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At 16, I had it all figured out. By 25, I had my dream job as editor in chief of a teen dance magazine. But now, at 32, I’m not really sure who I am, what I’m doing, or what I want to be when I grow up. I know one thing, though: I love running and I love talking to people. So on the Ali on the Run S…

Ali Feller


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    607. Run Your Way with Emily Sisson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2023 57:48


    "I never think that in a race. I never think, 'I've got this.' For better or for worse, I don't ever feel like something's done until it's done." She's done it again! Earlier this month, Emily Sisson broke her own American record in the half marathon, running 1:06:52 at the Houston Half Marathon. She became the first U.S. woman to run under 67 minutes in the half marathon on a record-eligible course, and Emily now owns four out of six of the fastest half marathon times run by an American woman. (She is also the American record holder in the marathon!) In this conversation, Emily talks about the mental side of staying so strong during training and on race day. She shares how she avoids the comparison trap, and how she stays focused on what she can do vs. what her competition is capable of. Plus, what it was like racing alongside longtime training partner Molly Huddle, the secret to that finishing kick, and what the finish line media frenzy is really like. SPONSOR: New Balance. Click here to shop New Balance's latest releases for the season. (The SuperComp Trainer is my favorite shoe!) What you'll get on this episode: How Emily has been feeling since Houston, and what it's like being one of the greats in U.S. distance running (3:15) What the Houston Half finish line was like (9:00) When Emily decided she'd try to break her record in Houston (12:00) Why Emily is already thinking about running faster (17:50) How Emily was feeling the morning of the Houston Half (20:15) All about the newest addition to Emily's family! (24:45) Emily explains the use of pacers during races — and why she didn't want them for Houston (30:50) Emily's choice of racing shoe: the New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Pacer (33:30) Emily walks us through her race at the Houston Half Marathon (36:20) How Emily finishes her races so strong (43:15) How Emily spent the rest of her day in Houston, and how she's feeling heading into her spring marathon (45:30) On being clued into the competition vs. focusing inward (50:20) What it means to run the Emily Sisson way (53:15) For more from Emily, check out: Emily Sisson on Episode 588 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson, Sara Hall, & Emma Bates on Episode 490 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson & Shane Quinn on Episode 479 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson on Episode 394 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson on Episode 234 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson on Episode 169 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Emily: Instagram @em_sisson_ Twitter @em_sisson Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    606. Des Linden, Author, Podcast Host, Boston Marathon Champion, "Emily in Paris" Super Fan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2023 58:19


    "I get rowdy with vodka." Des Linden is busy! She just launched a new podcast with Kara Goucher. Her memoir, Choosing to Run, comes out April 4. And she's gearing up for this year's Boston Marathon. But she's never too busy to indulge in a little plaisir coupable. (That's "guilty pleasure," in French.) In this conversation, Des offers updates on all of the above: what we can expect from the podcast, why she prefers being called Des over Desi, how she's feeling about her book release, and how Boston training is going. And then, in the second half of the episode, something a little different, a little silly, a little fun: gushing about the Netflix show Emily in Paris. (Spoilers aplenty!) Is Des an Emily, a Mindy, a Camille, or a Sylvie? Only one way to find out! (Which one are you?) SPONSORS: UCAN: Click here to get a free UCAN Edge Starter Pack, and use code ALI23 for 20% off your next UCAN order. What you'll get on this episode: Catching up with Des about her book, her podcast, her 2023 Boston Marathon training, and why she hates being called “Desi” (2:30) All things Emily in Paris! (26:30) Follow Des: Instagram @des_linden Facebook Twitter @des_linden Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    605. Camila Ramón, Peloton Instructor & Marathoner

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2023 61:58


    "I got to the top and I was like, 'Wow." Like so proud of myself. I have no idea how much I weigh relative to then. I do not care to see the difference in a photo between what I look like then and what I look like now. All I know is that I'm so happy with myself, I'm so proud of myself, and I feel so strong." Camila Ramón started running in elementary school. Not because she loved it. Not because it made her feel good. Not because she was on the track or cross-country teams. Camila started running at a young age because she thought she needed to lose weight. In this conversation, Camila talks about the pressure she felt and the comments she received about her body while growing up in Argentina, and later in Miami. She talks about how, as an adult and professional dancer, she rediscovered running, and this time it stuck. She found a community of like-minded runners, she started trail running in L.A., and she completed her first marathon (and earned a Boston Marathon qualifying time, which meant she then ran the 2019 Boston Marathon as her second marathon). Today, Camila is best known as a Peloton instructor, where she teaches cycling and tread classes in both English and Spanish. (Her playlists will have you dancing, guaranteed.) She's open, honest, and always vulnerable when talking about her complicated history with running and with her body (her "Biscayne Bridge story" is likely to resonate), and above all, she wants runners to know that, just by showing up, "You are enough." SPONSOR: Tracksmith: New customers, use code ALINEW for $15 off your first Tracksmith order over $75. Returning customers, use code ALIGIVE for free shipping, plus a portion of the proceeds from your order will be donated to Moms Demand Action. What you'll get on this episode: What's making Camila happy today? (2:15) On teaching in both English and Spanish (3:10) Did Camila ever envision this future for herself? (7:30) All about Camila's childhood growing up in Argentina, and then Miami (10:30) How to prepare for fame (14:30) How Camila found running (16:20) Camila reflects on her first marathon — and her second! (22:00) What Camila's relationship with running is like now (28:25) Camila's “Biscayne Bridge” story, and how her relationship with running and with her body has evolved over the years (35:15) The messages Camila wants everyone to take away from her classes (43:45) Camila shares her most memorable running experience (48:55) Follow Camila: Instagram @milamariana Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    604. Molly Seidel, On Returning to Racing in 2023

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 80:39


    "What I would want to tell that person, but I think would have destroyed that person is, 'You're going to get everything you ever wanted, and it's going to destroy you.'" In 2020, Molly Seidel finished second at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, earning herself a spot on Team USA for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She had no idea what was to come. When the Olympics finally happened, in August 2021, Molly had the race of her life. She finished third, taking a bronze medal back to the U.S. — the first American woman to medal in the Olympic marathon since Deena Kastor in 2004. Then, it was a whirlwind of media, requests, appearances, and fanfare. Molly finished fourth at the 2021 New York City Marathon, breaking Kara Goucher's American course record in the process. All the while, though, behind the smiles at events and during interviews, Molly was struggling with an eating disorder and with her mental health. She went on to drop out of the 2022 Boston Marathon, and to give up her spot on the 2022 World Championships marathon team. In this unflinchingly uncensored conversation, Molly offers an update on how she's doing today. She talks about the past year and a half (more on that here, in conversation with Sarah Lorge Butler), and shares what's next. (Spoiler: The Nagoya Women's Marathon on March 11.) SPONSORS: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. Vuori: Click here for 20% off your first Vuori purchase. What you'll get on this episode: Where is Molly's Olympic medal? (3:10) Molly's decision to race a spring marathon! (5:05) On recovery, and where Molly is at now emotionally (8:20) All about Molly's Olympic rings tattoo (11:40) What running and training looks like for Molly right now (17:10) Molly shares her marathon goals (31:35) All about the past two years, and what it took to get to rock bottom (36:00) How Molly met her now-boyfriend, photographer Matt Shapiro (45:30) What it's like having a camera on you while you're running a marathon, and Molly's message to the masses (47:40) A little love for Des Linden (58:00) On hitting rock bottom (1:01:30) What Molly's relationship with social media is like right now (1:09:00) A rousing game of Mollygories! (1:14:00) Molly on the Ali on the Run Show: Everything You Need to Know About the New York City Marathon, October 2022 Girl Talk with Molly Seidel & Anoush Arakelian, February 2022 LIVE with Molly Seidel, Olympic Bronze Medalist, August 2021 Molly & Izzy Seidel, March 2021 Follow Molly: Instagram @bygolly.molly Twitter @ByGollyMolly12 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    603. Kristin McQueen, 24-Time Marathoner & 20-Time Ironman with Trigeminal Neuralgia (with Co-Host Keira D'Amato)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 99:16


    "My why is bigger than myself. My why is for all the people I'm racing for and raising funds for. My why is for all the angels on my angel list. And my why is for everyone that's been told they can't do something. Because who says you can't?" Last month, professional runner Keira D'Amato hosted a week's worth of giveaways on Instagram. The fifth and final prize: an appearance on the Ali on the Run Show! The giveaway received 550 entries, and after reading every single one of them (twice!), Keira and I selected 24-time marathoner and 20-time Ironman triathlete Kristin McQueen as the winner. Meet Kristin. She's a 43-year-old from Illinois, and she is living with trigeminal neuralgia — a chronic illness she calls "Stabby Joe." ("They say it's the worst pain known to man," says Kristin, who is in near-constant pain.) In 2003, Kristin was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and since then, she's had more than 30 surgeries, including dozens of brain surgeries. She has had to re-learn how to walk and ride a bike, she has a paralyzed vocal cord, she lost hearing on her right side, and she can only see out of her left eye. Her medical history is long and complicated — but she's never stopped fighting. In addition to her many athletic accomplishments, Kristin has also raised nearly $210,000 for the American Cancer Society. (You can donate here.) All that, plus a 15-minute catch-up with Keira (she's officially in training mode!) to kick things off. SPONSORS: goodr: Use code ONTHERUN for free shipping on your entire order Tracksmith: New customers, use code ALINEW for $15 off your first Tracksmith order over $75. Returning customers, use code ALIGIVE for free shipping, plus a portion of the proceeds from your order will be donated to Moms Demand Action. Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    602. Ellie Kemper, Marathoner

