“What Did They Have You Do?”

That was the big question everyone was asking me yesterday afternoon.

To get you caught up, here are my posts relating to the Jack Rabbit “Run for the Rabbit” competition:

OK, are you with me now? Excellent.

My callback wasn’t until 2 pm yesterday, so I’ll admit I was a bit anxious all morning at the office. I wasn’t nervous, I just wanted to get it over with. I hate waiting!

After being as productive as possible at the office, I finally left around 1:30 to take the subway down to the Jack Rabbit store.

When I got there, there were six people waiting. I checked in and the nice young man let me know they were running “a little bit behind.”

Well, it turns out they were running more than an hour behind. I waited for a loooong time. Luckily everyone who was waiting had plenty in common, and we chatted about running, barefoot running, running books and gym shoes to pass the time.

Finally, they called my name. Yay!

A man from the production team escorted me downstairs where they were doing the filming. A few people introduced themselves to me — everyone was super nice — and they told me that I was going to walk into the sitting area, have a seat on the stool and introduce myself to the camera.

Easy enough.

The biggest challenge for me was getting the little microphone up my shirt without flashing the camera. Hehe.

After hearing, “Alison Feller, Take 1,” I sprung into action.

The first thing they asked was simple: “Tell us your story.” I talked about growing up dancing in New Hampshire, then dancing in college, then feeling at a loss when I got to NYC, started working and stopped dancing. I talked about my life with Crohn’s Disease and how I want to help other people with Crohn’s feel comfortable talking about their disease, and encourage them to continue running or working out despite fearing flare-ups.

I made them laugh a few times (when I said I wasn’t going to bother spelling “Contoocook” or “Quinnipiac”) and I felt very passionate when I was talking about my charity of choice, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

After sharing my story, I did a few promos for them, including reciting the program’s slogan and giving a short “Why I Run” mantra.

When I was done, everyone thanked me and said I’ll hear from them — whether I get the position or not — in about two weeks.

Two weeks is going to feel like forever!

So whatever happens from here on out, it was a great experience! I had a lot of fun prepping and being on camera, and even if I don’t get selected I’m glad I got to share my story with a few more people.

Any other questions?

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments and incredible support this week. I think there were about 50 people who got callbacks, and it’s fun that I got to be one of them.

The rest of my day yesterday was spent chatting with friends (you guys rock) about the screen test, then doing a bit of shopping.

Today we’re going out to celebrate ABS’s birthday, so I need an outfit! I didn’t find one yesterday…

I thought this was cute on the hanger. Then the salesgirl said, "Yeah, that's not flattering at all. I'm just being honest." Haha.

…but I did get myself a really cute bag!

This will be perfect for going out so I can have my hands free for drinks & dance moves!

After my little shopping trip, ABS and I went out for dinner. Sushi!

Yellowtail scallion and salmon avocado are my favorite rolls.
ABS likes the spicy stuff.

Obviously we topped off the night with some 16 Handles. I really need to chill out on the fro yo obsession…

Now I’m up and slowly getting ready for a long run. Not sure how many miles I plan on covering today because I have lots to accomplish later on (namely, finding a party outfit that’s suitable for both bowling and dancing).

Have a great day, everyone!

YOU TELL ME: What are your weekend plans? Anyone racing? Anyone celebrating? Anyone seeing any good movies?



9 Responses

  1. I ran the American Red Cross Cupid Canter 10k- I ran a PR and placed first in my AG, 6th OA, woohoo! (it was a SUPER small race, like, 48 people).

    Today I ran 12 mentally defeating miles. Glad that’s over.

    I think the dress was cute that you tried on!

  2. Glad it went well!
    After getting ten hours of sleep (t’was glorious), I woke up just in time to get in a six-mile run, then it was off to my twin sister’s place in Brooklyn, where we hosted a potluck brunch to celebrate ours and her roommate’s birthdays (we’ll all be 24 on Monday!). I contributed heart-shaped Peruvian alfajores (shortbread cookie sandwiches with dulce de leche centers). Tomorrow I’ll hopefully get a long run and some shopping done. Unless it rains, in which case I’ll do some guilt-free newspaper reading and online TV watching in my bed all day. 🙂

  3. I’m glad that you had an enjoyable time at the screen test, and I hope that it turns out well! Love the purse-good choice! I spent the afternoon eating a long lunch and going to coffee with some friends from grad school. Great and relaxing:)

  4. I bet your screen test was amazing! You have a incredible story to share and your enthusiasm is infectious! I can’t wait to hear more!

    Have a fun-filled night with the boy!

  5. I think that dress looks cute! That saleslady sounds annoying. I actually am about to go see a movie at the Oxford Film Festival! I’m going to see a lot of short films that are all Mississippi documentaries. I’m so excited- I love the annual Film Festival. I get to go to all the artsy films/documentaries and embrace my inner hippie!

  6. i’m running a valentine’s 5K in prospect park tomorrow with some friends. then we are celebrating by having brunch.
    also…i am making my parents take me to 16 handles today while i’m in nj with them. what is your favorite flavor?

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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