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Ali on the Run Show

Ali Feller

Every week on the Ali on the Run Show, I talk with inspiring people who lead interesting lives on the run and beyond. And while running is what brings us all together, on these episodes, we're digging a little deeper. These conversations are about the decisions people have made to get where they are today, and how getting sweaty has factored in. Whether you’re on the run toward something great or away from something that’s holding you back, join me on this never-ending adventure, and let’s all pick up the pace together.

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506. Beyond the Run with Adrianne Haslet
Apr 8 2022
506. Beyond the Run with Adrianne Haslet
“What will get us to the finish line is nothing compared to what got us to the start.” In 2013, professional ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet was walking near the Boston Marathon finish line when the bombs went off. She lost her leg that day, standing on Boylston Street. Then, in 2019, Adrianne — who had become a runner herself after her lower leg amputation — was walking on Commonwealth Ave. when she was hit by a car. Even in the face of so much unexpected adversity, Adrianne hasn't lost her fighting spirit. She's a survivor, an advocate, an inspiration — and on Monday, April 18, she'll return to both Comm Ave. and Boylston Street, but this time it will be en route to her own marathon finish. Adrianne will be racing in the Boston Marathon's para division alongside friend and official guide Shalane Flanagan. In this conversation, Adrianne talks about training under Shalane's guidance, about how she's feeling with race day just a week and a half away, and about what she's doing now to prepare for the potential post-marathon blues. She also talks about the emotional component of running a race that she has such a heavy history with, and about what she pictures when she imagines her finish line moment. SPONSOR: New Balance — Go to newbalance.com/beyondtherun to learn more about how New Balance is supporting the conversations around mental wellness in running. (And check out my current favorite pullover, crop top, half-zip top, quilted pullover, and jacket.) What you’ll get on this episode: How Adrianne is feeling with less than two weeks to go until the Boston Marathon, and reflections on this training cycle (6:00)On returning to Boston after DNF-ing the 2018 race (11:00)What it’s been like moving during marathon training, and how Adrianne met her boyfriend, Harry (15:30)All about Adrianne’s running leg (23:00)How Adrianne and Shalane Flanagan met and became friends (25:15)What it’s like being coached by Shalane (34:20)The low and high points from Boston 2022 training (43:25)How the weather affects Adrianne’s leg (57:30)The mental and emotional components of returning to the Boston Marathon (59:00)All about Adrianne’s upcoming IMAX film (1:02:55)Adrianne’s guide to Boston (1:10:00) For more, check out: Adrianne Haslet on Episode 192 of the Ali on the Run Show Shalane Flanagan on Episode 438 of the Ali on the Run Show Shalane Flanagan on Episode 242 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Adrianne: Instagram @adriannehasletTwitter @adriannehasletFacebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
505. Kirsten Ferguson, Peloton Tread Instructor
Apr 7 2022
505. Kirsten Ferguson, Peloton Tread Instructor
“There was a moment where I looked at myself in the mirror and said, ‘Whoa, this is what you’re meant to do. This is it.’” Kirsten Ferguson is living her dream. She once wrote "Become a Peloton instructor" on a Post-It note, and today she's doing exactly that. (And she still has the manifestation-filled Post-It.) The Peloton Tread instructor is a single mom of two, and the road to this dream life hasn't been an easy one. Kirsten grew up with aspirations of working in the fashion industry. But when she enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she quickly realized that she wanted to do something completely different. She ended up getting a job working in sponsorships with the NFL, where she worked for seven years before leaving and having children. Along the way, Kirsten suffered two miscarriages. That's when she found fitness. Kirsten leaned into cycling classes during her darkest, most isolating, and most challenging days. On their third try, Kirsten got — and stayed — pregnant. In this conversation, she's honest about what new motherhood was like for her, and about what happened when she had just become a fitness instructor and was going through a separation when the pandemic hit. She talks about how she got the Peloton job and about how she became a runner, about creating the "Ratchet Mom Club," about being at the Super Bowl for Beyoncé's epic halftime show, and about why she welcomes fear into her life. SPONSORS: Shokz — Use code OTR15 for 15% off wireless headphones. The 2022 Bayshore Marathon — Sign up for this year’s marathon and 10K, taking place May 28th in Traverse City, MI. What you’ll get on this episode: How Kirsten’s latest Peloton class came together (5:45)Why Kirsten takes her own classes (7:50)What Young Kirsten was like (10:40)On going to the Fashion Institute of Technology — and then having a change of heart and working for the NFL (13:00)Kirsten’s road to motherhood (22:50)How Kirsten found fitness (29:30)What new motherhood was like for Kirsten (35:30)How Kirsten found her purpose (40:45)How Kirsten overcame her fear of public speaking (49:15)On getting the Peloton job, and what happened next (50:50)What does a Peloton producer do? (58:30)All about the Ratchet Mom Club (1:01:40)On learning to call herself a runner (1:05:00) For more, check out: Fear is my Homeboy by Judi Holler Follow Kirsten: Instagram @iamkirstenferguson Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