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 97:47


    "If you're writing my obituary, whoever's in charge, please include this! Because I feel very proud of it!" You probably know her as the adorably sweet and oftentimes aloof Erin Hannon, from The Office. Or maybe you know her as the scrappy, can't-keep-me-down titular character on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She played Becca on Bridesmaids, she co-hosts the Great American Baking Show, she's a New York City-based mom of two — and now, Ellie Kemper is a marathoner. In this conversation, Ellie talks about how she fell in love with running. She talks about her first race, and then her second, and about her spur-of-the-moment bit of motivation that got her to sign up for the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon. (Mid-race, Ellie said "never again." Now? Don't be surprised if you see her lining up for a second go at 26.2.) Ellie shares every detail from her training, her race, her biggest surprises from the day, and so much more. LOLs guaranteed. SPONSORS: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. Publix Atlanta Marathon Weekend: Register today for the marathon, half marathon, 5K, and youth races, taking place February 25–26, 2023. Use code ONTHERUN for 10% off your race registration! What you'll get on this episode: How Ellie is feeling two months post-marathon (3:00) Ellie's “movie moment” from the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon (7:05) How Ellie became a runner (10:55) What's next for Ellie on the run? And how did she train for a marathon with a busy schedule and two young kids? (18:50) Why Ellie decided to run the New York City Marathon, and what her training was like (21:30) On getting recognized on the run (32:00) What Ellie listens to on the run (42:00) How Ellie was feeling as training ramped up (50:15) All about New York City Marathon race morning (55:50) Ellie breaks down every detail from her race (1:05:00) Ellie's advice for aspiring marathoners (1:23:45) All about Ellie's senior thesis (1:28:40) What surprised Ellie most about marathon training (1:33:00) Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    601. Run Your Way with Lauren Fleshman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 62:53


    "It shouldn't be this tough. It doesn't need to be this tough. You shouldn't need that much toughness to succeed. Of course you need to have drive and need to work hard and all those things. That's not the kind of toughness I'm talking about. I'm talking about dealing with the unnecessary obstacles that a lot of female athletes are faced with." Welcome to the new "Run Your Way" series on the Ali on the Run Show. If I've learned anything (and I have, I swear!) from 600 episodes of this show, it's that yes, there are best practices and there is plenty of good running-related advice to go around. Ultimately, though, the best way to run is your way, however that looks. This series will explore what it means to run your way. First up: former professional athlete and all-around force to be reckoned with, Lauren Fleshman, whose book, Good For a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man's World, is out today. In this conversation, Lauren dives into some of the key themes of the book, and talks about what it was like pouring her heart into these pages, and doing so during a deep depressive time in her life. She shares the most pivotal moments and decisions she faced both during and after her professional career, and explains how she found her way on the run and off. Plus, her best advice for sending the email, her take on the state of the sport in 2023, and so much more. SPONSOR: New Balance. Click here to shop New Balance's latest releases for the season. (The SuperComp Trainer is my favorite shoe!) What you'll get on this episode: On dealing with imposter syndrome (3:35) The part of the book that made me gasp (5:30) What it means to be called “tough” (8:15) How Lauren wrote a book during a major depressive episode, and why writing this book “kicked her ass” (9:40) What Lauren's relationship with running is like now (15:10) How Lauren talked to her kids about depression (16:00) How writing a book changed Lauren's relationship with writing (17:30) Who has read Lauren's book? (21:40) On getting vulnerable in the book, and the stories knew had to be in the book (26:00) Did life ever feel easy for Lauren? (34:45) Lauren talks “sending the email” (38:00) Lauren's message to people raising young girls (45:15) How Lauren sees the state of the sport today (49:00) Lauren's previous appearances on the Ali on the Run Show: "Motherhood LIVE," with Alysia Montaño, Steph Bruce, and Dawn Harper-Nelson, May 2021 "Why It's An Exciting Time for Women's Running," LIVE at the NYRR RunCenter, November 2019 Lauren Fleshman & Jesse Thomas, August 2019 Meet Lauren Fleshman, October 2018 Follow Lauren: Instagram @fleshmanflyer Twitter @laurenfleshman Facebook Work, Play, Love podcast Strava Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    600. The 2023 State of the Ali on the Run Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 79:54


    "I remember telling my friend that my goal in life is to be able to make everyone happy, and to be everything that everyone needs. And he was like, 'That sounds exhausting and impossible.' And I was like, 'Watch me! I can do it! I will bring joy to the masses!' And now, a year later, I'm like, 'What was I thinking? That DOES sound exhausting!'" Happy New Year! I kick off the start of every year here on the Ali on the Run Show with my annual review, of sorts. I call it the State of the Ali on the Run Show. It gives me a chance to reflect on the previous year, and set goals and intentions for the one ahead. By the numbers: In 2022, I released 135 episodes of the Ali on the Run Show, plus an additional eight episodes on Patreon, with 114 different guests. I hosted nine live shows — eight in person, one virtual — and partnered with 15 different brands and companies. In addition to regular episodes, 2022 saw the return of two listener-favorite series (Love on the Run and Ask Ali), and the introduction of three new series (Beyond the Run, Friendship Fest, and 26 Questions). The show saw 6.3 million downloads in 195 countries, and this week, the Ali on the Run Show surpassed 17 million lifetime downloads. Thank you for being here to help me celebrate the past, present, and future of the Ali on the Run Show. I promise to keep learning, growing, and showing up for myself, for this business, for the running community, and for all of you. SPONSORS: UCAN: Use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. The Bayshore Marathon, Half Marathon, & 10K: Registration is now open for the 2023 events and the Ali on the Run LIVE Show with Emma Bates! What you'll get on this episode: The Ali on the Run Show in 2022, by the numbers (2:45) My personal and professional highlights from 2022 (23:25) Revisiting my 2022 goals: What did I accomplish, and what did I totally forget? (30:00) The results of the 2022 Ali on the Run Show listener survey, completed by a whopping 1,111 listeners (36:00) What you can expect from the Ali on the Run Show in 2023 (54:00) My 2023 Ali on the Run Show mission statement (59:00) My 2023 hopes, dreams, plans, and goals (1:01:30) ASK ALI voicemail: 617-446-3966 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    599. Natalie Morales, Co-Host of The Talk (Re-Run)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 48:59


    A few weeks ago, I talked about my life with Crohn's disease. In that episode, I answered a listener question about the worst, most embarrassing, most inconvenient bathroom experience I've ever had. And I'm not going to tell that story again now — I'll spare you — but the short version is that I was very sick, I was living in New Jersey, and I traveled into Manhattan that day via ferry for a very exciting reason. It was late May 2017, and I was about to record Episode 33 of the Ali on the Run Show with Today show co-anchor Natalie Morales. I was giddy! This was a dream interview for me. I've always loved and admired Natalie Morales. I couldn't believe that she not only agreed to be interviewed for a brand-new running podcast, but also that instead of recording remotely, she invited me to the Access Hollywood studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Of course, the day wasn't without its drama for me. I had a traumatic Crohn's-related issue on the way into the city, and then, after buying a new outfit en route and then waiting in the 30 Rock lobby next to Sterling K. Brown (also a runner!), I was brought upstairs to wait for Natalie. I opened my laptop with all my research and carefully prepared questions — and the screen went dark. It couldn't be revived. That day, my body failed me, and then my technology failed me. I was rattled. There I was: brand-new to podcasting, sitting on a couch next to Natalie Morales, with no notes to guide me. I'm re-airing this episode today because it's one I reference often — not just because of the Crohnsing that took place that day. Mostly, because I was terrified. I was thrown off my game, for multiple reasons...and yet, nothing totally tragic happened. I took a deep breath, I trusted my [leaky] gut, and I did my best. And this conversation was the result. Was it perfect? Nope. But nearly six years later, I can still say that no episode is ever perfect. This one, though, is one I'm still proud of, and I hope you enjoy revisiting it. SPONSORS: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. St. Jude Rock ‘n' Roll Nashville: Use code ONTHERUN10 for $10 off your registration for this year's races, taking place April 22–23. Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    598. Beyond the Run with Heather MacLean

