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Every week on the Ali on the Run Show, I talk with inspiring people who lead interesting lives on the run and beyond. And while running is what brings us all together, on these episodes, we're digging a little deeper. These conversations are about the decisions people have made to get where they are today, and how getting sweaty has factored in. Whether you’re on the run toward something great or away from something that’s holding you back, join me on this never-ending adventure, and let’s a ...
 
Exploring the why behind what keeps runners running long, strong, and motivated. The cover photo is my Why: finishing my first 50k, which was a last minute change of plans due to TNF50 cancellation, supported and surrounded by some of the best humans in the trail running world. Logo designed by Vanessa Wolfe
 
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Ali Feller is the host of the Ali on the Run Show, a freelance writer and editor, a mom, wife, and someone who is really just excited about life. In this episode, we talked about: -Ali’s first few runs to the dog park and back -why she kept running -the feeling of her first race -why she got into podcasting -some of the takeaways from 300+ episodes…
 
Shawanna White is a positive person, a runner, PE teacher, and a caring person. In this episode, we talked about: -getting started as a runner -big crazy dreams -why she’s inspired by kids -what success means to her -what it’s like to be the 6th fastest US-born Black marathoner -diversity in the sport and her role as a faster runner -why she’s a co…
 
“We get on the line and yeah, we’re competitive with each other, but as soon as we cross that line, we’re each other’s biggest fans.” Shelby Houlihan and Karissa Schweizer are two of the fastest women on the planet right now. They run for Nike's Bowerman Track Club, and seem to have found the perfect balance of being both great friends and teammate…
 
“There are so many times you start on a journey and somewhere along the way you realize, this isn’t where I wanted to go. The beginning of this was right, and then somewhere I took a turn or didn’t take a turn, and I ended up somewhere entirely different. And it caused a meltdown. Do I love running? What in running do I love? Can I get back to what…
 
“If you want to do this job, you have to be willing to assume that you could be wrong about just about everything. You need to be willing to look everything up.” Carla Benton gets paid to read all day. Sound like the dream? As a freelance book copy editor and proofreader, Carla agrees: She's living her dream. (She worked on 70 books last year alone…
 
“I have this insatiable need to find out how good I can be. I just want to see how fast I can run and what I can accomplish. If I can make an Olympic team, if I can win the New York City Marathon. And just daring to try is what fills me with so much purpose in my daily life. Anytime I have an obstacle, I’m like yeah, but nothing else fires me up mo…
 
Joe Holder is the founder of The Ocho System, a Nike Master Trainer, run coach, consultant and writer, out here trying to use his skill set to apply it to as many places as possible. In this episode we talked about: -getting into health and fitness -using his gifts to help others -why he believes helping just one person is worth it -“you’re gonna h…
 
“I think about it a lot, like what do I want to add to this sport? What do I want to add to my life, and what do I want my legacy to be? And I feel like it would be a hollow journey if I didn’t try to use my platform to spread a good message to make change.” Gabriela DeBues-Stafford is having one heck of a year so far. In her debut season training …
 
"It’s terrifying. But I think that’s a good thing." This week on the job, we're headed to the courtroom! Catherine McNamara is a public defender in Massachusetts — a job she says is often mischaracterized and misunderstood. So she's here to clear things up. Catherine talks about what makes her work hard, stressful, important, and rewarding, and tal…
 
Marni Salup is a wellness minded athlete, yogi and entrepreneur. She’s also an explorer, adventurer and has a curiosity and passion for life. In this episode, we talked about: -her own podcast, Marni on the Move -becoming an entrepreneur -her training goals and progress in 2020/2021 -top takeaways from her own podcasting -what success means to her …
 
Natalie Mitchell is a mom of three, a runner who truly loves the sport, a wife, podcast host and a person who just really loves this life. In this episode we talked about: -getting into running -how she uses social media -why she runs -how she got into podcasting and her goals there -her love of traveling and exploring new cities -her 2021 running …
 
“It’s the most popular club that no one wants to join.” Welcome to the monthly edition of Ramblings on the Run with Ali and Matt! This month, Matt Chittim — host of the Rambling Runner podcast and the Road to the Trials podcast — and I catch up on how our running is going, share what we're loving right now, and talk about what we're excited about. …
 
“Being able to come to work as my whole self. Being able to be out. Being able to appear on camera in drag. Hopefully for those of you that are out there listening, if you work at a company or a place where you cannot be yourself — and I know you need to make the money — it is not worth it. It is not worth it to stifle that magic. You will slowly d…
 
“It’s definitely not like Suits. It’s way more like The Office.” For Victoria Asikis, grocery shopping is the best. As a lawyer working in regulatory compliance for food and beverage products, strolling the aisles is basically doing market research. And on this episode, we learn what, exactly, a food lawyer does. (It's pretty fascinating stuff!) Vi…
 
Tansey Lystad is a runner, part of Tracksmith’s amateur program and runs for Boulder Underground, a semi professional sunrise and sunset chaser, high school science teacher, dad joke connoisseur, and a life enthusiast. In this episode we talked about: -finding happiness -the balance between struggle and growth “Don’t crack the egg” and not holding …
 