504. Jacky Hunt-Broersma, Running 100 Marathons in 100 Days
Apr 5 2022
504. Jacky Hunt-Broersma, Running 100 Marathons in 100 Days
"I’m tired. But I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve got a job to do and I need to do it and that’s kind of it. I’m on a mission. I just need to get it done." Jacky Hunt-Broersma is on a quest to run 100 marathons in 100 days. That's 26.2 miles every single day for 100 days straight, while raising money for Amputee Blade Runners. We recorded this episode together at 8 AM on Day 75. Jacky — a running coach and ultramarathoner whose next goal is the Moab 240 Endurance Run — had just gotten her two kids off to school, and was getting ready for marathon number 75. In this conversation, we get to know the Jacky today, who is more than 3/4 of the way through her record-setting challenge. And we get to know the 26-year-old Jacky from 2001, who woke up one day with a golf ball-sized mass on her leg. She was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare cancer, and had her leg amputated just weeks after the diagnosis. It wasn't until 15 years later that Jacky started running, and she says her only regret is that she didn't start sooner. In this conversation, Jacky talks about the highest (running with her daughter!) and lowest (Day 35) points of this 100-marathon challenge, about dealing with mom guilt along the way, and about her plans for marathon #92, which she'll run in the para division of the Boston Marathon. SPONSOR: Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race — Registration for this year's virtual Peachtree is now open! Click the link to be a part of this historic 10K today. What you’ll get on this episode: How Jacky was feeling at 8 AM on Day 75, and her plan for the day (5:20)How Jacky got through an especially tough run recently (9:50)Jacky’s running must-haves (16:00)How Jacky is feeling emotionally (17:40)All about the recovery process during this adventure (19:40)How Jacky is involving her children and family in this process (23:00)Jacky’s cancer story, and how she found running (25:50)Learning to run with a running blade (39:20)All about Jacky’s 100 marathons in 100 days challenge (44:00)Jacky’s plans for the Boston Marathon, and for marathon #100 (51:00)Jacky’s most memorable marathons so far — and the day that “nearly broke her” (53:15) Follow Jacky: Instagram @ncrunnerjackyDONATE Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
503. Dominique Scott Efurd, Two-Time Olympian & Atlanta Women's 5K Champion
Apr 1 2022
503. Dominique Scott Efurd, Two-Time Olympian & Atlanta Women's 5K Champion
“I said, ‘You definitely have this win. Don’t be so scared anymore.'” Last weekend, two-time Olympian Dominique Scott Efurd won the first-ever elite division at the Atlanta Women's 5K. And while it may have been her first time breaking the tape this year, Dom's 2022 is off to a solid start. In January, she finished third at the Houston Half Marathon. Then, she finished second at The TEN. And this weekend, she'll race the Cooper River Bridge Run. In this conversation — Dom's first time back on the show since late 2020 — Dom talks about her recent races, about the challenging start to 2021, which included a tibial stress reaction and a case of Covid, and about her experience representing Team South Africa at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. Dom is sponsored by adidas, and she lives in Boulder, CO, where she trains with Team Boss. SPONSOR: The 2022 Bayshore Marathon. Go to BayshoreMarathon.org to sign up for this year’s marathon and 10K, taking place May 28th in Traverse City, MI. What you’ll get on this episode: How it felt to break the tape at the Atlanta Women’s 5K (5:30)On being the race starter at the Atlanta Women’s 5K (13:45)All about that 5K in Atlanta (16:00)How Dom is feeling heading into the Cooper River Bridge Run 10K (23:15)On finishing second at The TEN (24:30)Dom talks about the tough times she’s faced over the past two years (40:00)What Dom remembers most from the Tokyo Olympics, and recapping the Houston Half Marathon (47:00)Dom’s marathon dreams (1:04:40)All about the social media side of the sport (1:08:40) Follow Dom: Instagram @domscottrunsa Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
502. Venus Morris Griffin, As Seen on Humans of New York
Mar 31 2022
502. Venus Morris Griffin, As Seen on Humans of New York
“I’ve just been struggling to survive. To figure out how to survive. I want people to see me and say, ‘OK, let’s not look at what we think people are.’ Because everybody has their own struggles. Life is tough!” Earlier this month, I found myself glued to my phone, rabidly refreshing the Humans of New York Instagram account, waiting for updates in the 13-part story about a woman in Augusta, GA. The woman was Venus Morris Griffin. Today, she's a hugely successful realtor and mom of seven. But the road to becoming one of Meybohm Real Estate's leading agents (Venus has closed more than $500 million in sales she she started with the agency) has been anything but easy. In fact, it still isn't easy, Venus says. In this conversation, Venus talks about her difficult childhood, about falling in love with a man at USC, and about having six children together. She talks about being home with the kids — the youngest was just one year old, and the oldest was 15 — while her husband was away on a work trip, and getting a call in the middle of the night from a sex worker. A call that changed everything. Not only was Venus's husband, Tripp, sleeping with sex workers, Venus also learned that there was sexual abuse within the home. Today, Tripp is serving a 45-year sentence for child molestation. Here, Venus talks about how she kept moving forward, how she showed up for her children and for herself, and why she started running to get through it all. Plus, she talks about what it