Walk 101 (23:00) How Robyn got into race walking (34:00) “Imagine how much faster she would be if she were skinnier” (45:00) Robyn’s decision to take her life back (1:07:45) On returning to the sport and making Team USA (1:22:30) Why Robyn owns 30+ wigs! (1:26:20) Follow Robyn: Instagram @robyndesign Twitter @robyndesign Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
05/08/211h 33m

404. What's New With You with Ladia Albertson-Junkans

“There just aren’t enough boys named after awesome women out there, so I just wanted to contribute to that!” The last time Ladia Albertson-Junkans was on the Ali on the Run Show, she was in Atlanta, about to run the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Ladia had qualified for the Trials, and then went on to run the Western States 100-miler, and then ran the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Timberline Trail around Mount Hood. Then, soon after running the Olympic Marathon Trials, her next great endurance adventure began: motherhood. Today, Ladia is mom to seven-month-old Gabriel Birch. On this episode, Ladia talks about what new motherhood has been like, and shares the special story of how Baby Gabe got his name. (Without giving away too much: He's named after Ladia's late best friend, professional runner Gabe Grunewald.) Plus: big goals, rainbows, and Taylor Swift. THE LAST TIME LADIA WAS ON THE SHOW:  Episode 178 Episode 215 SPONSOR: UCAN. Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your entire UCAN order! What you’ll get on this episode: All about Gabriel Birch’s name (5:00) Reflecting on the post-Olympic Marathon Trials baby boom (7:45) What it was like running the Olympic Marathon Trials (10:00) What Gabe’s pregnancy was like (15:30) Ladia shares Gabe’s birth story (21:00) What new motherhood has been like for Ladia (25:30) On striving for perfection in motherhood (33:45) Ladia’s return to running since giving birth (43:45) On the power of rainbows (47:30) Taylor Swift talk! (52:30) 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 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!
02/08/211h 7m

403. Diane Nukuri, Three-Time Olympian

“I’m just training and racing and I’m living my best life… I’m living my American Dream.” At 15, Diane Nukuri became an Olympian. At 16, she fled her home country of Burundi, seeking asylum in Canada. By 20, she was a student at the University of Iowa, fluent in English (her third language) and thriving on the run. Soon after, she competed at the 2012 Olympics, then again at the 2016 Games. Today, Diane is a dual citizen of the United States and Burundi, she's a professional runner sponsored by Asics, and she holds the Burundian records in the 1500, the 5,000, the 10,000, the half-marathon, and the marathon. She has represented Burundi in the Olympics three times at three different distances: the 5K in Sydney in 2000, the marathon in London in 2012, and the 10K in Rio in 2016. On this episode, Diane talks about growing up in Burundi as one of eight siblings, and about her decision to leave the country amidst its violent Civil War. She talks about living with family in Ontario, enrolling in a French-speaking high school, and then attending community college so she could learn English and continue running before attending the University of Iowa. Plus, periods, meditation, Diane's fall racing plans, and more! SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: What it means to Diane to be living her best life right now (3:15) How Diane’s running and racing have been going this year (8:15) What Diane has learned from training alongside other fast women (17:30) What it was like growing up in Burundi as one of eight siblings (23:20) On becoming an Olympian at 15 years old (26:30) What it was like seeking asylum from Burundi and moving to Canada (34:15) On building confidence on the run and off at the University of Iowa (41:30) On competing at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics (45:00) The process of becoming a United States citizen (51:00) How Diane gets in the right headspace when she doesn’t feel like running  (55:00) Follow Diane: Instagram @dianenukuri Twitter @ddnukuri Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
29/07/211h 7m

402. What's New With You with Dinée Dorame

“I was just so excited. I knew at that moment that it was going to change my life.”   Last year, Dinée Dorame, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, made her podcast debut as a guest on the Ali on the Run Show. Today: She's a podcast host of her own! At the beginning of 2021, Dinée launched her show, the Grounded podcast, which explores the intersection of running, community, land, and culture. On this episode, Dinée reflects on how the show has changed her life, and how she has found her voice and interview style along the way. She talks about being a recipient of the first-ever Tracksmith Fellowship program, and about being seen in the running community for all that she is, and not as simply "the Native runner." Plus, Dinée offers an update about how her own running is going, and the latest developments in her Accessory Navicular Syndrome. And she shares stories about interviewing some of her first guests on the Grounded podcast, including the legendary Billy Mills, Jordan Marie Daniel, and Meb Keflezighi (who surprisingly FaceTimed Dinée — who was in her pajamas — before their interview).   THE LAST TIME DINEE WAS ON THE SHOW: Dinée Dorame on Episode 239 of the Ali on the Run Show   SPONSOR: UCAN. Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your entire UCAN order!   What you’ll get on this episode: What made Dinée want to start a podcast (5:40) How podcasting has changed Dinée’s life (12:55) Dinée’s dream guests (17:15) All about the time Meb FaceTimed Dinée — by surprise! (20:30) How Dinée has found her interview style, and what her preparation process is like (26:00) On working with mentor Mario Fraioli (31:45) How Dinée hopes people feel when they listen to her podcast (49:20) On being injured (51:00) What has surprised Dinée most about launching a podcast (58:45) On getting engaged and wedding planning (1:00:30)   What we mention on this episode: Mario Fraioli on Episode 266 of the Ali on the Run Show Apply for the Tracksmith Fellowship program Dinée on Episode 145 of The Morning Shakeout podcast IVL Collective @gaithappens on Instagram   Follow Dinée: Instagram @dinee_pink22   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
26/07/211h 13m

401. Ask Ali!

“High hopes, low expectations.”   Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about what I'm watching right now, finding your identity when you can't run, leaving New York City, working in the running industry, and so much more. Plus: another surprise appearance by Brian Cristiano! Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you!   SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order!   You asked: The top five things I’m watching right now (3:10) All about my trip to Ocean City, NJ (10:00) How to find your identity when you don’t have running anymore (18:55) About the mental shift regarding leaving New York City and being happy — not sad — to come back and visit (27:25) All about running with a jogging stroller (36:45) Advice for working in the running industry (44:45) Brian joins the show to share our love story! (53:15)   What I mention on this episode: The Little Mermen Thule Urban Glide II Calum Neff on Episode 318 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
23/07/211h 2m

400. Emily Infeld, Professional Runner

“I’m a bit bummed with how it went, but that’s why I want to get back into more racing. I know I’m fitter than that showcased, and I want to just have fun with racing, because the Olympics are obviously the pinnacle of our sport, but I think there’s so much more aside from that. So I want to have fun with all that, and do what I love, and not feel like because I didn’t make this team it was a failure of a year or I’m a failure of an athlete.”   Emily Infeld arrived at the start line for this year's U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials 10K last month with an impressive running resumé. She's a professional runner with the Bowerman Track Club, specializing in the 5K and 10K. She's a 2016 Olympian and a 2015 World Championships bronze medalist. But along the way, Emily has also been plagued with injuries — one major injury, she says, for every year of her professional career. In spite of injuries, surgeries, and setbacks, Emily has persevered and built immeasurable mental toughness along the way. So when she got to Hayward Field, she had one goal: Make another Olympic team. Unfortunately, like all but three of the athletes that day, Emily didn't finish in the top three, and missed out on this year's Team USA. On this episode, she recaps the long road to the Trials, breaks down that hot race in heartbreaking detail, and talks about what's next.   SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: On racing the 1500m for the first time in eight years (4:30) Has running always been fun for Emily? (7:50) On racing in all this heat lately (9:10) Working on execution vs. focusing on time (13:00) The intimidation factor, and relationships in running (15:55) All about wedding planning! (22:00) On working with Shalane Flanagan as both a teammate and coach (26:00) Emily’s road to the 2021 Olympic Track & Field Trials (31:30) The 10K race plan, and how the race played out (50:45) How Emily recovered emotionally from the Trials, and what’s next (59:20) What Emily’s been whipping up in the kitchen (1:03:15)   What we mention on this episode: Shalane Flanagan on Episode 242 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson on Episode 394 of the Ali on the Run Show Karissa Schweizer & Elise Cranny on Episode 395 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Emily: Instagram @emilyinfeld Twitter @emily_infeld   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
22/07/211h 15m

399. What's New With You with Kate Grace

“Nothing is guaranteed. And because of that, it enabled me to be so present and so thankful and aware of how special the whole thing was.”   Welcome to Season 3 of the What's New With You series, where we catch up with past guests on the Ali on the Run Show. And we're kicking off this season with professional middle-distance runner Kate Grace! The last time Kate was on the show, in December 2017, she had just left her sponsor, Oiselle, to sign with Nike and join the Bowerman Track Club. Now, three and a half years later, Kate has left BTC and is now a member of Team Boss, training under coach Joe Bosshard. (And she's moving! Kate is in the process of relocating from Portland, OR, to Boulder, CO, to train full-time with the team.) On this episode, Kate talks about her decision to change teams, and talks about how training is different with Coach Joe. Plus, she recaps her races at this year's Olympic Track & Field Trials, where she hoped to make her second Olympic team in the 800m, but ultimately fell short of that goal. But Kate isn't sitting around sulking: She is, in her words, "living her best life" right now, and is fresh off a European revenge tour, where she raced four times (in four different countries) in 10 days, earning two wins and three personal bests in the process. (Her new 800m PR is 1:57.2, which she ran in Monaco.)   THE LAST TIME KATE WAS ON THE SHOW: Kate Grace on Episode 53 of the Ali on the Run Show   SPONSOR: UCAN. Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your entire UCAN order!   What you’ll get on this episode: Kate’s moving! (3:30) How Kate’s feeling after a whirlwind 10 days of racing (4:25) Kate’s decision to leave Bowerman Track Club (8:00) On the move to Team Boss (10:30) How Kate’s training is different now that she’s coached by Joe Bosshard (25:30) How Kate was feeling in the weeks leading up to the Olympic Trials (38:00) Reflecting on this year’s 800m races at the Olympic Trials (41:20) All about the Kate Grace Revenge Tour (47:00) Kate’s “white shorts” story (1:04:05)   Follow Kate: Instagram @fastkate Twitter @fastk8   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
19/07/211h 7m

398. Matt Wilpers, Peloton Instructor

“I want you to understand what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. I want you to believe in the mission, and I want you to have fun. I want you to enjoy the process, and I want you to know that what you’re doing is a worthwhile endeavor.”   Like many of us, Matt Wilpers grew up wanting to be a marine biologist. ("I was really into whales," he recalls.) Ultimately, he pursued a career in finance, working as an analyst and auditor with KPMG and, later, Goldman Sachs. When he realized the NYC finance lifestyle wasn't for him, Matt decided to go to medical school, and, as a lifelong athlete and former collegiate runner, started teaching fitness classes on the side. Then, just as he was getting ready to pursue his medical career full-time, he got the call from Peloton. Plot twist! Today, Matt is one of Peloton's most popular cycling and treadmill instructors, and has his own coaching business. On this episode, Matt talks about why he's so passionate about coaching, and why getting to help people on their own fitness journeys is "the dream." He talks about coaching actress Lena Dunham, sharing stories about how while he was hired to help her, it was Lena who changed his life. Plus, he shares loads of qualified running advice about overtraining, race day anxiety, and how to "run arrogant" and more confident. Matt is a 2:54 marathoner, 1:17 half marathoner, and 10:38 Ironman who lives in New York City.   SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: On being a great coach (6:10) What’s making Matt happy right now? (8:15) Matt’s thoughts on returning to full studios (10:00) On being nicknamed “The Baby-Faced Assassin,” and how Matt connects with the people taking his class virtually (11:30) What Matt was like as a kid, and how he got into the finance industry (14:00) What it was like coaching Lena Dunham (20:40) How Matt got the Peloton job (23:30) All about Matt’s coaching philosophy (29:00) How Matt would describe his Peloton classes (36:00) What a day in the life looks like for Matt (37:20) Power Zone Endurance 101 (40:45) The most common mistake Matt sees runners making, plus how to avoid overtraining (43:30) How to “run arrogant,” and what that means (50:00) Matt’s pre-race pep talk (53:50) What’s next for Matt? (56:45)   What we mention on this episode: Becs Gentry on Episode 379 of the Ali on the Run Show Jess Sims on Episode 261 of the Ali on the Run Show Tunde Oyeneyin on Episode 311 of the Ali on the Run Show Olivia Amato on Episode 344 of the Ali on the Run Show Matty Maggiacomo on Episode 350 of the Ali on the Run Show Precision Nutrition Jenny Donnelly on Episode 193 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Matt: Instagram @mattwilpers Website Team Wilpers   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
15/07/211h 12m

397. On the Job with Jill Cardamone, Soup Engineer

“Engineering is really about problem solving. Can you come up with a creative solution, and how do you work through it? My problems, on a day-to-day basis, are working with things like beans and corns and food processing equipment. But really, problem solving can be applied to anything. So I’m here to say that engineering is more than just planes and trains!”   Welcome to the seventh and final episode in Season 5 of the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! We're closing out this season with a soup-er conversation celebrating women in STEM! Today, meet Jill Cardamone, a senior process engineer at Campbell's Soup Company. As a member of the Soup and Broth team in research and development, Jill acts as the middle man that takes what a food scientist creates in the kitchen and translates it to a massive scale. (She'll explain this process in excellent detail using my favorite Superhero Muffins as an example.) In her five years on the job at Campbell's, Jill has dealt with soup emergencies (really!), food supply shortages, clogged equipment during the testing processes, and more, all in search of finding the best solutions possible for when her soup makes its way to your home. Jill is a marathoner and Ironman triathlete who lives in Philadelphia, PA.   SPONSOR: Tracksmith — Use code ONTHEJOB for free shipping, plus five percent of your purchase will be donated to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation.   What we mention on this episode: Victoria Asikis on Episode 349 of the Ali on the Run Show Yuma Haidara on Episode 388 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
13/07/2150m 45s

396. Ask Ali!

“The word should can put us into tricky places. Because who’s to say what we should or should not do? A lot of things in life are a lot more nuanced than should or should not, yes or no, black or white.”   Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about racing, nutrition, New York City must-dos, running plateaus, Orangetheory memories, and so much more. Plus: a surprise appearance by Brian Cristiano! Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you!   SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order!   You asked: If I could only race one distance for the rest of my life, which would it be? (3:00) Do you have any tips for nutrition during high mileage weeks? (5:18) What are your top must-dos and must-sees for a first trip to New York City? (10:15) Advice for hitting a running plateau after coming back from injury (15:45) What are my favorite protein bars? (23:15) What is my favorite thing about being a wife? (27:05) Ali sprints to the finish! (33:15) How to ease back into racing when you want to sign up for all the races! (41:20) Which Orangetheory benchmark days were my favorite? (46:30)   What I mention on this episode: Ali on the Run Show Episode 123: Ali & the Experts Week with Kelly Hogan, Registered Dietitian Ali on the Run Show Episode 39: Registered Dietitian Kelly Hogan Ali on the Run Show Episode 216: LIVE on International Women’s Day Ali on the Run Show Episode 257: Nutrition Q&A with Starla Garcia, Registered Dietitian Ali on the Run Show Episode 200: Starla Garcia, Olympic Trials Qualifier Ali on the Run Show Episode 327: Katie Burke on “Taking Care of You” Lilia Levain Bakery Picky Bars UCAN Chocolate Almond Butter bars   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
09/07/2151m 22s

395. Karissa Schweizer & Elise Cranny, Olympians

"We’re actually going to Tokyo! This is real!"   Karissa Schweizer and Elise Cranny were already teammates as part of the Bowerman Track Club. And now they'll share another team: Team USA. At last month's U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, Karissa and Elise secured their spots on Team USA by racing both the 5K (where Elise won and Karissa took second) and the 10K (where Karissa made a second team, finishing in second place). On this episode, Karissa and Elise reflect on their training leading up to the Trials, and break down both rounds of the 5K and the 10K final. They talk about how their teammate Shelby Houlihan's recent four-year ban from the sport affected them emotionally leading up to the Trials, and they share their excitement about making their first Olympic teams.   SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: Who was in the stands on race day? (6:15) How Karissa and Elise were feeling heading into the Trials, and how the news of Shelby Houlihan’s ban affected their emotions during race week (9:30) What it was like arriving at Hayward Field (15:00) Breaking down the first 5K race (17:50) Breaking down the 5K final (24:00) How Elise and Karissa celebrated the 5K (38:00) What was on Elise and Karissa’s minds heading into the 10K, and how the race played out (40:40) What’s next? (54:30) What, exactly, is team processing? (59:25) The events Karissa and Elise loved watching at the Trials (1:03:30)   Follow Karissa: Instagram @karissaschweiz4 Twitter @karissaschweiz4   Follow Elise: Instagram @elise.cranny   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
08/07/211h 8m

394. Emily Sisson, Olympic Track & Field Trials 10K Champion

"I just remember thinking during the race, 'I’m running my race and I’m doing everything I can to give myself a shot at making this team.' And at the end of the day, if it’s enough, it’s enough."   The last time Emily Sisson was on the Ali on the Run Show, it was to break down her disappointing race at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Today, Emily returns to the show — and this time, we're celebrating! Last month, Emily raced — and won! — the 10,000m at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, earning herself a spot on Team USA for this summer's Olympic Games. On a hot day at Hayward Field in Eugene, OR, Emily took the lead five laps into the 25-lap race, and she held it the entire time, finishing in 31:03 and breaking a 17-year-old Trials record that was formerly held by Deena Kastor. On this episode, Emily talks about the win and shares every detail from race day. She talks about how hot it really was on the track that day, explains how she recovered physically and emotionally after last year's Marathon Trials, and shares how she feels about making her first Olympic team.   SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order!   What you’ll get on this episode: How Emily celebrated her 10K win (3:55) Reflecting back on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (5:35) What Emily’s training was like leading up to the Track & Field Trials (11:00) On arriving at Hayward Field (15:45) Emily’s thoughts on the heat and the 40-woman field (22:30) What it’s like being the one to watch (27:00) How Emily felt at the start of the race (33:55) What it was like lapping the field (40:40) On “running scared” (42:30) When Emily knew she had the win (45:30) What happened after the race (48:00) What Emily has learned from training partner Molly Huddle (51:30)   What we mention on this episode: Emily Sisson on Episode 234 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson on Episode 169 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly Huddle on Episode 391 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Emily: Instagram @em_sisson_ Twitter @em_sisson   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
07/07/2157m 11s

393. On the Job with Erica Sara Reese, Jewelry Designer

“Doubting yourself doesn’t get you anywhere. I decided that I was going to make this happen, and I did.”   More than a decade ago, Erica Sara Reese was having a hard time. She had been working in the fashion industry, as a buyer for companies like Coach and Barneys New York, while pursuing a nutrition degree on the side. But she was also going through a divorce, and she wasn't happy — so she started creating, making jewelry at her dining room table. When her friends started having babies, she noticed they were often getting jewelry to commemorate the life change. And road races, Erica Sara says, were her babies at the time. So why not commemorate that with jewelry? She started designing necklaces and charms with her races and finish times on them, and soon, friends started asking her to design celebratory necklaces for their own races. Erica Sara Designs was born. Today, what started as a side hobby is now a wildly successful small business, and Erica Sara's designs can be seen at finish lines across the country, and on professional athletes like Molly Huddle, Colleen Quigley, and Alysia Montaño.   And Erica Sara is generous! She's offering Ali on the Run Show listeners an exclusive discount off anything on her site. Shop ericasara.com and use code ONTHERUN to get 15% off a custom piece. (These are my favorite necklaces. Treat yourself — or a loved one!)   SPONSOR: Tracksmith — Use code ONTHEJOB for free shipping, plus five percent of your purchase will be donated to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation.   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
06/07/211h 11m

392. Kara Goucher, Olympic Track & Field Trials Commentator

“This was the most fun I’ve had in so long.”   If you watched any of this year's Olympic Track & Field Trials coverage, you would have heard a familiar voice calling the distance races: Kara Goucher! Kara served as commentator and member of the NBC broadcast team at Hayward Field, and today, she's here to tell all. On this episode, Kara talks about how she got the job (she will also be part of the NBC broadcast team during the Olympic Games in Tokyo later this month), how she prepared for the races, and what it was like calling all the action. She reflects on the highlights and heartbreaks from the Trials, talks about making mistakes live on air and how she handled them, and about getting the call that her husband, Adam, had gotten into a car accident right before she was about to go live. As always, Kara is open and honest, and promised nothing was off-limits during this conversation — so yes, she talks about having to wear Nike-branded apparel on air, and whether that swoosh-covering braid was intentional.   SPONSOR: Millennium Running — Use code ONTHERUN for 15% off your order.   What you’ll get on this episode: How Kara feels in the wake of the Trials (4:20) How Kara got the job to join the NBC broadcast team for the Track & Field Trials (10:00) How Kara’s on-camera confidence improved throughout the Trials (21:30) On misgendering Nikki Hiltz during the broadcast, and how Kara handled the mistake (22:55) How Kara prepped and studied for the Trials (26:30) How Kara stayed objective on air — even when some of her best friends were competing (29:15) On the Nike of it all (31:00) What it was like getting the call that Kara’s husband had been in a car accident right before Kara went on air (37:50) Shoe talk, and other “rules” for the broadcast (47:00) What it was like hearing the news break about Shelby Houlihan’s positive test, and how Kara handled covering that during the Trials (51:30) Which performances Kara is still thinking about after the Trials (1:00:40) Kara answers listener questions from the Ali on the Run Show Facebook group (1:14:00)   What we mention on this episode: Kara Goucher on Episode 43 of the Ali on the Run Show Kara Goucher on Episode 86 of the Ali on the Run Show Kara and Adam Goucher on Episode 208 of the Ali on the Run Show Leslie Jones commentating the steeplechase Citius Mag Fast Women newsletter Shelby Houlihan & Karissa Schweizer on Episode 357 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Kara:  Instagram @karagoucher Twitter @karagoucher Facebook Clean Sport Collective Podcast Blog   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
02/07/211h 31m

