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Ali Feller  Writer. Editor. Host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. Loves running, yoga, llamas, giraffes & Celine Dion. Has rescue puppy named Ellie.

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"I'm not going to race it. I'm just doing this race as part of my long run." Famous last words... Ran the Stevens Cooperative Schools 5K in Hoboken this morning — the course was short (my watch said 2.96 miles) and my finish time was 21:32. That would've been a 5K PR by more than a minute! I covered my watch and just ran happy, and I was the third female finisher and 18th overall! My love for small 5K races and running by feel continues! (Splits were 7:16, 7:20, 6:55. That's excellent for me.) HAPPY WEEKEND!

#SEENONMYRUN (His name is Bowie, he's 3.5 months old, he loves hugs, and he has giant paws and razor-like teeth. He's not mine. I love him.)

"Stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink, until you've sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy." New episode of the Ali on the Run Show! (Can't take credit for this quote — it's an "anonymous author" internet gem that @bethanyalyons once shared with me, and I am in love with it. If you know who wrote it, let me know!)

Ellie's Inaugural Easter Eggstravaganza was a great success! We hid treat-filled eggs all over the apartment for her to find when she woke up, and she went nuts for it. (She even figured out how to open the eggs with her little underbite because she is a genius!) Funnest morning ever! Happy Easter!

NJ 🏃🏼‍♀️Manhattan🏃🏼‍♀️Brooklyn for 13.1 miles! Longest run of the year!

HAPPY WEEKEND! Hang out with your fang out.

YUP. (I cut this out of a magazine four years ago and found it during a spring cleaning rampage last weekend. Now it's hanging up in my office, directly at eye level, so I can embrace it obsessively.)

Just a little reminder that sometimes you just need to go for it. (Whatever "it" is for you.) Less planning, less worrying, less waiting until the time is right or everything is perfect or things fall flawlessly into place. Do that thing you want to do or always said you'd do or wish you could do. Sometimes scrappy reaps greater rewards than perfection. (Trying to implement this more in my own life lately, so I figured if I made a little image of it and put it out there, I'd HAVE to practice what I Insta-preach, right?) This and other mantras that get me through rough runs and tough times on Episode 18 of the Ali on the Run Show. The link is in the bio, but listen on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Overcast, or Google Play. (And always looking for more mantras, so hit me up with your favorite go-to phrase!)

After my sixth trip to the bathroom this morning, I gave myself an out. I told myself I could skip my Track Tuesday workout and just do an easy run. Or I could do an easier track workout instead of the monster on my training plan. Or I could go to the track, start the workout, and abort as needed if I just wasn't feeling it. So I ran to the track. I did the first 400, and it wasn't the worst, so I kept going. After each interval I gave myself permission to stop, but something in me kept going. I ended up completing the entire workout as prescribed (400, 800, 1200, mile, bathroom, 800, bathroom, 400), and my splits were shockingly close to where I'd hoped they would be. So now I feel happy and amazing and proud of myself for getting it done. Fittingly, on today's episode of the Ali on the Run Show, I'm talking about my favorite running and life mantras, including the one that got me through today: DO THE WORK.

The year was 1997. The song was "Conga." (Spending the weekend spring cleaning and finding all kinds of gems. But now taking a break to ponder when I can wear these timeless ruffle pants again.)

Jump shot photobomb! Ran 10 miles (with three at "tempo" except much slower ugh) in a beautiful, blooming Central Park, then came home to this happy face! Happy Saturday!

During the first year of our relationship, I used to make @boldceo go to 16 Handles with me EVERY night. And he never said no. Listen to Brian on this week's episode of the Ali on the Run Show! He drops all kinds of wisdom and 🔥. I say things like, "My eyes are the color of Crohn's disease," and he claps back with, "We can give each other shit but then totally come full circle and love each other just as hard as we butt heads." (Case in point: Last weekend we were exchanging compliments as a "fun game," and my compliment for Brian was that he "is doing a good job saving water and caring for the earth by never showering on the weekends.") HAPPY FRIDAY, THANKS FOR TUNING IN. Hope you enjoy this episode!

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