was like having her story shared widely through Humans of New York, and both the amazing (a book! a movie!) and less-amazing (losing clients and sales) responses. SPONSORS: Shokz — Use code OTR15 for 15% off wireless headphones. St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville — Use code ONTHERUN10 for $10 off your registration for this year’s races, taking place April 23–24. What you’ll get on this episode: How Venus is celebrating her 50th birthday (5:20)All about being featured on Humans of New York (8:00)On vulnerability, and how Venus started running (15:15)What Venus’s childhood was like (21:20)Meeting Tripp (23:30)The role of faith in Venus’s life (31:40)The scary moments in Venus and Tripp’s marriage, and why Venus decided to get her real estate license in 2008 (33:50)The middle-of-the-night phone call that changed everything (43:00)What life looked like after Tripp went to prison (52:30)How Venus navigated motherhood (1:02:40) Follow Venus: Instagram @venusmorrisgriffin Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
501. Friendship Fest with Dinée Dorame & Mario Fraioli
Mar 29 2022
501. Friendship Fest with Dinée Dorame & Mario Fraioli
“I could tell he wasn’t mentoring me because he wanted it to be this public thing that made him look good. I wasn’t his charity case.” Dinée Dorame had a dream: to launch a podcast that would explore the intersection between running, land, community and culture. So she applied for the first-ever Tracksmith Fellowship program — and she won. Dinée was one of the first recipients of a Tracksmith Fellowship grant, which gave her the support she needed to bring the Grounded podcast into existence. She was also paired with a mentor: Mario Fraioli, host of The Morning Shakeout podcast and creator of The Morning Shakeout newsletter. Dinée and Mario started as total strangers, formed a fast mentor-mentee relationship, and now, one year later, are close friends with a "big brother, little sister" bond. In this conversation, they talk about their first phone call, the first time they met in real life, and how their differences have made their relationship stronger. SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code ALI22 to get free shipping. Plus, Tracksmith will donate 5% of your purchase proceeds to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation. What you’ll get on this episode: How Dinée and Mario became paired together as mentor-mentee through the Tracksmith Fellowship (5:20)All about Dinée and Mario’s first phone call (15:15)How a phone call became a friendship (26:10)On podcast rejection! (37:00)Dinée and Mario share the moments when they felt especially proud of each other (44:00)On finally getting to meet in real life (48:00)All about Common Ground (55:00) For more, check out: Dinée Dorame on Episode 402 of the Ali on the Run Show Dinée Dorame on Episode 239 of the Ali on the Run Show Mario Fraioli on Episode 266 of the Ali on the Run Show Lauren Fleshman on The Morning Shakeout Dinée Dorame on The Morning Shakeout Billy Mills on the Grounded podcast Ali Feller on The Morning Shakeout Follow Dinée: Instagram @dinee_pink22Grounded podcast Follow Mario: Instagram @mariofraioliTwitter @mariofraioliWebsiteSubscribe to The Morning Shakeout newsletter Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
500. Beyond the Run with Elle Purrier St. Pierre
Mar 25 2022
500. Beyond the Run with Elle Purrier St. Pierre
“It was pretty tough, I’m not gonna lie. I walked off the track pretty mad. I didn’t want to talk to any cameras, so I walked past the camera people because I knew they were just going to drill me with a bunch of questions that I didn’t want to talk about. And I hadn’t even had time to digest it myself. So I was about to say something I probably shouldn’t have on camera. So I said, ‘I’m making this boundary for myself,’ and I kept walking.” Elle Purrier St. Pierre is one of the fastest women in the country. The professional New Balance athlete just capped off her indoor season by earning a silver medal in the 3K at World Indoor Championships in Serbia. In 2020, she broke the American record in the indoor mile. Then, last summer, she won the 1500m event at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials (and set a Trials record for that event), solidifying her spot on Team USA and achieving a lifelong dream of becoming an Olympian. Elle — widely known as a small-town farm girl from Vermont — is living the professional runner dream, right? On this episode, Elle talks about the tough times. She talks about getting shoved off the track just seconds into that 1500 final at the Trials, and about how she rallied to win the race. She talks about handling disappointment on the track, like when she finished third in the 1500 at USAs a few weeks ago, a race she was heavily favored to win. And she talks about that — about being "heavily favored," and what that pressure feels like. Plus, reflections on competing in Tokyo, dealing with the post-Olympics blues, and pre-race bad moods. Welcome to Episode 500 of the Ali on the Run Show! SPONSOR: New Balance — Go to newbalance.com/beyondtherun to learn more about how New Balance is supporting the conversations around mental wellness in running. (And check out my current favorite pullover, crop top, half-zip top, quilted pullover, and jacket.) What you’ll get on this episode: All about Elle’s run today, and what it’s like being a local celebrity in Vermont (3:50)Where Elle’s keeping her silver medal, and what her goals were for the 3K at World Indoor Championships (8:45)How Elle stays tough when the racing gets hard, and what she’s like before the race starts (11:20)On getting shoved off the track at last summer’s Olympic Track & Field Trials 1500m final (16:00)Dealing with high stakes (22:00)How Elle navigated an injury heading into the Olympics (29:30)What Elle remembers most from the Tokyo Olympics (35:00)On dealing with the post-Olympics blues (40:30)What farm life is like for Elle (42:45)How Elle prepares and re-sets for a new racing season, and what it’s like going into each race as “the favorite” (45:15)On dealing with disappointment after finishing third at USA Indoors and missing out on Team USA for that distance — and coming back to win the 3K (49:00)On being asked “What’s next?” all the time (59:30)The most fun Elle has ever had on the run (1:02:15) For more, check out: Elle Purrier on Episode 210 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Elle: Instagram @elleruns_4_her_lifeTwitter @ellepurrier Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