391. Catching Up with Molly Huddle

“It felt like there was an earthquake in the running world, and we’re seeing these fault lines change everything. And some things are good, and some things are weird.”   As the current American record holder in the 10,000 meters, Molly Huddle was one to watch heading into this year's Olympic Track & Field Trials. But just a few days before the Trials kicked off in Eugene, OR, Molly (who is also the American record holder in the 10 mile, the 20K, and the half-marathon) announced that she wouldn't be racing the 10K after all. She pulled out of the race, citing an injury that she's been dealing with since last year's Olympic Marathon Trials. On this episode, Molly — who represented Team USA at the last two Olympics, in 2012 in the 5000m and in 2016 in the 10,000m — talks about what it was like scratching from the biggest race of the year, and how she's handling the loss of an Olympic cycle and a chance to be on this year's team. She talks about watching her training partner and friend Emily Sisson win the 10K, shares her Trials highlights as a fan of the sport, and reflects on the current state of the running industry as a whole. Plus, Molly talks about what's next, including her running goals, her upcoming book (How She Did It, out next year), and what's on tap for the Keeping Track podcast, which she co-hosts with Roisin McGettigan-Dumas and Alysia Montaño.   SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: What it was like watching training partner Emily Sisson win the 10000m at the Olympic Track & Field Trials (6:20) What it’s been like dealing with an injury for the past year (18:00) Reflecting on racing the Mini 10K a few weeks ago (22:30) Making the decision to scratch from the Trials (35:30) What it was like hearing about Shelby Houlihan’s positive drug test (38:20) How Molly felt emotionally after scratching from the Trials (41:50) Molly’s thoughts on returning to the track, what the fall has in store for her, how book writing is going, and what’s coming soon to Keeping Track (45:00) Molly’s “State of the Running Industry” (55:00)   What we mention on this episode: Molly Huddle on Episode 51 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly Huddle on Episode 66 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly Huddle on Episode 259 of the Ali on the Run Show   Follow Molly:  Instagram @mollyhuddle Twitter @mollyhuddle Website   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
01/07/211h 5m

390. On the Job with Beverly Everett, Symphony Orchestra Conductor

“Classical music may not be what you have playing in your car, but when you come and see all these musicians onstage, you can really connect to it. That’s the hardest challenge — making it accessible and telling people about it.”   Beverly Everett has always been musical. As a kid, she found a passion for playing the organ — and her love for live music never waned. Today, Beverly is living her dream as a conductor and music director for two symphony orchestras (the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra in North Dakota, and the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota). She's also a music teacher, an organist, a rescue dog lover, a cancer survivor, and a marathoner. On this episode, Beverly talks about what a music director does ("It's not just standing up there and waving our arms around"), shares her thoughts on the lack of women in the industry, and talks about the confidence it takes to stand in front of both an orchestra and a live audience.   SPONSOR: Tracksmith — Use code ONTHEJOB for free shipping, plus five percent of your purchase will be donated to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation.   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
29/06/211h 6m

389. Brent & Kyle Pease, Ironman Duo Team

“I started crying. It was so intense. I was shaking with fear. And I just look up at Kyle, and I say, ‘I want you to know that being your brother has been one of the greatest joys of my life. And I promise you, no matter what happens today, I’ll give you every ounce of energy that I have. And all I ask is that you do the same.’ And he looks back at me and says, ‘You got it.’ And then the cannon fires.” —Brent Pease   In 2010, Brent Pease completed his first Ironman triathlon. That night, his younger brother, Kyle — who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child — asked if someone in a wheelchair could do an Ironman. Brent said yes, and the rest, as they say, is history. Growing up, the Pease family was insistent that Kyle be able to do whatever his brothers were doing. They would play games, make up the rules, and adjust them as they went along, making sure the game was fair for everyone. Inclusion, the brothers say, was always a part of their lives. (One of their mottos is "where there's a wheel, there's a way.") Today, Brent and Kyle are known around the world as one of the most competitive duo teams at triathlons and marathons. They've completed major marathons (they talk about the 2015 New York City Marathon on this episode — have your tissues ready), and they've competed together at the Ironman World Championships in Kona. (They became the first push-assisted team of brothers to do so. Proof indeed that someone in a wheelchair absolutely can do an Ironman.) They are also the founders of the Kyle Pease Foundation, whose mission is to improve the lives of people with disabilities through sports. It's an honor to have them on the show, together, today.   SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: What it was like growing up in the Pease family (5:00) “Can people in wheelchairs do an Ironman?” (9:00) On starting to run — and race — together as a duo team (17:30) What it’s like racing triathlons as a duo team (29:30) Kyle talks about what racing feels like for him (40:30) Looking back on the 2015 New York City Marathon (48:30) What it was like competing at the 2018 Ironman World Championships in Kona (1:01:15) What Brent and Kyle decided to do after Ironman 2018 (1:12:30) How the Kyle Pease Foundation was affected by the pandemic, and what they need right now (1:15:15) All about Jesse Itzler’s Everesting challenge, “29029” (1:18:30)   What we mention on this episode: Beyond the Finish, by Brent and Kyle Pease 29029 Everesting   Follow Brent & Kyle: Instagram @walkingwithkp   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
24/06/211h 28m

388. On the Job with Yuma Haidara, Commercial Truck Driver

“I had never seen a woman trucker. I was going to be an anomaly to myself.” Yuma Haidara had a plan. After high school, she enlisted in the Navy. After serving for seven years, she went on to nursing school, in pursuit of becoming a pediatric nurse. But something caught her eye on her daily commute: a trucking school. One day, Yuma decided to pull in and see what it was all about. And the rest, as they say, is history. Yuma enrolled in the three-week course to get her commercial driver's license (CDL), and today, she is a truck driver for Walmart. Yuma, who is based out of New Hampshire, spends 14 hours a day on the road, bringing general merchandise (anything that's not groceries — so TVs, clothes, sneakers, tools, tires, even Christmas trees) to and from warehouses and stores. On this episode, she talks about why this is the perfect job and why she loves being alone in the truck with her music and audiobooks. She talks about being the only woman in her class getting her CDL, offers tips for sharing the road with truckers, and addresses stereotypes about truckers and truck stop culture. She talks about staying safe on the road, shares her scariest experience while driving, and talks about being an essential worker during the pandemic. Plus, she shares her running story, and explains how running fits into her long days on the road. And when she's not driving or running, Yuma is an entrepreneur: She's the creator of A Yummy Life body butter! SPONSOR: Tracksmith — Use code ONTHEJOB for free shipping, plus five percent of your purchase will be donated to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation. What we mention on this episode? Melissa Cummings on Episode 375 of the Ali on the Run Show She Runs This Town Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
22/06/211h 2m

387. Ask Ali!

"I had the stuff I needed. I had the things. But I didn’t have the confidence." Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about postpartum running, what a day in the life looks like, what it's like entering the other side of the pandemic, llamas and alpacas, running in New York City, and so much more. Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! You asked: Do you have any advice for postpartum running? And what is a typical weekday like for you? (2:50) What are you most excited for about your new home in New Hampshire? (17:45) Do you prepare your responses to the Ask Ali episodes? (22:35) What is it like on the other side of Covid? (33:00) How are the llamas and alpacas next door? (44:20) Where to run in New York City, and how to find a running group (48:20) What I mention on this episode: Kristin Mallon on Episode 136 of the Ali on the Run Show The Idea of You by Robinne Lee Victoria Asikis on Episode 349 of the Ali on the Run Show NYRR Clubs & Teams list Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
18/06/2158m 38s

386. Elise Cranny, Professional Runner for the Bowerman Track Club

“I feel so lucky that running has made me feel empowered and given me a lot of confidence. Finding that throughout high school was something that was really life-changing for me. I really want the younger generation to have that opportunity and to see the power of sport and the power they can find in themselves and in their team, and in connecting with others who have similar goals and passions. I really want to inspire that younger generation and see all the great things that they can do.”   Welcome to U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials Week! The Trials officially kick off tomorrow, June 18, at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, OR, and today's guest, Elise Cranny, is definitely one to watch. Elise runs professionally for Nike and the Bowerman Track Club, and she will be competing in both the 5K (June 18) and 10K (June 26). Elise comes into the Trials with the fastest qualifying time in the 10K, and the third-fastest time in the 5K (behind her BTC teammates Shelby Houlihan and Karissa Schweizer), and she is fit, both physically and mentally. Just a few weeks ago, Elise won the 1500m event at the Portland Track Festival, running a 4:02 and earning both a personal best and an Olympic qualifying time (though she won't be going for the 1500m at the Trials). Before going pro, Elise was a standout runner at Stanford University. She was a 12-time All-American, and finished second at NCAA Championships four times. On this episode, Elise talks about her path to the Trials, her dreams for making her first Olympic team, her history with RED-S, and her experience as a Voice in Sport mentor. Keep your eyes on Elise this week!   SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones.   What you’ll get on this episode: Elise talks about her 1500m win at the Portland Track Festival (3:50) Elise confirms which events she’ll be competing in at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials (7:20) On training at altitude in Park City, UT (11:50) Comparing the 1500, 5K, and 10K (14:30) What it’s like working with Coach Shalane Flanagan (17:50) The workouts Elise loves — and the ones she loves a little bit less (22:00) On getting dropped at practice (25:40) How Elise has built her mental toughness and confidence (29:00) What Elise says her strengths and weaknesses are on the run (31:00) What Bowerman Track Club practice is like (35:00) Elise shares her running story (37:00) Elise’s experience with RED-S in college (42:10) On the decision to go pro (46:30) Elise looks back on her first practice with Bowerman Track Club (50:00) Elise shares her pre-race rituals (1:01:20) Elise’s biggest hopes, dreams, and goals both on and off the track (1:06:00)   What we mention on this episode: Sinclaire Johnson on Episode 373 of the Ali on the Run Show Gabriela DeBues-Stafford on Episode 353 of the Ali on the Run Show Shelby Houlihan & Karissa Schweizer on Episode 357 of the Ali on the Run Show Shalane Flanagan on Episode 242 of the Ali on the Run Show Voice in Sport Sterling K. Brown’s 2018 Stanford University commencement address   Follow Elise: Instagram @elise.cranny   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
17/06/211h 15m

385. On the Job with Emily Kikta, New York City Ballet Dancer

"The whole day revolved around dance. And that, to me, was the dream."   "When I'm onstage," Emily Kikta says, "no one can stop me." Emily is living every aspiring ballerina's dream: She's a corps de ballet member at New York City Ballet, where she has been a member of the company for 10 years. On this episode, Emily talks about her road to a Center Stage-like life. She grew up competing with her local dance studio, and went on to attend the School of American Ballet, which is the feeder school for NYCB. She talks about getting a job in the company, about her first performance onstage, and about how she keeps the magic alive onstage every night. She also talks about the pandemic's impact on the arts industry, and about how she and her fiancé (fellow NYCB member Peter Walker) turned to choreographing, directing, and producing during their forced time offstage. Plus, Emily talks about body image in the dance community, what a day in the life is like, and how she got into running during the pandemic.   SPONSOR: Tracksmith — Use code ONTHEJOB for free shipping, plus five percent of your purchase will be donated to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation.   Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
15/06/211h 13m

384. Sarah Lesko, Oiselle's Leader of Corporate Development

“Sometimes you just need an advocate to kick you in the pants.” Sarah Lesko just might be one of the most-loved women in the running industry. As the leader of corporate development for Oiselle, Sarah — or "Lesko," as most call her — is beloved by her colleagues, by Oiselle's elite athletes, and by the hundreds of members of the Volée team. So what is about Lesko that makes people so drawn to her? After hearing about Oiselle from countless women on this show — Lauren Fleshman, Sally Bergesen, Alison Mariella Désir, Rebecca Mehra, Kara Goucher, Courtney Carter — it's time to hear from Lesko herself! On this episode, Sarah talks about growing up on a commune, going to (and running for) Yale, and becoming a doctor. She talks about the health issue that forced her to take an 18-year break from running, and explains what drew her back in and got her on the run again. She talks about having kids (she's a mom to three boys) while in her medical residency, and about life as a mom and family medicine doctor. And she talks about her decision to leave the medical industry in 2015 to work for Oiselle. Today, Sarah manages Oiselle's philanthropic efforts, its Bras For Girls program, and the elite team. In this conversation, she reflects on helping grow the brand, including the initiatives she's proudest of, and the missteps along the way. Plus, she talks about why, at 52, she's proud to be "faster as a master." SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. EMBED EPISODE HERE What you’ll get on this episode: How was your run today? (4:40) What’s dominating your brain right now? (5:55) What Sarah’s childhood was like as a self-proclaimed “child of hippies” (9:30) On med school, raising children during med school, and becoming a family medicine doctor (14:20) Meeting Sally Bergesen, and the road to Oiselle (22:25) Why Sarah took 18 years off of running (25:21) Reflecting on where Oiselle was at when Lesko entered the picture (29:50) On leaning in to internet culture, engaging with influencers in the running space, and starting to sign and sponsor professional athletes (34:35) What, exactly, Lesko does all day, and all about Bras for Girls (42:45) On being so loved (48:45) How Oiselle has evolved over the years (52:00) On hiring Alison Mariella Désir, and the brand’s goals for DEI work (58:45) The role running plays in Sarah’s life right now (1:05:25) What we mention on this episode: Sally Bergesen on Episode 48 of the Ali on the Run Show Lauren Fleshman on Episode 103 of the Ali on the Run Show Bras For Girls Oiselle Light Luxe Fabric Alison Mariella Désir on Episode 292 of the Ali on the Run Show Kara Goucher on Episode 86 of the Ali on the Run Show Running Industry Diversity Coalition Follow Sarah: Instagram @drlesko Twitter @drlesko Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
10/06/211h 20m

383. On the Job with Joelle Tomlinson, Morning News Host

“I always felt a special thrill with anchoring, but I had zero idea if I was any good at it! But there was potential there.” Joelle Tomlinson wakes up at 3:02 AM — precisely — every day in pursuit of her dream job as a CTV Calgary morning news host. On this episode, Joelle talks about what it's like anchoring the news, and what her road to the news desk was like. (It involved a stopover as a weather girl!) She busts some common misperceptions about being a face on TV, talks about the pressure to look or dress a certain way, and shares the types of stories she loves covering, the ones that still give her butterflies, and the ones that have had the greatest impact on her. She talks about how she's learned to put her emotions aside when covering difficult stories, and about why, sometimes, it's OK to cry on live TV. Plus, she talks about her morning routine, dealing with criticism from viewers, and all the unseen parts of the job. When Joelle isn't live on televisions across Canada, she's most likely getting sweaty: She's an ultramarathoner and spin instructor who signed up for her next ultra within an hour of us finishing this recording! SPONSOR: Tracksmith — Use code ONTHEJOB for free shipping, plus five percent of your purchase will be donated to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation. EMBED HERE Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
08/06/211h 8m

382. Ask Ali!

“It’s not easy, but I’m at a point now of knowing I can handle it. It’s not always fun — but I can handle it. And I know you can, too.” Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about why I (mostly) stopped drinking, how to practice getting comfortable saying no, wishing for a new body, what life could be like without running and podcasting, and so much more. Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! You asked: Why aren’t you drinking anymore? (2:30) How do you get more comfortable saying no? (7:20) What is my strength training routine? (14:05) Do you have any advice for mentally getting back into running when you’ve been sidelined for a while? (17:35) Do I ever wish for a new body? (26:35) What is my favorite race that I’ve announced? (33:00) What would my life be like if I didn’t start podcasting and running? (38:00) What’s the process of choosing guests for the Ali on the Run Show? (40:00) Tips for running in the heat (45:45) What I mention on this episode: Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries The Injured Athletes Club podcast Clearwater Running Festival 2022 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
04/06/2152m 54s

381. Charlie Lawrence, Des Linden's 50K Pacer

“This is a definite compliment from Des. She was like, ‘I like you enough where I can hang out with you for three hours!’” In April, Des Linden made history by making her ultramarathon debut and, in the process, breaking the world record in the 50K (2:59:54) and becoming the first woman to run a 50K in under three hours. And while Des may hold the new record, she didn't go it alone: She was joined by Charlie Lawrence. Charlie ran at the University of Minnesota, and made his marathon debut at the California International Marathon in 2018, where he ran a 2:16 and earned himself an Olympic Trials qualifying time. On this episode, Charlie talks about what it was like pacing Des that day in Oregon, including what their pre-race conversation was like, what he remembers most from the race, and what he thought about his first "Shoey." And go give Charlie some love: He'll be racing the 50K road championships next weekend! SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: How Charlie got the job as Des’s pacer (4:20) How Des and Charlie met (7:45) What 2021 was looking like for Charlie on the run (9:50) How Charlie trained and prepared for the 50K (13:30) What Des and Charlie’s pre-race talk was like (17:30) What the race was like (27:30) Highlights from race day (32:40) What the finish line and post-race celebrations were like (36:15) What’s next for Charlie? (43:20) Is this the life Young Charlie imagined? (47:55) What we mention on this episode: Des Linden on Episode 363 of the Ali on the Run Show Billy Yang on YouTube Calum Neff on Episode 318 of the Ali on the Run Show The CIM Pacers on Episode 196 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Charlie: Instagram @lawrence_char Twitter @lawrence_char Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
03/06/211h 0m

380. On the Job with Rikki Gimelstob, Casting Director

“As much as this is your job and this is serious, there’s a lot of fun and joy in the process.” Welcome to Season 5 of the On the Job series on the Ali on the Run Show! On this series, we hear from women who have cool, unique, interesting careers — and who also happen to be runners. We’re kicking off this season with Rikki Gimelstob, a casting director who works on films, television shows, commercials, and theater productions. (Most recently, Rikki worked on the upcoming Dear Evan Hansen film, and the new AMC show Kevin Can F**k Himself, starring Annie Murphy of Schitt’s Creek fame!) On this episode, Rikki explains what, exactly, a casting director does. She explains how she got into the industry (it involves the opera!), and addresses whether or not what she does is actually like what we’ve all seen on Entourage. Plus, she talks about some of the craziest dressing room requests she’s seen, and shares her thoughts on diversity in the industry. (When you’re done listening, go watch this — the greatest video ever on YouTube, or anywhere.) SPONSOR: Tracksmith — Use code ONTHEJOB for free shipping, plus five percent of your purchase will be donated to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation. Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
01/06/211h 7m

379. Becs Gentry, Peloton Tread & Strength Instructor

“You give yourself your own life raft, and it feels so great to come up for air and think, jeez, that was a close call! But I’m here. And it’s given me strength to go further and deeper than that next time.” Becs Gentry is a Peloton Tread and Strength instructor, and in March, she added another very impressive title to her fitness resume: 2:32 marathoner and Olympic Marathon Trials competitor for Team Great Britain. On this episode, Becs — who is from the UK but has lived in New York City since she took the Peloton job in 2019 — talks about what it was like being invited to compete for Team GB, and about what it took to finish fourth that day and to run a nearly five-minute personal best time. She talks about her training and how she prepared for race day, including how she balances her own training with teaching and how she survived a 22-mile run on a treadmill one day. She talks about the dark days and the tough runs, and how she got through them, and shares her own struggles with confidence both on and off the roads and treadmill. Plus, she talks about privacy and why she didn't tell her parents she was auditioning to be a Peloton instructor, and why she didn't tell people she was training for the Trials until shortly before race day. Finally, Becs talks about how she's learned to deal with the pressure of racing, whether it's an unplanned 5K (she did it once and says "never again") or an ultramarathon (of which she's done several). SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: How the opportunity to run the Olympic Trials came about, and when it first became a dream for Becs (6:45) Where Becs was at with running when she found out she would be competing in the Trials (17:00) How Becs trained for the Trials (21:00) On confidence (24:15) That time Becs ran 22 miles on a treadmill (30:20) How Becs balances teaching at Peloton with her own training (34:20) What race day was like (47:00) On dealing with tough moments during races — and getting past them (1:03:10) How Becs recovered, physically and emotionally, from the Trials and from the 2019 New York City Marathon (1:05:10) Did Becs have any idea how big Peloton would be, and how well-known she would be? (1:13:00) Why Becs didn’t tell her parents she auditioned for the Peloton job (1:16:30) What we mention on this episode: Jess Sims on Episode 261 of the Ali on the Run Show Tunde Oyeneyin on Episode 311 of the Ali on the Run Show Olivia Amato on Episode 344 of the Ali on the Run Show Matty Maggiacomo on Episode 350 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Becs: Instagram @becsgentry Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
27/05/211h 28m

