Hi, I’m Ari. Hello. I started this blog in the fall of 2017 to document a year of training for a 10K. Then it turned into more of a general running blog. I wrote race recaps, marathon training posts, and anything I could think of that had to do with running.

While I would like to continue to write about running when the mood strikes, I want a central place to keep my long-form content (as well as create more of it), so this blog is meant to be a place for it all – the running and more.

Some “fun” facts about me:

I consider myself a “serious amateur” runner. I’m a proud member of the New York Harriers and was training for my first Boston Marathon in 2020 until the world fell apart.

I ran my first marathon, 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.

My favorite race was probably the 2019 New Jersey Marathon (my second marathon) where I ran 3:48:05 and BQ’d by a mere 16 seconds.

I have a golden retriever named MacGregor. He was my mom’s dog.

I am very slowly learning Welsh on Duolingo, where I’ve had a daily lesson streak going since September 28, 2016.

The title of this blog comes from the mantra I sometimes 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 am creating a food blog.

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.