Ali on the Run Show

By Ali Feller

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 Dec 13, 2022

Kyrie
 Jul 13, 2018
Hands down my favorite podcast! Ali interviews everyone! Professional runners, experts in various fields and the average everyday runner and every episode seems like you're listening to a conversation between old friends.

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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.

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608. Susie Chan, Ultra Runner & Peloton Instructor
01:13:11

"Never forget where you started. Nobody is born running a mile. We all have to work for it. So never forget those first few steps. Keep up the faith. And then one day, you’ll go out and you’ll feel like you’re flying."

In her mid-thirties, Susie Chan was a cigarette-smoking single mom working as an exhibitions coordinator for art galleries and museums. The word "running" was definitely not a part of her vocabulary. But then, when her brother convinced her to run a half marathon with him, everything changed. Susie ran her first half marathon at 35, and she was hooked. Now, at 47, Susie is one of the best-known runners (and ultra runners!) in the UK. She has run some of the most grueling races in the world, including the 230K Jungle Ultra through the Amazon Rainforest, and the six-day Marathon Des Sables in the Sahara Desert. She's an Abbott World Marathon Majors six-star finisher, and in 2016, she broke the world record for most miles run on a treadmill in a 12-hour period (68.54 miles!). Today, Susie is most widely known for being a Peloton Tread instructor. In this conversation, we talk about all those highs — and the lows, including Susie's cancer diagnosis in 2017, and her ongoing experience with perimenopause. Next up for Susie: Badwater Salton Sea in April.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What’s making Susie happy today, and what she’s training for right now (4:05)
  • Susie’s take on the running community (8:35)
  • How Susie became a runner (10:15)
  • How Susie deals with the dark times during races (21:50)
  • What Susie’s training is like, and how she balances her own training and her Peloton classes (27:00)
  • All about that treadmill world record (29:00)
  • What Susie is proudest of (37:00)
  • Susie’s thyroid cancer diagnosis (39:00)
  • How Susie got the Peloton job (48:00)
  • How Susie prepared to interview Dina Asher-Smith, Eilish McColgan, Sally McRae, and more at the National Running Show (52:00)
  • Susie’s experience with perimenopause (57:00)
  • On motivation (1:00:25)
  • Susie’s best mid-ultra hallucination stories, and her advice for the “ultra-curious” (1:03:50)

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Feb 02, 2023
607. Run Your Way with Emily Sisson
57:48

"I never think that in a race. I never think, 'I’ve got this.' For better or for worse, I don’t ever feel like something’s done until it’s done."

She's done it again! Earlier this month, Emily Sisson broke her own American record in the half marathon, running 1:06:52 at the Houston Half Marathon. She became the first U.S. woman to run under 67 minutes in the half marathon on a record-eligible course, and Emily now owns four out of six of the fastest half marathon times run by an American woman. (She is also the American record holder in the marathon!) In this conversation, Emily talks about the mental side of staying so strong during training and on race day. She shares how she avoids the comparison trap, and how she stays focused on what she can do vs. what her competition is capable of. Plus, what it was like racing alongside longtime training partner Molly Huddle, the secret to that finishing kick, and what the finish line media frenzy is really like.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Emily has been feeling since Houston, and what it’s like being one of the greats in U.S. distance running (3:15)
  • What the Houston Half finish line was like (9:00)
  • When Emily decided she’d try to break her record in Houston (12:00)
  • Why Emily is already thinking about running faster (17:50)
  • How Emily was feeling the morning of the Houston Half (20:15)
  • All about the newest addition to Emily’s family! (24:45)
  • Emily explains the use of pacers during races — and why she didn’t want them for Houston (30:50)
  • Emily’s choice of racing shoe: the New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Pacer (33:30)
  • Emily walks us through her race at the Houston Half Marathon (36:20)
  • How Emily finishes her races so strong (43:15)
  • How Emily spent the rest of her day in Houston, and how she’s feeling heading into her spring marathon (45:30)
  • On being clued into the competition vs. focusing inward (50:20)
  • What it means to run the Emily Sisson way (53:15)

For more from Emily, check out:

Emily Sisson on Episode 588 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Sisson, Sara Hall, & Emma Bates on Episode 490 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Sisson & Shane Quinn on Episode 479 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Sisson on Episode 394 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Sisson on Episode 234 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Sisson on Episode 169 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Jan 27, 2023
606. Des Linden, Author, Podcast Host, Boston Marathon Champion, "Emily in Paris" Super Fan
58:19

"I get rowdy with vodka."

Des Linden is busy! She just launched a new podcast with Kara Goucher. Her memoir, Choosing to Run, comes out April 4. And she's gearing up for this year's Boston Marathon. But she's never too busy to indulge in a little plaisir coupable. (That's "guilty pleasure," in French.) In this conversation, Des offers updates on all of the above: what we can expect from the podcast, why she prefers being called Des over Desi, how she's feeling about her book release, and how Boston training is going. And then, in the second half of the episode, something a little different, a little silly, a little fun: gushing about the Netflix show Emily in Paris. (Spoilers aplenty!) Is Des an Emily, a Mindy, a Camille, or a Sylvie? Only one way to find out! (Which one are you?)

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Catching up with Des about her book, her podcast, her 2023 Boston Marathon training, and why she hates being called “Desi” (2:30)
  • All things Emily in Paris! (26:30)

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Jan 26, 2023
605. Camila Ramón, Peloton Instructor & Marathoner
01:01:58

"I got to the top and I was like, 'Wow.' Like so proud of myself. I have no idea how much I weigh relative to then. I do not care to see the difference in a photo between what I look like then and what I look like now. All I know is that I’m so happy with myself, I’m so proud of myself, and I feel so strong."

Camila Ramón started running in elementary school. Not because she loved it. Not because it made her feel good. Not because she was on the track or cross-country teams. Camila started running at a young age because she thought she needed to lose weight. In this conversation, Camila talks about the pressure she felt and the comments she received about her body while growing up in Argentina, and later in Miami. She talks about how, as an adult and professional dancer, she rediscovered running, and this time it stuck. She found a community of like-minded runners, she started trail running in L.A., and she completed her first marathon (and earned a Boston Marathon qualifying time, which meant she then ran the 2019 Boston Marathon as her second marathon). Today, Camila is best known as a Peloton instructor, where she teaches cycling and tread classes in both English and Spanish. (Her playlists will have you dancing, guaranteed.) She's open, honest, and always vulnerable when talking about her complicated history with running and with her body (her "Biscayne Bridge story" is likely to resonate), and above all, she wants runners to know that, just by showing up, "You are enough."

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What’s making Camila happy today? (2:15)
  • On teaching in both English and Spanish (3:10)
  • Did Camila ever envision this future for herself? (7:30)
  • All about Camila’s childhood growing up in Argentina, and then Miami (10:30)
  • How to prepare for fame (14:30)
  • How Camila found running (16:20)
  • Camila reflects on her first marathon — and her second! (22:00)
  • What Camila’s relationship with running is like now (28:25)
  • Camila’s “Biscayne Bridge” story, and how her relationship with running and with her body has evolved over the years (35:15)
  • The messages Camila wants everyone to take away from her classes (43:45)
  • Camila shares her most memorable running experience (48:55)

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Jan 24, 2023
604. Molly Seidel, On Returning to Racing in 2023
01:20:39

"What I would want to tell that person, but I think would have destroyed that person is, 'You’re going to get everything you ever wanted, and it’s going to destroy you.'"

In 2020, Molly Seidel finished second at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, earning herself a spot on Team USA for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She had no idea what was to come. When the Olympics finally happened, in August 2021, Molly had the race of her life. She finished third, taking a bronze medal back to the U.S. — the first American woman to medal in the Olympic marathon since Deena Kastor in 2004. Then, it was a whirlwind of media, requests, appearances, and fanfare. Molly finished fourth at the 2021 New York City Marathon, breaking Kara Goucher's American course record in the process. All the while, though, behind the smiles at events and during interviews, Molly was struggling with an eating disorder and with her mental health. She went on to drop out of the 2022 Boston Marathon, and to give up her spot on the 2022 World Championships marathon team. In this unflinchingly uncensored conversation, Molly offers an update on how she's doing today. She talks about the past year and a half (more on that here, in conversation with Sarah Lorge Butler), and shares what's next. (Spoiler: The Nagoya Women's Marathon on March 11.)

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Where is Molly’s Olympic medal? (3:10)
  • Molly’s decision to race a spring marathon! (5:05)
  • On recovery, and where Molly is at now emotionally (8:20)
  • All about Molly’s Olympic rings tattoo (11:40)
  • What running and training looks like for Molly right now (17:10)
  • Molly shares her marathon goals (31:35)
  • All about the past two years, and what it took to get to rock bottom (36:00)
  • How Molly met her now-boyfriend, photographer Matt Shapiro (45:30)
  • What it’s like having a camera on you while you’re running a marathon, and Molly’s message to the masses (47:40)
  • A little love for Des Linden (58:00)
  • On hitting rock bottom (1:01:30)
  • What Molly’s relationship with social media is like right now (1:09:00)
  • A rousing game of Mollygories! (1:14:00)

Molly on the Ali on the Run Show:

Everything You Need to Know About the New York City Marathon, October 2022

Girl Talk with Molly Seidel & Anoush Arakelian, February 2022

LIVE with Molly Seidel, Olympic Bronze Medalist, August 2021

Molly & Izzy Seidel, March 2021

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Jan 19, 2023
603. Kristin McQueen, 24-Time Marathoner & 20-Time Ironman with Trigeminal Neuralgia (with Co-Host Keira D'Amato)
01:39:16

"My why is bigger than myself. My why is for all the people I’m racing for and raising funds for. My why is for all the angels on my angel list. And my why is for everyone that’s been told they can’t do something. Because who says you can’t?"

Last month, professional runner Keira D'Amato hosted a week's worth of giveaways on Instagram. The fifth and final prize: an appearance on the Ali on the Run Show! The giveaway received 550 entries, and after reading every single one of them (twice!), Keira and I selected 24-time marathoner and 20-time Ironman triathlete Kristin McQueen as the winner.

Meet Kristin. She's a 43-year-old from Illinois, and she is living with trigeminal neuralgia — a chronic illness she calls "Stabby Joe." ("They say it's the worst pain known to man," says Kristin, who is in near-constant pain.) In 2003, Kristin was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and since then, she's had more than 30 surgeries, including dozens of brain surgeries. She has had to re-learn how to walk and ride a bike, she has a paralyzed vocal cord, she lost hearing on her right side, and she can only see out of her left eye. Her medical history is long and complicated — but she's never stopped fighting. In addition to her many athletic accomplishments, Kristin has also raised nearly $210,000 for the American Cancer Society. (You can donate here.)

All that, plus a 15-minute catch-up with Keira (she's officially in training mode!) to kick things off.

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Jan 17, 2023
602. Ellie Kemper, Marathoner
01:37:47

"If you’re writing my obituary, whoever’s in charge, please include this! Because I feel very proud of it!"

You probably know her as the adorably sweet and oftentimes aloof Erin Hannon, from The Office. Or maybe you know her as the scrappy, can't-keep-me-down titular character on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She played Becca on Bridesmaids, she co-hosts the Great American Baking Show, she's a New York City-based mom of two — and now, Ellie Kemper is a marathoner.

In this conversation, Ellie talks about how she fell in love with running. She talks about her first race, and then her second, and about her spur-of-the-moment bit of motivation that got her to sign up for the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon. (Mid-race, Ellie said "never again." Now? Don't be surprised if you see her lining up for a second go at 26.2.) Ellie shares every detail from her training, her race, her biggest surprises from the day, and so much more. LOLs guaranteed.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Ellie is feeling two months post-marathon (3:00)
  • Ellie’s “movie moment” from the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon (7:05)
  • How Ellie became a runner (10:55)
  • What’s next for Ellie on the run? And how did she train for a marathon with a busy schedule and two young kids? (18:50)
  • Why Ellie decided to run the New York City Marathon, and what her training was like (21:30)
  • On getting recognized on the run (32:00)
  • What Ellie listens to on the run (42:00)
  • How Ellie was feeling as training ramped up (50:15)
  • All about New York City Marathon race morning (55:50)
  • Ellie breaks down every detail from her race (1:05:00)
  • Ellie’s advice for aspiring marathoners (1:23:45)
  • All about Ellie’s senior thesis (1:28:40)
  • What surprised Ellie most about marathon training (1:33:00)

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Jan 12, 2023
601. Run Your Way with Lauren Fleshman
01:02:53

"It shouldn’t be this tough. It doesn’t need to be this tough. You shouldn’t need that much toughness to succeed. Of course you need to have drive and need to work hard and all those things. That’s not the kind of toughness I’m talking about. I’m talking about dealing with the unnecessary obstacles that a lot of female athletes are faced with."

Welcome to the new "Run Your Way" series on the Ali on the Run Show. If I've learned anything (and I have, I swear!) from 600 episodes of this show, it's that yes, there are best practices and there is plenty of good running-related advice to go around. Ultimately, though, the best way to run is your way, however that looks. This series will explore what it means to run your way.

First up: former professional athlete and all-around force to be reckoned with, Lauren Fleshman, whose book, Good For a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man's World, is out today. In this conversation, Lauren dives into some of the key themes of the book, and talks about what it was like pouring her heart into these pages, and doing so during a deep depressive time in her life. She shares the most pivotal moments and decisions she faced both during and after her professional career, and explains how she found her way on the run and off. Plus, her best advice for sending the email, her take on the state of the sport in 2023, and so much more.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • On dealing with imposter syndrome (3:35)
  • The part of the book that made me gasp (5:30)
  • What it means to be called “tough” (8:15)
  • How Lauren wrote a book during a major depressive episode, and why writing this book “kicked her ass” (9:40)
  • What Lauren’s relationship with running is like now (15:10)
  • How Lauren talked to her kids about depression (16:00)
  • How writing a book changed Lauren’s relationship with writing (17:30)
  • Who has read Lauren’s book? (21:40)
  • On getting vulnerable in the book, and the stories knew had to be in the book (26:00)
  • Did life ever feel easy for Lauren? (34:45)
  • Lauren talks “sending the email” (38:00)
  • Lauren’s message to people raising young girls (45:15)
  • How Lauren sees the state of the sport today (49:00)

Lauren's previous appearances on the Ali on the Run Show:

"Motherhood LIVE," with Alysia Montaño, Steph Bruce, and Dawn Harper-Nelson, May 2021

"Why It's An Exciting Time for Women's Running," LIVE at the NYRR RunCenter, November 2019

Lauren Fleshman & Jesse Thomas, August 2019

Meet Lauren Fleshman, October 2018

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Jan 10, 2023
600. The 2023 State of the Ali on the Run Show
01:19:54

"I remember telling my friend that my goal in life is to be able to make everyone happy, and to be everything that everyone needs. And he was like, 'That sounds exhausting and impossible.' And I was like, 'Watch me! I can do it! I will bring joy to the masses!' And now, a year later, I’m like, 'What was I thinking? That DOES sound exhausting!'"

Happy New Year! I kick off the start of every year here on the Ali on the Run Show with my annual review, of sorts. I call it the State of the Ali on the Run Show. It gives me a chance to reflect on the previous year, and set goals and intentions for the one ahead.

By the numbers: In 2022, I released 135 episodes of the Ali on the Run Show, plus an additional eight episodes on Patreon, with 114 different guests. I hosted nine live shows — eight in person, one virtual — and partnered with 15 different brands and companies. In addition to regular episodes, 2022 saw the return of two listener-favorite series (Love on the Run and Ask Ali), and the introduction of three new series (Beyond the Run, Friendship Fest, and 26 Questions). The show saw 6.3 million downloads in 195 countries, and this week, the Ali on the Run Show surpassed 17 million lifetime downloads.

Thank you for being here to help me celebrate the past, present, and future of the Ali on the Run Show. I promise to keep learning, growing, and showing up for myself, for this business, for the running community, and for all of you.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • The Ali on the Run Show in 2022, by the numbers (2:45)
  • My personal and professional highlights from 2022 (23:25)
  • Revisiting my 2022 goals: What did I accomplish, and what did I totally forget? (30:00)
  • The results of the 2022 Ali on the Run Show listener survey, completed by a whopping 1,111 listeners (36:00)
  • What you can expect from the Ali on the Run Show in 2023 (54:00)
  • My 2023 Ali on the Run Show mission statement (59:00)
  • My 2023 hopes, dreams, plans, and goals (1:01:30)

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Jan 05, 2023
599. Natalie Morales, Co-Host of The Talk (Re-Run)
48:59

A few weeks ago, I talked about my life with Crohn's disease.

In that episode, I answered a listener question about the worst, most embarrassing, most inconvenient bathroom experience I've ever had.

And I'm not going to tell that story again now — I'll spare you — but the short version is that I was very sick, I was living in New Jersey, and I traveled into Manhattan that day via ferry for a very exciting reason.

It was late May 2017, and I was about to record Episode 33 of the Ali on the Run Show with Today show co-anchor Natalie Morales. I was giddy!

This was a dream interview for me. I've always loved and admired Natalie Morales. I couldn't believe that she not only agreed to be interviewed for a brand-new running podcast, but also that instead of recording remotely, she invited me to the Access Hollywood studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Of course, the day wasn't without its drama for me.

I had a traumatic Crohn's-related issue on the way into the city, and then, after buying a new outfit en route and then waiting in the 30 Rock lobby next to Sterling K. Brown (also a runner!), I was brought upstairs to wait for Natalie.

I opened my laptop with all my research and carefully prepared questions — and the screen went dark. It couldn't be revived.

That day, my body failed me, and then my technology failed me. I was rattled.

There I was: brand-new to podcasting, sitting on a couch next to Natalie Morales, with no notes to guide me.

I'm re-airing this episode today because it's one I reference often — not just because of the Crohnsing that took place that day. Mostly, because I was terrified. I was thrown off my game, for multiple reasons...and yet, nothing totally tragic happened.

I took a deep breath, I trusted my [leaky] gut, and I did my best.

And this conversation was the result. Was it perfect? Nope. But nearly six years later, I can still say that no episode is ever perfect. This one, though, is one I'm still proud of, and I hope you enjoy revisiting it.

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Dec 29, 2022
598. Beyond the Run with Heather MacLean
01:10:49

"I’m very much a 'fall down eight times, get up nine' kinda girlie. I fall down a lot! I have a lot of mishaps. Races don’t always go the best for me. I’m still working on a few things. It was just nice to have this moment where everything came together."

Last year, professional athlete Heather MacLean became a breakout star. The Team New Balance Boston athlete made her first Olympic team — every professional runner's dream. But with the ultimate high of getting to represent Team USA also came emotional lows. In this candid conversation, Heather talks about the pressure and expectations she felt heading into last year's U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, and about the not-so-glamorous side of running for a living. She also talks about the post-Tokyo comedown and how she dealt with it. Then, we talk all things 2022: Heather's highlight reel, her first U.S. National title, and her first sub-4:00 1500m race in Monaco. Plus, setting boundaries, how to protect your space, and how to go through life as a people-pleaser who is friends with everyone.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Heather recaps her trip to Hawaii for the Kalakaua Merrie Mile (5:55)
  • Where Heather falls on the introvert vs. extrovert scale (9:00)
  • Heather reflects on the summer of 2021, including the pressure and stress she felt heading into the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials (11:00)
  • How it feels to be left off the pre-race prediction lists (19:30)
  • Heather’s experience with the post-Olympics blues (27:00)
  • Heather shares her 2022 highlight reel (38:40)
  • Heather and Allie Wilson’s adventures in Monaco (41:55)
  • Heather talks about winning her first U.S. National title, and what it meant to trust herself during a race (54:25)
  • What Heather is looking forward to in 2023 (1:04:50)

For more, check out:

Allie Wilson on Episode 469 of the Ali on the Run Show

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

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Dec 23, 2022
597. Anoush Arakelian, 3:07 Marathoner
01:16:22

"I went all-in. So if I failed, I could say I tried everything."

Anoush Arakelian is a full-time director of product marketing, a running coach, and a coach at MYSTRYDE in her hometown of Boston, MA. And as of a few weeks ago, she's a 3:07 marathoner. ("I think I’m still processing that that’s my new time," she says.) Anoush ran a four-minute personal best at the California International Marathon earlier this month. Her first marathon, in 2014, was a 3:55. Now, 13 marathons later, she's learned a bit about running 26.2 miles. In this conversation, Anoush talks about what it has taken to slowly chip away at her marathon time, reflecting on the personal bests and personal worsts along the way. (Reminder: The road to that oh-so-rewarding finish line isn't always linear!)

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Anoush is feeling post-CIM (2:20)
  • What Anoush’s first marathon experience was like (4:15)
  • How Anoush’s relationship with running data has evolved over the years, and what her first experience working with a coach was like (13:20)
  • Why Anoush decided to run CIM, and how she was feeling heading into training (19:10)
  • How Anoush was feeling a few weeks out from race day (29:15)
  • How Anoush has changed as a runner since her previous attempts at going sub-3:10 (34:30)
  • All about Anoush’s experience running the 2022 California International Marathon (47:15)
  • The moment when Anoush knew her goal was within reach (57:00)
  • What’s next for Anoush? (1:06:00)
  • Anoush’s coaching advice for aspiring spring marathoners (1:07:30)
  • Anoush’s highlight — and lowlight — reel from 2022 (1:09:25)

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Dec 21, 2022
596. Beyond the Run with Maegan Krifchin
01:05:40

"The biggest takeaway is that I’m having fun. That is a huge thing! I forgot what it was like to just have fun with it and be playful and enjoy the ride."

Maegan Krifchin, a professional runner for Atlanta Track Club Elite, had a big goal for this fall: run a personal best at the TCS New York City Marathon. She put all of her running eggs in that basket, training hard with that NYCM plan in mind. But come race day, things didn't go as planned at all. Maegan ran a 2:40:52, which was well off her goal time. She wasn't just unsatisfied — she wanted more, and she wanted it immediately. And so, Maegan decided to run the Philadelphia Marathon, just two weeks later. This time, things went much better. She ran 2:31:41, finishing in second place. Still, though, Maegan wanted more. And so, two weeks after that, she decided to head west in pursuit of a personal best. This time, Maegan lined up at the California International Marathon, where she got her day: She ran 2:29:21. A personal best. In this conversation, Maegan talks about how she managed to run three fall marathons without getting injured, and how she got faster each time. Plus, how she has stayed mentally sharp and strong, and her advice for staying in the race when the running gets tough.

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Dec 16, 2022
595. Lorna Campbell, Abbott World Marathon Majors Head of Communications
01:18:04

"It was just that moment in time where somebody saw something and wanted to help me and give back. And I try to do that with other people, too, because if I hadn’t been in that situation, I don’t know what I’d be doing now."

Imagine getting to travel the world, attending major marathon race weekends and helping share the stories of the athletes, the races, and the people who make these events so special. That's the reality for Lorna Campbell, as the Head of Communications for Abbott World Marathon Majors, the race series comprised of the New York City Marathon, Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon, London Marathon, Tokyo Marathon, and Berlin Marathon. In this conversation, Lorna — who is originally from Scotland, lives in Rhode Island, and has a very cute story of how she met her husband at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics — talks about how she got this job, what her role entails, and all the jobs she had in various sports before making her way to the running industry. Plus, her reflections on her first year of motherhood (she's mom to one-year-old Harris), her feelings on the allure of the six-star challenge, and her take on the state of the running industry and running community right now.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Lorna reflects on her first year of motherhood, and life as a newlywed (3:30)
  • The very sweet story of how Lorna met her now-husband at the Olympics (7:45)
  • What young Lorna was like, and how her childhood shaped her future (9:50)
  • Lorna shares her career highlight reel (16:45)
  • Who’s in Lorna’s village? (19:50)
  • How Lorna got her job as head of communications with Abbott World Marathon Majors (24:00)
  • What Lorna’s job entails on the day to day, and during race weekends (29:00)
  • All about the World Marathon Majors six-star challenge, and how it’s evolved during Lorna’s time with the organization (35:40)
  • How Lorna found running and became a runner — and why she still has a hard time calling herself a runner (42:50)
  • How Lorna’s relationship with running has changed since having her son (48:00)
  • Which of the six World Marathon Majors Lorna would most like to run (56:55)
  • Lorna’s take on the state of the running industry and running community right now (1:00:45)

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Dec 15, 2022
594. Ask Ali, Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week Edition, Part II
01:04:49

"Those were the darkest and hardest days of my life, and the biggest thing that I would do differently is I would ask for help. Instead, I hid, I locked that apartment door, and I wouldn’t let anyone see me."

Last week, in honor of Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week, I talked about living with these diseases for the past 30 years. (Listen to that episode here.) Now, I'm wrapping things up by talking about running with Crohn's disease, navigating the emotional and mental sides of this disease (trigger warning here: lots of talk of depression and being in a really low, dark place), and how to support the people in your life living with a chronic illness. Plus, my hotel lobby hack (that rarely works, but I always try!), my fear of trail cams and small-town Facebook groups, and so much more.

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Dec 09, 2022
593. Claire Holt, Actress & Marathoner
01:03:10

"Seeing the best part of humanity, everyone out there cheering... Thousands of people just there to help you finish this race. To me, that was so inspiring. We’re inundated today with negative news stories and stuff that goes wrong and the bad side of humanity. This, to me, was pure good."

Claire Holt is an Australian-American actress who has starred in shows including The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Pretty Little Liars. And last month, this busy mom of two added something new to her list of accomplishments: marathoner! In this episode, Claire talks about how she got into running, why she wanted to run the 2022 New York City Marathon, and why she decided to do it now, with two young children (ages 2 and 3, just 17 months apart!), one of which was going through a sleep regression during the bulk of Claire's training. She talks about working with a coach, about her biggest pre-race fear (hint: it's oh so relatable), and about what she did to stay calm during the race. Plus, the tough parts of the race (shout-out to mile 24), the highlights, and everything in between.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Claire is feeling, one month after running her first marathon (1:50)
  • Claire’s most vivid memories from the 2022 New York City Marathon (4:30)
  • How Claire became a runner (6:30)
  • Why Claire wanted to run a marathon, and why now? (10:45)
  • Why Claire ran to raise money for the Boston Children’s Hospital (14:20)
  • What Claire’s marathon training was like (17:10)
  • Who is in Claire’s village, and how she was feeling on race day (25:35)
  • All about the race! (32:00)
  • The post-race experience (45:45)
  • How training for a marathon changed Claire’s life (51:45)

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Dec 08, 2022
592. Ask Ali, Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week Edition
57:35

"It’s like someone has a hand mixer — what you would use to make brownies — on low at all times. And then without warning, they turn it up to high. That’s what it feels like in my stomach."

This year marks 30 years of living with Crohn's disease. I was diagnosed with this inflammatory bowel disease (sexy stuff!) when I was 7, and in my twenties, that diagnosis was upgraded to Crohn's-colitis. (Overachiever alert!) Today, in honor of Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week (December 1–7), I'm talking all about my history with IBD and about living with a chronic illness. (Reminder: I'm not a doctor! This is all about my personal, lived experience with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.)