378. Ask Ali!

"You don’t know everything. I share a lot, and that still is only a fraction of my life, of my thoughts, of my opinions, of my day." Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about the mental component of Crohn's disease, my Enneagram type (3w2!), my thoughts on raising a daughter in the era of Instagram filters, getting back into running after a long break, Outback Steakhouse, "parasocial relationships," and more. Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! You asked: How to carry things on the run (2:29) The mental component of Crohn’s disease + how often I use my Peloton Tread (9:27) What is my Enneagram type? (19:59) My thoughts on raising a daughter in the time of Instagram filters and Kardashians (25:22) Advice for getting back into running after a long break (33:00) My pre-race dinner, running the Falmouth Road Race, and sounding “smooth” on the microphone (40:30) On “parasocial relationships” (46:20) What I mention on this episode: SPIBelt FlipBelt Koala Clip lululemon Far and Free Jacket Danielle Cemprola on Episode 41 of the Ali on the Run Show Audio-Technica AT2020 microphone RINGR Audacity Be There in Five podcast Clearwater Running Festival 2022 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!
21/05/2158m 28s

377. Colleen Quigley, lululemon Athlete

“I’m the quarterback of my life. All these different people play supporting roles, and I need all of them for sure. You can’t be a team with only a quarterback. But I get to be the one in charge, making the plays. And that feels super empowering and very exciting.” Colleen Quigley is arguably one of the most influential track and field athletes today. She's a professional athlete who primarily competes in the Steeplechase, and she's a Team USA Olympian, a Florida State University alum, an NCAA champion, a model, and a mental health advocate. Colleen spent the first five years of her professional career sponsored by Nike and competing with the Bowerman Track Club in Portland, OR. But at the end of 2020, Colleen announced she was making a change: She was no longer sponsored by Nike, and was leaving the Bowerman Track Club. Now, after many months of anticipation and much speculation, Colleen announced yesterday that she has signed with lululemon, and is officially a lululemon-sponsored athlete. On this episode, Colleen talks all about her decision to leave Nike and BTC, and about what this lululemon partnership looks like. She talks about what it's like navigating sponsorships in the running industry today (with the help of Allyson Felix's brother, Wes), and about why a less-traditional model works for her right now. Plus, she shares that she'll be moving to Los Angeles with her boyfriend this fall, and talks about how she's feeling heading into this summer's U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: All about Colleen’s new sponsorship deal, including why she left Nike and Bowerman Track Club (4:30) What Colleen’s lululemon sponsorship (or partnership!) entails (13:30) What shoes will Colleen be racing in? (23:15) What Colleen has learned about the professional running scene (26:35) Is a Peloton partnership in the works? (34:15) On speaking up, standing up, getting loud — and reading the comments (37:00) Why Colleen is passionate about mental health (46:00) How has Colleen’s life been different than what she imagined? (56:00) How Colleen is feeling — physically and mentally — heading into the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials (58:15) What we mention on this episode: Jasmine Blocker Coffey Running to Protest Colleen’s "Open Letter to the Bowerman Track Club" Armchair Expert with Prince Harry Cheat Code Follow Colleen: Instagram @steeple_squigs Twitter @steeple_squigs Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
20/05/211h 12m

376. Cara Enright on Completing the Goggins Challenge

“I really threw myself into everything that made me uncomfortable.” Happy Bonus Episode Day! Cara Enright is someone I've wanted to have on the show for a long time, and I couldn't decide whether to include her in the Everyday Runner series (a runner with a full-time job and lots of hobbies!) or to share her episode on a Thursday — and so, the solution is a bonus episode, in the middle, today! Cara Enright is a New York City-based runner (and former competitive jump roper!) who works in pharmaceutical recruiting. Last month, Cara and a group of runners (including The Bachelorette's Zac Clark) completed the Goggins Challenge: They ran four miles every four hours for 48 hours straight. On this episode, Cara talks about how she got involved, how she prepared, and what the experience was like. (By the end of the challenge, the group had also raised more than $80,000 for the Release Recovery Foundation.) When she's not working or running through Times Square at 1 AM with her friends, Cara is the women's captain for the Brooklyn Track Club, and is a partner with Free People Movement. SPONSOR: Ranger Ready Repellents — Use code ONTHERUN10 for 10% off your purchase. What you’ll get on this episode: All about competitive jump roping (3:45) Cara shares her running story (6:25) On navigating the New York City running scene (9:30) The role running plays in Cara’s life now (18:45) How Cara’s feeling after completing the Goggins Challenge (23:30) What it was actually like running the Goggins Challenge in NYC (32:10) On raising more than $80K for the Release Recovery Foundation (43:30) All about Cara’s role with Free People Movement (49:30) What’s next on the run? (55:00) What we mention on this episode: Cara’s "butt jumping" video! Julia Lucas on Episode 356 of the Ali on the Run Show Brooklyn Track Club Electric Athletic Club Chris Chavez on Episode 262 of the Ali on the Run Show Izzy Seidel on Episode 236 of the Ali on the Run Show Izzy Seidel on Episode 341 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Cara: Instagram @therealcaraenright Twitter @careenright Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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 iTunes or Apple Podcasts. And, as always, spread the run love by sharing this episode with your friends, family members, running buddies, or favorite internet strangers!
19/05/211h 8m

375. The Everyday Runner, Melissa Cummings

“I’m very proud that I have managed to, in less than a year, do four half marathons. It’s not something I ever could have dreamed of doing. And I’m just proud I have really stuck it out. Because it’s hard. It’s not easy to try to work yourself back from a poor health standard, or to bring yourself out of that mental hole that people can fall into. I’m very proud that I have stood up and said, ‘I need help, and I need to make a change.’ That’s a huge step for anybody to take. The fact that I’ve taken that step and I keep moving forward… That means a lot to me.” Welcome to the final episode of the newest series on the Ali on the Run Show: The Everyday Runner. For the past four weeks, we’ve been hearing from runners who are just like you and me. Not professional athletes — these runners have jobs, families, and responsibilities beyond this sport we all love so much. Today, we wrap things up with Melissa Cummings, a runner — or “walker with purpose,” as she likes to say — from Manchester, NH. On this episode, Melissa shares the story of wanting to take back control of her life, and how she found running, racing, and a welcoming running club along the way. She talks about that title, “runner,” and shares her thoughts on whether or not she — as a four-time half-marathoner — has embraced it yet. She talks about what it was like joining the Millennium Running Club, and what it was like being named 2020’s Club Member of the Year. And she talks about her experience with depression, and how running has helped. SPONSOR: Picky Bars — Visit pickybars.com/ontherun, where code ONTHERUN gets you 20% off. (Join the Picky Club and get an extra 20% off.) What you’ll get on this episode: What Melissa’s childhood was like as the youngest of five children (6:45) How Melissa found running (11:00) How one race became a year of races (18:45) On joining a running club (23:30) Melissa’s quest to “take back her life” (33:30) On becoming a half-marathoner! (35:45) On being named Millennium Running’s Club Member of the Year (45:15) What got Melissa to sign up for a marathon (50:40) On owning the title, “runner” (54:00) Follow Melissa: Instagram @mlynette01 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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 iTunes or Apple Podcasts. And, as always, spread the run love by sharing this episode with your friends, family members, running buddies, or favorite internet strangers!
18/05/211h 9m

374. Keturah Orji, Triple Jump American Record Holder

“I noticed that there were young Black girls without role models in their communities. Because of lack of representation in our society, sometimes we don’t see people that look like us doing things that we want to do, so we think that we can’t do it. And that definitely applied to me.” As U.S. Track & Field athletes across the country gear up for the Olympic Trials (June 18–27), triple jumper and long jumper Keturah Orji is feeling good. And rightfully so: Keturah, who was named the NCAA's Collegiate Woman of the Decade, just took back the American Record in the triple jump (14.92m)! On this episode, the 2016 Olympian and five-time U.S. champion talks about what it takes to be at the top of the jumping game. (If you're new to the triple jump and long jump, fear not: Keturah offers a "Jumping 101" halfway into the episode, breaking down what, exactly, these events entail, and what it takes to master them.) She talks about how she found jumping, what her goals are for this year's Trials, and what it was like competing at the 2016 Games, where she finished fourth in the triple jump and missed making the podium by just three centimeters. Keturah currently trains at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in California, and when she's not there, she's working toward her master's degree in accounting. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: On setting the American Record in the triple jump (4:30) What it was like competing at the 2016 Olympic Games, as a 20-year-old college sophomore (9:05) Keturah’s race-day rituals (13:30) All about Keturah’s childhood, and how she discovered running and jumping (14:30) On the decision to go pro, and what it’s like training at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Center (21:35) Are jumpers getting enough credit? (28:30) Triple Jump & Long Jump 101, and what Keturah’s training looks like right now (32:20) Keturah’s plans and goals for the Olympic Track & Field Trials (41:10) On being a newlywed (47:30) “I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams” (51:50) What we mention on this episode: Atomic Habits by James Clear Follow Keturah: Instagram @ktorr1 Twitter @keturahorji Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
13/05/2158m 2s

373. Sinclaire Johnson, Professional Runner for the Bowerman Track Club

“I feel like I’m in a good position to have a real crack at making the team.” With the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials coming up, now's a great time to get to know as many of the competitors as possible! Today (bonus episode day!), Bowerman Track Club's Sinclaire Johnson is here. Sinclaire is BTC's resident rookie: She joined the team last year, and made her official debut as a Bowerman member in February, where she ran and won the 800m at the Prickly Pear Invitational. (Not bad for the new kid!) On this episode, Sinclaire confirms that she will be competing in the 1500m at the Trials (her personal best is a 4:03.72, officially making her one to watch). She talks about running at Oklahoma State University, where she was the 2019 NCAA 1500m champion, and explains her decision to forgo her fifth-year eligibility in favor of going pro. She talks about signing with Nike, and about why she wanted to join Bowerman Track Club. (It has a little something to do with Shelby Houlihan.) Sinclaire and the team are training at altitude in Park City right now, though she otherwise calls Portland, OR, home. SPONSOR: Ranger Ready Repellents — Use code ONTHERUN10 for 10% off your purchase. What you’ll get on this episode: What life is like training at altitude in Park City (3:55) Sinclaire talks about her Bowerman Track Club racing debut — and win! (12:30) How Sinclaire is feeling looking forward to the Track & Field Trials (17:45) What Sinclaire’s childhood was like, and when running entered the picture (21:45) On winning NCAA Championships in the 1500m in 2019 (31:30) The decision to go pro (37:45) Why Bowerman Track Club? (43:45) All about Craig (55:00) What we mention on this episode: Shelby Houlihan on Episode 357 of the Ali on the Run Show Emma Abrahamson’s “A Day in the Life of Sinclaire Johnson” video Emma Abrahamson on Episode 319 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Sinclaire: Instagram @sinclairejohnson Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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 iTunes or Apple Podcasts. And, as always, spread the run love by sharing this episode with your friends, family members, running buddies, or favorite internet strangers!
12/05/211h 2m

372. The Everyday Runner, Dr. Margi Johnson

"At times in my life when I’ve struggled or when I’ve maybe been less than my best self, my mom always asks, 'When was the last time you went for a run?'" Welcome to the newest series on the Ali on the Run Show: The Everyday Runner. On this series, we’re hearing from runners who are just like you and me. Not professional athletes — these runners have jobs, families, and responsibilities beyond this sport we all love so much. Today, meet Dr. Margi Johnson. Margi is a family medicine physician and mom of three with big goals and dreams on the run. (Hint: She wants to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials someday, which would mean running a sub-2:45 marathon!) On this episode, Margi shares her story of being an "airlift baby," born in Vietnam and brought to the United States, where she was adopted and raised. She talks about being athletic as a child, but admits that running was never her first love. (She chose to be a jumper, because she wanted the sport that involved the least amount of running! The irony!) It wasn't until Margi was in her surgical residency — with two kids and a third to come — that she rediscovered and truly fell in love with running. Margi talks about what the past year has been like for frontline workers, shares her story of getting Covid a whopping three times, and explains her family's decision to relocate from New Jersey to Georgia. SPONSOR: Picky Bars — Visit pickybars.com/ontherun, where code ONTHERUN gets you 20% off. (Join the Picky Club and get an extra 20% off.) What you’ll get on this episode: Margi shares her adoption story, and what it meant to be an “airlift baby” (6:15) How Margi became a runner — and a jumper! (14:00) The road to becoming a doctor (21:20) On rediscovering running as an adult, a resident, and a mother (29:30) When Margi finally started calling herself a runner (41:45) When Margi finds time to run, and what this past year has been like for her (50:10) Adjusting to life in Georgia (59:45) Follow Margi: Instagram @chasing_an_otq Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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 iTunes or Apple Podcasts. And, as always, spread the run love by sharing this episode with your friends, family members, running buddies, or favorite internet strangers!
11/05/211h 17m

371. Motherhood LIVE, with Lauren Fleshman, Alysia Montaño, Stephanie Bruce, & Dawn Harper-Nelson

Happy Mother's Day! Earlier this week, I had the honor and privilege of hosting a virtual live show with four inspiring, iconic women: Lauren Fleshman, Alysia Montaño, Stephanie Bruce, and Dawn Harper-Nelson. It was an open, honest, totally unfiltered conversation about the realities of motherhood — the good, the bad, the messy, the 4 AM feedings, and the pressure we put on ourselves to, sigh, "do it all." We talked about asking for help, and why that can be more complicated than it seems, and talked about what mothers need — like really need — to thrive in society today. (And we raised more than $5,000 for &Mother — Alysia's organization that is dedicated to breaking down barriers that limit a woman's choice to pursue and thrive in both career and motherhood — in the process!) And on a personal note: Whatever stage of motherhood you are in, please know that I see you, and you are not alone. If you're an aspiring mom, if you are trying to conceive, if you are basking in new motherhood, if you are struggling in new motherhood, if you're a seasoned mom, if you have a complicated relationship with your own mother, whatever stage or phase you are in right now, know that I see you. I see how hard you are working, how hard you are trying, how you are showing up every day, doing your best. And if no one has told you yet today: You're doing great. Truly. Mother's Day can bring up a lot of emotions for a lot of people, and I want you to protect your heart, today and always. I hope this conversation will help some people feel seen or less alone, but I also know that spending 90 minutes hearing about motherhood may not serve a lot of people right now, so please do what is best for you. [Hug.] SPONSOR: Picky Bars — Visit pickybars.com/ontherun, where code ONTHERUN gets you 20% off. (Join the Picky Club and get an extra 20% off.) For more: Lauren Fleshman on Episode 103 of the Ali on the Run Show Lauren Fleshman & Jesse Thomas on Episode 161 of the Ali on the Run Show Alysia Montaño on Episode 259 of the Ali on the Run Show Steph Bruce on Episode 104 of the Ali on the Run Show Steph & Ben Bruce on Episode 206 of the Ali on the Run Show Steph Bruce on Episode 354 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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 iTunes or Apple Podcasts. And, as always, spread the run love by sharing this episode with your friends, family members, running buddies, or favorite internet strangers!
08/05/211h 32m

370. Ask Ali!

"Having an invisible illness yourself is a constant reminder that you never know what other people are dealing with." Welcome to Ask Ali, a bi-weekly series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about what I'm looking forward to (and what I'm anxious about) as life begins to return to "normal," whether podcast guests ever annoy me, my personal running progression over the years, what life without Crohn's disease could have been like, and new motherhood. Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! What I mention on this episode: Natalie Morales on Episode 33 of the Ali on the Run Show Matty Maggiacomo on Episode 350 of the Ali on the Run Show The Motherhood Center of New York 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!
07/05/2159m 6s

369. Devon Pass Talks Travel, Running, Copywriting, Motherhood, & More

“So, there is hope. I am still an optimist about this, and I’m doing as much as I can to keep myself healthy. If this is my destiny or whatever and there’s nothing I can do to stop it, that’s fine. But I’m gonna live my life to the fullest in the meantime, because nothing is guaranteed. So I’ll keep challenging myself to do things while my mind and my body are able.” I have been following Devon Pass since before she was Devon Pass. Devon was one of the OG bloggers in the early 2010s, and I loved following her travel adventures on Tumblr. (She was Devon Mills at the time.) Today, Devon is married to her husband, Aaron, and they live in Washington with their five-year-old daughter, Evie. Devon is a copywriter for Nordstrom (cool!), and is a six-time marathoner. We cover a lot of ground in this episode — it really was just catching up with an old friend. Devon talks about how she learned to save money in her twenties, and how she was able to support herself while she traveled the world. She talks about the moments that made her stronger along the way, and talks about how she met her now husband. She shares her running story, and talks about what she's doing right now to get faster and stronger. She talks candidly about new motherhood, and what it was like being the first in her friend group to have a baby. And she talks about her mom, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in her sixties. (Tissue warning for this part of the conversation.) It's a well-rounded conversation that perfectly showcases this well-rounded woman. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: How was your run today? (5:30) Devon shares her running story, and talks about a recent unsettling encounter on the run (9:00) On having a goal-oriented mentality, and where that came from (22:50) Devon looks back on her time traveling the world alone in her early twenties (28:30) Reflecting on new motherhood (40:00) What Devon’s days are like as a copywriter for Nordstrom (49:20) Why Devon says her marriage has been “stronger and happier than ever” during the pandemic (54:20) Devon talks about her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis (1:03:30) What we mention on this episode: Down Dog app @trackclubbabe @charihawkins American Glutton podcast The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey The Art of Non-Conformity "Puzzle Pieces," Devon’s post about being a new mom Keep Sharp by Sanjay Gupta Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor Follow Devon: Instagram @dev.on.running Blog Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
06/05/211h 36m

368. The Everyday Runner, Meg Navatto

"I don’t chase podiums and PRs. I have a tendency to chase clocks and cutoffs. And that’s fine with me." Welcome to the newest series on the Ali on the Run Show: The Everyday Runner. On this series, we’re hearing from runners who are just like you and me. Not professional athletes — these runners have jobs, families, and responsibilities beyond this sport we all love so much. Last week, we kicked things off with Jen Correa, the mom of two whose family lost everything in Hurricane Sandy. Today, meet Meg Navatto! Meg is a cell genetic technologist from Long Island who started running at age 37. Meg's running story began when she and her husband set out to get healthy with a Couch to 5K program. Today, Meg is a 14-time marathoner and ultramarathoner. (She's run Badwater three times!) On this episode, Meg talks about what it took to (finally!) call herself a runner, and talks about why she's proud to be a back-of-the-pack runner. She talks about her emotions around finishing last in a race, and how that's changed over the years, and shares the story of the time she was told she was "too fat to be a runner." Meg is so fun, so inspiring, and so positive — you're going to love her. SPONSOR: Picky Bars — Visit pickybars.com/ontherun, where code ONTHERUN gets you 20% off. (Join the Picky Club and get an extra 20% off. What you’ll get on this episode: What Meg’s childhood was like, and how she decided on a career path (2:45) How Meg found running and, eventually, racing (6:45) Meg reflects on her first 5K (16:25) On identifying as a runner (19:00) On finishing last at races, and why the back of the pack is awesome (23:30) The allure of ultramarathons (27:30) Why Meg runs to raise money for The Herren Project, and why that cause is so important to her and her family (31:50) The time Meg was out for a training run and overheard two women say, “She’s too fat to run” (42:45) What life is like for a cell genetic technologist (49:30) What we mention on this episode: Couch to 5K November Project The Herren Project Chris Mosier on Episode 13 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Meg: Instagram @megatron_runs DONATE to The Herren Project Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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 iTunes or Apple Podcasts. And, as always, spread the run love by sharing this episode with your friends, family members, running buddies, or favorite internet strangers!
04/05/211h 15m

367. Maddie Alm, Professional Runner & Registered Dietitian

“I’m pretty close to living the dream right now.” What do you do when you can't decide whether you want to go pro as a runner, or pursue your dream of being a registered dietitian? For Maddie Alm, the answer was "do both." Maddie lives in Boulder, CO, where she trains with Team Boss (coached by Joe Bosshard) and is the owner and founder of Fueling Forward, a sports nutrition consulting business. She's a former All-American from UC Boulder, and was a two-time USA Championships qualifier. Today, she's chasing a 5K qualifier so she can compete at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials this summer. (She recently ran personal bests in both the 3K and the 5K, so things are looking good.) And when she's not chasing down her running dreams, she's working with athletes to help them improve their relationships with food. On this episode, Maddie talks about what her training is like right now, and talks about experiencing her first year being fully healthy since college. She talks about building physical and mental toughness, and shares what failure means to her. Plus, she talks about entrepreneurship during a pandemic and shares the five foods she recommends for all runners. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: How was your run today? (3:15) Maddie reflects on her first year since college being fully healthy on the run (6:30) On failure (11:45) Maddie’s road to professional running, and how she became a member of Team Boss (15:00) What is a registered dietitian? (26:30) On launching Fueling Forward — during a pandemic! (28:15) How Maddie grew her business (33:10) Maddie talks about her own relationship with food over the years (37:30) What is “the dream?” (42:15) What are the most-asked questions Maddie gets as a registered dietitian? (43:45) What Maddie does when she’s not running or RD-ing (50:15) Follow Maddie: Instagram @madsalm12 Instagram @fueling_forward Fueling Forward Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
29/04/211h 5m

