Hi everyone! I am Ari. Hello. I ran the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon (my first marathon) as part of Fred’s Team, raising money for cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. I ran in honor of my mom Joan Taber, who passed away from cancer in November 2017. Thank you to all who donated!

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I consider myself a “serious amateur” runner. I’m a proud member of the New York Harriers and currently training for my first Boston Marathon! I’ve been running my whole life but started taking it more seriously in 2014. My fastest times have happened after age 40.

The title of this blog comes from the mantra I like to repeat during races. Saying “my body is a machine” over and over seems to separate my brain from the thing that is doing the running, which helps. Sometimes.


Some other things about me: I am a photographer in New York City. If you’re interested in headshots, please visit my photography website. I have written things. I am learning Welsh. I enjoy keeping track of things in spreadsheets. I love dogs, making my own meals, and being single.

DISCLAIMER: I am an idiot and don’t know what I’m talking about most of the time. I’m not an expert. I’m usually wrong. Don’t do anything I do.