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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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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.

    Beyond the Run with Ali Feller, TEDxBoston Speaker

    Beyond the Run with Ali Feller, TEDxBoston Speaker

    "It felt important to me. And so I sent the email. I took my own advice, and I sent the email."

    On Monday, I had the honor of giving a TED talk. In this episode, I'm talking all about my experience speaking at TEDxBoston's "Epic Strides" event, celebrating women in sport and the 50-year anniversary of the passing of Title IX. I share how I got this opportunity, my hesitations, and how it went. Plus, I share the talk itself.

    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 I got the opportunity to be a TEDx speaker (2:00) On figuring out what to talk about (11:00) The rehearsal and preparation process (15:00) The week of TEDxBoston (23:00) Why I got really stressed the night before the event (38:00) My TED talk! (53:20)
    For more, check out:

    Emily Saul on Episode 510 of the Ali on the Run Show

    Emily Saul & Ian Nurse on Episode 474 of the Ali on the Run Show

    Emily Saul on Episode 59 of the Ali on the Run Show

    What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan

    Alexandra Angelone: TEDxBoston Hair & Makeup Artist

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Saila Consalvi, 13-Time Marathoner with Lung Cancer

    Saila Consalvi, 13-Time Marathoner with Lung Cancer

    "From the start, it was like, I’m gonna deal with this, but I’m not going to let this take over. I’m not going to let it take my life away. I’m not going to let it take my happiness away. So I do it, and I deal with it, and some days are really tough, but I still want to live my life."

    In January, 13-time marathoner Saila Consalvi was told she'd be lucky if she could watch this year's Boston Marathon, let alone run it. And yet, four months later, she defied expectation: She completed the 2022 Boston Marathon. In this conversation, Saila talks about what it took to complete her third Boston Marathon, and about her road to the start line, which hasn't been easy. In 2017, Saila was 35 years old and had just completed her ninth marathon and her first Ironman. She was in the best shape of her life. But soon, things just felt...off. Then, she was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. Today, Saila — who is from Finland — lives in Denver, CO, with her husband and their four-month-old son, Enzo.

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    What you’ll get on this episode:

    Why Saila ran Boston with “Sally” on her shirt (3:40) Saila’s story about running Boston with Peloton instructor Jess Sims (6:00) Saila’s Boston Marathon recap (8:00) Saila’s advice for runners who are raising money for charity (14:20) How Saila got into running (16:35) Saila’s lung cancer diagnosis (24:00) On fear, and adjusting to life with cancer (37:30) How Saila remains optimistic in the face of so much bad news (52:00) How Saila found the strength to get to the Boston Marathon start line (56:50)
    For more, check out:

    Jess Sims on Episode 516 of the Ali on the Run Show

    "My Beauty Uniform: Saila Hanninen," via Cup of Jo

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Steph Bruce, 2022 Boston Marathon Recap

    Steph Bruce, 2022 Boston Marathon Recap

    "Let’s just go out with a bang."

    Steph Bruce finished 12th at this year's Boston Marathon. The professional runner for HOKA NAZ Elite ran a 2:28, and while it wasn't her fastest time at the 26.2-mile distance, Steph says Boston 2022 ranks up there as one of her best and favorite marathons. And this year's race was unique for Steph: It's her last year competing as a professional athlete. Last year, Steph was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, and that discovery forced her to start making some tough choices. She decided that 2022 would be her last year running professionally — and that she would go out with a celebration. Steph is calling this year her "Grit Finale," and she's taking fans along for the ride. (Check out her Boston recap on YouTube here.) In this conversation, Steph talks all about that life-changing diagnosis, about her Boston training, about race day, and about her thoughts on life after professional running. As always, an open, honest, candid conversation with one of the sport's most-loved athletes.

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    What you’ll get on this episode:

    How Steph is feeling post-Boston (4:00) All about “The Grit Finale,” and the life-changing diagnosis that led to Steph’s last professional year on the run (6:20) What Steph needed to include in her last year of racing (17:30) How Steph was feeling heading into her last Boston Marathon (20:40) Steph recaps her Boston training, and why (and how!) she makes racing a family affair (23:55) Steph’s feelings of imposter syndrome early in her career, and how she feels now (29:00) Steph’s story from the church (31:25) How Steph was feeling on the start line, and how the race played out (33:00) Making the move at mile 22 (46:00) The Grit Finale finale (50:45) Steph’s thoughts on her legacy (55:00)
    For more, check out:

    Steph Bruce on Episode 104 of the Ali on the Run Show

    Steph & Ben Bruce on Episode 206 of the Ali on the Run Show

    Steph Bruce on Episode 354 of the Ali on the Run Show

    Steph Bruce on Episode 371 of the Ali on the Run Show

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    • 59 min
    Shalane Flanagan, 2022 Boston Marathon Recap

    Shalane Flanagan, 2022 Boston Marathon Recap

    "It takes a lot to get to a start line. I never take that for granted."

