All About Ali

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Hi! I’m Ali. I’m a freelance writer and editor, podcast host, runner, blogger, and very proud human mom to Annie (born October 2018) and dog mom to Ellie (born September 2015, probably). Welcome to Ali on the Run

I started this blog in October 2010 in an effort to make friends and find like-minded people in my Manhattan hometown. It worked! I have friends now! Ali On The Run was intended to be a running-focused blog, and for a long time it was, particularly as I trained for my first marathon, the Hamptons Marathon, in 2011.



Since then, it’s become a bit more personal, and I’ve broadened my scope (and my nonexistent personal boundaries) to write about my forays into spinning (I’m a SoulCycle girl), yoga (Lyons Den Power Yoga is my happy home base), Orangetheory, and working out with November Project.

I grew up in Contoocook, NH, then went to college at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism and minored in Spanish. I’ve gotten a ton of use out of one of those degrees, and use the other one when I’ve had too many mojitos. So bueno. I was also the captain of the university’s competitive kickline team.

I moved to New York City in 2007, and was a Manhattan girl until moving to a semi-suburban lifestyle in Weehawken, NJ, just across the Hudson. I loved my nine-ish years on the island, but now I’m totally digging grass, fresh air, and an 8-minutes-to-midtown ferry commute. It’s the perfect place for our family of four.

Here are some more fun facts about me…

I’m a runner. I was a dancer my whole life, but when I moved to NYC I realized I needed to learn “fitness” or something. So my roommate at the time (a Craigslist success story!) taught me how to buy running shoes and “run.” She got me signed up for my first race in 2008 — a 4-miler in Central Park — and I was hooked. I chased that race with a few half-marathons and, in 2011, ran my first marathon.

I have Crohn’s disease. I was diagnosed when I was 7 years old. The disease got particularly bad in the past few years, even forcing me onto medical leave from my job for a while. I’ve tried all the medications, treatments, and diets out there — including a wonderfully successful but short-term clinical trial — and some worked a bit, but none for the long-term. I’m currently on Stelara, and continue having flares and working through them as best I can.

I’m a freelance writer and editor. My dream job growing up was to be editor in chief of Dance Spirit magazine. So I interned there during my senior year of college and, upon graduation, got hired as the magazine’s first-ever web editor. I worked my way up — through associate editor, deputy editor, and deputy editor in chief — and was the magazine’s EIC for two years. I loved it. After that, I was the digital and editorial manager at JackRabbit Sports. Now I’m a freelance writer and editor, focused mainly on women’s health, fitness, nutrition, and wellness.

On set with Dance Spirit and Shaping Sound. Fun day in L.A.!

On set with Dance Spirit and Shaping Sound. Fun day in L.A.!

I’m married to a very nice and handsome and patient and hardworking man named Brian. Here’s our little love story. He owns an ad agency and is a badass. I like that about him. And he looks like Jason Bateman.

If I could eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be: Chocolate soufflé. Or warm bread with a little butter and salt.

Greatest fears: Snakes. Hairless cats. Stonehenge. In that order.

Favorite movies: Center Stage. The Greatest Showman. Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again. Crazy Rich Asians. Pitch Perfect. Zoolander. Step Brothers. High School Musical.

Favorite music: Celine Dion, Girl Talk, Ellie Goulding, Pitbull, and Enrique Iglesias. All at the same time. With the Barden Bellas.

What always makes me cry: Catching even a glimpse of the movie Stepmom. The Season 1 finale of “The OC” when Ryan Atwood leaves the Cohen poolhouse to go raise his stupid love child with Theresa. That horrible “Christmas Shoes” song. And videos about three-legged dogs or dogs with no legs who learn to walk and run and be really successful.

If I were a TV character, I would be… I’d love to say I’d be a really pulled-together version of Serena van der Woodsen from “Gossip Girl” with the quirkiness and adorableness of Summer Roberts from “The OC.” But no. I’m neurotic like Claire Dunphy from “Modern Family,” kind of uptight and loud like Monica Gellar/Bing from “Friends,” and obsessed with being in control a la Leslie Knope from “Parks and Recreation.” Low-key dream girl.

