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Ali on the Run Show Episode 591: The Life-Changing Date Night Episode, Five Years Later

“How awesome would it be to spend all day talking to people? That’s all I want in life.”

Get in your time machine, friends: We’re going back to January 2018. Today on the Ali on the Run Show, I’m re-releasing “Episode 57.” I didn’t realize it at the time, but this was a pivotal conversation for me. I recorded it at 10 PM with my husband, Brian. I was in a tough place then. I wasn’t fulfilled. I was floundering. The Ali on the Run Show was my hobby while I was freelance writing full-time. I was struggling to move on from my past dreams, and couldn’t quite articulate what I wanted to do next. This conversation — which was hard to have, and really scary to put out into the world — helped. I cried. Multiple times. I was scared. Scared of failure, whatever that meant. And scared to admit that I was scared. (And definitely scared of what the response to this episode would be, which was overwhelmingly wonderful.) I didn’t know what success meant to me, but I was able to pinpoint one thing: I wanted to spend more time talking to people. (Five years later: Check!)

I revisited this episode as a reminder to myself, as I start planning for 2023: It hasn’t always been live shows, race announcing, and World Championships! It hasn’t been easy! So whether you’re hearing “Episode 57” for the first time today, or you’ve heard it before, maybe something will resonate with you as you navigate your own “what do I want to be when I grow up?” journey. (PS: You’re doing great.)


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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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