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Dec 02, 2022
591. The Life-Changing Date Night Episode, Five Years Later
01:31:30

"How awesome would it be to spend all day talking to people? That’s all I want in life."

Get in your time machine, friends: We're going back to January 2018. Today on the Ali on the Run Show, I'm re-releasing "Episode 57." I didn't realize it at the time, but this was a pivotal conversation for me. I recorded it at 10 PM with my husband, Brian. I was in a tough place then. I wasn't fulfilled. I was floundering. The Ali on the Run Show was my hobby while I was freelance writing full-time. I was struggling to move on from my past dreams, and couldn't quite articulate what I wanted to do next. This conversation — which was hard to have, and really scary to put out into the world — helped. I cried. Multiple times. I was scared. Scared of failure, whatever that meant. And scared to admit that I was scared. (And definitely scared of what the response to this episode would be, which was overwhelmingly wonderful.) I didn't know what success meant to me, but I was able to pinpoint one thing: I wanted to spend more time talking to people. (Five years later: Check!)

I revisited this episode as a reminder to myself, as I start planning for 2023: It hasn't always been live shows, race announcing, and World Championships! It hasn't been easy! So whether you're hearing "Episode 57" for the first time today, or you've heard it before, maybe something will resonate with you as you navigate your own "what do I want to be when I grow up?" journey. (PS: You're doing great.)

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The "Cali on the Run" episode

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Dec 01, 2022
590. Beyond the Run with Chelsea Sodaro, 2022 Ironman World Champion
01:17:29

"It’s just the reality of being a parent, and I think it would be easy to just see that as a hindrance or a disadvantage. But I think I’ve done a pretty good job of flipping that mindset and saying, 'Hey, look at what I’ve been able to accomplish when things haven’t always gone my way!' I don’t expect them to go perfectly on race day. So it’s almost a little secret weapon that I have in my mental toolbox."

In October, track star turned professional triathlete Chelsea Sodaro was 18 months postpartum. She was about to race her second Ironman triathlon: a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run. That Ironman was the Ironman World Championships in Kona. And she won the whole thing, finishing in 8 hours 33 minutes and 46 seconds, and becoming only the second mom in history to win in Kona. In this conversation, Chelsea talks all about her race day — but perhaps more importantly, she talks about the road to Kona. She talks about returning to training and competition as a new mom, and shares for the first time about her experience with postpartum anxiety. It's relatable ("To be totally honest, it’s kind of a shitshow," Chelsea says of returning to work without childcare help), it's inspiring ("We can do hard things, and we can do amazing things," she says of being a mom with big dreams), and it's real ("We just cannot do it alone").

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What’s written on Chelsea’s bathroom mirror right now? (2:30)
  • On feeling the mom love after Kona (4:00)
  • What Chelsea was like as a kid, and the impact her mom had on her (5:00)
  • How Chelsea is able to do what she does with a 1.5-year-old at home (9:45)
  • How Chelsea has learned to let go of perfectionism, and her experience with postpartum anxiety (15:15)
  • When Chelsea first started dreaming of Kona (28:45)
  • Did Chelsea ever doubt herself? (35:00)
  • What it was like getting to Kona (40:00)
  • All the details from the 2022 Ironman World Championships (47:35)
  • When Chelsea realized she was about to become an Ironman World Championship, and what the finish line experience was like (1:02:45)
  • The Kona comedown (1:11:20)
  • Chelsea's message to all the new moms (1:14:45)

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Nov 25, 2022
589. Sage Hurta, Professional Runner for On Athletics Club
01:00:19

"I don’t think anyone goes as hard as a dance floor full of professional or elite runners. Everyone was going bananas."

Last year at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, Sage Hurta was in an exciting spot. Off the track, the seven-time All-American had just graduated from the University of Colorado and signed her first professional contract with On Athletics Club. And on the track: She was in the semi-finals of the 800m race, charging into the final 100 meters of the race with plans and dreams to advance to the final and maybe, hopefully make her first world championship team. But then she went down. Sage fell hard, breaking her wrist in the process. It was a heartbreaking day.

The good news: 2022 has been the ultimate redemption year. In her first full year as an On-sponsored professional athlete, Sage (who just married teammate Joe Klecker!) entered 2022 having never broken two minutes in the 800m, and then went on to break 2:00 not once, not twice, but three times in the span of just six days. (And then, once more for good measure in August, where she ran 1:57 in Monaco, a new personal best.) She also ran a 1500m personal best (4:01.79) and took the win at the Ed Murphey classic. In this conversation, Sage reflects on 2021, shares her 2022 highlight reel, and looks forward to 2023 and beyond.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • All about Sage’s recent wedding (and name change decision!) to teammate Joe Klecker (4:50)
  • How Sage would sum up 2022 (11:30)
  • The process of going pro (13:00)
  • Sage reflects on last year’s U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, and that fall during the 800m semifinal (19:50)
  • On growing up with runner parents, and how Sage became a runner (28:30)
  • On breaking 2:00 in the 800m for the first time, and the art of “Sage Rage” (32:45)
  • Why Sage loves the 800, and how she puts that fall out of her head when she’s racing (41:45)
  • What’s next on Sage’s racing calendar? (48:45)

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Nov 24, 2022
588. 26 Questions with Emily Sisson
58:07

"Picture yourself as the eye of the hurricane, the eye of the storm. You have all this going on around you, but it doesn’t affect you."

It was a big year for Emily Sisson! The professional runner for New Balance broke not one but two records! In May, Emily became the American record holder in the half marathon, running 1:07:11 at the USATF Half Marathon Championships in Indianapolis. Then, in October, she finished the Chicago Marathon in 2:18:29, effectively becoming the American record holder in the 26.2-mile distance. Now, Emily has her eyes on 2023. She'll race the Houston Half Marathon in January, she's committed to a spring marathon (can't say which one yet!), and she's hoping to run a fall marathon to complete the year. Today, in the span of 26 questions, Emily talks about how life has (or hasn't) changed this year, shares what she's excited about and intrigued by, and talks about her favorite and hardest races to date.

Photo by Kevin Morris

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For more from Emily, check out:

Emily Sisson, Sara Hall, & Emma Bates on Episode 490 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Sisson & Shane Quinn on Episode 479 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Sisson on Episode 394 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Sisson on Episode 234 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Sisson on Episode 169 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Nov 22, 2022
587. Ask Ali, New York City Marathon Edition
49:26

"We’re all down on the ground. We are partying with everyone. We’re hanging out with the runners. We’re making cheer tunnels, we’re having kicklines. We are dancing. It is a party, and absolutely everyone is invited."

It was a great (albeit warm) week in New York City, celebrating all things 2022 TCS New York City Marathon. From finish line announcing to live shows and so much more, today I'm answering all of your New York City Marathon-related questions.

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My TEDxBoston talk

New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Trainer

New Balance FuelCell Rebel v3

New Balance FuelCell SC Elite v3

Everything You Need to Know About the New York City Marathon

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Nov 18, 2022
586. My 2022 New York City Marathon Recap
01:26:53

"I feel like I am peaking. This feels like it’s as good as it gets!"

New York City is back, baby! (I must have said that 300 times over the course of the week!) For the first time since 2019, the TCS New York City Marathon returned in full force: 50,000 runners, five boroughs, hundreds of thousands of spectators, and an oh-so-humid day that no one will soon forget. In this episode, I recap my entire week in New York City in great detail. The live shows (all three of them!), announcing the Run with Champions youth race, running the Dash to the Finish 5K (no PR this year, but I really did try!), and of course, being one of the finish line announcers on marathon day. My favorite week of the year!

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Ali on the Run Show LIVE with Keira D'Amato

Ali on the Run Show LIVE with Erin Azar, Alysia Montaño, and Laura Green

Ali on the Run Show LIVE with Emma Coburn

Kofuzi's New York City Marathon recap

Good Morning America segment

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Nov 17, 2022
585. 26 Questions with Emily Durgin
52:02

"I was a complete wreck. I had a lot of anxiety about a lot of unnecessary things. Not even the race itself — all the outside factors, and I didn’t handle them well. I race all the time! This should have been just another race. But in my mind, I was over-worried about not making it to the start line."

Emily Durgin spent this summer getting into the best shape of her life: marathon shape! She was gearing up to make her 26.2-mile debut at the TCS New York City Marathon — but race day didn't go as planned. Emily, who lives and trains in Flagstaff, AZ, and is sponsored by adidas, ended up dropping out "somewhere in Harlem." So today, we cover the fun questions in this series (first car, current car, celebrity lookalike), and Emily answers the tough questions, like what it's really like dropping out of your marathon debut, and how to deal with mid-race stress and anxiety. In true Emily form, she's in good spirits, she learned a lot, and she got to celebrate her friend Sharon Lokedi's win!

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Nov 15, 2022
584. LIVE with Emma Coburn in New York City
01:10:55

"You can call me Bog Girl if you want."

The best way to kick off TCS New York City Marathon week? A live show at the 1 Hotel Central Park South with special guest Emma Coburn, presented by New Balance. Emma has been on the show six (six!) times now, so our goal with this one was simple: "What haven't we talked about yet?" And mission accomplished, as we talked about Bosshard Bogs, got some Team Boss updates, and discussed the pressure that comes with being Emma Coburn. Plus: tattoo talk, Presidential Physical Fitness trauma, and so much more.

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Nov 10, 2022
583. LIVE with goodr, Erin Azar, Alysia Montaño, and Laura Green
01:05:42

"My life got a little weird that weekend!" —Erin Azar

"It's not about athletes running and having lactation accommodations. It's about making micro changes for macro changes. We want societal shift." —Alysia Montaño

"Everyone's like, 'Do you have a goal?' And I'm like, 'To have a good time!' No, that's never my goal. I don't care about having a good time. I like to race!" —Laura Green

Oh, we had some fun last Friday night in New York City. Goodr hosted a live recording of the Ali on the Run Show at Prohibition (my first live show at a bar! too fun!) with special guests Erin Azar (you know her as "Mrs. Space Cadet"), professional track star turned marathoner Alysia Montaño, and funny woman Laura Green. Lots of laughter, lots of talk about creating change in the industry, and lots of hot pink sunglasses!

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Nov 09, 2022
582. LIVE with Keira D'Amato at Custom Performance
57:30

"When we're good with good enough and ditch the perfectionism, we can really find a whole new level in ourselves. Good enough is good enough."

It's Keira D'Amato's first live podcast! The day before the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon, Keira sat down to talk about her pre-race mindset, to share how she was feeling the day before the race, and to explain her takes on perfectionism, karma, "doing the best you can with what you have," and her "white room theory." Plus, more about "Meat Thing," and a rousing game of "Skeiragories!" As Keira's mom would say: "Your ass is grass...and I'm the lawnmower!" (Keira went on to run 2:31:31 the next day, finishing 15th.)

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Keira D'Amato on Episode 579 of the Ali on the Run Show

Keira D’Amato on Episode 546 of the Ali on the Run Show

Keira & Anthony D’Amato on Episode 475 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

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Nov 08, 2022
581. Ask Ali!
46:04

"When I grew up, I wanted to be a purple flying horse. Never give up on your dreams."

Welcome to Ask Ali, the series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, I’m cruising through 24 listener questions, sent in via Instagram Stories (I’m @aliontherun1), about boundaries, mom guilt, sending the email, chafing, race swag, life dreams, and so much more.

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You asked:

  • What shows do your parents like to watch? (3:45)
  • Do you and Brian set intentional boundaries about talking about work? (5:45)
  • Have you ever sent the email and regretted it later? (6:30)
  • How are you most similar to your parents, and how are you different from each of them? (8:55)
  • What is something you want Annie to learn that you weren’t taught? (13:55)
  • What runner inspires you the most? (15:00)
  • Would you rather deal with butt-cheek chafe or side-arm chafe? (17:00)
  • If you could only run one race for the rest of time, what would it be? (17:55)
  • Does Annie like Bluey? (18:20)
  • Do you know that you and Femke Bol look like twins? (18:55)
  • Do you strength train? (20:00)
  • How do I get faster than a 9:30 pace on the run? (21:15)
  • How do you fight mom guilt being away from your daughter? (22:50)
  • What shoes are in your current rotation? (28:40)
  • What does your typical running week look like? (29:25)
  • Favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner (34:15)
  • What always makes you laugh? (35:40)
  • What’s your favorite piece of swag you’ve ever received from a race? (36:00)
  • Any podcast interview you wish you could redo? (36:30)
  • What’s the best thing about living in NH vs. NYC? (38:40)
  • Tips for first-timers running the New York City Marathon? (39:20)
  • Are you interested in announcing London or Berlin? (40:25)
  • Favorite cereal? (41:10)
  • What was your dream job 25, 20, 15, and 10 years ago? (41:35)

Check out:

My TEDxBoston talk

New Balance SuperComp Trainer

New Balance FuelCell Rebel

New Balance SC Elite v3

Everything You Need to Know About the New York City Marathon

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Nov 04, 2022
580. Steph Bruce, On Her Final Pro Marathon in NYC
58:14

"This year, it finally feels like, 'I’m gonna rip it.' The badass version of me is like, 'You’re going to have to work really hard to beat me!' That finally came back this year."

This weekend, Steph Bruce will race her last marathon as a professional athlete. When Steph was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition last year, she decided to make some tough decisions. She decided 2022 would be her final year as a professional athlete. The HOKA NAZ Elite athlete plans to retire at the end of this year. But first: She's racing the TCS New York City Marathon this weekend, and she's taking us all along for the ride, calling this year her "Grit Finale." In this conversation, Steph talks about how she's feeling heading into her 17th marathon, both physically and emotionally. She talks about how training has gone, about her advice for athletes who are new to the sport, and life after NYCM.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Steph’s feeling heading into the New York City Marathon (2:45)
  • How Steph has navigated the emotional heaviness of the past few years, both on and off the race course (7:45)
  • What Steph is proudest of (16:30)
  • What Steph would say to all the pregnant pro runners right now (19:00)
  • How Steph’s New York City Marathon training has gone (21:30)
  • Steph’s New York City Marathon race plan (26:00)
  • What Steph says runners should and should not do when running the New York City Marathon (28:45)
  • What Steph pictures when she thinks about celebrating this race (37:40)
  • Life after the New York City Marathon (38:30)
  • What Steph wishes she had known at the early stages of her career (42:45)

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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

Steph Bruce on Episode 371 of the Ali on the Run Show

Steph Bruce on Episode 519 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Nov 03, 2022
579. 26 Questions with Keira D'Amato
59:39

"I have a shirt that says 'Meat Thing' on it. This is such a weird story."

She's back! Not only is Keira D'Amato back on the Ali on the Run Show today, here to tackle 26 questions, she's also back on the 26.2-mile run. In January, Keira broke the American record in the marathon. In July, she got to represent Team USA at World Championships, where she finished eighth. In September, she ran the Berlin Marathon. And now, she's ready to toe yet another marathon start line: Keira is racing the TCS New York City Marathon this weekend! Here, she talks about her goals for the race, how training has been going, where she's at emotionally, whether she wants the American Record back, and, well, parking tickets, "Meat Thing," and so much more.

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Keira D'Amato on Episode 546 of the Ali on the Run Show

Keira & Anthony D’Amato on Episode 475 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

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Nov 01, 2022
578. Everything You Need to Know About the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon
02:28:46

"It’s wild. It is New York’s Super Bowl. Every single borough comes out to play, and it’s amazing."

OK, soon-to-be New York City Marathoners: Here it is! Your unofficial guide to the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon. Today, with the help of a few very special guests, I'm here to answer all of your NYCM-related questions. This is a mega-episode — 2.5 hours long! — so enjoy your taper, listen in, and take lots of deep breaths knowing you've got this.

As for me: The New York City Marathon is my Super Bowl, my Christmas, my birthday, my favorite day of the year. It was the first marathon I ever watched, back in 2008, when I went out to cheer for a coworker who was running the race. (Thanks for the inspiration, Therese!) I've run it three times — in 2013, 2014, and 2016 — and volunteered once, in 2015, at a fluid station. In 2017, I cheered on "First and Fifth," and in 2018, at three weeks postpartum, going to the New York City Marathon was my first outing since having a baby. I sat in the grandstands as Shalane Flanagan finished third, and pumped in a fancy finish line porta potty. Then, in 2019, I got the best seat in the house for the first time: New York City Marathon finish line announcer. This will be my third year as one of the race's announcers, and it's a huge honor. I can't wait to see you.

And this episode isn't just for the marathoners: We have tips for spectators, a breakdown of how to get into the race in the future, and general advice for marathon-day fueling and hydrating.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • New York City Marathon race director Ted Metellus talks about what makes the New York City Marathon so iconic (3:30)
  • Ali answers your pre-race questions, including how to get into the race, dealing with logistics-related overwhelm, and how to watch the race on TV (27:15)
  • Molly Seidel, who broke the American course record at last year’s race, offers her advice for racing the New York City Marathon — plus a life update! (34:00)
  • Everything you need to know about getting to the start village, and what it’ll be like once you’re there (50:30)
  • Registered dietitian and five-time New York City Marathoner Kelly Hogan answers questions about how to fuel and hydrate on race morning and throughout the day (1:09:15)
  • All about the New York City Marathon course (1:23:20)
  • Running coach Anoush Arakelian offers course strategy advice, whether you want to race to a personal best or run-walk and enjoy the scenery (1:31:15)
  • All about the finish line and beyond (1:54:15)
  • How to be an awesome spectator (2:00:30)
  • What happens after you cross the finish line (2:06:25)
  • Questions for Ali (2:09:30)

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Oct 28, 2022
577. Meghann Featherstun, Sports Dietitian & 2:50 Marathoner
01:07:31

"I feel like nutrition is the new super shoe! If we’re fully carb loaded, if we’re fueling our race really strong, our performance can be astronomical, and better than we ever thought."

Meghann Featherstun is on a mission: to get runners to eat more. More specifically: to get runners to eat more carbs! In this conversation, the sports dietitian and 2:50 marathoner talks about her passion for performance fueling. She talks about running a big personal best at the Chicago Marathon just a few weeks ago, and about what it has taken to shave more than an hour off her marathon time over the past decade. Meghann explains how she became a sports dietitian, talks about the most common concerns she hears about from her clients, and looks back on how she first became a marathoner (and why her "one and done" declaration, well...famous last words). Plus: how Meghann keeps running fun and joy-filled, and all about her obsession with graham crackers, bagels, and toast (oh my!).

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What’s the deal with the graham crackers and morning toast? (2:50)
  • How was Meghann’s run today? (7:50)
  • What is a sports dietitian? (9:50)
  • On the trauma of 1990s diet culture (14:15)
  • How Meghann found running (16:45)
  • Why Meghann fell in love with the marathon (19:00)
  • What are the common themes Meghann is hearing from her clients? (22:30)
  • How do you know if you’re under-fueling? (26:00)
  • Meghann’s Chicago Marathon fueling plan (30:45)
  • What Meghann had to do to go from a 3:58 marathon to a 2:50 (41:35)
  • How Meghann keeps running fun (51:15)
  • Meghann’s goals for the New York City Marathon (52:40)
  • Meghann’s tips for becoming a morning runner and for making running more joy-filled (56:15)

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Emily Oster on Episode 571 of the Ali on the Run Show

Can confirm: There was Goose Island beer at the Chicago Marathon finish line!

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Oct 27, 2022
576. 26 Questions with Tommie Runz
53:39

"I don’t get paid to run. So I might as well have some fun!"

Thomas Bailey is best known in the running world as Tommie Runz, and he's been taking the industry by storm. Tommie is a marathon-running dad of two who lives in Detroit and works a full-time job in vehicle shipping by day, and is a podcast host, YouTuber, and content creator by all other hours. Tommie is currently on his "Redemption Tour" — running three fall marathons after a disappointing race at the Boston Marathon this spring. He has already completed the Erie and Chicago Marathons, and now he's gearing up for his goal race in New York City. All about his marathon-filled fall and more, today on the Ali on the Run Show.

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Oct 25, 2022
575. Jenny Simpson, Puma-Sponsored Professional Athlete
01:14:00

"I’ve never been someone that felt like I did my best work trying to prove somebody wrong. I do my best work trying to prove somebody right."

It hasn't been an easy year for three-time world championship medalist, three-time Olympian, and Olympic bronze medalist Jenny Simpson. In the 48 hours before the calendar turned from 2021 to 2022, Jenny watched as her world began to crumble. On December 30, wildfires engulfed her historic home — a former schoolhouse, beloved by Jenny and her husband, Jason, and by their community. They (with their dog, Truman) evacuated, hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. On December 31, her 12-year contract with New Balance ended, and wasn't renewed — something Jenny calls "a great heartbreak." Plus, the 1500-meter legend was injured. In true Jenny form, though, she's seeing the bright side now. Jenny and Jason's home somehow survived the fire, and after being displaced for three months, they were able to move back in and rebuild their lives. She's no longer injured, and with all systems go, she's officially transitioning from the track to the roads, with longer distances in mind. ("I'm not training for a marathon," she swears.) Two weeks ago, she won the Army 10-Miler, and she has one more race on the calendar for 2022. And she is, once again, a fully sponsored professional athlete. Jenny signed with Puma earlier this year. Today, she's here to talk about all of it.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Jenny has brought her community together in the wake of last year’s Colorado wildfires (3:30)
  • The lingering trauma from the wildfires (10:10)
  • What Jenny’s running has been like over the past year (16:30)
  • On Jenny’s recent Army 10-Miler win, and how she’s feeling now (21:40)
  • Is Jenny Simpson ready to become a marathoner? (36:45)
  • How is Jenny measuring her success on the roads? (42:50)
  • On the end of Jenny’s New Balances sponsorship, and the beginning of her partnership with Puma (49:00)
  • Jenny’s shoes of choice right now (54:15)
  • Did Jenny watch the Fifth Avenue Mile this year? (57:55)
  • What Jenny sees in U.S. women’s distance running right now (1:01:25)
  • What running feels like for Jenny right now (1:07:15)

For more, check out:

Jenny & Jason Simpson on Episode 329 of the Ali on the Run Show

Jenny Simpson on Episode 268 of the Ali on the Run Show

Jenny Simpson on Episode 96 of the Ali on the Run Show

"Is Top Miler Jenny Simpson About to Be a Marathoner?" by Sarah Lorge Butler for Runner's World

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Oct 20, 2022
574. 26 Questions with Matt Wilpers
01:00:52

"That’s my mentality: Get to the starting line, and roll with what you’ve got, and do your best. If you do that, you’ve gotta be happy."

Everyone loves Matt Wilpers. The beloved and adored (and newly engaged!) Peloton instructor is a 2:54 marathoner, a 1:17 half marathoner, and a 10:38 Ironman triathlete. And now, in between teaching Peloton classes, running a coaching business, and wedding planning, Matt is training for the New York City Marathon! (Get to know Matt better by listening to him on Episode 398 of the Ali on the Run Show.) In today's edition of 26 Questions, Matt answers questions about how training is going, how he proposed to his now-fiancé, his goals for race day, and more.

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Oct 18, 2022
573. Ask Ali!
36:33

"I get overwhelmed, I get stressed, I put a lot of pressure on myself. I have high expectations for myself. But my 'why' is wanting to do my best. My why is wanting to be a good example for Annie. If I’m going to spend any time working and away from my daughter, I want it to be for a good reason."

Welcome to Ask Ali, the series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, I’m flying through 26 listener questions, sent in via Instagram Stories (I’m @aliontherun1), about podcast, running, motherhood, Halloween, purple M&Ms, laundry detergent (?), and so much more.

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You asked:

  • How excited were you to get Wordle on the first try? (3:05)
  • What is Annie going to be for Halloween? (3:50)
  • Will we see you at the New England Half? (4:25)
  • What’s your favorite 90s trend that has come back? (6:15)
  • What’s your favorite song to let loose and dance to? (7:50)
  • Any chance there will be more tickets to the live show with Keira D’Amato? (8:45)
  • Thoughts on the new purple M&M? (9:15)
  • What is the relationship between podcasters? Friends? Enemies? Competitors? (9:50)
  • Running the NYC Marathon for the first time — what’s your best advice? (12:00)
  • Has a guest ever said something so offensive or off the wall that you had to edit it out? (13:25)
  • Do you ever forget why you are doing something or who you’re trying to impress? (16:00)
  • Grinding: love it or hate it? (18:00)
  • When will you know if you’ll be back at the Boston Marathon in any capacity? (20:15)
  • What would you change or redo about your wedding? (20:25)
  • If you had to start a fantasy running team, who would your five starters be? (22:30)
  • Do you have a running coach? (24:00)
  • Do you have any future plans to run another marathon? (25:30)
  • How many home offers did you make? (27:00)
  • Favorite Halloween costume you ever wore (28:15)
  • How’s Ellie? (29:50)
  • Will you ever announce a race in the south? (30:25)
  • Boyfriend has ulcerative colitis. What are some date night ideas for us? (30:45)
  • What is the all-time most-listened-to episode of your podcast? (31:30)
  • What detergent do you use on your running clothes? (32:45)
  • Looking to commit to my first marathon — which one should it be? (33:00)
  • Are you ever in a bad mood when it’s time to start the podcast? (34:15)

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"Molly Seidel Still Struggles," by Sarah Lorge Butler for Runner's World

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Oct 14, 2022
572. Alison Mariella Désir, Author of Running While Black
01:21:36

"There’s a big period of my life that led me to find long-distance running where I was a shell of myself. I was depressed and suicidal and anxious and unable to leave my house. And I think a lot about, what if my story had ended there? What if there wasn’t this other part of my life where I get to be the person who I am today?"

Alison Mariella Désir is a runner, a marathoner, a change-maker, an activist, an advocate, a wife (to Amir!), a mother (to Kouri!), a founder (of Harlem Run and Run 4 All Women), a creator, and now, she adds "author" to her bio. Alison's highly-anticipated book, Running While Black: Finding Freedom in a Sport That Wasn't Built for Us, hits bookshelves next week. Today, Alison returns to the Ali on the Run Show (for the fourth time!) to talk all about her writing process and her hopes and dreams for the running industry. This book is a must-read for runners and non-runners alike.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How does it feel to have this book out in the world? (3:10)
  • What Alison hopes people feel when they read this book (7:45)
  • All about Alison’s writing vibe (12:00)
  • What Alison learned about herself during the writing process (17:15)
  • What would Alison’s dad think of this book? (19:45)
  • What Alison’s relationship with running is like right now (21:50)
  • On dealing with racism and microaggressions from a very young age (27:15)
  • “She wasn’t tired. She was tired of giving in.” (32:55)
  • The pressure to continue being a high-achiever (36:10)
  • What it felt like for Alison to keep showing up to Harlem Run — by herself (41:50)
  • On building community, and what Alison learned from running with other groups, crews, and clubs in New York City (48:00)
  • On being vulnerable at this stage in life (54:40)
  • What Alison hoped would come from her Outside magazine op-ed (57:30)
  • On sniffing out performative BS, and seeing meaningful change within the running industry (1:03:45)
  • The experience of recording the audio version of Running While Black  (1:14:00)
  • Which parts of the book have resonated most with people so far (1:16:15)

For more from Alison, check out:

Alison Désir, Founder of Harlem Run

What's New With You?