499. Laura Skladzinski, Theater Kid Turned 100-Time Marathoner
Mar 24 2022
499. Laura Skladzinski, Theater Kid Turned 100-Time Marathoner
“I got off the plane, looked out at the mountains, and just felt this sense of relaxation. Like this is where I’m supposed to be, this is where life is good. And it made no sense!” Laura Skladzinski was a dancer and theater kid growing up. She, like many of us, hated having to run the mile in gym class. Then, at 24 years old, Laura became the youngest person at the time to complete a marathon in all 50 states, and she has gone on to run more than 100 marathons and a few ultramarathons. So, what changed? In this wide-ranging conversation, Laura talks about how she became a runner, and what her approach to running is like. She talks her decision to move from New York City to Colorado, and about becoming a town trustee in her new hometown of Superior, CO. She also talks about how difficult that role has been over the past few months, after fires tore through the town at the end of 2021. She shares what that day was like as both a homeowner in Superior and as an elected official, and about why she has decided to prioritize mental health needs both for herself and for her community in the wake of those fires. Laura works as a management consultant, and when she's not working or on the run, she's a ski instructor at Beaver Creek, a Meals on Wheels volunteer and driver, and a camp counselor at Experience Camps for Grieving Children. SPONSORS: Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race — In-person registration for the July 4th event is now open! Click the link to register for this historic (Betty-endorsed!) 10K today. Shokz — Use code OTR15 for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: On being a town trustee in Superior, CO — and receiving more votes than any candidate in history! (6:00)What brought Laura to Colorado (8:30)What Young Laura was like (13:40)How Laura found and fell in love with running (17:15)Why Laura decided to try and run a marathon in every state (25:30)How Laura felt when she completed the 50 states challenge (31:00)Laura talks about being featured in a national JetBlue campaign (34:15)How Laura got so fast, and what her approach to running is like (36:45)How Laura became a ski instructor at Beaver Creek (44:30)On taking a break, taking a leave of absence from work, and prioritizing mental health (48:00)What it was like being in Superior, CO, during the fires a few months ago (52:00)Why Laura chose to prioritize community-wide mental health needs after the fires (57:45)On being a volunteer counselor at Experience Camps for Grieving Children (1:05:30) For more, check out: This Is Me table read Follow Laura: Instagram @50by25 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
498. Friendship Fest with Cara Enright Welsh & Cameron Erhardt
Mar 22 2022
498. Friendship Fest with Cara Enright Welsh & Cameron Erhardt
“It’s just those people when you instantly connect, and they’re one of your people. She was one of those people. And it’s so hard to find those people as adults, as we all know. She was that easy connection, easy talking to. Everything just felt like it was meant to be and meant to happen.” Cara Enright Welsh and Cameron Erhardt are two of the nicest people on the planet — so it's no surprise this episode is warm fuzzy central. Cara and Cam met when they were both part of Nike's Project Moonshot marathon training program, and they say they became best friends the very first day they met. They immediately bonded over their mutual love for Taylor Swift and NYC "Emo Nights" ("Stay sad!"), their respective roles as the oldest of four siblings, and a shared birthday (November 5, 1990). In this conversation, Cara (a former competitive jump roper) and Cam (a former NCAA Division-1 runner) recall the day they met, and talk about the challenge of making friends and finding running buddies as an adult. Plus, Cam's stories of overcoming tough times mid-marathon and how he learned to keep moving forward, and updates from Cara on her Boston Marathon training and her relocation plans. SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code ALI22 to get free shipping. Plus, Tracksmith will donate 5% of your purchase proceeds to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation. What you’ll get on this episode: How Cam and Cara met (4:45)The role running played early in Cara and Cam’s friendship (13:20)On being “twins” — and some astrology talk (24:20)Cam and Cara’s biggest differences, and how they’re navigating a long-distance friendship (30:15)What running looks like for Cam and Cara right now (38:55)How to make running friends as an adult (46:00)The moments when Cara and Cam have felt especially proud of each other (53:50) Check out: Cara Enright on Episode 376 of the Ali on the Run Show George Waldron Salon Follow Cara: Instagram @therealcaraenrightTwitter @careenright Follow Cameron: Instagram @camzor13 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
497. LIVE from the NYC Half with Becs Gentry & Nev Schulman
Mar 21 2022
497. LIVE from the NYC Half with Becs Gentry & Nev Schulman
