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All About Ali
Thanks for stopping by Ali On The Run! Here’s what you need to know about me as you peruse this blog. This page is very long, and I’m sorry.
Who: Hi! I’m Ali. I’m a 29-year-old writer and editor in New York City.
What: I write this blog, Ali On The Run, which I started in October 2010 as a running blog. I wanted to make friends and find like-minded people in my Manhattan (or Brooklyn, or Queens, I’m into it all) hometown. It worked! I have some 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), and working out with November Project.
Where: I grew up in Contoocook, NH, then went to college at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in print journalism and a minor in Spanish. I’ve gotten a ton of use out of one of those degrees, and use the other one when I have had too many mojitos. So bueno. I was also the captain of the university’s competitive kickline team, which was crazy fun. I moved to New York City in 2007, and I’ve been a Manhattan resident ever since. I’m an Upper East Side girl, though I did spend two years in a confusing part of midtown west (like, on the Lincoln Tunnel off-ramp, basically).
When: I used to blog twice a day, and then once a day, and then a few times a week. Now I update as much as I can, which is once or twice a week.
Why: I don’t know how to answer this question. Why do I blog? Because it’s fun and because the people who comment here are seriously the greatest people on the planet and I love talking to them (you!) and interacting and having internet friends.
But because I have been known to talk a lot, oftentimes about myself (ew narcissism is gross…), here’s some more about me…
5 Fast Facts:
1. 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 road 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.
2. 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. That was very sad. I’ve tried all the medications, treatments, and diets out there, and some worked a bit, but none for the long-term. I’ve currently found success (and remission!) by enrolling in a mysterious clinical trial, which kicked off in February 2014.
3. I’m a writer and editor. My dream job 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 working on taking over the world.
4. I’m engaged to a very nice and also handsome man named Brian. Here’s our little love story. Awwww. He probably wishes I blogged less about our relationship. But if you see him out and about in NYC, say hi, and tell him you know a lot about his personal life. It’ll really freak him out. He owns an ad agency and is a competitive amateur cyclist. I probably got that term wrong. He’s a badass. I like that about him. And he looks like Jason Bateman.
5. I like legwarmers and jazz hands.
And just a few more things…
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. Or macaroni and cheese. Maybe pizza. Penne a la vodka with broccoli and mushrooms is good, too. (This is my very favorite question to ask people. You’d be shocked by how many dudes say “my mom’s lasagna.” AKA all of them. It’s a really difficult question for me to answer.)
Greatest fears: Snakes. Hairless cats. Stonehenge. In that order.
Favorite movies: Center Stage. Zoolander. Step Brothers. Pitch Perfect. Mean Girls. High School Musical. In that order. I have very eclectic and intellectual taste.
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.
Happy place: Central Park. All of it. Specifically Bernie’s Bench at Engineers’ Gate (the park entrance at 90th Street and Fifth Avenue). Hawaii is nice, too. And Lyons Den Power Yoga.
Favorite sandwich: I discovered BLTs last year and hey, those are good, huh? I like them with chipotle mayo. Regular mayo grosses me out (yes, I understand it’s the base for chipotle mayo, just with extra chemicals and spice). I also like when my mom makes me grilled cheese sandwiches. She always does a good job.
Favorite drinks: Really cold water, champagne, and apple cider, but I get bored after a few sips of the cider.
If I were a TV character, I would be… I’d love to say I’d be a really hot and 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 obnoxious 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.
Favorite animal: Giraffes and llamas. I grew up next to a llama farm in Contoocook, NH, and love visiting them whenever I see my parents. The next logical step after growing up next to a llama farm is going on an African Safari. So hopefully that’s in my future.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.