A couple of days ago, I did an interview with a fellow Brooks runner at HungryRunnerGirl.com. You can read it here:
Brooks requires sponsored athletes to do certain things to maintain their sponsorship support, a small price to pay for the incredible amount of great things they do for us.
So I gladly agreed to the interview. The questions and answers went really well and the blog author and I thought it made a good post for her blog.
Ironically, I didn’t say anything bad, however, readers read what they wanted to see & neglected anything else. The result? Tons of positive feedback & a few trolls & haters hurling negativity & insults in response. Oh and emails to me…lots of emails…
And then the forum of bored losers popped up – and the world stood still for a moment so they could speak their mind about my life. Hey, they make assumptions about my life, so I’m returning the favor! And suddenly I became a “meth head heart eater” a “psycho B-”, a terrible mother, and an awful excuse of a person! Ha! Wow. Such an accurate picture of me, right friends? Hmm…(Oh- and someone said they couldn’t wait to read my obituary! How sweet! Glad they got to know me!)
I took the opportunity to do a follow up interview with myself! Unusual for the outsiders, I know, but my real followers know this is in true Ash fashion.. Read on for a very candid and in depth look into the world of an [unknowingly] controversial runner girl….
A(Ashley) Wow.. Ashley.. Thanks so much for taking time out of your hectic day to do this interview with me. You are so insanely awesome.
A(Ashley) Thanks.. Thanks…I know, I mean, it was the least I could do. I felt I owed it to you.
A So Ashley, I couldn’t help but notice that with that interview you did the other day, most people said you were pretty cool, but others were outraged and attacked your character. How did that make you feel?
A Like I wanted to walk on a crowded sidewalk and punch a random complete stranger in the eyeballs! HA! Just kidding…It made me feel great. I loved it.
A Interesting.. interesting.. Some women said you were a poor picture of health, a complete addict, and an awful person to look up to. What do you have to say about that?
A Hmm. Great question Ash. You know, I completely agree that I’m an awful person to look up to. Because I pity the fool that has as much drive and determination as I do- they will strive to do their best at everything. Doing so takes time and commitment. Mediocrity is SO much easier to pursue! In fact, sitting on your (likely) cellulite infested behind while blasting someone for living life outside of the normal realm is really easy to do too..
A Whoa Ash, getting a little feisty there. Careful, remember to keep things politically correct. You shouldnt stoop to that level. We should change the subject…what are some other things you like besides pain?
A Oops! Sorry. Umm.. You know, just typical things: running, biking, hanging with my kids, orphans, nuns, puppies, double rainbows…
A All very good things! Also I think I remember you saying something in that interview about fueling. If I remember correctly, you said you eat shards of glass and arsenic before your ultras?
A I said that?….I could have sworn I said fruit..hmm. Next question?
A Okay, so why do you think that people freaked out so much and emailed you after that interview?
A I’m pretty sure it has to do with the fact that most women are made out of delicate daisies. I think most chicks are scared of getting dirty and pushing past their brinks–What I mean to say is, I think that there’s a huge gap between the workings of the mind of a half-marathon flower power chick to a 100 mile raging animal.. Huge gap. It might be that the readers are not aware of the world of ultra pain, too. But who knows for sure?
A And what about the person that messaged you saying you were a bad mom and that it was inconceivable to mother off of minimal sleep?
A Reflecting on the year and how I constantly poured myself into being the best mom I can be, instilling a love for the great outdoors and health into my children-who can do a five hour hike on the AT without complaining- it just made me laugh. Especially when I’m sure I could’ve found the commenter’s kids plopped in front of a TV set while their little brains churned into mush while mom facebooked and trolled the Internet.
A Wow, such brutally honest answers. Next time please consider what people might think of how you present yourself before you answer so openly. Internet haters could come out in full force.
A I know…I am so scared. Actually, I think I will change my whole perspective on life now to a more socially acceptable approach. Anyway, thanks for letting me clear some things up, Ashley. I’m going to get back to living my controversial life now…
I know I know. I’m immature to fire back. What’s new! Ha. Anyone ever attacked your character via online?…so silly…
& for the bullies posting on the forum…… get up, get off the Internet, focus on your own life, stop worrying about mine, and do something awesome…it feels good, see!:
ohh just me being a “bad mom”…
And here I am being an even more awful wife!!!
Oh another of me being a bad friend!
And running in a dangerous scary place!! Oh no!!!
Oooh and looking super unhealthy!
And here I am being “prideful” & a “meth head heart eater”
Hope you had fun drinking up my heinous life!