Archive for September 26, 2012


getting inspired.

On Saturday, Septemtber 15th I completed my second 50-mile race. I went into the race pretty excited. My first ultra-distance event was a little over a year ago and that 50-miler, the entire experience of it from start to finish was incredible. So naturally, having had a great time, I jumped at the opportunity to do another. I got to…

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Moms First Race


The event started with a direct message on Twitter: “Hey Ashley, just wondering: Do you ever run with your mom or have the desire to? Keep up the good work! @ccjens” The tears instantly welled in my eyes as I read the message.  No, I had never run with my mom.  I had never even thought about it, despite the…

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An Ultra Runner I am.

It all began one night at Lapham Peak State Park, November 2011. I happened to join a boisterous group of runners for a night run through the hilly and forested trails of Delafield, when I was passed by a cow. Running on its hind legs, no less. That cow was fast and that cow was Ashley. It turns out Ashley…

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Painful endeavors

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This year I’ve been blogging about my 50-mile races with The North Face Endurance Challenge Series, but really, the 50-mile race is only half of my challenge with TNF.  Through some quick emailing last year with the Event Director, Nick Moore, I found out that no one has run all 50-mile races & half marathon races at all Endurance Challenge…

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The North Face ECS-WI

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It’s been one year since I set my personal best time for a 50-mile trail race and stood on the podium of an ultra race for the first time.  It was by no means the most competitive race on the ultra planet, but toeing the line a year ago with a goal of breaking 9 hours & besting my then-best…

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Little Lulu Interview

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Most recently I answered a few questions for Lululemon Athletica and I thought it would be fun to share my answers here.  I figured if they wanted to know…maybe then you would too : )   What is your ultimate favorite workout and why? A trail run! I love to run & the trails help me to feel free of…

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“So you’re saying there’s a chance!”

Endurance runners are frequently asked to explain why they run, and for many runners the answers have to do with the health benefits, weight loss, comraderie, or the challenge. While these are all great reasons to run, they don’t explain why I run. I’ve quit running on more than one occasion over the years, but it’s always drawn me back.…

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