Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Blogger Interview

Today is a very special post! Since I have been injured, even though I am going to try to go out and run tonight, I haven't had very many posts for all of you recently.

Plus, I love reading this girl's posts on her blog so I thought why not invite her to do an interview and share it with all of you!

You've heard me talk about her before, so without further ado here is a great interview with Ali from Ali Runs!

When did you start running? Why?

I joined the my high school track team in 8th grade and ran all through high school. I was a middle distance runner, specifically the 800 meter, 1500 meter runs. Most of my week day runs were anywhere from 2-4 miles. I loved being a part of the track team and running everyday with my friends. I think that is one of the reasons I prefer running with other people so much.

What running item could you not live without?

My first thought was my Garmin Forerunner 305. I love this watch and have used it for almost every single outdoor run I've completed since I received the watch as a gift two years ago. Unfortunately, right before my second marathon 2 weeks ago, my Garmin would not turn on. I freaked out at the start wondering how I was going to run without knowing my pace! My dad calmed me down by saying, "People ran for years and years without a GPS watch, you can run a marathon without one." Obviously it wasn't ideal, but it wasn't going to stop me from completing my 2nd marathon!

So I guess this proves that there is really no running item that I couldn't live without. BUT--there are just items I prefer to run with like my Garmin, SpiBelt, and Road ID.

*Here is her second marathon's race recap*

What was your most memorable race? Why?

My most memorable race without a doubt was the Atlantic City Marathon, which my sister and I completed together last October. We had trained for this race the entire summer and crossed the finish line hand in hand. It was such an amazing experience. I will never forget this race - and I am so grateful that I was able to train and complete my first marathon with my sister by my side.

*Check out her Atlantic City Marathon race recap, here*

Do you ever run races just for fun?

I will rarely run a race just for fun. I either run to race or use a race as part of a training run. I love setting a goal and working hard to achieve it. I have started a few races thinking I would just run for fun, but I am so competitive that as soon as the gun goes off I start running as hard as I can.

The one exception to this that I can think of was the Stomp Out Hunger 5k, which I ran with my boyfriend Dan. It was his first race ever and he had asked me to run it with him. It was really hard for me not to take off as soon as the gun went off, but I was glad I was able to run all 3.1 miles by his side. (I'm trying to convince him to sign up for a 10k next!)

*Want to find out how they did? Check this out*

How do you refuel after a training run or a race?

I have never had a set way to refuel after a training run. It usually depends on the mood I'm in or how the run went! I do love egg sandwiches and smoothies with protein powder. My favorite post-run smoothie is strawberries, bananas, and chocolate protein powder.

I also drink a lot of Gatorade after runs. I usually water it down though, because I don't like the syrupy taste that a bottle of Gatorade can have.

What is something that people would be surprised to find out about you?

I am so bad at these types of questions -here are a few fun, random facts:
  • I own the entire series of Friends, Sex and the City, and Gilmore Girls.
  • My sister and I have entire conversations in Friends quotes ("Could I BE wearing any more clothes").
  • I watch "The Santa Clause" every single year on Nov. 1st (one of my favorite traditions). I also start listening to Christmas music in October - it's my favorite time of year!!
  • I could eat popcorn every. single. day.

Thank you so much, Ali! If your boyfriend does sign up for a 10K let me know and maybe Mike and I will join you two!

If you loved what you read in this short interview, go check out her blog. I promise that you won't be disappointed!

I'm hoping to have a few more interviews on the blog in the near future.


  1. I think a Rochester meet up would be a lot of fun. And what a great idea to interview Ali!

  2. Rena - We should definitely have a meet up! I'm game :)

  3. Great interview...wish I had time to check out more blogs...maybe this winter when I slow down!!!