"Having a baby is not the end of your running goals and dreams." Welcome back to Ask Ali, a monthly series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we've got listener questions about running after having a baby, podcasting behind-the-scenes, getting into freelance writing, stroller recommendations, and my real thoughts on Taylor Swif…
 
“There comes a certain time that you just need a break. You’re human. You don’t have to feel great all the time. It’s OK to be in touch with your feelings and say, ‘I don’t feel great, and I’m going to take five days off.’ It’s fine!” Blanca Grinkovitch is a 20-time marathoner, Ironman, lululemon ambassador, director at New Jersey treadmill studio …
 
“People should feel like they have a real say in the decisions that impact their everyday lives.” Beth Huang says community organizing is on her mind 24/7. As the Director of the Massachusetts Voter Table voting rights organization, it's her life's mission to get everyone everywhere (starting in Massachusetts!) registered to vote and showing up to …
 
“In order for me to light the world on fire — I am going to do amazing things in Tokyo — I’m going to train smart, I’m going to stay out of trouble, and I’m going to stay injury free. Because I believe in my heart that even four months of training, I am going to be super fit and I’m going to have an amazing race in Tokyo. I just hope that my body i…
 
Sabrina de la Cruz is a kind, passionate, hard working woman whose commitment is to help others and also strive for greatness as a professional runner. In this episode we talked about: -her growth as a runner -more importantly, her growth as a human -Angel City Elite’s genesis -what it’s like to be part of a team where promoting diversity in the sp…
 
“The only person who can make you feel good about yourself is yourself. You really have to feel confident in who you are and what you bring to the table, and know that you’re enough. That’s your foundation.” Ask any Peloton devotee about instructor Olivia Amato, and you'll probably hear the same phrase over and over: "She's a real-life Energizer Bu…
 
"I used to be a morning person. I’m not a morning person anymore!" Liz Lemon was always destined to do two things: run and help people. Liz (and yes, she gets a lot of 30 Rock references thanks to her name) comes from a family that runs and practices medicine, so it's no surprise that Liz would do the same. She's a night shift nurse in the emergenc…
 
Ashley Brasovan is a runner, friend, community member, and an environmentalist focused on climate change. In this episode, we talked about: -Struggling to define herself as a runner post collegiately -running since 6th or 7th grade -having bone issues and overcoming those injuries -hearing that she might not run again -getting to “rock bottom” and …
 
“Once I started to believe in myself and believe I was faster — which is the power of the mind — I started showing it.” Ce'Aira Brown wants you to know that she's still running. She's still training (alongside Ajeé Wilson), and she's still staying true to her "talk less, grind more" mentality. (And when she's not on the run training for the 800m or…
 
“The worst thing you can do is count yourself out.” Last year, Molly Seidel ran her first marathon — at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, where she finished second and earned herself a spot on the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team. And she'll be the first to tell you that she wouldn't have gotten to that start line without her #1 fan: her sister, Izzy. No…
 
Rajpaul Pannu is a first generation Indian American, born in Los Angeles County. He’s a runner that’s just trying to get it all together in this day and age (aren’t we all?!). In this episode we talked about: -his first few runs and setting a goal of a 6:20 mile in school -his progression into ultra running -HOKA Project Carbon X2 -why he loves roa…
 
“I kind of spiraled into this years-long cycle of trying to constantly seek improvement in my times and not give myself a break when I really needed it.” If you’ve read an article about running in the past few years (which, who hasn’t?), you’ve probably read something by Emilia Benton. Emilia is a freelance journalist (we talk a lot about her trans…
 
“A lot of science is about asking questions. It’s OK to not understand something. And it’s OK that it’s hard. That understanding comes in just being curious. We don’t have all the answers, but we know how to go about looking for them.” Welcome to Season 4 of the On the Job series! This season, you’ll hear from seven women with cool, unique, interes…
 
Emily Infeld is a cat mom, a runner, foodie, and a passionate person who loves to laugh. She also runs professionally for the Bowerman Track Club. In this episode we talked about: -getting into running and realizing she was good -the injury/recovery cycle -injury frustrations -staying mentally strong -the unknown -support from her teammates and coa…
 
“Whatever you want to do, whether it’s to write a book or to run a marathon, you have to be brave enough and bold enough to start to say that out loud. It’s the only way you can begin to own it and then to understand how to make it happen. You have to put it out there.” When Meaghan B Murphy was first on the Ali on the Run Show in January 2019, she…
 
Karis Jochen is a runner and grad student getting her masters in data analytics, and in “the soul” she is a lifelong learner and pursuer of all passions. In this episode, we talked about: -her start with running -“running is the ultimate teacher of life” -happiness not being the same thing as joy -fear and how it is a construct -her role as a data …
 
Brianna Sacks is a runner and journalist for BuzzFeed living in Denver, Colorado. In this episode we talked about: -her reporting at BuzzFeed -some of the national events she’s covered in the last year -getting interested in running -how we met, which is my favorite part about the trail community -Rob Krar -Justin Grunewald’s birthday run in Novemb…
 
