Meet Ashley – professional Saucony runner with the NJ*NY Track Club. Not only is her specialty the 3000m steeplechase, one of the hardest track events around, but she also just earned her law degree on top of a full-time training schedule. Learn about what makes Ashley tick below.
What is “home” to you?
I am a New Jersey girl through and through - I have lived here my whole life, from Monmouth County, to Princeton, to New Brunswick while at Rutgers Law, and now Clinton. I am moving to a new town, Morristown in September, so as a small state I will just claim the whole darn thing as home!
What is your favorite workout?
I love Michigan-style workouts. For example, a rendition of 10 minute tempo - 1600 on track - 10 minute tempo - 1200 - 10 min - 800 - 10 min - 400 all out. It makes you utilize your entire range and gets so much milage and work in, while sort of asking your body to really focus on the track components and stay composed on the tempo sections.
What drives you?
In running and in life I think I am really driven by making connections. Running to me is so much about the experiences I have had with teammates and it is important to me to keep those relationships and nurture them outside of the runs and races. Similarly with my law school studies and work, I love the idea that a job in law can help in moments of argument to find some means to an end or solution. The old adage that you are like the 5 people you spend the most time with seems really true to me, so I strive to be the kind of person I want in my 5.
Are you a cat or dog person?
Definite DOG person! I am prepping for a new golden retriever puppy this fall, his name is going to be Timothy Duncan, aka Dunks! So watch out for a million puppy pictures.
What inspired you to go to law school? What do you want to do with your degree?
I always thought law school would fit with my interests in government and urban development and I also sort of love the idea that we as people try to create order and rules of how to live that can be defined as things we think are worthwhile and worth punishing. I guess I just like the idea of order, which is pretty nerdy, but also a really cool human thing that involves history, making mistakes and rewriting history, and just crazy events that come up to cause us to have to ponder how to resolve things!
With my degree I am excited about working in education law and also litigation. I have no idea what I want to do and how I might want to blend running and my professional career one day, so it is all up in the air! For now, I am starting work in the fall at a phenomenal firm in NJ (Riker Danzig) and cannot wait to just learn a lot!
What advice would you give your 18 year old self?
Always stay humble. I was on top of the world in high school and so lucky, and found out just how small a fish I was quickly upon my first day on campus at Princeton. Remember there are going to be highs and lows so stay true to who you are, keep working hard, and always remember there is someone doing whatever you are doing more gracefully, quickly, beautifully, efficiently, anything! Running at every level is the same; you make a goal, dare to dream, and see what happens!
By: Ashley Higginson, #SauconyRacing Athlete