    Shalane Flanagan has run the Boston Marathon six times: four times as a professional athlete; once as a retired pro, the day after racing the Chicago Marathon; and now, as a guide. Shalane is a four-time Olympian, an Olympic silver medalist, and the 2017 New York City Marathon champion. She is a coach, a New York Times best-selling cookbook author, and a mom to two-year-old Jack. After racing the Boston Marathon in the fall as part of Project Eclipse, Shalane returned to Boston this year — and it was different than any other time she had run the race. Because this time, Shalane's race wasn't about the pursuit of a podium or a personal best. She ran the race as Adrianne Haslet's coach and guide in the para athletics division. In this conversation, Shalane talks about coaching Adrianne, about her own training for this race, and about her goals as Adrianne's guide. She shares her favorite memories from the course, and talks about what's next both on and off the run.

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    What you’ll get on this episode:

    Shalane’s memories of meeting Adrianne Haslet (4:10) Shalane’s history with the Boston Marathon (6:15) Shalane’s most profound memory from this year’s Boston Marathon (10:30) On experiencing running a marathon in the middle of the pack (17:30) All about the crowds from Hopkinton to Boston (21:00) What it was like coaching Adrianne for Boston (25:45) What Shalane’s Boston training was like (30:00) The race plan (37:00) How Shalane kept the focus on Adrianne on race day (41:55) Shalane’s favorite parts of the Boston Marathon course, and what the finish line was like (47:30) The toughest parts of the day (51:50) Shalane’s top Boston memories from over the years (54:20) What hasn’t Shalane done? (58:25) How Shalane fit this experience into her life (1:00:20) The weight of the past year and a half (1:04:20)
    For more, check out:

    Adrianne Haslet on Episode 514 of the Ali on the Run Show

    Adrianne Haslet on Episode 506 of the Ali on the Run Show

    Adrianne Haslet on Episode 192 of the Ali on the Run Show

    Shalane Flanagan on Episode 462 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

    Mary Kate Shea on Episode 247 of the Ali on the Run Show

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Beyond the Run with Carrie Jackson, Mental Performance Coach

    Beyond the Run with Carrie Jackson, Mental Performance Coach

    "We know you can push through. We know you’re capable of that. A sign of your mental toughness isn’t pushing through — it’s can I hold back?"

    On March 5, I went out for a 13.1-mile run. A few miles into the run, my lower left leg started to hurt. I cut the run short and limped home. By that night, I could barely walk. I was dealing with my first real running injury. Two months later, I'm back on the run — but I never received an official diagnosis, I'm a bit trepidatious about running again, and I'm overwhelmed trying to remember how I even fit running into my life pre-injury. I thought I would be itching to get back on the run, but I'm...not?

    Enter Carrie Jackson.

    Carrie is a certified mental performance consultant with a Master's degree in sports psychology. She's the author of On Top of Your Game: Mental Skills to Maximize Your Athletic Performance, and co-author of Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries. She and Rebound co-author Cindy Kuzma also host The Injured Athletes Club podcast (and check out their Facebook group).

    This conversation is akin to a live therapy session with Carrie, where I'm the patient. If you've ever wondered what it's like working with a sports psychologist or mental performance coach, consider this an intro for all of us. (And I'm thrilled to report that this past weekend, I raced a 5K, had a blast, and am slowly starting to feel reinvigorated about running.)

    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.)

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Jess Sims, 2022 Boston Marathon Recap

    Jess Sims, 2022 Boston Marathon Recap

    "She said, ‘This is how it was supposed to be. This is how it was supposed to feel.’ And at that moment, I realized the magnitude of what we gave to each other."

    Fan favorite Jess Sims is back — and this time, she returns to the Ali on the Run Show as a marathoner! On April 18, the beloved Peloton instructor surprised the world by showing up at the start (and finish!) line of the Boston Marathon. And she had a good reason for keeping her marathon debut on the down-low. In this very special conversation, Jess talks about receiving a fateful message from Boston Marathon bombing survivor Michele Blackburn last December — a message that ultimately guided Jess every step of the way toward that finish line on Boylston Street. Jess talks about her training, about how she felt on the start line, and about why she still feels marathon imposter syndrome, even after earning that blue and yellow medal. (You'll want tissues on hand 17 minutes into this one. You've been warned.)

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    What you’ll get on this episode:

    How Jess is celebrating — her dog’s birthday, that is (4:40) All about that fateful message from Michele Blackburn (6:25) What happened after Jess committed to running the Boston Marathon, and what her training was like (23:30) Why Jess kept her Boston Marathon plans a secret (34:50) Why Jess gets nervous talking about her marathon experience (42:15) How Jess was feeling when she arrived in Boston (46:00) The ride to the start line (50:00) What it was like running the 2022 Boston Marathon (56:00) On seeing Michele at the finish line (1:01:45) The physical and emotional recovery (1:05:30) Running with Usain Bolt! (1:16:35)
    For more, check out:

    Jess Sims on Episode 261 of the Ali on the Run Show

    Kirsten Ferguson on Episode 505 of the Ali on the Run Show

    Becs Gentry on Episode 379 of the Ali on the Run Show

    Matt Wilpers on Episode 398 of the Ali on the Run Show

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    Instagram @jsimsfit Website
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    • 1 hr 23 min

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