"Why it's an exciting time for women's running"

“Ahmaud Arbery and Whiteness in the Running World,” by Alison Désir for Outside Magazine

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Oct 13, 2022
571. Emily Oster, LIVE at the Tracksmith Trackhouse
01:10:24

"Once we realized it was real… I mean, it’s not like that happens every week. It was really freaking cool!"

Emily Oster was first on the Ali on the Run Show last February. At the time, the economist, Brown University professor, and best-selling author talked about how running is the one place in her life where she lets go of all the data and just runs.

Fast-forward a few months, and Emily has a running coach (Kaitlin Goodman!), a training plan, a pair of super shoes, and finisher's medals from a 1:41 half marathon and 42:01 10K. Safe to say, Emily's relationship with running has evolved! In this conversation, recorded in front of a live audience at the Tracksmith Trackhouse in Boston, Emily — who is the author of Expecting BetterCribsheet, and The Family Firm — talks about that evolution, and about whether more racing is in her future. Plus, what it was like being honored as one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2022, including how she found out about the honor, what it was like being on the red carpet next to Zendaya, and whether her kids are impressed by her achievements.

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Oct 12, 2022
570. 26 Questions with Kyle Merber
51:17

"Someone described me as ‘Olympic-caliber,’ which I think is the nicest, funniest way to say ‘Didn’t make it.’"

Kyle Merber is a former professional runner (a 3:52 miler! he won the Millrose Games mile as a high schooler!) who retired in 2020, and now works full-time for American Express while also managing The Lap Count newsletter and navigating life as a new dad. Now, Kyle is going the distance: the 26.2-mile distance, that is. Kyle is training to make his official marathon debut at the TCS New York City Marathon next month (though he's covered the distance in training a few times now). Today, Kyle talks about the expectations on him as a former professional athlete and first-time marathoner, explains how he's fitting training into his life, and talks about his nighttime cereal habit. (Listen to Kyle's previous episode of the Ali on the Run Show with friend and colleague Chris Chavez here.)

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Oct 11, 2022
569. Beyond the Run with Molly Huddle
54:20

"I start from zero, too, after having a baby, just like everyone else. So, here goes!"

Molly Huddle is one of the greatest American distance runners of our time. In her career, she's held numerous American records and is a two-time Olympian. She's the co-host of the Keeping Track podcast and co-author of the book How She Did It. And in April, Molly added a new title to her bio: mom. Molly gave birth to her daughter, Josephine ("Jojo") earlier this year, so today, Molly returns to the Ali on the Run Show to talk about running throughout her pregnancy and her careful, cautious, calculated return to running and racing. Plus, what's next for Molly on the run — and beyond.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Molly’s feeling right now (3:20)
  • Molly’s decision to publicly share her return to racing (4:50)
  • Who Molly leaned on throughout her pregnancy (7:15)
  • How it feels to watch all the fast fall races right now, and all about Molly’s race announcing debut this summer (8:45)
  • Molly’s postpartum expectations (11:30)
  • The decision a professional runner has to make about if and when to have a baby (12:55)
  • What running throughout pregnancy looked like for Molly (17:30)
  • Molly recalls her first postpartum run (29:50)
  • Molly’s decision to return to racing (32:40)
  • What it’s like being an idol and role model to younger professional athletes (37:30)
  • What has come naturally to Molly in motherhood, and what has felt most challenging (41:30)
  • What’s next for Molly? (46:00)
  • The best advice Molly has received in this phase of life (49:20)

For more from Molly, check out:

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

Molly Huddle on Episode 391 of the Ali on the Run Show

Molly Huddle & Sara Slattery on Episode 493 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Oct 07, 2022
568. Calum Neff, Keira D'Amato's Berlin Marathon Pacer
01:07:40

"We all get nervous. We all have this energy, whether it feels good or bad. We all get in the race and physically feel good and bad at different points. It’s just important to remember that that’s all normal, no matter what that is. So I just told her, ‘This is how it feels. This is how it’s gonna feel.’ And that was it. Game on."

First, he paced Sara Hall at the Marathon Project. Then, he paced Keira D'Amato for her American Record at the Houston Marathon. Now, dad of three and stroller-running world record holder Calum Neff returns to the Ali on the Run Show to talk about his third major pacing opportunity: running with Keira again, this time at the Berlin Marathon. In this conversation — recorded while Calum was recovering in Italy — Calum talks all about the Berlin experience, where Keira was hoping to take down her own American record. He talks about their ambitious goal for race day, explains the low-mileage training that helped get him to the start line (training for an American record on just 30 miles per week?!), and talks about how he got the job this time around. Calum talks about the plan for Keira and the three pacers, raves about the pre-race highlights (hanging with Eliud Kipchoge!), explains the unique pressure of being a pacer, and shares the final words he said to Keira on the start line. Plus, how he pushed through his own tough parts of the race, the energy he got from Keira throughout the race, and what's next on his race calendar.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Calum got the role as one of Keira’s Berlin Marathon pacers, and what his training was like (5:45)
  • “I’m Keira’s pacer, and I don’t know if I can do this” (10:20)
  • What Calum has learned about the delicate art of pacing (14:30)
  • The pacing plan for race day (19:00)
  • All about the pre-race activities (Kipchoge!) (20:45)
  • What race morning was like (26:35)
  • The sights and sounds from the early miles of the race (31:00)
  • What happens when the plan changes, and how Calum pushed through his own tough parts of the race (34:30)
  • On that moment during the race when Keira was given (and refused!) an out (40:00)
  • What the final miles of the race were like (44:50)
  • That finish line feeling — and the race-within-a-race to get there (50:50)
  • Calum’s post-race thoughts (55:00)
  • What makes pacing Keira, specifically, special (58:15)
  • Calum’s next race: representing Team Canada in the trail running world championships (1:01:50)

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Oct 06, 2022
567. 26 Questions with Nell Rojas
39:26

"I went through a breakup and went straight for the guitar shop, hoping that would fix everything. Well. I played it once for about 10 minutes."

In both 2021 and 2022, Boulder-based professional runner Nell Rojas was the highest-placing American woman at the Boston Marathon. Now, she's ready to tackle the Big Apple: Nell is gearing up to make her TCS New York City Marathon debut next month. Today, she answers questions about how her training is going, why she wants to run NYC, how her boyfriend really feels about her "head-only altitude tent," American Girl dolls (she's an Addy; I'm an aspiring Samantha), how people react when they see her car, and so much more.

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For more from Nell, check out:

Nell Rojas on Episode 513 of the Ali on the Run Show

Nell Rojas & Hiruni Wijayaratne on Episode 484 of the Ali on the Run Show

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

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Oct 04, 2022
566. LIVE from the Akron Marathon with Meb Keflezighi, Kathrine Switzer, & Bill Rodgers
49:50

"It was an astonishing thing. It was one of those defining moments in your life. Everything else was changed from that moment."

It was an honor to be invited to the 20th running of the Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, & Team Relay in Ohio this past weekend, and to get to host a live show at the pre-race expo with running legends Meb Keflezighi (Olympic silver medalist and winner of both the New York City Marathon and the Boston Marathon), Kathrine Switzer (the first woman to officially run and finish the Boston Marathon), and Bill Rodgers (four-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons).

One quick note: Unfortunately, the first few minutes of the show are missing from the audio recording, so what you'll get here picks up with Meb a few minutes in, answering my question, "Why did you run your first marathon?" The audio skips a few times throughout the recording, but ultimately, you'll still get to hear some inspiring and powerful stuff from Meb, Kathrine, and Bill.

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Sep 29, 2022
565. 26 Questions with Laura Green
41:38

"Oh god, it was so bad! Oh god. I’m going to bring this up in therapy this week!"

She's everyone's favorite funny runner — and today, Laura Green returns to the Ali on the Run Show for the third time to answer a series of 26 questions. (Check out Laura's previous episodes: when she filled in as an Ask Ali guest host, and when she was part of the Motherhood Mondays series.) Whether she's playing the role of an ambitious mom-to-be who plans to start stroller running right out of the hospital, she's role-playing what would happen if all the big running brands got together for beers, or she's a road runner trying out the trails, Laura's LOL-inducing videos have the running industry (and beyond!) absolutely rolling. Laura is currently training for the New York City Marathon.

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Sep 27, 2022
564. Beyond the Run with Emily Saul, Marathon Mentality Q&A Part III
01:06:10

"No one can define what success is for you but YOU. Even though the sport of running tries to tell us that the only things that matter are distance and time, that is simply not true. You decide what matters to you."

Welcome to Part III (the last part!) of the Marathon Mentality series with Ali on the Run Show favorite Emily Saul! Emily is a licensed mental health counselor, sport psychology coach, and founder of E Saul Movement. She’s a former Division-1 collegiate rower, she’s a lifelong athlete, she’s a many-time marathoner, and she’s a TEDxBoston speaker.

Today, we're talking race day. We made it! (You made it! You're doing great!) Emily is offering advice about tackling taper tantrums, getting in the right headspace for race day, and dealing with the potential post-marathon blues.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How do I deal with taper tantrums? (3:30)
  • How do I get over the mindset of being able to run further on race day than ever before? (7:25)
  • Best advice for getting pumped up for a marathon the week before the race (12:05)
  • How do I get over my fear of coming in last? (19:00)
  • How would you address mid-race fears of pushing too hard too early? (27:10)
  • How do you handle the personal pressure you put on yourself? (29:55)
  • What do you do mid-race when your mind starts making preemptive excuses for failing? (35:20)
  • How to battle the mental game during a race when your body wants to give up (39:00)
  • How to stay positive when the race isn’t going as expected (44:45)
  • During training, I feel confident and I crush my workouts. But when it comes to race day, doubt creeps in. Any advice? (49:55)
  • How to deal with the post-marathon blues (54:30)
  • Emily’s final pre-race pep talk for fall marathoners (1:01:10)

For more, check out:

Marathon Mentality Part II: When the Training Ramps Up

Marathon Mentality Part I: Getting in the Right Headspace for Marathon Training

Emily Saul on Episode 510 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Saul on Episode 574 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Saul on Episode 59 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Saul’s TEDxBoston talk

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Sep 23, 2022
563. Kara Winger, World Silver Medalist Javelin Thrower & American Record Holder
01:15:29

"To go out on top — there are so few athletes that can say that, and that really wasn’t my plan! I just wanted to know when it would be over so that I could put everything that I had into each throw."

Kara Winger had long planned for 2022 to be her final javelin season. And what a final season it was! The four-time Olympian capped off her 18-year international career by winning her first global medal (silver, at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, OR), and becoming the first U.S. woman to medal in the javelin at a world championships event. She set a new American record. She took the win at the Wanda Diamond League final. And, after 12 years, she finally broke her own personal record. In this conversation, Kara reflects on her career and on what it means to go out on top. She talks about the support she has felt in the track and field community, and about when she made the decision to retire. She talks about being chosen to be the Team USA flag bearer at last summer's Tokyo Olympic Games, and talks about the struggles she's faced with injuries (two ACL tears and a labrum tear in her left shoulder) and setbacks. Now, the Tracksmith-sponsored athlete will begin the next chapter of her career as the senior director for Parity, an organization dedicated to closing the gender pay gap in sports.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What Kara says to everyone who wants her to keep competing (5:00)
  • When and why Kara decided to retire, and what her mentality was like heading into her final season (6:50)
  • The first thing Kara pictures when she thinks about her final season of competition (13:20)
  • Is it possible to get into a flow state when throwing? (18:35)
  • What Kara’s childhood was like, and how she found the javelin (20:40)
  • How Kara actually learned how to throw a javelin (27:00)
  • What it was like becoming an Olympian while still in college (29:15)
  • What life was like at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA (32:45)
  • What Kara’s training is like lately (38:15)
  • Kara’s decision to get her MBA (41:45)
  • How Kara became the flag bearer for Team USA during the Tokyo Olympics (45:20)
  • The support Kara has felt from her community this year (54:00)
  • What Kara wishes people understood about throwing, field events, and the javelin specifically (59:00)
  • Any chance Kara will compete at World Championships in Budapest next year? (1:03:00)

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Sep 22, 2022
562. 26 Questions with Deena Kastor
57:46

"I have to enjoy this race. I really just need this one to be uplifting."

Deena Kastor has run (and won!) many marathons during her career. She's the 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist in the marathon, she has won both the Chicago and London Marathons and the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and until this past January, she was the American Record Holder in the marathon (Keira D'Amato holds that title now). And this weekend, Deena will race the Berlin Marathon! Here, she explains why this race is so special (she'll earn her Abbott World Marathon Majors six-star finisher's medal!) and what her goals are for the day. Plus: why she ran her first marathon, where she keeps her Olympic medal, her real feelings about race broadcasting, and why her greatest running weakness involves...baby eagles?

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Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor

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Sep 20, 2022
561. Ask Ali!
55:52

"I’ve worked really hard and I’ve put a lot out there, and it’s been really good to the point that it terrifies me."

Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, I’m flying through 29 listener questions, sent in via Instagram Stories (I’m @aliontherun1), about my current goals and dreams, the New York City Marathon (lots of questions about the New York City Marathon!), the song that always makes me cry (and I cry just talking about it!), the lessons I've learned from my best and worst races, and so much more.

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You asked:

  • How are you doing? (3:30)
  • What is one thing you would like to do before the end of the year? (6:35)
  • What are you most excited for at the New York City Marathon? (9:00)
  • What is your favorite song you ever danced to? (11:25)
  • Can you give us any hints for the NYC Marathon live shows? (13:20)
  • Team Edward or Jacob? (14:35)
  • First-time marathon advice (14:55)
  • Can you please share the reason for using “and” but never “but?” (17:00)
  • What song always makes you cry? (18:55)
  • Your favorite pre-run fuel (20:05)
  • Biggest advice for balancing entrepreneurship and parenting (20:15)
  • Boston or New York City? (22:05)
  • Have you ever had a guest on the podcast that you were fangirl-nervous to speak to? (23:10)
  • Do you know when you are announcing at the New York City Marathon? (27:30)
  • What was your favorite place to write for when you were in the thick of freelancing? (28:40)
  • If you had to host a podcast about something other than running, what would it be? (32:30)
  • What do you think is overrated in the running world? And what is underrated? (34:35)
  • What did you worst race teach you? What did your best race teach you? (38:10)
  • What have been your takeaways from therapy? (42:45)
  • What do female friendships look like these days? (43:10)
  • What are your PRs? (45:45)
  • What’s your bedtime / morning routine? (48:35)
  • Best souvenir to buy at the New York City Marathon? (49:50)
  • Taco night or pizza night? Favorite season? If you had to change your first name, what would you pick? (50:45)
  • Which pro runner would you most want to have at your Thanksgiving? (52:00)
  • The episode with Emily Durgin, you asked about her shoes. Was that agreed to per her sponsor? (52:35)
  • What is your favorite bagel flavor? (53:30)

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Sep 16, 2022
560. Karissa Bodnar, Founder & CEO of Thrive Causemetics
01:20:28

"I struggle every day. I am just committed to not letting those little moments take me out of the game."

As the founder and CEO of Thrive Causemetics, Karissa Bodnar has been included on Forbes's 30 Under 30 list, was named as one of Marie Claire's Most Powerful Women, and she was on Inc.'s Badass Female Founders list. But what matters most to Karissa, she swears, isn't the accolades: It's the people. In this conversation, we get to know the woman behind one of the most game-changing brands in the beauty industry — a woman who, naturally, happens to be a runner. (We recorded this conversation just a few days before Karissa ran the Rock N Roll Seattle Half Marathon!)

Karissa talks about how running makes her a better leader and business owner. She talks about the days when she would sit at her kitchen table, mixing formulas and dreaming of working her way up the beauty brand ladder. She talks about launching Thrive Causemetics in the wake of losing her best friend to cancer. And she talks about giving back. (For every product sold, Thrive donates products and funds to organizations and causes that support and empower women.) Plus: imposter syndrome in running and in business, what keeps Karissa up at night, and what it means to be "bigger than beauty."

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Karissa was feeling the week of her half marathon (5:00)
  • Why Karissa wanted to run a half marathon this year (9:30)
  • What young Karissa was like (18:00)
  • Why Karissa names her products after women who inspire her (23:50)
  • How Karissa found her purpose (25:50)
  • How — and why — Karissa started her own company, and how it grew from mixing formulas at her kitchen table to a multimillion-dollar company (30:10)
  • What keeps Karissa up at night (40:00)
  • Karissa’s “wear sunscreen” PSA (44:15)
  • When Karissa works out, and what her half-marathon training has been like (46:30)
  • Karissa’s race-day playlist (52:00)
  • What makes it onto Karissa’s highlight reel (57:35)
  • On learning how to be a CEO (1:00:00)

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Sep 15, 2022
559. 26 Questions with Des Linden
36:45

"I’m very excited to see where I’m at and to test myself. And I’m really having fun so far with this!"

OK, right off the bat: You're getting more than 26 questions. Welcome to this new series on the Ali on the Run Show, where I sit down with some of my favorite people to ask a series of running- and non-running-related questions. Think Vogue's "73 Questions," but for runners — all of whom are currently gearing up for fall marathons. And what better way to kick things off than with Olympian and 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden? Des will run the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon, and she's here today to tell us what we don't yet know about everyone's favorite runner. (Including: a peek into her new book, the last time she cried, the last time she cried because of running, all about her candy-rating system, and whether she Googles herself. Plus, a LOL-worthy recent airplane story.)

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Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011

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Episode 522

Episode 462

Episode 363

Episode 205: Love on the Run with Des & Ryan Linden

Episode 100

Episode 77: Live in San Diego

Episode 64

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Sep 13, 2022
558. Beyond the Run with Coach Chris Bennett
01:11:04

"Don’t just celebrate the final finish line. One of the ways to get through a training plan successfully is to make sure you’re stopping along the way and celebrating."

Chris Bennett is on a mission: He wants runners to have more fun! (There's a reason he's been called "the real-life Ted Lasso.") The Nike Running Global Head Coach — known by hundreds of thousands of runners as simply "Coach" — takes a no-BS approach to running. He might dish out some tough love, but he always has a plan and a reason. He'll never tell you that you suck (and he really doesn't want you to say that to yourself, either), but he might tell you to "calm down," and he'll definitely tell you to "slow down." In this conversation, Coach Bennett talks about the importance of finding purpose on the run, explains why kindness is a secret weapon, and shares his take on run streaks (and whether or not he's doing one).

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What is the purpose of Coach Bennett’s run today? (8:25)
  • Finding purpose on the run vs. having a goal (11:40)
  • Is it unrealistic to expect every run to be fun? (18:20)
  • How to turn a bad run around (24:30)
  • “I’m not a run streaker, but I have a run streak” (33:00)
  • How can runners be more kind to ourselves? (42:15)
  • What it’s like being “The Ted Lasso of Running” (56:00)
  • Coach Bennett’s love letter to New Jersey (1:02:40)

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Sep 09, 2022
557. Emily Durgin, Professional Runner for adidas
01:10:10

“I’m in this whole new world of what they call marathon training. I don’t know. I’m still in denial!”

Emily Durgin is having one heck of a year on the run. The adidas-sponsored professional runner lives and trains in Flagstaff, AZ (though, she says, "Maine will always be home home"), and 2022 has been good to her. She kicked off the year at the Houston Half Marathon, where she ran a personal best (67:54), and became the sixth-fastest American woman ever in the half marathon. And then, the personal bests just kept coming: Emily ran PBs in the 10,000 meters, the 5K, the 10K, and the 15K. But in some ways, she's just getting started. Emily is moving up in distance! She's gearing up for her 26.2-mile debut at the TCS New York City Marathon in November! In this conversation, Emily talks about why she wanted to make her marathon debut this year, why she wanted to do it in New York, and what her training looks like. Plus, how she's gained confidence on the track and the roads over the past year.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Where is “home?” (2:50)
  • All about Emily’s run today, and how she’s feeling about marathon training so far (3:40)
  • Why Emily always runs the Beach to Beacon 10K (7:55)
  • Why now? Emily’s decision to make her marathon debut in 2022 (10:40)
  • The women Emily loves racing with and against (15:30)
  • Emily’s reflections on her summer of racing, and the races that boosted her confidence (17:30)
  • What Emily pictures when she thinks about the New York City Marathon (20:20)
  • Is there pressure that comes with making a marathon debut? (26:45)
  • What pre-race Emily is like (29:35)
  • Emily's earliest memories of becoming a runner (33:50)
  • Emily's road to becoming a professional runner (40:45)
  • What a day in the life of a professional runner is like (49:50)

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Aliphine Tuliamuk on Episode 556 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Sep 08, 2022
556. Aliphine Tuliamuk, Olympian
01:01:41

"I saw a lot of people, especially on social media, saying, ‘She’s not gonna make it.’ And in my mind, I wanted to prove them wrong. And I think, honestly, that might have been my biggest downfall — trying to do more too soon, to prove to people that I could do this."

It would be putting it lightly to say that the past two years have been a whirlwind for professional runner Aliphine Tuliamuk. At the beginning of 2020, she won the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon, earning herself a spot on Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics. Then, when the Olympics were postponed due to the pandemic, she and her partner, Tim, saw that as an opportunity: Instead of going to Japan and competing at the Olympics that summer, Aliphine was newly pregnant. She gave birth to a baby girl, Zoe, in January 2021. Then, with the Olympics just seven months away, new-mom Aliphine went all-in on marathon training (with a plus-one!). She traveled to Tokyo, lined up at the start of her first Olympic race, and had to pull out after 20K due to an injury. Today on the show, Aliphine talks about taking a much-needed break after Tokyo, and about how she knew — physically and emotionally — that she was ready to get back on the run. The Hoka NAZ Elite athlete is currently happy, healthy, and ready to light the fall racing scene on fire. (Her words!) This weekend, Aliphine will race the USATF 20K Championships, and then she will line up for her first marathon since Tokyo at the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon in November.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Aliphine is feeling, 70-ish days out from this year’s New York City Marathon, and what her training looks like right now (4:40)
  • All about that photo from this year’s NYRR New York Mini 10K, and what Aliphine is like on starting lines (7:05)
  • Aliphine’s fight to get to bring her daughter to the Olympics (16:55)
  • Aliphine’s favorite — and least favorite — marathon training workouts (24:35)
  • How Aliphine approached her post-Olympics break (29:15)
  • How Aliphine follows the running industry (36:15)
  • Aliphine’s goals for this year’s New York City Marathon (40:30)
  • Aliphine shares her favorite parts of a marathon (47:00)
  • Who is in Aliphine’s village? (50:50)
  • Behind-the-scenes with the women of Hoka NAZ Elite (53:55)
  • “How does 73 days feel to you?” (57:00)

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Sep 01, 2022
555. Ask Ali!
59:37

"That’s such a good question, and one that I absolutely refuse to answer!"

Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, I’m flying through 39 listener questions, sent in via Instagram Stories (I’m @aliontherun1), about my upcoming race announcing plans, how I'm feeling about moving (again!), what's most fulfilling to me right now, my take on introspection and talking about my feelings, and so much more.

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You asked:

What three Peloton instructors would you most like to have dinner with together? (3:20)

Any plans to return to the west coast for races or announcing? (4:45)

Do you use your New Balance SuperComp Trainers for every run or do you cycle your shoes? (6:40)

Do we get a video house tour of the new house? (7:00)

What is your favorite thing about the new house? (9:45)

Love your relationship with your parents. Have you always been close? (11:35)

What is your favorite distance to run and why? (15:20)

How did you start getting up at 4:30? Was it hard? (16:35)

If money is no object, what trip are you taking with Brian, and where are you going with Annie? (18:35)

What happens if you are mid-interview and realize you don’t vibe with your guest? (20:45)

Rank race announcing, podcasting, and media roles in order of most fulfilling to least (23:30)

Do you watch Bridgerton? (25:20)

What are you most excited for right now? (25:45)

You’ve accomplished so much with your announcing. What’s the next big or kind of scary dream? (26:00)

How to introduce yourself to someone in real life that you follow on Instagram (26:35)

Does running solo in the dark ever scare you? (29:10)

Do you know your enneagram number? (31:15)

When will you be in London? (31:35)

What state is New Hampshire’s biggest rival? (31:45)

Is the On the Job series returning? (32:45)

Did you intend your move to NH to be permanent when you first left New Jersey in early 2020? (32:50)

Any advice on how to deal with negative feedback and on how not to take it personally? (34:15)

What’s next for you race-wise? (37:20)

What is the last thing you bought and loved on Amazon? (39:15)

Will you do family Halloween costumes? (40:00)

What does Annie think you and Brian do for a living? (40:20)

My mother-in-law always tells me running is dangerous. What should I say back? (41:00)

Team pumpkin or apple? (41:40)

Any good book recommendations? (41:50)

You own a themed café. Tell me about it. (42:20)

Cold or hot lobster roll? (45:10)

Advice for a 19-year-old feeling lost (45:30)

What is the hardest thing about having a running podcast? (46:40)

How is Annie handling the recent move? (49:30)

Have you always been introspective? (50:15)

Top three favorite candy (51:15)

What happened to race announcing at Beach to Beacon? (51:30)

Do you have a 26.2 sticker on the back of your car? (53:00)

What would you consider to be the turning point in your career? (53:20)

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Aug 26, 2022
554. Zac Clark, Co-Founder of the Release Recovery Foundation
01:16:37

"I was in New York, and I went out and I had this experience of watching people run this marathon, and I broke down. I was like, 'Holy shit, this is the most powerful thing I’ve ever seen.'"

To legions of adoring fans, Zac Clark is known as the winner of Season 16 of The Bachelorette, who got engaged to Tayshia Adams. But today, we are getting to know Zac, beyond the Bachelorette. We meet the young Zac who grew up in New Jersey, and the Zac who discovered he had a brain tumor at 23 years old, and had to undergo emergency brain surgery. We meet the Zac who recovered from surgery — and became addicted to prescription painkillers. The Zac who had a rough few years after that. Who got a DUI, whose wife left him, and who spiraled. And the Zac who hit rock bottom one day, when he was saved by a bank teller.

