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INSPIRE. IMPACT.

Miles, miles, and more miles.

The line of runners snaked up the hill before me, chatting with excitement when I heard cries of surprise. What’s going on up there, we wondered? As the group I was running with began to ponder, we hit it. As if someone opened the oven door, we ran into a wall of heat. We came upon the exact line where…

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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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Painful endeavors

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

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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You Can Do It!

“You can do it.” When was the last time someone simply said these words to you: “You can do it.”?  In the midst of a my-busy-life monologue have you ever been gently interrupted only to be given the simple reassurance that “you can do it.”?  Just before the breaking point of giving up were you given the reassurance that “you…

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Run 100

I’ve sort of backed myself into running a 100-mile ultramarathon race, though I’ll admit I didn’t register for this race out of a deep, burning desire to do so.  And actually I realized yesterday, that I really just don’t feel like running a 100-mile race.  It was done out of necessity. Necessity for what? You might ask. The necessity to…

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I’ve Quit

I’ve quit running.  I’ve quit being passionate about my work.  I’ve quit the fitness industry.  I’ve quit the fundraising industry.  I’ve quit finding a cure for MS.  I’ve quit many of my friendships.  I quit running across America.  And I’ve quit responding to people on Facebook, Twitter, or my email inbox.  I’ve quit asking others to join the fight, and…

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The North Face Endurance Challenge D.C.

No matter how you cut it, 50-miles is 50-miles, so gearing up to run the distance will likely always be an anxious and exciting event for me.  Any number of different factors can affect how a run goes: sleep, training, fuel, digestion, mentality, focus, clothes, a bad a hair day ; )  To combat over thinking any number of factors that…

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The Ice Age Trail 50-Mile Race

In May of 2009 when I wanted to give a 50-mile ultramarathon a try, I didn’t have to look far for an event.  I quickly found out that Wisconsin is an ultra running mecca hosting many attractive ultra races right in my backyard.  The closest up-coming race listed was a short 45-minute drive from home; the Ice Age 50-mile Trail…

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Focus. Focus. Focus. Breath. Run.

After months of day dreaming & training, The North Face Endurance Challenge – Bear Mountain event was finally here.  The week leading up to my flight to New York I was anxious and hurried, but arriving at the event early Saturday morning (4AM to be exact) I felt a calm happiness as I walked to the big red arch illuminated…

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