Hey there! I'm Ashley. After living most of my life in the great state of Alabama, I now make my home in Dallas, TX with my amazing husband Cody. We love travel, good food and wine, live music, and cheering on our alma mater Auburn University, especially the Tiger football team. In wintertime, you can find us flying to the slopes for some ski time (our favorites are Keystone, CO and Alta, UT) and in the summer, we get in a few weekends behind a ski boat.
My job as a lawyer keeps me busy, so to keep it balanced, I learned early in my career that working out was a necessity -- mainly plyometrics, boot camps and body weight stuff. For years, I generally just stuck to shorter mileage when it came to running and didn't look especially forward to it. Something clicked with me when I decided to train for my first half marathon in 2013. I responded well to the regimen and accountability of a training plan and stuck with it, completing 3 more 13.1s that first year. I continued my focus on the half distance with several more races in 2014. Then in 2015, I upped the ante and ran my first full marathon.
I've been training under the direction of Mollie Turner's Piece of Cake Running program since April 2016. I will always associate that particular spring and summer with the work my training partner and I put in to prepare for the St. George Marathon, which is still my PR (3:55:31). My race results are proof positive that Mollie's training really works: in 2017, I was thrilled to break my longstanding goal of running a half marathon under 1:50:00, and I've seen PRs in every other race distance.
Currently, I'm working on a cycle focused upon speedier, shorter races. For the spring of 2018, the Gasparilla 8k (Tampa, FL), ZOOMA Texas 10k (Hill Country, TX) and REVEL Mt. Charleston Half Marathon (Las Vegas, NV) are on my list of upcoming events, and I am eyeing my next 26.2 in November 2018. To keep some fun in the mix, I'll be at a trail race in May and BOLDER Boulder in Colorado enjoying the Memorial Day festivities.
What made the biggest difference for me in fitness has been finding my communities (yep, plural). I'm lucky to be part of several great groups. Nationwide, I am part of the Oiselle Volée team - a group of women runners from all over the country who love to run, race and rock Oiselle apparel. I joined the team in 2013, served as an Alabama leader before my move to Texas and now lead the local DFW crew (the #DFWVolée), a sub-group of the Texas @LoneStarBirds. Here in Dallas, my tribes are GRIT Fitness (where I am also an instructor), the White Rock Running Co-op and the Dallas Running Club. Come join me for a workout or a run!