Today we are crossing the pond to chat with someone that I’ve only recently connected with on Twitter.
She has been running for over 30 years and in that time has learned quite a bit from the sport.
I am looking forward to going a few easy miles with Ashley Morgan!
Ashley Morgan first began running at the age of 20, over 30 years ago.
Her introduction to running happened while she was living in London and dating a runner.
Her boyfriend would wake up early each morning and head out for a run.
Ashley never ran with him, but seeing his routine encouraged her to try it herself.
It didn’t take long for running to become something that she just did no matter where she was.
Some days she isn’t even sure what she likes about the sport, but it has become part of her daily life.
Ashely is very much a solitary runner and much prefers a solo run versus a group run.
Only recently has Ashley discovered trail running.
When she first began in the sport, trail running was known as off-road running.
Ashely enjoys the differences in terrain that the trails offer along with the variety in scenery.
She has been surprised at how much she has enjoyed getting away from the roads.
As Ashley spends more time on the trails and in any type of weather she is more appreciative of technical clothing.
When she first started in the sport, cotton was all that was available.
She has been running through all the advancements in workout clothing and it has made running so much more enjoyable for her.
Outside Her Comfort Zone
Ashley has spent most of her years running by herself.
In March of 2020, the UK went into lockdown due to the pandemic much like the rest of the world.
Ashely was working from home because of the restrictions and found that her mental health was suffering.
She found herself getting more into social media as a way to combat her loneliness.
Ashley began listening to a popular music station and inadvertently became friends with the local DJ on the show.
The DJ had a guest on the show that was promoting his local run group.
Ashley was intrigued and decided to go outside of her comfort zone and join the group run.
The group was mostly men, but they were all welcoming and encouraged her to keep coming back.
Since that first group run, Ashley has only missed them when she is traveling.
That group became her lifeline, during a time when she was suffering mentally.
She attributes the group to giving her more confidence and making a massive difference in her life.
Ashley is no stranger to the dangers that female runners face.
She is acutely aware of remaining vigilant while out running.
Women can and do take measures to keep themselves safe, but only when men stop harassing women will they truly be safe.
Above all, Ashley stresses that everyone should just try to be a good person.
In the many years Ashley has been running, she has learned a lot.
She considers herself a competitive person and has come to terms with the fact that it’s not a bad thing.
Ashley is okay with being competitive with herself.
Everyone’s journey is unique and she tries not to compare her accomplishments with someone else’s.
Ashley enjoys pushing her limits.
When you push your limits, you may not always reach your goals.
Disappointment is normal if a goal isn’t met, but it means that you pushed yourself trying to find your limit.
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