Ask Ali

Ali on the Run Show Episode 555: Ask Ali!

“That’s such a good question, and one that I absolutely refuse to answer!”

Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, I’m flying through 39 listener questions, sent in via Instagram Stories (I’m @aliontherun1), about my upcoming race announcing plans, how I’m feeling about moving (again!), what’s most fulfilling to me right now, my take on introspection and talking about my feelings, and so much more.

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You asked:

  • What three Peloton instructors would you most like to have dinner with together? (3:20)
  • Any plans to return to the west coast for races or announcing? (4:45)
  • Do you use your New Balance SuperComp Trainers for every run or do you cycle your shoes? (6:40)
  • Do we get a video house tour of the new house? (7:00)
  • What is your favorite thing about the new house? (9:45)
  • Love your relationship with your parents. Have you always been close? (11:35)
  • What is your favorite distance to run and why? (15:20)
  • How did you start getting up at 4:30? Was it hard? (16:35)
  • If money is no object, what trip are you taking with Brian, and where are you going with Annie? (18:35)
  • What happens if you are mid-interview and realize you don’t vibe with your guest? (20:45)
  • Rank race announcing, podcasting, and media roles in order of most fulfilling to least (23:30)
  • Do you watch Bridgerton? (25:20)
  • What are you most excited for right now? (25:45)
  • You’ve accomplished so much with your announcing. What’s the next big or kind of scary dream? (26:00)
  • How to introduce yourself to someone in real life that you follow on Instagram (26:35)
  • Does running solo in the dark ever scare you? (29:10)
  • Do you know your enneagram number? (31:15)
  • When will you be in London? (31:35)
  • What state is New Hampshire’s biggest rival? (31:45)
  • Is the On the Job series returning? (32:45)
  • Did you intend your move to NH to be permanent when you first left New Jersey in early 2020? (32:50)
  • Any advice on how to deal with negative feedback and on how not to take it personally? (34:15)
  • What’s next for you race-wise? (37:20)
  • What is the last thing you bought and loved on Amazon? (39:15)
  • Will you do family Halloween costumes? (40:00)
  • What does Annie think you and Brian do for a living? (40:20)
  • My mother-in-law always tells me running is dangerous. What should I say back? (41:00)
  • Team pumpkin or apple? (41:40)
  • Any good book recommendations? (41:50)
  • You own a themed café. Tell me about it. (42:20)
  • Cold or hot lobster roll? (45:10)
  • Advice for a 19-year-old feeling lost (45:30)
  • What is the hardest thing about having a running podcast? (46:40)
  • How is Annie handling the recent move? (49:30)
  • Have you always been introspective? (50:15)
  • Top three favorite candy (51:15)
  • What happened to race announcing at Beach to Beacon? (51:30)
  • Do you have a 26.2 sticker on the back of your car? (53:00)
  • What would you consider to be the turning point in your career? (53:20)

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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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