A recreational runner turned coach, Ashley Thompson’s approach to running makes the sport accessible to a wide-range of people. Her passion is fostering the love of running and keeping clients injury-free. Ashley’s coaching experience includes being owner and head coach of ACT Running, working with the YMCA, DetermiNation (the American Cancer Society’s endurance team), Austin Runners Meetup and Team Footworks (South Miami, Florida). She has been a Personal Trainer at the YMCA since 2015. Ashley is the former Recreation Manager at the Ocean Reef Club and was on the Programming Staff at Camp Friendship; vocations that balanced creativity and fitness. She has over 15 years experience as a Team Building Facilitator. As a mother of two, she understands the challenges of fitting exercise into life and appreciates the “attitude adjustment” a good run brings.
Most importantly, Ashley is convinced that everyone is an athlete.

Q There are loads of running groups in Austin. How is this one different?

Led by a recreational runner (as opposed to a track athlete), ACT Running is not simply an exercise team. Coach Ashley loves running and does not believe that it is a sport reserved only for the fittest and fastest. ACT Running is a community that finds common ground in running, laughter and friendship. Ashley's coaching focuses equally between the fundamentals of running, self-confidence, and community.

Coach Ashley RUNS WITH YOU on every group run. She makes a point to spend time by the side of every runner during each session. It's the best way to assess individuals needs.

In addition, runners are encouraged to log their workouts on an online training site so that the coach can see each athlete's progress.
Beginner runners are trained using a Run-Walk-Run method (scheduled walk breaks) which allows your body and mind to safely increase distance and speed.

The cherry on top? Handmade medals.

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