366. The Everyday Runner, Jen Correa

“The water took everything, but we had ourselves and all of our communities and friends who made sure we had everything else.” Welcome to the newest series on the Ali on the Run Show: The Everyday Runner. For the next four weeks, we’ll hear from runners who are just like you and me. Not professional athletes — these runners have jobs, families, and responsibilities beyond this sport we all love so much. First up: Meet Jen Correa! Jen is a mom of two (plus two dogs!) from Staten Island, NY. She works in insurance, and we met through the running blog world in the early 2010s, when Jen was blogging at Mom’s Gotta Run. On this episode, Jen shares her running story, which started when her friend convinced her to run a Corporate Challenge race. She wasn’t an athlete growing up — “I have nightmares of gym class,” she says — but after her first race as an adult (and a pack-a-day smoker), she was hooked. Eventually, Jen gave up smoking, but she stuck with running, including marathons. In 2012, Jen and her family lost everything when Hurricane Sandy touched down in Staten Island. Their house was lifted off its foundation, and floated nearly a mile away. They had to start over, and on this episode, Jen, 46, talks about how, exactly, they did that. She shares her poignant takeaways from losing it all, and talks about the controversy surrounding the New York City Marathon’s cancellation at the time. SPONSOR: Picky Bars — Visit pickybars.com/ontherun, where code ONTHERUN gets you 20% off. (Join the Picky Club and get an extra 20% off. What you’ll get on this episode: Reflecting back on the early 2010s, and what it was like being a part of the running community in New York City during that time (5:45) Jen talks about her childhood, and about how she found running (9:00) On adopting and owning the “runner” title (15:45) On being a New Yorker on September 11, 2001 (18:30) What Jen’s relationship with running was like during and after her pregnancies (20:00) Jen talks about her family’s experience in the wake of Hurricane Sandy (31:30) “When you’ve lost everything — except each other — what do you do?” (46:00) What running — and finally running the New York City Marathon — was like after Hurricane Sandy (52:00) What it was like running the 2016 New York City Marathon representing Staten Island as part of the Foot Locker Five Borough Challenge (1:01:30) What we mention on this episode: Michele Gonzalez on Episode 87 of the Ali on the Run Show Michele Gonzalez on Episode 19 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Jen: Instagram @jenjencorrea Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
27/04/211h 16m

365. Catching Up with Tatyana McFadden

"We spend so much time in our lives comparing ourselves. So my mantra is, life isn’t about what you don’t have. It’s what you do with the gifts you are given." Tatyana McFadden is one of the most-decorated athletes of all time. She is a 17-time Paralympic medalist (she's been competing at the Games since she was 15!) and 23-time World Marathon Majors winner, and she's currently gearing up for this year's Paralympic Games in Tokyo, where she hopes to compete in every distance from the 100m up to the marathon. On this episode, Tatyana catches us up on all that's happened since the last time she was on the Ali on the Run Show. She talks about her film, Rising Phoenix, which she both helped produce and stars in. She talks about her friendship with Prince Harry, and about being on an episode of Project Runway. And she talks about her ambitious plans for Tokyo this summer, where she will compete in the Paralympics for the sixth consecutive time. SPONSOR: AJC Peachtree Road Race — Register for this year’s race today at ajc.com/peachtree. What you’ll get on this episode: Tatyana talks about her upcoming race plans (4:45) How is Prince Harry doing? (6:45) All about Rising Phoenix (9:00) Tatyana’s advice for extending longevity in this career (25:30) Reflecting on life a year ago (33:20) All about being on Project Runway (41:00) On Joe Biden including the word “disability” in his victory speech last year (47:20) How Tatyana trains to be successful at such a range of distances (50:45) Who does Tatyana look up to? (54:30) What the qualifying process looks like for the Paralympics (56:00) What we mention on this episode: Tatyana McFadden on Episode 115 of the Ali on the Run Show Rising Phoenix on Netflix Ya Sama! by Tatyana McFadden Follow Tatyana: Instagram @tatyanamcfaddenusa Twitter @tatyanamcfadden Facebook Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
26/04/211h 3m

364. Ask Ali!

"I wanted this to be a show for so long where everyone loved every episode. And don’t get me wrong, I’d still love for that to be the case! But I’ve learned that that is kind of impossible. So I’ll keep trying to trust my leaky gut and hoping many people find many things to love, but knowing I can’t be everything to everyone." Welcome to Ask Ali, a bi-weekly series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about building running mileage, making friends as an adult, the future of journalism, regrets, and my love for having someone else pump my gas. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! What I mention on this episode: 36 Hours in Bar Harbor, Maine Emilia Benton on Episode 340 of the Ali on the Run Show Ali on the For the Long Run 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!
23/04/2157m 33s

363. Des Linden, Ultramarathoner & 50K Record Holder

“Things can go off the rails quick. So as much as you want to be confident and feel like it’s gonna be easy, that’s not how this works.” Des Linden, Olympian and 2018 Boston Marathon champion, is officially an ultramarathoner. And not just an ultramarathoner: a record-setting ultramarathoner. Last week, Des made her ultra debut, racing a 50K in Oregon, and breaking a world record in the process. She finished in 2:59:54, beating the previous world record (held by Aly Dixon) by more than seven minutes, averaging a 5:47 per mile pace, and becoming the first woman to ever run a 50K in less than three hours. On this episode, Des recaps the race and talks about what it was like running in unknown-to-her territory. She shares what it takes to annoy her on the run, tells all about “The Shoey” tradition, and talks about what’s most intriguing to her right now. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. Listen to Des on the Ali on the Run Show: Episode 205: Love on the Run with Des & Ryan Linden Episode 100 Episode 77: Live in San Diego Episode 64 Follow Des: Instagram @des_linden Facebook Twitter @des_linden Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
22/04/2134m 0s

362. Just Missed with Chanelle Price

“I think you can almost want something too bad. Because I just wanted it so bad. I wasn’t relaxed. It wasn’t fun anymore. It was just tunnel vision on winning — and I wasn’t winning! I wanted it so bad and it wasn’t happening. It was very draining.” What happens when you set big, dreamy, lofty goals — but when it counts the most, you fall short? That’s what this series, “Just Missed,” is about. These conversations are about dealing with disappointment. They are reminders that progress is never linear, and that it’s not always the big wins or the losses that define us, but the moments in between. So far on this series, we’ve heard from Julia Lucas and HOKA NAZ Elite athlete Kellyn Taylor. Today, Oregon Track Club’s Chanelle Price is here. Chanelle was a standout athlete in high school. She was named Gatorade’s Athlete of the Year, and became addicted to winning. But when she went away to college at the University of Tennessee, she was no longer “high school Chanelle.” She wasn’t winning. She wasn’t the fastest on the team. And she struggled. She had a goal of becoming an NCAA 800m champion, but missed that goal, finishing second at both indoors and outdoors. From there, Chanelle’s running career saw high highs and challenging lows. She decided to compete at the professional level, but struggled to find a sponsor early on. In 2014, Chanelle had a breakthrough: She won gold in the 800m at the World Athletics Indoor Championships, and became the only American woman to ever win a gold medal there. She signed with Nike. She won gold — three times — as a member of Team USA’s 4x800m relay at World Athletics Championships. She ran a personal best in the 800m: 1:59.10. Then, in 2017, it all came crashing down. The hits came in rapid succession: a foot fracture, a pulmonary embolism that led to blood clots in her lungs, and, ultimately, a bout with mononucleosis. All of that led to her losing her sponsor. It all could’ve been career-ending, but Chanelle wouldn’t let that happen. She mounted a comeback — and last year, dealt with another foot fracture. Today, Chanelle is up and running (up, literally, at altitude), gearing up for the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials. This is her story. SPONSOR: Gatorade Endurance — Shop gatoradeendurance.com and use code ONTHERUN20 for 20% off your next Gatorade Endurance order. What we mention on this episode: Athletes in Action Follow Chanelle: Instagram @cpricerun Twitter @CPriceRun7 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
21/04/2159m 24s

361. Cynthia Martinez, Filmmaker & Journalist

“It’s hard for me to be back here in a lot of ways. Because it sometimes brings me back to being that little Cynthia, and feeling like my voice doesn’t matter because of the color of my skin or my hair. Like people don’t care about what I have to say. And that’s why this film is so important to me. I want these kids to be heard. I want them to know that they do matter.” Cynthia Martinez is a 12-time marathoner and four-time Boston Marathon qualifier who has run races on four continents, completed 16 international races, and won races in Thailand and Dubai. She's a mom, a journalist (she earned her Master's degree from Columbia), and a filmmaker. And right now, Cynthia is producing a film inspired by her own life experiences and her pursuit of higher education. First Voice Generation follows six first-generation Latinx college students, and documents how they are overcoming the challenges of a global pandemic while pursuing their own collegiate careers. On this episode, Cynthia reflects (powerfully; have tissues nearby) on her own childhood as the granddaughter of Mexican migrant farm workers and hard-working parents who worked multiple jobs, and talks about the struggles her family faced. She talks about abuse and alcoholism in her home growing up, and talks about how she is rebuilding her relationships with her parents now, as a mother herself. She talks about the jobs that led her to becoming a filmmaker — including nannying for the 1% in New York City and working at Univision — and explains the role running has played along the way. (Want to support First Voice Generation? Check out the film's Kickstarter here.) SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: All about First Voice Generation (4:27) Cynthia reflects on her own childhood (12:00) How Cynthia found running (20:00) Why Cynthia is a fan of only running three days a week during marathon training (23:00) Cynthia talks about her running travels (31:45) Cynthia’s road to becoming a mother, and her postpartum experience (35:00) Cynthia’s career evolution, and how she became a filmmaker (51:30) How to support First Voice Generation (59:35) What we mention on this episode: First Voice Generation on Instagram @firstvoicegeneration First Voice Generation Kickstarter Upward Bound Chris Heuisler on Episode 265 of the Ali on the Run Show Kate Pallardy on Instagram @katepallardy Lynn McGrew on Episode 339 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Cynthia: Instagram @runningjourno First Voice Generation on Facebook YouTube Kickstarter Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
15/04/211h 8m

360. Just Missed with Kellyn Taylor

“I think that in order to do special things, especially in running, you really have to put yourself out there. And a lot of times, it doesn’t go how you want it to. But you can learn a lot from the times that don’t go right. When things go right, you’re like yeah, that was fun, that was easy… But the ones where you really have to work for it, you really have to put your head down and grind it out, go to a dark place, get it done — you grow so much more in those situations, and you take so much more away from those times.” What happens when you set big, dreamy, lofty goals — but when it counts the most, you fall short? That’s what this series, “Just Missed,” is about. These conversations are about dealing with disappointment. They are reminders that progress is never linear, and that it’s not always the big wins or the losses that define us, but the moments in between. Last week, we heard from former professional runner Julia Lucas. This week, HOKA NAZ Elite athlete Kellyn Taylor is here. Throughout her professional career, Kellyn has seen some major breakthroughs and has celebrated plenty of exciting moments. There was her win at the 2018 Grandma’s Marathon, where she ran a 2:24 just eight weeks after dropping out of the Boston Marathon. In 2019, she ran a personal best in the 5K, finished third at USATF Outdoor Championships, and placed seventh at the New York City Marathon. But along the way, she’s dealt with some tough stuff, too. There was that DNF in Boston. Injuries. And a handful of near-misses in pursuit of becoming an Olympian — most notably, in 2016, when she finished sixth at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and then finished fourth in the 10K at the Track & Field Trials a few months later. Then, last year, she hoped to make the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team — again — but finished eighth. Now, Kellyn, who is also a mom, a foster parent, and a trained firefighter, is gearing up for this summer’s Track & Field Trials, where she again hopes to make the 10K team. SPONSOR: Gatorade Endurance — Shop gatoradeendurance.com and use code ONTHERUN20 for 20% off your next Gatorade Endurance order. What we mention on this episode: Steph Bruce on Episode 354 of the Ali on the Run Show A Time and A Place Follow Kellyn: Instagram @kellyn_taylor Twitter @kellyn_taylor Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
14/04/211h 4m

359. On the Job with Caitlin Dalton, Middle School Special Education Teacher

“I wish more people looked at them as humans first and were not scared… They don’t know what to say, they don’t know how to act. They may be well meaning, but they don’t see it’s just OK to talk to them like you would talk to anyone else. They’re like anyone else in that they seek connection, attention, and love from the people around them.” We’re wrapping up Season 4 of the On the Job series today, and we’re doing that by giving a big round of applause — let’s make it a standing ovation — for all the teachers out there. Teachers have been thrown so many curveballs and challenges in addition to what is already not easy work, and today, Caitlin Dalton is here to talk all about what the past year has looked like, and to reflect on pre-pandemic life in the classroom. Caitlin is a middle school special education teacher, and she is the teacher we all want or want our children to have. She is so passionate, so enthusiastic, and cares so deeply about her work. Caitlin works with students with severe disabilities, and is happy to shed light on all the great things these students are capable of. She also talks about the emotional component of her work, and about why burnout is so common among teachers. When she’s not teaching, Caitlin is an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapist for clients with autism, is an assistant cross-country coach at the school, and is, of course, a runner herself. SPONSOR: Tracksmith — Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN for $15 off your first Tracksmith order of $75 or more. Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
13/04/2155m 44s

358. Ask Ali!

"It was such an immediate shift for me. I realized, this is what I need to do to love running again." Welcome back to Ask Ali, a monthly series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about running without a watch, advice for first-time marathoners, my favorite things to make right now, and building confidence. Plus, an Annie cameo! Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN15 for 15% off your entire goodr order! What I mention on this episode: Run Fast. Eat Slow. Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. Rise & Run. Coach Cane & Nicole Sin Quee on Episode 313 of the Ali on the Run Show Hamptons Marathon recap "11 Ways I Improved My Confidence" 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!
09/04/2152m 43s

357. Shelby Houlihan & Karissa Schweizer, Bowerman Track Club Teammates

“We get on the line and yeah, we’re competitive with each other, but as soon as we cross that line, we’re each other’s biggest fans.” Shelby Houlihan and Karissa Schweizer are two of the fastest women on the planet right now. They run for Nike's Bowerman Track Club, and seem to have found the perfect balance of being both great friends and teammates and fierce competitors. On this episode, Shelby and Karissa — a treat to get to talk to them together! — talk about their relationship, how they first met, and what each of their respective "first runs with the Bowerman team" were like. They talk about what it's like knowing your toughest competition is right by your side — or right on your heels — at practice and on race day. And, of course, they talk about gearing up for this year's Olympic Track & Field Trials, where Shelby will compete in the 1500 and Karissa in the 5K. They talk about their biggest dreams (bringing home gold), their greatest fears, and the time they secretly went skydiving. Come for the friendship. Stay for the spontaneous ukulele concert. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: How was your run today? (3:20) The ways in which Shelby and Karissa are most similar, and which ways they’re totally different (5:20) How Karissa and Shelby met (14:00) Recapping Karissa’s win at last year’s 3000m National Record BU Last Chance Invitational (25:30) On bonding (26:55) What Shelby and Karissa were like when they were younger (28:00) What the Bowerman Track Club women do off the track (36:15) A ukulele concert, courtesy of Shelby! (45:30) What the vibe is like at a Bowerman Track Club practice (48:00) Looking forward to the Olympic Track & Field Trials (54:30) What we mention on this episode: Gabriela DeBues-Stafford on Episode 353 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Shelby: Instagram @shelbo800 Twitter @shelbo800 Follow Karissa: Instagram @karissaschweiz4 Twitter @karissaschweiz4 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
08/04/211h 15m

356. Just Missed with Julia Lucas

“There are so many times you start on a journey and somewhere along the way you realize, this isn’t where I wanted to go. The beginning of this was right, and then somewhere I took a turn or didn’t take a turn, and I ended up somewhere entirely different. And it caused a meltdown. Do I love running? What in running do I love? Can I get back to what I love?” What happens when you set big, dreamy, lofty goals — but when it counts the most, you fall short? That’s what this series, “Just Missed,” is about. For the next three weeks, these conversations are about dealing with disappointment. They are reminders that progress is never linear, and that it’s not always the big wins or the losses that define us, but the moments in between. First up: a conversation with former professional runner Julia Lucas. Today, Julia is a writer and a run coach in New York City. But in 2012, she was running professionally with the Oregon Track Club, and her goal was to make her first Olympic team in the 5K. She lined up at the start line at the Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene, OR, as the hometown hero. She wanted the win. She knew she could win. She made her move early and she held it — for a while. Ultimately, though, it was the fourth-place finish seen around the world. That day at Hayward Field, Julia missed becoming an Olympian by one one-hundredth of a second. On this episode, she recounts that day and the emotions surrounding it — the buildup, the pressure, the expectations, and the aftermath. She talks about the role running plays today, and answers the question of how — or whether — that day at the 2012 Trials defined her. SPONSOR: Gatorade Endurance — Shop gatoradeendurance.com and use code ONTHERUN20 for 20% off your next Gatorade Endurance order. What we mention on this episode: "A Race is a Race," by Julia Lucas for Freeplay "The Inspiring Endurance of Coffey, The Leader of New York City’s Protest Runs," via GQ Running to Protest Follow Julia: Instagram @justrunjulia 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!
07/04/211h 14m

355. On the Job with Carla Benton, Book Copy Editor & Proofreader

“If you want to do this job, you have to be willing to assume that you could be wrong about just about everything. You need to be willing to look everything up.” Carla Benton gets paid to read all day. Sound like the dream? As a freelance book copy editor and proofreader, Carla agrees: She's living her dream. (She worked on 70 books last year alone!) On this episode, Carla (whose twin sister, Emilia, was on the show a few weeks ago) offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to get a book published. She started her career in publishing in New York City, where she worked for major publishing houses including Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin, before moving to Chicago and going freelance. She has contributed to hundreds of books and best-sellers — including running books, like Deena Kastor's Let Your Mind Run and Becky Wade's Run the World. Carla also talks about the difference between copy editing and proofreading, what it's like editing fiction novels set amidst the pandemic, how Covid-19 is changing the industry, and diversity in publishing. SPONSOR: Tracksmith — Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN for $15 off your first Tracksmith order of $75 or more. Follow Carla: Instagram @cnbenton_ Twitter @cnbenton1 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
06/04/211h 9m

354. Catching Up with Steph Bruce, HOKA NAZ Elite Athlete

“I have this insatiable need to find out how good I can be. I just want to see how fast I can run and what I can accomplish. If I can make an Olympic team, if I can win the New York City Marathon. And just daring to try is what fills me with so much purpose in my daily life. Anytime I have an obstacle, I’m like yeah, but nothing else fires me up more than clawing my way back to fitness.” Steph Bruce returns to the Ali on the Run Show today! Steph is a professional runner for HOKA NAZ Elite in Flagstaff, AZ, and today, we're catching up to hear how Steph's running has been going in the past year. Steph talks about the disappointment of finishing sixth at last year's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and about how she grieved that outcome. She talks about resiliency, and about "writing her own running obituary" after tough races. And she talks about recovering and returning to the sport she'll always love. Steph offers an update on her recent plantar fasciitis injury, which forced her to drop out of The Marathon Project in December (spoiler: she's back to running 90-mile weeks!), and talks about her plans for the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials this summer, where she'll be racing the 10K. Plus, she talks about being a role model in the sport, about what the pandemic has been like as a mom of two young boys (Riley and Hudson), and about why she thinks people follow professional runners. SPONSOR: AJC Peachtree Road Race — Register for this year’s race today at ajc.com/peachtree. What you’ll get on this episode: How was your run today, Steph? (2:55) Running as a team sport vs. individual pursuit (6:45) What it was like re-living the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials through A Time and A Place, and what the aftermath of that race was like (8:35) Reflecting on the earliest days of the pandemic (20:00) On the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, and Steph’s love for the 10K (25:20) Competing at the Sunset Tour 10K  and the Marathon Project in 2020, and the Plantar Fasciitis injury that came next (31:15) On being a role model in this sport (37:45) Steph talks about writing her own “running obituary” (41:30) Steph shares her ultimate running dreams and goals, and what’s next (47:00) Why do people follow professional runners? (53:40) An update on how Steph’s mom — who was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer last year — is doing (1:00:10) What does GRIT mean to Steph right now? (1:03:15) What we mention on this episode: Steph Bruce on Episode 104 of the Ali on the Run Show Steph & Ben Bruce on Episode 206 of the Ali on the Run Show A Time and A Place Follow Steph: Instagram @stephrothstein Twitter @steph_rothstein Facebook Blog YouTube 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!
05/04/211h 6m