Because of that bank teller, we get the privilege of knowing Zac today. The Zac who spent 4.5 months in rehab, and found recovery from addiction. Who not only joined the board of the rehab facility he attended, but who, in 2017, founded Release Recovery and the Release Recovery Foundation to help people through their own recovery journeys. And along the way, this Zac found running. Today, he is a 10-time marathoner who is currently training for his eighth New York City Marathon, and this month celebrates 11 years of sobriety.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What Zac’s childhood was like, growing up in New Jersey (5:10)
  • On making apologies in recovery (9:35)
  • The day Zac discovered he had a brain tumor (11:00)
  • The road to rock bottom (16:15)
  • What Zac’s experience in rehab was like, what ultimately helped, and what leaving rehab was like (21:30)
  • How a newly-sober Zac found his people in NYC (26:40)
  • How Zac found running (31:00)
  • Zac’s creation of the Release Recovery Foundation run club (38:30)
  • How Zac reflects on his time on The Bachelorette (45:00)
  • What Zac’s New York City Marathon training is like right now (50:00)
  • What the Release Recovery Foundation does, and how the organization is directly helping people (58:50)

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Aug 25, 2022
553. Beyond the Run with Emily Saul, Marathon Mentality Q&A Part II
01:11:30

"The whole idea of getting comfortable being uncomfortable is actually about building a psychological endurance. In the same way we build a physical endurance for running more miles, we can build a kind of psychological endurance or tolerance for this stuff that is uncomfortable, but in the context of running, it’s actually normal."

Welcome to Part II of this summer's Marathon Mentality series with Ali on the Run Show favorite Emily Saul! Emily is a licensed mental health counselor, sport psychology coach, and founder of E Saul Movement. She’s a former Division-1 collegiate rower, she’s a lifelong athlete, she’s a many-time marathoner, and she’s a TEDxBoston speaker. If you’re training for a fall marathon, it’s likely your long runs are ramping up, and you're spending a lot of time thinking about all things 26.2 — the good, the bad, and definitely the ugly. Fortunately, Emily is here to hold your hand throughout the process.

Today, Emily is offering advice about staying mentally strong during hot runs, getting psyched up for long runs and tough workouts, and what it actually means getting comfortable being uncomfortable. Plus, "balance" during marathon season, setting goals, avoiding training burnout, and more. (Then, come back next month when Emily addresses how to tackle the taper, getting into a race-day mindset, and how to have the day of your running dreams.)

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Tips for when you’re mentally struggling to run in the heat (5:00)
  • How do you actually get comfortable with being uncomfortable? (13:00)
  • How to mentally prepare yourself for a big workout or long run (26:35)
  • Advice on balancing marathon training with the rest of life (38:40)
  • It’s hard to balance training with a social life — any tips for sticking with the plan? (45:25)
  • Tips for avoiding training burnout as the weekend miles climb (52:10)
  • How to set a time goal without adding pressure and stress and getting psyched out (1:01:30)

For more, check out:

Emily Saul on Episode 541 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Saul on Episode 510 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Saul on Episode 574 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Saul on Episode 59 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Saul’s TEDxBoston talk

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Aug 19, 2022
552. Roisin Willis & Juliette Whittaker, The Fastest High Schoolers in America
01:17:48

"It shows, in the past two years, how much we’ve both improved because we’ve had each other to push each other the whole way."

Meet Roisin Willis and Juliette Whittaker: the fastest high schoolers in American history. Not only have Roisin and Juliette spent their respective senior years breaking records and taking home world championships medals, but they've formed a very special long-distance friendship along the way — though it won't be long-distance for much longer. Both Roisin (from Stevens Point, WI) and Juliette (from Laurel, MD) are headed to Stanford University this fall. In this conversation, we get to know the 800m runners whose running resumes are already extensive. They both competed at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials last summer, as high school juniors. In April, Roisin was part of the distance medley relay world record-breaking team alongside Olympians Elle Purrier St. Pierre, Heather MacLean, and Kendall Ellis. In May, Juliette won the 800m race at Trials of Miles Track Night NYC, not only breaking the tape, but breaking 2:00 for the first time. Weeks later, she broke the 800m high school national record at USATF U20 Outdoor Championships. To cap off an exciting year and a very long track season, Roisin and Juliette got to represent Team USA at World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia, where they both competed in the 800 — and became world gold and bronze medalists, respectively, in the process. Now, they're resting up, reflecting, and getting ready to head to college — together.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Juliette and Roisin’s plans to head to Stanford University later this month (5:45)
  • How Roisin got into running (9:45)
  • How Juliette got into running (12:45)
  • The story of how Juliette and Roisin met, and how they became friends (16:00)
  • Roisin talks about qualifying for the Olympic Track & Field Trials at Trials of Miles last summer (22:40)
  • What it was like for Roisin and Juliette to compete at last summer’s Olympic Trials (24:00)
  • How Roisin and Juliette navigate the pressure of being the fastest high schoolers in the country (26:50)
  • Roisin and Juliette’s race-day rituals (30:30)
  • Juliette reflects on breaking 2:00 in the 800m for the first time at Trials of Miles this summer (37:45)
  • How Roisin has worked on her confidence over the years (42:40)
  • Roisin’s experience breaking the DMR world record with Team New Balance (46:15)
  • All about the day Juliette broke the high school national record (48:50)
  • What it was like making Team USA for the World Athletics U20 Championships (51:00)
  • Reflecting on competing at World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia (57:30)
  • On the decision to attend Stanford, and who committed first (1:09:00)

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Watch Roisin & Juliette compete at World Athletics U20 Championships

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Aug 18, 2022
551. Friendship Fest with Jess Sims & Kirsten Ferguson
01:10:39

"It’s really special when your friend becomes family."

Some friendships build, grow, and develop over time. Others are instant. For Peloton instructors Jess Sims and Kirsten Ferguson, the best friendship was immediate. In the final episode of Friendship Fest Season 2, Jess and Kirsten talk about how they met (through Peloton, naturally), why they hit it off right away, and what it's like when a friend becomes family. Plus, "the Starbucks story" that Jess is still mad about, what it's like being Peloton-famous, and why it was so important for Kirsten to be there when Jess ran the 2022 Boston Marathon.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Jess and Kirsten introduce each other (4:15)
  • How Jess and Kirsten met and became friends (7:05)
  • What it’s like when new instructors join the Peloton team (13:00)
  • “The Starbucks story” (18:20)
  • On being Peloton-famous (25:45)
  • All about Kirsten’s epic pool parties (28:50)
  • On Jess’s special bond with Kirsten’s daughters (31:30)
  • The day Jess ran the Boston Marathon — and Kirsten was there as her #1 cheerleader (36:45)
  • Jess and Kirsten share the moments when they felt the most proud of each other (46:00)

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Aug 16, 2022
550. Ask Ali!
01:01:06

"There was a part of me that was like, 'What if I hate it? What if I hate this job, what if I hate this role? Because I might! I’m not a media operations person! What if I hate it?' And so before the trip even started, I had kind of told myself, 'Hey, if you don’t love this, that is not a measure of success, and that does not make you a failure. You fail at this if you don’t try, if you don’t show up for your team, if you do a bad job, if you make a lot of mistakes. That would be a failure. But not loving it just means, OK, you tried something new, and if you don’t love it, you don’t have to do it again. But go and learn and take it all in, and what an experience to get to have!'"

Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, I’m flying through 31 listener questions, sent in via Instagram Stories (I’m @aliontherun1), about my experience at World Athletics Championships, buying a house (!!!), living in New Hampshire, my running paces, feeling proud, and more.

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You asked:

  • What are the best and worst parts about living in New Hampshire? (3:40)
  • Which one athlete or coach did you interact with at World Championships that you most want to have on the podcast? (6:45)
  • What are you proudest of this week (at World Championships)? (7:55)
  • Would you do something like working World Championships again? (13:10)
  • What was your favorite race to watch? (16:20)
  • What did a typical day in Eugene look like? (17:05)
  • Why was that crane there? (23:15)
  • Were meals and housing provided? (25:10)
  • Share more about the new house! (25:30)
  • Do you miss Brian when you travel? (26:40)
  • Ultimate running-related dream job? (28:35)
  • What surprised you most about yourself at World Championships? (32:30)
  • What was your favorite thing about the state of Oregon? (33:40)
  • How did you pack for this trip? (34:05)
  • Favorite dessert? Upcoming marathon plans? Restocks of merch? (34:25)
  • What is Annie’s full name? (35:15)
  • Do you have any food preferences or allergies? (36:25)
  • Do you like swimming? (37:25)
  • Are you crying right now? (37:45)
  • Sharpest memory moment from World Championships? (38:50)
  • You’re invited to a BBQ. What do you bring? (39:50)
  • What’s your Dairy Queen order? (40:10)
  • How’s your voice? How do you keep it healthy when talking is a living for you? (40:20)
  • Who surprised you at the press conferences, in a good way? (42:30)
  • How did the Crohn’s hold up with such busy days? (44:00)
  • Why do you do all your runs at a fast pace? (47:30)
  • Will you sleep in past 4:30 now? (51:20)
  • Did you go to the Saturday market in Eugene? (52:30)
  • How did you / everyone not get Covid in Eugene? (52:35)
  • Are your legs really that long? (53:30)
  • How freaking exhausted are you at this point? (57:50)

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Aug 12, 2022
549. Sara Hall, Team USA Marathoner
01:04:44

"When you think about what you hope to leave on the sport or model for my daughters through the sport, I hope that’s what people see: resiliency, and how to pick yourself up, and not let discouragement get you down."

First we heard from Keira D'Amato. Then Emma Bates. And now, we complete the World Athletics Championships Team USA women's marathon trifecta on the Ali on the Run Show with fifth-place finisher Sara Hall. Not only did Sara — a 39-year-old mom of four — run a season's best time of 2:22:10 that day in Eugene, she also says it was the most fun she's ever had running a marathon. In this conversation, Sara recaps her entire World Championships experience.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Was Sara having as much fun as it seemed? (3:40)
  • Sara reflects on her training for the World Championships marathon, and how she was feeling heading into the race both physically and emotionally (8:50)
  • The impact Sara’s performance at the 2020 London Marathon has had on her career and her confidence (12:00)
  • What Sara’s pre-race obligations were like (17:30)
  • All about race morning (20:00)
  • Sara’s plan to have fun (29:20)
  • How the race played out (35:00)
  • The moment when Sara decided to chase down fifth place (40:10)
  • Sights and sounds from the finish line (43:20)
  • Sara recaps all the post-race action and activities (51:00)
  • What Sara can — and can’t — tell us about her fall racing plans (55:15)

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Sara Hall on Episode 490 of the Ali on the Run Show

Sara Hall on Episode 459 of the Ali on the Run Show

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

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Aug 11, 2022
548. Beyond the Run with Michelle Wolf
01:04:59

"These people are out on the track, by themselves, just with their own body and their own mind. It’s really cool to watch. It’s cool to watch humans push themselves like that. And I want everyone else to be as excited about it as I am."

Michelle Wolf is a stand-up comic, an ultra runner, and a massive fan of track and field. So it makes perfect sense that she was at World Athletics Championships in Eugene, OR, last month! In this conversation, Michelle talks about how she ended up in Eugene, working with the Hayward Magic team on an Instagram series called "Loosen Up with Michelle Wolf." (Fun fact: She got the job, in part, after her appearance on the Ali on the Run Show last year!) She talks about interviewing athletes including Athing Mu, Ryan Crouser, Grant Fisher, and Marvin Bracy-Williams, and shares the highs and lows of her time at Hayward Field.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What Michelle has been up to since World Championships (2:30)
  • How Michelle got to go to World Championships (5:50)
  • What Emily’s shows in Portland were like leading up to World Championships (11:30)
  • All about “Loosen Up with Michelle Wolf” (20:10)
  • On balancing work and running (22:50)
  • Michelle’s experience interviewing Athing Mu (28:45)
  • Behind-the-scenes stories from Eugene (34:45)
  • Michelle’s highest and lowest points from being at World Championships (45:15)

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Michelle Wolf on Episode 464 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Celeste Barber on Instagram

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Aug 05, 2022
547. Emma Bates, Team USA Marathoner
01:07:42

"That’s what I want — that’s the only thing that drives me as much as it does. I just want to inspire the next generation. And I feel like we did that. You would’ve sworn we won the entire race. You would’ve sworn we swept the podium! But, you know, fifth, seventh, eighth, and for people to be that proud and excited for us? It doesn’t get any better than that."

The World Athletics Championships conversations continue! Last week, we heard from Team USA's Keira D'Amato, and today, fellow Team USA marathoner Emma Bates is up! Emma says the World Athletics Championships marathon was the most fun she has ever had running a race, and in this episode, she talks about why it tops her list. Emma finished seventh (in the world!) in that race, running 2:23:18 and taking more than a minute off her personal best time. And here, we're breaking it all down. Emma talks about getting Covid in December, and talks about how that impacted and derailed her training. She talks about the comeback, about how she was feeling heading into the biggest race of her life, and about the pre-race pep talk from her coach, Joe Bosshard. Plus, all about the race itself: the party in the hotel lobby at 3 AM, the quiet bus ride to the start, the questionable warm-up routine, and the unexpected offer from teammate Sara Hall. Emma talks about how she stayed tough when her legs started to hurt, she explains what the crowds felt like along the way, and she breaks down that magical finish line moment. (Also, a LOL-worthy story about Ryan Hall and...Emma's urine.)

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Emma recovers from a race like World Championships (2:50)
  • What it was like getting Covid in December, and how it derailed Emma’s training (6:00)
  • How Emma found out she made Team USA (10:40)
  • How Emma celebrated her 30th birthday before leaving for Eugene (16:10)
  • Red vs. white: How Emma decided which Team USA kit to wear for the marathon (18:00)
  • What race morning was like (19:50)
  • How the race played out (29:00)
  • What the crowds and fans were like along the course (34:00)
  • When it started to hurt (36:45)
  • That finish line feeling (42:00)
  • Emma’s post-race drug testing story (48:50)
  • All about Emma’s Instagram race recaps (54:45)
  • How Emma spent the rest of her time in Eugene (59:40)
  • Emma’s advice to fellow marathoners (1:03:30)

For more, check out:

Emma Bates on Episode 527 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emma Bates on Episode 490 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emma Bates on Episode 444 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Aug 04, 2022
546. Keira D'Amato, Team USA Marathoner
01:14:16

"I feel that every time I step on the line — like I have nothing to lose. And I get that question a lot: 'Do you feel a lot of pressure now that you’re the American record holder?' No. I feel no pressure. No one thought I was going to get the American record, and no one thinks I’m probably going to go any further. I just feel a lot of support. So yeah, I kind of just felt like I’m playing with house money."

Keira D'Amato is the fastest — and funniest — marathoner in the country. And three weeks ago, the American record holder in the marathon got a phone call that changed everything. She had just run — and won — the B.A.A. 10K, and was planning her fall marathon schedule. But plans changed, quickly, and she learned that a spot had opened up on Team USA for the upcoming World Athletics Championships marathon in Eugene, OR. The spot was hers if she wanted it, which she knew immediately that she did. In this conversation — recorded just a few days post-race in Eugene — Keira talks about getting that call two weeks before race day. She talks about her prep, about how she felt on race day, and about what the race itself was like. And in true Keira fashion, she showed up to record with a trick up her sleeve: a plan to take over the Ali on the Run Show. (Don't worry, I let her turn the tables on me, and then spun them right back around to hear all about her eighth-place finish at the marathon.) Plus, her kids' reactions to her making the team, her dance cam debut, and that oh-so-memorable finish line moment with Team USA teammates Emma Bates and Sara Hall.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Welcome to “Keira on the Run!” (4:30)
  • All about Keira’s Wikipedia page and her plans to get a pedicure (17:40)
  • On processing the World Championships marathon experience (21:50)
  • The inside scoop on the Team USA group text (23:00)
  • On being the marathon team “sausage,” and what it was like getting the call to join Team USA (24:15)
  • What happened after saying “yes” (30:30)
  • Nothing to lose, or everything to prove? (36:00)
  • How Keira’s kids reacted to her news about joining Team USA (37:25)
  • How Keira felt leading up to the race (39:50)
  • Keira’s conversations with Emma Bates and Sara Hall before the race (45:15)
  • All about that finish line moment (49:00)
  • Keira on the dance cam! (57:30)
  • What went down after the race (1:00:25)

For more, check out:

Keira & Anthony D'Amato on Episode 475 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

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Jul 28, 2022
545. World Athletics Championships Recap, Part II with Jay Holder
48:16

"Listen, there are eight heats. Seven of them were all men. We are one-eighth of the media. We need to get that number up. But hell yeah to being the one-eighth."

Jay Holder and I are back today, talking all things World Athletics Championships! We spent more than two weeks in Eugene, OR, working on the media experience team — him as the mixed zone supervisor, me as the press conference moderator — and in the third installment of our World Champs recaps, we're picking up where we left off last time. We talk about running the Media 800 at Hayward Field, share our favorite (and least favorite) moments from the 10-day competition period, and share the most challenging and unforgettable experiences along the way. (Check out our first recap here, and listen to our World Championships Q&A episode here.)

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Jay Holder on Episode 544 of the Ali on the Run Show

Jay Holder on Episode 543 of the Ali on the Run Show

Jay Holder on Episode 412 of the Ali on the Run Show

Jay Holder on Episode 231 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Jul 26, 2022
544. Ask Ali, World Championships Edition
37:10

"I love being in the trenches with a good team."

Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, I’m joined by guest host Jay Holder to answer all of your World Athletics Championships-related questions, sent in via Instagram Stories (I’m @aliontherun1). For more about this experience so far in Eugene, OR, check out yesterday's episode.

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Jul 22, 2022
543. World Athletics Championships Recap, Part I with Jay Holder
48:30

"You said, 'I could never do that.' And that actually made me think that you could do it. Because it made me think about what you do every day, and it just felt like you’d be a natural at that role. So that’s where we’re at."

Hi from the Pacific Northwest! I'm coming to you today from Eugene, OR, where I'm working on site as the press conference moderator for the 2022 World Athletics Championships. (How cool is that?!) In this episode, I'm joined by Jay Holder, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Atlanta Track Club, to talk about our respective roles at World Championships and our experiences so far. We talk about how I got this job, what it actually entails, and what the highlights have been so far. We're working hard, getting just enough sleep to get by, and having a lot of fun along the way. (Check out Jay's previous appearances on the Ali on the Run Show, talking about his role at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and about working as the deputy venue media manager for last summer's Tokyo Olympics.)

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Jul 21, 2022
542. LIVE at the WineShine Half Marathon with Alysia Montaño & Stephanie Howe
01:14:08

I had the pleasure and privilege of being the start and finish line race announcer at the inaugural WineShine Half Marathon in Napa Valley this past weekend — and bonus! The day before the race, I got to host a live show at the Silverado Resort and Spa with superstar guests Alysia Montaño and Stephanie Howe. We talked a lot about the highs that come with racing (like Stephanie's Western States win, and the time Alysia ran the 800m in the U.S. National Championships at eight months pregnant), and we talk about the tough stuff. The ruts. The losses. The disappointments. Alysia and Stephanie are proof that this sport can make your dreams come true and break your heart a few times along the way.

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Jul 19, 2022
541. Beyond the Run with Emily Saul, Marathon Mentality Q&A Part I
01:06:02

"Check in on why you’re doing this. It doesn’t have to feel like the biggest 'why' statement of the whole world, like, 'What’s the purpose of life?' But it really does help you to say, 'What’s meaningful about this for me, right now?'"

Ali on the Run Show favorite Emily Saul is back! Emily is a licensed mental health counselor, sport psychology coach, and founder of E Saul Movement. She's a former Division-1 collegiate rower, she's a lifelong athlete, she's a many-time marathoner, and she's a TEDxBoston speaker. This conversation kicks off the first of a three-part series within the Beyond the Run series, where we talk about the connection between running and mental wellness. Today, Emily is answering listener questions about the mental side of marathon training. If you're training for a fall marathon, it's likely you started training this month. (Exciting!) So, Emily is here to hold your hand throughout the process. These questions are all about getting into the right headspace to start training. Emily is addressing comebacks, comparison traps, burnout, and all the things that are top of mind at the beginning of a training cycle. (She'll return to the show in August for training-related questions, and in September to help get you psyched and mentally ready for race day.)

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Emily’s first words to fall marathoners (6:40)
  • On getting past a motivational rut (10:45)
  • Dealing with burnout (19:05)
  • Navigating the comparison trap (24:40)
  • Emily’s advice for dealing with mom guilt (34:15)
  • Returning to training after a tough race or setback (42:00)
  • How to redefine expectations (47:30)
  • “Help! I can’t stop talking about running!” (54:00)

For more, check out:

Emily Saul on Episode 510 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Saul on Episode 574 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Saul on Episode 59 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Saul’s TEDxBoston talk

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Jul 15, 2022
540. Yuki Chorney, “The Running Unicorn”
01:10:25

"All of a sudden, I was over here, alone, living in a small apartment the size of a dorm room, not having a lot of friends, I didn’t have anything to do. I didn’t have any future that I was looking forward to. I didn’t know what to do with myself except to put on my running shoes and go out and start running."

Yuki Chorney is a 39-time marathoner with a 3:15 personal best. She has run 21 ultramarathons, including 100 milers. And she does it all — whether it's a 5K or an all-day event — decked out in glitter, sparkles, and rhinestones. Yuki Chorney is a self-proclaimed "running unicorn," and if you've ever seen her on the run, you know it's hard not to smile when she passes you (which she probably will, with a joyful, genuine smile). At 50 years old, Yuki is finding joy in running more than ever before. In this conversation, she talks about growing up in Japan, moving to the United States, and finding running — and herself — in the process. Today, Yuki lives in Mont Vernon, NH, with her husband, two teenage daughters, two dogs, three cats, two goats, five chickens, and guinea pig. She works as a human resources professional for a financial services company, and she really wants you to try running in a tutu. ("Just once," she says, "and see what you think!")

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What’s making Yuki happy right now, and what she’s currently training for (3:30)
  • What Yuki’s childhood was like (6:30)
  • What life looked like after college (10:15)
  • How Yuki found running (12:00)
  • Yuki’s fondest Boston Marathon memories (18:35)
  • Yuki’s introduction to the running community (21:15)
  • All about Yuki’s iconic running costumes! (26:10)
  • The most fun Yuki has ever had running a race (41:45)
  • Why Yuki started running ultramarathons (45:00)
  • What Yuki’s daughters think of her running in costume, and how Yuki’s relationship with running has evolved throughout parenthood (49:30)
  • Yuki’s approach to training and racing (57:00)

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Millennium Running

Gate City Striders

Girls on the Run

Yuki’s 2019 Boston Marathon interview on WBZ

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Jul 14, 2022
539. Friendship Fest with Jasmine Todd & Katelyn Hutchison
01:03:55

"I’m a track athlete and I’m doing full-time something else, and people feel like they can’t do both. But I feel like me and Jasmine, and a few others, are definitely showing that’s possible. I feel like we’re definitely paving our own way in the sport."

Jasmine Todd is a professional long jumper and sprinter. Katelyn Hutchison is a 400m runner and three-time All-American who just finished running for Ithaca College, and is now headed to the University of Kentucky to finish out her NCAA eligibility. These two dynamic (and fast!) women just met for the first time three weeks ago — and they are already the best of friends.

In this conversation, Jasmine and Katelyn talk about meeting at USATF Outdoor Championships and forming an immediate bond. They talk about their experience in the mixed zone with Citius Mag, interviewing professional athletes, and about what they hope to bring to this sport. They share their best stories from USAs (including getting that coveted Sha'Carri Richardson interview), and talk about their big dreams and goals for World Athletics Championships (starting this week!), and more.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Meet Jasmine and Katelyn! (3:10)
  • How Jasmine and Katelyn met and became friends (5:50)
  • The story of how Katelyn ended up getting to go to U.S. Outdoor Championships (8:45)
  • How Jasmine navigated competing at USAs and covering the event as a member of the media (18:00)
  • Where Jasmine and Katelyn find inspiration to compete and be members of the track and field media, and how they’re navigating all of it (20:15)
  • How Katelyn and Jasmine came up with some of the super fun questions they asked athletes in the mixed zone (30:30)
  • On representation in running media (38:15)
  • How Jasmine and Katelyn really bonded (45:30)
  • Katelyn and Jasmine’s plans for World Championships (47:45)
  • Katelyn and Jasmine share the moments when they’ve felt especially proud of each other (50:30)

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Chris Chavez & Kyle Merber on Episode 489 of the Ali on the Run Show

Out of the Blocks podcast

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Jul 12, 2022
538. Ask Ali!
53:39

"I still don’t know if it was good, but I did my best. And it was the first time where I realized I’m kind of willing to fail at something. I’m not usually. But with this, I was like, 'OK, I’m going to do my best. And it might be a total flop. It might suck. And that’ll be OK! I’ve never done it before!'"

Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, I’m flying through 42 (!!!) randomly selected listener questions, sent in via Instagram Stories (I’m @aliontherun1), about everything from my summer plans (I leave for World Championships tomorrow!), my approach to running right now, balancing work and motherhood, and a surprisingly emotional dive into my favorite Ted Lasso episode.

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You asked:

  • What are you most looking forward to about this summer? (4:00)
  • What’s the funniest thing that Annie has said? (6:20)
  • Will you bring back the Everyday Runner series? (7:00)
  • Should I cut my hair off? (7:10)
  • Does Ellie have separation anxiety? (7:45)
  • How did you get to do a TED Talk? (8:25)
  • If you could go to the Olympics for any sport, what would it be? (9:20)
  • How is house hunting going? (10:00)
  • Do you follow a training plan or are you just fun running all the time? (10:30)
  • Where is a good cheer spot for the NYC Marathon? (12:00)
  • What would “starting out Ali” ask “now Ali” in an interview question? (13:30)
  • How have you started connecting with pros for the podcast? (15:00)
  • I’m nervous about balancing a child, work, and running. Any advice? (17:20)
  • Worst bathroom emergency story (20:25)
  • Would you ever talk about the pay of race announcing? (21:00)
  • What was your very first podcast episode? (22:20)
  • Do you train with a hydration pack? (22:40)
  • Any ultra runners you’d like to have on the show? (22:50)
  • Do you miss Orangetheory? (23:20)
  • What brings you the most energy and what drains you the most? (23:40)
  • Tell us about your favorite Ted Lasso episode (27:00)
  • How do you get past feeling starstruck when you interview people? (30:25)
  • What does your family do for the Fourth of July? (32:50)
  • Favorite pre-race and post-race dinners (33:45)
  • Should everyone run a marathon at least once? (34:15)
  • What is your favorite race to run? (34:45)
  • Did you get rid of your Peloton Tread when you got injured? (35:35)
  • Are you going to be the race announcer for this year’s Beach to Beacon? (36:15)
  • Are you doing any live shows at World Championships? (36:45)
  • If you started a podcast about anything other than running, what would it be? (38:05)
  • How do you pick which Peloton classes to take? (38:55)
  • If you had to guest teach P.E. at a local school, what would you teach? (40:00)
  • What’s a running event or distance you would like to try? (41:00)
  • How do you prioritize sleep with all the stuff you are doing? (43:30)
  • What’s on your summer running playlist? (44:10)
  • To-do list: on paper or on an app? (45:25)
  • Ocean or lake? (45:40)
  • Do you have an emotional support water bottle? (45:45)
  • Favorite shorts for running and hanging around (46:35)
  • Is there anything particular that you do to prepare for finish line announcing? (48:00)
  • Favorite snack to bring on a road trip (49:15)
  • Most surreal moment of the last several months (49:30)

Check out:

Beyond the Run with Ali Feller, TEDxBoston Speaker

Forestbound ESCAPE bag

New England Half Marathon

NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K

My Peloton Playlist (via Spotify)

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Jul 08, 2022
537. Dede Griesbauer, Professional Triathlete
01:10:13

"Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you have to be slower."