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 70:49


    "I'm very much a 'fall down eight times, get up nine' kinda girlie. I fall down a lot! I have a lot of mishaps. Races don't always go the best for me. I'm still working on a few things. It was just nice to have this moment where everything came together." Last year, professional athlete Heather MacLean became a breakout star. The Team New Balance Boston athlete made her first Olympic team — every professional runner's dream. But with the ultimate high of getting to represent Team USA also came emotional lows. In this candid conversation, Heather talks about the pressure and expectations she felt heading into last year's U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, and about the not-so-glamorous side of running for a living. She also talks about the post-Tokyo comedown and how she dealt with it. Then, we talk all things 2022: Heather's highlight reel, her first U.S. National title, and her first sub-4:00 1500m race in Monaco. Plus, setting boundaries, how to protect your space, and how to go through life as a people-pleaser who is friends with everyone. SPONSOR: New Balance. Click here to learn all about the conversations New Balance is having to promote mental wellness. What you'll get on this episode: Heather recaps her trip to Hawaii for the Kalakaua Merrie Mile (5:55) Where Heather falls on the introvert vs. extrovert scale (9:00) Heather reflects on the summer of 2021, including the pressure and stress she felt heading into the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials (11:00) How it feels to be left off the pre-race prediction lists (19:30) Heather's experience with the post-Olympics blues (27:00) Heather shares her 2022 highlight reel (38:40) Heather and Allie Wilson's adventures in Monaco (41:55) Heather talks about winning her first U.S. National title, and what it meant to trust herself during a race (54:25) What Heather is looking forward to in 2023 (1:04:50) For more, check out: Allie Wilson on Episode 469 of the Ali on the Run Show Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain Follow Heather: Instagram @Heather_MacLean31 Twitter @heathair31 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    597. Anoush Arakelian, 3:07 Marathoner

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 76:22


    "I went all-in. So if I failed, I could say I tried everything." Anoush Arakelian is a full-time director of product marketing, a running coach, and a coach at MYSTRYDE in her hometown of Boston, MA. And as of a few weeks ago, she's a 3:07 marathoner. ("I think I'm still processing that that's my new time," she says.) Anoush ran a four-minute personal best at the California International Marathon earlier this month. Her first marathon, in 2014, was a 3:55. Now, 13 marathons later, she's learned a bit about running 26.2 miles. In this conversation, Anoush talks about what it has taken to slowly chip away at her marathon time, reflecting on the personal bests and personal worsts along the way. (Reminder: The road to that oh-so-rewarding finish line isn't always linear!) SPONSORS: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. Publix Atlanta Marathon Weekend: Register today for the marathon, half marathon, 5K, and youth races, taking place February 25–26, 2023. Use code ONTHERUN for 10% off your race registration! What you'll get on this episode: How Anoush is feeling post-CIM (2:20) What Anoush's first marathon experience was like (4:15) How Anoush's relationship with running data has evolved over the years, and what her first experience working with a coach was like (13:20) Why Anoush decided to run CIM, and how she was feeling heading into training (19:10) How Anoush was feeling a few weeks out from race day (29:15) How Anoush has changed as a runner since her previous attempts at going sub-3:10 (34:30) All about Anoush's experience running the 2022 California International Marathon (47:15) The moment when Anoush knew her goal was within reach (57:00) What's next for Anoush? (1:06:00) Anoush's coaching advice for aspiring spring marathoners (1:07:30) Anoush's highlight — and lowlight — reel from 2022 (1:09:25) For more from Anoush, check out her previous appearances on the Ali on the Run Show: Everything You Need to Know About the New York City Marathon Live at the 2022 Boston Marathon with Anoush Arakelian and Emily Saul Girl Talk with Molly Seidel and Anoush Arakelian Follow Anoush: Instagram @noushy14 Twitter @AArakelian14 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    596. Beyond the Run with Maegan Krifchin

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2022 65:40


    "The biggest takeaway is that I'm having fun. That is a huge thing! I forgot what it was like to just have fun with it and be playful and enjoy the ride." Maegan Krifchin, a professional runner for Atlanta Track Club Elite, had a big goal for this fall: run a personal best at the TCS New York City Marathon. She put all of her running eggs in that basket, training hard with that NYCM plan in mind. But come race day, things didn't go as planned at all. Maegan ran a 2:40:52, which was well off her goal time. She wasn't just unsatisfied — she wanted more, and she wanted it immediately. And so, Maegan decided to run the Philadelphia Marathon, just two weeks later. This time, things went much better. She ran 2:31:41, finishing in second place. Still, though, Maegan wanted more. And so, two weeks after that, she decided to head west in pursuit of a personal best. This time, Maegan lined up at the California International Marathon, where she got her day: She ran 2:29:21. A personal best. In this conversation, Maegan talks about how she managed to run three fall marathons without getting injured, and how she got faster each time. Plus, how she has stayed mentally sharp and strong, and her advice for staying in the race when the running gets tough. SPONSOR: New Balance. Click here to learn all about the conversations New Balance is having to promote mental wellness. Follow Maegan: Instagram @mkrifchin Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    595. Lorna Campbell, Abbott World Marathon Majors Head of Communications

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 78:04


    "It was just that moment in time where somebody saw something and wanted to help me and give back. And I try to do that with other people, too, because if I hadn't been in that situation, I don't know what I'd be doing now." Imagine getting to travel the world, attending major marathon race weekends and helping share the stories of the athletes, the races, and the people who make these events so special. That's the reality for Lorna Campbell, as the Head of Communications for Abbott World Marathon Majors, the race series comprised of the New York City Marathon, Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon, London Marathon, Tokyo Marathon, and Berlin Marathon. In this conversation, Lorna — who is originally from Scotland, lives in Rhode Island, and has a very cute story of how she met her husband at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics — talks about how she got this job, what her role entails, and all the jobs she had in various sports before making her way to the running industry. Plus, her reflections on her first year of motherhood (she's mom to one-year-old Harris), her feelings on the allure of the six-star challenge, and her take on the state of the running industry and running community right now. SPONSORS: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. Vuori: Click here for 20% off your first Vuori purchase. St. Jude Rock ‘n' Roll Nashville: Use code ONTHERUN10 for $10 off your registration for this year's races, taking place April 22–23. What you'll get on this episode: Lorna reflects on her first year of motherhood, and life as a newlywed (3:30) The very sweet story of how Lorna met her now-husband at the Olympics (7:45) What young Lorna was like, and how her childhood shaped her future (9:50) Lorna shares her career highlight reel (16:45) Who's in Lorna's village? (19:50) How Lorna got her job as head of communications with Abbott World Marathon Majors (24:00) What Lorna's job entails on the day to day, and during race weekends (29:00) All about the World Marathon Majors six-star challenge, and how it's evolved during Lorna's time with the organization (35:40) How Lorna found running and became a runner — and why she still has a hard time calling herself a runner (42:50) How Lorna's relationship with running has changed since having her son (48:00) Which of the six World Marathon Majors Lorna would most like to run (56:55) Lorna's take on the state of the running industry and running community right now (1:00:45) Follow Lorna: Instagram @lornasportelle Twitter @LornaC1982 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    594. Ask Ali, Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week Edition, Part II

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 64:49


    "Those were the darkest and hardest days of my life, and the biggest thing that I would do differently is I would ask for help. Instead, I hid, I locked that apartment door, and I wouldn't let anyone see me." Last week, in honor of Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week, I talked about living with these diseases for the past 30 years. (Listen to that episode here.) Now, I'm wrapping things up by talking about running with Crohn's disease, navigating the emotional and mental sides of this disease (trigger warning here: lots of talk of depression and being in a really low, dark place), and how to support the people in your life living with a chronic illness. Plus, my hotel lobby hack (that rarely works, but I always try!), my fear of trail cams and small-town Facebook groups, and so much more. SPONSORS:  goodr: Click here for free shipping on your next goodr order! Publix Atlanta Marathon Weekend: Register today for the marathon, half marathon, 5K, and youth races, taking place February 25–26, 2023. Use code ONTHERUN for 10% off your race registration! Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    593. Claire Holt, Actress & Marathoner

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2022 63:10


    "Seeing the best part of humanity, everyone out there cheering... Thousands of people just there to help you finish this race. To me, that was so inspiring. We're inundated today with negative news stories and stuff that goes wrong and the bad side of humanity. This, to me, was pure good." Claire Holt is an Australian-American actress who has starred in shows including The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Pretty Little Liars. And last month, this busy mom of two added something new to her list of accomplishments: marathoner! In this episode, Claire talks about how she got into running, why she wanted to run the 2022 New York City Marathon, and why she decided to do it now, with two young children (ages 2 and 3, just 17 months apart!), one of which was going through a sleep regression during the bulk of Claire's training. She talks about working with a coach, about her biggest pre-race fear (hint: it's oh so relatable), and about what she did to stay calm during the race. Plus, the tough parts of the race (shout-out to mile 24), the highlights, and everything in between. SPONSORS: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. Napa Valley Marathon & Half Marathon: Click here to register for these races — taking place March 5, 2023 — today! What you'll get on this episode: How Claire is feeling, one month after running her first marathon (1:50) Claire's most vivid memories from the 2022 New York City Marathon (4:30) How Claire became a runner (6:30) Why Claire wanted to run a marathon, and why now? (10:45) Why Claire ran to raise money for the Boston Children's Hospital (14:20) What Claire's marathon training was like (17:10) Who is in Claire's village, and how she was feeling on race day (25:35) All about the race! (32:00) The post-race experience (45:45) How training for a marathon changed Claire's life (51:45) Follow Claire: Instagram @claireholt Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    592. Ask Ali, Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 57:35


