All About Ali

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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.

This is me! I used to have a shopping problem. But now I am "on a budget."

This is me! I used to have a shopping problem. But now I am “on a budget.”

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.

I LIKE RUNNING CAN YOU TELL?

I LIKE RUNNING CAN YOU TELL?

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.

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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).

This is the view I get to wake up to every day, and that makes me feel very happy.

This is the view I get to wake up to every day, and that makes me feel very happy.

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.

SEE I HAVE FRIENDS.

SEE I HAVE 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.

Running the Runner's World 10K as part of the "Hat Trick" in 2014. (Do it! So fun.)

Running the Runner’s World 10K as part of the “Hat Trick” in 2014. (Do it! So fun.)

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.

This is me at the hospital. Trying to keep it light before undergoing all the most invasive tests.

This is me at the hospital. Trying to keep it light before undergoing all the most invasive tests.

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.

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.!

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.

This is Brian! Say hi!

This is Brian! Say hi!

5. I like legwarmers and jazz hands.

Jazz hands not pictured. But you get the point.

Jazz hands not pictured. But you get the point.

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.

Childhood Ali says, "How 'bout a documentary once in a while?"

Childhood Ali says, “How ’bout a documentary once in a while?”

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.

Bernie's Bench. Go say hi!

Bernie’s Bench. Go say hi! BYO zebra pants.

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.

I ALSO LIKE WINE.

I ALSO LIKE WINE.

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.

Casual. Low-maintenance.

Casual. Low-maintenance. Really really slick style.

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.

OH JUST VISITING THE OL' NEIGHBORS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

OH JUST VISITING THE OL’ NEIGHBORS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

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 aliontherunblog@gmail.com.

50 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.

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!

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

woohoo!!!

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 :)

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 healthylivingblogs.com… 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!

Mandy

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 http://koolcatkaren.wordpress.com 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.

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