Listen to the Ali on the Run Show!
- July 6, 2020 by AliAli on the Run Show Episode 260: On the Job with United States Air Force Colonel Shelly Mendieta
- July 5, 2020 by AliAli on the Run Show Episode 259: On the Record with the Hosts of Keeping Track
- July 2, 2020 by AliAli on the Run Show Episode 258: Feel-Good Friday with Claudia Thompson, President of Claudia Connects
- July 1, 2020 by AliAli on the Run Show Episode 257: Nutrition Q&A with Starla Garcia, Registered Dietitian
- June 29, 2020 by AliAli on the Run Show Episode 256: On the Job with Vikki Spruill, President & CEO of New England Aquarium
All About Ali
Hi! I’m Ali. I’m a freelance writer and editor, podcast host, runner, blogger, and very proud human mom to Annie (born October 2018) and dog mom to Ellie (born September 2015, probably). 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 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 Weehawken, 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. It’s the perfect place for our family of four.
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.
Greatest fears: Snakes. Hairless cats. Stonehenge. In that order.
Favorite movies: Center Stage. The Greatest Showman. Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again. Crazy Rich Asians. Pitch Perfect. Zoolander. Step Brothers. High School Musical.
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 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 uptight 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.
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.