"There's a lot of uncertainty, and getting better at that has taken a lot of practice." Welcome to the second episode in the new monthly "Ask Ali" series — where you call in with your questions, and I answer them. This time around, we're covering everything from motherhood and going on family fun runs to how I maintain a positive attitude with a ch…
 
"People don’t know what you go through or the feelings you have if you don’t express and you don’t talk about them. People can have all of these assumptions about you, but unless you verbalize what’s really going on in your mind, they will never know." When it comes to running, India Cook is passionate about sharing her story — but it's not about h…
 
Chris Chavez is a writer for Sports Illustrated, a runner, and founder of Citius Mag. In this episode, we talked about: -podcasting -his journey into journalism -running for the Brooklyn Track Club -his own running goals -the evolving sponsorship model in running -sports media -how he got started with Citius Mag -the Citius Mag podcast network and …
 
“I got to be a little brother and a big fan.” Happy Valentine's Day, and welcome to the final day of Love on the Run Week on the Ali on the Run Show! Today, we're wrapping things up with the best-loved brothers in running: Meb and Hawi Keflezighi. On this episode, Meb and Hawi talk about their childhoods, share stories of emigrating to the U.S. fro…
 
"Best buds for life." On the surface, sisters Sarah and Marisa Cummings seem like they could be twins. Both were competitive ice skaters and valedictorians of their respective graduating high school classes. They each went on to attend Princeton University, where they each ran on the cross-country team. Then, though three years apart, they each mov…
 
Mikel Haggadone is a runner, scientist (and immunologist), and one of the most positive voices out there in the running world. In this episode, we talked about: -how running intertwines with life -what “you are enough?” means to him -a breakdown of the piece he published in iRunFar -self acceptance -“you never feel different after you achieve somet…
 
“That was the kicker: Matt said, ‘If the dog doesn’t like you, you have to go.’” One day, in Flagstaff, AZ, professional runner Matt Llano walked into a local coffee shop where Brannon Harbur was working. That first day they met, they talked for hours — long after Brannon’s shift had ended. They agreed to meet up for a first date of sorts, at a gro…
 
"I knew this was going to be an epic friendship." Welcome to the fastest friendship on the track: Kori Carter and Ajeé Wilson join Love on the Run Week today! Kori is a world champion 400m hurdler, and Ajeé is a U.S. record holder in the 800m (both indoor and outdoor). On this episode, they talk about how they met and immediately bonded both on the…
 
"I just looked over at her and said, ‘We should be something.’" She's a 2:43 marathoner and Olympic Marathon Trials finisher, and he's "not a huge runner" who runs a 2:51 marathon: Meet Starla Garcia and Fredis Benitez from Houston, TX! Starla (a returning favorite on the Ali on the Run Show) is a registered dietitian, and Fredis is a marketer and …
 
"We took each other's dreams seriously, which is always a fun thing in a friendship." It's Day 2 of Love on the Run Week, and today we're celebrating long-distance friendship. On this episode, professional runners Alexi Pappas and Mary Cain talk about their bond, which started because of running (they met at a track meet!), but quickly grew because…
 
Dr Kirstin Lauritzen is a chiropractor and human nutrition expert living in Portland, Oregon predominantly working with athletes. In this episode, we talked about: -her educational background -high performance and how everything is intertwined -looking at the body from a functional perspective -her experience and goals as a triathlete -the learning…
 
"It’s not that we don’t disagree or we don’t challenge each other, because that’s a really important part of it. We definitely challenge each other and we’re always growing, but I feel like we’re constantly growing in a similar direction, and that’s why it works so well." Welcome to Love on the Run Week! This year, we’re celebrating all different t…
 
“Maybe we place too much emphasis on the idea of what other people think a runner is.” After having her third baby, Erin Azar wasn't feeling like herself. So one day — having never run before — she decided to go outside and run a mile. From there, she committed to running a mile a day for 30 days straight, documenting her journey along the way. The…
 
Caroline Burckle is an athlete who has swam at the Olympics, a mentor, and an ever changing and ever evolving human with about 1,000 interests and things she wants to embark on in her life.In this one, we talked about:-how we got connected (via Amelia Boone and taco socks)-rest day brags-the 2008 Olympics and her new journey from there-failure-RISE…
 
“Your energy is your most valuable resource. How do you make sure you’re spending it on things that actually make a difference?” As the Chief People Officer at Hubspot, it is Katie Burke's job to take care of people. So when your job is other people — whether at work or at home — how do you take care of you? On this episode, Ali on the Run Show fav…
 
Kay Martin is a runner and founder of BOCO Gear. She used to say she was a student of the industry and full of passion and all those other adjectives. In this episode, we talked about: -why she called herself a fake athlete -her background in running and endurance -getting into the outdoor industry -being a female in a male dominated industry -star…
 
“Find what makes it fun for you.” Welcome to this month's edition of Ramblings on the Run with Ali and Matt, where Rambling Runner host Matt Chittim and I catch up on running, industry news, and our current favorite things. On this episode, we answer listener questions ranging from how we met and became friends to our best advice for new runners. W…
 
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