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Hello from the second trimester!

I always thought the second trimester started at Week 12, but yet again, I am learning as I go. Some books and apps went with the Week 12 theory, while others said the second trimester hits at Week 14. I officially entered Week 14 today, so now I’m confident I’ve completed the first big chunk of this pregnancy. Cool!

Well I definitely look like I got some sun by Week 13… so that’s cool!

I will say, I felt pretty drastically different during Week 13. Whether or not I was “technically” in whatever trimester, I felt less tired, my appetite changed a bit, and I generally felt more like myself again. Here’s a look back at Week 13!

BABY IS THE SIZE OF A…

peach, lemon, or pea pod. The apps really disagreed this week! But I took my weekly Whole Foods picture with a peach.

I’m not going to lie to you: I took this photo and then immediately looked at the peach, and then further south, and for the first time thought to myself, “This does not compute.”

HOW I’M FEELING

As you can see, my skin continues to look even bumpier than my stomach (I...

“I think that’s what unites us as runners — we’re all trying to overcome excuses and doubts to get out there.” —Sarah Sellers

“Who is Sarah Sellers?” That’s the question everyone was asking after the Tucson, AZ runner finished second at the 2018 Boston Marathon. Sarah isn’t a professional runner. She doesn’t have a sponsor. And she paid her own Boston Marathon entry fee. But on a brutally rainy and windy day in Boston, the 26-year-old nurse anesthetist ran a 2:44.04 — good enough to land her in the spot behind winner Desi Linden. Sarah had no idea she finished second (and, in doing so, nabbed a cool $75,000 prize), and when we recorded this episode just 48 hours after the race, she was still processing the results. Enjoy as she breaks down every detail from before, during, and after the race — including the surreal moment when she passed Shalane Flanagan! (And fun fact: Boston was only Sarah’s second marathon ever!)

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Sarah shares how she’s feeling 48 hours after placing second at the Boston Marathon (1:30)
  • What Sarah’s Boston buildup was like, and how she balances high-mileage training with a demanding full-time job (4:20)
  • The very cute story of how Sarah met her husband, Blake (8:00)
  • How working long days helped prepare...

During Week 12, I was convinced I had “popped.” I also thought this during Week 5, Week 9, Week 10, and Week 11. I know I haven’t, but I am definitely feeling thicker in the middle, and a few people have commented on my “bump.” (Which, TBH, I still don’t really think is a bump so much as it is the all-carb diet I’ve been following for the past 12 weeks.)

Baby on the Run: Week 12

BABY IS THE SIZE OF A…

“large plum.”

From a poppy seed to a plum! Sorry about Week 8, where I faced the wrong way… (Also please ignore all the dirty, sweaty clothing in the background. I am gross. Brian says this is my worst habit!)

HOW I’M FEELING

This week was exciting because we made our secret not a secret! I loved sharing our news with our friends and internet friends, and so appreciated all the love that came pouring in. So thank you for that! It made for a super special few days.

Of course, with that announcement came the flood of feedback! I basically don’t take anything seriously from people and am pretty good at...

Watching Desi Linden win the Boston Marathon yesterday was amazing. When she broke the tape, she became the first American woman in my lifetime to win the Boston Marathon. And Desi deserved it. She’s a fighter. She’s a workhorse. And she’s always said her thing isn’t about a gimmick or flash. It’s about putting her head down and doing the work. She’s never been in it for the glory, the credit, the accolades. I love everything about Desi (if you haven’t yet, make sure you go listen to her episode of the Ali on the Run Show from a few weeks ago!), and was on the edge of my seat for the entire race.

Of course, the moment so many people are talking about in the immediate aftermath of the race is that porta-potty stop. A little over an hour into the race, Shalane Flanagan needed a bathroom break. (Elites, they’re just like us!) The women’s lead pack was still together at that point, but Desi did something remarkable: She held back while Shalane did her business (in a mere 13 seconds — that is impressive), and then they worked together to get back in the pack.

