Ask Ali!

Ali on the Run Show Episode 526: Ask Ali!

“I’ve tried to get better at knowing that I can’t be everything to everyone. But I do want this to be a place where anyone who feels like they are a part of the running community can find something that they enjoy or that inspires them or motivates them or makes them feel good or teaches them something.”

Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, I’m flying through 37 randomly selected listener questions, sent in via Instagram Stories (I’m @aliontherun1), about everything from house hunting, podcast guest selection, and getting recognized on the run, to staying focused and what a day in the life is like.

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You asked:

  • Do you get recognized when you’re out and about? (3:00)
  • How do you stay focused when you’re a multi-passionate person? (5:10)
  • Was it hard switching from HOKA to New Balance? (8:45)
  • Has the man from the TED Talk apologized about the Annie situation? (12:15)
  • Can you make a Peloton hashtag for us? (It exists! Use #FriendsOfAliOTR) (13:15)
  • How do you come up with series themes? (13:55)
  • What was your favorite part of your Traverse City trip? (16:15)
  • How do you decide who to interview? (18:05)
  • What is the next email that you are going to send? (20:20)
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? (21:35)
  • Which race outside the U.S. do you want to go to? (21:50)
  • If you could offer Annie — 30 years from now — one life nugget, what would it be? (23:15)
  • What is a day in the life of Ali like? (24:45)
  • How do you wipe sweat on the run? (30:50)
  • What is making you excited these days? (31:10)
  • Any update on the house hunting front? (35:50)
  • What’s your schedule for releasing episodes right now? (37:15)
  • What is your favorite dessert? (39:20)
  • Have you ever done a run streak? (39:40)
  • What will the next great running invention be? (39:50)
  • Are you coming back to Michigan next year for Bayshore? (40:00)
  • Are you going to buy a house? (40:20)
  • Do you do physical therapy on the regular? (40:25)
  • How do you vet podcast guests? (41:00)
  • What is something you want Annie to take from you, and what do you want her to take from Brian? (42:25)
  • How is your Crohn’s right now? (43:50)
  • Do you have any lingering “niggles” from your injury? (44:00)
  • Are you a timeline or specific goal-oriented person? (44:30)
  • What’s something you do for yourself each day? (44:40)
  • What is your 5–10-year vision for Ali on the Run? (44:50)
  • Tips for fitting in runs with a new baby (45:50)
  • Would you rather deal with chafing or blisters? (47:00)
  • Favorite season to run (47:15)
  • Is your Notes app super organized or chaotic? (47:30)
  • Is Brian a runner? (47:50)
  • Are we any closer to an Ali on the Run 5K happening? (48:00)
  • What did your mom get mad at you for most often? (48:05)

Worth mentioning:

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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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