Hi! I’m Ashley! Thanks for visiting my blog. In 2010, I created this blog as a way for me to track my running progress while training for 100 mile races. Eventually, my love/hate and intensely emotional relationship with ultrarunning took over, and the posts became less about running itself, and more about the stellar life journey running brought me. Somehow, through it all, I drew a crowd, and what was once a tiny personal blog for my eyes only became a high traffic public running diary.
I’m happily married to my high school sweetheart, Daniel and we have two beautiful kids: Brett and Brooklyn. I work as a personal trainer, and spend most all of my free time [and not so free time] running deep in the trails. I crave to run alone in the mountains, the woods, the desert, wherever I can get! I’ve finished three 100 mile races, and several other distances. I have won a few things, but I’m not elite. I do, however, have a reputation of gutting things out! You can read my wild life story that brought me into ultras here. (Warning, clicking that link will take you to my life story about teenage pregnancy, drug addiction, abuse, and depression. While not offensive, I don’t recommend it for my younger readers.)
If you backtrack through this blog, you can read various crazy stories including: my scary near death trip to the ICU during a steamy hot 100 mile race in Florida, a hip stress fracture and torn muscle during a 24 hour race, dealing with addiction to running, winning a 100 mile race, witnessing others on their journey, and then eventually deciding not to race 100s anymore.
On top of motherhood and personal training, I work in social media by helping brands promote their events and products. I also travel frequently to awesome trail destinations to run, and write with my best friend, Amber Hanks. I am on the AdventureCorps race staff as a webcaster. AdventureCORPS produces the epic 135 mile race across the desert: Badwater, as well as other world class events such as Furnace Creek 508. I also work with RunBumTours.com directing, coordinating, and promoting epic trail race events. I podcast with Trail Runner Nation, and love to speak my mind to the trail tribe across the nation-check out TRN for some trail entertainment! I also run an ultrarunning website for female ultra athletes: ultrachixunite.com. I have a media based sponsorship with Brooks Running, and product sponsorships with various outdoor companies. I advertise on my blog, and if you’d like to see your add here, you can contact me to inquire about my traffic and rates: Ashley_Walsh@ymail.com
I’m a social media junkie, and encourage you to follow my journey elsewhere as well! I tweet like crazy here, and will likely offend you or make you laugh. I instagram my daily trail adventures, and blow up FlickR with random snippets of my day. I am not a daily blogger, and usually only post when I feel the need to share something deep, or have a really good story to tell… So check me out, and if you like what you read, follow along and let me know! I love and appreciate feedback from my readers.