Some people have obvious superpowers. Others — like professional triathlete Dede Griesbauer — keep their superpowers closer to the chest. Dede recently gave a TEDxBoston talk about her own superpowers: persistence and determination. And in this conversation, she explains how receiving a "Persistence & Determination" award as an 8-year-old at summer camp helped her become the successful athlete she is today. Dede is 51 years old, and has been competing as a professional triathlete for the past 20 years. She started competing at a time when many pros are starting to think about transitioning out of the sport. That's never deterred her, though. Dede doesn't care that her competitors are often half her age. Because she is the one with persistence and determination. And she has the trophy case to show for it: Dede is a three-time Ironman champion, a three-time Top 10 finisher at Ironman Kona, and was the top American finisher in Kona twice. Her current favorite event: the Ultraman. Dede completed her first Ultraman event — a three-day, 320-mile event that includes a 10K swim and 91-mile bike ride on the first day, a 171-mile bike ride the second day, and a double marathon on the third day — in 22 hours, 48 minutes, and 31 seconds, smashing the world record by more than an hour. When she's not on the swim, bike, or run, Dede is a commentator for Ironman. She lives in Boulder, CO, with her husband, dogs, and scooter.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What’s making Dede happy right now (5:00)
  • What Dede’s training for right now (7:55)
  • All about 8-year-old Dede’s life-changing summer camp experience (21:15)
  • How Dede has dealt with pressure and expectations (29:00)
  • Dede’s early career working on Wall Street (38:40)
  • What it’s like standing on start lines next to competitors who are half Dede’s age (48:00)
  • Dede’s advice for longevity in sport (51:10)

For more, check out:

Dede’s TEDxBoston Talk!

Kate Fagan on Episode 528 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Jul 07, 2022
536. Friendship Fest with Dakotah Lindwurm & Annie Frisbie
01:01:43

"When it’s race time, we’re competitive. I’m never just going to let Annie win! But it’s also really fun that when the race is over, we get to celebrate together regardless of how it went."

Annie Frisbie and Dakotah Lindwurm have a lot in common. They train together as members of Minnesota Distance Elite. They're both sponsored by Puma. And they're both chill, low key, and low profile in their everyday lives — but when it's marathon go time, they unleash their superpowers. This week on Friendship Fest, Annie (a 2:26 marathoner who made her 26.2-mile debut at the New York City Marathon last year) and Dakotah (who just won Grandma's Marathon in a personal best of 2:25) talk about how they met, how they bond during weekend long runs (by refusing to slow down for the boys), and how they find joy in racing. Plus, what's next for each of them.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Dakotah’s story of doing the Macarena mid-marathon (4:45)
  • How Annie and Dakotah met (6:00)
  • How and why Annie and Dakotah each signed with Puma (9:45)
  • Would Annie and Dakotah rather race together and race each other, or be on the sidelines to cheer on their friend? (12:45)
  • Dakotah recaps her recent win at Grandma’s Marathon — and Annie talks about what it was like watching from afar (15:10)
  • All about Annie’s recent races (20:30)
  • What’s coming up for Annie and Dakotah? (24:30)
  • What Annie and Dakotah are like on the run and off (26:00)
  • Looking back at Boston 2022 (31:10)
  • How Annie and Dakotah’s friendship has progressed over the years, and what they’re each like on race day (38:40)
  • Dakotah and Annie share the moments when they’ve felt proudest of each other (48:15)

For more, check out:

Dakotah Lindwurm on Episode 467 of the Ali on the Run Show

Annie Frisbie on Episode 478 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Jul 05, 2022
535. Beyond the Run with Dave McGillivray
01:14:26

"I’m like, 'Oh this isn’t good! I’m locked inside of my own porta-john, 15 minutes before the start of the most prestigious marathon in the world, that I’ve been working on with everyone else for a year!' And I’m in a porta-john, and no one can hear me. And if I shake it too much, it’s gonna fall over, and that’s not good! Helicopters are circling above us, so you can’t hear very well, so no one’s hearing that I’m locked in the porta-john. So I had a choice…"

Dave McGillivray is best known as the longtime race director for the Boston Marathon. (And every year, after fulfilling his race director duties, Dave returns to the start line in Hopkinton, MA, where he runs the marathon himself.) Dave is the president and founder of his own company, DMSE Sports, which is an event management business in Boston that has produced, directed, and consulted on more than 1,600 events around the world. Dave has run more than 165 marathons, he's an Ironman triathlete, and he's a World Marathon Challenge finisher. In this conversation, we go beyond Dave's personal and professional accolades — less about the logistics, and more on what drives him and what he gets out of doing all of this. We talk about what it really took to pull off directing two Boston Marathons in a six-month span. (If you remember, the 2021 Boston Marathon took place on October 11 because of the pandemic.) Dave shares some of his favorite Boston Marathon memories (including an unforgettable porta-potty story), and answers the question we're all asking: "Is racing back?"

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What’s making Dave happy right now (4:05)
  • Dave’s Boston Marathon porta-potty story (10:50)
  • What were the greatest challenges in pulling off two Boston Marathons in a six-month span? (14:00)
  • On being a local celebrity on race weekends, and how Dave takes care of himself during extraordinarily busy times (24:35)
  • All about Dave’s 50th running of the Boston Marathon (33:30)
  • Dave’s most memorable Boston Marathon moments (44:30)
  • Is racing back? (1:02:00)
  • What hasn’t Dave done? (1:06:00)

For more, check out:

Dave McGillivray on Episode 424 of the Ali on the Run Show

“The Future of Running” Live Show

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Jul 01, 2022
534. Courtney Wayment Smith, Professional Runner for On
58:56

"I’m excited to just put myself in it and be a part of it and give myself a chance. I think incredible things happen when you believe in yourself and stay in the here and now and give yourself the chance."

On June 11, 2022, Brigham Young University graduate Courtney Wayment Smith made NCAA history. Competing at NCAA Championships, she ran the 3000m steeplechase in 9:16 — not only taking a commanding win, but breaking the collegiate national record (previously held by now-Olympian Courtney Frerichs) in the process. That time also put her at #5 on the all-time U.S. women's steeplechase list, behind Frerichs, Emma Coburn, Colleen Quigley, and Jenny Simpson.

To celebrate, Courtney signed with an agent (Ray Flynn) and signed her first professional contract with On! The icing on the cake: Courtney competed at USATF Outdoor Championships this past weekend, where she finished second in the 3000m steeplechase, earning her a spot on Team USA heading into next month's World Athletics Championships. Needless to say, it's been an exciting summer for Courtney, who lives in Provo, UT, and will continue training with her BYU coach Diljeet Taylor.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • On getting used to saying “I’m a professional runner” (3:10)
  • How the pandemic impacted Courtney’s college experience and her budding professional career (7:00)
  • Why Courtney loves the steeplechase (9:00)
  • On graduating from college, and celebrating accordingly (13:00)
  • Recapping NCAAs, USAs, and the celebrations in between (14:20)
  • What it felt like lining up at USATF Outdoor Championships, and all about the process of going pro (18:55)
  • All about the 3000m steeplechase final at USAs (27:25)
  • On navigating post-race interviews, mixed zones, media, and more (32:25)
  • Courtney’s special bond with Coach Diljeet Taylor (41:00)
  • All about Courtney’s signature hairstyle and those extra-long lashes (44:35)
  • Where Courtney’s at mentally as she prepares for World Athletics Championships (46:50)

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Jun 30, 2022
533. Friendship Fest with Allie Wilson & Yolanda Ngarambe
01:22:30

"This is the first time in so long that I’ve been lining up with teammates, and it makes it so much more special. There’s nothing better than having a teammate who, even if you’re not in the same heat, you’re warming up together. There’s less pressure because you’re doing it together."

Allie Wilson and Yolanda Ngarambe are two of the fiercest middle-distance competitors in running right now. But off the track? The Atlanta Track Club Elite teammates are fun, silly, and as giggly as it gets. In this conversation, Allie and Yolanda share the story of how they first met (Allie was running late, Yolanda saved the day) and how their instant bond was formed. We recorded this conversation on Friday morning, June 24, when Allie and Yolanda were both in Eugene, OR, for USATF Outdoor National Championships. Allie had just competed in the 800m prelims the night before and was resting up before the semi-finals that night. (She ultimately advanced to the finals, where she finished fourth in a very exciting race.) And while Yolanda (the Swedish indoor mile record holder!) awaits word on whether she'll get to represent Team Sweden at World Championships next month, she was in Eugene cheering for her teammates and managing the team's social media accounts (her first time on the other side of the mixed zone!).

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What Allie and Yolanda are doing in Eugene (3:20)
  • Allie and Yolanda introduce each other (5:00)
  • What the Atlanta Track Club Elite team dynamic is like (10:00)
  • How Allie and Yolanda met and became friends (15:25)
  • What Yolanda has to do to make Team Sweden for the World Championships (25:00)
  • The lowdown on Yolanda’s recent racing (26:00)
  • All things USAs (38:00)
  • What Yolanda and Allie are each like on race days (52:45)
  • Yolanda and Allie shares the moments when they felt most proud of each other — and all about Allie's viral finish line moment in May (1:01:10)

Check out:

Allie Wilson on Episode 469 of the Ali on the Run Show

Olivia Baker on Episode 491 of the Ali on the Run Show

Allie’s viral racing moment

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Jun 28, 2022
532. Ask Ali with Guest Host Devon Pass
01:18:19

"Don’t berate, educate!"

Devon Pass is a runner, a mom to daughter Evie, and a dear friend — and today, she’s a podcast host! On this edition of Ask Ali, returning Ali on the Run Show guest Devon is here to do all the question asking, reading your questions from Instagram (and coming up with a few of her own). It's extra honest, extra fun, and even a little salty! ("I'm only salty behind a paywall." —Ali Feller)

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Devon asks:

  • Where did you learn to braid? (5:45)
  • What is the best gift you’ve ever been given? (7:00)
  • When was the last time you cried? (9:25)
  • How many people are on your holiday card list? (12:25)
  • Where are you at with your fitness pursuits? (14:55)
  • What are we doing with our hair after summer runs? (22:15)
  • Describe your ideal run (26:00)
  • What do you listen to on the run? (28:15)
  • Do you worry about aging? (34:15)
  • What do you think is the biggest misperception of you? (41:30)
  • Any advice for people in marriages with a lot of travel? (46:30)
  • Are you determined to buy a house in your current area, or would you move elsewhere for the right house? (59:30)
  • Ever considered releasing more video content or podcast video clips? (1:03:55)
  • Can we ask what’s going on with Shokz? (1:08:20)

For more, check out:

Devon Pass on Episode 369 of the Ali on the Run Show

Dr. Carrie Jackson on Episode 517 of the Ali on the Run Show

Celebrity Memoir Book Club podcast

Be There in Five podcast

Rich Roll podcast

Deux U podcast

Comments by Celebs podcast

The Forgetting podcast

The Ringer podcast network

Dear Shandy podcast

@mom.worthy on Instagram

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Jun 24, 2022
531. Nikki Hiltz, lululemon Athlete
01:06:27

"When I’m happy and feel safe and I’m energized by the people and things around me, that’s when I’m going to run the best."

Nikki Hiltz returns to the Ali on the Run Show for the fifth time — with some big news! Nikki is a professional middle-distance runner who is here to talk all about their new sponsor (it's lululemon!), their new coach (Mike Smith!), their new training partners (Rachel Schneider Smith!), their recent move to Flagstaff, and the first-ever in-person Pride 5K (it's happening IRL in Flagstaff in October!). Nikki and I recorded this conversation just a few days after they ran at the Trials of Miles Track Night NYC. That night, Nikki ran a personal best in the 800m, and returned to the track 50 minutes later to finish second in the 1500m. This week, Nikki will be competing at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Eugene, OR.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • On being a 1500m specialist (3:30)
  • Why Nikki decided to open their season at Trials of Miles in NYC (3:30)
  • “The Nikki Kick” (10:20)
  • Nikki’s new sponsor! (13:45)
  • All about this year’s Pride 5K (20:45)
  • Nikki’s decision to move to Flagstaff and train with Mike Smith (26:20)
  • What Nikki’s training has been like recently (32:20)
  • Nikki’s upcoming racing plans (36:00)
  • Why selling T-shirts resurrected Nikki’s hope in this sport (42:00)
  • What Nikki has learned about authenticity and vulnerability (46:30)

For more, check out:

Nikki Hiltz on Episode 476 of the Ali on the Run Show

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

Trials of Miles Track Night NYC

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Jun 23, 2022
530. Friendship Fest with Jess Movold & Conor Nickel
01:14:36

"You convinced me to come out for a run. And thank god I did. Everything has snowballed from that run."

What a treat today to get to welcome two of my favorite friends to Friendship Fest on the Ali on the Run Show! Jess Movold and Conor Nickel are New York City-based run coaches who met one fateful day several years ago at Mile High Run Club, where they were each auditioning to be instructors. Now, they are not only the best of friends, they also continue to work together: Conor is the Chief Operating Officer at The Fortitude Strength Club, which is co-owned by Jess's husband, Kyle, and is where Jess is also a coach. In this conversation, we get to know new-to-the-show Conor — a former runner at the University of Pennsylvania who has worked in the running industry for his entire adult life. (You'll love his stories from working the start line of the New York City Marathon!) And we get an update from fan-favorite Jess, who gave birth to her first baby, a boy very appropriately named Battle, when she was just 26 weeks pregnant. (The day we recorded this, Battle turned 11 weeks old! He's still in the NICU getting big and strong, and Jess continues to prove her strength by navigating new motherhood as a NICU parent.) Jess and Conor's friendship is filled with pride and admiration — and plenty of laughter.

Also: There's a part in this conversation where Conor is talking about the tunnels underneath NYC, and Jess mentions people living down there. My mind went to fantasy-type stories — perhaps I've been watching Trolls too much lately with my daughter — but Jess shared the title of a book, The Mole People, which is about the homeless population that lives beneath NYC. I ordered myself a copy and am looking forward to digging in and learning about something I, clearly, had no idea about. (When Jess mentioned this, I responded, "Cool!" because I thought surely that wasn't real and was thinking it was adventure-seekers below the surface. It's not that at all. The more you know indeed.)

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What brought Jess and Conor to Mile High Run Club the day that they met (9:20)
  • How Jess and Conor became friends (15:00)
  • Why Conor resisted Jess’s invitations to strength train with her — and what happened when he finally gave in (22:20)
  • Is Conor single? (32:45)
  • Conor’s best stories from the New York City Marathon start line (35:35)
  • Conor and Jess share their takes on adult friendships (48:00)
  • Jess is a mom! (57:00)
  • Conor and Jess share the moments when they felt proudest of each other (1:03:30)

Check out:

Jess Movold on Episode 486 of the Ali on the Run Show

Jess Movold on Episode 249 of the Ali on the Run Show

Jess Movold on Episode 147 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Jun 21, 2022
529. Beyond the Run with Noor Abukaram, Founder of Let Noor Run
01:12:10

"I loved running. I had the best race of my life and I was so excited. That feeling! You know that feeling? And they took it away from me that day. Anyone should be able to excel at what they love without these roadblocks of discrimination."

In 2019, 17-year-old Noor Abukaram ran the best, fastest cross-country race of her life at a local meet in Ohio. But when she checked the results afterward, her name wasn't there. She learned that she had been disqualified before the race even started. For wearing a hijab.

Noor — who was raised in a Muslim family and started wearing a traditional head and neck covering as a teenager — shared her story from that day, of being disqualified for rules unbeknownst to her, and it quickly went viral. And so she turned her heartache into advocacy. She founded "Let Noor Run," a campaign to raise awareness about religious-based discrimination in sports and beyond. She successfully helped change the laws and legislation that protect the freedom of religious expression for athletes in Ohio. And at only 19 years old, she just starred in an ESPN film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What Young Noor was like growing up (3:30)
  • How Noor became a runner (9:30)
  • What Noor’s early high school experience was like (14:00)
  • Why wearing a hijab means so much to Noor (21:00)
  • On attending an Islamic school but playing sports at the local public high school (25:00)
  • The cross-country meet in Ohio that changed everything for Noor (30:50)
  • How “Let Noor Run” was born (37:00)
  • What it was like going viral (43:00)
  • On seeing an opportunity for change in a crappy situation (50:30)
  • Noor’s willingness to be an advocate (53:30)
  • Noor gives us all the “SB 181 101” — what it means and what it does as a law (59:20)
  • How all of this has affected Noor’s relationship with running (1:01:35)
  • Noor’s dreams for the future (1:04:20)

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Jun 17, 2022
528. Kate Fagan, Best-Selling Author, Sports Reporter, & Commentator
01:40:45

"I have to trust that I have something I want to say, and just double down on that."

Kate Fagan is one of today's most important voices in women's sports. She is the best-selling author of three books — and is best-known in the running community as the author of What Made Maddy Run, about University of Pennsylvania runner Madison Holleran. Kate spent seven years as a columnist and feature writer for ESPN, she was a regular panelist on ESPN's Around the Horn, and she was host of Outside the Lines. Today, she writes for Sports Illustrated, and is co-host of the Off the Looking Glass podcast. In this conversation, we talk about Kate's road to writing greatness, including why she never really wanted to be on TV, the compromises she made to herself along the way, and her time as a Division-1 basketball player struggling with her sexuality and identity while at the University of Colorado Boulder. She talks about the process of writing Split Image, and later writing What Made Maddy Run, and the emotions involved in both. Plus: all about Kate's recent TEDxBoston talk, her take on why we watch sports, and her wishes for the future of women's sports.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What Kate’s watching right now, and what’s making her happy (4:30)
  • All about Kate’s writing process (8:00)
  • On caring — or not — about what people think, why Kate never wanted to be on TV, and her dreams for a women-centric sports show (9:30)
  • Kate’s efforts to get women’s sports covered by ESPN (24:30)
  • Kate’s TEDxBoston experience (28:45)
  • “Stakes & Storylines” (35:20)
  • How Kate got involved in sports (47:00)
  • Kate’s college dreams at University of Colorado at Boulder, and how she reflects now on her college experience (52:00)
  • How Kate became a magazine writer and book author (58:00)
  • Reflecting on Split Image and What Made Maddy Run (1:05:30)
  • Writing as a therapeutic process (1:19:40)
  • A day in the life of Kate Fagan (1:22:15)

For more, check out:

What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan

All the Colors Came Out by Kate Fagan

The Reappearing Act by Kate Fagan

Ali's TEDxBoston talk

Kate’s TEDxBoston talk

Split Image by Kate Fagan for ESPN

Kara Goucher on Episode 525 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Jun 16, 2022
527. Friendship Fest with Emma Bates & Laura Thweatt
01:28:47

"Some of my closest friendships are with women I compete against. So when I see them do the things that they’re doing, it truly makes me believe even more in myself in terms of what’s possible for me."

Welcome to Friendship Fest, Season 2! This seven-week series is all about celebrating friendship on the run. We'll hear from some of our favorite running buddies — from the pros to the everyday runners — about how they met, the role running plays in their friendship, and what big goals and dreams they share for the future.

We're kicking off Season 2 of this series with Boulder-based besties and professional marathoners Laura Thweatt and Emma Bates. They share the story of their first meeting in 2019 ("I decided then and there that Emma Bates was my girl crush," recalls Laura), they talk about how their friendship progressed, and they talk about their time training together as members of Team Boss (which Laura has since left — with Emma's support, of course). Lots of laughter, lots of awwwwws, and lots of inspiration about how best to show up for the important people in your life.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • The extended warm-up round (2:20)
  • Emma talks about the first time she met Laura (18:50)
  • The art of adult female friendships (23:20)
  • Laura’s decision to leave Team Boss — and Emma’s reaction, after having just joined the team (32:00)
  • Laura recaps her recent win in the citizen’s division at the Bolder Boulder 10K (39:40)
  • How Emma is feeling heading into World Championships next month (51:30)
  • All about that post-marathon trip to Hawaii with Molly Seidel (1:01:15)
  • What Laura and Emma are each like when the other is racing (1:08:20)
  • Laura and Emma share the moments when they each felt most proud of their friend (1:11:50)

Check out:

Laura Thweatt on Episode 440 of the Ali on the Run Show

Laura Thweatt on Episode 228 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emma Bates on Episode 490 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emma Bates on Episode 444 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Jun 14, 2022
526. Ask Ali!
51:07

"I’ve tried to get better at knowing that I can’t be everything to everyone. But I do want this to be a place where anyone who feels like they are a part of the running community can find something that they enjoy or that inspires them or motivates them or makes them feel good or teaches them something."

Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, I'm flying through 37 randomly selected listener questions, sent in via Instagram Stories (I'm @aliontherun1), about everything from house hunting, podcast guest selection, and getting recognized on the run, to staying focused and what a day in the life is like.

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You asked:

  • Do you get recognized when you’re out and about? (3:00)
  • How do you stay focused when you’re a multi-passionate person? (5:10)
  • Was it hard switching from HOKA to New Balance? (8:45)
  • Has the man from the TED Talk apologized about the Annie situation? (12:15)
  • Can you make a Peloton hashtag for us? (It exists! Use #FriendsOfAliOTR) (13:15)
  • How do you come up with series themes? (13:55)
  • What was your favorite part of your Traverse City trip? (16:15)
  • How do you decide who to interview? (18:05)
  • What is the next email that you are going to send? (20:20)
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? (21:35)
  • Which race outside the U.S. do you want to go to? (21:50)
  • If you could offer Annie — 30 years from now — one life nugget, what would it be? (23:15)
  • What is a day in the life of Ali like? (24:45)
  • How do you wipe sweat on the run? (30:50)
  • What is making you excited these days? (31:10)
  • Any update on the house hunting front? (35:50)
  • What’s your schedule for releasing episodes right now? (37:15)
  • What is your favorite dessert? (39:20)
  • Have you ever done a run streak? (39:40)
  • What will the next great running invention be? (39:50)
  • Are you coming back to Michigan next year for Bayshore? (40:00)
  • Are you going to buy a house? (40:20)
  • Do you do physical therapy on the regular? (40:25)
  • How do you vet podcast guests? (41:00)
  • What is something you want Annie to take from you, and what do you want her to take from Brian? (42:25)
  • How is your Crohn’s right now? (43:50)
  • Do you have any lingering “niggles” from your injury? (44:00)
  • Are you a timeline or specific goal-oriented person? (44:30)
  • What’s something you do for yourself each day? (44:40)
  • What is your 5–10-year vision for Ali on the Run? (44:50)
  • Tips for fitting in runs with a new baby (45:50)
  • Would you rather deal with chafing or blisters? (47:00)
  • Favorite season to run (47:15)
  • Is your Notes app super organized or chaotic? (47:30)
  • Is Brian a runner? (47:50)
  • Are we any closer to an Ali on the Run 5K happening? (48:00)
  • What did your mom get mad at you for most often? (48:05)

Worth mentioning:

My TEDxBoston Experience

Elizabeth Holmes @eholmes

Register for the WineShine Half Marathon! (Code ONTHERUN gets you $25 off!)

Wellness In Motion Boston

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Jun 10, 2022
525. Catching Up with Kara Goucher
01:21:53

"It’s been hard to swallow that there is no miracle. It’s going to take time."

It's been nearly one year since Kara Goucher came on the Ali on the Run Show to talk about what it was like being a part of the NBC Sports broadcast team during the Tokyo Olympics. Today, Kara returns with all kinds of updates. In this fun, wide-ranging conversation, Kara talks about how she has gotten more comfortable in her role as an NBC Sports Distance Analyst, and shares her broadcast plans for the summer. She talks about how she's honed her skills, and shares whether she still gets nervous to go live on air. Kara talks candidly about her recent Runner's Dystonia diagnosis, and what that means for her health, her running, and her family. Plus: parenting during difficult times, going through life as a highly sensitive person (same), and the possibility of a Kara Goucher and Des Linden podcast.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What’s making Kara happy today (3:30)
  • How Kara’s confidence has grown as a commentator, and how she’s balancing TV jobs and motherhood (4:15)
  • All about calling the Boston Marathon (18:00)
  • Are Kara and Des Linden launching a podcast?! (22:10)
  • An update on Kara’s runners dystonia diagnosis, and what treatment she’s trying now (26:25)
  • All things motherhood and parenting during difficult times (42:30)

For more, check out:

Kara Goucher on Episode 411 of the Ali on the Run Show

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

What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan

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Jun 09, 2022
524. Beyond the Run with Allie Ostrander
01:12:02

"I really felt strongly that sharing online would not only help hold me accountable to sticking with my goals and my values, but also would help other people to see that it’s really normal to struggle, and it’s OK to seek treatment, it’s OK to seek help. And that even people who have had success don’t necessarily have everything figured out."

The past year hasn't been easy for professional runner Allie Ostrander. After a career that started out with a series of highs — like signing with Brooks, making her first world championships team, and getting to represent Team USA in Doha in 2019 — life lately has been challenging. In this candid conversation, Allie talks about the tough times and how she has gotten through them. She talks about living and dealing with an eating disorder, and about pursuing a treatment program last year before returning to competition at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, where she made it to the 3000m steeplechase final and ran a personal best. She talks about what life in the recovery program was like, about dealing with recurring injuries, and about how she handles her nerves on and off the track. Plus, how she's fallen back in love with running, racing, and the running community.

SPONSOR: New Balance — Go to newbalance.com/beyondtherun to learn more about how New Balance is supporting conversations around mental wellness in running. (And check out my current favorite pullovercrop tophalf-zip topquilted pullover, and jacket.)

What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What’s making Allie happy today (4:05)
  • How Allie got the role of pacer for the Trials of Miles steeplechase and 5K (5:45)
  • On dealing with race day nerves, and why Allie gets nervous for everyday workouts (14:30)
  • How Allie recently rediscovered her love for running, racing, and the running community (20:50)
  • What life looked like last summer for Allie: injuries, eating disorder recovery, and the decision to share it all (23:50)
  • What it was like leaving the treatment center to compete at the Olympic Track & Field Trials (31:00)
  • The power of a quick cry in the bathroom (43:00)
  • Allie’s decision to end her contract with Brooks at the end of last year (45:00)
  • What Allie’s relationship with her body is like right now (53:00)
  • What’s next on the racing and coaching front (56:20)
  • Allie’s advice for people dealing with eating disorders, or people who know someone going through a difficult time (1:02:00)

For more, check out:

Allie Ostrander on Episode 170 of the Ali on the Run Show

Allie Ostrander on Episode 162 of the Ali on the Run Show

Trials of Miles Track Night NYC

“Dear Body, I Love You,” by Allie Ostrander for MileSplit

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Jun 03, 2022
523. Tara Davis & Hunter Woodhall, Olympic & Paralympic Power Couple
01:00:11

"There’s a lot of bumps on the way up. And a lot of people see that final moment, the excitement, the emotion that took place. And it was such a genuine and real moment. But it’s all because of the things leading up to that moment."