353. Gabriela DeBues-Stafford, 6-Time Canadian Record Holder

“I think about it a lot, like what do I want to add to this sport? What do I want to add to my life, and what do I want my legacy to be? And I feel like it would be a hollow journey if I didn’t try to use my platform to spread a good message to make change.” Gabriela DeBues-Stafford is having one heck of a year so far. In her debut season training and competing with the Bowerman Track Club, the Canadian professional middle-distance runner and 2016 Olympian has run — and won — two races already, including the 3000m at the Prickly Pear Invitational (where she also ran a personal best), and the 1500 at the Texas Qualifier in Austin (where she generously donated her winnings to Austin Mutual Aid). And Gabriela is doing all of this having joined the team during the pandemic, and while dealing with a Graves disease flare. On this episode, Gabriela shares her experience with a chronic autoimmune disease, and explains how it has affected her running over the years. She talks about training with the Bowerman team (and Coach Shalane!), and about being the first Canadian woman to break four minutes in the 1500. Gabriela is currently the Canadian record holder in the mile, the 1500, and the 5K — so what will it take for her to make Canada's Olympic team this year? She explains the Canadian qualifying process, and assures us that things are looking good for her heading into the 2021 Olympic Games. Plus, she talks about being queer, about proposing to her now-husband, Rowan, and about their love story. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: All about Gabriela’s hair (3:00) How Gabriela’s feeling at the start of the 2021 season (8:25) Gabriela’s experience with Graves Disease (11:30) On running that 4 x 1 mile workout after the Prickly Pear Invitational race (24:30) Why Gabriela donated her winnings to storm relief efforts after the Texas Qualifier (25:45) On being an outspoken advocate (30:25) Gabriela explains the Canadian Olympic team qualifying process (38:20) What it was like competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio (44:45) On what it takes to be a professional runner in Canada (47:00) Why Gabriela left Scotland to join Bowerman Track Club (51:15) How Gabriela met her now-husband, Rowan (1:00:00) All about training with Coach Shalane Flanagan (1:07:20) What we mention on this episode: Austin Mutual Aid Follow Gabriela: Instagram @gabrielastafford Twitter @gstafford13 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
01/04/211h 21m

352. On the Job with Catherine McNamara, Public Defender

"It’s terrifying. But I think that’s a good thing." This week on the job, we're headed to the courtroom! Catherine McNamara is a public defender in Massachusetts — a job she says is often mischaracterized and misunderstood. So she's here to clear things up. Catherine talks about what makes her work hard, stressful, important, and rewarding, and talks about what it's like in the courtroom. She also talks about developing the confidence needed to be a litigator and trial attorney. SPONSOR: Tracksmith — Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN for $15 off your first Tracksmith order of $75 or more. Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
30/03/211h 3m

351. Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt

“It’s the most popular club that no one wants to join.” Welcome to the monthly edition of Ramblings on the Run with Ali and Matt! This month, Matt Chittim — host of the Rambling Runner podcast and the Road to the Trials podcast — and I catch up on how our running is going, share what we're loving right now, and talk about what we're excited about. And then, we have a little March Madness fun — with a twist. It's the "Ramblings on the Run Fictional 5K," and we've got brackets! What we mention on this episode: Millennium Running Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall You’re Wrong About podcast Follow Matt:  Instagram @rambling_runner Rambling Runner podcast Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page 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!
26/03/211h 3m

350. Matty Maggiacomo, Peloton Instructor

“Being able to come to work as my whole self. Being able to be out. Being able to appear on camera in drag. Hopefully for those of you that are out there listening, if you work at a company or a place where you cannot be yourself — and I know you need to make the money — it is not worth it. It is not worth it to stifle that magic. You will slowly die inside. Go work for a place where you can be Mara every single damn day. Let your freak flag fly and be who you wanna be. We are too advanced in this society to be squandering any time on not being able to be ourselves.” Growing up in Rhode Island, Matty Maggiacomo had a tumultuous — and at times traumatizing — relationship with sports and coaches. But today, he's a fitness instructor on the world's largest streaming platform. On this episode, Matty talks about how he rediscovered fitness later in life, and how he got the job teaching treadmill and strength classes at Peloton. He talks about his dreams of being on TV, including how he made those dreams come true right out of college, and why that dream came to a screeching halt on an assignment one day. Plus, Matty talks about his sexuality and about coming out, and about the importance of letting his "freak flag fly" at work — which means we get to hear from Mara Thonner, Matty's treadmill-running alter ego, and about what it's like teaching a live class for thousands in full drag! Matty is a true joy, and this conversation is long, fun, and filled with hefty doses of both laughter and inspiration. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: On taking time off (9:15) How Matty would describe his Peloton classes (11:00) Getting to know Young Matty (15:45) All about the NBC Page program, and working in live television (22:30) How Matty got the job at Peloton (34:45) How you learn to be a Peloton instructor (39:15) On the magnitude of it all (49:35) MARA joins the show! (54:20) On the Peloton family, and how Matty feels about his colleagues (1:02:15) Matty shares his most memorable Peloton memory thus far (1:06:30) What we mention on this episode: Jess Sims on Episode 261 of the Ali on the Run Show Tunde Oyeneyin on Episode 311 of the Ali on the Run Show Olivia Amato on Episode 344 of the Ali on the Run Show Veneno It’s a Sin "The Original Jess Sims Scare" Follow Matty: Instagram @mattymaggiacomo Twitter @mattymaggiacomo Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
25/03/211h 25m

349. On the Job with Victoria Asikis, Food Lawyer

“It’s definitely not like Suits. It’s way more like The Office.” For Victoria Asikis, grocery shopping is the best. As a lawyer working in regulatory compliance for food and beverage products, strolling the aisles is basically doing market research. And on this episode, we learn what, exactly, a food lawyer does. (It's pretty fascinating stuff!) Victoria lives in Ottawa, Ontario, where she is a part of the advertising and product regulatory group at Gowling WLG, a large multinational law firm. She spends her days making sure that every word, statement, or claim on a food, beverage, or natural beauty product (like your favorite cereal box, bag of granola, or chemical-free face wash) is true and accurate. She is also the Communications Director for the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers' Association. And turns out, it's really cool work! Victoria is so passionate about what she does — and you'll be able to tell within the first two minutes of this conversation! SPONSOR: Tracksmith — Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN for $15 off your first Tracksmith order of $75 or more. Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
23/03/211h 7m

348. Ask Ali!

"Having a baby is not the end of your running goals and dreams." Welcome back to Ask Ali, a monthly series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we've got listener questions about running after having a baby, podcasting behind-the-scenes, getting into freelance writing, stroller recommendations, and my real thoughts on Taylor Swift's folklore vs. evermore. Enjoy! If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN for $10 off! What I mention on this episode: Episode 174: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Ali on the Run Show Emilia Benton on Episode 340 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly & Izzy Seidel on Episode 341 of the Ali on the Run Show Uppababy Vista stroller Thule Urban Glide II jogging stroller Colugo Compact stroller 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!
19/03/211h 0m

347. Blanca Grinkovitch, 20-Time Marathoner & Director of Juma Fit

“There comes a certain time that you just need a break. You’re human. You don’t have to feel great all the time. It’s OK to be in touch with your feelings and say, ‘I don’t feel great, and I’m going to take five days off.’ It’s fine!” Blanca Grinkovitch is a 20-time marathoner, Ironman, lululemon ambassador, director at New Jersey treadmill studio Juma Fit, and mom of twin boys. She runs a 3:07 marathoner and a 1:29 half-marathon, and today, in her fifties, she's running stronger and healthier than ever. On this episode, Blanca talks about how she has stayed happy and healthy on the run for decades at a time. She has boundless energy and excellent advice, and you're going to love her! SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Blanca’s advice for how she is stronger than ever in her fifties (5:00) Did Young Blanca envision this future for herself in the fitness industry? (10:00) Blanca reflects on her first race in Central Park (14:45) How Blanca met her husband, and what their first date (a 17-mile run) was like (19:00) How running changed after having twins (24:00) On start line imposter syndrome (30:15) What running looks like for Blanca right now (35:50) Blanca’s advice for jumping out of bed in the morning (40:50) What “Coach Blanca” is like (45:00) What we mention on this episode: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Follow Blanca: Instagram @bgrinkfit Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
18/03/2153m 41s

346. On the Job with Beth Huang, Director of the Massachusetts Voter Table

“People should feel like they have a real say in the decisions that impact their everyday lives.” Beth Huang says community organizing is on her mind 24/7. As the Director of the Massachusetts Voter Table voting rights organization, it's her life's mission to get everyone everywhere (starting in Massachusetts!) registered to vote and showing up to vote. Beth and the MA Voter Table don't care how you vote — it's a nonpartisan organization — they just want you to have answers so you know how to register, how to get to the polls (no easy task in 2020!), and how to stay active in your own community. On this episode, Beth explains how they actually do this. She talks about the importance of caring about your local community, and about why it's not just the big elections every four years that matter. The MA Voter Table is especially focused on BIPOC communities, and on creating a more equitable and even playing field. This episode is a great reminder about the importance of civic access (that everyone who wants to vote can vote), civic engagement (that everyone who can vote does vote), and civic responsibility. SPONSOR: Tracksmith — Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN for $15 off your first Tracksmith order of $75 or more. Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
16/03/2157m 37s

345. Aliphine Tuliamuk, 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Champion

“In order for me to light the world on fire — I am going to do amazing things in Tokyo — I’m going to train smart, I’m going to stay out of trouble, and I’m going to stay injury free. Because I believe in my heart that even four months of training, I am going to be super fit and I’m going to have an amazing race in Tokyo. I just hope that my body is in tune with my mind. Because I know in my mind that even though I just had a child, that’s not going to be a barrier. I’m not going to make excuses. My child is going to be the motivation for me, and I know I have what it takes to succeed in Tokyo.” Aliphine is back! Back on the run (!!!), and back on the Ali on the Run Show. The last time Aliphine Tuliamuk — the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials champion — was on the show, she was eight months pregnant, readying to give birth to a baby girl. And now, that baby girl is here: Zoe was born on January 13, 2021, and on this episode (her first postpartum podcast interview!), Aliphine reflects on her pregnancy, on giving birth, and on the first few weeks of new motherhood. She also talks about her careful and calculated return to running, as she prepares to compete at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics representing Team USA. Aliphine is open, honest, and holds nothing back. SPONSOR: AJC Peachtree Road Race — Register for this year's race today at ajc.com/peachtree. What you’ll get on this episode: The advice Aliphine received as she prepares for her return to running (5:30) Reflecting on pregnancy, labor, and delivery (7:45) Aliphine’s post-birth scare (24:55) On having a support system (30:15) What has surprised Aliphine most about new motherhood (39:15) Raising a child in the U.S. vs. Kenya (42:25) Aliphine talks about her deliberate and careful return to running and training (50:30) Aliphine talks about watching A Time and A Place, and looks back at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials experience (1:00:50) On finding support within the professional women’s running community (1:09:20) What we mention on this episode: Aliphine Tuliamuk on Episode 315 of the Ali on the Run Show A Time and A Place Follow Aliphine: Instagram @aliphine Twitter @aliphineT 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!
15/03/211h 16m

344. Olivia Amato, Peloton Instructor

“The only person who can make you feel good about yourself is yourself. You really have to feel confident in who you are and what you bring to the table, and know that you’re enough. That’s your foundation.” Ask any Peloton devotee about instructor Olivia Amato, and you'll probably hear the same phrase over and over: "She's a real-life Energizer Bunny." Olivia is one of the few Peloton instructors who can "do it all" — she teaches on both the bike and the treadmill, and teaches strength classes. (Her core classes will leave your entire body quivering.) But Peloton wasn't always the plan for Olivia. Though she was super sporty growing up, a guidance counselor suggested she pursue a career in finance. So when Olivia graduated high school, that's exactly what she did: went to college and then went on to Wall Street, where she worked in sales and trading. Though she thrived in the fast-paced, high-stress environment, she hated it. It wasn't her passion. She loved fitness, and as soon as she had her "a-ha" moment, that's where she headed. She got certified, got hired at a spin studio and a boxing studio, and was suddenly teaching 30 classes a week. Today, though, Olivia has found happiness, true joy, and balance as a Peloton instructor. On this episode, she talks about dealing with burnout, what to do when you realize you're not happy and need to pivot, and how she's built her confidence over the years. ("And I'm still working on it," she assures.) Peloton friends, join the fun — add the #FriendsofAliOTR tag to your profile so we can cheer each other on and swap high fives! SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Olivia’s take on being a “real-life energizer bunny” (4:50) Getting to know Young Olivia (9:00) On pursuing a career in finance (12:45) How Olivia broke into the fitness industry, and how she got the job at Peloton (18:25) All about Olivia’s Breakthrough Runs, and a behind-the-scenes look at the programming at Peloton (29:00) On teaching in an empty room during the pandemic (40:40) What don’t we know about Olivia Amato? (45:15) On the evolution of Olivia (49:00) Is there pressure to look a certain way in the fitness industry? (54:00) What we mention on this episode: Jess Sims on Episode 261 of the Ali on the Run Show Tunde Oyeneyin on Episode 311 of the Ali on the Run Show M61 Skincare Follow Olivia: Instagram @oamato Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
11/03/211h 7m

343. On the Job with Liz Lemon, Night Shift ER Nurse

"I used to be a morning person. I’m not a morning person anymore!" Liz Lemon was always destined to do two things: run and help people. Liz (and yes, she gets a lot of 30 Rock references thanks to her name) comes from a family that runs and practices medicine, so it's no surprise that Liz would do the same. She's a night shift nurse in the emergency room at a hospital in California (though she's currently on leave on account of a broken hand), while also pursuing her master's degree in nursing education. When she's not in the ER, Liz is on the run: She's a 3:44 marathoner, 1:29 half-marathoner, and 17:54 5K runner. On this episode, Liz talks about what it's really like working the front lines in a hospital (and she insists that despite what we see on Grey's Anatomy, "people aren't really hooking up in the break rooms"), explains what her days and nights really look like, and shares some of her most memorable stories from the hospital. SPONSOR: Tracksmith — Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN for $15 off your first Tracksmith order of $75 or more. Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
09/03/211h 2m

342. Ce'Aira Brown, Professional Track Athlete for Hoka One One

“Once I started to believe in myself and believe I was faster — which is the power of the mind — I started showing it.” Ce'Aira Brown wants you to know that she's still running. She's still training (alongside Ajeé Wilson), and she's still staying true to her "talk less, grind more" mentality. (And when she's not on the run training for the 800m or 1500m, she's on the runway, modeling.) On this episode, Ce'Aira — who is a former NCAA All-American and 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier who formerly trained with Frank Gagliano and now runs professionally for Hoka One One — talks about her running journey and her career. So why don't people think she's running? Because you're pretty unlikely to see a lot of running "content" on her Instagram feed. But Ce'Aira promises, she's more in it than ever. In honor of International Women's Day, she talks about the women who inspire her, and she talks about being a role model herself. She explains why, after running a 2:02 season opener in Austin two weeks ago, she's "not satisfied, but hungry," talks about the power of positivity and hard work, and talks about how she's built mental strength and confidence. SPONSOR: Hoka One One. Check out Hoka's just-released Mach 4 at your local JackRabbit store, or by visiting jackrabbit.com. Follow Ce'Aira: Instagram @ceairachristine_ Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
08/03/2148m 58s

341. Molly & Izzy Seidel

“The worst thing you can do is count yourself out.” Last year, Molly Seidel ran her first marathon — at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, where she finished second and earned herself a spot on the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team. And she'll be the first to tell you that she wouldn't have gotten to that start line without her #1 fan: her sister, Izzy. Now, one year later, Molly is a professional runner for Puma, training for the 2021 Olympics, and Izzy is her self-appointed hype girl. On this episode, the Seidel sisters — who are roommates in Boston — talk about what their family was like growing up, and about how their lives have changed since the Trials. Plus, they talk about the importance of "the pursuit of fun" in everything they do, and share their experiences with the comparison trap, imposter syndrome, and building confidence. (Pro tip: Having a hype girl helps!) SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN for $10 off! What you’ll get on this episode: Which of Molly’s races has been the most challenging? (4:30) How Molly’s feeling after her 68:29 half-marathon PR (and race win!) in Atlanta last weekend (8:50) All about Molly’s attitude when it comes to racing (11:00) On getting the call that the 2021 Olympics are happening (!!!), and what her training will look like leading up to Tokyo 2021 (18:20) Is Molly moving to Flagstaff? (25:30) Looking back at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and what that day was like for the Seidels  (35:40) Molly and Izzy talk about their childhood and what growing up together was like (43:30) What we mention on this episode: Izzy on Episode 236 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly’s slow mile Follow Molly: Instagram @bygolly.molly Follow Izzy: Instagram @isabelseidel Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
05/03/211h 12m

340. Emilia Benton, Freelance Writer & Editor

“I kind of spiraled into this years-long cycle of trying to constantly seek improvement in my times and not give myself a break when I really needed it.” If you’ve read an article about running in the past few years (which, who hasn’t?), you’ve probably read something by Emilia Benton. Emilia is a freelance journalist (we talk a lot about her transition to going freelance after working in the magazine industry, and about why she’s so much happier on her own) and is a regular contributor at Runner’s World, Self, Women’s Health, Shape, Popsugar, Prevention, Verywell, Fast Company, and more. On this episode, Emilia talks about making her freelance dreams come true and about the stories she’s proudest of, and shares the one publication that’s still on her writing wish list. Plus, Emilia — who lives in Houston, TX, with her husband, Omar, and their dog, Astro — shares her running story. She explains how she’s gone from dreaming of one day running a two-hour half-marathon to recently running a sub-1:40 half, and talks about her Boston Qualifying dreams. She talks about developing a strong mental game, offers her thoughts on being a woman of color both in running and in publishing, and talks about being a twin! (Hi Carla!) SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: A day in the life of a freelance journalist (6:00) Why Emilia loves being freelance, and what the career is really like (9:40) Emilia shares her earliest experiences with racism growing up (28:20) Emilia’s best advice for making a scary career move (34:00) Emilia reflects on her childhood growing up in Houston, Arizona, and Portland (38:15) How Emilia found running (41:00) On “learning to chill out on the run” (47:25) What we mention on this episode: I Learned to Chill Out During Marathon Training. Here’s What Happened. by Emilia Benton for Runner’s World “11 BIPOC Runners Speak Out About Running & Race,” by Emilia Benton for Runner’s World Ben Chan on Episode 277 of the Ali on the Run Show “How to Talk to Your Loved Ones About Social Justice & Race,” by Emilia Benton for Women’s Health The Brown Ambition podcast Mandi Woodruff on Episode 276 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Emilia: Instagram @emmiemarieb Twitter @emmiemarieb Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
04/03/211h 6m

339. On the Job with Lynn McGrew, NASA Aerospace Engineer

“A lot of science is about asking questions. It’s OK to not understand something. And it’s OK that it’s hard. That understanding comes in just being curious. We don’t have all the answers, but we know how to go about looking for them.” Welcome to Season 4 of the On the Job series! This season, you’ll hear from seven women with cool, unique, interesting careers. We’ll learn about the jobs we see on TV — lawyers and nurses and astronauts, oh my! — and we’ll honor some frontline heroes, including an emergency room nurse and a middle school special education teacher. But first, we’re going to space, with real-life rocket scientist Lynn McGrew! Lynn is a NASA aerospace engineer based at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, and on this episode, she talks about the moment she fell in love with space (“For the first time, in the middle of the country, I saw this band of stars across the sky, and I was just fascinated by it. What is this magical view overhead? I was absolutely stunned, and so curious,” she says.), explains how she broke into the competitive field, and talks about her decades-long involvement working on the Mars rovers in the jet propulsion laboratory (“JPL”), including the Phoenix, the Curiosity, and, most recently, the Perseverance. Plus, she talks about how running and cycling fit into her life. SPONSOR: Tracksmith — Go to tracksmith.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN for $15 off your first Tracksmith order of $75 or more. Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
02/03/211h 4m

338. Meaghan B Murphy, Author of "Your Fully Charged Life"

“Whatever you want to do, whether it’s to write a book or to run a marathon, you have to be brave enough and bold enough to start to say that out loud. It’s the only way you can begin to own it and then to understand how to make it happen. You have to put it out there.” When Meaghan B Murphy was first on the Ali on the Run Show in January 2019, she casually mentioned maybe kind of sort of wanting to write a book someday. Fast forward two years, and someday is today: Meaghan’s debut book, Your Fully Charged Life, is officially on bookshelves! (Congratulations, Meaghan!) On this episode, Meaghan is back to talk about what it’s like being a newly-published author. She talks about the getting-published process, and talks about what it was like writing a book during a pandemic with three kids (plus a dog!) at home while also navigating a promotion and new job as editor in chief of Woman’s Day magazine. Meaghan talks about being terrified of getting Covid — and then getting it, and getting really sick, two weeks before she was set to record the audio version of her book. And of course, we talk about the book itself — what it is, what it isn’t, and why Meaghan insists on putting everything through a “fun filter.” If you loved hearing from Meaghan the first time she was on the show, you’ll love this update from the most upbeat (but not toxically positive!) person on the planet. CLICK HERE to buy Your Fully Charged Life: A Radically Simple Approach to Having Endless Energy and Filling Every Day with Yay! SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: All about the getting-published process (8:20) What is Your Fully Charged Life — and what is it not? (22:45) Which parts of the book were easiest and most challenging to write (29:30) Why Meaghan wanted to include the current events in the book (40:30) How to own an apology (46:45) Why Meaghan no longer says “little kids, little problems — big kids, big problems” (50:15) Meaghan’s experience with Covid-19 (53:00) What we mention on this episode: Meaghan Murphy on Episode 113 of the Ali on the Run Show Meaghan on the Today show Follow Meaghan:  Instagram @meaghanbmurphy Twitter @meaghanbmurphy Off the Gram podcast Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
25/02/211h 4m

