Allie Ostrander

Ali on the Run Show Episode 524: Beyond the Run with Allie Ostrander

“I really felt strongly that sharing online would not only help hold me accountable to sticking with my goals and my values, but also would help other people to see that it’s really normal to struggle, and it’s OK to seek treatment, it’s OK to seek help. And that even people who have had success don’t necessarily have everything figured out.”

The past year hasn’t been easy for professional runner Allie Ostrander. After a career that started out with a series of highs — like signing with Brooks, making her first world championships team, and getting to represent Team USA in Doha in 2019 — life lately has been challenging. In this candid conversation, Allie talks about the tough times and how she has gotten through them. She talks about living and dealing with an eating disorder, and about pursuing a treatment program last year before returning to competition at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, where she made it to the 3000m steeplechase final and ran a personal best. She talks about what life in the recovery program was like, about dealing with recurring injuries, and about how she handles her nerves on and off the track. Plus, how she’s fallen back in love with running, racing, and the running community.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What’s making Allie happy today (4:05)
  • How Allie got the role of pacer for the Trials of Miles steeplechase and 5K (5:45)
  • On dealing with race day nerves, and why Allie gets nervous for everyday workouts (14:30)
  • How Allie recently rediscovered her love for running, racing, and the running community (20:50)
  • What life looked like last summer for Allie: injuries, eating disorder recovery, and the decision to share it all (23:50)
  • What it was like leaving the treatment center to compete at the Olympic Track & Field Trials (31:00)
  • The power of a quick cry in the bathroom (43:00)
  • Allie’s decision to end her contract with Brooks at the end of last year (45:00)
  • What Allie’s relationship with her body is like right now (53:00)
  • What’s next on the racing and coaching front (56:20)
  • Allie’s advice for people dealing with eating disorders, or people who know someone going through a difficult time (1:02:00)

For more, check out:

Allie Ostrander on Episode 170 of the Ali on the Run Show

Allie Ostrander on Episode 162 of the Ali on the Run Show

Trials of Miles Track Night NYC

“Dear Body, I Love You,” by Allie Ostrander for MileSplit

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One Response

  1. As an Albany native, I just wanted to shout out the Freihofer’s Run for Women that Allie mentioned during this episode. It is my hometown race and is one that I try to do every year that I can. The vibe is fantastic and it’s just such a wonderful celebration of women. Women of every age participate and have a great time. At one point world class athletes from all over the world participated, but they have since limited it to US athletes to place more of a focus on us and everyday runners. Ali, you should definitely make the trek one of these years to participate, as it’s definitely worth your while, especially for the box of cookies and the loaf of bread 🙂

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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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