Weekend Warrior: Ali Glemser, 25

“I love running because the mental clarity and physical benefits it offers.”

Occupation: Account specialist at Obsidian Public Relations

Sport: Soccer and Running

Fit Club: I play for the Nuggets, a team in the Greater Memphis Soccer Association co-ed league.

WW 2015 Hall of Fame: Opening Eyes to Autism 5K and the Kosten Foundation Kick It 5K. I also won two regular season GMSA championships and two tournament GMSA championships with the Nuggets.

In Training For: I am training for the St. Jude Half Marathon. This will be my first time running it because it was canceled the last time I signed up in 2013.

Favorite Fitness Accomplishment: If I had to pick one single event, it would be completing my first half marathon in 2013 with an average mile time of 8:30. As someone who used to loathe running distances longer than two miles, that was a fulfilling personal accomplishment.

Most Memorable WW Event: Back in high school, my dad signed both of us up for the MRTC Winter Off-Road Race Series. One of the races was at Nesbit Park in Bartlett (a.k.a Stanky Creek) after it had rained relentlessly several days prior. We had so much fun running in the mud and through the freezing cold water together. It was an absolute mess to deal with, but the memories are worth it.

I ♥ Running: I love running because of the mental clarity and physical benefits it offers. To me, it’s not a workout if you don’t sweat doing it, and running is something that physically pushes me. I always feel accomplished when I nish a run because I’ll have worked through multiple personal and professional to-do lists in my head while simultaneously making room to add a beer or dessert to my menu for the day. Who doesn’t love something that gives them an excuse to enjoy a beer?

Best Eats: Babalu’s Baba Burger, and any of the local beers on draft.

WW Must-Haves: Lululemon black running crop tights, ASICS GEL-Nimbus shoes, and a Nike running hat.

Bucket List: To run a full marathon with my younger sister, Madi. Crossing the finish line together would be a pretty awesome memory.

One Fact Most People Don’t Know About Me: I was named to the 2008 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Adidas High School Girls Scholar All-America Team my senior year. I’m very proud of that because it not only recognizes my time on the soccer eld, but it also recognizes my work in the classroom.

Favorite Quote: “Pressure makes diamonds.” — George S. Patton Jr.


Interview by Hailey Thomas

Photo by Sarah McAlexander

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