Welcome to the Ali on the Run Newsletter!
I need a catchy title for this thing!
“Newsletter” has been a vague, consistently unchecked item on my to-do list for, at last estimate, six years now. And here we are! I’m finally crossing it off! And I’m so happy you’re here.
I’ve always been a writer.
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First, a dramatic diary writer. Oh, the stories I would tell in my journals, dozens of them, often purchased at Old Navy. (I had one that was made of denim. Denim! How quintessentially 1998!) I could write 5,000 words about the boy in class I had a crush on. (I still could. Eric Weaver, are you reading this? What have you been up to since we graduated?! Do you still have red hair? Sorry again that I beat you in the sixth-grade class-wide Scrabble tournament. It’s not your fault you missed a week of competition because you had to go to a funeral, and I used that as a chance to get ahead by doubling down on my Triple Word Scores.)
Then, my paragraphs turned to song lyrics: the art of the AIM away message. I took that incredibly seriously.
“Well, as for now I'm gonna hear the saddest songs
And sit alone and wonder
How you're making out.
But as for me, I wish that I was anywhere with anyone
—Dashboard Confessional, Ali Feller (AliCat5685)
By college, writing was the decided game plan: to become the editor in chief of Dance Spirit magazine. I majored in print journalism (long-live print journalism!), got the internship, got hired at the company, and worked my way up to the Dream Job.
I started running, and started a blog. I could (and did, daily) write 5,000 words about a four-mile recovery run on Central Park’s Bridle Path. Brevity: never my strong suit.
In 2014, I left Dance Spirit to pursue freelance writing full-time. I wrote for Well+Good, Self, Shape, Fitness, Women’s Health, Glamour, Runner’s World, Women’s Running, Dance Magazine, and more.
Then, I launched the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I wrote less, talked and listened more.
But lately, I’ve missed writing.
So, here we are. A space for writing that’s not quite a blog, not quite an Instagram caption. (Why am I humming “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman?” Crossroads was a great film.)
And here’s what I expect you’ll get by being here:
Weekly updates, blog style! What I’ve been up to this week, how my running is going, and what’s new in my world.
My favorite things. What I’m watching, reading, listening to, wearing, using, cooking, and what I’m paying attention to on the run.
Subscriber-specific offers from brands and partners. Discounts! I love a discount.
I plan to keep this newsletter free. If you’d like to contribute to the show monetarily (and that is so generous and so incredibly appreciated, truly), the best way to do that is on Patreon, where you’ll also get bonus episodes of the Ali on the Run Show.
How does this all sound?
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Yay! Excited to read more. Ps. Random but I read this and flashed back to your work outfit of the day mirror pics from the early blog days (lol I thought those were so cool at the time).