    "It's like someone has a hand mixer — what you would use to make brownies — on low at all times. And then without warning, they turn it up to high. That's what it feels like in my stomach." This year marks 30 years of living with Crohn's disease. I was diagnosed with this inflammatory bowel disease (sexy stuff!) when I was 7, and in my twenties, that diagnosis was upgraded to Crohn's-colitis. (Overachiever alert!) Today, in honor of Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week (December 1–7), I'm talking all about my history with IBD and about living with a chronic illness. (Reminder: I'm not a doctor! This is all about my personal, lived experience with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.) SPONSORS:  goodr. Click here for free shipping on your next goodr order! St. Jude Rock ‘n' Roll Nashville: Use code ONTHERUN10 for $10 off your registration for this year's races, taking place April 22–23. Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    591. The Life-Changing Date Night Episode, Five Years Later

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 91:30


    "How awesome would it be to spend all day talking to people? That's all I want in life." Get in your time machine, friends: We're going back to January 2018. Today on the Ali on the Run Show, I'm re-releasing "Episode 57." I didn't realize it at the time, but this was a pivotal conversation for me. I recorded it at 10 PM with my husband, Brian. I was in a tough place then. I wasn't fulfilled. I was floundering. The Ali on the Run Show was my hobby while I was freelance writing full-time. I was struggling to move on from my past dreams, and couldn't quite articulate what I wanted to do next. This conversation — which was hard to have, and really scary to put out into the world — helped. I cried. Multiple times. I was scared. Scared of failure, whatever that meant. And scared to admit that I was scared. (And definitely scared of what the response to this episode would be, which was overwhelmingly wonderful.) I didn't know what success meant to me, but I was able to pinpoint one thing: I wanted to spend more time talking to people. (Five years later: Check!) I revisited this episode as a reminder to myself, as I start planning for 2023: It hasn't always been live shows, race announcing, and World Championships! It hasn't been easy! So whether you're hearing "Episode 57" for the first time today, or you've heard it before, maybe something will resonate with you as you navigate your own "what do I want to be when I grow up?" journey. (PS: You're doing great.) SPONSORS: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. Bayshore Marathon: Bookmark this link! Registration for the 2023 races, taking place on Saturday, May 27, opens on January 5. For more, check out: The "Cali on the Run" episode Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Subscribe to the newsletter Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    590. Beyond the Run with Chelsea Sodaro, 2022 Ironman World Champion

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 77:29


    "It's just the reality of being a parent, and I think it would be easy to just see that as a hindrance or a disadvantage. But I think I've done a pretty good job of flipping that mindset and saying, 'Hey, look at what I've been able to accomplish when things haven't always gone my way!' I don't expect them to go perfectly on race day. So it's almost a little secret weapon that I have in my mental toolbox." In October, track star turned professional triathlete Chelsea Sodaro was 18 months postpartum. She was about to race her second Ironman triathlon: a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run. That Ironman was the Ironman World Championships in Kona. And she won the whole thing, finishing in 8 hours 33 minutes and 46 seconds, and becoming only the second mom in history to win in Kona. In this conversation, Chelsea talks all about her race day — but perhaps more importantly, she talks about the road to Kona. She talks about returning to training and competition as a new mom, and shares for the first time about her experience with postpartum anxiety. It's relatable ("To be totally honest, it's kind of a shitshow," Chelsea says of returning to work without childcare help), it's inspiring ("We can do hard things, and we can do amazing things," she says of being a mom with big dreams), and it's real ("We just cannot do it alone"). SPONSOR: New Balance. Click here to learn all about the conversations New Balance is having to promote mental wellness. What you'll get on this episode: What's written on Chelsea's bathroom mirror right now? (2:30) On feeling the mom love after Kona (4:00) What Chelsea was like as a kid, and the impact her mom had on her (5:00) How Chelsea is able to do what she does with a 1.5-year-old at home (9:45) How Chelsea has learned to let go of perfectionism, and her experience with postpartum anxiety (15:15) When Chelsea first started dreaming of Kona (28:45) Did Chelsea ever doubt herself? (35:00) What it was like getting to Kona (40:00) All the details from the 2022 Ironman World Championships (47:35) When Chelsea realized she was about to become an Ironman World Championship, and what the finish line experience was like (1:02:45) The Kona comedown (1:11:20) Chelsea's message to all the new moms (1:14:45) Follow Chelsea: Instagram @chelseasodaro Twitter @chelseasodaro Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    589. Sage Hurta, Professional Runner for On Athletics Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 60:19


    "I don't think anyone goes as hard as a dance floor full of professional or elite runners. Everyone was going bananas." Last year at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, Sage Hurta was in an exciting spot. Off the track, the seven-time All-American had just graduated from the University of Colorado and signed her first professional contract with On Athletics Club. And on the track: She was in the semi-finals of the 800m race, charging into the final 100 meters of the race with plans and dreams to advance to the final and maybe, hopefully make her first world championship team. But then she went down. Sage fell hard, breaking her wrist in the process. It was a heartbreaking day. The good news: 2022 has been the ultimate redemption year. In her first full year as an On-sponsored professional athlete, Sage (who just married teammate Joe Klecker!) entered 2022 having never broken two minutes in the 800m, and then went on to break 2:00 not once, not twice, but three times in the span of just six days. (And then, once more for good measure in August, where she ran 1:57 in Monaco, a new personal best.) She also ran a 1500m personal best (4:01.79) and took the win at the Ed Murphey classic. In this conversation, Sage reflects on 2021, shares her 2022 highlight reel, and looks forward to 2023 and beyond. SPONSORS: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. Napa Valley Marathon & Half Marathon: Click here to register for these races — taking place March 5, 2023 — today! What you'll get on this episode: All about Sage's recent wedding (and name change decision!) to teammate Joe Klecker (4:50) How Sage would sum up 2022 (11:30) The process of going pro (13:00) Sage reflects on last year's U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, and that fall during the 800m semifinal (19:50) On growing up with runner parents, and how Sage became a runner (28:30) On breaking 2:00 in the 800m for the first time, and the art of “Sage Rage” (32:45) Why Sage loves the 800, and how she puts that fall out of her head when she's racing (41:45) What's next on Sage's racing calendar? (48:45) Follow Sage: Instagram @hurtasage Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    588. 26 Questions with Emily Sisson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 58:07


    "Picture yourself as the eye of the hurricane, the eye of the storm. You have all this going on around you, but it doesn't affect you." It was a big year for Emily Sisson! The professional runner for New Balance broke not one but two records! In May, Emily became the American record holder in the half marathon, running 1:07:11 at the USATF Half Marathon Championships in Indianapolis. Then, in October, she finished the Chicago Marathon in 2:18:29, effectively becoming the American record holder in the 26.2-mile distance. Now, Emily has her eyes on 2023. She'll race the Houston Half Marathon in January, she's committed to a spring marathon (can't say which one yet!), and she's hoping to run a fall marathon to complete the year. Today, in the span of 26 questions, Emily talks about how life has (or hasn't) changed this year, shares what she's excited about and intrigued by, and talks about her favorite and hardest races to date. Photo by Kevin Morris SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code ALI22 to get free shipping. Plus, Tracksmith will donate 5% of your purchase proceeds to The Trevor Project. For more from Emily, check out: Emily Sisson, Sara Hall, & Emma Bates on Episode 490 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson & Shane Quinn on Episode 479 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson on Episode 394 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson on Episode 234 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson on Episode 169 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Emily: Instagram @em_sisson_ Twitter @em_sisson Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    587. Ask Ali, New York City Marathon Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 49:26


    "We're all down on the ground. We are partying with everyone. We're hanging out with the runners. We're making cheer tunnels, we're having kicklines. We are dancing. It is a party, and absolutely everyone is invited." It was a great (albeit warm) week in New York City, celebrating all things 2022 TCS New York City Marathon. From finish line announcing to live shows and so much more, today I'm answering all of your New York City Marathon-related questions. SPONSOR:  goodr. Click here for free shipping on your next goodr order! For more, check out: My TEDxBoston talk New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Trainer New Balance FuelCell Rebel v3 New Balance FuelCell SC Elite v3 Everything You Need to Know About the New York City Marathon Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    586. My 2022 New York City Marathon Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 86:53