"I've made it here. I'm good with that. I'm going to start this race as me. However I finish, I'm still me." I love a live show! The day before the United Airlines NYC Half (thanks to New Balance, New York Road Runners, and the 1 Hotel Central Park South), I had the pleasure of hosting a live recording of the Ali on the Run Show with returning podcast guests Becs Gentry and Nev Schulman. (Shout-out to the live audience: You were a great crowd, and you were so much fun! Thank you for being there.) This banter-filled conversation covered everything from Becs and Nev's approaches to running and dealing with dark moments on the run, to peeing in the ocean and mastering the art of "The McDash." You'll laugh, you'll gasp (the collective sound in the room when Nev asserted that treadmill running "isn't real running," oh my...), and I hope you'll enjoy. (Oh, and by the way: The fastest marathon ever on a treadmill was run by former Ali on the Run Show guest CJ Albertson! He covered 26.2 miles on a treadmill in 2:09:58.) SPONSOR: New Balance. Click here to learn all about the conversations New Balance is having to promote mental wellness. Follow Becs: Instagram @becsgentry Follow Nev: Instagram @nevschulmanTwitter @nevschulman Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
495. Betty Lindberg, 97-Year-Old World Record Holder
Mar 17 2022
495. Betty Lindberg, 97-Year-Old World Record Holder
"That Saturday when I set the record and I was in the tent waiting for them to start the awards ceremony, dozens of people came up to talk to me, and they were from all over the United States! I couldn’t imagine why. I’m just doing what I like to do!" Betty Lindberg is a local legend in her hometown of Atlanta, GA. She started running at 63 years old, and now, at 97, she's breaking world records. Last month, Betty ran the USATF Master's 5K Championships in Atlanta, and set a new world record for the 95–99 age group. (She finished in 55:48, smashing the previous record by more than 30 minutes.) Breaking that record was no accident: Betty is fiercely competitive (mostly with herself), and she takes her training seriously. (She works out six days a week. On the seventh day, she rests and enjoys her weekly hair appointment.) In this conversation, Betty shares her running story, talks about where her competitive drive comes from, and talks about her mid-race mimosa stops at the Peachtree Road Race every year. She's a legend for a reason! SPONSORS: Shokz — Use code OTR15 for 15% off wireless headphones. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race — In-person registration for the July 4th event is now open! Click the link to register for this historic (Betty-endorsed!) 10K today. What you’ll get on this episode: On being a local legend (5:20)Betty’s competitive nature, and what it was like when she broke her first world record at age 91 (7:45)What Betty’s training and workouts are like (9:30)All about the day Betty broke the 5K record (12:30)How Betty celebrated her record (17:30)How Betty started running — at age 63! (19:15)On growing up in the 1930s: “You didn’t take part in any sports!” (23:15)Why Betty wanted to run a half marathon (26:00)Why Betty loves virtual racing (29:00)The hip replacement that got Betty running again (37:00)All about Betty’s workouts and favorite classes at the gym (40:00)Betty’s advice for how to keep running into our late nineties (44:00)What Betty is proudest of, and her advice for loving running (49:00) Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
494. Friendship Fest with Jenny Grimshaw & Grace Keller
Mar 15 2022
494. Friendship Fest with Jenny Grimshaw & Grace Keller
"I don’t think I would’ve done it if Grace hadn’t. I remember saying two things: One, 'The data says you can do it.' And two, thinking about Grace." Jenny Grimshaw and Grace Keller have only been friends for a few years, but in that time, they've helped each other dream bigger and chase down exciting running goals. Their first endeavor together: to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. On this episode, Jenny and Grace talk about meeting when they were both living, working, and running in New York City, and share how they're now making a long-distance friendship work. (Jenny lives in San Francisco with her husband and their new baby, Tate, and she works for Glossier. Grace and her husband, a professional baseball player, live in Charlottesville, VA, where she works in the finance and investment banking industry.) Their friendship is a special one that's rooted in their unwavering support and admiration for one another. (Be prepared to shed a tear or two when Grace talks about what she wrote in her journal after Jenny raced that California International Marathon.) SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code ALI22 to get free shipping. Plus, Tracksmith will donate 5% of your purchase proceeds to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation. What you’ll get on this episode: How Grace and Jenny met (5:25)How Grace and Jenny became friends (9:45)On training to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials (14:30)Reflecting on Grace’s Philadelphia Marathon in 2019, when she qualified for the Olympic Trials (22:00)Looking back on Jenny’s CIM race in 2019, when she qualified for the Olympic Trials (31:45)What it was like getting to run the Olympic Marathon Trials together (35:15)How Jenny and Grace got so close (48:15)Why Jenny and Grace’s recent visit in San Francisco was so powerful and important (51:30)What’s next on the run for Jenny and Grace (58:00)Jenny and Grace’s proudest moments in their friendship (1:02:20) Check out: Jenny Donnelly on Episode 215 of the Ali on the Run Show Jenny & Judi Donnelly on Episode 193 of the Ali on the Run Show Take the Bridge Follow Jenny: Instagram @jenny_gshaw Follow Grace: Instagram @gracebkeller Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