In post-race press conferences, Desi said she had actually been thinking about dropping out earlier in the race. So she told Shalane she had her back, and that she’d do whatever she could to help her. Then, after she got Shalane back into the pack, she decided to chase down then-leader Mamitu Daska’s gap...

“We’re gonna go through tough times. And we’re gonna be fine.” —Brian Cristiano

Brian and I are so excited to tell the world that we are having a baby! I am 12 weeks pregnant (at the time we recorded this), and am due October 23. On this episode, we answer all the questions we keep getting from friends, family, and total strangers (namely, “Was this planned?! Were you trying?!”), and share how we’re both feeling, why we’re frustrated with the medical system (as usual!), and whether we think Ellie knows she’s about to be a big sister (she totally does). Thanks for following along on this crazy ride — we can’t wait to share it all with you.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • “Were you trying?! Was this planned?!” (1:30)
  • How I found out, and how I felt when I got that positive pregnancy test (3:30)
  • How I told Brian the big news (10:00)
  • How I’ve been feeling (17:45)
  • Our experience with doctors so far — the good and the bad (19:20)
  • How we told our families the news (34:00)
  • How Brian’s feeling right now (38:35)
  • My response to people who ask, “Do you want a boy or a girl?” (42:50)
  • What has surprised us both so far (46:30)
  • Does Ellie know what’s up? (54:00)

What we mention on this episode:

Brian on...

Hello from week 12 of pregnancy! It seems crazy to be writing these posts!

I’m so glad you’re all in on our secret now. The past month and a half has been fun, exciting, and a little wild. I feel like a constant science experiment, and it’s absolutely fascinating to me. (And, to be honest, I’m not totally sure this has sunk in, even though we’ve seen the baby twice.)

People tell you that hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time is super cool, and it’s so cool. At the 8-week appointment, we heard the heartbeat right away, and my eyes started to well up with tears, but I was too excited to cry, and I was doing this weird laugh/cry thing. (The ultrasound tech asked me to hold my breath because he said I was messing him up. Oops.)

At the 12-week ultrasound, the technician said the baby was very “wiggly!” I felt so proud!!! I’m wiggly, too!

The second ultrasound was even more exciting, because I was nervous for that one. I was, like many women I’m sure, worried about miscarriage after the first ultrasound, because I know so many women who have had missed miscarriages during that time period. So it was an amazing relief to witness the strong heartbeat at the 12-week appointment. (I also hated the first doctor we saw and am...

The Cristiano crew (I swear I’ll change my last name eventually…) is growing!

Ellie is very excited to be a big sister!

Brian, Ellie, and I are so super excited to be adding another member to the family this year! I am thrilled to tell you that Baby Cristiano (we’ll work on a clever name, maybe) is due on October 23. If this baby is anything like me, we can expect it to arrive roughly 22 minutes early. If it’s anything like Brian, it should make its debut right around December.

So far, so good on this crazy journey. I’m 12 weeks along — we found out on February 15 and have been keeping this big ol’ secret ever since — and I feel great. (And I feel very lucky to feel great!)

Looking forward to sharing this wild ride with you!

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“I’m trying not to call it a comeback because I’m a completely different person now.” —Tina Muir

Tina Muir is an elite runner from England (she’s a 2:36 marathoner!), a new mom, and the host of the Running For Real podcast. Tina went viral last year when she announced her surprising decision to stop running. Her reason: She hadn’t had her period in nine years. Tina opened up about her struggle with amenorrhea and her desire to start a family, and on this episode she explains why she decided to share her story, what it was like going viral and having People magazine write about her period, and what she was afraid people would think about her. Tina also discusses body dysmorphia, how she handled intentionally gaining weight, her eventual pregnancy, and how giving birth compares to running a marathon. Check out Running For Real in a few weeks, when I’ll be Tina’s guest!

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What it means to be a professional runner, and how Tina made...

Hi!

I hate talking about the weather but also I’m really bummed out about the weather lately. The cold I can handle. It’s the constant gray, sad, overcast skies. Everything is dreary. It’s hard to motivate. And while working from home is great on these days because I don’t have to navigate my way through seas umbrella-armed rage monsters on the New York City sidewalks (seriously, New Yorkers use umbrellas as weapons), it’s also way too tempting to just flop on the couch for a few minutes. Or “work in bed” for an hour. My resistance is strong, but the temptations persist. Every single day.

