My guest today is a classic example of turning a passion into a career.
Alli Felsenthal went from corporate America to a life consumed with all things fitness related.
I’m looking forward to a few easy miles with this runner, personal trainer, coach, and all around fitness junkie.
Built For Endurance
Swimming was Alli’s first love before running entered the picture.
She grew up swimming competitively from a young age.
Years of seriously pursuing a sport led to burnout.
While in college Alli began running as a way to maintain fitness.
On a whim, Alli got the opportunity to run the New York City marathon and finished in under 4 hours untrained.
That same year, she ran the LA marathon, running a personal best and narrowly missing a Boston qualifying time.
It was during the San Diego Rock n Roll marathon a few months later that she ran her first BQ.
After a year of highs, Alli experienced some rough patches during her running journey.
Ignoring Warning Signs
Once Alli began running she went all in and rarely took a break.
Eventually her lack of fueling properly and not recovering caught up to her.
In the months leading up to Boston, she ignored the signs her body was sending her.
An overtraining injury caused Alli to pull out of the Boston marathon the day before.
That experience forced her to step back and in turn made her a better trainer, coach, and athlete.
Strength training is imperative for every runner in terms of injury prevention and enhanced performance.
Exercises that provide huge benefits to runners and can be done anywhere are:
- Body weight squats
- Dead lifts
- Pistol squats
- Hip bridges
- Resistance band work
All planes of the body should be worked: pushing/pulling exercises, rotating movements, and unilateral exercises.
Leap Of Faith
Alli has found that in life and running the harder you work the more you get out of it.
She has run both the Boston marathon and the New York City marathon and takes both seriously.
Boston has a special place in her heart due to the history and seriousness of the race.
According to Alli, the New York City marathon has unparalleled energy and should be on everyone’s must run list.
The leap to go from the corporate world to a career in fitness was scary but rewarding.
When following a passion success comes from going all in and not looking back.
The passion must come first along with the ability to work hard.
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