493. Molly Huddle & Sara Slattery, "How She Did It" Co-Authors
Mar 14 2022
493. Molly Huddle & Sara Slattery, "How She Did It" Co-Authors
“These women are stone-cold killers on the track, so you’re just like, ‘I can’t believe you feel that way!’ But it’s really helpful for anyone who’s dealing with that to know, ‘Hey, these women had to overcome that.’ It was hurting their performance for a while and they had to figure out a way.” Molly Huddle and Sara Slattery are incredible runners, incredible women, wonderful role models, and now, they can officially say they are published authors. Today, professional runner Molly Huddle and former pro Sara Slattery are here to talk all about their new book, How She Did It. Consider this book the ultimate roadmap for female distance runners. It includes advice from experts, plus stories, interviews, and profiles from 50 legendary women in the sport (many of whom you know, love, and have heard right here on the Ali on the Run Show). In this conversation, Molly and Sara talk about the inspiration for the book, how it actually came to be, and how they tackled the difficult task of which stories to include in the book. Plus, they talk about their friendship, Sara talks about being the head men's and women's cross-country coach at Grand Canyon University (she coaches one of Sara and Ryan Hall's daughters!), and Molly offers a pregnancy update (she's due at the end of April!). SPONSOR: The WineShine Half Marathon — Register today for the inaugural event, happening July 16, 2022, and use code ONTHERUN15 to get $15 off your registration. See you in Napa! What you’ll get on this episode: How Molly and Sara met (4:55)Where the idea for “How She Did It” came from (8:00)What adult runners can take from this book (12:30)The process of getting a book published (14:50)How Sara and Molly decided who to include in the book (18:50)How do you know when you’ve made it? (23:40)The stories Molly and Sara knew needed to be in the book (27:20)The biggest surprises from the book (36:20)What it’s like coaching Sara and Ryan Hall’s daughter (44:00)The personal reflections inspired by the book (46:45)On taking the mental side of training seriously (50:00)The women Molly and Sara are excited about right now (55:45)How do we not feel discouraged by doping in the sport? (58:30)Molly and Sara’s advice for longevity — and unlimited PRs — in the sport (1:02:40)Molly offers a pregnancy update (1:07:20) Check out: How She Did It Molly Huddle on Episode 51 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly Huddle on Episode 66 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly Huddle on Episode 259 of the Ali on the Run Show Molly Huddle on Episode 391 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Molly:  Instagram @mollyhuddleTwitter @mollyhuddleWebsite Follow Sara: Instagram @saraslattery Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava Listen & Subscribe: Apple PodcastsSpotifySoundCloudOvercastStitcherGoogle Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
492. Beyond the Run with Stephanie Roth Goldberg, LCSW, CEDS
Mar 11 2022
492. Beyond the Run with Stephanie Roth Goldberg, LCSW, CEDS
"I found myself when I found running." Stephanie Roth Goldberg is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, and certified eating disorder specialist in New York City. And when she offers a listening ear and advice for her clients, she's able to do that as both a trained professional and as someone who personally has been through it. In this conversation, Stephanie shares her experiences with substance abuse and addiction and disordered eating as a teen and young adult. She talks about going to rehab for the first time at 14 years old, and about how she ultimately found recovery. And she talks about finding running — and finding herself in the process. In addition to sharing her story on this episode, Stephanie — who is an an Ironman and mom of two living in Montclair, NJ — offers advice about developing a healthy relationship with exercise, dealing with anxiety, and building a mental wellness toolbox (or Caboodle). SPONSOR: New Balance — Go to newbalance.com/beyondtherun to learn more about how New Balance is supporting the conversations around mental wellness in running. (And check out my current favorite jacket, joggers, and long-sleeve shirts.) What you’ll get on this episode: What Stephanie was like as a teenager, and her experiences with substance abuse and an eating disorder (6:00)How Stephanie found running (24:00)How Stephanie’s relationship with running has evolved, and whether that relationship has always been healthy (31:30)How do you know if your relationship with running is healthy? (35:45)On triggers (40:30)Intuitive eating 101 (41:45)How Stephanie became an Ironman (44:10)What running looks like for Stephanie right now (50:30)How to deal when “something’s gotta give” (55:00)Stephanie’s favorite form of self-care (1:01:30) For more, check out: Rachel Wyman on Episode 281 of the Ali on the Run Show Rachel Wyman on Episode 166 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Stephanie: Instagram @embodiedpsychotherapistWebsite Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava Listen & Subscribe: Apple PodcastsSpotifySoundCloudOvercastStitcherGoogle Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
491. Olivia Baker, Professional 800m Runner for Atlanta Track Club Elite
Mar 10 2022
491. Olivia Baker, Professional 800m Runner for Atlanta Track Club Elite