Anyway. Some non-cloudy things!

Ellie and me at Asbury Park! We love beach days!

I get to see my parents this weekend! Brian and I have always loved going out to the North Fork of Long Island and hitting up all the wineries out there. We have always talked about getting my parents down here (from New Hampshire) to join us, and since Brian’s mom lives out there, we could all go winery hopping together! Our parents haven’t seen each other since our wedding, so it’s going to be super fun. (When we planned this for April, we were hoping it would be warm. But pretty sure we’ll be winery hopping in snow pants at this point.)

You know what’s not annoying me right now? Crohn’s disease. Isn’t that...

“I’m bringing the track speed to the marathon.” —Molly Huddle

On April 16, professional runner Molly Huddle will be among a strong field of indomitable American women racing the Boston Marathon. This will only be Molly’s second marathon: She made her 26.2-mile debut at the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon. On this episode, Molly, who is from Rhode Island and chatted with me from Arizona, shares all things Boston: how her training has been going, what she’s excited about, what she’s nervous about, and what she learned from her first marathon that she’ll take with her into her second. Plus, she answers the question I’ve always wanted to ask: How in the world do pro runners grab their water bottles off those tables mid-race without slowing down, missing a bottle, grabbing someone else’s bottle, or dropping a bottle?

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What you’ll get in this episode:

  • How Molly’s feeling a month out from Boston, and how this training cycle has been different from her NYC Marathon training (1:50)
  • How fast Molly runs her track workouts and how slow she runs her recovery runs (3:30)
  • Molly reflects on setting a new American half-marathon world record in Houston in January (5:00)
  • Molly shares the high and low points of Boston Marathon training so far (6:45)
  • What Molly’s weekly mileage will peak at leading...

“The stories you tell can change the world.” —Bianna Golodryga

Bianna Golodryga is a CBS News correspondent and a contributor at CNN. She’s the former weekend anchor of Good Morning America, and worked at Yahoo News alongside Katie Couric. Bianna was born in the former Soviet Union and moved to the United States with her parents — and only $150 in their pockets — when she was 18 months old. On this episode, Bianna talks about growing up Russian in Texas (her classmates called her a “Commie Spy,” and she was the only Jewish kid in her entire school), and talks about the decisions that motivated her to move to New York City to pursue a career in finance and, eventually, on television. Bianna has interviewed the world’s top personalities, politicians, and celebrities, from Katy Perry and Reese Witherspoon to Bill Clinton and Borat. (Right before she sat down to record this episode with me, Bianna was interviewing Oprah alongside Gayle King.) Bianna was also the first journalist to interview and talk to the father of the Boston Marathon bombers, and was actually the one to tell him that his sons were the ones behind the bombings. It’s one of many crazy stories Bianna — who is also a mom, a step-mom, and, of course, a runner — shares on this episode, which is a must-listen for anyone who wants to be involved in any aspect of the news or television industry.

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Since I started working from home and freelancing a few years ago, I’ve been very interested in how people spend their days. I know that for me, the idea of having a flexible schedule is nice, but I still feel like I should be at my computer during what most people consider to be regular working hours.

Over the past few months, though, I’ve started to realize that I’m most productive in the early morning and in the evening. I’m productive when no one is bothering me, emailing me, or otherwise requiring me to activate do-not-disturb mode.

I definitely don’t take advantage of being freelance as much as I could and should. Last year, I was so sick for so long that I couldn’t leave the house. Now, I can, but the cold isn’t super motivating. So I’m looking forward to spring, summer, and fall, when I’ll be super psyched to take Ellie for a midday swim or hike.

Hello from underneath 900 layers!

So what do I do for a living?