    "I feel like I am peaking. This feels like it's as good as it gets!" New York City is back, baby! (I must have said that 300 times over the course of the week!) For the first time since 2019, the TCS New York City Marathon returned in full force: 50,000 runners, five boroughs, hundreds of thousands of spectators, and an oh-so-humid day that no one will soon forget. In this episode, I recap my entire week in New York City in great detail. The live shows (all three of them!), announcing the Run with Champions youth race, running the Dash to the Finish 5K (no PR this year, but I really did try!), and of course, being one of the finish line announcers on marathon day. My favorite week of the year! SPONSORS: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. Vuori: Click here for 20% off your first Vuori purchase. St. Jude Rock ‘n' Roll Nashville: Use code ONTHERUN10 for $10 off your registration for this year's races, taking place April 22–23. For more, check out: Ali on the Run Show LIVE with Keira D'Amato Ali on the Run Show LIVE with Erin Azar, Alysia Montaño, and Laura Green Ali on the Run Show LIVE with Emma Coburn Kofuzi's New York City Marathon recap Good Morning America segment Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    585. 26 Questions with Emily Durgin

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 52:02


    "I was a complete wreck. I had a lot of anxiety about a lot of unnecessary things. Not even the race itself — all the outside factors, and I didn't handle them well. I race all the time! This should have been just another race. But in my mind, I was over-worried about not making it to the start line." Emily Durgin spent this summer getting into the best shape of her life: marathon shape! She was gearing up to make her 26.2-mile debut at the TCS New York City Marathon — but race day didn't go as planned. Emily, who lives and trains in Flagstaff, AZ, and is sponsored by adidas, ended up dropping out "somewhere in Harlem." So today, we cover the fun questions in this series (first car, current car, celebrity lookalike), and Emily answers the tough questions, like what it's really like dropping out of your marathon debut, and how to deal with mid-race stress and anxiety. In true Emily form, she's in good spirits, she learned a lot, and she got to celebrate her friend Sharon Lokedi's win! SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code ALI22 to get free shipping. Plus, Tracksmith will donate 5% of your purchase proceeds to The Trevor Project. Follow Emily: Instagram @em_durgin Twitter @emily_durgin Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    584. LIVE with Emma Coburn in New York City

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 70:55


    "You can call me Bog Girl if you want." The best way to kick off TCS New York City Marathon week? A live show at the 1 Hotel Central Park South with special guest Emma Coburn, presented by New Balance. Emma has been on the show six (six!) times now, so our goal with this one was simple: "What haven't we talked about yet?" And mission accomplished, as we talked about Bosshard Bogs, got some Team Boss updates, and discussed the pressure that comes with being Emma Coburn. Plus: tattoo talk, Presidential Physical Fitness trauma, and so much more. SPONSOR: New Balance. Click here to learn all about the conversations New Balance is having to promote mental wellness. Follow Emma: Instagram @emmacoburn Twitter @emmajcoburn Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    583. LIVE with goodr, Erin Azar, Alysia Montaño, and Laura Green

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 65:42


    "My life got a little weird that weekend!" —Erin Azar "It's not about athletes running and having lactation accommodations. It's about making micro changes for macro changes. We want societal shift." —Alysia Montaño "Everyone's like, 'Do you have a goal?' And I'm like, 'To have a good time!' No, that's never my goal. I don't care about having a good time. I like to race!" —Laura Green Oh, we had some fun last Friday night in New York City. Goodr hosted a live recording of the Ali on the Run Show at Prohibition (my first live show at a bar! too fun!) with special guests Erin Azar (you know her as "Mrs. Space Cadet"), professional track star turned marathoner Alysia Montaño, and funny woman Laura Green. Lots of laughter, lots of talk about creating change in the industry, and lots of hot pink sunglasses! SPONSOR: goodr. Click here for free shipping on your next goodr order! Follow Erin: Instagram @immrsspacecadet TikTok @mrs.space.cadet YouTube Follow Alysia: Instagram @alysiamontano Follow Laura: Instagram @lauramcgreen Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    582. LIVE with Keira D'Amato at Custom Performance

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 57:30


    "When we're good with good enough and ditch the perfectionism, we can really find a whole new level in ourselves. Good enough is good enough." It's Keira D'Amato's first live podcast! The day before the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon, Keira sat down to talk about her pre-race mindset, to share how she was feeling the day before the race, and to explain her takes on perfectionism, karma, "doing the best you can with what you have," and her "white room theory." Plus, more about "Meat Thing," and a rousing game of "Skeiragories!" As Keira's mom would say: "Your ass is grass...and I'm the lawnmower!" (Keira went on to run 2:31:31 the next day, finishing 15th.) SPONSOR: Custom Performance. Check out the best physical therapy in NYC! (My PT is Greg Laraia — go see him!) For more, check out: Keira D'Amato on Episode 579 of the Ali on the Run Show Keira D'Amato on Episode 546 of the Ali on the Run Show Keira & Anthony D'Amato on Episode 475 of the Ali on the Run Show Keira D'Amato on Episode 414 of the Ali on the Run Show Keira D'Amato on Episode 305 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Keira: Instagram @keiradamato Twitter @KeiraDAmato Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    581. Ask Ali!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 46:04


    "When I grew up, I wanted to be a purple flying horse. Never give up on your dreams." Welcome to Ask Ali, the series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, I'm cruising through 24 listener questions, sent in via Instagram Stories (I'm @aliontherun1), about boundaries, mom guilt, sending the email, chafing, race swag, life dreams, and so much more. SPONSOR:  goodr. Click here for free shipping on your next goodr order! You asked: What shows do your parents like to watch? (3:45) Do you and Brian set intentional boundaries about talking about work? (5:45) Have you ever sent the email and regretted it later? (6:30) How are you most similar to your parents, and how are you different from each of them? (8:55) What is something you want Annie to learn that you weren't taught? (13:55) What runner inspires you the most? (15:00) Would you rather deal with butt-cheek chafe or side-arm chafe? (17:00) If you could only run one race for the rest of time, what would it be? (17:55) Does Annie like Bluey? (18:20) Do you know that you and Femke Bol look like twins? (18:55) Do you strength train? (20:00) How do I get faster than a 9:30 pace on the run? (21:15) How do you fight mom guilt being away from your daughter? (22:50) What shoes are in your current rotation? (28:40) What does your typical running week look like? (29:25) Favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner (34:15) What always makes you laugh? (35:40) What's your favorite piece of swag you've ever received from a race? (36:00) Any podcast interview you wish you could redo? (36:30) What's the best thing about living in NH vs. NYC? (38:40) Tips for first-timers running the New York City Marathon? (39:20) Are you interested in announcing London or Berlin? (40:25) Favorite cereal? (41:10) What was your dream job 25, 20, 15, and 10 years ago? (41:35) Check out: My TEDxBoston talk New Balance SuperComp Trainer New Balance FuelCell Rebel New Balance SC Elite v3 Everything You Need to Know About the New York City Marathon Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    580. Steph Bruce, On Her Final Pro Marathon in NYC

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 58:14


    "This year, it finally feels like, 'I'm gonna rip it.' The badass version of me is like, 'You're going to have to work really hard to beat me!' That finally came back this year." This weekend, Steph Bruce will race her last marathon as a professional athlete. When Steph was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition last year, she decided to make some tough decisions. She decided 2022 would be her final year as a professional athlete. The HOKA NAZ Elite athlete plans to retire at the end of this year. But first: She's racing the TCS New York City Marathon this weekend, and she's taking us all along for the ride, calling this year her "Grit Finale." In this conversation, Steph talks about how she's feeling heading into her 17th marathon, both physically and emotionally. She talks about how training has gone, about her advice for athletes who are new to the sport, and life after NYCM. SPONSOR: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. What you'll get on this episode: How Steph's feeling heading into the New York City Marathon (2:45) How Steph has navigated the emotional heaviness of the past few years, both on and off the race course (7:45) What Steph is proudest of (16:30) What Steph would say to all the pregnant pro runners right now (19:00) How Steph's New York City Marathon training has gone (21:30) Steph's New York City Marathon race plan (26:00) What Steph says runners should and should not do when running the New York City Marathon (28:45) What Steph pictures when she thinks about celebrating this race (37:40) Life after the New York City Marathon (38:30) What Steph wishes she had known at the early stages of her career (42:45) For more, check out: Steph Bruce on Episode 104 of the Ali on the Run Show Steph & Ben Bruce on Episode 206 of the Ali on the Run Show Steph Bruce on Episode 354 of the Ali on the Run Show Steph Bruce on Episode 371 of the Ali on the Run Show Steph Bruce on Episode 519 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Steph: Instagram @stephrothstein Twitter @steph_rothstein Facebook Blog YouTube Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    579. 26 Questions with Keira D'Amato

