2021 Still I Run Ambassador Spotlight: Ashley Larson
In a few sentences, tell us about yourself
In this post, we spotlight 2021 Still I Run Ambassador, Ashley Larson.
I am a mom to two awesome little guys, Mason (5) and Bode (3). I am also an elementary school teacher (4th grade right now). When I am not running, I love to explore the mountains, cross-country ski, and read!
Ashley Larson and her boys.
Why are you passionate about running for mental health?
I am passionate about running for mental health because despite having been a runner for over 20 years, it wasn’t until about 3 years ago that I realized how much I needed running for mental health as well as my physical health. Running has shown me just how much I am capable of despite feeling like the world may be crashing down around me or that I am not enough. Running reminds me daily that I choose to find strength in challenges and keep going when things are hard.
Do you have a running mantra?
I have two that I am leaning heavily on right now: 1. Made for more and 2. Keep going.
Where is your favorite place to run?
Anywhere that I’ve never been and get to explore!
What are you most proud of (running or non running related)?
I am most proud my ability to stick with running and training cycles when things get tough. As a mom and teacher life gets hectic, but I have been working hard on being disciplined about getting the work done to achieve the big dreams and goals I have for myself.
Favorite running moment you’d love to re-live?
I’d love to re-live running NYC Marathon again! It was the most incredible experience and I just want to soak up even more of the energy again! Plus it was the one of the few times I have had friends along the course cheering for me and these friends came from all over the country to be there!
What’s your favorite way to recover after a run?
Warm shower, recovery boots, and coffee or beer (depending on time of day)
What’s one fun fact most people don’t know about you?
I have a handwritten letter to me from Ryan Reynolds from when I was in 8th grade!
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Is a hot dog a sandwich?