Rachael Marie Ashley is our inspirational model of the month. She has been such a wonderful fit model and we had a great time shooting photos with her in NYC. Rachael is our 90 Degree by Reflex Ambassador, Student, and Marketing Associate for Big Blue Adventure a great resource for runners and outdoor activities. Running can be so therapeutic. Residing in Lake Tahoe, Rachael gives us envy inducing descriptions of her daily laps. Check out her story below and follow Rachael @ Rachael_marie_ashley FB: Rachael Ashley
This morning I had planned to run a couple of miles. Five hours later I was still on the trail, far from where I started. Sitting here half awake is the best kind of exhaustion. I’ve got blisters and a decent sunburn. I'm completely content. It's hard to explain where this love for trail running came from, or how it became a staple in my life. Maybe
it's the chance to disconnect from everything else. When I run, there's no distractions.
Or maybe it’s the views. Out here, I find places I’d never been to. Alpine Lakes, mountain streams, empty trails, views that never get old. Or maybe it's the experience. When I run, I feel fully connected to the places I’m in. Tahoe has been home
for the past year. But before settling here, I spent two years traveling the U.S, Australia and East Asia. I ran miles in Utah’s Unities, Australia's Western Coastline,and Indonesia’s exotic beaches.
Running’s just a piece to it all, though. I’m also a student at Sierra Nevada College where I study International Affairs, Marketing and Biology. Living here has connected me more with the outdoor industry. I work part time with Outside Televisions Norcal Channel, Lake Tahoe T.V as an onair host. And marketing for Big Blue adventure, Tahoe’s largest resource for runners and events.
To backtrack a bit, I grew up in Lake Placid, NY. A place with over 10,000 lakes and rivers and streams stretching more than 30,000 miles. This is where I spent my childhood, began running, and developed this travel for work and life in the outdoor industry.
It's hard to explain where this love for trail running came from, or how it became a staple in my life. Maybe it's the chance to disconnect from everything else. When I run, there's no distractions.
In Lake Placid, I ran competitively until I graduated high school. After I traveled for two years I missed that competition niche, and started competing in half marathons. I switched up training with trail runs, hikes, and lake swims.
When I moved to Tahoe in 2015 I joined the Cross Country team and started competing in 5Ks throughout Nevada and California. Trail running became second nature and hiking was replaced with sprinting. Little to say, I was pushed more than ever before, but I loved it. After a challenging season ended, running didn’t.
There’s something about being off the grid. The Sierras have limitless trails and endless opportunities everyday there is something new to run, it’s unpredictable and there’s never a time I’m counting down miles. I can’t remember the last time I put headphones in to tune anything out on a trail run. Instead i’m usually running with friends who are pushing me to sprint up hills or jump off rocks into the lake.
Running brings balance and is consistency. No matter where I live or what I do, running’s there. I think that’s why it’s become such an important piece.