Some People Are Irrationally Attached to Their Running Shoes

And I’m one of them. HA HA. What is up fam!! Happy Friday!! Today is a great day, if I do say so myself. A new article I wrote is now out on VICE! Check it out! It’s all about running superstitions, with a focus on shoes. Runners are crazy, crazy people when it comes to having everything just so for their respective runs and races, and I thought it’d be a fun yet informative story to write, especially because there’s actually some science behind why we runners are the we are.

I also think this article is super timely because a bunch of these running crazies are all meeting up in my hood this weekend for a little event called the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. It just so happens that it’s the biggest marathon in the world, and it just so happens there are going to be over 50,000 finishers on Sunday, the largest field yet. The NYC Marathon is a national holiday for the running community, and I’m so excited to be here for it and work on the front lines of it at work with Runner’s World.

You know what I’m most excited for, though? THE RACE ITSELF!!!!! You guys know I’ve been training for months now for NYC. I’ve been eating, sleeping, and breathing this marathon all summer and fall long. I’m JUST SLIGHTLY HYPED TO RUN IN MY FIRST NYC MARATHON EVER AND MY SECOND MARATHON EVER!!! All I have to say is: I’m ready to make some huge moves in my marathon career on Sunday. If you’re in NYC and coming out to watch the race, catch me blazing by you over some bridges up in front (ok, not with Shalane Flanagan, but up there beating all the non-professional men), repping in my new Central Park Track Club New Balance racing kit (it’s official now!), and with my marathon-partner-and-crime Hannah at my side. As usual, I’ll also be repping my Loyola Ramblers Cross Country/Track & Field squad, my Whitefish Bay Cross Country/Track & Field squad, and the 414, Milwaukee, my city.

On Sunday, I’ll be racing for all of you out there, but I’ll especially be racing for Deanna Wile, an incredible woman fighting and crushing stage four breast cancer who I have the honor of being close to, and all of the people who were killed on the West Side Highway in the terrorist attack that happened on Tuesday. Without further ado, it’s show time. To everyone running, you’re going to kill it out there!! I never say good luck, because you never need luck. All the work has been done, all the $$$$$ is in the bank. Just go out there, have a blast on the course, and show the world what you’re made of. 😉

As always, peace, love, and running (fast),

Ally Spiroff

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I am Ally Spiroff, and what seems like seven short years ago I created a Twitter account, @runningforlife2. I tweeted how I felt and what I was doing. I tweeted about my greatest passion in life, running. I also tweeted about my other passions, food, music, movies, books, pop culture, writing, traveling, and life. Before I knew it, people (mostly those people in the running community but others too) began to latch onto my life. Then, I realized, “hey, this Twitter thing is pretty cool.” I get to write about what I love. I get to tell my story. The world around me, all of my people, get to ride along with me as I take on the world, one day at a time. People can watch me grow. I can watch other people grow. The Twitter handle has evolved into @allyspiroff over time. With it, the content has also evolved, but the same crazy woman is behind the content. :) So what exactly is my story? Who exactly is Ally Spiroff? I graduated with a Master's in Communication from Loyola University Chicago in May 2017. I was a Division I collegiate athlete there for five years, all four of my undergraduate and one of my graduate years. I graduated with honors in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s in English. In the winter/spring 2015-2016 due to a redshirt season of indoor and outdoor track, I returned to run a fifth year. Since I have always thought that it is more fun to jump over water and other obstacles than just run normal laps around the track and I like a good challenge, I am a steeplechaser by nature. I got to chase fast steeple times for one more season at Loyola, as well as run the 3k, 5k, and even the mile/1500 with my teammates that double as my best friends, sisters, inspirations, and the greatest people you will ever meet. Now, you might ask, how did I still run at Loyola if I graduated in the spring of 2015? I started the cutting-edge graduate program Digital Media & Storytelling in the fall of 2016 at Loyola. It was a two-year program, so I was blessed with another year at the wonderful Jesuit institution to finish up my Master's degree. After obtaining both my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I have become an experienced writer and researcher. Through graduate work, I have become well versed in Adobe Creative Commons software programs, specifically Photoshop and shooting and editing video in Premiere Pro, and in Google Analytics, along with other search engine optimization tools. Through an abundance of internship experience, I became extremely proficient in news editing software programs. I have lots of experience in the newsroom and writing for news producers as well as out in the field on assignment and in working with a variety of people. My experience as an undergraduate and a graduate student while simultaneously being a Division I collegiate athlete on Loyola’s cross country and track teams as well as in a variety of jobs/internships and volunteer work has helped develop my confidence, drive, responsibility, time management, sense of teamwork, people skills, communication, troubleshooting skills, attention to detail, critical thinking skills, leadership, planning skills, and even a sense of humor. I also have extensive experience with all outlets of social media. As I mentioned before, I am an avid tweeter and Instagram user, with 1,450+ followers on Twitter. I have lots of experience with creating and building content for websites. I also run the website I created for my graduate school capstone project, titled "Wise Old Women." I am on Pinterest, Foursquare/Swarm, and Facebook as well. I wrote in the arts and entertainment section of my university’s award-winning newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. You can find my running profile on the Loyola Ramblers website. You can find all about my collegiate running career on TFRRS. Of course, you can also catch me on LinkedIn. I am lucky because I get to tell people’s stories for a living online, through digital media and other means. Currently, I live in New York City and I'm the Digital Editorial Assistant at Runner's World magazine, and I'm a freelance writer for VICE's health vertical, Tonic. I really love life. I have big dreams. I do not know where my dreams will take me, but I am confident that they will take me far. I am an open book. I like sharing myself with anybody who wants to listen. I am enjoying the opportunity to further my education every day and perfect my craft. I love learning something new every single day about myself, others, and the world around me. Besides being a multimedia journalist and a city dweller, I am a literature (Hemingway and Plath are my favorites) and grammar nerd, a hippie, a music fanatic, a foodie, a concert-goer, a traveler, a huge sports fan, a fashionista, an art lover, and an urban explorer who likes natural adventures (like hiking up mountains in Alaska) as well. Wherever I go and whatever I do, I conquer it. I was born and raised in Milwaukee, though, and no matter where I go, I never forget my roots. Milwaukee will always be my city and where my heart truly lies. I have quite the eye for unique knick-knacks. My spirit animals are the grasshopper and the gazelle. When I take the Essential Enneagram Test, I am #3. I am a hard worker with relentless energy. I am everyone’s sister. I am nutty but in a way that I like it. I think that God is so good and we are blessed to get to walk this earth every day. I believe that every person has the right to be exactly who they are. I am dreaming big, with my head in the clouds, but there is still some common sense in there somewhere. ;) Turning over a new leaf in my life, at the start of grad school, I wanted to create a comprehensive website where I could connect you to all of my social media outlets. I will continue to share my running experiences and life journey through this awesome outlet we now have called the World Wide Web, and I hope that everyone continues to enjoy all things Ally Spiroff. Peace, love, and running (fast), Ally Spiroff

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