Ali after she finished the National Half Marathon.
Looking for someone that's going to brighten your mood because of her hyper-positive outlook on life? Head over to Ali on the Run, where we became addicted to her blog almost as fast as she did to 16 Handles' frozen yogurt. Ali's witty personality shines through her words, and we can't help but follow along as she trains for her first marathon while fundraising through Run for the Rabbit. Read on to learn about how this girl fights Crohn's disease while having the time of her life.
On my fit life list: I'm dying to take a trapeze class. Though, of course, the number one thing on my fit list list is running a marathon! I can't wait to cross the finish line of the Hampton's Marathon on September 24! Not only will this be my first marathon, but I'm raising money for a cause I'm so passionate about: the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. I was diagnosed with Crohn's when I was seven, so I've pretty much had the disease my entire life. I've had a couple of rough flare-ups over the years, but now I'm ready to prove that you can have Crohn's and run a marathon! When I cross that finish line, I know we'll be that much closer to finding a cure.
I'm happiest when I'm: Running. Sweating. Eating ice cream. Laughing. Walking aimlessly around New York City. In a hotel bed. Apple picking in New Hampshire. Playing with a puppy. Spending time with my family. Riding around on a speed boat. Not all of these things at the same time though...
My fave fit snack: I make my own trail mix because I hate the super-salty store-bought kinds! I mix cereal, raisins, dry roasted peanuts, almonds and dark chocolate M&Ms. Then I eat it by the handful, and I have an awful habit of dropping pieces down my shirt while doing so. Oops.
Most embarrassing song I'll admit I work out to: It's not easy to embarrass me. I have no shame in admitting that my most-played running song is "So Much Better" from the Legally Blonde: The Musical soundtrack. Also in heavy rotation on my playlist: A house remix of the Tetris theme song, a ton of Celine Dion and "Break My Stride" by Ace of Base.
My fitness mantra: "If you can, you must." One of my spinning instructors shouted this at us during class once. It's such a great point. There are so many people who for various reasons can't work out. I have a healthy, functioning body. I should take advantage of it, enjoy it and sweat my little heart out.
My "I Did It" moment: I shocked myself by running the National Half Marathon in 1:44 this past March! I had just gone through a devastating breakup, my living situation was in limbo and I just needed to get away. So I went to Washington, D.C., dug deep and ran fast. My goal was to break two hours in that race and I ended up shaving a full 16 minutes off of my previous personal record!
Want to meet this blogger in person? As part of Ali's fundraising efforts for Run for the Rabbit, she will be hosting a get-together at JackRabbit Sports in the Upper East Side of New York, N.Y. on August 11 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy some yummy (free!) food and drinks and meet fellow runners—and for each store purchase, 15 percent of the proceeds will go to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. She'll also be selling "Team Ali" T-shirts so you can run in style!
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