Health Warrior: "How did you get into running ultra marathons?"
@thismomrunsultras aka Ashley Nelson: "I will start with why I run. I run because I can.
I run because there was a time when my friends, my family, and myself included thought I would never walk again. In 2009 I was the victim of a catastrophic accident while on my bike- it was a hit and run where the driver fled the scene leaving my body tangled up in the bike frame and my head smashed against the pavement. Doctors told my family I might not live through the night, but I did. Then they were told with my complex head injury that I may never walk again, but I did.
I run to push my limits, I run because I am alive. This is how I found my love for trail and ultra marathon running. When I run I do not feel like I'm handicapped. I had a stroke right after the traumatic brain injury, the stroke left me with a left sided weakness and the inability to control multiple nerves, from facial muscles down to my toes and the brain injury left me with more cognitive issues. When I run I am free from all the "can nots", all the "you can't do this" I am free for that moment. I may not be the strongest runner, but I am becoming the strongest me that I can be in that moment. I still remember crossing the finish line at my first marathon, "I did it! I did it!" and ever since that day I've been chasing that feeling."