Hi everyone! I am Ari. Hello. I ran the 2018 TCS New York City 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!

I am currently training for the New Jersey Marathon in April 2019.

I am a proud member of the New York Harriers.


TBS_9646_ret-2_sm_sqIMG_9577I’ve been running since I was a kid. Not always consistently, but consistently for the past few years. I’m over 40, but faster, stronger, and healthier than I was in my 20s and 30s. How did that happen? Easy: Magic. Also, I’ve made health a priority in the past few years, and it’s paying off. I’m living proof you can improve with age.

I’m not an elite athlete or anywhere close to it, just someone who wants to be better than I was yesterday. My 2019 running goals include a 3:50 marathon in 3:50, a 45:00 10K, and staying alive.

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.

I live in my favorite city in the world: New York. I love dogs, pancakes, and being single.

I’m on twitter, instagram, and have written a lot of sketch comedy.

IMG_2128DISCLAIMER: 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.