Meet Ashley (and her handsome hubster, Jared).
Ashley is one of those girls that you can’t help but
be totally jealous of love! She is a new(ish) wife and an even newer mom and she seems to do a pretty close to perfect job at both! Ashley is also a runner. And, I mean, a legit runner. I say I am a runner, but let’s get honest….I am what you refer to as a jogger….a person who walks fast but hops so it looks like she is running.
She means business. She has done it all…marathons, halfs, 10k…you name it. So, I thought I would ask her some questions and get some advice for any newbies out there who want to start this running adventure. She echoes my sentiments…there is a good chance that you WILL become addicted. Fast or slow, it is quite the hobby.
Oh, and did I mention that she ran a HALF MARATHON only 11 WEEKS after she had her son, Max??
Q&A with Ash:
When did you start running? I started running my Freshman year of college. Once I started, I couldn’t stop.
Why did you start running? Honestly, I was bored and needed something to keep off that “Freshmen 15”.
Do you remember your first race? My 1st race, EVER was the 2008 Chicago Marathon. Go big, or go home right?
What is it about races that you keep signing up for them? I love that feeling when you cross the finish, that feeling of accomplishment. Seeing all those people on the sidelines cheering for you makes you realize you’re doing something pretty spectacular.
What is your favorite thing about running? I love how great it makes me feel. After a good run I always have the biggest smile on my face. When I tell people that I have ran marathons before, that “You are crazy” look is my favorite. You get the response, “Why would anyone want to run 26.2 miles for the heck of it?”
You work full-time, have a husband who travels for his job and an infant at home…how do you honestly find the time to train for races? You make time for what you want to make time for. If you are motivated it will happen. I wake up (if my husband is not out of town) every morning at 5 a.m. to go running. I want to be sure I’m away while the baby is sleeping, so I won’t miss any cuteness. Running is a way of life for me. When I don’t run for a period of time, I don’t feel like myself.
Any advice to someone who is petrified of jogging for 3 miles? Take it slow. Start off doing 1/2 mile at a time. Then gradually move yourself up. I really feel running is all in your head. Clear your mind and just keep telling yourself you can do it. It’s only an hour, half-hour, whatever, out of your day. SO USE THAT TIME TO SWEAT! Running isn’t easy. You aren’t going to be able to run 3 miles just like that. It takes time & dedication. You could also find a running buddy. Having someone there to run with you helps you keep motivated.
Any advice to give about the training process? Be consistent. Know that you are training for a race that does have an end. Use those weeks/months to prepare yourself for that one race, that one day you have to give it your all. If after the race you feel running wasn’t for you, then you’ll never have to do it again. I must warn you though, RUNNING IS ADDICTIVE!
Most races require you to raise money for a charity, a cause. What do you do to raise money? Facebook is always a great way to promote any race for a cause. You could also go to your church and have something mentioned there. My mother owns her own hair salon, so I like to leave a bowl at her shop explaining my cause and most people will drop in a dollar or two.
Ashley is running the Race Without Borders 5k/10k, too! If you want to donate to her, go here!