337. Ask Ali!

"There's a lot of uncertainty, and getting better at that has taken a lot of practice." Welcome to the second episode in the new monthly "Ask Ali" series — where you call in with your questions, and I answer them. This time around, we're covering everything from motherhood and going on family fun runs to how I maintain a positive attitude with a chronic illness (or do I?). I talk about the art of interviewing, finding a therapist, what it would be like if I hosted an "Ali on the Run" race, and, naturally, I offer up some hot takes on Broadway Shows, Center Stage, and The Greatest Showman. If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN for $10 off! What I mention on this episode: Jess Sims on Episode 261 of the Ali on the Run Show Tunde Oyeneyin on Episode 311 of the Ali on the Run Show "All About the Peloton Treadmill," via Ali on the Run Subscribe to Fast Women Rachel Gersten on Episode 198 of the Ali on the Run Show Rachel Gersten and Jor-El Caraballo on Episode 245 of the Ali on the Run Show The Idea of You Bravey by Alexi Pappas Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb Millennium Running 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!
19/02/211h 15m

336. India Cook, Co-Host of The Run Duo

"People don’t know what you go through or the feelings you have if you don’t express and you don’t talk about them. People can have all of these assumptions about you, but unless you verbalize what’s really going on in your mind, they will never know." When it comes to running, India Cook is passionate about sharing her story — but it's not about her, she'll tell you. It's about making sure other runners in the community feel seen, heard, and welcome on the run. India is a two-time marathoner and 15-time half-marathoner from Atlanta, GA, and she's a content creator and storyteller (and former semi-professional cheerleader, which, yes, we talk about on this episode!). India is the co-host of The Run Duo podcast and hosts the Miles From India YouTube channel. She's also an RRCA-certified run coach. On this episode, India talks about racing in the Covid-19 era, shares her thoughts on what it means to be a brand ambassador in 2021, and talks about what it has been like being a BIPOC public figure in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: What it’s been like participating in “low-risk races” during the pandemic (6:15) Looking back at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta (12:00) India talks about her childhood and how running entered the picture (16:45) All about The Run Duo podcast and the evolution of the show (27:00) All about “Miles with India” on YouTube (40:00) India’s thoughts on being a running brand ambassador in 2021 (46:00) All about Coach India (55:00) What we mention on this episode: "Racing During the Covid-19 Pandemic" via Miles From India BLACK LIVES MATTER via The Run Duo Follow India: Instagram @i_of_endigo_runs Miles From India YouTube The Run Duo 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!
18/02/211h 6m

335. Love on the Run with Meb & Hawi Keflezighi

“I got to be a little brother and a big fan.” Happy Valentine's Day, and welcome to the final day of Love on the Run Week on the Ali on the Run Show! Today, we're wrapping things up with the best-loved brothers in running: Meb and Hawi Keflezighi. On this episode, Meb and Hawi talk about their childhoods, share stories of emigrating to the U.S. from Eritrea, and talk about their brother-turned-professional relationship (Hawi is Meb's agent). At the end of this week, I hope this series has made you laugh, smile, and feel the love! SPONSOR: UCAN — Go to ucan.co/ontherun for 20% off your next UCAN order! What we mention on this episode: Hawi Keflezighi on Episode 263 of the Ali on the Run Show 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 Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi Follow Meb: Instagram @runmeb Twitter @runmeb Facebook Follow Hawi: Instagram @hawimanagement Twitter @hawisports Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
14/02/211h 11m

334. Love on the Run with Sarah & Marisa Cummings

"Best buds for life." On the surface, sisters Sarah and Marisa Cummings seem like they could be twins. Both were competitive ice skaters and valedictorians of their respective graduating high school classes. They each went on to attend Princeton University, where they each ran on the cross-country team. Then, though three years apart, they each moved to New York City to pursue jobs in the finance industry and to run for the New York Athletic Club. But to know Sarah and Marisa is to know that they aren't identical, they swear. On this episode, Sarah and Marisa talk about their sisterly bond, and about how they've supported each other over the years. SPONSOR: UCAN — Go to ucan.co/ontherun for 20% off your next UCAN order! What we mention on this episode: Sarah Cummings on Episode 215 of the Ali on the Run Show Sarah Cummings on Episode 112 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Sarah: Instagram @sarahccummings Follow Marisa: Instagram @marcummings Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
13/02/211h 6m

333. Love on the Run with Matt Llano & Brannon Harbur

“That was the kicker: Matt said, ‘If the dog doesn’t like you, you have to go.’” One day, in Flagstaff, AZ, professional runner Matt Llano walked into a local coffee shop where Brannon Harbur was working. That first day they met, they talked for hours — long after Brannon’s shift had ended. They agreed to meet up for a first date of sorts, at a group run. Fitting, for a professional runner. But Brannon wasn’t a runner. Still, he showed up, because he was interested — in Matt, not in running. Brannon went on to run 10 miles (alongside Stephanie Bruce), getting to know Matt in the process. They’ve been together every day since then. Today, Matt is a professional runner for Under Armour and Dark Sky Distance, and Brannon is the Chief Experience Officer of Mental Performance at HYPO2. On this episode, they talk about how running factors into their relationship today, and about the time Brannon tried to teach Matt about accounting while on a long run. (It…didn’t go well.) Plus, they talk about meeting each other’s families, share their coming out stories, and talk about being LGBTQ+ role models in the running community and beyond. They live together in Flagstaff with their two dogs. SPONSOR: UCAN — Go to ucan.co/ontherun for 20% off your next UCAN order! Follow Matt: Instagram @mattllano Follow Brannon: Instagram @brannonharbur Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
12/02/211h 14m

332. Love on the Run with Kori Carter & Ajeé Wilson

"I knew this was going to be an epic friendship." Welcome to the fastest friendship on the track: Kori Carter and Ajeé Wilson join Love on the Run Week today! Kori is a world champion 400m hurdler, and Ajeé is a U.S. record holder in the 800m (both indoor and outdoor). On this episode, they talk about how they met and immediately bonded both on the track and off. SPONSOR: UCAN — Go to ucan.co/ontherun for 20% off your next UCAN order! What we mention on this episode: USATF Instagram Live Follow Kori: Instagram @thekorimonster Follow Ajeé: Instagram @ajeelenee Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
11/02/2158m 52s

331. Love on the Run with Starla Garcia & Fredis Benitez

"I just looked over at her and said, ‘We should be something.’" She's a 2:43 marathoner and Olympic Marathon Trials finisher, and he's "not a huge runner" who runs a 2:51 marathon: Meet Starla Garcia and Fredis Benitez from Houston, TX! Starla (a returning favorite on the Ali on the Run Show) is a registered dietitian, and Fredis is a marketer and designer, and they bonded immediately over a shared love for music. On this episode, Starla and Fredis, who have been dating since 2016, talk about creating boundaries in a relationship, about not playing games, and about how Starla knew she liked him when he said he likes vegetables! SPONSOR: UCAN — Go to ucan.co/ontherun for 20% off your next UCAN order! What we mention on this episode: Starla Garcia on Episode 200 of the Ali on the Run Show Starla Garcia on Episode 257 of the Ali on the Run Show “Why Are American Women Running Faster Than Ever?” via The New York Times Follow Starla:  Instagram @starla_shines Twitter @starla_shines The Healthy Shine Follow Fredis: Instagram @fredis_b Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
10/02/211h 4m

330. Love on the Run with Alexi Pappas & Mary Cain

"We took each other's dreams seriously, which is always a fun thing in a friendship." It's Day 2 of Love on the Run Week, and today we're celebrating long-distance friendship. On this episode, professional runners Alexi Pappas and Mary Cain talk about their bond, which started because of running (they met at a track meet!), but quickly grew because of something so much deeper. They highlight the importance of strong, supportive adult friendships; talk about why they try not to "squeeze too tight;" and explain how they support each other from across the country. SPONSOR: UCAN — Go to ucan.co/ontherun for 20% off your next UCAN order! What we mention on this episode: Alexi Pappas on Episode 296 of the Ali on the Run Show Alexi Pappas on Episode 163 of the Ali on the Run Show Bravey by Alexi Pappas "Mary Cain and Alexi Pappas Both Suffered in Silence. Then They Saved Each Other." by David Alm for Runner's World "I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike." via New York Times Op-Docs "I Achieved My Wildest Dreams. Then Depression Hit." via New York Times Op-Docs Follow Alexi: Instagram @alexipappas Twitter @alexipappas Facebook Follow Mary: Instagram @runmarycain Twitter @runmarycain Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
09/02/211h 4m

329. Love on the Run with Jenny & Jason Simpson

"It’s not that we don’t disagree or we don’t challenge each other, because that’s a really important part of it. We definitely challenge each other and we’re always growing, but I feel like we’re constantly growing in a similar direction, and that’s why it works so well." Welcome to Love on the Run Week! This year, we’re celebrating all different types of love leading up to Valentine’s Day — seven days, seven episodes, seven love stories, including couples, best friends, and siblings. First up: a sweet dose of romance with one of running's fastest couples. On this episode, Jenny and Jason Simpson talk about how they met and fell in love amidst backyard BBQs, Olympic debuts, and "Jason's smooth moves." SPONSOR: UCAN — Go to ucan.co/ontherun for 20% off your next UCAN order! What we mention on this episode: Jenny Simpson on Episode 268 of the Ali on the Run Show Jenny Simpson on Episode 96 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Jenny: Instagram @trackjenny Twitter @trackjenny Facebook Follow Jason: Instagram @jasonfordesign Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
08/02/211h 4m

328. Erin Azar, "Mrs. Space Cadet"

“Maybe we place too much emphasis on the idea of what other people think a runner is.” After having her third baby, Erin Azar wasn't feeling like herself. So one day — having never run before — she decided to go outside and run a mile. From there, she committed to running a mile a day for 30 days straight, documenting her journey along the way. The result: Erin went viral on TikTok, with her first running video amassing more than one million views overnight. And when her mile-a-day month was up, she leveled up, and decided to train for and run her first marathon. Then, when said marathon was canceled due to the pandemic, she ran it anyway: virtually, and mostly alone. Erin is super honest about the realities of running being hard, especially for new runners. This is an inspiring, fun conversation for runners who are new to the sport and ones who have been doing it for decades. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Where the nickname “Mrs. Space Cadet” came from (3:45) Erin shares her running story  (8:30) What did Erin feel was missing from the running industry? (13:45) How it felt when Erin’s first running video jumped to one million views on TikTok — overnight (16:00) Why Erin decided to go all-in and train for a marathon (28:00) What it was like running a marathon for the first time — virtually (36:00) Why Erin decided to get a coach, and why she thinks other new runners can benefit from having one, too (38:00) Erin’s advice for first-time virtual marathoners (46:45) What does a day in the life of Erin look like? (49:15) Erin’s message to anyone who doesn’t feel seen or represented in the running community (52:00) What we mention on this episode: Erin skiing Follow Erin: Instagram @immrsspacecadet TikTok @mrs.space.cadet 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!
04/02/211h 3m

327. Katie Burke on "Taking Care of You"

“Your energy is your most valuable resource. How do you make sure you’re spending it on things that actually make a difference?” As the Chief People Officer at Hubspot, it is Katie Burke's job to take care of people. So when your job is other people — whether at work or at home — how do you take care of you? On this episode, Ali on the Run Show favorite Katie Burke shares 10 practical, tactical, super important ways to make sure your needs are met. And this isn't a fluffy self-care pep talk about reading before bed or taking baths on the weekend. This is about learning to play offense in your own life. (Look at me, using sports references!) Plus, Katie talks about why you should make a "worry list," offers her own take on the over-used phrase "self-care," and explains why this advice is especially important now. (For more, read Katie's just-published post, "Taking Care of You," here.) SPONSOR: Rise Run Retreat. Use code ONTHERUN for 10% off your Rise Run Retreat Virtual Retreat registration. Registration for this month's Virtual Retreat opens February 8. What we mention on this episode: "Take Care of You" by Katie Burke Katie Burke on Episode 252 of the Ali on the Run Show Katie Burke on Episode 84 of the Ali on the Run Show Katie Burke on Episode 70 of the Ali on the Run Show Brené Brown with Emily and Amelia Nagoski on Burnout The Idea of You Anti-Racism Daily newsletter The Energy Project 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!
02/02/211h 16m

326. Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt

“Find what makes it fun for you.” Welcome to this month's edition of Ramblings on the Run with Ali and Matt, where Rambling Runner host Matt Chittim and I catch up on running, industry news, and our current favorite things. On this episode, we answer listener questions ranging from how we met and became friends to our best advice for new runners. What we mention on this episode: Bravey by Alexi Pappas Alexi Pappas on Episode 296 of the Ali on the Run Show Ask Ali! "ZACH" by Billy Yang Dinée Dorame on The Morning Shakeout Grounded Podcast with Dinée Dorame Dinée Dorame on Episode 239 of the Ali on the Run Show Kamilah Journét on Episode 323 of the Ali on the Run Show Running Realized Follow Matt:  Instagram @rambling_runner Rambling Runner podcast Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page 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!
29/01/211h 1m

325. Mirna "The Mirnavator" Valerio

“He said, ‘If you want to see your son grow up, you need to make these changes.’ Done. That’s all I needed to hear.” The Mirnavator is here! Mirna Valerio is a sponsored athlete, ultra runner, best-selling author (check out her book, A Beautiful Work in Progress), trained opera singer (yes, she sings on this episode!), mother, educator, activist (she leads diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops for brands including Nike and Burton), and speaker. She has appeared on the Kelly Clarkson Show and the Rich Roll podcast (twice!), she trained Will Smith for a half marathon, and she was named 2018 Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic. She's also arguably one of the most influential women in running today. On this episode, Mirna talks about how she became "The Mirnavator," explains what it was like when her blog, Fat Girl Running, went viral in 2015, and what life has been like ever since. Plus, she shares her core values, offers an exercise for how can all discover our own values, and talks about her exciting new projects (a novel! a podcast!). SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Mirna sings! (Plus, why and how she recently sang for Nigel Barker) (7:00) What’s making Mirna happy today? (15:40) On having an impact (23:00) Did Young Mirna envision this future for herself, as a sponsored athlete? And how did a health scare in 2008 lead to where she is today? (26:00) On going viral (45:00) How Mirna ended up training Will Smith for a half marathon (56:30) What hasn’t Mirna done? (1:10:10) Mirna’s advice for identifying your core values (1:14:00) What we mention on this episode: "REI Presents Mirna Valerio, Ultra Runner" Mirna Valerio on The Kelly Clarkson Show Follow Mirna: Instagram @themirnavator Twitter @themirnavator 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!
28/01/211h 23m

324. Ask Ali!

"My goal is to indulge my own curiosity and hopefully pique yours as well." Welcome to the new monthly series on the Ali on the Run Show: Ask Ali! On these episodes, I'll be answering your questions, whether they're funny, silly, or serious. First up: running with Crohn's disease, tackling the comparison trap, sports bras, podcasting, my thoughts on the dance industry and whether I see dance in Annie's future, and, uh, a hypothetical zombie apocalypse. If you want to be part of a future "Ask Ali" episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever's on your mind! I can't wait to hear from you! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN for $10 off! EMBED What I mention on this episode: lululemon Enlite Bra 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!
22/01/2146m 39s

323. Kamilah Journét, Tracksmith Marketing Manager

“The idea that someone would try to take me down a notch really just adds fuel to my fire.” Last week, Outside magazine published a piece called “Tracksmith Made Running Culture Something You Can Buy.” On this episode, the ever-inspiring Kamilah Journét — who is both a 4:51 miler and Tracksmith’s marketing manager — is here to offer her response to that piece. Plus, Kamilah talks about running collegiately at UC San Diego, and reflects on times when she didn’t love running. She talks about rediscovering her love for running (pro tip: her love returned when she made it about something bigger than herself!), and about the role running plays in her life right now. Before coming to Tracksmith, Kamilah worked at Hoka One One and Patagonia, so she also offers her take on how running and outdoor brands are approaching diversity, equity, and inclusion in 2021, and whether she sees progress being made in the industry. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Kamilah’s reaction to that Outside magazine piece (4:45) All about the Tracksmith Fellowship (19:15) On women supporting women in the industry (23:30) The role running plays in Kamilah’s life right now (30:00) Where Kamilah’s competitive side came from, and how running has evolved for her over the years (35:20) On working in the running and outdoor industries (43:30) What we mention on this episode: Your Black Teammate Kamilah’s Instagram response to Outside magazine's piece Tracksmith Fellowship Dinée Dorame on Episode 239 of the Ali on the Run Show Lee Glandorf on Episode 240 of the Ali on the Run Show Veronica Jackson on Episode 211 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Kamilah: Instagram @kamilahjournet Twitter @milahjournet 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!
21/01/211h 9m

322. Lacey Henderson, Paralympic Long Jumper

“I went on this journey of constantly proving to people that I could do everything they could do. Because I knew I could!” When Lacey Henderson was just nine years old, she was diagnosed with soft-tissue cancer in her leg. After trying a series of experimental treatments — none of which ultimately worked — Lacey underwent above-the-knee amputation surgery, just before her tenth birthday. Today, Lacey is a Paralympic long jumper competing at the highest level, and she'll be the first to tell you that she is so much more than her disability. (She also, on this episode, talks about that word, "disability," and reflects on why it's not quite her favorite word.) Lacey is happy, joyful, and tough, and this conversation covers everything from ableism, discovering disabled sport, and having tough conversations on the street to cheerleading and American Girl dolls. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: On being diagnosed with cancer at nine years old (7:30) Lacey reflects on the day she had her leg amputated (10:30) On life after amputation (17:40) Lacey’s experience with “disability denial” (25:30) How Lacey found running after amputation (34:45) On overcoming “verbal constipation” (51:00) Where Lacey is at with running right now (56:45) What we mention on this episode: AfterShokz "Be Open" conversation Follow Lacey: Instagram @laceyisyourfriend Twitter @lacesyourfriend 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!
14/01/211h 7m

321. Sara Hall, Winner of the Marathon Project

“I think what I’ll take away from this sport is the resiliency it built in me. No matter what else life throws at me, I’ll know how to keep moving forward and fighting through it.” The last time Sara Hall was on the Ali on the Run Show, she had just placed second — with the finishing kick seen around the world — at the elite-only London Marathon. This time, she’s fresh off running the elite-only Marathon Project — and this time, she took the win. In December, Sara won the Marathon Project with an 89-second personal best time of 2:20:32. She fell short of her goal that day, which was to run an American Record, besting Deena Kastor’s 2:19:36. On this episode, Sara talks about what it felt like to miss that goal, but to still have an incredible day on the run. She offers an honest take on running your best time ever but not feeling satisfied. (Relatable!) Plus, she explains what it felt like attempting to run a 5:19 pace for 26.2 miles, gives a look back at her greatest 2020 takeaways, and talks about her goals for the 2021 Olympic Track and Field Trials. SPONSOR: UCAN — Go to ucan.co/ontherun for 20% off your next UCAN order! (Sara Hall's fuel of choice!) What you’ll get on this episode: On running better than ever at 37 (3:35) Recapping the Marathon Project (9:15) What does 5:19 pace feel like? (24:00) Which was more fun: London or the Marathon Project? (28:50) Memories from mile 20 (34:30) How it felt when the American Record started slipping away (40:30) What is Sara proudest of? (50:10) What we mention on this episode: Sara Hall on Episode 300 of the Ali on the Run Show Sara and Ryan Hall on Episode 144 of the Ali on the Run Show Calum Neff on Episode 318 of the Ali on the Run Show The Run Free podcast with Ryan Hall Follow Sara:  Instagram @sarahall3 Twitter @sarahall3 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!
12/01/211h 8m

320. The 2021 State of the Ali on the Run Show

“I want every runner when they listen to this show to be reminded that regardless of your pace, your distance, how often you run, when you run — you’re a runner. I want you to know that even if you don’t see yourself in every episode, in every conversation — I see you. I see you in this community. I value you. I couldn’t do this without you. I will do my very best to make sure these conversations remain inclusive in every way possible.” In 2020, I released 126 episodes of the Ali on the Run Show with 133 different guests. I welcomed five new sponsors (goodr, Tracksmith, Athletic Greens, Gatorade Endurance, and Atlanta Track Club), and maintained a strong partnership with longtime sponsors (AfterShokz, UCAN, and New Balance). In addition to the Thursday conversations, there was a steady stream of fun series options to choose from: Love on the Run, On the Job, Feel-Good Fridays, Ali & the Experts, What’s New With You, and On the Record. I launched a Patreon page, built a community there, and happily hosted three live shows, one of which was virtual. With more than 2.5 million downloads, 2020 was a good year for this show, at least by the numbers. But it wasn’t easy. The state of the world forced me to do a lot of reflection, and to commit to serious changes on the show. I acknowledged — uncomfortably at times! — my own role in the running industry’s problems with racism and representation. I wrestled with how to pivot the show and these conversations once the pandemic hit. On this episode, I’m taking a look back at the last year for the Ali on the Run Show, including sharing some key takeaways from last month’s podcast listener survey. And, ultimately, I’m looking forward so I can continue to do my best to make the Ali on the Run Show a place where all runners are seen, heard, welcomed, and represented. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Reflecting on the Ali on the Run Show in 2020, by the numbers (3:00) The Ali on the Run Show in 2020, beyond the numbers (15:30) On navigating how to talk about a pandemic on the podcast last March (21:00) On addressing systemic racism and Black Lives Matter on the Ali on the Run Show in 2020 (24:45) 2020 on the personal front (30:00) Looking back at my 2020 goals and how they played out (35:00) Sharing responses from the Ali on the Run Show Listener Survey (41:50) Looking forward to 2021 (1:00:31) What I mention on this episode: Ali on the Run Show Episode 199: My 2020 Visions, Plans, Hopes, & Dreams Shalane Flanagan on Episode 242 of the Ali on the Run Show Chris Heuisler on Episode 265 of the Ali on the Run Show Tunde Oyeneyin on Episode 311 of the Ali on the Run Show Aisha Praught Leer on Episode 197 of the Ali on the Run Show 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!
07/01/211h 12m

