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Fit Folks: For Ashley Thompson, running is ‘more than exercise’

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com
Ashley Thompson

Ashley Thompson, 36

Many years ago, I was asked to organize a 5K race. I was out of shape and would only make tracks if I was being attacked by a polar bear — therefore, never. My boss smiled and said, “If you’re going to run this event, you need to be able to run the distance.” Impossible, I thought, but little by little she helped me become a runner. Along the way, I’ve discovered that running is so much more than exercise. It’s my “attitude adjustment,” a time to socialize and my drug of choice. I don’t have to be fast or have 12 percent body fat. I just have to get out there. Fifteen years later, my love of running inspired me to become a coach so that I may support others find their “Happy Pace” on the trail.

We’re looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to pleblanc@statesman.com.