Listen to the Ali on the Run Show!
- September 19, 2018 by AliAli on the Run Show Episode 98: Mary Wittenberg, Former CEO of New York Road Runners & Virgin Sport
- September 17, 2018 by AliBaby on the Run: Week 34
- September 12, 2018 by AliAli on the Run Show Episode 97: Amy Cragg
- September 12, 2018 by AliBaby on the Run: Week 33
- September 10, 2018 by AliAli on the Run Show Episode 96: LIVE at NYRR RunnerCon with Jenny Simpson, Emma Coburn, & Peter Ciaccia
All About Ali
Hi! I’m Ali. I’m a freelance writer and editor, podcast host, runner, blogger, and very proud rescue dog mom. 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 definitely wasn’t always a runner.
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…
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.
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. 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.
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 email@example.com.