Anything else you’d like to know? Want to talk some more? I would love that. I’m an OK pen-pal. Not great. Shoot me an email at

71 Responses to "All About Ali"

I love this list! I need to make an About Me page and I am tempted to borrow this format.

I love love love making lists, so I recommend it! Plus, it’s much easier to read than a super long essay about yourself.

Woah nelly, how about them apslpe!

Hey I know where Contoocook is! 🙂 I’m currently living in the Wolfeboro area….Originally from GA, so NH is wayyy different. But, I love it!

Wow, people never know Contoocook! That’s fantastic that you’ve actually heard of it. Wolfeboro is beautiful, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I’m definitely jealous that you’re in NH during the fall. It’s the best.

It is the best ever! I’ve never seen leaves this bright!

Full of salient points. Don’t stop beinveilg or writing!

just came across your site today!! Nice to meet you:) I too danced the majority of my life and LOVE LOVE LOVE anything dance..I never liked to run but now I find it gives me the same feeling of clarity..they way dancing used to make me feel!! I am planning my first 1/2 in May 2011!!!

Just found your blog! I’m from NH too! I look forward to exploring your posts! 🙂

Hey Ali!! I just found your blog, and I am loving it! We have a ton in common (i’m a huuuge runner, too!) and I just love your zest for life! Looking forward to reading more 🙂

I had to stop by your blog after I saw on Meghann’s that you’re originally from NH – there’s hardly any bloggers that live/have lived here 🙂

🙂 Just answered my own question from your post.
-I grew up in Derry and Chester, NH


Just “found” you from Fitness NYC who mentioned your blog and I’m already hooked after reading your “about me” page! One of my best friends has battled crohn’s for most of her life too (until she finally had surgery a couple of years ago) so I know, through her, how hard it is to live with. And to see how great you are doing with it? Well that’s awesome. And for the record, I’m psyched to see a fellow blogger like me who “eats what she wants” for the most part. Rock on sista!

I love this! I feel like I have so much in common with you!

I know exactly where Contoocook is — most of my family lives in Manchester now, but when I was little a ton of them lived in Henniker! I also write a blog about health and fitness, and I’m training for my first half-marathon. I find you blog inspiring and I really like that your first race was the FITNESS mind, body & spirit games — I’m running the FITNESS/MORE half-marathon this April 🙂

My dad and brother have Chron’s disease, so I feel as though this is where I relate to you most. Although I don’t have the disease itself, I’ve seen how hard it can be and how manageable it can be. I like reading how you’ve adjusted and finding some good tips to give my family!

Oh, and I’ll take you on in a FRIENDS trivia contest, or even Grey’s Anatomy. I have yet to find someone who knows more about FRIENDS than me, so I’d love some fresh competition 🙂

You can always tell an expert! Thanks for conintbutirg.

Hi! I just found your blog and think it’s great! I feel a small connection to you because I’m the Team Challenge running coach for the Northeast Ohio Chapter. I was the coach for Vegas and now for Virginia! 🙂

Hi Ali! I just found your blog. Its great to see another NYC fit-blogger. Congrats on your recent race. I love the photos of your outfits 🙂

Another NH gal here too! Still living on the Seacoast and I know where you grew up! NYC is a WHOLE different world from NH is right!

I just started running and have IBS. It’s a challenge!

This is a great about me, and I’m really enjoying your blog! 🙂 Look forward to reading more! 🙂

I came across your blog by way of about 10 other blog to blog links and couldn’t stop reading. You’re so inspirational and you’re gorgeous and I love that you’re so brave with all that you’ve had to go through. I’m sold into being a new follower for sure!

You’re so sweet — thank you! Happy to have you as a reader!

Came across your blog on… just moved to Brooklyn from Charleston (where I had a healthy living blog…mainly for documenting my journey to my first marathon).

Looking for bloggers/runners in my new home!

Heyy! I came across your blog through Chocolate and Wine and Bun&Borough. As a massage therapist myself, I am familiar with pathology (Crohn’s Disease) and I think it’s absolutely wonderful how you developed such a healthy mindset and became a runner. I will be following you for my own inspiration!

Hey Ali!