I am a freelance writer. I write primarily about women’s health, fitness, and wellness, and dance, for various digital and print publications. I still write for Dance Spirit and Dance Magazine all the time, and I write for outlets like Well+Good and 

“We fail all the time, and we learn from it and we get better. I think that’s amazing. You fail your way to success. That’s how it happens, and I’m super comfortable with that. I have no problem pointing out a bunch of failures in my career. But I don’t define myself or my career as a failure.” —Des Linden

Desiree Linden is a professional distance runner who has represented the United States at the London and Rio Olympics. She runs for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project in Michigan, and is a strong, consistent 2:22 marathoner. In one month, Des will race the Boston Marathon, and on this episode she talks about how her training has been going, and why she’s in it to win it. She also talks about why she thinks women are often hesitant to admit their big, scary, awesome goals, and opens up her recent running burnout — and how she busted out of it. Plus, Des talks about failure — and why she’s not afraid of it — and shares her big post-Boston goal. (Hint: She wants to make big moves in 2020.)

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“Be open-minded and bring snacks.”

Dr. Meggie is back! Meggie Smith made her Ali on the Run Show debut last year, when she was wrapping up her OB/GYN residency at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. After graduating, Meggie moved to California, where she’s currently pursuing her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Southern California. On Part II of this two-part episode, Meggie answers listener questions about fertility, infertility, and giving birth, plus all kinds of personal stuff, like what med school is really like, what it takes to gross her out, how to date when you’re constantly on call, and whether delivering babies every day makes her want one more or less. And listen to the very end, because the last question of this episode might be my favorite.

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What you’ll get in this episode:

  • How long do healthy couples try for a baby? (1:30)
  • What can I do now to become pregnant in a couple years? (4:00)
  • Is it ever too early to start taking pre-natal vitamins? (5:50)
  • Is mid- to late-thirties too late to have kids? (6:20)
  • How long should you wait to conceive after traveling to a country with the Zika virus? (9:20)
  • Birth stuff: Meggie’s thoughts on epidural vs. drug-free births (10:20)
  • What do OB/GYNs really think about birth plans? (11:40)
  • Meggie’s...

This week has felt like a month, and this past month — the so-called shortest one — felt like a year. But it’s officially March, which signals spring! And I’ve got a little pep in my step today, so I wanted to pop in to look back at the past 28 days. Because even though, for whatever reason, February’s days and weeks felt never-ending at times, I’m here feeling equal parts motivated and exhausted. But mostly motivated. And excited.

So in the spirit of yay, here are 11 reasons February was a great month.

I DON’T CARE IF YOU THINK THIS IS UNSANITARY. It makes me feel LOVED.

1. I went to Minneapolis for the Super Saturday Night show with Brian!

This was a great way to kick off the month. As you may have seen, Brian and his company have been working quite a bit with a few familiar faces: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. Jennifer was performing in Minneapolis the day before the Super Bowl, so Brian and his crew were out there shooting a ton of behind-the-scenes stuff — and I got to be part of the team for the day!

“It’s OK to struggle, but it’s not OK to give up.” —Gabe Grunewald

Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald is a professional middle-distance runner and four-time rare cancer survivor from Minneapolis, MN. Gabe was first diagnosed with Adenoid Cycstic Carcinoma when she was in college and undoubtedly in the best shape of her life. Instead of finishing her college running career on a high note — or, better yet, a podium — Gabe was faced with a difficult and scary diagnosis. She’s undergone several surgeries, including having more than half of her liver removed after the third time the cancer came back. But Gabe keeps fighting, smiling, and running. On this episode, she talks about the difference between fighting and giving up, and explains what it means to be “brave like Gabe.” She also talks about her current project: training Fixer Upper star Chip Gaines for his first marathon!

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What you’ll get in this episode:

  • How Gabe became a professional runner — and why that was never the plan (3:00)
  • Gabe’s first cancer diagnosis (4:45)
  • Gabe’s third — and scariest — cancer diagnosis, and...

“KonMari your life, KonMari your uterus.” —Meggie Smith

Dr. Meggie is back! Meggie Smith made her Ali on the Run Show debut last year, when she was wrapping up her OB/GYN residency at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. After graduating, Meggie moved to California, where she’s currently pursuing her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Southern California. On Part I of this two-part episode, Meggie talks about life in L.A., her recent decision to freeze her eggs and what the retrieval process was like, and the mental and emotional struggles she’s been experiencing. Then, we kick off the Q&A! This week, Dr. Meggie answers listener questions about periods, sex, hormones, and birth control.