319. Emma Abrahamson, Running Content Creator

"I’ve given up on myself so many times. And now this time, I’m so determined to get over this hump. I don’t want to give up on myself again. That’s what gets me out the door these days." Emma Abrahamson is the definition of a content creator: The former University of Oregon cross-country runner has an insanely popular YouTube channel with 69,000 subscribers, a combined Instagram following of more than 80,000 on her @onecrazedfoodie account and her personal one, hosts the Convos Over Cold Brew podcast, and recently released the Crazed Foodies e-book. By sharing her own stories, Emma has become a strong role model for the next generation of runners. She's known for her authenticity, her humor, and of course, her yummy recipes. On this episode, Emma talks about her road to running industry fame, and offers her honest, vulnerable takes on mental health, body image, and confidence. She talks about her transition from college athlete to "real person," and talks about what it's like being in a family of runners (she's one of three sisters, all of whom are sub-5:00 milers!). SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: How Emma got started as a content creator (5:45) The pressure that comes with living online (12:00) On developing thick skin and responding to negative feedback or criticism (14:30) On being a role model (16:30) Emma talks about body confidence (20:20) How Emma got into covering races and track meets on YouTube (27:45) All about Emma’s triathlon training (37:20) What keeps Emma going on tough days? (52:50) What we mention on this episode: "4 Women Runners Explain Why It’s Important to Embrace Your Body As It Changes," via Runner's World Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole Zwift Follow Emma: Instagram @emmaabrahamson Instagram @onecrazedfoodie Convos Over Cold Brew podcast YouTube 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!
31/12/201h 2m

318. Calum Neff on Pacing Sara Hall at The Marathon Project

“I was just like, my three girls are at home cheering for us, yours are right here. There’s so much love for us right now. We’ve just gotta go. Let’s do it for them.” Last weekend, Calum Neff became known as "Green Shorts Guy" at The Marathon Project in Arizona. Calum was one of several pacers assigned to help Sara Hall run a 2:19 marathon in hopes of setting a new American record. And Calum more than earned the very important role: He's a lifelong runner with four Guinness World Records to his name, three of which are stroller running records that he's earned with each of his three daughters in tow. (A 2:31 marathon with his oldest daughter, a 1:11 half with his middle, and a 31:43 10K with his youngest.) On this episode, Calum passionately talks about his love for this sport, about how he trained (with 102-mile weeks!) and mentally prepared for his duties at The Marathon Project, and what it's like balancing running with family life and a full-time job at an energy technology company. Next up for Calum: attempting the Canadian national 50K record. What you’ll get on this episode: Calum’s best piece of stroller running advice (5:15) Was running The Marathon Project about the training journey or about race day? (10:00) How Calum got the job as a pacer, and what his training was like leading up to race day (12:50) On imposter syndrome and the mental side of training and racing (24:15) On meeting Sara Hall for the first time (27:30) On communication during the race (38:00) What’s next for Calum? (48:50) Calum’s post-race recap (55:45) “The art of pacing” (1:00:20) What we mention on this episode: The CIM Olympic Trials Qualifying Time Pacers on Episode 196 of the Ali on the Run Show Thule Glide Performance Jogging Stroller Thule Urban Glide II Jogging Stroller Sara Hall on Episode 300 of the Ali on the Run Show Sara and Ryan Hall on Episode 144 of the Ali on the Run Show Keira D’Amato on Episode 305 of the Ali on the Run Show Michael Gervais' "Finding Mastery" podcast Follow Calum: Instagram @calneff 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!
24/12/201h 4m

317. Dom Scott, Professional Middle-Distance Runner for adidas

“It was incredibly scary to leave my home country, my family, and fly overseas to a place I knew nothing about. I knew no one there. I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I just knew I was following my dream and following my heart.” Dominique "Dom" Scott was born and raised in South Africa, but by the time she hit high school, she knew she wanted to move to the United States to pursue a collegiate runner career in the NCAA. And that's precisely what she did. Despite having never visited, Dom packed her bags and moved to the States, where she attended the University of Arkansas. The rest, they say, is history. Dom went on to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in the 10,000 meters, and earned herself a sponsorship with adidas. Today, she lives in Colorado where she is a member of Joe Bosshard and Emma Coburn's "Team Boss." On this episode, Dom talks about moving to the U.S., joining the Bosshard group, and creating "The Dom Squad." SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Why everyone listening should get out for a run today (4:40) Did Young Dom envision a future as a professional runner? (5:55) How Dom ended up at University of Arkansas (16:20) On coming to the United States and what that was like (20:25) How Dom went pro (32:55) Dom’s road to the 2016 Olympics (36:05) On being a dual citizen (39:30) Dom’s hopes for the 2021 Olympic Games (44:30) All about The Dom Squad (48:45) Dom talks about joining Team Boss in Colorado (56:45) What Dom’s running and training are like right now (1:02.50) What we mention on this episode: Emma Coburn on Episode 224 of the Ali on the Run Show Emma Coburn on Episode 96 of the Ali on the Run Show Emma Coburn on Episode 60 of the Ali on the Run Show Aisha Praught Leer on Episode 204 of the Ali on the Run Show Aisha Praught Leer on Episode 197 of the Ali on the Run Show Laura Thweatt on Episode 228 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Dom: Instagram @domscottrunsa 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!
23/12/201h 16m

316. Dani Jones, New Balance Professional Middle-Distance Runner

“We made the most out of a hard year. And what we did this year is going to pay off.” Earlier this year, four-time NCAA champion Dani Jones decided to forgo her remaining NCAA eligibility at the University of Colorado in the pursuit of going pro. She signed with an agent — Hawi Keflezighi — and joined Joe Bosshard and Emma Coburn’s training group, “Team Boss.” And today, Dani has an exciting announcement to share: She’s officially a fully sponsored professional runner, having just signed with New Balance. On this episode, Dani talks about what it’s really like going pro (particularly during this pandemic year); talks about training alongside women like Emma Coburn, Aisha Praught Leer, Cory McGee, and Dominique Scott; and divulges her biggest hopes and dreams on the run. What you’ll get on this episode: How it feels to be a sponsored professional athlete (3:30) How Dani’s training has changed since joining Team Boss (7:00) On Dani’s decision to forgo her remaining NCAA eligibility in order to go pro (9:10) What it’s really like going pro (11:30) Why Dani chose to sign with Hawi Keflezighi and HAWI Management (14:30) Did Young Dani always plan to go pro? (16:40) On joining Team Boss (30:25) How Dani’s feeling looking to 2021 (39:30) Follow Dani: Instagram @dani.joness 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!
21/12/2053m 20s

315. Aliphine Tuliamuk, 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Champion

"I am the happiest that I have ever been in my life. It’s coming together like I always wanted." It's been a really good year for Aliphine Tuliamuk. In February, the professional runner for Hoka One One's NAZ Elite team won the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, earning herself the top spot on the U.S. Olympic Marathon team. But before she heads to Tokyo in 2021, Aliphine has one very big job: have a baby! Last week, Aliphine announced to the world that she is pregnant and due with a baby girl in January. On this episode, Aliphine talks about what the past eight months have been like, what it was like revealing her big secret, and why she didn't want to wait to have a baby. She talks about the values she hopes to instill in her daughter, Zoe, and explains how raising a child in the U.S. differs from how she was raised in Kenya. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: All about Aliphine’s pregnancy and how she kept a secret for eight months (4:00) On announcing her pregnancy to the world (7:00) On always wanting to be a mom (10:30) Aliphine talks about the values that were imparted on her growing up in Kenya, and the ones she wants to pass down to her daughter (20:00) Why Aliphine and her partner, Tim, chose the name Zoe (21:50) The advice Aliphine’s teammates have offered as she prepares to become a mom (27:00) “I’m going to light the world on fire” (31:00) What we mention on this episode: "Time to Pick Up Your Crown" "Aliphine Tuliamuk: Pregnant and Training for the Olympics," by Erin Strout for Women's Running Follow Aliphine: Instagram @aliphine Twitter @aliphineT 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!
17/12/2035m 23s

314. Feel-Good Friday with Emily Halnon and *Your* Funniest Running Stories

"On pretty much any run, you’re going to look silly or terrible at some point." We're closing out Feel-Good Fridays for 2020 with lots of laughs — at least that's the goal! This week, Emily Halnon returns to the show to answer a few silly questions, and then to help read and share listener-submitted stories about their (your!) funniest or most embarrassing running stories. (Two themes: getting lost and, well, pooping.) SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN for $10 off! What we mention on this episode: Ali on the Run Show Episode 308: Feel-Good Friday, Funniest Hits Edition Subscribe to Trail Mix Emily Halnon on Episode 1 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Halnon on Episode 85 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Halnon on Episode 267 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Halnon on Episode 273 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Emily: Instagram @emilysweats Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page 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!
11/12/2054m 33s

313. Jonathan Cane & Nicole Sin Quee, Power Couple

“When you put it in your head that you belong, it’s incredible how you allow yourself to succeed.” Today, by very popular demand, Jonathan Cane and Nicole Sin Quee make their Ali on the Run Show debuts — together! Jonathan ("Coach Cane") is the founder of City Coach Multisport and author of Triathlon Anatomy, and Nicole ("NSQ") is a math teacher at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx and is a former duathlon national champion. They are parents to nine-year-old Simon, and they are two of my all-time favorite people. Coach Cane was my very first running coach, and both Jonathan and Nicole have played pivotal roles in my life on the run and beyond. (Fun fact: Coach Cane was the officiant at Brian's and my wedding!) On this fun and lighthearted episode, Jonathan and Nicole talk about how they met, how we met, and how being competitive athletes factors into their relationship. Nicole talks about how she learned to get her head in the game, and we talk about how she helped me discover my best self on the run. They talk about why they're passionate about introducing triathlon to young kids in underserved areas, and share their dreams about making triathlon more diverse and inclusive. Longtime Ali on the Run followers will love this one! SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: “Who’s more competitive?” (5:10) How Jonathan and Nicole met (16:00) How Jonathan and Nicole found out Brian and I were secretly dating (28:30) Jonathan talks about the most rewarding part of being a coach (31:30) How Nicole worked on her mental strength on the run, plus advice for how to thrive  (42:30) All about the fun events Jonathan and Nicole like to organize and take part in (51:30) Follow Coach Cane: Instagram @coachcane Twitter @realcoachcane Follow Nicole: Instagram @sinquee 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!
10/12/201h 14m

312. Feel-Good Friday, Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt Edition

“My legacy?! I’m just trying to get through today.” It's the perfect mashup: Feel-Good Fridays meets Ramblings on the Run with Ali & Matt! On this episode, Matt Chittim and I cover everything from 90s sleepover culture to our biggest dreams and regrets. Something for everyone — including a new "nosy questions" segment! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN for $10 off! What we mention on this episode: Millennium Running New England Half Marathon recap Manchester City Half Marathon recap "The Bubble of a Dream" by Peter Bromka IG Live with Aliphine Tuliamuk Follow Matt:  Instagram @rambling_runner Rambling Runner podcast Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Like the Facebook page 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!
04/12/201h 9m

311. Tunde Oyeneyin, Peloton Instructor

"I said to Robin in my interview, ‘If I get this job, part of my mission will be to tell people to dream and to dream big, and to dream bigger, and to dream often.' Because if this could happen for me, a daughter of immigrant parents, girl who struggled with her weight, girl who struggled with her confidence…to be one of the faces of one of the largest companies in the world, the largest connected fitness platform in the world… If I can say that that was my story, then anything can happen for any person at any time." If you're a Peloton fan, you know Tunde Oyeneyin. She's the ultra-inspiring makeup artist turned cycling superstar whose journey to podium fame has been filled with highs, lows, twists, turns, and a whole lot of passion, persistence, and manifestation. On this episode, Tunde shares that adventure, talking about everything from the weight-loss journey that led her to the fitness world, to how she saw her future play out during a flash vision one day, to how she — eventually! — got the job at Peloton. Plus, she reflects on that recent (iconic!) Beyoncé ride, on being a Black woman in the fitness industry in 2020, and on her poignant and powerful S.P.E.A.K. series. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: All about that iconic Peloton Beyoncé ride, and what it’s like working at Peloton (3:30) What Young Tunde was like (8:30) Tunde shares her weight-loss story (12:20) How Tunde built her confidence (23:40) How Tunde became a makeup artist, and what that life was life (24:40) How Tunde got the job at Peloton (29:10) Tunde reflects on her earliest days at Peloton (49:20) On being a “celebrity” (54:45) Tunde talks about her Instagram series, S.P.E.A.K., and about the Peloton Speak Up ride (57:50) What we mention on this episode: Manifest Now Follow Tunde: Instagram @tune2tunde 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
03/12/201h 23m

310. The Great Turkey Trot of 2014

"You can do it, buddy!" It’s an Ali on the Run Show Thanksgiving tradition! Six 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. He had big dreams and big goals. Here’s a dramatic retelling of how his race went. Happy Thanksgiving! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN for $10 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!
25/11/2042m 8s

309. Emma Gee, LGBTQ+ Advocate

"All the pain and all the isolation I have felt — it was all worth it for a moment like this." Last year, runner and steeplechaser Emma Gee made history when she became the first openly out LGBTQ+ athlete at Utah's Brigham Young University — the university owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. On this episode, Emma powerfully and honestly shares her story. She talks about growing up in a religious family — she's one of five children — in Colorado, and explains why she decided to attend BYU. She explains the school's honor code and how it affected her as a bisexual student on campus. And she shares her coming out story, including what it was like to be the first D1 athlete in BYU's 143-year history to be publicly out, and what it was like coming out to her friends, her teammates, her coach, and her family. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Emma talks about growing up in Colorado as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (7:20) All about the Brigham Young University Honor Code (9:30) Emma talks about exploring her sexuality and the realization that she was bisexual (11:50) Emma shares her coming out story (17:30) The impact coming out had on Emma’s running (23:00) Emma talks about coming out to her family and to her coach and teammates (24:30) On sharing her story for Out Sports (31:55) How Emma’s bishop reacted to her coming out (41:00) All about that kissing photo (50:00) Emma talks about her book! (57:15) What we mention on this episode: Nikki Hiltz on Episode 294 of the Ali on the Run Show Nikki Hiltz on Episode 188 of the Ali on the Run Show Nikki Hiltz on Episode 170 of the Ali on the Run Show "I am the only out LGBTQ athlete at BYU," by Emma Gee for OutSports Myers-Briggs personality test Common Ground Follow Emma: Instagram @emma_gee1777 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
24/11/201h 7m

308. Feel-Good Friday, Funniest Hits Edition

"I need to laugh. I need to smile. I need to feel silly." Welcome to Feel-Good Fridays, Season 3! This time around, honestly, I'm just feeling like keeping it light. Because we all know that 2020 has been a year. So for the next four weeks, my goal — my mission, should you choose to accept it — is to bring you something every Friday that will make you laugh, smile, or somehow feel lighter. I think we could all use a little levity right now. Today, we kick things off with a compilation episode: revisiting four of the Ali on the Run Show's happiest, funniest, laugh-out-loud-iest moments and conversations. Whether you're hearing these stories for the first time or revisiting them after a few years, I hope they bring you a giggle. SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN for $10 off! Want to listen to the full episodes from the clips on this episode? Check 'em out: Episode 12: Thoughts We Had During our First Half Marathons Episode 77: Ali on the Run Show LIVE! featuring Meb Keflezighi, Andrea Barber, Chris Heuisler, and Des Linden Episode 44: Chris Heuisler's Most Embarrassing Running Moment Episode 116: Jen Lada, ESPN Reporter 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
20/11/2041m 39s

307. Natalie Mitchell, "Nat Runs Far"

“It’s gonna take a lot of work. It’s gonna take a lot of discipline and a lot of patience and a lot of throwing spaghetti at the wall and it not sticking at all.” Natalie Mitchell just might be the most joyful runner on the planet. The always-smiling running coach, mom of three, and 12-time marathoner is perhaps best known by her Instagram moniker: “Nat Runs Far.” On this episode, she talks about how she has shaved an hour off her marathon time (from a 4:06 debut to a 3:05), and shares her dreams to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials. She talks about setting goals, managing expectations, and taking necessary time off. And Natalie talks about her experiences as a Black woman runner, shares her secrets to a happy marriage, and talks about her latest endeavor with her husband Jerold, the launch of the Suite Run podcast. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Is Natalie happy and smiley all the time? (4:15) Natalie talks about her recent knee surgery and how recovery is going (5:45) How Natalie became a runner (11:45) On the transition from collegiate runner to real-life runner (18:30) How Natalie has chipped away at her marathon time, going from a 4:06 to a 3:05 (22:30) Natalie’s next running goal (28:45) All about Coach Natalie (34:20) Natalie is a busy mom of three — when does she run? (37:40) Natalie’s tips for a long, happy, joyful marriage (44:45) Natalie talks about her experience as a Black woman runner (49:45) All about the Suite Run podcast (59:30) Follow Natalie: Instagram @natrunsfar Suite Run Suite Run 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
19/11/201h 9m

306. On the Job with Jenny Benjamin, Air Traffic Controller

“Your teacher says you can’t have a job where you’re looking out the window all day — well that’s exactly what I do!” We’re closing out Season 3 of the On the Job series today with Jenny Benjamin — a woman with her eyes on the skies! Jenny is an air traffic controller at Denver Centennial Airport in Colorado, and on this episode, she talks about why she loves her job so much. She explains how she and her team safely and efficiently move air traffic, and talks about why it’s so important to be seamless behind the scenes. (Their goal, she says, is to stay out of the news!) She talks about the sacrifices she has to make as a mother who works long and oftentimes demanding hours, and explains how Ironman training fits into her schedule. 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 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!
17/11/2046m 40s

305. Keira D'Amato, "The Running Realtor"

“You don’t let it define you. A bad day is a bad day. You just suck it up, learn what you’ve gotta learn, and move on.” Keira D’Amato is perhaps best known as “The Running Realtor.” She is a mom of two who works full-time as a real estate agent in Virginia — and she’s a 2:34 marathoner. Though racing as we knew it was canceled in 2020, Keira’s running this year has never been better or faster. In February, she ran a personal best at the Olympic Marathon Trials, and this summer, she ran a 5K time trial on the track in 15:04, beating her lifetime best by a full minute. Most recently, Keira won the Michigan Pro Half Marathon in 1:08.57, a 64-second personal best. And now: Keira wants to break the American 10-mile record in a women’s-only race, which she’ll attempt to do on November 23. On this episode, Keira reflects on her stellar year on the run, talks about being an unsponsored elite runner, and shares some spelling bee stories and Mamma Mia hot takes. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: On running for fun (6:30) What it’s like being a realtor right now (8:10) On mental toughness (12:00) Keira reflects on her 2:34 finish at the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials (15:15) How Keira found her way back to running after college (19:00) Keira talks about her win at the Michigan Pro Half and about that 15:04 5K on the track this summer (28:00) Why Keira wants to break the American 10-mile record (44:00) How much is 2021 on Keira’s mind right now? (54:15) On competing at such a high level — but being unsponsored (55:00) What we mention on this episode: Ali's "Birthday: Chill" playlist on Spotify Ali's "Birthday: Fun & Upbeat" playlist on Spotify Follow Keira: Instagram @keiradamato Twitter @KeiraDAmato 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
12/11/201h 15m

304. On the Job with Theresa Bradford, Hoka One One Sports Marketing Associate Manager

"What makes this my dream job is realizing that I can make a difference just by showing up, just by being a woman and a woman of color, and showing up in this space and holding this space and being proud of the work that I’m doing — knowing that we stand for something more than just running, and that we’re showing that as an athlete and as a running brand, you can stand for more than just the sport you do." Theresa Bradford just might have every runner's dream job: She's a sports marketing associate manager for Hoka One One, where she works with Hoka's 150 sponsored elite athletes. (Aliphine Tuliamuk! Steph Bruce! Kellyn Taylor!) On this episode, Theresa talks about getting her start working in Hoka's customer service department, and working her way up to her current position. (Pro tip: Ask for what you want!) She gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what it's really like working in the running industry, and talks about the important work she's doing as part of Hoka's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team. 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 Theresa: Instagram @theresabford Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
09/11/2052m 51s

303. Feel-Good Friday with Bree Koegel, FitOn Trainer

"Failing is your jumping off point. It’s not the end of the story — it’s the beginning. It’s one chapter in your story, and you have the whole rest of the book to change the outcome." Bree Koegel is an absolute delight. She's a former professional dancer turned fitness instructor, and is currently a trainer on the FitOn app. (She first appeared on the Ali on the Run Show on Episode 120. Check it out!) On this episode, Bree — a new mom to four-month-old Tuck! — closes out the Feel-Good Fridays series by talking about the importance of finding joy within, and explaining how, exactly, to do that. Plus, she talks about accepting failure and creating a HIIT routine for self-love. (Burpees optional. Modifications highly encouraged!) SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN for $10 off! Follow Bree: Instagram @breekoegel 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
06/11/2035m 46s