Just ran into your blog and I love it! I grew up in New Hampshire too! I lived in Goffstown most of my life and just moved to NYC 2 years ago. Ever need a running buddy, let me know and I will try to keep up with you! : )

I saw your blog featured on HLB and I love it! I have Crohn’s Disease too (only diagnosed for 2 years). I can’t imagine being diagnosed at age 6! I’m so glad I found your blog and can’t wait to read more of it.

Howdy! I found your blog and I’m looking forward to reading more. I love your spirit and spunk. I just wanted to comment too… and maybe it’s my weirdness… but after I click on a link to your blog, I looked up at the address bar and read the web address as: A lion the run blog… I was like, huh? I get it now though 🙂

Good job with the marathon training. I’m training for my first full marathon too!!

Hi – I’m nicole from Switzerland and I will be in NY for two days in October! 🙂
The fact that you “love meeting new people” made me post this! ;D
I just discovered your blog and am looking forward to read lots more about you! 🙂

Hi Ali, I subscribed to your blog a few days back and I love it 🙂
I am going to run my first half marathon this year in october and you really inspire me. Good luck for your first marathon, I know you will be great.

Hi, Ali! I just found your blog through Carrots N’ Cake. When I read that your celebrity crush is Will Ferrel, I had to comment. We have the same taste! My friends MOCK me for it, and every time the topic comes up they remind me of his many “nude” scenes in Old School and SNL. I never said he was a stone cold fox, but I find him adorable nonetheless!

Yesss so glad you agree! I finally saw The Other Guys the other day and found it to be hilarious solely because everything Will Ferrell says turns to comedic gold. Total funny-man heartthrob. Glad you’re with me on that one.

Just found your blog and that you’re a fellow New Yorker, too…it’d be fun to meet up as I’m on the UES, too. You’re a great runner; looking forward to seeing your future posts and races…you are fabulous and I’m looking forward to hopefully meeting you!

Hi Ali!
I just ‘discovered’ your blog about 3 days and I’ve been steadily working my way through your past posts 🙂
I love your style of writing… invigorating with love for your life, your body, and just a very healthy mental aspect on things that come your way.
I look forward to reading more on google reader!

hi there…i like this blog and you have a great smile 🙂

I found your blog yesterday and found it super encouraging. I’ve had either uc or chron’s (they can’t tell) since about age 12 and I’m 31 now. I started remicade after I stopped responding to steroids and it’s been a vast improvement so far. It’s nice to know you are out there and I am so glad you’ve been able to run and be as healthy as you are. Good job and keep kicking tail!

I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now, since I now am infatuated with running.
However, right now I am going through a lot of pain and a lot of diagnostic tests – they think it might be Crohn’s. Immediately, I thought “ALI!” So now your blog is not only just reading material, but information and inspiration. Thanks girl!

Hi! Just found your blog, love it! I’m a native NYC-er but I always fantasize about living in New Hampshire/Vermont/Maine someday…I guess everyone is always curious about what it’s like to live somewhere totally opposite where you’re from!

I would love to buy you a drink some time! You game? W.

Hi, I love every second of reading your blog and I get a bit of inspiration from it. I wish I could jump in running in Central Park. Keep writing. I am looking forward to your next blog. Are you on Twittert? My twitter account @RunnerRonald

i love your food philosophy!!!1

Hi! I just stumbled across your site and absolutely love it! I’m currently training for a half-marathon and your blog has given me a boost of motivation. Thanks!

abing manohara says: September 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm

hi you nice girl….

I’m trying to find a job in NY (I live in Taiwan right now), and I’m a new jogger. Your marathon post was what brought me to your blog, and now I’m hooked. Thank you for being so honest in your posts!


I came across your blog when it was featured on WordPress. Really enjoyed your marathon experience post – it made me want to sign up for one as well! Just completed my first half-mara so looking for my next challenge…

Love your philosophy on food btw. 🙂

Hi! I found your blog back when it was on FP so I’ve been following for a little while now. Your posts are definitely motivating! I’m no runner, but I’m just beginning my journey to get back into shape, so thanks for the inspiration!

I’ve seen your name mentioned on some of the other blogs I read, but today was the first day I stopped in to check yours out. I love it! I will be adding you to my daily list:) I write one at check it out if you want!

