One of the biggest components of building your own “endurance lifestyle” is being able to operate on your own schedule. For some this means being able to exercise and race whenever they want, but for the lucky few, they are able to use their fitness to bring attention and focus on an issue that they are most passionate about. I discuss this concept in my forthcoming book Train to Live, Live to Train: The Insider’s Guide to Building the Ultimate Fitness Lifestyle, as I think an important part of our fitness journey is finding a connection to “something” bigger than just endorphins.
But enough about me–let’s learn more about the amazing Ashley and how she’s changing lives one run at a time…
I had the good fortune of interviewing Ashley Kumlien last week. She is a one-woman, country-crossing, game-changing ball of energy. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Ashley is running across the US — approximately 25 miles per day — to raise awareness and funds to fight Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Ashley’s mother, Jill E. Kumlien, has been fighting MS for 27 yrs. It is Jill’s continued zest for life in the face of her adversity that has inspired Ashley to RUN:
- 20-30 miles a day;
- for approximately 6 months;
- while running from San Fran, CA to New York, NY.
I was able to get about 15 minutes with her between interviews and her post-run recovery somewhere in western PA, and I learned:
- What inspired her to take this incredible journey;
- How she recovers from all the running;
- It’s possible to have a sense of humor after 3,000 miles of running;
- Her plans for a relay run across the US in 2012 (you’ll be able to participate)A
If you live in/around New York City, you could drop in on the Finish Line event at City Hall, hosted by Montell Williams. I am sure it will be an epic event, but as Ashley notes it’s only a small step of many that need to be taken to fight MS.
If you’d like to learn more about Ashley, donate funds, view her pictures, donate funds, follow her virtual map, or donate funds (get it?), please use the links below.
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I am curious to know what your passion is outside of exercise. What journeys are you contemplating? Please share with us in the comments below!
Thank you so much!