"I was a complete mess. I was so emotional about it, so excited, so just…relieved to have come in, having a lot of momentum, knowing this was a possibility, and then completing a mission." Olivia Baker is on fire. The professional runner for Atlanta Track Club Elite just competed at the USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships where she finished second in the 800m, officially making her first senior world championship team. She'll head to Serbia later this month to represent Team USA at Indoor World Championships. In this conversation, Olivia reflects on the road to Team USA, including dealing with disappointment after last summer's U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials, weighing the decision of whether or not to attend medical school, and ultimately joining Atlanta Track Club Elite instead. She gushes about her teammates, talks about the tough times and low moments, and shares her confidence journey. Plus, commentating, book clubs, chocolate milkshakes, and more. SPONSORS: Shokz — Use code OTR15 for 15% off wireless headphones. St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville — Use code ONTHERUN10 for $10 off your registration for this year’s races, taking place April 23–24. What you’ll get on this episode: How it feels to be representing Team USA, and what the start line felt like at USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships (4:50)On knowing when it’s time to kick (6:45)That finish line feeling (10:15)Did this feel like the “more” Olivia wanted two years ago? (14:15)Olivia’s relationship with Ajeé Wilson (14:50)What Olivia’s training will look like between now and World Championships in Serbia, and what the travel there is expected to be like (18:45)The impact Olivia’s coaches and teammates have had on her (25:30)What Young Olivia was like, learning to get over being “obsessively afraid of racing,” and how she’s learned to deal with disappointment (35:45)Olivia’s decision not to attend medical school last year (40:45)Why Olivia joined Atlanta Track Club Elite (45:30)On confidence, commentating, and book clubs (51:00) For more, check out: Allie Wilson on Episode 469 of the Ali on the Run Show "Dear Younger Me," by Olivia Baker for MileSplit A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio Grit by Angela Duckworth Let’s Get Physical by Danielle Friedman Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong The Power by Naomi Alderman Tom Holland on Lip Sync Battle Follow Olivia: Instagram @obaker64 Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
490. Celebrating International Women's Day with Sara Hall, Emily Sisson, & Emma Bates
Mar 9 2022
490. Celebrating International Women's Day with Sara Hall, Emily Sisson, & Emma Bates
"We have all become the women we are today because of other women." —Emma Bates It was a great privilege to get to host this virtual live show on International Women's Day with three UCAN-sponsored professional athletes: Sara Hall, Emily Sisson, and Emma Bates. All three of these women were fresh off three different races — the Tokyo Marathon for Sara, a win at the Gate River Run 15K for Emily, and The TEN on the track for Emma — so in addition to recapping their recent race experiences, we also talked about the power of women in sports. Sara, Emily, and Emma talk about the women who have pushed and inspired them in their respective careers, they talk about who they love racing against, and they talk about confidence on and off the roads. SPONSOR: UCAN — Go to ucan.co/ali and use code ALI for 20% off your next UCAN order. For more, check out: Sara Hall on Episode 459 of the Ali on the Run Show Sara Hall on Episode 321 of the Ali on the Run Show Sara Hall on Episode 300 of the Ali on the Run Show Sara and Ryan Hall on Episode 144 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson & Shane Quinn on Episode 479 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson on Episode 394 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson on Episode 234 of the Ali on the Run Show Emily Sisson on Episode 169 of the Ali on the Run Show Emma Bates on Episode 444 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Emma: Instagram @emmajanelbatesTwitter @emmajbates Follow Emily: Instagram @em_sisson_Twitter @em_sisson Follow Sara:  Instagram @sarahall3Twitter @sarahall3Facebook Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava Listen & Subscribe: Apple PodcastsSpotifySoundCloudOvercastStitcherGoogle Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
489. Friendship Fest with Kyle Merber & Chris Chavez
Mar 8 2022
489. Friendship Fest with Kyle Merber & Chris Chavez
"We’re track and field’s biggest hype people, and we want to share the joy of the sport with as many people as possible." You'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who loves track and field more than the dynamic duo ("the greatest bromance in track and field") of Chris Chavez and Kyle Merber. This week, we're turning our Friendship Fest attention to the guys. Chris is the founder of Citius Mag, host of the Citius Mag podcast, former Sports Illustrated journalist, director of the Magic Boost program, and one of the nicest, hardest-working people in the industry. Kyle is a former professional runner (a 3:52 miler! he won the Millrose Games mile as a high schooler!) who retired in 2020, and now works full-time for American Express while also managing The Lap Count newsletter and navigating life as a new dad. Chris and Kyle started as friends (you'll get that full story in this episode), and now work together as collaborators and track and field commentators. In this conversation, they share their enthusiasm for the sport, talk about what it's like when they run together (it's more fun for one of them than it is for the other), and share their big dreams for the future. SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code ALI22 to get free shipping. Plus, Tracksmith will donate 5% of your purchase proceeds to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation. What you’ll get on this episode: Chris and Kyle recall their first meeting (7:00)Why Kyle wanted Chris to help tell his retirement story (11:50)How Chris and Kyle are working together right now (14:25)Chris and Kyle, track and field commentators (22:45)What to expect from Chris and Kyle this summer (33:15)On running together (35:15)What Chris and Kyle are excited about in running right now (37:40)Chris and Kyle share the moments when they were especially proud of each other (44:00) Check out: Chris Chavez on Episode 262 of the Ali on the Run Show Trials of Miles The Real Maine documentary Citius Mag podcast: Kyle Merber Exit Interview and The Importance of Sharing the Athlete Story The Magic Boost program Follow Chris: Instagram @chris_j_chavezTwitter @chrischavezCitius Mag Follow Kyle: Instagram @kylemerberTwitter @TheRealMerbSubscribe to The Lap Count Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava Listen & Subscribe: Apple PodcastsSpotifySoundCloudOvercastStitcherGoogle Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
