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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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Manchester City Half Marathon Races

2020 Manchester City Half Marathon Recap

All about the 2020 Manchester City Half Marathon in New Hampshire.

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Wonderful Things Happy Things

34 Actually Wonderful Things That Have Happened Since March 13

Turns out, this hasn’t been a totally terrible year, after all. Here are some highlights.

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New England Half Marathon Races

New England Half Marathon Recap

Recapping the 2020 New England Half Marathon

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Crohn's Disease Q&A Crohn's disease

Crohn’s Disease Q&A

This post is sponsored by Project Baseline. As always, I write what I truly believe in and stand behind, whether I’m paid for it or …

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Blog Birthday Happy Things

10 Years on the Run

Celebrating 10 years of the Ali on the Run blog!

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Acadia National Park, Precipice Trail Travel

36 Hours in Bar Harbor, Maine

September 26, 2020, marked five years of marriage for Brian and me! Our original plan was to celebrate our anniversary by doing nothing, but my …

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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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