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 59:39


    "I have a shirt that says 'Meat Thing' on it. This is such a weird story." She's back! Not only is Keira D'Amato back on the Ali on the Run Show today, here to tackle 26 questions, she's also back on the 26.2-mile run. In January, Keira broke the American record in the marathon. In July, she got to represent Team USA at World Championships, where she finished eighth. In September, she ran the Berlin Marathon. And now, she's ready to toe yet another marathon start line: Keira is racing the TCS New York City Marathon this weekend! Here, she talks about her goals for the race, how training has been going, where she's at emotionally, whether she wants the American Record back, and, well, parking tickets, "Meat Thing," and so much more. SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code ALI22 to get free shipping. Plus, Tracksmith will donate 5% of your purchase proceeds to The Trevor Project. For more, check out: Keira D'Amato on Episode 546 of the Ali on the Run Show Keira & Anthony D'Amato on Episode 475 of the Ali on the Run Show Keira D'Amato on Episode 414 of the Ali on the Run Show Keira D'Amato on Episode 305 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Keira: Instagram @keiradamato Twitter @KeiraDAmato Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    578. Everything You Need to Know About the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 148:46


    "It's wild. It is New York's Super Bowl. Every single borough comes out to play, and it's amazing." OK, soon-to-be New York City Marathoners: Here it is! Your unofficial guide to the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon. Today, with the help of a few very special guests, I'm here to answer all of your NYCM-related questions. This is a mega-episode — 2.5 hours long! — so enjoy your taper, listen in, and take lots of deep breaths knowing you've got this. As for me: The New York City Marathon is my Super Bowl, my Christmas, my birthday, my favorite day of the year. It was the first marathon I ever watched, back in 2008, when I went out to cheer for a coworker who was running the race. (Thanks for the inspiration, Therese!) I've run it three times — in 2013, 2014, and 2016 — and volunteered once, in 2015, at a fluid station. In 2017, I cheered on "First and Fifth," and in 2018, at three weeks postpartum, going to the New York City Marathon was my first outing since having a baby. I sat in the grandstands as Shalane Flanagan finished third, and pumped in a fancy finish line porta potty. Then, in 2019, I got the best seat in the house for the first time: New York City Marathon finish line announcer. This will be my third year as one of the race's announcers, and it's a huge honor. I can't wait to see you. And this episode isn't just for the marathoners: We have tips for spectators, a breakdown of how to get into the race in the future, and general advice for marathon-day fueling and hydrating. SPONSOR: New Balance — Click here to learn more about how New Balance is supporting conversations around mental wellness in running. (And check out the SuperComp Trainer! I'm obsessed!) What you'll get on this episode: New York City Marathon race director Ted Metellus talks about what makes the New York City Marathon so iconic (3:30) Ali answers your pre-race questions, including how to get into the race, dealing with logistics-related overwhelm, and how to watch the race on TV (27:15) Molly Seidel, who broke the American course record at last year's race, offers her advice for racing the New York City Marathon — plus a life update! (34:00) Everything you need to know about getting to the start village, and what it'll be like once you're there (50:30) Registered dietitian and five-time New York City Marathoner Kelly Hogan answers questions about how to fuel and hydrate on race morning and throughout the day (1:09:15) All about the New York City Marathon course (1:23:20) Running coach Anoush Arakelian offers course strategy advice, whether you want to race to a personal best or run-walk and enjoy the scenery (1:31:15) All about the finish line and beyond (1:54:15) How to be an awesome spectator (2:00:30) What happens after you cross the finish line (2:06:25) Questions for Ali (2:09:30) Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    577. Meghann Featherstun, Sports Dietitian & 2:50 Marathoner

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 67:31


    "I feel like nutrition is the new super shoe! If we're fully carb loaded, if we're fueling our race really strong, our performance can be astronomical, and better than we ever thought." Meghann Featherstun is on a mission: to get runners to eat more. More specifically: to get runners to eat more carbs! In this conversation, the sports dietitian and 2:50 marathoner talks about her passion for performance fueling. She talks about running a big personal best at the Chicago Marathon just a few weeks ago, and about what it has taken to shave more than an hour off her marathon time over the past decade. Meghann explains how she became a sports dietitian, talks about the most common concerns she hears about from her clients, and looks back on how she first became a marathoner (and why her "one and done" declaration, well...famous last words). Plus: how Meghann keeps running fun and joy-filled, and all about her obsession with graham crackers, bagels, and toast (oh my!). SPONSOR: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. What you'll get on this episode: What's the deal with the graham crackers and morning toast? (2:50) How was Meghann's run today? (7:50) What is a sports dietitian? (9:50) On the trauma of 1990s diet culture (14:15) How Meghann found running (16:45) Why Meghann fell in love with the marathon (19:00) What are the common themes Meghann is hearing from her clients? (22:30) How do you know if you're under-fueling? (26:00) Meghann's Chicago Marathon fueling plan (30:45) What Meghann had to do to go from a 3:58 marathon to a 2:50 (41:35) How Meghann keeps running fun (51:15) Meghann's goals for the New York City Marathon (52:40) Meghann's tips for becoming a morning runner and for making running more joy-filled (56:15) For more, check out: Emily Oster on Episode 571 of the Ali on the Run Show Can confirm: There was Goose Island beer at the Chicago Marathon finish line! Follow Meghann: Instagram @FeatherstoneNutrition Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    576. 26 Questions with Thomas "Tommie Runz" Bailey

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 53:39


    "I don't get paid to run. So I might as well have some fun!" Thomas Bailey is best known in the running world as Tommie Runz, and he's been taking the industry by storm. Tommie is a marathon-running dad of two who lives in Detroit and works a full-time job in vehicle shipping by day, and is a podcast host, YouTuber, and content creator by all other hours. Tommie is currently on his "Redemption Tour" — running three fall marathons after a disappointing race at the Boston Marathon this spring. He has already completed the Erie and Chicago Marathons, and now he's gearing up for his goal race in New York City. All about his marathon-filled fall and more, today on the Ali on the Run Show. SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code ALI22 to get free shipping. Plus, Tracksmith will donate 5% of your purchase proceeds to The Trevor Project. Follow Tommie: @tommie_runz The Run, Eat, Sleep Show Tommie on YouTube Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    575. Jenny Simpson, Puma-Sponsored Professional Athlete

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 74:00


    "I've never been someone that felt like I did my best work trying to prove somebody wrong. I do my best work trying to prove somebody right." It hasn't been an easy year for three-time world championship medalist, three-time Olympian, and Olympic bronze medalist Jenny Simpson. In the 48 hours before the calendar turned from 2021 to 2022, Jenny watched as her world began to crumble. On December 30, wildfires engulfed her historic home — a former schoolhouse, beloved by Jenny and her husband, Jason, and by their community. They (with their dog, Truman) evacuated, hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. On December 31, her 12-year contract with New Balance ended, and wasn't renewed — something Jenny calls "a great heartbreak." Plus, the 1500-meter legend was injured. In true Jenny form, though, she's seeing the bright side now. Jenny and Jason's home somehow survived the fire, and after being displaced for three months, they were able to move back in and rebuild their lives. She's no longer injured, and with all systems go, she's officially transitioning from the track to the roads, with longer distances in mind. ("I'm not training for a marathon," she swears.) Two weeks ago, she won the Army 10-Miler, and she has one more race on the calendar for 2022. And she is, once again, a fully sponsored professional athlete. Jenny signed with Puma earlier this year. Today, she's here to talk about all of it. SPONSORS: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. Napa Valley Marathon & Half Marathon: Click here to register for these races — taking place March 5, 2023 — today! What you'll get on this episode: How Jenny has brought her community together in the wake of last year's Colorado wildfires (3:30) The lingering trauma from the wildfires (10:10) What Jenny's running has been like over the past year (16:30) On Jenny's recent Army 10-Miler win, and how she's feeling now (21:40) Is Jenny Simpson ready to become a marathoner? (36:45) How is Jenny measuring her success on the roads? (42:50) On the end of Jenny's New Balances sponsorship, and the beginning of her partnership with Puma (49:00) Jenny's shoes of choice right now (54:15) Did Jenny watch the Fifth Avenue Mile this year? (57:55) What Jenny sees in U.S. women's distance running right now (1:01:25) What running feels like for Jenny right now (1:07:15) For more, check out: Jenny & Jason Simpson on Episode 329 of the Ali on the Run Show Jenny Simpson on Episode 268 of the Ali on the Run Show Jenny Simpson on Episode 96 of the Ali on the Run Show "Is Top Miler Jenny Simpson About to Be a Marathoner?" by Sarah Lorge Butler for Runner's World Follow Jenny: Instagram @trackjenny Twitter @trackjenny Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    574. 26 Questions with Matt Wilpers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 60:52


    "That's my mentality: Get to the starting line, and roll with what you've got, and do your best. If you do that, you've gotta be happy." Everyone loves Matt Wilpers. The beloved and adored (and newly engaged!) Peloton instructor is a 2:54 marathoner, a 1:17 half marathoner, and a 10:38 Ironman triathlete. And now, in between teaching Peloton classes, running a coaching business, and wedding planning, Matt is training for the New York City Marathon! (Get to know Matt better by listening to him on Episode 398 of the Ali on the Run Show.) In today's edition of 26 Questions, Matt answers questions about how training is going, how he proposed to his now-fiancé, his goals for race day, and more. SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code ALI22 to get free shipping. Plus, Tracksmith will donate 5% of your purchase proceeds to The Trevor Project. Follow Matt: Instagram @mattwilpers Website Team Wilpers Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    573. Ask Ali!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 36:33