488. Camille Herron, U.S. 100-Mile Road Champion &  World Record Holder
Mar 3 2022
488. Camille Herron, U.S. 100-Mile Road Champion & World Record Holder
“It could be two o’clock in the afternoon and the sun’s beating down on us, and I’m just smiling. I’m gritting my teeth through the afternoon sun, and still believing I can push through it.” On February 18, renowned ultra runner Camille Herron made history — again. The queen of the ultra scene ran and won the USATF 100-Mile Road Championships in Henderson, NV, and not only won the race outright (the first male finisher was half an hour behind her), she broke her own 100-mile world record by 89 seconds, finishing in 12 hours 41 minutes and 11 seconds. That's a 7:36 per mile pace on an 85-lap course. On this episode, Camille (who turned 40 on Christmas) talks all about that race, including how she prepped for it, her goals going into the race, and how she has tweaked her training and lifestyle habits in order to "age like a fine wine," she says. Plus, how she got into running and ultras, and where her always-happy demeanor came from. SPONSORS: Shokz — Use code OTR15 for 15% off wireless headphones. St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Nashville — Use code ONTHERUN10 for $10 off your registration for this year's races, taking place April 23–24. What you’ll get on this episode: How Camille’s feeling since running the USATF 100-Mile Road Championship (4:05)What Young Camille was like, and how she found and fell in love with running (6:25)Reflecting on the USATF 100-Mile Road Championship, and what Camille’s goals were going into the race (14:00)What Camille’s training is like (18:25)Why Camille started working with a registered dietitian (23:50)The lifestyle choices Camille has made recently so she can perform at her best (32:45)All about the 85-lap 100-Mile Road Championship course, and how Camille broke it down mentally (36:35)How Camille was feeling at the start line (44:30)The pressure of being Camille Herron (47:00)How Camille felt during the first half of the race (49:25)How Camille pushed through the “dark parts” of the race (55:00)That finish line feeling (59:30)How Camille celebrated (1:05:00)Camille’s advice for the ultra-curious (1:08:00) For more, check out: Camille Herron in the New York Times Follow Camille: Instagram @runcamilleTwitter @runcamille Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava Listen & Subscribe: Apple PodcastsSpotifySoundCloudOvercastStitcherGoogle Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
487. Friendship Fest with Emily Infeld & Aisha Praught Leer
Mar 1 2022
487. Friendship Fest with Emily Infeld & Aisha Praught Leer
“When I met Aisha, I was like, ‘Oh, we’re gonna be friends forever.’” Emily Infeld and Aisha Praught Leer are professional runners and Olympians, and despite never sharing a coach, team, or hometown, they have the type of friendship that transcends all of that. On this episode, Aisha and Emily talk about how they met, share their first impressions of each other, and talk about how they bonded long-distance in the early days of their professional careers. We get some big life updates: Emily officially announces who she's being coached by since leaving the Bowerman Track Club, and Aisha talks about how her return to running has been going since having surgery to repair her torn meniscus after last year's Tokyo Olympics. Plus, LOL-worthy stories about Emily behind the wheel, Aisha in the pool, and so much more. SPONSOR: Tracksmith. Click here and use code ALI22 to get free shipping. Plus, Tracksmith will donate 5% of your purchase proceeds to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation. What you’ll get on this episode: When and how Emily and Aisha met (6:00)Emily and Aisha recall their first impressions of each other, and talk about how their friendship progressed (10:55)The time Emily taught Aisha how to swim — kind of (18:00)On running together and making a long-distance friendship work (19:40)How Emily and Aisha are alike, and how they’re different (26:00)What Emily and Aisha talk about, and what they’re each like when the other is racing (38:00)What’s new with Aisha (43:00)What’s new with Emily (52:10)Emily and Aisha talk about moments when they’ve felt especially proud of each other (1:04:20) For more, check out: Emily Infeld on Episode 400 of the Ali on the Run Show Aisha Praught Leer on Episode 462 of the Ali on the Run Show Aisha Praught Leer on Episode 415 of the Ali on the Run Show Aisha Praught & Will Leer on Episode 204 of the Ali on the Run Show Aisha Praught Leer on Episode 197 of the Ali on the Run Show Follow Emily: Instagram @emilyinfeldTwitter @emily_infeld Follow Aisha: Instagram @aishapraughtleerTwitter @aishapraught Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1Join the Facebook groupTwitter @aliontherun1Support on PatreonBlogStrava Listen & Subscribe: Apple PodcastsSpotifySoundCloudOvercastStitcherGoogle Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.