Tara Davis is an Olympic long jumper. Hunter Woodhall is a Paralympic medalist. With their powers combined, they are the ultimate track and field power couple. And this week, Tara and Hunter announced their new lululemon partnership: The engaged duo are now sponsored by lululemon as Global Ambassadors for the brand. In this conversation, we hear all about how the lululemon deal came to be, and about why this was the perfect fit for Tara and Hunter. The social media savvy couple also talks about what it's like sharing so much of their lives online: Collectively, they have more than 3 million followers on TikTok, 667,000 Instagram followers, and 421,000 YouTube subscribers. Plus, what a day in the life is like for two professional athletes, their love story, wedding planning updates, and what it's been like skyrocketing into the public eye after last summer's U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • All about the lululemon partnership (4:35)
  • What a day in the life of Tara and Hunter is like (9:50)
  • Tara and Hunter talk about what their new race kits will look like, and what training has been like lately (11:40)
  • The love story: Tara and Hunter met, started dating, and eventually got engaged (18:15)
  • All about Tara and Hunter, content creators (26:45)
  • What it was like skyrocketing to fame after last summer’s U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials (31:35)
  • How Hunter has saved Tara’s life, in her words (44:40)
  • Tara’s a-ha moment, when she realized her role in the sport (48:00)
  • What’s next? (50:40)
  • Wedding planning updates! (53:55)

For more, check out:

YouTube: Tara & Hunter in NYC

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Jun 02, 2022
522. LIVE with Des Linden at the Bayshore Marathon
01:12:42

"What do I love most? I want to fricken win. And I want to hurt. And I want to see how fast I can go."

What a treat to get to host a live show with the legendary Des Linden this weekend at the Chateau Chantal winery as part of the Bayshore Marathon festivities in Traverse City, MI. Des has been on the show a lot — six times, to be exact — so the goal with this show was to try and learn something new about everyone's favorite runner. And? Mission accomplished. We played an opening game of Would You Rather. We got to know Little Kid Des, Teen Des, College Des (and Beer Mile Des), AOL Instant Messenger Des, and the Des who lives with a chip on her shoulder. We talked about how Des got into broadcasting, and what her TV plans look like for 2022, and talked about her racing plans, including the upcoming B.A.A. 10K and what she's eyeing for the fall. She shared her Boston Marathon 2022 takeaways, talked about dealing with a sports hernia injury, and reflected on her first-ever marathon (the good, bad, and ugly). Plus: the most fun Des has ever had during a race, whether she actually throws back a bourbon after every race, the race where she says everything clicked for her, and what she says is "the best racing advice" for every runner.

For more, check out:

Bayshore Marathon

Chateau Chantal

Word by Word

Listen to Des on the Ali on the Run Show:

Episode 462

Episode 363

Episode 205: Love on the Run with Des & Ryan Linden

Episode 100

Episode 77: Live in San Diego

Episode 64

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May 31, 2022
521. Beyond the Run with Ali Feller, TEDxBoston Speaker
01:13:03

"It felt important to me. And so I sent the email. I took my own advice, and I sent the email."

On Monday, I had the honor of giving a TED talk. In this episode, I'm talking all about my experience speaking at TEDxBoston's "Epic Strides" event, celebrating women in sport and the 50-year anniversary of the passing of Title IX. I share how I got this opportunity, my hesitations, and how it went. Plus, I share the talk itself.

SPONSOR: New Balance — Go to newbalance.com/beyondtherun to learn more about how New Balance is supporting the conversations around mental wellness in running. (And check out my current favorite pullovercrop tophalf-zip topquilted pullover, and jacket.)

What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How I got the opportunity to be a TEDx speaker (2:00)
  • On figuring out what to talk about (11:00)
  • The rehearsal and preparation process (15:00)
  • The week of TEDxBoston (23:00)
  • Why I got really stressed the night before the event (38:00)
  • My TED talk! (53:20)

For more, check out:

Emily Saul on Episode 510 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Saul & Ian Nurse on Episode 474 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Saul on Episode 59 of the Ali on the Run Show

What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan

Alexandra Angelone: TEDxBoston Hair & Makeup Artist

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May 20, 2022
520. Saila Consalvi, 13-Time Marathoner with Lung Cancer
01:17:10

"From the start, it was like, I’m gonna deal with this, but I’m not going to let this take over. I’m not going to let it take my life away. I’m not going to let it take my happiness away. So I do it, and I deal with it, and some days are really tough, but I still want to live my life."

In January, 13-time marathoner Saila Consalvi was told she'd be lucky if she could watch this year's Boston Marathon, let alone run it. And yet, four months later, she defied expectation: She completed the 2022 Boston Marathon. In this conversation, Saila talks about what it took to complete her third Boston Marathon, and about her road to the start line, which hasn't been easy. In 2017, Saila was 35 years old and had just completed her ninth marathon and her first Ironman. She was in the best shape of her life. But soon, things just felt...off. Then, she was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. Today, Saila — who is from Finland — lives in Denver, CO, with her husband and their four-month-old son, Enzo.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Why Saila ran Boston with “Sally” on her shirt (3:40)
  • Saila’s story about running Boston with Peloton instructor Jess Sims (6:00)
  • Saila’s Boston Marathon recap (8:00)
  • Saila’s advice for runners who are raising money for charity (14:20)
  • How Saila got into running (16:35)
  • Saila’s lung cancer diagnosis (24:00)
  • On fear, and adjusting to life with cancer (37:30)
  • How Saila remains optimistic in the face of so much bad news (52:00)
  • How Saila found the strength to get to the Boston Marathon start line (56:50)

For more, check out:

Jess Sims on Episode 516 of the Ali on the Run Show

"My Beauty Uniform: Saila Hanninen," via Cup of Jo

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May 19, 2022
519. Steph Bruce, 2022 Boston Marathon Recap
59:45

"Let’s just go out with a bang."

Steph Bruce finished 12th at this year's Boston Marathon. The professional runner for HOKA NAZ Elite ran a 2:28, and while it wasn't her fastest time at the 26.2-mile distance, Steph says Boston 2022 ranks up there as one of her best and favorite marathons. And this year's race was unique for Steph: It's her last year competing as a professional athlete. Last year, Steph was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, and that discovery forced her to start making some tough choices. She decided that 2022 would be her last year running professionally — and that she would go out with a celebration. Steph is calling this year her "Grit Finale," and she's taking fans along for the ride. (Check out her Boston recap on YouTube here.) In this conversation, Steph talks all about that life-changing diagnosis, about her Boston training, about race day, and about her thoughts on life after professional running. As always, an open, honest, candid conversation with one of the sport's most-loved athletes.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Steph is feeling post-Boston (4:00)
  • All about “The Grit Finale,” and the life-changing diagnosis that led to Steph’s last professional year on the run (6:20)
  • What Steph needed to include in her last year of racing (17:30)
  • How Steph was feeling heading into her last Boston Marathon (20:40)
  • Steph recaps her Boston training, and why (and how!) she makes racing a family affair (23:55)
  • Steph’s feelings of imposter syndrome early in her career, and how she feels now (29:00)
  • Steph’s story from the church (31:25)
  • How Steph was feeling on the start line, and how the race played out (33:00)
  • Making the move at mile 22 (46:00)
  • The Grit Finale finale (50:45)
  • Steph’s thoughts on her legacy (55:00)

For more, check out:

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

Steph Bruce on Episode 371 of the Ali on the Run Show

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May 13, 2022
518. Shalane Flanagan, 2022 Boston Marathon Recap
01:10:55

"It takes a lot to get to a start line. I never take that for granted."

Shalane Flanagan has run the Boston Marathon six times: four times as a professional athlete; once as a retired pro, the day after racing the Chicago Marathon; and now, as a guide. Shalane is a four-time Olympian, an Olympic silver medalist, and the 2017 New York City Marathon champion. She is a coach, a New York Times best-selling cookbook author, and a mom to two-year-old Jack. After racing the Boston Marathon in the fall as part of Project Eclipse, Shalane returned to Boston this year — and it was different than any other time she had run the race. Because this time, Shalane's race wasn't about the pursuit of a podium or a personal best. She ran the race as Adrianne Haslet's coach and guide in the para athletics division. In this conversation, Shalane talks about coaching Adrianne, about her own training for this race, and about her goals as Adrianne's guide. She shares her favorite memories from the course, and talks about what's next both on and off the run.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Shalane’s memories of meeting Adrianne Haslet (4:10)
  • Shalane’s history with the Boston Marathon (6:15)
  • Shalane’s most profound memory from this year’s Boston Marathon (10:30)
  • On experiencing running a marathon in the middle of the pack (17:30)
  • All about the crowds from Hopkinton to Boston (21:00)
  • What it was like coaching Adrianne for Boston (25:45)
  • What Shalane’s Boston training was like (30:00)
  • The race plan (37:00)
  • How Shalane kept the focus on Adrianne on race day (41:55)
  • Shalane’s favorite parts of the Boston Marathon course, and what the finish line was like (47:30)
  • The toughest parts of the day (51:50)
  • Shalane’s top Boston memories from over the years (54:20)
  • What hasn’t Shalane done? (58:25)
  • How Shalane fit this experience into her life (1:00:20)
  • The weight of the past year and a half (1:04:20)

For more, check out:

Adrianne Haslet on Episode 514 of the Ali on the Run Show

Adrianne Haslet on Episode 506 of the Ali on the Run Show

Adrianne Haslet on Episode 192 of the Ali on the Run Show

Shalane Flanagan on Episode 462 of the Ali on the Run Show

Shalane Flanagan on Episode 438 of the Ali on the Run Show

Shalane Flanagan on Episode 242 of the Ali on the Run Show

Mary Kate Shea on Episode 247 of the Ali on the Run Show

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May 12, 2022
517. Beyond the Run with Carrie Jackson, Mental Performance Coach
01:18:51

"We know you can push through. We know you’re capable of that. A sign of your mental toughness isn’t pushing through — it’s can I hold back?"

On March 5, I went out for a 13.1-mile run. A few miles into the run, my lower left leg started to hurt. I cut the run short and limped home. By that night, I could barely walk. I was dealing with my first real running injury. Two months later, I'm back on the run — but I never received an official diagnosis, I'm a bit trepidatious about running again, and I'm overwhelmed trying to remember how I even fit running into my life pre-injury. I thought I would be itching to get back on the run, but I'm...not?

Enter Carrie Jackson.

Carrie is a certified mental performance consultant with a Master's degree in sports psychology. She's the author of On Top of Your Game: Mental Skills to Maximize Your Athletic Performance, and co-author of Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries. She and Rebound co-author Cindy Kuzma also host The Injured Athletes Club podcast (and check out their Facebook group).

This conversation is akin to a live therapy session with Carrie, where I'm the patient. If you've ever wondered what it's like working with a sports psychologist or mental performance coach, consider this an intro for all of us. (And I'm thrilled to report that this past weekend, I raced a 5K, had a blast, and am slowly starting to feel reinvigorated about running.)

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May 06, 2022
516. Jess Sims, 2022 Boston Marathon Recap
01:23:05

"She said, ‘This is how it was supposed to be. This is how it was supposed to feel.’ And at that moment, I realized the magnitude of what we gave to each other."

Fan favorite Jess Sims is back — and this time, she returns to the Ali on the Run Show as a marathoner! On April 18, the beloved Peloton instructor surprised the world by showing up at the start (and finish!) line of the Boston Marathon. And she had a good reason for keeping her marathon debut on the down-low. In this very special conversation, Jess talks about receiving a fateful message from Boston Marathon bombing survivor Michele Blackburn last December — a message that ultimately guided Jess every step of the way toward that finish line on Boylston Street. Jess talks about her training, about how she felt on the start line, and about why she still feels marathon imposter syndrome, even after earning that blue and yellow medal. (You'll want tissues on hand 17 minutes into this one. You've been warned.)

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Jess is celebrating — her dog’s birthday, that is (4:40)
  • All about that fateful message from Michele Blackburn (6:25)
  • What happened after Jess committed to running the Boston Marathon, and what her training was like (23:30)
  • Why Jess kept her Boston Marathon plans a secret (34:50)
  • Why Jess gets nervous talking about her marathon experience (42:15)
  • How Jess was feeling when she arrived in Boston (46:00)
  • The ride to the start line (50:00)
  • What it was like running the 2022 Boston Marathon (56:00)
  • On seeing Michele at the finish line (1:01:45)
  • The physical and emotional recovery (1:05:30)
  • Running with Usain Bolt! (1:16:35)

For more, check out:

Jess Sims on Episode 261 of the Ali on the Run Show

Kirsten Ferguson on Episode 505 of the Ali on the Run Show

Becs Gentry on Episode 379 of the Ali on the Run Show

Matt Wilpers on Episode 398 of the Ali on the Run Show

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May 05, 2022
515. Lottie Bildirici, Author of Running on Veggies
01:07:03

"It was the fear of the unknown — but that was what I loved also. I don’t want to do something I know I could finish or know I could do. I want to do this thing that’s going to be really hard… and there was no stopping me."

At 14 years old, Lottie Bildirici — a lifelong New Yorker — went from being a happy-go-lucky high schooler to a cancer patient. A lump on her neck turned out to be Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and Lottie immediately began chemotherapy treatments. She was the sick kid. But as she recovered physically (and was given a cancer-free diagnosis!), Lottie realized she had lost her identity. Who was she without cancer? And it was running that helped her redefine herself. Lottie completed a half-marathon at Disney World, and a passion for the sport was immediately ignited. She started learning more about health and nutrition — but soon lost her way. In this conversation, Lottie talks about growing up in the kitchen, and about how a love for food led her down a scary path with orthorexia and recurring stress fractures. She talks about creating her blog and Instagram account, Running on Veggies, and about working with professional athletes including Kara Goucher and Stephanie Bruce. Today, Lottie is a nutrition coach for adidas, she's an Ironman triathlete (she completed her first Ironman on the 10-year anniversary of her cancer diagnosis), and she's a published author. Her first cookbook, Running on Veggies, came out earlier this year.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What Lottie had for breakfast today, and how she’s celebrating life right now (6:10)
  • Lottie’s love for cooking (8:00)
  • On writing a cookbook (10:30)
  • What life was like for Lottie in high school, when she received a life-changing diagnosis (12:00)
  • How Lottie started running, and her experience with orthorexia and recurring stress fractures (23:15)
  • How Lottie started working with professional athletes including Kara Goucher and Stephanie Bruce (35:25)
  • What it’s like when Lottie works one-on-one with clients (39:50)
  • Lottie’s food philosophy (43:00)
  • Lottie’s job with adidas, and what a day in the life of Lottie Bildirici looks like (45:00)
  • Lottie’s decision to complete an Ironman on the 10-year anniversary of her cancer diagnosis (48:15)
  • The role running plays in Lottie’s life right now (55:00)

For more, check out:

Jonathan Cane on Episode 313 of the Ali on the Run Show

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May 02, 2022
514. Adrianne Haslet, 2022 Boston Marathon Recap
01:21:55

“I can close my eyes still and remember every sign and every person’s face and every dog. I can remember all of it. It was a true unicorn of a day.”

Adrianne Haslet went through hell to get to the start line of the 2022 Boston Marathon. But she got there. And then, she started in Hopkinton and ran 26.2 miles — with guide Shalane Flanagan by her side every step of the way — to cross the finish line on Boylston Street. Adrianne and Shalane finished the race in 5:18:14, coming in fourth place in the para athletics division. Today, Adrianne returns to the Ali on the Run Show to share every detail of what she calls the best day of her life. ("It sounded like a Rocky movie the whole way," she says.) Plus, Adrianne's favorite moments from the course, all about that finish line feeling, and what "Boston Strong" means to her.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Adrianne’s Boston Marathon expectations — and how reality compared (3:00)
  • How Adrianne is recovering after Boston, and who’s in her village (6:15)
  • How Adrianne spent her weekend leading up to Marathon Monday (13:50)
  • All about race morning (27:40)
  • Adrianne’s stories from the church in Hopkinton (34:50)
  • Adrianne and Shalane’s race plan (44:30)
  • The start line and the early miles (46:30)
  • All about the support along the way (53:05)
  • On making it to the Boston Marathon finish line (1:04:10)
  • What does Boston Strong mean to Adrianne? (1:07:00)

For more, check out:

Adrianne Haslet on Episode 506 of the Ali on the Run Show

Adrianne Haslet on Episode 192 of the Ali on the Run Show

Adrianne Haslet in the Washington Post

Cortney White on Episode 447 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Apr 28, 2022
513. Nell Rojas, 2022 Boston Marathon Recap
01:00:52

"This is the time in my life where I’m trying to do whatever I can to be the fastest I can and get the furthest in running that I can. So anything that is not working toward that goal just doesn’t make any sense."

For the second year in row, professional marathoner Nell Rojas had a big day in Boston. She finished 10th overall at the 126th Boston Marathon, running a personal best (2:25:57), and finishing as the top U.S. woman in the field. In this conversation, Nell talks Boston beyond the numbers. She talks about the pre-race press conference and about breaking some big news before the race: After signing with adidas earlier this year, Nell recently ended that partnership in favor of racing in shoes that she felt better suited her body. She talks about that difficult decision, and about how it weighed on her during her Boston build-up. Plus, she talks about her pre-race routine, about how the race played out, and about what's next.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • All about Nell’s Boston buildup (4:30)
  • The Boston Marathon press conference experience (8:40)
  • Nell talks about sponsorship stuff (11:00)
  • How Nell decided what to wear on the run (17:40)
  • Nell’s goals for this year’s Boston Marathon (20:15)
  • How the race played out (26:30)
  • How this year’s race compared to Boston 2021 (29:30)
  • Nell’s pre-race routine (33:30)
  • What the later miles in the race were like (37:20)
  • Nell’s High / Low / High from Marathon Monday (42:35)
  • What happens after the finish line (46:10)
  • What’s next on the sponsorship front and beyond (49:40)

For more, check out:

Nell Rojas & Hiruni Wijayaratne on Episode 484 of the Ali on the Run Show

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

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Apr 25, 2022
512. Beyond the Run with Tunde Oyeneyin
59:42

"When our smartphones are at 10 percent, we panic. We freak out… When our bodies are running on 10 percent, when our headspace is running on 10 percent, why don’t we have that same sense of urgency to look for an outlet, to recharge? We keep going. We allow ourselves to fully deplete before we ask to borrow a charger."

Peloton instructor — and newly published author — Tunde Oyeneyin returns to the Ali on the Run Show today. In this conversation, Tunde reflects on how her life has changed since she was last on the show in December 2020. Her Peloton classes are now taken by hundreds of thousands of people. She has amassed more than 520,000 followers on Instagram. She's the face of Revlon, and the host of the Fitness Flipped podcast. And her first book, Speak, comes out next month. Today, Tunde talks about her running journey: why she runs, when she craves a run, and what keeps her running. Plus, she offers advice on boundary setting, saying no ("Every time I say no to someone, I feel myself getting my power back"), getting unstuck, and so much more.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Tunde Oyeneyin, podcast host! (3:55)
  • What mental wellness means to Tunde, and how she has learned to say no and set boundaries (8:30)
  • Tunde’s running journey (18:50)
  • The downsides to all the good stuff (27:30)
  • All about Tunde’s new book, Speak (32:00)
  • Tunde’s advice for how to find your voice (40:00)
  • How to get un-stuck, and how to figure out what’s next (43:50)
  • How Tunde recharges (53:00)

For more, check out:

Tunde Oyeneyin on Episode 311 of the Ali on the Run Show

Kirsten Ferguson on Episode 505 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Apr 22, 2022
511. My 2022 Boston Marathon Experience
01:37:39

“This weekend I was like, ‘I just want to be me, and see where I can go with that. I don’t want to conform. I don’t want to turn off who I am to fit into the existing landscape.’”

After 1,099 days, the Boston Marathon was back on Patriots Day! And I was there! On this episode, I'm talking (for a very long time) all about my weekend in Boston, where I hosted a live show with Tracksmith (listen to it here), was the post-race on-camera interviewer for the world feed broadcast (!!!), and made my Boston Marathon finish line announcing debut. It was a nonstop weekend filled with great people, exciting events, and a big leap out of my comfort zone and onto live (global!) television. So before we get into the interviews with people who ran the race (Nell Rojas and Adrianne Haslet, coming next week!), here's my recap of the 2022 Boston Marathon from the sidelines, the media trucks, the finish line, and the photo bridge.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • All about Friday fun: press conferences, The TRACK at New Balance, and more (4:40)
  • The Saturday sessions: B.A.A. 5K spectating, introverting, Tracksmith live show, and more (23:15)
  • Easter Sunday celebrations: running and family time (37:00)
  • How I got these jobs (41:15)
  • Behind the scenes of the broadcast prep work (48:20)
  • All about Marathon Monday! (57:20)
  • Listener Q&A (1:20:20)

Mentioned in this episode:

Jacky Broersma on Episode 504 of the Ali on the Run Show

Erin Azar on Episode 446 of the Ali on the Run Show

Jenna Fesemyer on Episode 508 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Apr 21, 2022
510. LIVE at the Boston Marathon with Emily Saul & Anoush Arakelian
01:19:29

Boston is 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 the 2022 Boston Marathon weekend, with the ever-delightful recent podcast guests Anoush Arakelian and Emily Saul. This conversation was filled with great advice, hilarious stories, and — because why not? — dating talk. Thank you to Tracksmith for hosting us; thank you to Emily and Anoush for the wit, wisdom, and laughter; and thank you to everyone who joined and was part of the fun!

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Apr 17, 2022
509. Ask Ali with Guest Host Laura Green
57:45

“The people who read my blog and supported me — whether we met in real life or from afar — they saved my life on my worst days.”

Laura Green is a runner, a mom to two boys, and a dear friend — and today, she’s a podcast host! On this edition of Ask Ali, returning Ali on the Run Show guest Laura is here to do all the question asking, reading your questions from Instagram (and coming up with a few of her own). We do a chronological Ali deep dive, from the college days, to the pre-podcast blogging days, to life today with a 3.5-year-old.

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Laura asks:

  • The warm-up round (3:30)
  • “Pre-podcast Ali” questions (10:40)
  • Podcast-related questions (27:00)
  • Parenting questions (42:00)

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Laura Green on Episode 157 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Apr 15, 2022
508. Jenna Fesemyer, Team USA Wheelchair Athlete
01:00:04

"Doctors said when I was born that I would be the last one to sit up, the last one to crawl, the last one to stand and walk. Well, I was the first to do all those things."

Jenna Fesemyer was born with a birth defect called proximal femoral focal deficiency, where one leg is shorter than the other. At one year old, she had her foot amputated. And she immediately defied her doctors' expectations. As a teenager, she discovered wheelchair racing, and now, she's a Paralympian who represented Team USA in Tokyo last summer. (The Paralympic marathon was just the beginning of Jenna's fall marathon season: She then raced the London, Chicago, Boston, and New York City Marathons.) This weekend, Jenna heads to Boston where she will race in the professional women's wheelchair division in both the B.A.A. 5K on Saturday and the Boston Marathon on Monday. Jenna is sponsored by Oiselle, and she is currently studying education policy at the University of Illinois (and she'll begin her doctorate program in the fall!).

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What’s making Jenna happy right now (3:50)
  • All about wheelchair racing and training safety (4:45)
  • Jenna’s plans for Boston Marathon weekend, and why she’s able to race so frequently (7:20)
  • Reflecting on the 2021 Boston Marathon (16:30)
  • All about Jenna’s childhood, and living with proximal femoral focal deficiency (20:10)
  • How Jenna got into wheelchair racing (24:40)
  • Jenna explains her positioning in her chair (32:30)
  • Jenna’s Paralympic dreams, and the choices and sacrifices she has had to make to pursue them (34:20)
  • How Jenna became a Oiselle-sponsored athlete (41:20)
  • What Jenna wishes people understood about adaptive athletes (43:00)
  • How to spot Jenna at the Boston Marathon (51:50)

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Apr 14, 2022
507. Friendship Fest with Silvana Morgan and Yuma Haidara
01:11:05

"She’s my person."

Silvana Morgan is a nurse, a runner, and a mom to two daughters. A few years ago, she was running a race when she saw a fellow runner up ahead wearing "a really cute outfit." But when the course split — half marathoners to the left, other race distances to the right — Silvana, who is from Brazil and says she's now living her dream with her family in New Hampshire, didn't get a chance to meet that runner and tell her she liked her outfit. That runner, it turned out, was commercial truck driver, marathoner, and outdoor enthusiast Yuma Haidara. Later that day, Yuma posted about her race in New Hampshire's She Runs This Town Facebook group. Silvana saw the post, recognized the woman in the photo as the woman from the race, and a friendship was born. The two — now best friends — have been inseparable ever since. This is their friendship story.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Yuma and Silvana met (4:20)
  • What it was like when Yuma and Silvana met in person for the first time (7:40)
  • On running and racing together, and Silvana’s tips for stroller running (10:25)
  • How Silvana started running (12:45)
  • How Yuma knew her friendship with Silvana was special (15:00)
  • What Silvana’s childhood was like growing up in Brazil (16:30)
  • All about Yuma’s 2021 New York City Marathon race — in a pair of Oofos sandals (19:20)
  • Silvana’s road to becoming a nurse (27:30)
  • What’s next on the run for Yuma and Silvana? (31:00)
  • All about the Mount Washington Road Race — where “there’s only one hill” (39:30)
  • How work is going for Yuma and Silvana (46:00)
  • All about Yuma’s Oofos commercial! (48:50)
  • All about Silvana and Yuma’s matching racing outfits (54:00)
  • Pride (1:00:30)

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Great Bay Half Marathon

Home Base Program

She Runs This Town

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Apr 12, 2022
506. Beyond the Run with Adrianne Haslet
01:17:29

“What will get us to the finish line is nothing compared to what got us to the start.”