    "I get overwhelmed, I get stressed, I put a lot of pressure on myself. I have high expectations for myself. But my 'why' is wanting to do my best. My why is wanting to be a good example for Annie. If I'm going to spend any time working and away from my daughter, I want it to be for a good reason." Welcome to Ask Ali, the series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, I'm flying through 26 listener questions, sent in via Instagram Stories (I'm @aliontherun1), about podcast, running, motherhood, Halloween, purple M&Ms, laundry detergent (?), and so much more. SPONSOR:  goodr. Click here for free shipping on your next goodr order! You asked: How excited were you to get Wordle on the first try? (3:05) What is Annie going to be for Halloween? (3:50) Will we see you at the New England Half? (4:25) What's your favorite 90s trend that has come back? (6:15) What's your favorite song to let loose and dance to? (7:50) Any chance there will be more tickets to the live show with Keira D'Amato? (8:45) Thoughts on the new purple M&M? (9:15) What is the relationship between podcasters? Friends? Enemies? Competitors? (9:50) Running the NYC Marathon for the first time — what's your best advice? (12:00) Has a guest ever said something so offensive or off the wall that you had to edit it out? (13:25) Do you ever forget why you are doing something or who you're trying to impress? (16:00) Grinding: love it or hate it? (18:00) When will you know if you'll be back at the Boston Marathon in any capacity? (20:15) What would you change or redo about your wedding? (20:25) If you had to start a fantasy running team, who would your five starters be? (22:30) Do you have a running coach? (24:00) Do you have any future plans to run another marathon? (25:30) How many home offers did you make? (27:00) Favorite Halloween costume you ever wore (28:15) How's Ellie? (29:50) Will you ever announce a race in the south? (30:25) Boyfriend has ulcerative colitis. What are some date night ideas for us? (30:45) What is the all-time most-listened-to episode of your podcast? (31:30) What detergent do you use on your running clothes? (32:45) Looking to commit to my first marathon — which one should it be? (33:00) Are you ever in a bad mood when it's time to start the podcast? (34:15) Check out: The New England Half: Use code ONTHRUNNE for 15% off your race registration The Clearwater Marathon & Running Festival: Use code ONTHERUN for 20% off your race registration "Molly Seidel Still Struggles," by Sarah Lorge Butler for Runner's World Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    572. Alison Mariella Désir, Author of Running While Black

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 81:36


    "There's a big period of my life that led me to find long-distance running where I was a shell of myself. I was depressed and suicidal and anxious and unable to leave my house. And I think a lot about, what if my story had ended there? What if there wasn't this other part of my life where I get to be the person who I am today?" Alison Mariella Désir is a runner, a marathoner, a change-maker, an activist, an advocate, a wife (to Amir!), a mother (to Kouri!), a founder (of Harlem Run and Run 4 All Women), a creator, and now, she adds "author" to her bio. Alison's highly-anticipated book, Running While Black: Finding Freedom in a Sport That Wasn't Built for Us, hits bookshelves next week. Today, Alison returns to the Ali on the Run Show (for the fourth time!) to talk all about her writing process and her hopes and dreams for the running industry. This book is a must-read for runners and non-runners alike. SPONSORS: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. Vuori: Click here for 20% off your first Vuori purchase. What you'll get on this episode: How does it feel to have this book out in the world? (3:10) What Alison hopes people feel when they read this book (7:45) All about Alison's writing vibe (12:00) What Alison learned about herself during the writing process (17:15) What would Alison's dad think of this book? (19:45) What Alison's relationship with running is like right now (21:50) On dealing with racism and microaggressions from a very young age (27:15) “She wasn't tired. She was tired of giving in.” (32:55) The pressure to continue being a high-achiever (36:10) What it felt like for Alison to keep showing up to Harlem Run — by herself (41:50) On building community, and what Alison learned from running with other groups, crews, and clubs in New York City (48:00) On being vulnerable at this stage in life (54:40) What Alison hoped would come from her Outside magazine op-ed (57:30) On sniffing out performative BS, and seeing meaningful change within the running industry (1:03:45) The experience of recording the audio version of Running While Black  (1:14:00) Which parts of the book have resonated most with people so far (1:16:15) For more from Alison, check out: Alison Désir, Founder of Harlem Run What's New With You? "Why it's an exciting time for women's running" “Ahmaud Arbery and Whiteness in the Running World,” by Alison Désir for Outside Magazine Follow Alison: Instagram @alisonmdesir Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    571. Emily Oster, LIVE at the Tracksmith Trackhouse

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 70:24


    "Once we realized it was real… I mean, it's not like that happens every week. It was really freaking cool!" Emily Oster was first on the Ali on the Run Show last February. At the time, the economist, Brown University professor, and best-selling author talked about how running is the one place in her life where she lets go of all the data and just runs. Fast-forward a few months, and Emily has a running coach (Kaitlin Goodman!), a training plan, a pair of super shoes, and finisher's medals from a 1:41 half marathon and 42:01 10K. Safe to say, Emily's relationship with running has evolved! In this conversation, recorded in front of a live audience at the Tracksmith Trackhouse in Boston, Emily — who is the author of Expecting Better, Cribsheet, and The Family Firm — talks about that evolution, and about whether more racing is in her future. Plus, what it was like being honored as one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2022, including how she found out about the honor, what it was like being on the red carpet next to Zendaya, and whether her kids are impressed by her achievements. SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code ALI22 to get free shipping. Plus, Tracksmith will donate 5% of your purchase proceeds to The Trevor Project. Follow Emily: Instagram @ProfEmilyOster Twitter @ProfEmilyOster Subscribe to her newsletter Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    570. 26 Questions with Kyle Merber

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 51:17


    "Someone described me as ‘Olympic-caliber,' which I think is the nicest, funniest way to say ‘Didn't make it.'" Kyle Merber is a former professional runner (a 3:52 miler! he won the Millrose Games mile as a high schooler!) who retired in 2020, and now works full-time for American Express while also managing The Lap Count newsletter and navigating life as a new dad. Now, Kyle is going the distance: the 26.2-mile distance, that is. Kyle is training to make his official marathon debut at the TCS New York City Marathon next month (though he's covered the distance in training a few times now). Today, Kyle talks about the expectations on him as a former professional athlete and first-time marathoner, explains how he's fitting training into his life, and talks about his nighttime cereal habit. (Listen to Kyle's previous episode of the Ali on the Run Show with friend and colleague Chris Chavez here.) SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code ALI22 to get free shipping. Plus, Tracksmith will donate 5% of your purchase proceeds to The Trevor Project. Follow Kyle: Instagram @kylemerber Twitter @TheRealMerb Subscribe to The Lap Count Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    569. Beyond the Run with Molly Huddle

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 54:20


    "I start from zero, too, after having a baby, just like everyone else. So, here goes!" Molly Huddle is one of the greatest American distance runners of our time. In her career, she's held numerous American records and is a two-time Olympian. She's the co-host of the Keeping Track podcast and co-author of the book How She Did It. And in April, Molly added a new title to her bio: mom. Molly gave birth to her daughter, Josephine ("Jojo") earlier this year, so today, Molly returns to the Ali on the Run Show to talk about running throughout her pregnancy and her careful, cautious, calculated return to running and racing. Plus, what's next for Molly on the run — and beyond. SPONSOR: New Balance — Click here to learn more about how New Balance is supporting conversations around mental wellness in running. (And check out the SuperComp Trainer! I'm obsessed!) What you'll get on this episode: How Molly's feeling right now (3:20) Molly's decision to publicly share her return to racing (4:50) Who Molly leaned on throughout her pregnancy (7:15) How it feels to watch all the fast fall races right now, and all about Molly's race announcing debut this summer (8:45) Molly's postpartum expectations (11:30) The decision a professional runner has to make about if and when to have a baby (12:55) What running throughout pregnancy looked like for Molly (17:30) Molly recalls her first postpartum run (29:50) Molly's decision to return to racing (32:40) What it's like being an idol and role model to younger professional athletes (37:30) What has come naturally to Molly in motherhood, and what has felt most challenging (41:30) What's next for Molly? (46:00) The best advice Molly has received in this phase of life (49:20) For more from Molly, check out: Molly Huddle on Episode 51 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly Huddle on Episode 66 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly Huddle on Episode 259 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly Huddle on Episode 391 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly Huddle & Sara Slattery on Episode 493 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Molly:  Instagram @mollyhuddle Twitter @mollyhuddle Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    568. Calum Neff, Keira D'Amato's Berlin Marathon Pacer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 67:40


