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All About Ali
Hi! I’m Ali. I’m a writer and editor in New York City.
I started Ali On The Run in October 2010 in an effort 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.
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 West New York, 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.
Here are some more fun facts about me…
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 finally found success (and remission!) by enrolling in a mysterious clinical trial, which kicked off in February 2014 and wrapped up in April 2016. Next medication TBD.
3. I’m a 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.
4. I’m married to a very nice and handsome and patient man named Brian. Here’s our little love story. Awwww. 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 cyclist. He’s a badass. I like that about him. And he looks like Jason Bateman.
5. I like legwarmers and jazz hands, and think positivity is the key to happiness.
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.)
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. Specifically Bernie’s Bench at Engineers’ Gate (the park entrance at 90th Street and Fifth Avenue). Hawaii is nice, too. And Kenya.
Favorite sandwich: I discovered BLTs not long ago 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. (Foreshadowing: Brian and I went there on our honeymoon!)
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.