396. Ask Ali!


“The word should can put us into tricky places. Because who’s to say what we should or should not do? A lot of things in life are a lot more nuanced than should or should not, yes or no, black or white.”


Welcome to Ask Ali, a twice-a-month series where I answer all of your questions. This time around, we’ve got listener questions about racing, nutrition, New York City must-dos, running plateaus, Orangetheory memories, and so much more. Plus: a surprise appearance by Brian Cristiano! Thanks to everyone who called in for this one. Enjoy!

If you want to be part of a future “Ask Ali” episode (yay!), call 917-947-9699 — introduce yourself, and ask whatever’s on your mind! I can’t wait to hear from you!


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You asked:

  • If I could only race one distance for the rest of my life, which would it be? (3:00)
  • Do you have any tips for nutrition during high mileage weeks? (5:18)
  • What are your top must-dos and must-sees for a first trip to New York City? (10:15)
  • Advice for hitting a running plateau after coming back from injury (15:45)
  • What are my favorite protein bars? (23:15)
  • What is my favorite thing about being a wife? (27:05)
  • Ali sprints to the finish! (33:15)
  • How to ease back into racing when you want to sign up for all the races! (41:20)
  • Which Orangetheory benchmark days were my favorite? (46:30)


What I mention on this episode:

Ali on the Run Show Episode 123: Ali & the Experts Week with Kelly Hogan, Registered Dietitian

Ali on the Run Show Episode 39: Registered Dietitian Kelly Hogan

Ali on the Run Show Episode 216: LIVE on International Women’s Day

Ali on the Run Show Episode 257: Nutrition Q&A with Starla Garcia, Registered Dietitian

Ali on the Run Show Episode 200: Starla Garcia, Olympic Trials Qualifier

Ali on the Run Show Episode 327: Katie Burke on “Taking Care of You”


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