In 2013, professional ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet was walking near the Boston Marathon finish line when the bombs went off. She lost her leg that day, standing on Boylston Street. Then, in 2019, Adrianne — who had become a runner herself after her lower leg amputation — was walking on Commonwealth Ave. when she was hit by a car. Even in the face of so much unexpected adversity, Adrianne hasn't lost her fighting spirit. She's a survivor, an advocate, an inspiration — and on Monday, April 18, she'll return to both Comm Ave. and Boylston Street, but this time it will be en route to her own marathon finish. Adrianne will be racing in the Boston Marathon's para division alongside friend and official guide Shalane Flanagan. In this conversation, Adrianne talks about training under Shalane's guidance, about how she's feeling with race day just a week and a half away, and about what she's doing now to prepare for the potential post-marathon blues. She also talks about the emotional component of running a race that she has such a heavy history with, and about what she pictures when she imagines her finish line moment.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Adrianne is feeling with less than two weeks to go until the Boston Marathon, and reflections on this training cycle (6:00)
  • On returning to Boston after DNF-ing the 2018 race (11:00)
  • What it’s been like moving during marathon training, and how Adrianne met her boyfriend, Harry (15:30)
  • All about Adrianne’s running leg (23:00)
  • How Adrianne and Shalane Flanagan met and became friends (25:15)
  • What it’s like being coached by Shalane (34:20)
  • The low and high points from Boston 2022 training (43:25)
  • How the weather affects Adrianne’s leg (57:30)
  • The mental and emotional components of returning to the Boston Marathon (59:00)
  • All about Adrianne’s upcoming IMAX film (1:02:55)
  • Adrianne’s guide to Boston (1:10:00)

For more, check out:

Adrianne Haslet on Episode 192 of the Ali on the Run Show

Shalane Flanagan on Episode 438 of the Ali on the Run Show

Shalane Flanagan on Episode 242 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Apr 08, 2022
505. Kirsten Ferguson, Peloton Tread Instructor
01:17:45

“There was a moment where I looked at myself in the mirror and said, ‘Whoa, this is what you’re meant to do. This is it.’”

Kirsten Ferguson is living her dream. She once wrote "Become a Peloton instructor" on a Post-It note, and today she's doing exactly that. (And she still has the manifestation-filled Post-It.) The Peloton Tread instructor is a single mom of two, and the road to this dream life hasn't been an easy one. Kirsten grew up with aspirations of working in the fashion industry. But when she enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she quickly realized that she wanted to do something completely different. She ended up getting a job working in sponsorships with the NFL, where she worked for seven years before leaving and having children. Along the way, Kirsten suffered two miscarriages. That's when she found fitness. Kirsten leaned into cycling classes during her darkest, most isolating, and most challenging days. On their third try, Kirsten got — and stayed — pregnant. In this conversation, she's honest about what new motherhood was like for her, and about what happened when she had just become a fitness instructor and was going through a separation when the pandemic hit. She talks about how she got the Peloton job and about how she became a runner, about creating the "Ratchet Mom Club," about being at the Super Bowl for Beyoncé's epic halftime show, and about why she welcomes fear into her life.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Kirsten’s latest Peloton class came together (5:45)
  • Why Kirsten takes her own classes (7:50)
  • What Young Kirsten was like (10:40)
  • On going to the Fashion Institute of Technology — and then having a change of heart and working for the NFL (13:00)
  • Kirsten’s road to motherhood (22:50)
  • How Kirsten found fitness (29:30)
  • What new motherhood was like for Kirsten (35:30)
  • How Kirsten found her purpose (40:45)
  • How Kirsten overcame her fear of public speaking (49:15)
  • On getting the Peloton job, and what happened next (50:50)
  • What does a Peloton producer do? (58:30)
  • All about the Ratchet Mom Club (1:01:40)
  • On learning to call herself a runner (1:05:00)

For more, check out:

Fear is my Homeboy by Judi Holler

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Apr 07, 2022
504. Jacky Hunt-Broersma, Running 100 Marathons in 100 Days
01:09:46

"I’m tired. But I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve got a job to do and I need to do it and that’s kind of it. I’m on a mission. I just need to get it done."

Jacky Hunt-Broersma is on a quest to run 100 marathons in 100 days. That's 26.2 miles every single day for 100 days straight, while raising money for Amputee Blade Runners. We recorded this episode together at 8 AM on Day 75. Jacky — a running coach and ultramarathoner whose next goal is the Moab 240 Endurance Run — had just gotten her two kids off to school, and was getting ready for marathon number 75. In this conversation, we get to know the Jacky today, who is more than 3/4 of the way through her record-setting challenge. And we get to know the 26-year-old Jacky from 2001, who woke up one day with a golf ball-sized mass on her leg. She was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare cancer, and had her leg amputated just weeks after the diagnosis. It wasn't until 15 years later that Jacky started running, and she says her only regret is that she didn't start sooner. In this conversation, Jacky talks about the highest (running with her daughter!) and lowest (Day 35) points of this 100-marathon challenge, about dealing with mom guilt along the way, and about her plans for marathon #92, which she'll run in the para division of the Boston Marathon.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Jacky was feeling at 8 AM on Day 75, and her plan for the day (5:20)
  • How Jacky got through an especially tough run recently (9:50)
  • Jacky’s running must-haves (16:00)
  • How Jacky is feeling emotionally (17:40)
  • All about the recovery process during this adventure (19:40)
  • How Jacky is involving her children and family in this process (23:00)
  • Jacky’s cancer story, and how she found running (25:50)
  • Learning to run with a running blade (39:20)
  • All about Jacky’s 100 marathons in 100 days challenge (44:00)
  • Jacky’s plans for the Boston Marathon, and for marathon #100 (51:00)
  • Jacky’s most memorable marathons so far — and the day that “nearly broke her” (53:15)

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Apr 05, 2022
503. Dominique Scott Efurd, Two-Time Olympian & Atlanta Women's 5K Champion
01:21:55

“I said, ‘You definitely have this win. Don’t be so scared anymore.'”

Last weekend, two-time Olympian Dominique Scott Efurd won the first-ever elite division at the Atlanta Women's 5K. And while it may have been her first time breaking the tape this year, Dom's 2022 is off to a solid start. In January, she finished third at the Houston Half Marathon. Then, she finished second at The TEN. And this weekend, she'll race the Cooper River Bridge Run. In this conversation — Dom's first time back on the show since late 2020 — Dom talks about her recent races, about the challenging start to 2021, which included a tibial stress reaction and a case of Covid, and about her experience representing Team South Africa at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. Dom is sponsored by adidas, and she lives in Boulder, CO, where she trains with Team Boss.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How it felt to break the tape at the Atlanta Women’s 5K (5:30)
  • On being the race starter at the Atlanta Women’s 5K (13:45)
  • All about that 5K in Atlanta (16:00)
  • How Dom is feeling heading into the Cooper River Bridge Run 10K (23:15)
  • On finishing second at The TEN (24:30)
  • Dom talks about the tough times she’s faced over the past two years (40:00)
  • What Dom remembers most from the Tokyo Olympics, and recapping the Houston Half Marathon (47:00)
  • Dom’s marathon dreams (1:04:40)
  • All about the social media side of the sport (1:08:40)

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Apr 01, 2022
502. Venus Morris Griffin, As Seen on Humans of New York
01:12:17

“I’ve just been struggling to survive. To figure out how to survive. I want people to see me and say, ‘OK, let’s not look at what we think people are.’ Because everybody has their own struggles. Life is tough!”

Earlier this month, I found myself glued to my phone, rabidly refreshing the Humans of New York Instagram account, waiting for updates in the 13-part story about a woman in Augusta, GA. The woman was Venus Morris Griffin. Today, she's a hugely successful realtor and mom of seven. But the road to becoming one of Meybohm Real Estate's leading agents (Venus has closed more than $500 million in sales she she started with the agency) has been anything but easy. In fact, it still isn't easy, Venus says.

In this conversation, Venus talks about her difficult childhood, about falling in love with a man at USC, and about having six children together. She talks about being home with the kids — the youngest was just one year old, and the oldest was 15 — while her husband was away on a work trip, and getting a call in the middle of the night from a sex worker. A call that changed everything. Not only was Venus's husband, Tripp, sleeping with sex workers, Venus also learned that there was sexual abuse within the home. Today, Tripp is serving a 45-year sentence for child molestation. Here, Venus talks about how she kept moving forward, how she showed up for her children and for herself, and why she started running to get through it all. Plus, she talks about what it was like having her story shared widely through Humans of New York, and both the amazing (a book! a movie!) and less-amazing (losing clients and sales) responses.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Venus is celebrating her 50th birthday (5:20)
  • All about being featured on Humans of New York (8:00)
  • On vulnerability, and how Venus started running (15:15)
  • What Venus’s childhood was like (21:20)
  • Meeting Tripp (23:30)
  • The role of faith in Venus’s life (31:40)
  • The scary moments in Venus and Tripp’s marriage, and why Venus decided to get her real estate license in 2008 (33:50)
  • The middle-of-the-night phone call that changed everything (43:00)
  • What life looked like after Tripp went to prison (52:30)
  • How Venus navigated motherhood (1:02:40)

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Mar 31, 2022
501. Friendship Fest with Dinée Dorame & Mario Fraioli
01:14:08

“I could tell he wasn’t mentoring me because he wanted it to be this public thing that made him look good. I wasn’t his charity case.”

Dinée Dorame had a dream: to launch a podcast that would explore the intersection between running, land, community and culture. So she applied for the first-ever Tracksmith Fellowship program — and she won. Dinée was one of the first recipients of a Tracksmith Fellowship grant, which gave her the support she needed to bring the Grounded podcast into existence. She was also paired with a mentor: Mario Fraioli, host of The Morning Shakeout podcast and creator of The Morning Shakeout newsletter. Dinée and Mario started as total strangers, formed a fast mentor-mentee relationship, and now, one year later, are close friends with a "big brother, little sister" bond. In this conversation, they talk about their first phone call, the first time they met in real life, and how their differences have made their relationship stronger.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Dinée and Mario became paired together as mentor-mentee through the Tracksmith Fellowship (5:20)
  • All about Dinée and Mario’s first phone call (15:15)
  • How a phone call became a friendship (26:10)
  • On podcast rejection! (37:00)
  • Dinée and Mario share the moments when they felt especially proud of each other (44:00)
  • On finally getting to meet in real life (48:00)
  • All about Common Ground (55:00)

For more, check out:

Dinée Dorame on Episode 402 of the Ali on the Run Show

Dinée Dorame on Episode 239 of the Ali on the Run Show

Mario Fraioli on Episode 266 of the Ali on the Run Show

Lauren Fleshman on The Morning Shakeout

Dinée Dorame on The Morning Shakeout

Billy Mills on the Grounded podcast

Ali Feller on The Morning Shakeout

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Mar 29, 2022
500. Beyond the Run with Elle Purrier St. Pierre
01:08:57

“It was pretty tough, I’m not gonna lie. I walked off the track pretty mad. I didn’t want to talk to any cameras, so I walked past the camera people because I knew they were just going to drill me with a bunch of questions that I didn’t want to talk about. And I hadn’t even had time to digest it myself. So I was about to say something I probably shouldn’t have on camera. So I said, ‘I’m making this boundary for myself,’ and I kept walking.”

Elle Purrier St. Pierre is one of the fastest women in the country. The professional New Balance athlete just capped off her indoor season by earning a silver medal in the 3K at World Indoor Championships in Serbia. In 2020, she broke the American record in the indoor mile. Then, last summer, she won the 1500m event at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials (and set a Trials record for that event), solidifying her spot on Team USA and achieving a lifelong dream of becoming an Olympian. Elle — widely known as a small-town farm girl from Vermont — is living the professional runner dream, right? On this episode, Elle talks about the tough times. She talks about getting shoved off the track just seconds into that 1500 final at the Trials, and about how she rallied to win the race. She talks about handling disappointment on the track, like when she finished third in the 1500 at USAs a few weeks ago, a race she was heavily favored to win. And she talks about that — about being "heavily favored," and what that pressure feels like. Plus, reflections on competing in Tokyo, dealing with the post-Olympics blues, and pre-race bad moods. Welcome to Episode 500 of the Ali on the Run Show!

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • All about Elle’s run today, and what it’s like being a local celebrity in Vermont (3:50)
  • Where Elle’s keeping her silver medal, and what her goals were for the 3K at World Indoor Championships (8:45)
  • How Elle stays tough when the racing gets hard, and what she’s like before the race starts (11:20)
  • On getting shoved off the track at last summer’s Olympic Track & Field Trials 1500m final (16:00)
  • Dealing with high stakes (22:00)
  • How Elle navigated an injury heading into the Olympics (29:30)
  • What Elle remembers most from the Tokyo Olympics (35:00)
  • On dealing with the post-Olympics blues (40:30)
  • What farm life is like for Elle (42:45)
  • How Elle prepares and re-sets for a new racing season, and what it’s like going into each race as “the favorite” (45:15)
  • On dealing with disappointment after finishing third at USA Indoors and missing out on Team USA for that distance — and coming back to win the 3K (49:00)
  • On being asked “What’s next?” all the time (59:30)
  • The most fun Elle has ever had on the run (1:02:15)

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Elle Purrier on Episode 210 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Mar 25, 2022
499. Laura Skladzinski, Theater Kid Turned 100-Time Marathoner
01:14:34

“I got off the plane, looked out at the mountains, and just felt this sense of relaxation. Like this is where I’m supposed to be, this is where life is good. And it made no sense!”

Laura Skladzinski was a dancer and theater kid growing up. She, like many of us, hated having to run the mile in gym class. Then, at 24 years old, Laura became the youngest person at the time to complete a marathon in all 50 states, and she has gone on to run more than 100 marathons and a few ultramarathons. So, what changed? In this wide-ranging conversation, Laura talks about how she became a runner, and what her approach to running is like. She talks her decision to move from New York City to Colorado, and about becoming a town trustee in her new hometown of Superior, CO. She also talks about how difficult that role has been over the past few months, after fires tore through the town at the end of 2021. She shares what that day was like as both a homeowner in Superior and as an elected official, and about why she has decided to prioritize mental health needs both for herself and for her community in the wake of those fires. Laura works as a management consultant, and when she's not working or on the run, she's a ski instructor at Beaver Creek, a Meals on Wheels volunteer and driver, and a camp counselor at Experience Camps for Grieving Children.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • On being a town trustee in Superior, CO — and receiving more votes than any candidate in history! (6:00)
  • What brought Laura to Colorado (8:30)
  • What Young Laura was like (13:40)
  • How Laura found and fell in love with running (17:15)
  • Why Laura decided to try and run a marathon in every state (25:30)
  • How Laura felt when she completed the 50 states challenge (31:00)
  • Laura talks about being featured in a national JetBlue campaign (34:15)
  • How Laura got so fast, and what her approach to running is like (36:45)
  • How Laura became a ski instructor at Beaver Creek (44:30)
  • On taking a break, taking a leave of absence from work, and prioritizing mental health (48:00)
  • What it was like being in Superior, CO, during the fires a few months ago (52:00)
  • Why Laura chose to prioritize community-wide mental health needs after the fires (57:45)
  • On being a volunteer counselor at Experience Camps for Grieving Children (1:05:30)

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This Is Me table read

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Mar 24, 2022
498. Friendship Fest with Cara Enright Welsh & Cameron Erhardt
01:13:39

“It’s just those people when you instantly connect, and they’re one of your people. She was one of those people. And it’s so hard to find those people as adults, as we all know. She was that easy connection, easy talking to. Everything just felt like it was meant to be and meant to happen.”

Cara Enright Welsh and Cameron Erhardt are two of the nicest people on the planet — so it's no surprise this episode is warm fuzzy central. Cara and Cam met when they were both part of Nike's Project Moonshot marathon training program, and they say they became best friends the very first day they met. They immediately bonded over their mutual love for Taylor Swift and NYC "Emo Nights" ("Stay sad!"), their respective roles as the oldest of four siblings, and a shared birthday (November 5, 1990). In this conversation, Cara (a former competitive jump roper) and Cam (a former NCAA Division-1 runner) recall the day they met, and talk about the challenge of making friends and finding running buddies as an adult. Plus, Cam's stories of overcoming tough times mid-marathon and how he learned to keep moving forward, and updates from Cara on her Boston Marathon training and her relocation plans.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Cam and Cara met (4:45)
  • The role running played early in Cara and Cam’s friendship (13:20)
  • On being “twins” — and some astrology talk (24:20)
  • Cam and Cara’s biggest differences, and how they’re navigating a long-distance friendship (30:15)
  • What running looks like for Cam and Cara right now (38:55)
  • How to make running friends as an adult (46:00)
  • The moments when Cara and Cam have felt especially proud of each other (53:50)

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Cara Enright on Episode 376 of the Ali on the Run Show

George Waldron Salon

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Mar 22, 2022
497. LIVE from the NYC Half with Becs Gentry & Nev Schulman
01:13:23

"I've made it here. I'm good with that. I'm going to start this race as me. However I finish, I'm still me."

I love a live show! The day before the United Airlines NYC Half (thanks to New Balance, New York Road Runners, and the 1 Hotel Central Park South), I had the pleasure of hosting a live recording of the Ali on the Run Show with returning podcast guests Becs Gentry and Nev Schulman. (Shout-out to the live audience: You were a great crowd, and you were so much fun! Thank you for being there.) This banter-filled conversation covered everything from Becs and Nev's approaches to running and dealing with dark moments on the run, to peeing in the ocean and mastering the art of "The McDash." You'll laugh, you'll gasp (the collective sound in the room when Nev asserted that treadmill running "isn't real running," oh my...), and I hope you'll enjoy. (Oh, and by the way: The fastest marathon ever on a treadmill was run by former Ali on the Run Show guest CJ Albertson! He covered 26.2 miles on a treadmill in 2:09:58.)

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Mar 21, 2022
496. Ask Ali with Guest Host Julia Berteletti
01:02:29

"Even though I’ve been doing this for a while, and I’ve been working for myself for a long time, I still have a hard time making my own rules."

Julia Berteletti is a runner, a mom, and a dear friend — and today, she's a podcast host! On this edition of Ask Ali, returning Ali on the Run Show guest Julia is here to do all the question asking, reading your questions from Instagram. We cover everything from favorite foods and "stranded on a desert island" scenarios, to podcasting, motherhood, running, and more.

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Julia Berteletti on Episode 458 of the Ali on the Run Show

Julia Berteletti on Episode 157 of the Ali on the Run Show

Kyle Merber & Chris Chavez on Episode 489 of the Ali on the Run Show

Tracksmith Allston Long Shorts

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Mar 18, 2022
495. Betty Lindberg, 97-Year-Old World Record Holder
01:05:11

"That Saturday when I set the record and I was in the tent waiting for them to start the awards ceremony, dozens of people came up to talk to me, and they were from all over the United States! I couldn’t imagine why. I’m just doing what I like to do!"

Betty Lindberg is a local legend in her hometown of Atlanta, GA. She started running at 63 years old, and now, at 97, she's breaking world records. Last month, Betty ran the USATF Master's 5K Championships in Atlanta, and set a new world record for the 95–99 age group. (She finished in 55:48, smashing the previous record by more than 30 minutes.) Breaking that record was no accident: Betty is fiercely competitive (mostly with herself), and she takes her training seriously. (She works out six days a week. On the seventh day, she rests and enjoys her weekly hair appointment.) In this conversation, Betty shares her running story, talks about where her competitive drive comes from, and talks about her mid-race mimosa stops at the Peachtree Road Race every year. She's a legend for a reason!

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • On being a local legend (5:20)
  • Betty’s competitive nature, and what it was like when she broke her first world record at age 91 (7:45)
  • What Betty’s training and workouts are like (9:30)
  • All about the day Betty broke the 5K record (12:30)
  • How Betty celebrated her record (17:30)
  • How Betty started running — at age 63! (19:15)
  • On growing up in the 1930s: “You didn’t take part in any sports!” (23:15)
  • Why Betty wanted to run a half marathon (26:00)
  • Why Betty loves virtual racing (29:00)
  • The hip replacement that got Betty running again (37:00)
  • All about Betty’s workouts and favorite classes at the gym (40:00)
  • Betty’s advice for how to keep running into our late nineties (44:00)
  • What Betty is proudest of, and her advice for loving running (49:00)

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Mar 17, 2022
494. Friendship Fest with Jenny Grimshaw & Grace Keller
01:23:20

"I don’t think I would’ve done it if Grace hadn’t. I remember saying two things: One, 'The data says you can do it.' And two, thinking about Grace."

Jenny Grimshaw and Grace Keller have only been friends for a few years, but in that time, they've helped each other dream bigger and chase down exciting running goals. Their first endeavor together: to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. On this episode, Jenny and Grace talk about meeting when they were both living, working, and running in New York City, and share how they're now making a long-distance friendship work. (Jenny lives in San Francisco with her husband and their new baby, Tate, and she works for Glossier. Grace and her husband, a professional baseball player, live in Charlottesville, VA, where she works in the finance and investment banking industry.) Their friendship is a special one that's rooted in their unwavering support and admiration for one another. (Be prepared to shed a tear or two when Grace talks about what she wrote in her journal after Jenny raced that California International Marathon.)

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Grace and Jenny met (5:25)
  • How Grace and Jenny became friends (9:45)
  • On training to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials (14:30)
  • Reflecting on Grace’s Philadelphia Marathon in 2019, when she qualified for the Olympic Trials (22:00)
  • Looking back on Jenny’s CIM race in 2019, when she qualified for the Olympic Trials (31:45)
  • What it was like getting to run the Olympic Marathon Trials together (35:15)
  • How Jenny and Grace got so close (48:15)
  • Why Jenny and Grace’s recent visit in San Francisco was so powerful and important (51:30)
  • What’s next on the run for Jenny and Grace (58:00)
  • Jenny and Grace’s proudest moments in their friendship (1:02:20)

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Jenny Donnelly on Episode 215 of the Ali on the Run Show

Jenny & Judi Donnelly on Episode 193 of the Ali on the Run Show

Take the Bridge

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Mar 15, 2022
493. Molly Huddle & Sara Slattery, "How She Did It" Co-Authors
01:12:28

“These women are stone-cold killers on the track, so you’re just like, ‘I can’t believe you feel that way!’ But it’s really helpful for anyone who’s dealing with that to know, ‘Hey, these women had to overcome that.’ It was hurting their performance for a while and they had to figure out a way.”

Molly Huddle and Sara Slattery are incredible runners, incredible women, wonderful role models, and now, they can officially say they are published authors. Today, professional runner Molly Huddle and former pro Sara Slattery are here to talk all about their new book, How She Did It. Consider this book the ultimate roadmap for female distance runners. It includes advice from experts, plus stories, interviews, and profiles from 50 legendary women in the sport (many of whom you know, love, and have heard right here on the Ali on the Run Show). In this conversation, Molly and Sara talk about the inspiration for the book, how it actually came to be, and how they tackled the difficult task of which stories to include in the book. Plus, they talk about their friendship, Sara talks about being the head men's and women's cross-country coach at Grand Canyon University (she coaches one of Sara and Ryan Hall's daughters!), and Molly offers a pregnancy update (she's due at the end of April!).

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Molly and Sara met (4:55)
  • Where the idea for “How She Did It” came from (8:00)
  • What adult runners can take from this book (12:30)
  • The process of getting a book published (14:50)
  • How Sara and Molly decided who to include in the book (18:50)
  • How do you know when you’ve made it? (23:40)
  • The stories Molly and Sara knew needed to be in the book (27:20)
  • The biggest surprises from the book (36:20)
  • What it’s like coaching Sara and Ryan Hall’s daughter (44:00)
  • The personal reflections inspired by the book (46:45)
  • On taking the mental side of training seriously (50:00)
  • The women Molly and Sara are excited about right now (55:45)
  • How do we not feel discouraged by doping in the sport? (58:30)
  • Molly and Sara’s advice for longevity — and unlimited PRs — in the sport (1:02:40)
  • Molly offers a pregnancy update (1:07:20)

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How She Did It

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

Molly Huddle on Episode 391 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Mar 14, 2022
492. Beyond the Run with Stephanie Roth Goldberg, LCSW, CEDS
01:08:01

"I found myself when I found running."

Stephanie Roth Goldberg is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, and certified eating disorder specialist in New York City. And when she offers a listening ear and advice for her clients, she's able to do that as both a trained professional and as someone who personally has been through it. In this conversation, Stephanie shares her experiences with substance abuse and addiction and disordered eating as a teen and young adult. She talks about going to rehab for the first time at 14 years old, and about how she ultimately found recovery. And she talks about finding running — and finding herself in the process. In addition to sharing her story on this episode, Stephanie — who is an an Ironman and mom of two living in Montclair, NJ — offers advice about developing a healthy relationship with exercise, dealing with anxiety, and building a mental wellness toolbox (or Caboodle).

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What Stephanie was like as a teenager, and her experiences with substance abuse and an eating disorder (6:00)
  • How Stephanie found running (24:00)
  • How Stephanie’s relationship with running has evolved, and whether that relationship has always been healthy (31:30)
  • How do you know if your relationship with running is healthy? (35:45)
  • On triggers (40:30)
  • Intuitive eating 101 (41:45)
  • How Stephanie became an Ironman (44:10)
  • What running looks like for Stephanie right now (50:30)
  • How to deal when “something’s gotta give” (55:00)
  • Stephanie’s favorite form of self-care (1:01:30)

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Rachel Wyman on Episode 281 of the Ali on the Run Show

Rachel Wyman on Episode 166 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Mar 11, 2022
491. Olivia Baker, Professional 800m Runner for Atlanta Track Club Elite
01:07:56

"I was a complete mess. I was so emotional about it, so excited, so just…relieved to have come in, having a lot of momentum, knowing this was a possibility, and then completing a mission."

Olivia Baker is on fire. The professional runner for Atlanta Track Club Elite just competed at the USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships where she finished second in the 800m, officially making her first senior world championship team. She'll head to Serbia later this month to represent Team USA at Indoor World Championships. In this conversation, Olivia reflects on the road to Team USA, including dealing with disappointment after last summer's U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials, weighing the decision of whether or not to attend medical school, and ultimately joining Atlanta Track Club Elite instead. She gushes about her teammates, talks about the tough times and low moments, and shares her confidence journey. Plus, commentating, book clubs, chocolate milkshakes, and more.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How it feels to be representing Team USA, and what the start line felt like at USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships (4:50)
  • On knowing when it’s time to kick (6:45)
  • That finish line feeling (10:15)
  • Did this feel like the “more” Olivia wanted two years ago? (14:15)
  • Olivia’s relationship with Ajeé Wilson (14:50)
  • What Olivia’s training will look like between now and World Championships in Serbia, and what the travel there is expected to be like (18:45)
  • The impact Olivia’s coaches and teammates have had on her (25:30)
  • What Young Olivia was like, learning to get over being “obsessively afraid of racing,” and how she’s learned to deal with disappointment (35:45)
  • Olivia’s decision not to attend medical school last year (40:45)
  • Why Olivia joined Atlanta Track Club Elite (45:30)
  • On confidence, commentating, and book clubs (51:00)

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Allie Wilson on Episode 469 of the Ali on the Run Show

"Dear Younger Me," by Olivia Baker for MileSplit

A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio

Grit by Angela Duckworth

Let’s Get Physical by Danielle Friedman

Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Tom Holland on Lip Sync Battle

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Mar 10, 2022
490. Celebrating International Women's Day with Sara Hall, Emily Sisson, & Emma Bates
01:09:02

"We have all become the women we are today because of other women." —Emma Bates

It was a great privilege to get to host this virtual live show on International Women's Day with three UCAN-sponsored professional athletes: Sara Hall, Emily Sisson, and Emma Bates. All three of these women were fresh off three different races — the Tokyo Marathon for Sara, a win at the Gate River Run 15K for Emily, and The TEN on the track for Emma — so in addition to recapping their recent race experiences, we also talked about the power of women in sports. Sara, Emily, and Emma talk about the women who have pushed and inspired them in their respective careers, they talk about who they love racing against, and they talk about confidence on and off the roads.

