Interview with Ashley Paulson (@ashkickn)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I’d watch my dad run marathons when I was little and was always so inspired! I knew it was something I wanted to do someday. Well, now is that time! I’ve completed over 80 marathons, 20 Ironmans, and countless others.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

As a little girl, I used to wake up each day and do some type of physical activity. From going on a 5 mile with my Dad or even sweating to the Oldies with my Mom! I still love me some Richard Simons! Fitness has always been apart of my life but not necessarily in the most healthy way. I suffered through an eating disorder as a teenager and would merely workout to be SKINNY. As I fought past that, exercising truly helped me gain confidence. It was such a huge part of the change inside me that I grew to LOVE working out. So, 20 years ago, I decided to run a Marathon. It took me 4 hours to get through that grueling day. Then I made a goal to get a 3:45, then a BQ then a sub 3. It was many many tiny steps (and over 80 marathons later..)that led me down this path. If you had asked me 3 years ago if I thought I’d be toeing the line for the Olympic trials, I would have laughed out loud. But my consistency of showing up, and making one goal after another…here I am!

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Remember WHY you started. Just keep showing up!

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My life is crazy! But I LOVE CRAZY! I think I would go insane if I didn’t have “crazy”! My family is my #1! My husband, I work together as a team to get all the “kids stuff” taken care of. He supports my training at 100%. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t get hard to fit in. Quite honestly, I miss plenty of workouts because of family and THAT’S OK! I do my best to squeeze it in but if my little man is sick and he needs cuddles from momma… I stop remember what REALLY matters at the end of the day. I’m far from perfect as a mom and athlete. It’s a tricky balance I’m always trying to figure out. It’s a good thing I have my husband, Matt, of nearly 20 years to help me so much!

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I love to share my passion for fitness! Being apart of an others fitness journey is the best reward!

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Don’t give up what you want MOST for what you want TODAY!” It’s hard to push yourself. But remembering your dreams will help keep you motivated to keep showing up. Today matters. Every little thing you do will translate. Those little things will make today’s efforts into tomorrow’s dreams!

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Instagram handle is @ashkickn.

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