Name: Ashley Flick

Age: 30

Location: South Riding, VA

Years Running:  8

PRs:
Marathon: 3:23:36
Half Marathon: 1:29:23

10 Mile: 67:12
10K: 39:35

5K: 19:29

Favorite Race Distance: Half Marathon

How Many Marathons Have You Completed: 3 (+13 halfs)

Race Advice/Tip: Don’t forget to have fun – somewhere, somehow along the course – those are the minutes you will remember!



Cheeseburgers in Paradise


Favorite Pre-Race Food: Wheat English Muffin w/Peanut Butter and Coffee

Favorite Post-Race Food: Pizza or Burgers

Fun Fact About Yourself: While by day I am a nerdy electrical engineer, by night and weekends I am a creative cupcake engineer!


American Pie



How did you get into running: I started running to stay in shape for soccer in college. I found it was an easy and inexpensive way to stay in shape after graduating and then made an impulse decision to convince my parents to go to Disney with me so I could run the Disney Half. I ended up surprising myself with how I did and how much fun I had, so I decided to run the Myrtle Beach half the next month. At Myrtle I again had a blast racing and to celebrate went to the post-race party with my Aunt and Uncle. To all of our surprise, we discovered that with my 1:45 I had placed third in my age group and received my first running award! It was one of those moments you never forget and with that I was officially hooked.

How do you find/make time to train with a full time job and also a son: Mainly I just try to be as flexible as possible and for the most part run EARLY! I essentially just try to fit in runs whenever I can. Mostly I run in the mornings, starting anytime from 5-7 depending on the day and/or when my crazy SR running buddies are willing to meet me. I have lucked out that my husband is super supportive and my son seems to like to sleep in as much as my husband does. It works out well that I can usually get my run in (even long ones) before either of them is up!

Were you able to run while you were pregnant: Yes for the first 6 months. I then decided to stop running and switch to walking and swimming at 7 months. It just wasn’t fun, as I was too uncomfortable (especially since it was July at that point) and I didn’t want to stop liking running.

Do you like running alone or with friends: Definitely with friends! Finding a great group to run with since we moved to Virginia 3+ years ago has made a HUGE difference in my running – not only in my pace but also in how much more I enjoy it. Now that I am a mom – I especially find the time running with girlfriends is absolutely some of my favorite “mommy” time and I look forward to it that much more – even 10+ miles is doable and almost enjoyable when thinking about it as time to talk and catch up with friends!



Running Love

Favorite Race and Why: Myrtle Beach Half Marathon. I really feel like I have “grown-up” up as a runner at Myrtle- running it 7 times now! My grandparents spend every winter in Myrtle, so the race has been a great excuse for us to spend a fun weekend with them, complete with annual post-race Cheeseburgers in Paradise at Margaritaville! Plus, the race itself is AWESOME – the course is flat, it is a perfect size at about 6000 runners, usually has pretty good weather, and really how can you beat running along the beach?

Favorite Quote: “It’s kind of fun to do the Impossible” -Walt Disney



Favorite Book: Anything by Sophie Kinsella – although sadly I haven’t had time to read much besides Elmo books for a while.
Running/Racing Accomplishment you are most proud of: Finally breaking 1:30 in the half marathon at the Disney and Myrtle Halfs in 2009






Comments

  1. Rebecca Samson says:

    Ashley's such a stronger runner and boy does she make some good cupcakes 😉

  2. carljsamuelson™ says:

    Fantastic read; thanks for sharing!

  3. The Samson Family says:

    Ashley's awesome!!! As with all of my friends, I'm on the edge of my seat ready to see what she'll do next :):)

  4. Karen the "Hungry Mom" says:

    An incredible athlete, friend, and cupcake maker!!!

  5. S from JSBKT says:

    I am in awe!! I have browsing your blog and I have to tell you that you are amazing!! I am just getting back into running and after reading some of your posts, I have to tell you that you have inspired me to keep pushing forward :)

    I'm a new "stalker" too because I might need to check in every once in awhile to keep myself in check :)

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