Just found your blog as I’m researching tips for running my first marathon (the LA Marathon in March 2012) and I just LOVE everything you write about! You’ve found a new subscriber 🙂

Hi Ali! I just found your blog from Sarah OUaL and I’m really enjoying it! I just recently moved to New York and started running so it’s fun to read your inspiring story! I’m training for the NYC Half marathon this spring 🙂

I keep coming across your blog, and wanted to say “hi” I enjoy reading your posts! I noticed on this page that you went to Quinnipiac – I am from CT, my brother and sister went to QU, sister graduated in ’09 and was goalie for the lax team. they loved it there. looking forward to reading more:-)

Love the blog. I’m a huge runner and struggling with GI issues as well. Trying to figure out what’s going on. Glad to hear you’ve got yours under control and are still running strong. Love the bright outfits and your style! Those are the kinds of things I enjoy, too.

Hi Ali, I was looking up online how to fall in love with running, right now I am trying just can’t seem to quite enjoy it yet. I get nervous to run with others I can’t keep up, I don’t feel relaxed at all when I run and hitting a mile is always hard! Does it get easier? Can I fall in love with it? Help me out, I am doing the Spartan sprint in June

I found your blog as I was looking for people running the NYC Marathon (it’ll be my first in Nov 15) and I’m glad I did stumble on this one, love your humour and banter.

Hi Ali!
I’m stoked I just found your blog. I’m not much of a blog reader, but just came across yours during my latest burst of inspiration to find alternative treatments for my Crohn’s (forever searching). I was also diagnosed when I was 7 and I turn 27 in a few weeks.

Also, about a fortnight ago I decided I would start training for a marathon, something I have been thinking of for a while. So really, this is just great to read about your experiences with both of these things.

How do you find the running affects your tummy? I find if I have even just the slightest discomfort then jogging is just too hardcore for the old belly (not to mention the way it gets things moving, you know…) and I stick to things like yoga.

Anyway, it’s great to hear you have combined the two.

I look forward to reading more!


I am reading your blog for like everyday ever since I found it. I normally, don’t stick with one blog, but your is charming in a strange way. Thank you for writing it and sharing your life out here. I am an avid runner myself.

That Christmas shoes song and butterfly kisses…cant breathe hysterics every time. Made me laugh that someone else felt the same way 🙂

My 9 year old son was just diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. I am so glad to find your website. Thank you

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hey Ali nice to meetya! i found your site when i used the keywords ‘preparing for an 18 mile run’ since thats what im doing as i gear up for the cali intl marathon in december. really loved reading and hey, im from Lakes Region NH myself originally but now live and run in Sacramento. thanks 4 all you do! xo Katya

Hi Ali,
Just wanted to let you know that your blog has been featured in the “Top 50 Running Blogs You Should Be Following In 2018”

Congratulations and keep up the awesome work!


Hi Ali!

I just came across your blog, and im so happy i found someone who is able to share their crohns story. I am recently diagnosed with Crohns, and have been suffering so much.. im 30 years old, so for me, i do know how it feels to actually live a normal life, as i was healthy for 3 years. Its very hard on me at the moment, and i was wondering if i could be able to email you some questions regarding Crohns..


I recently discovered your podcast which I am totally loving and now your blog! Could you be any more cute and fun?!?!?! I used to work in Bedford, NH and would go through Contoocook on my way to my in laws in Vermont! I’m stuck in the cornfields of IL right now. :(. My goal for 2018 is to qualify for the NYC Half in 2019. Would so love to meet up for a run in Central Park next time I’m in NYC! Until then….I’ll be listening to you and your awesome guests!

Kerri O’Sullivan says: March 10, 2019 at 4:26 pm

I just discovered your podcast ! I was unable to run a half today because my babysitter cancelled. I ran 11 miles on the treadmill while I listened to your podcast & my boys watched a movie. I live about 60 miles north of NYC. I look forward to listening to more while I run. Thanks !

11 miles on the treadmill?! You’re amazing! (And welcome to the show! Thanks for listening!)

Can you share a quick update about your Stelara status and its effectiveness? That’s where I found the blog and but quite curious about recent developments….

I just found your podcast! You are so fun to listen to! And you have a very inspiring story! Can’t wait to hear more!

just visited your site today! Nice to meet you:)

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