Racing Scares Me

I have always said that I love running, but I don’t love racing. So why am I signed up for the Las Vegas Half Marathon again? And a handful of other races before the year is over? Racing is fun, sure. I like the energy on race day. I like the pre-race nerves I get. […]

My Penchant For Overdoing It

It has been one month since The Greatest Day Ever. One month ago I ran the Hamptons Marathon. It was, without a doubt, my favorite thing I have ever done and I think about it (and, as you know, post photos of it) every single day. As if I needed further reminders of that great […]

A Letter To The Las Vegas Half Marathon

Dear Race On The Strip, Hello. I just wanted to shoot you a quick note to let you know how much I’m looking forward to seeing you on December 4. It’s coming up quickly! In just six weeks I’ll be tearing up your asphalt, which isn’t as dirty as it sounds — but we can […]

There’s So Much More Good Than Bad

I am a happy person. I think life is great. Fantastic, even. On any given day, there is crap in the world that makes me angry and pisses me off. There are so many little things that can get a person worked up. I’m thinking totally stupid things like over-crowded subways, unexpected rain (after spending […]

What the Hell, Crohn’s?

People, we have a problem. It’s called Crohn’s disease and it won’t go away. Let me apologize in advance for the nasty turn this post may take. I’m semi-angry. In the weeks leading up to the marathon, I felt great. I was stressed out about fundraising and, you know, the plan to run 26.2 miles, […]

Army 10-Miler Recap

I went into today’s Army 10-Miler race with very mixed feelings. I registered for the race at the insistence of my cousin, Jackie, who lives in Arlington, VA, just outside D.C. A few months ago she assured me that this race is a must-do. Great course (past all the monuments!), tons of crowd support (like […]

Thankful Things Thursday: For The People Who Truly Get Me

Hello. It’s a gorgeous fall day here in NYC and despite having no hot water in my apartment for roughly the 19th day in a row, I am managing to pull myself into a good mood. In case you’re wondering if I survived a freezing-cold shower this morning (which you’re probably not, let’s be honest) […]

Some Things Are Tougher Than A Marathon

I thought, considering I trained for and ran a marathon not too long ago, that I was in good shape. I can run for four-plus hours, so I can do anything, right? Oh, Ali. So naive. And also a little dumb. You see, sometimes I like to think I’m superhuman. I went through a phase […]

Ali Turns 1

I remember the day I finally started Ali On The Run. I had been reading lots of “healthy living” and running-focused blogs at the time and wanted to get in on the action. I’m a paid writer and editor by day, but finding my blogging voice — and figuring out exactly what I wanted my […]

My First Non-Training Saturday

Last night, Brian and I went out for pasta. It’s become a Friday night ritual. Every Friday since our first date (the term “date” is a loose one — the first night we hung out I was wearing compression socks and fell asleep on the couch watching “The Office,” and then got busted snoring) Brian […]