    "We all get nervous. We all have this energy, whether it feels good or bad. We all get in the race and physically feel good and bad at different points. It's just important to remember that that's all normal, no matter what that is. So I just told her, ‘This is how it feels. This is how it's gonna feel.' And that was it. Game on." First, he paced Sara Hall at the Marathon Project. Then, he paced Keira D'Amato for her American Record at the Houston Marathon. Now, dad of three and stroller-running world record holder Calum Neff returns to the Ali on the Run Show to talk about his third major pacing opportunity: running with Keira again, this time at the Berlin Marathon. In this conversation — recorded while Calum was recovering in Italy — Calum talks all about the Berlin experience, where Keira was hoping to take down her own American record. He talks about their ambitious goal for race day, explains the low-mileage training that helped get him to the start line (training for an American record on just 30 miles per week?!), and talks about how he got the job this time around. Calum talks about the plan for Keira and the three pacers, raves about the pre-race highlights (hanging with Eliud Kipchoge!), explains the unique pressure of being a pacer, and shares the final words he said to Keira on the start line. Plus, how he pushed through his own tough parts of the race, the energy he got from Keira throughout the race, and what's next on his race calendar. SPONSOR: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. What you'll get on this episode: How Calum got the role as one of Keira's Berlin Marathon pacers, and what his training was like (5:45) “I'm Keira's pacer, and I don't know if I can do this” (10:20) What Calum has learned about the delicate art of pacing (14:30) The pacing plan for race day (19:00) All about the pre-race activities (Kipchoge!) (20:45) What race morning was like (26:35) The sights and sounds from the early miles of the race (31:00) What happens when the plan changes, and how Calum pushed through his own tough parts of the race (34:30) On that moment during the race when Keira was given (and refused!) an out (40:00) What the final miles of the race were like (44:50) That finish line feeling — and the race-within-a-race to get there (50:50) Calum's post-race thoughts (55:00) What makes pacing Keira, specifically, special (58:15) Calum's next race: representing Team Canada in the trail running world championships (1:01:50) Follow Calum: Instagram @calneff Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    567. 26 Questions with Nell Rojas

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 39:26


    "I went through a breakup and went straight for the guitar shop, hoping that would fix everything. Well. I played it once for about 10 minutes." In both 2021 and 2022, Boulder-based professional runner Nell Rojas was the highest-placing American woman at the Boston Marathon. Now, she's ready to tackle the Big Apple: Nell is gearing up to make her TCS New York City Marathon debut next month. Today, she answers questions about how her training is going, why she wants to run NYC, how her boyfriend really feels about her "head-only altitude tent," American Girl dolls (she's an Addy; I'm an aspiring Samantha), how people react when they see her car, and so much more. SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code ALI22 to get free shipping. Plus, Tracksmith will donate 5% of your purchase proceeds to The Trevor Project. For more from Nell, check out: Nell Rojas on Episode 513 of the Ali on the Run Show Nell Rojas & Hiruni Wijayaratne on Episode 484 of the Ali on the Run Show Nell Rojas on Episode 434 of the Ali on the Run Show Nell Rojas on Episode 431 of the Ali on the Run Show Nell Rojas on Episode 229 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Nell: Instagram @nell_rojas_running Twitter @nellrojas Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    566. LIVE from the Akron Marathon with Meb Keflezighi, Kathrine Switzer, & Bill Rodgers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 49:50


    "It was an astonishing thing. It was one of those defining moments in your life. Everything else was changed from that moment." It was an honor to be invited to the 20th running of the Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, & Team Relay in Ohio this past weekend, and to get to host a live show at the pre-race expo with running legends Meb Keflezighi (Olympic silver medalist and winner of both the New York City Marathon and the Boston Marathon), Kathrine Switzer (the first woman to officially run and finish the Boston Marathon), and Bill Rodgers (four-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons). One quick note: Unfortunately, the first few minutes of the show are missing from the audio recording, so what you'll get here picks up with Meb a few minutes in, answering my question, "Why did you run your first marathon?" The audio skips a few times throughout the recording, but ultimately, you'll still get to hear some inspiring and powerful stuff from Meb, Kathrine, and Bill. SPONSOR: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    565. 26 Questions with Laura Green

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 41:38


    "Oh god, it was so bad! Oh god. I'm going to bring this up in therapy this week!" She's everyone's favorite funny runner — and today, Laura Green returns to the Ali on the Run Show for the third time to answer a series of 26 questions. (Check out Laura's previous episodes: when she filled in as an Ask Ali guest host, and when she was part of the Motherhood Mondays series.) Whether she's playing the role of an ambitious mom-to-be who plans to start stroller running right out of the hospital, she's role-playing what would happen if all the big running brands got together for beers, or she's a road runner trying out the trails, Laura's LOL-inducing videos have the running industry (and beyond!) absolutely rolling. Laura is currently training for the New York City Marathon. SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code ALI22 to get free shipping. Plus, Tracksmith will donate 5% of your purchase proceeds to The Trevor Project. Follow Laura: Instagram @lauramcgreen Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    564. Beyond the Run with Emily Saul, Marathon Mentality Q&A Part III

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 66:10


    "No one can define what success is for you but YOU. Even though the sport of running tries to tell us that the only things that matter are distance and time, that is simply not true. You decide what matters to you." Welcome to Part III (the last part!) of the Marathon Mentality series with Ali on the Run Show favorite Emily Saul! Emily is a licensed mental health counselor, sport psychology coach, and founder of E Saul Movement. She's a former Division-1 collegiate rower, she's a lifelong athlete, she's a many-time marathoner, and she's a TEDxBoston speaker. Today, we're talking race day. We made it! (You made it! You're doing great!) Emily is offering advice about tackling taper tantrums, getting in the right headspace for race day, and dealing with the potential post-marathon blues. SPONSOR: New Balance — Click here to learn more about how New Balance is supporting conversations around mental wellness in running. (And check out the SuperComp Trainer! I'm obsessed!) What you'll get on this episode: How do I deal with taper tantrums? (3:30) How do I get over the mindset of being able to run further on race day than ever before? (7:25) Best advice for getting pumped up for a marathon the week before the race (12:05) How do I get over my fear of coming in last? (19:00) How would you address mid-race fears of pushing too hard too early? (27:10) How do you handle the personal pressure you put on yourself? (29:55) What do you do mid-race when your mind starts making preemptive excuses for failing? (35:20) How to battle the mental game during a race when your body wants to give up (39:00) How to stay positive when the race isn't going as expected (44:45) During training, I feel confident and I crush my workouts. But when it comes to race day, doubt creeps in. Any advice? (49:55) How to deal with the post-marathon blues (54:30) Emily's final pre-race pep talk for fall marathoners (1:01:10) For more, check out: Marathon Mentality Part II: When the Training Ramps Up Marathon Mentality Part I: Getting in the Right Headspace for Marathon Training Emily Saul on Episode 510 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Saul on Episode 574 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Saul on Episode 59 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Saul's TEDxBoston talk Follow Emily: Instagram @emilysaulboston Twitter @emilysaulboston Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

    563. Kara Winger, World Silver Medalist Javelin Thrower & American Record Holder

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 75:29


    "To go out on top — there are so few athletes that can say that, and that really wasn't my plan! I just wanted to know when it would be over so that I could put everything that I had into each throw." Kara Winger had long planned for 2022 to be her final javelin season. And what a final season it was! The four-time Olympian capped off her 18-year international career by winning her first global medal (silver, at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, OR), and becoming the first U.S. woman to medal in the javelin at a world championships event. She set a new American record. She took the win at the Wanda Diamond League final. And, after 12 years, she finally broke her own personal record. In this conversation, Kara reflects on her career and on what it means to go out on top. She talks about the support she has felt in the track and field community, and about when she made the decision to retire. She talks about being chosen to be the Team USA flag bearer at last summer's Tokyo Olympic Games, and talks about the struggles she's faced with injuries (two ACL tears and a labrum tear in her left shoulder) and setbacks. Now, the Tracksmith-sponsored athlete will begin the next chapter of her career as the senior director for Parity, an organization dedicated to closing the gender pay gap in sports. SPONSORS: UCAN: Click here and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. Napa Valley Marathon & Half Marathon: Click here to register for these races — taking place March 5, 2023 — today! What you'll get on this episode: What Kara says to everyone who wants her to keep competing (5:00) When and why Kara decided to retire, and what her mentality was like heading into her final season (6:50) The first thing Kara pictures when she thinks about her final season of competition (13:20) Is it possible to get into a flow state when throwing? (18:35) What Kara's childhood was like, and how she found the javelin (20:40) How Kara actually learned how to throw a javelin (27:00) What it was like becoming an Olympian while still in college (29:15) What life was like at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA (32:45) What Kara's training is like lately (38:15) Kara's decision to get her MBA (41:45) How Kara became the flag bearer for Team USA during the Tokyo Olympics (45:20) The support Kara has felt from her community this year (54:00) What Kara wishes people understood about throwing, field events, and the javelin specifically (59:00) Any chance Kara will compete at World Championships in Budapest next year? (1:03:00) Follow Kara: Instagram @KaraThrowsJav Twitter @KaraThrowsJav Website Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you're enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!