Alexi Pappas

Ali on the Run Show Episode 631: Alexi Pappas, Marathon Guide

“I feel like a train, or a minivan — I can go anywhere, I can go forever! I can’t go as fast as I used to, but I can do it!”

Alexi Pappas kicked off 2023 by running — on a whim — a 100K trail race. Last month, she ran the L.A. Marathon with Diplo. Now, she’s getting ready to run the Boston Marathon as a guide to Lisa Thompson, the visually impaired runner Alexi ran with in Boston last year. (Lisa won her para division last year, and is back for the win this year!) Today, we’re catching up on all of it (including, yes, the Diplo “running on LSD” thing). Alexi talks about finding meaning, passion, and purpose in the sport in a way that looks different than it did during her most competitive years, and talks about her hesitancy to show up as her fullest self at the races for fear of judgment. Plus, what Alexi’s training is like these days, how her fellow pros have responded to her sparkles and glitter on the run, and her takes on why people are like planets and she’s like a minivan.


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Check out:

Alexi Pappas on Episode 452 of the Ali on the Run Show

Alexi Pappas on Episode 330 of the Ali on the Run Show

Alexi Pappas on Episode 296 of the Ali on the Run Show

Alexi Pappas on Episode 163 of the Ali on the Run Show

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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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