Ali & Brian Date Night

Ali on the Run Show Episode 57: Date Night with Ali & Brian, Talking Dreams, Goals, Fear, & Failure

Date: January 24, 2018 at 9:50 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 22

“I went on this amazing trip, and I thought everything would change. But your problems don’t just go away because you run away. They will follow you anywhere until you fix them.”

This episode got a little heavy. Last Friday night, over a bottle of Pinot Grigio, Brian and I sat down to catch up, since it’s been just about a month since my life-changing “CAli on the Run” trip. What started out as a conversation about learning to be more present turned into the most honest, most scared, and most raw I’ve ever been on this show or to anyone but Brian (in private!). This episode is on the heavier side for me (and please ignore my stuffy nose — I’ve had a cold for a week straight!), and I debated even releasing it. But why not do something that feels a little scary? And scary, right now, is sharing all this brutal honesty with the world. So here we go! (Plus, listener Q&A!)

Listen on iTunes I SoundCloud I Overcast I Stitcher I Google Play

Here’s what you’ll get in this episode:

  • “The Story of Last Monday” & lessons on being present (3:00)
  • All about the amazing gift I gave Brian for his birthday — and why he returned it (10:00)
  • What it really means to be Ali on the Run lately (11:40)
  • “I don’t know what I wanna be when I grow up” (16:10)
  • Ali starts to cry (21:13)
  • “What are you curious about?” (25:30)
  • On success, and what it meant growing up vs. what it means now (30:40)
  • Ali cries again (31:10)
  • Fear and failure (32:15)
  • The single biggest challenge in our marriage right now (39:00)
  • On inspiration (45:40)
  • Brian reflects on his dad’s legacy (52:00)
  • Listener Q&A (56:50)

What We Mention on this Episode:

CAli on the Run: My 7-Day Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip Itinerary

“Making It Count”

Ali’s Bermuda trip

Orangetheory Fitness

Dance Spirit

Mia Michaels on Episode 35 of the Ali on the Run Show

Ali’s New Year’s Resolutions

Brian on Episode 2 of the Ali on the Run Show

Brian on Episode 17 of the Ali on the Run Show

Brian on Episode 47 of the Ali on the Run Show

Brian on Episode 52 of the Ali on the Run Show

Follow Brian:

Follow Ali:

Listen & Subscribe:

SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on iTunes. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

Comments (22)

Ali on the Run Show Episode 56: Susan Pass, Nurse & 3:18 Marathoner

Date: January 17, 2018 at 9:19 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 4

The Ali on the Run Show Episode 56 Guest: Susan Pass Listen on iTunes I SoundCloud I Overcast I Stitcher I Google Play “You should talk more and smile. It’s my favorite.” Susan Pass — best known on the internet as “Susan Runs” and as the blogger behind “Nurse […]


Bermuda Triangle Challenge 2018 Recap

Date: January 17, 2018 at 11:19 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 8

Back in August, my friend Erin (“Feeney,” from this point on — she’s the one I’m always hugging at finish lines) sent an email to a handful of friends, myself included. Subject: Your JetBlue Vacations Itinerary And then, in just […]


Ali on the Run Show Episode 55: Nick Symmonds

Date: January 10, 2018 at 8:39 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 1

The Ali on the Run Show Episode 55 Guest: Nick Symmonds Listen on iTunes I SoundCloud I Overcast I Stitcher I Google Play “I wanted to prove to everyone that all the sacrifices I’d made and dumb decisions I made were worth it.” Nick Symmonds was a professional track […]


Life in 2018

Date: January 4, 2018 at 10:46 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 11

I’m really excited about 2018. I have a few New Year’s Resolutions. Nothing groundbreaking, just checklist-y things I want to (I will) accomplish this year. And since I believe everything good comes from putting your big dreams out there, here are […]


Ali on the Run Show Episode 54: Olympic Gold Medalist Gwen Jorgensen

Date: January 3, 2018 at 10:48 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 2

The Ali on the Run Show Episode 54 Guest: Gwen Jorgensen Listen on iTunes I SoundCloud I Overcast I Stitcher I Google Play “It’s easy as an athlete to know what your body is saying, but it’s very hard to listen to it.” Gwen Jorgensen is a professional triathlete, […]



Date: December 29, 2017 at 4:41 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 16

A few weeks ago, I decided it was time to start gathering my favorite photos from the past 12 months to build my annual “Best of the Year” Facebook album. OK, so I’ve only done this “tradition” once, in 2016, […]

Kate Grace

Ali on the Run Show Episode 53: Kate Grace

Date: December 27, 2017 at 10:37 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 1

The Ali on the Run Show Episode 53 Guest: Kate Grace Listen on iTunes I SoundCloud I Overcast I Stitcher I Google Play It’s been a big few years for professional runner and Olympian Kate Grace. In 2016, the Yale graduate won the Olympic Trials in the 800-meter event […]

Ali on the Run Show Episode 52: The Brian Cristiano Takeover Episode

Ali on the Run Show Episode 52: The Brian Cristiano Takeover Edition

Date: December 21, 2017 at 10:59 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 1

The Ali on the Run Show Episode 52 Host: Brian Cristiano Guest: Ali Feller Listen on iTunes I SoundCloud I Overcast I Stitcher I Google Play I’m fresh off a life-changing trip to California, where I spent a week road tripping from San Francisco to Los Angeles — alone. […]


Ali on the Run Show Episode 51: Molly Huddle

Date: December 19, 2017 at 11:06 pm- by Ali- Comment(s): 1

The Ali on the Run Show Episode 51 Guest: Molly Huddle Listen on iTunes I SoundCloud I Overcast I Stitcher I Google Play You know her, you love her, and she’s here today: Molly Huddle! Molly is a professional distance runner and 25-time national title holder who lives and […]