302. Courtney Dauwalter, Professional Ultra Runner

“I hope to make this feel like a sport that anyone can do, no matter who you are.” Courtney Dauwalter is one of the greatest ultra runners of all-time. She has won Western States, the Javelina Jundred, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), and the Moab 240-Mile Endurance Run, where she wasn’t just the first woman to finish, she was the overall winner, beating the second-place finisher by 10 hours. Most recently, Courtney was the U.S. winner of the last-man-standing-style Big’s Backyard Ultra. She ran 68 laps of a four-mile course for a grand total of 283.33 miles in 56 hours, 52 minutes, and 29 seconds. On this episode, Courtney recounts her race at Big’s, talks about her now-famous hallucinations along the way, and reflects on why we can always go further together. Plus, she talks about her attempt at running the Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the 500-mile Colorado Trail this summer, offers her take on failure, and shares her controversial Halloween candy hot takes. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Why Courtney wanted to run Big’s Backyard Ultra this year (5:45) How Courtney prepared for this year’s event (10:00) What the start was like at Big’s, and how Courtney strategizes for races like these (14:30) What was Courtney rocking out to on the road? (26:00) When did it start to hurt? (27:00) What it’s like when people start dropping (31:30) All about those wild hallucinations (36:15) What it was like being the second consecutive woman to win this race (44:00) On representation and diversity in ultra running (46:30) On winning the Moab 240-Mile Endurance Run, and then going on Joe Rogan’s podcast (49:30) What is Courtney proudest of? (52:20) Courtney reflects on her attempt at running the FKT on the 500-mile Colorado Trail earlier this year (54:30) What we mention on this episode: Ben Chan on Episode 277 of the Ali on the Run Show "283 Miles, Followed By Beer and Nachos for Courtney Dauwalter," by Erin Strout for Women's Running Courtney Dauwalter on the Joe Rogan Experience Follow Courtney: Instagram @courtneydauwalter Twitter @courtdauwalter 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
04/11/201h 7m

301. On the Job with Danae Dracht, Getty Museum Cataloger

"I’m never gonna be rich. But I do this because I love it." Ever wondered what it's like working inside an art museum? On this episode, 2:42 marathoner and Olympic Marathon Trials runner Danae Dracht takes us all inside the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where she works as an archivist and cataloger. It's Danae's job to catalog artists' monographs and exhibition catalogs that have been published in multiple languages. (And no, she's not multilingual — but she explains how she makes sense of it all!) Danae explains what her job in information science entails, how she's making it work from home during the pandemic, and how she got the job at the Getty. 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 Danae: Instagram @danaedracht Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
03/11/2053m 55s

300. What's New With You with Sara Hall

"I was just telling myself, you’ve never been more ready." It was the kick seen 'round the world — and on this episode, we get to hear all about it! Today, Sara Hall is here, talking about her amazing finish at this year's unique London Marathon. Sara came in second place during the elite-only race, finishing in a personal best time of 2:22.01. Sara first appeared on Episode 144 of the Ali on the Run Show with her husband (and coach!), Ryan, and this time around, she's offering updates on her training, her next race (The Marathon Project in December!), her family, and what it was really like being in "the bubble" in London. 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! Follow Sara:  Instagram @sarahall3 Twitter @sarahall3 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!
02/11/2053m 52s

299. Feel-Good Friday with Jenny Gaither, SoulCycle Instructor

"Someone’s either a drain or a fountain. Start focusing on your fountains." Need a confidence boost? Not sure where to start? Perfect: You're in the right place! That's what Jenny Gaither does for a living. She's a confidence coach, founder of The Movemeant Foundation, creator of the Dare to Bare event, and a longtime SoulCycle instructor. On this episode, Jenny talks about learning to feel vulnerable when she's teaching, she advises on how to deal with toxic relationships (drains vs. fountains!), and she explains how to get started on your own journey to self-confidence. SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN for $10 off! Follow Jenny: Instagram @jennygaither Movemeant Foundation Dare to Bare 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
29/10/2042m 5s

298. Amanda Basham, Professional Ultra Runner

"You just have to keep going. Eventually things are going to be better." You probably know exactly who Amanda Basham is, even if you don't realize you know who she is: She's the fiery-red-haired professional ultra runner and endurance coach who has raced all over the world at some of running's most prestigious and most grueling events, including Western States, the TransRockies Run, and World's Toughest Mudder. In 2015 — her first year as a pro — she won the 50-mile USATF Trail Championships race. Not a bad start to a pro career. (Amanda is currently sponsored by Rabbit and Altra.) Right now, Amanda is training for a different kind of endurance sport: She's 27 weeks pregnant! On this episode, Amanda talks about how pregnancy is going, and shares whether or not she always knew she wanted to be a mom. She talks about meeting now-boyfriend Justin Grunewald, and talks about love after loss — including how losing her brother two years ago to a drug overdose has shaped her life and her relationships. SPONSOR: AfterShokz — Visit ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: Amanda talks about how she’s feeling at 27 weeks pregnant (2:45) Amanda shares the story of how she and Justin Grunewald met (10:45) On navigating love after loss (16:30) Did Amanda always know she wanted to be a mom? (23:30) How Amanda found running (25:30) Amanda talks about her history with an eating disorder (29:30) On becoming a professional runner (36:45) Follow Amanda: Instagram @amanda_basham Twitter @trainer_ab 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
28/10/201h 1m

297. On the Job with Elyse Garza, Flight Attendant

“You know within your first six months whether it’s a lifestyle that you want to commit to.” When 3:14 marathoner Elyse Garza isn't logging miles on the ground, she's getting them in the air. As a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines, Elyse says she's "living her dream" right now. On this episode, she talks about how she became a flight attendant, explains her ever-changing travel schedule, shares whether she's ever had to use the inflatable slide, and dishes about her biggest passenger pet peeves. (Hint: Stop poking the flight attendants!) Elyse lives in Sacramento, CA, is based out of San Francisco International Airport, and, fun fact, is afraid of heights! 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! What we mention on this episode: Julia Harrington on Episode 227 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Elyse: Instagram @milestomedals Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 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!
26/10/2054m 19s

296. What's New With You with Alexi Pappas

“What grand treehouse can we make out of this wonderful pile of leaves and sticks that we’re given?” Alexi Pappas — who first appeared on Episode 163 of the Ali on the Run Show — is so much more than "just" a runner. She's a professional middle-distance runner turned marathoner: Alexi made her 26.2-mile debut at the 2018 Chicago Marathon, and ran her second marathon earlier this year in Houston, finishing in 2:34, which earned her a nine-minute PR and 10th place for the day, and was just one minute off the Greek national record. She's an award-winning writer and filmmaker: Alexi co-wrote, co-directed, and co-starred in Tracktown, and most recently co-wrote and starred in Olympic Dreams, the first non-documentary-style movie to be filmed at the Olympic Games. And now, she's a published author: Alexi's book, Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and other Big Ideas, is now available for pre-order. On this episode, Alexi talks about how her mom dying by suicide when Alexi was just four years old has shaped the most formative years of her life. She talks about forming a friendship with actor and comedian Maya Rudolph, and shares the crazy story of how she got stuck in Greece for five months during the pandemic. Plus, Alexi offers exciting updates about the two films and the television show she has in the works. 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: Pre-order Bravey! Shalane Flanagan on Episode 242 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Alexi: Instagram @alexipappas Twitter @alexipappas 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
25/10/201h 1m

295. Feel-Good Friday with Charlee Atkins, Creator of Le Sweat TV

“If you have a voice and you can use it to help somebody else, then by golly, use it.”   For three full years, trainer Charlee Atkins — now the founder of the wildly popular workout app and digital platform Le Sweat TV — had to seriously psych herself up to teach indoor cycling classes every day. When you're a fitness instructor, you have to show up as your best self every time for your students. But what about when you're just not feeling it? On this edition of Feel-Good Fridays, Charlee talks about how she used to psych herself up, and what she's done to make sure she never needs to fake it until she makes it again. She offers advice for finding motivation when it's lacking, opens up about her own insecurities, and talks about how being bullied as a kid has helped her become a better, stronger person. Plus, tips for how to better communicate in our new all-digital-all-the-time world.   SPONSOR: goodr. Click here and use code ONTHERUN for $10 off!   Follow Charlee: Instagram @charleeatkins Facebook Le Sweat TV   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
22/10/2041m 9s

294. Nikki Hiltz

“I used to think being vulnerable or authentic was weakness. Like, ‘Oh, don’t show that, don’t share your weaknesses.’ And then it’s like, wait a second, it’s the opposite. It takes great strength and bravery to live an authentic life.”   Nikki Hiltz returns to the Ali on the Run Show! This time around, Nikki — a professional 1500m runner for adidas — talks about her decision to prioritize her mental health this year instead of focusing on the track, and talks about what it means to her to be authentic. She reflects on her hugely successful Golden Coast Track Club Virtual Pride 5K, and talks about the impact of watching members of the LGBTQ+ community using that race to come out to their loved ones. Plus, Nikki explains her decision to leave Golden Coast Track Club, offers an update on her new coach, and tells us all about her girlfriend, fellow runner Emma Gee.   What you’ll get on this episode: Nikki shares an update on her team affiliation and her coaching (3:25) Nikki’s decision to prioritize her mental health this year (6:30) Why Nikki loves the person she is becoming (17:15) On authenticity (19:45) Reflecting on the Golden Coast Track Club 5K (22:00) All about Emma Gee, Nikki’s girlfriend (30:00) Why Nikki is so passionate about getting people registered to vote (36:30) How will Nikki know when it’s time to step back on the track? (38:30)   What we mention on this episode: Nikki on Episode 188 of the Ali on the Run Show Nikki on Episode 170 of the Ali on the Run Show Ten Percent Happier The Trevor Project Myers-Briggs test (I’m ESFJ — The Consul!) The 5 Love Languages (I’m words of affirmation!)   Follow Nikki: Instagram @nikkihiltz Twitter @nikki_hiltz   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   SPONSOR: AfterShokz Go to ontherun.aftershokz.com for 15% off wireless headphones  
21/10/201h 3m

293. On the Job with Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, Covid-19 Rehabilitation Doctor

"It was important for me to pursue this dream and make it happen. I have this belief of, you can’t be what you can’t see. So if other young girls are not seeing women as leaders and women as physicians and women in high positions and important jobs, they may not think they can be there. That made it extra important for me to continue to pursue this dream."   Every day, we are bombarded with news about the Covid-19 pandemic. But an important part of that conversation that is often missing is, "What happens after I get Covid?" Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez is here to answer that critical question. Dr. Verduzco-Gutierrez is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio, and she has developed a post-Covid recovery clinic to aid in the rehabilitative recovery of patients who have functional, mobility, and cognitive deficits after getting infected with the coronavirus. On this episode, Dr. Verduzco-Gutierrez — who is a two-time Boston Marathoner and mom of two — talks about her lifelong passion for medicine and for taking care of people. She discusses the very small number of Hispanic women in medicine, and explains what it means to her to be a role model in the field.   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 Dr. Verduzco-Gutierrez: Instagram @monicavgutierrez Twitter @MVGutierrezMD 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!
19/10/2053m 40s

292. What’s New With You with Alison Désir

“I’m an ideas person — but I’m also a doer.”   Alison Désir was one of the very first guests on the Ali on the Run Show. She first appeared on Episode 3, and in the three years since she was on this podcast, Alison, who is a mental health coach and is the founder of Harlem Run, has accomplished so much, changed the world in so many ways, and has become an incredibly important voice in the running community. On this episode, Alison offers updates on all facets of her life, including becoming a mother to her son, Kouri, last year; what her pregnancy, childbirth experience, and postpartum experiences were like; and what it has been like being a tireless activist, advocate, and fighter for social justice and human rights. She talks about being sponsored by Hoka One One and Oiselle, and offers updates on the Womxn Run the Vote Relay, during which 10,000 participants raised $300,000 for Black Voters Matter, and her own Meaning Thru Movement virtual tour. Plus, Alison shares an exciting announcement about her next great project!   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: Alison Désir On Pregnancy and New Motherhood Vs. Reality "Ahmaud Arbery and Whiteness in the Running World," by Alison Désir for Outside Magazine Running Industry Diversity Coalition Runningdiversity.com/goals "How to Make Running Deaf-Accessible" for Runner's World   Follow Alison: Instagram @alisonmdesir 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
18/10/201h 5m

291. Feel-Good Friday with Bethany Lyons, Owner of Lyons Den Power Yoga

"I’ve had moments of exhaustion. I’ve had moments of frustration. I’ve had an overhaul across the board, personally and professionally. This year has been a rinse. If I was naming this chapter, it’s ‘Let it burn and reset.’ And instead of fighting all these things that are literally burning or closing down or going away or having an ‘I’m so over this attitude,’ I’ve tried to embrace every letdown, every frustration, everything that’s popped up."   Welcome back to Feel-Good Fridays on the Ali on the Run Show! This time around, we're getting a series of pep talks from the people who are living, breathing pep talks every day of their lives: professional fitness instructors. First up, Bethany Lyons, owner of Lyons Den Power Yoga in New York City and creator of the newly launched Lyons Den Digital platform, talks about how, in spite of what has in many ways been the worst year ever, is thriving. In February, one of Bethany's two studio locations burned down in a fire. In March, she had to close the other location due to the pandemic. Now, in October, both are still closed. Here, Bethany explains how she's pivoted, how she's found the humor in it all, and how she's managed to have a whole lot of fun along the way. She offers advice for staying present, and hands out some tools for how we can all be our best selves today — even if it feels like the world is burning.   Thank you to Goodr for sponsoring this series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to goodr.com/ontherun and use code ONTHERUN at checkout for $10 off any pair of Goodr sunglasses!   Follow Bethany: Instagram @bethanyalyons Follow Lyons Den Power Yoga: Website Instagram @lyonsdenpy Twitter @lyonsdenpy 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
15/10/2039m 35s

290. Christine Yu, Sports Journalist

“I’m Chinese American. My parents emigrated here from Hong Kong for college. And stereotypical as it may be, it was like, you could be a doctor, you could be a lawyer, maybe you could go into business. That was my conception of what the possibilities were for your career, for most of my life growing up. Writing never entered into my mind.”   Christine Yu is an award-winning freelance journalist who covers sports, science, and women's health. She's a leading voice in the industry, and is a regular contributor for Runner's World, Women's Running, Outside Magazine, The Washington Post, Well+Good, Women's Health, and more. And soon, she'll officially be a published book author! Christine signed a book deal earlier this year, and is now hard at work on her book about the science behind women in sports, which will be out next year. On this episode, Christine talks about her writing process and about why she's passionate about diving into "taboo topics" instead of avoiding them. Christine lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.   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 Christine’s new book! (5:00) How Christine got her start as a journalist (21:30) Christine shares her running story (48:25)   Stuff we mention on this episode: “The Biggest Wave Surfed This Year” via The New York Times “Women Deserve to Run Without Fear,” by Christine Yu for Runner’s World   Follow Christine: Instagram @cyu888 Twitter @cyu888 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
14/10/201h 6m

289. On the Job with Michelle La Sala, Race Director

“I am a believer in opportunity.”   It’s been a tough year for so many brands, individuals, and industries, and within the running industry, race companies have been hit particularly hard. On this episode, Michelle La Sala, president and founder of Blistering Pace Race Management, talks about her road to race directing, and explains how the pandemic has affected her business, which specializes in managing large-scale mass participation running events. Michelle’s clients include the New York City Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Big Sur International Marathon, and Napa Valley Marathon. Previously, she was race director for the California International Marathon (CIM) and was the volunteer coordinator for the L.A. Marathon. Michelle, a 31-time marathoner with a 2:59 personal best time, talks about what she’s doing to stay afloat right now, and offers her take on how we can all support our favorite races right now.   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 Michelle: Instagram @lasala916 Twitter @lasala916   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!
12/10/201h 18m

288. What's New With You with Chris Mosier

“Doing the right thing is always the right thing.” Episode 13 of the Ali on the Run Show had a massive impact — one that hasn’t slowed in the more than three years since that must-listen episode aired. Today, Episode 13’s Chris Mosier, the transgender Hall of Fame triathlete and duathlete whom The BBC and New York Magazine called “the man who changed the Olympics,” returns to the show to catch up on what he’s been up to since we recorded that conversation. Chris talks about the progress we’ve made regarding transgender rights, and addresses the steps we’ve taken in the wrong direction. He also talks about his foray into race-walking, and shares what it was like competing at the race-walking Olympic Trials earlier this year. 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: Chris Mosier on the Rich Roll Podcast Follow Chris: Instagram Facebook Twitter Strava 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
11/10/2051m 2s

287. Sue Fortier, Breast Cancer Survivor

“I ran out of anger. I ran because cancer was trying to stop me.”   In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, today’s guest is Sue Fortier: an Ali on the Run Show listener, a mom of two, and a breast cancer survivor. On this episode, Sue shares her cancer story, which began when she was 37 and was training for two fall marathons. She felt some pain in her breast, which turned out to be breast cancer. Her life was immediately and forever changed. Sue, who works as a visiting nurse, underwent 16 weeks of chemotherapy treatment, followed by 25 rounds of radiation — a time she refers to as the most traumatic of her life. She talks about how and why she kept running through her treatment, and explains how her relationship with running and with her body have changed since her diagnosis.   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!   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
07/10/2054m 25s

286. On the Job with Kimberly Kincaid, Romance Novelist

"I think everybody needs a good happily ever after." Welcome to Season 3 of the On the Job series! We're kicking things off this season with some love, lust, and intrigue: with USA Today best-selling romance novelist Kimberly Kincaid! In this conversation, Kimberly offers a peek at what it's like working in the billion-dollar romantic fiction industry. She talks about where she gets her inspiration (beware if you're in line in front of her at Starbucks!), about getting more than 100 rejections on the road to getting published, and about why scripting strong heroines is a must in her novels. And of course, she talks about what it's like writing steamy scenes and scintillating love stories for a living. Kimberly is currently working on her 32nd book. 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 Kimberly: Instagram @kimberlykincaidauthor Twitter @kimberlykincaid 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!
05/10/201h 5m

285. What's New With You with Carolyn Su

“Real change is going to take time.”   Carolyn Su — the creator of @diversewerun — returns to the Ali on the Run Show today for the What’s New With You series. Carolyn first appeared on Episode 140 of the show, to talk about her own running story and to share why she created Diverse We Run. Today, she’s back with updates on how the account is grown, and on how she’s used her own voice over the past year. Carolyn is doing important work to help further the conversation about race within the running community, and she has deservedly been featured in Runner’s World and on several other running podcasts.   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!   Follow Carolyn: Instagram @irunfortheglory and @diversewerun   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
05/10/201h 0m

284. Cory McGee

“There’s an excitement to each of the races for sure, and it’s great to see your times and know you’ve run your fastest 800 or mile, and that’s huge. That always feels good… But I definitely don’t feel the same pride. It’s different.”   Cory McGee is a professional runner for New Balance. She specializes in the 1500m distance, and lives in Boulder, CO, where she trains with “Team Boss,” under the coaching of Joe Bosshard and alongside powerhouse women including Emma Coburn, Aisha Praught Leer, and Laura Thweatt. Despite 2020 playing out in a way no one intended or planned for, Cory is still having a fast year on the run. In a series of intra-squad competitions and small meets, she has run personal bests and broken records. But on this episode, she gets honest about whether those races carry the same weight and the same amount of pride as “regular” races. She also talks about her earliest days as a runner (including fun stories from her time living in Athens during the 2004 Olympics, when her dad was working security with the FBI), and talks about last year’s disqualification at the USATF Outdoor Championships.   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: Cory talks about being at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and how that impacted her life and career (3:40) Running for fun vs. the desire to win (12:15) Focusing on the present vs. the future (20:50) On getting sponsored by New Balance (23:30) Why Cory decided to move to Boulder and to join Team Boss (31:00) Cory talks about getting disqualified at last year’s USATF Outdoor Championships (44:20) All about racing in 2020 (51:30) “Cory Ann, the woman with the plan,” talks about what’s next (1:03.00)   Follow Cory: Instagram @corymcgeeruns Twitter @corymcgeeruns   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
30/09/201h 9m

283. What's New With You with Beatie Deutsch

“When I ran that 2:32 in January, it really made me realize that ‘dream big’ is not just dream big, it’s dream huge, because you have no idea of what you’re capable of.”   Speedy Beatie is back on the Ali on the Run Show this week! Beatie Deutsch is a 2:32 marathoner and mother of five who made her Ali on the Run Show debut on Episode 158. This time around, we’re catching up with Israel’s National Marathon Champion to find out how she shaved 10 minutes off her marathon time, and to learn more about her calls to the International Olympic Committee to change the date of the 2021 Olympic Marathon so it doesn’t fall on the Sabbath. She offers an update on her goal to represent Israel in the Olympics, and talks about what the pandemic has been like in Israel.   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!   Follow Beatie: Instagram @marathonmother Twitter @marathonmother1 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
27/09/2036m 49s

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