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Are You Ready?

The two most asked questions I got asked as I was getting ready to leave for the start of the Relay were: “Are you excited?” and “Are you ready?”. The answers easily and truthfully being yes and yes, but what does it take to be “ready” to embark on a 5-month cross-country running RV trip? Well, for me I’ve approached…

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Endless Endurance

Well I’m officially on the road again! Wow. Really, what a whirlwind these past four weeks have been! To summarize (ha!), I’ve spent a good amount of my time getting the RV travel-ready, found instructors of my fitness clients, learned (in very general terms) how to film an interview, work my SLR Canon camera, how to save, upload, and edit…

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The Accidental Ultra-Runner

I feel like my feet are shuffling close to the edge of a cliff.  The anxiety and anticipation courses through my body like electric ants, scattering into the deepest reaches of my limbs.  Closer and closer I near the end of the land I stand on and what I see as a great expanse of openness before me.  I am…

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A Big Year

My deadline was quickly approaching.  I had set a goal.  By the end of September 2012 I imagined I would have a mass of runners to choose from to run the Relay.  We had 22 spots available for runners to apply for.  It would be great.  Every runner would want to do this! Then why did I only have 7…

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Why would you do that…you realize how many miles that is?!

***WARNING: This post is about to get very personal. Any tears shed are not my fault because you have officially been warned.***   For those of you who know me, I don’t like to talk all that much about the details of my mom’s disease. It can be hard to talk about at times and I am not a person…

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March 10, 2013: 84 days until Race Day!

Well here it goes, my first blog post. This year has included many firsts for me due to my involvement in the MS Run The US Relay. For example, I sent my first email, first facebook status and first tweet. This summer I will even fly in a plane for the first time! None of which I could have imagined…

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A Glass of Ice Cold Water

One of the most vivid memories I have of my summers growing up centers around the early morning, my mom, and running. Living in Ohio, most (sane) people try to beat the heat and humidity by running either early in the morning, or late at night. My mom was of the early-morning crowd. Being a school teacher, the summer months…

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A mile is a mile…

Before I decided to commit to running this relay, running was always something that was fun and recreational to me. I realize not everyone shares this point of view, but I also understand what it’s like to be lazy and just not want to run. In high school I was someone who ran cross country…running in the 16-minute range for…

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Stay Awake Treadmill Challenge

Do you want to be inspired by someone defying their physical limitations? It’s likely the furthest place you have to go is your mirror.  Despite your best excuses, you can defy the limitations you impose on yourself. But you don’t understand, Ashley! You don’t have knee problems/children/back pain/an over-demanding boss… I couldn’t agree more that life can be demanding at…

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S is for…

  “That’s mine!” I thought to myself as I spotted my pen from church on a co-worker’s desk.  I didn’t want to sound petty so I left the pen there as I continued my conversation with said co-worker, all while plotting in my head just how to retrieve my pen. The pen isn’t special in the way that it writes,…

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