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I Am a Marathoner: The Official Hamptons Marathon Recap

The Day I Met Celine Dion

Meet Ellie!

The Mental and Emotional Side of Crohn's Disease

about the blog

I started the Ali on the Run blog in October 2010. I’d transitioned from being a competitive dancer to a very recreational runner, and with two half marathons under my belt, I started having dreams of marathon finish lines. Could I really run 26.2 miles? I wasn’t sure, but I knew I wanted to try. So I started the Ali on the Run blog to write about my daily runs. Suddenly, I found myself getting really introspective on the run. I could turn a three-mile slow jog along the East River into an essay about what springtime means to me. Brevity has never really been my thing.

Over the past decade, the blog has evolved as my life has changed. I wrote about training for and running my first marathon. I introduced the world to my “secret boyfriend” — who is now my husband. I wrote about our wedding and our honeymoon. I’ve documented my life with Crohn’s disease. I wrote about getting my dream job as the editor in chief at Dance Spirit magazine, and, a few years later, I shared my decision to leave that job. I wrote about my pregnancy. I introduced my daughter, Annie, and shared her birth story. I documented my postpartum days.

This blog has always been a place for me to reflect on my own experiences and to attempt to make sense of it all — and, most importantly, to connect with people who also love running and everything that comes with it. It’s like my childhood journals, in adult form, and far less private! (And less scandalous. In 1996, I wrote no fewer than a dozen entries about my first kiss in the woods behind my middle school. Scandalous!)

I’m really happy you’re here.

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How We See Ourselves

I don’t post many photos on Facebook. But every now and then I’ll upload a batch, tag friends, comment accordingly, “like” things, etc. Over the …

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My Blogging Addiction

It’s true: I’m an addict. Even before I started my own blog (welcome!), I was spending a lot of time reading other healthy living blogs. …

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When is Daylight Savings Time?!

All summer I woke up with the sun right at 6 am. I would literally hop out of bed, excited for my morning run. But …

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Manic Monday? Not so much.

So like the title says, today wasn’t necessarily manic, but it was productive! The work days have been flying by lately. I look at the …

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Happy Monday!

It’s a little…blah this morning in the city. Despite not going to bed until way past my bedtime (11:30, not too bad, but late enough …

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A Fabulous Fall Weekend

On Friday afternoon, as I got ready to leave the office, I wasn’t super excited about the weekend ahead. I had plenty of plans, but …

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about ali

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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