An autoimmune disease would provide many people with a reason not to get out the door and push their bodies to their limits, but not Ali Feller.
Along with running, Ali is also a fellow podcaster, blogger, and a freelance writer and editor.
Crohn’s disease may slow her down at times, but it will never stop her.
Ali is one of those runners that loves the 5k distance.
Crohn’s disease played a part in that.
Her body was not responding to marathon training as well as it once did due to her health issues.
Rather than get discouraged and quit, she shifted her focus to a new distance.
A 5k can be just as challenging as a marathon and has added benefits:
- It is an achievable distance for any runner.
- A 5k can be challenging for beginners and experienced runners alike. Beginners work to cover the distance, while seasoned runners work on pushing their limits on pace.
- A 5k race can be found just about every weekend.
- Recovery from the race is often much quicker.
- Generally a cheaper cost to sign up.
- Depending on the race, it can be a very family friendly atmosphere that isn’t intimidating.
- Even runners training for longer races can roll their long run into a 5k.
Currently Ali is experiencing another change in her life that is affecting her running, but this change is much more welcome.
She is learning how to adjust her running around her early pregnancy.
Studios to Streets
Beginning in childhood, dancing was always Ali’s first love.
She continued dancing all the way through college and viewed running as a punishment.
After college Ali was much less physically active.
The majority of her time was spent as an editor for a dance magazine.
Her roommate in NYC was Ali’s first friend that was a runner and introduced her to the sport.
Ali quickly traded in her jazz sneakers for running shoes.
Her running progressed from a 4-mile race to her first marathon.
Training for a marathon typically requires a consistent running routine.
Crohn’s disease and its unpredictability made training for marathons challenging.
A New Perspective
Ali has been living with Crohn’s disease since the age of 7.
Trying to balance running while having flare-ups has been a learning process.
The disease is unpredictable and often comes on overnight.
Being powerless to control how her body feels has been accompanied by feelings of depression.
Experiencing challenges with her health have helped her to truly appreciate the good days.
Her blog and podcast document her personal life and struggles along with her training.
Laughter is essential to Ali and it’s her goal to make her listeners laugh at least once.
Life has taught Ali that it’s ok to be disappointed because it means that you care.
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