Ali on the Run Show Episode 58: Theodora Blanchfield of Preppy Runner

Ali on the Run Show Episode 58: Theodora Blanchfield of Preppy Runner

“It was this weird moment of knowing I was on the precipice of my entire life being about to change. And that was terrifying. The moment I had been the most scared of my entire life was about to come, but somehow I would be OK.”

Theodora Blanchfield is the creator of the blog Preppy Runner — formerly Losing Weight in the City — and is a social media maven, digital content strategist, writer, and marathoner living in New York City. On this episode, she talks going from overweight and unhappy to losing 50 pounds to eventually running seven marathons and more than 30 half marathons. Plus, she opens up about the past year, which involved losing her mother to ovarian cancer and exploring the grief process that followed.

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Here’s what you’ll get in this episode:

  • How Theodora got into blogging & her career story (3:00)
  • How Theodora kicked off her fitness and weight-loss journey — including the game-changing bet she made with her mom (5:30)
  • Exactly what helped Theodora lose 50 pounds (14:40)
  • When and how Theodora’s blog, Losing Weight in the City, became popular (16:00)
  • How Theodora got her start in digital media — and what that actually means (18:00)
  • What happened when Theodora landed her dream job (20:45)
  • How Theodora started running — and eventually running marathons (21:00)
  • Why Theodora left her dream job, and what she’s up to now (24:45)
  • Theodora’s story about her mom passing away from ovarian cancer last year (27:20)
  • The grief process (50:15)
  • The role running and therapy played during the grief process (54:30)

What We Mention on this Episode:

Preppy Runner

Daily Burn

American University

Campaigns & Elections

New York Sports Club

Woman’s Day

TCS New York City Marathon

Theodora’s 2017 New York City Marathon recap

Uplift Studios

United Airlines NYC Half

“Moments to Hold Onto” via Preppy Runner

Meggie Smith on Episode 27 of the Ali on the Run Show

Dan’s Papers

New York Junior League

The Crown

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2 Responses

  1. Losing a mother is by hard the hardest moment I ever faced. I can relate so much minus the running part. This conversation has to be my favorite to date, sorry Brian and the Turkey Trot you just got beat.

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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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