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Sara Hall on Episode 459 of the Ali on the Run Show

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

Emily Sisson & Shane Quinn on Episode 479 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Sisson on Episode 394 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Sisson on Episode 234 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Sisson on Episode 169 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emma Bates on Episode 444 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Mar 09, 2022
489. Friendship Fest with Kyle Merber & Chris Chavez
01:05:08

"We’re track and field’s biggest hype people, and we want to share the joy of the sport with as many people as possible."

You'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who loves track and field more than the dynamic duo ("the greatest bromance in track and field") of Chris Chavez and Kyle Merber. This week, we're turning our Friendship Fest attention to the guys. Chris is the founder of Citius Mag, host of the Citius Mag podcast, former Sports Illustrated journalist, director of the Magic Boost program, and one of the nicest, hardest-working people in the industry. Kyle is a former professional runner (a 3:52 miler! he won the Millrose Games mile as a high schooler!) who retired in 2020, and now works full-time for American Express while also managing The Lap Count newsletter and navigating life as a new dad. Chris and Kyle started as friends (you'll get that full story in this episode), and now work together as collaborators and track and field commentators. In this conversation, they share their enthusiasm for the sport, talk about what it's like when they run together (it's more fun for one of them than it is for the other), and share their big dreams for the future.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Chris and Kyle recall their first meeting (7:00)
  • Why Kyle wanted Chris to help tell his retirement story (11:50)
  • How Chris and Kyle are working together right now (14:25)
  • Chris and Kyle, track and field commentators (22:45)
  • What to expect from Chris and Kyle this summer (33:15)
  • On running together (35:15)
  • What Chris and Kyle are excited about in running right now (37:40)
  • Chris and Kyle share the moments when they were especially proud of each other (44:00)

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Chris Chavez on Episode 262 of the Ali on the Run Show

Trials of Miles

The Real Maine documentary

Citius Mag podcast: Kyle Merber Exit Interview and The Importance of Sharing the Athlete Story

The Magic Boost program

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Mar 08, 2022
488. Camille Herron, U.S. 100-Mile Road Champion & World Record Holder
01:18:58

“It could be two o’clock in the afternoon and the sun’s beating down on us, and I’m just smiling. I’m gritting my teeth through the afternoon sun, and still believing I can push through it.”

On February 18, renowned ultra runner Camille Herron made history — again. The queen of the ultra scene ran and won the USATF 100-Mile Road Championships in Henderson, NV, and not only won the race outright (the first male finisher was half an hour behind her), she broke her own 100-mile world record by 89 seconds, finishing in 12 hours 41 minutes and 11 seconds. That's a 7:36 per mile pace on an 85-lap course. On this episode, Camille (who turned 40 on Christmas) talks all about that race, including how she prepped for it, her goals going into the race, and how she has tweaked her training and lifestyle habits in order to "age like a fine wine," she says. Plus, how she got into running and ultras, and where her always-happy demeanor came from.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Camille’s feeling since running the USATF 100-Mile Road Championship (4:05)
  • What Young Camille was like, and how she found and fell in love with running (6:25)
  • Reflecting on the USATF 100-Mile Road Championship, and what Camille’s goals were going into the race (14:00)
  • What Camille’s training is like (18:25)
  • Why Camille started working with a registered dietitian (23:50)
  • The lifestyle choices Camille has made recently so she can perform at her best (32:45)
  • All about the 85-lap 100-Mile Road Championship course, and how Camille broke it down mentally (36:35)
  • How Camille was feeling at the start line (44:30)
  • The pressure of being Camille Herron (47:00)
  • How Camille felt during the first half of the race (49:25)
  • How Camille pushed through the “dark parts” of the race (55:00)
  • That finish line feeling (59:30)
  • How Camille celebrated (1:05:00)
  • Camille’s advice for the ultra-curious (1:08:00)

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Camille Herron in the New York Times

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Mar 03, 2022
487. Friendship Fest with Emily Infeld & Aisha Praught Leer
01:15:57

“When I met Aisha, I was like, ‘Oh, we’re gonna be friends forever.’”

Emily Infeld and Aisha Praught Leer are professional runners and Olympians, and despite never sharing a coach, team, or hometown, they have the type of friendship that transcends all of that. On this episode, Aisha and Emily talk about how they met, share their first impressions of each other, and talk about how they bonded long-distance in the early days of their professional careers. We get some big life updates: Emily officially announces who she's being coached by since leaving the Bowerman Track Club, and Aisha talks about how her return to running has been going since having surgery to repair her torn meniscus after last year's Tokyo Olympics. Plus, LOL-worthy stories about Emily behind the wheel, Aisha in the pool, and so much more.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • When and how Emily and Aisha met (6:00)
  • Emily and Aisha recall their first impressions of each other, and talk about how their friendship progressed (10:55)
  • The time Emily taught Aisha how to swim — kind of (18:00)
  • On running together and making a long-distance friendship work (19:40)
  • How Emily and Aisha are alike, and how they’re different (26:00)
  • What Emily and Aisha talk about, and what they’re each like when the other is racing (38:00)
  • What’s new with Aisha (43:00)
  • What’s new with Emily (52:10)
  • Emily and Aisha talk about moments when they’ve felt especially proud of each other (1:04:20)

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Emily Infeld on Episode 400 of the Ali on the Run Show

Aisha Praught Leer on Episode 462 of the Ali on the Run Show

Aisha Praught Leer on Episode 415 of the Ali on the Run Show

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

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Mar 01, 2022
486. Beyond the Run with Jess Movold
01:20:07

"I didn’t prepare for it. I wasn’t ready for it. It was very, very hard, and dark, and scary."

Welcome to the second episode in the new Beyond the Run series on the Ali on the Run Show. Twice a month, we're checking in with industry experts, professional runners, and everyday runners to talk about the intersection of running and mental wellness. (The first episode in this series with Dr. Ian Nurse and Emily Saul was a must-listen.) Today, running and strength coach Jess Movold returns to the show to talk about her pregnancy (she's currently 21 weeks along with her first baby, a boy!) and how she's coped with the physical and emotional changes in her life. It's an honest, vulnerable conversation about expectations vs. reality, dealing with dark days, and how life is changing on the run and beyond.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Jess shares her experience running the Austin Half Marathon at 21 weeks pregnant (5:10)
  • Jess’s relationship with her dad (11:40)
  • How Jess found out she was pregnant, and what it was like running the New York City Marathon a few weeks into her pregnancy (20:00)
  • The story of Kelly (31:00)
  • Expectations vs. reality (35:00)
  • How Jess is dealing with the tough days (46:15)
  • Body talk (50:00)
  • Why Jess says mental wellness “is everything” (1:05:30)
  • Jess offers runners a pre-race pep talk — and tries to convince us all to do 10 push-ups (1:08:30)

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Jess Movold on Episode 249 of the Ali on the Run Show

Jess Movold on Episode 147 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Feb 25, 2022
485. Nev Schulman, Host of MTV’s Catfish & 2:58 Marathoner
01:26:41

“My default is trusting and looking for the good. I want to believe that people are telling me the truth when I talk to them. I assume they are. I just generally find that I always give people the benefit of the doubt and assume they’re honest and well intentioned. Obviously that’s not true. But that sort of naïveté, if you will — which definitely led to me getting catfished — has strangely served me well. I’m so glad I got duped by that woman.”

Nev Schulman is best known as the star of the 2010 award-winning documentary Catfish, and now as the host of the MTV show of the same name. (My mom knows — and adores — him as the runner-up from Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars.) But when he's not seeking scammers, he's likely on the run. Nev is a 2:58 marathoner who is currently training to run the New York City Half Marathon, where he hopes to run a personal best (sub-1:25). On this episode, Nev talks about what it was like growing up near the New York City Marathon finish line and getting to watch the race with his dad (also a 2:58 marathoner!) every year. He talks about becoming a dad himself (he and his wife have three children) and the unexpected effects of fame on both him and his family. He talks about hitting rock bottom at 19, and about how he learned not to let the hardest time in his life define him forever. And he talks about his empathetic and compassionate outlook on life, and how he's able to remain optimistic in this world, even after being catfished himself. Plus, all about his running story, including how he got started running at age 30, his favorite New York City Marathon memories, and more.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Today in the life of Nev (4:30)
  • How Nev got into running (8:25)
  • Nev shares his love for dance and talks about what it was like being on Dancing with the Stars (17:15)
  • How Nev got his start in film production (24:50)
  • On fame (34:00)
  • How Nev keeps seeing the good in the world (43:00)
  • How Nev became a marathoner (49:50)
  • How Nev ran a 2:58 marathon (1:01:10)
  • Nev’s new friendship with Alexi Pappas (1:07:25)
  • What’s next for Nev on the run (1:11:10)

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Feb 24, 2022
484. Friendship Fest with Nell Rojas & Hiruni Wijayaratne
01:20:08

"I would declare war on all of your enemies."

Welcome to Friendship Fest! Starting today and for the next seven weeks, we'll be hearing from runner friends about how they met, the role running plays in their friendship, and what big dreams and goals they share for the future. (Consider it Love on the Run, friendship-style!) We're kicking things off today with Boulder-based besties and professional marathon runners Nell Rojas and Hiruni Wijayaratne. Nell and Hiruni are both coached by Ric Rojas (Nell's dad), and we recorded this conversation while they were at training camp in Phoenix. They share the stories of how they met, why Hiruni joined Nell and Ric's training group, what it was like running the first 20 miles of CIM together in December, and how they handle it when one of them has a great race or workout and the other doesn't.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What Nell and Hiruni are up to in Phoenix (6:00)
  • How Nell and Hiruni met (13:25)
  • What it was like when Nell and Hiruni started training together (22:30)
  • How Nell and Hiruni are similar, how they’re different, and what they’re like when they run together (26:00)
  • On running CIM together in December (40:00)
  • Nell reflects on her race at the Houston Half Marathon in January (48:25)
  • Nell talks about signing with adidas and what she did first after making it official (55:00)
  • Nell and Hiruni talk about when they’ve felt especially proud of each other (59:20)

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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

Hiruni Wijayaratne on Episode 466 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Feb 22, 2022
483. Ask Ali with Guest Host Molly Burke
01:19:36

“I can only show up and do my best every time. And sometimes my best will be the best. And other times it won’t. And that’s fine. I think.”

Welcome to the first Ask Ali episode of 2022! This time, instead of answering listener voicemails, I've enlisted Molly Burke to facilitate, and we're answering questions I received before and after the 2022 State of the Ali on the Run Show episode. It's a lot of behind-the-scenes-of-the-podcast stuff, a lot of questions about my goals for the show, and a good amount of self-reflection. Also a surprising number of bear references.

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Molly Burke on Episode 455 of the Ali on the Run Show

The 2022 State of the Ali on the Run Show

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Feb 18, 2022
482. Girl Talk with Molly Seidel & Anoush Arakelian
01:19:29

"I’ve been working a lot on just being able to own who I am in this sport. Things have changed so drastically over the last two years, so it’s coming to terms with that, of going from someone who was going to quit the sport to now someone who is one of the better-known names in the sport. That’s been a weird transition for me, honestly."

Last week, Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel shared a dating-related post on Instagram. And to say it was the talk of the running world (and far beyond) would be an understatement. The post prompted all kinds of reactions (it currently has more than 2,100 comments — nearly double the response Molly received when she posted about running the New York City Marathon in November and breaking the American course record), and Molly returns to the show today to talk about all of it. We're joined by mutual friend, running coach, MyStryde Boston instructor, and 3:11 marathoner Anoush Arakelian, and we're talking about why that post struck a chord for so many. Plus, dating talk, confidence talk, mental health talk, and Boston Marathon talk. (If you're running the race this April, Coach Anoush has some advice for you!) What started as a fun and lighthearted Galentine's Day (and Super Bowl Sunday) girl talk session turned into so much more. Bottom line: You're a 10.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • An update on where Molly keeps her Olympic medal (3:45)
  • How Anoush met her boyfriend (7:20)
  • Boston Marathon goals and advice (9:20)
  • All about that now-viral Bumble post (13:30)
  • Jon Green and Molly Seidel are NOT dating! (23:00)
  • How Anoush and Molly met, and more dating talk (25:00)
  • Emotions and running (37:00)
  • What Molly is doing to improve her confidence (41:30)
  • On reading LetsRun, and why Molly does it (47:15)
  • Dream date talk, and listener dating disaster stories (56:50)

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Molly Seidel on Episode 420 of the Ali on the Run Show

Molly Seidel on Episode 341 of the Ali on the Run Show

Ian Nurse & Emily Saul on Episode 474 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Feb 17, 2022
481. Love on the Run with Josette Norris & Robby Andrews
01:37:03
"Moral of the story is if a girl is gonna stick around you when you’re sleeping until 12:30 in the afternoon, she probably likes you. Marry her."

Happy Valentine's Day! Welcome to the seventh and final episode in this year's Love on the Run Week series. Today, Jersey is in the house! Professional runners Josette Norris and Robby Andrews join the show to talk about the first time they met, the actual first time they met, and what they're each like on the sidelines when the other is racing (spoiler: loud!). Josette signed with Reebok in 2020, and is fresh off a breakout year where everyone was talking about "Josette Norris from New Jersey." And 2022 is already off to a solid start for her, with personal bests in the 1500m and the 3000m. Robby is in his tenth year competing as a professional athlete. He is sponsored by adidas, and is a 2016 Olympian: He competed in the 1500m in Rio. In this conversation, Josette and Robby (who got engaged in 2020) keep it fun talking about Robby meeting Barack and Michelle Obama and about how wedding planning is going. But they also talk about dealing with tough stuff, like Robby's experiences with Lyme disease, injuries, and surgeries, and Josette's experience being thrust into the running spotlight last year, and how she handled that. Robby offers an epic answer to the "What food would you make for Josette?" question in the Sprint, and they talk about what's on tap for 2022.

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Feb 14, 2022
480. Love on the Run with Sinclaire Johnson & Craig Nowak
01:04:07

"I feel like I’m the best version of myself when he’s around."

It's a big weekend for professional runners Sinclaire Johnson and Craig Nowak! Sinclaire and her Union Athletics Club teammates just broke the DMR (distance medley relay) world record in Spokane, WA (Sinclaire ran the 800m leg), and Craig was tasked with pacing 1500m and the 3K. But when they're not racing, pacing, or record-breaking, Sinclaire and Craig live and train together in Portland, OR. On this episode, they share the story of how they met (at Oklahoma State University, where Sinclaire was a freshman and Craig was a fifth year senior), what it was like dating long-distance after Craig graduated, and moving in together. Sinclaire, an NCAA 1500m champion who signed with Nike after graduating, talks about her decision to leave the Bowerman Track Club last year and to join Union Athletics Club, where she is coached by Pete Julian. She talks about having that conversation with former coaches Jerry Schumacher and Shalane Flanagan, and about why the Bowerman training style wasn't working for her. And Craig talks about becoming "the pacer guy," about his role as an official pacer on race day, and about how he navigates his own racing goals with his pacing duties.

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Sinclaire Johnson on Episode 373 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Feb 13, 2022
479. Love on the Run with Emily Sisson & Shane Quinn
01:09:35

“It was that classic thing of, ‘Want to go study together?’ with no actual interest in studying whatsoever.”

In the summer of 2011, the northeast was preparing to get hit by Hurricane Irene. At Providence College in Rhode Island, a group of students gathered in a dorm room to ride out the storm together. Two of those students, both at Providence to run competitively, were Emily Sisson and Shane Quinn. On this episode, professional runner Emily and mental health counselor Shane talk about why they were immediately attracted to each other (no "speed goggles" necessary), and how their relationship started (shout-out to the Providence Place mall!). They reflect on major moments in Emily's running career, like winning the 10K at the U.S. Olympic Team Track & Field Trials last summer, and talk about what it was like when Emily competed at the Olympics but Shane couldn't be there with her. Plus, exciting life updates: Emily and Shane (and their two dogs, Desmond and Tori) just moved to Flagstaff, AZ!

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Emily Sisson on Episode 394 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Sisson on Episode 234 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily Sisson on Episode 169 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Feb 12, 2022
478. Love on the Run with Annie Frisbie & Dhru Patel
01:04:03

“I thought he just wanted to be my friend!”

Love on the Run Week, day four! Today we're joined by Minnesota Distance Elite's Annie Frisbie and Dhru Patel. Annie is in the midst of a breakout year on the run. She made her marathon debut at the TCS New York City Marathon in November, where she ran a 2:26, finishing seventh overall and as the third American woman. That time was the fourth-fastest marathon debut by an American woman. Then, Annie signed her first professional sponsorship deal with Puma. Last month, she raced for the first time in her new kit and shoes at the Houston Half Marathon, running a 1:10, finishing 10th, and immediately saying she was "hungry for more." When she's not running professionally, Annie is a graphic designer. On this episode, we hear all about that day in New York City from Annie's perspective, and from Dhru's, who was there to support his girlfriend and teammate. Dhru explains why he's taking a running and training break right now, and about what his days look like without running and competing. Dhru is perhaps best known for making history in April 2019. He was a senior accounting major at North Central College and ran the 5,000 meters at a meet at Stanford. Dhru finished in 13:51, breaking a 42-year division-three record.

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Dakotah Lindwurm on Episode 476 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Feb 11, 2022
477. Love on the Run with Natalie & Jerold Mitchell
01:10:28

"I was like, you know what, any woman who can hop over a fence in a dress — I need to know more about her!"

It's day three of Love on the Run Week, and Natalie and Jerold Mitchell are here! Natalie and Jerold have been married for more than two decades, and have three children together. They live in Los Angeles, where Jerold works in human resources, Natalie is a run coach (she's also a 12-time marathoner with a 3:05 personal best), and they co-host the Suite Run podcast. On this episode, they talk about the first time they met (Natalie was not interested), about bonding at a friend's wedding, and about dating long-distance for two years before Jerold moved to L.A. to be with Natalie. Jerold shares the story of surprising Natalie by running a marathon with the hopes of proposing at the finish line — and they laugh about how that story actually played out. (You will, too.) Plus, they share the highs and lows of working together, and Natalie offers an update on her goals to qualify for the Olympic Trials in the marathon.

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Natalie Mitchell on Episode 307 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Feb 10, 2022
476. Love on the Run with Nikki Hiltz & Emma Gee
01:16:18

“Emma was my calm within the storm.”

It's the second day of Love on the Run Week, and today we're joined by Nikki Hiltz and Emma Gee. Nikki is a professional runner specializing in the 1500 meters, and Emma was a standout collegiate runner at Brigham Young University and Temple University. Together, they're a total dream team, and they're incredible advocates for the LGBTQ+ community. (Run the Pride 5K!) Last year, Nikki came out as transgender nonbinary, telling the world, "The best way I can explain my gender is as fluid." Nikki's pronouns are they/them; Emma's pronouns are she/her. Nikki and Emma are wise and introspective, and they love self-discovery. On this episode, they talk about how they met (for the first time in a town called Hurricane!), why they fell in love, and what their relationship has been like. They talk about the good and bad sides of using their voices, and Nikki offers some sponsorship updates.

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Nikki Hiltz on Episode 294 of the Ali on the Run Show

Nikki Hiltz on Episode 170 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emma Gee on Episode 309 of the Ali on the Run Show

The Queer Athlete podcast

Myers-Briggs test (I’m ESFJ — The Consul!)

The 5 Love Languages (I’m words of affirmation!)

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Feb 09, 2022
475. Love on the Run with Keira & Anthony D'Amato
01:19:52

“Our love story is a pretty long, funny one.”

Welcome to Love on the Run Week 2022! On tap: seven days, seven episodes, seven couples sharing their love stories. Prepare for lots of laughs, awwwwws, and warm fuzzies leading up to Valentine's Day. These guests — all at different stages in their relationships — will share how they met, the best parts of their relationships, the challenges, and the role running plays throughout it all.

First up: Keira and Anthony D'Amato! Keira is the newly-crowned American record holder in the marathon, and she'll be the first to tell you that she couldn't and wouldn't have run that 2:19:12 at the Houston Marathon without "Team D'Amato." And yeah, she's the fastest marathoner in the country right now, but Keira and Anthony are all about fun. Everything they do is in pursuit of a good time, from smashing records to organizing food bracket challenges with their kids, Tommy and Quin. On this episode, we'll hear all about what went down in Houston, Keira and Anthony's Vegas wedding, and the time Anthony secretly ate all the hidden Halloween candy.

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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

Calum Neff on Episode 470 of the Ali on the Run Show

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Feb 08, 2022
474. Beyond the Run with Dr. Ian Nurse & Emily Saul
01:30:20

"Running is hard. Races are hard. So let’s expect that."

Welcome to Beyond the Run — a new series on the Ali on the Run Show focusing on the mental side of running. Twice a month, we'll hear from professional athletes, everyday runners, and experts in their fields about the impact running can have on our emotional well-being.

We're kicking things off today with two experts.

Dr. Ian Nurse is a chiropractor, 25-time marathoner (with a 2:25 personal best), dad of two, and owner of Wellness in Motion Boston, where he treats the everyday and amateur runner, movie stars, musicians, and professional athletes including Molly Seidel, Elle Purrier St. Pierre, and Heather MacLean. (And he treats me!) Ian is all about taking a holistic approach to his treatment, which is why in addition to his staff of chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists, he also brought Emily Saul onto the team.

You may remember Emily Saul — the collegiate rower turned marathoner and co-leader of November Project Boston — from Episode 59 of the Ali on the Run Show. She's a licensed mental health counselor with a Master's degree in sports psychology, and she's the founder of E Saul Movement.

In this unexpectedly personal conversation (two of us cried!), Ian talks about how runners can take care of their bodies this year, and Emily speaks to the mental side of it all. They talk about working with Molly Seidel the day before the 2021 New York City Marathon, and Ian talks about his struggles with aging on the run and how Emily has helped him work through that. Plus, dealing with injuries, how to know when to "push through the pain," and what seeing a sports psychologist is actually like.

SPONSOR: New Balance — Go to newbalance.com/beyondtherun to learn more about how New Balance is supporting the conversations around mental wellness in running. (And check out my current favorite jacket, joggers, and long-sleeve shirts.)

What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How are you doing? (8:30)
  • How Ian got connected with and started treating professional runners, and his approach to treating runners in pain (15:30)
  • Ian and Emily’s work with Molly Seidel before the 2021 New York City Marathon (27:50)
  • What a first-time session with Emily is like (43:15)
  • Ian’s role in a patient’s treatment (50:00)
  • On getting older as a runner, and why Ian started seeing Emily — as a patient (54:00)
  • The most-common complaints Ian and Emily hear from their patients and clients (1:04:30)
  • Something Ian and Emily want runners to add to or remove from their lives to live and run happier (1:16:00)

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Feb 04, 2022
473. Emily Oster, Economist, Author, Professor, Runner
01:06:45

"Running has served many purposes over my whole life. But in this particular set of moments now — where so much of what I’m doing is not exactly about metrics, but about data and trying to achieve or accomplish something — I realized that trying to meet some particular bar or some standard with running was not the relationship I wanted to have with that activity. I want running to be something I do for me... It’s supposed to be fun."

If you're a parent, you're probably familiar with Emily Oster. She's an economist and professor of economics at Brown University, but among the child-rearing set, she's best known as the author of Expecting Better, Cribsheet, and The Family Firm. And while the media loves to call Emily a "parenting expert," Emily's actual goal is to use a data-driven approach to help parents feel more relaxed about their decisions. And while Emily swears by research and numbers in most aspects of her life, there's one area where she opts to ditch the data: on the run. Emily is a lifelong runner, and on this episode she talks about how she got into running, how she finds time to run as a busy mom of two, and how her relationship with running has evolved over the past few years.

SPONSOR: Shokz — Visit shokz.com/ontherun for 15% off wireless headphones.

What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How was Emily’s run today? (5:30)
  • How Emily became an author who tackles hot parenting topics from a data-driven perspective (9:15)
  • Why Emily wants to create a world with more relaxed pregnant women and parents (14:00)
  • Why Emily started diving into pandemic-related data in March 2020 (20:00)
  • On tackling tough topics, and having thick skin (23:30)
  • What are Emily’s work-life boundaries like these days? (28:00)
  • Emily’s approach to running (34:00)
  • How Emily got into running, and what her family and childhood were like (36:45)
  • Emily’s advice for aspiring early morning runners (49:00)
  • Emily’s advice for parents who are having a tough time right now, and advice for device-addicted runners (57:30)

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"Emily Oster: Through the Looking Glass," via Tracksmith

Shake-N-Wake Vibrating Alarm

"Anxious? You are not alone."

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Feb 03, 2022
472. Emilia Benton, Boston Marathon Qualifier
59:41

“I think this time was a long time coming. I just had to believe in myself more than anything.”

The last time freelance journalist Emilia Benton was on the Ali on the Run Show, she talked about her longtime dream to qualify for the Boston Marathon. And she just kicked off 2022 by doing exactly that: running a nearly 16-minute personal best and earning a Boston qualifying time at the Houston Marathon. (Emilia's official finish time: 3:30:14!) On this episode, Emilia talks all about how she made that 12-year dream come true in Houston. She talks about the game-changing decision to hire professional runner Nell Rojas as her coach, and about what working with Nell was like throughout her marathon build-up. (Read more about their experience working together in Women's Running here.) Emilia talks about dealing with setbacks on the run, including a hip injury that sidelined her early in this training cycle, and about how she never stopped believing in herself along the way.

SPONSOR: Shokz — Visit shokz.com/ontherun for 15% off wireless headphones.

What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Emilia’s feeling after racing the Houston Marathon (3:30)
  • When the dream of Boston Qualifying first entered Emilia’s mind (4:30)
  • Emilia’s plan to run the 2021 New York City Marathon, and her decision to hire coach Nell Rojas (6:45)
  • Why Houston? (19:45)
  • On running CIM as a workout, and other confidence-boosting experiences leading up to Houston (21:00)
  • What it was like being at the Houston Marathon as a member of the media, an ambassador, and a race participant (23:00)
  • How Emilia was feeling on race day (27:10)
  • Emilia’s goals and plans for race day (33:00)
  • On keeping it fun (42:30)
  • When Emilia knew she was going to BQ (46:20)
  • Emilia’s post-race thoughts (51:00)
  • How Emilia shaved 16 minutes off her marathon PR (52:30)

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Emilia Benton on Episode 340 of the Ali on the Run Show

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

Calum Neff on Episode 470 of the Ali on the Run Show

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