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This episode is brought to you by Strava, the leading social network for athletes. Click here to join today, then enter for your chance to win a 2018 TCS New York City Marathon entry and a $500 travel stipend! 

What you’ll get in this episode:

  • An update on Meggie’s life since the last time she was on the Ali on the Run Show, including whether she actually likes life in Los Angeles (2:30)
  • Meggie opens up about her recent mental health struggles (7:55)
  • Ice, Ice, Baby! Meggie’s egg freezing experience (15:25)
  • Why Meggie says the day...

“The narrative that I couldn’t do things never entered my life.”

Emma Coburn is a professional middle-distance runner for New Balance. She’s a world champion in the steeplechase, and competed at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games. On this episode, the Crested Butte, CO, native (and newlywed!) talks about being coached by her husband, Joe Bosshard, explains the unintentional way she got into the steeplechase, and talks about what it was like breaking her own American record in the 3000-meter steeplechase in London in 2017. Plus, she opens up about body image, posing nude for the ESPN Bodies Issue, and what inspires her.

This episode is brought to you by Strava, the leading social network for athletes. Click here to join today!

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Here’s what you’ll get in this episode:

  • Emma explains what exactly the steeplechase is, how she became a professional steeplechaser, and why it’s such an awesome event (1:30)
  • Why Emma had no interest in running in college (6:25)
  • Emma’s decision to go pro (9:45)
  • How Emma found her mental strength (11:20)
  • Emma’s most recent record-breaking performance — at 7,000 feet! (14:30)
  • What it’s like breaking your own world record (18:00)
  • How Emma met her now-husband — and coach! — Joe Bosshard (22:20)
  • Why Emma wanted to gain 10 pounds for her wedding (23:25)
  • What Emma’s relationship with her body is like (28:10)
  • Emma’s advice for...

Hello hello hello!

It’s been a while since I’ve popped in here with an actual post and life update. I miss doing these! (Quick, someone add a few hours to the day and I’ll start blogging daily again!)

I have nothing profound to share today. Nothing groundbreaking. Nothing revelatory or revolutionary. (That’s all coming, though!) But I do have some thoughts. And I’d like to share them now.

This was our 60th selfie. She was over it. Clearly.

Dan Humphrey never could have been Gossip Girl. There were a lot of implausible storylines on that amazing show (well, amazing for the first 2–3 seasons, at least), but the least believable and most insane of them all was the reveal that Dan was Gossip Girl.

I wish my bruises came with labels. My legs are constantly covered in bruises, and I never know where or when any of them are from. It would be great if the little purplish spots had notes like “walked into nightstand during 2 AM pee run” or “smashed knee getting into Uber” or “Ellie punched me.”

How do I always have chocolate on my face, hands, and to-do lists? This made sense when I was eating “trail mix” (Honey Nut Cheerios, raisins, and M&Ms) by the fistful and regularly dropping scraps down my shirt. But I don’t do that anymore, so why...

Today, the Ali on the Run Show turns ONE!

My baby!

I so distinctly remember February 11, 2017. It was one of the best days of my entire year. It was a chilly-but-not-too-chilly Saturday, and I was up early to officially get the show launched and to publish a blog post announcing the show’s debut. Then, I made my way into Manhattan to join a bunch of friends for a run in Central Park.

I ran 12 miles with them, and it wasn’t until the run was over that I realized I hadn’t made any bathroom stops along the way — a major victory coming out of that most recent Crohn’s flare.

Best run ever!!!

Then, on the way home, the ferry boat captain let me steer the boat. I felt very cool.

Finally, that night, Brian and I went out to dinner to celebrate our 7-year meetiversary.

It was an awesome day, and I was giddy the entire time as people reached out about listening to the show. Now, it’s been a full year of that excitement, and as the Ali on the Run Show has grown, I’ve grown with it.

So first...