Ali on the Run Show Episode 47: Brian Cristiano’s Great Turkey Trot of 2014

The Ali on the Run Show

Episode 47

Guest: Brian Cristiano

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Three years ago, my now-husband, Brian Cristiano, and I lined up at the start of two very different Turkey Trots. Though both races were five miles, the outcomes were vastly dissimilar. I ran the Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot in Brooklyn, NY, in a respectable 38:41—a 7:44 minute per mile pace. Meanwhile, in Rhode Island, Brian was racing the Newport Pie Run. Here’s a dramatic retelling of how his race went, plus a very special Thanksgiving-themed Sprint to the Finish. (This episode was basically sponsored by three Abita Brewing Company beers and two shots of Patron—all for Brian.) Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Stuff We Mention on this Episode: 

Brian on Episode 2 of the Ali on the Run Show

Brian on Episode 17 of the Ali on the Run Show

Newport Pie Run

Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot

Meet Brian

Our engagement story

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Ugg slippers

Orangetheory Fitness

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6 Responses

  1. I listened to this a week ago but I still feel the need to post now about how amazing it was. Brian is a great storyteller, and I thought about you guys as I did my Turkey Trot last week! I am proud to say I did not hit a 7 minute pace for ANY of my miles 🙂

  2. I was the mom running with the stroller that passed Brian in the Newport Pie Run in 2014 (you can find me in the results #257 with a time of 38:56)! I really enjoyed listening to this episode – Brian is a great storyteller – and I can also relate to having a husband who cycles and thinks that bike training is enough for running races. I remember an epic race running over the Newport bridge, passing my husband at the top of the bridge halfway through who had started out way too fast and was dying (but finished of course, because there weren’t many options).

  3. I just finished listening to this at my desk at work and had to cover my mouth for half of the episode so my co-workers wouldn’t see me laughing! So, so good. Brian’s perseverance will serve as my inspiration during my Turkey Trot tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving to both of you!

  4. I feel a bit like a creeper since I’ve commented before on instastories but please tell Brian that I laugh-snorted and missteped while on the stepmill at the gym and hit my face on the display panel. The nice older gentleman next to me assured me that “I’d get used to it eventually-it just takes time to get physically fit. But you will get there.” Then he gave me
    a thumbs up.

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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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