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Fit Blogger We Love: A Healthy, Happier Bear

Ashley seems to always be on the run—and likes it that way!

If you're looking for inspiration from someone who works 60 hours a week and balances the roles of wife, friend, workout partner and co-worker, then head on over to A Healthy, Happier Bear. Ashley chronicles her balancing act while she lives in "the city that never sleeps" working, blogging, traveling and training for the New York City marathon! Keep reading to find out this busy athlete's future fit dreams and what two little words keep her pushing through tough times.

My fave fit snacks: I used to aimlessly snack on junk food left around our office after meetings. These days, I turn to apples with peanut butter, homemade trail mix, Greek yogurt and fruit to keep the munchies at bay.

On my fit life list: Oh my gosh, there are so many things I want to enjoy while I'm still healthy and able. Here a few that top my list:

  • Run the New York City marathon in sub-4:45 this year, then hopefully sub-4:30 in the future!
  • Run the London, Paris and Berlin marathons
  • Run a race, of any distance, in every state
  • Bike through the hills and small towns of Italy
  • Whitewater raft on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon
  • Go to the Olympics

Most embarrassing song I'll admit I work out to: Growing up, my family and I took long road trips across the country. My dad would drive, and therefore choose the music. These long hours of only a few tapes in our Honda Accord forever carved a place in my heart for Neil Diamond, The Dirty Dancing soundtrack, KC and the Sunshine Band, and the Mamas & Papas.

My fitness mantra: Just breathe. During races or training, when I find myself exhausted and ready to quit, I take a moment to focus on my breathing. This tends to calm my muscles, nerves and emotions. Nine times out of ten, it cures my nerves and I'm able to focus on the movement again and keep moving forward, one step at a time.

My "I Did It" moment: I wasn't a runner growing up, so I never fathomed running a marathon, much less finishing the New York City marathon with a smile on my face! On November 7, 2010 I crossed the finish line having enjoyed every mile of the amazing course. I experienced the wind tunnel on the Verazanno Bridge, high-fived adorable kids in Brooklyn, reminisced as I ran through Long Island City and saw my first NYC apartment, cringed through every mile of First Avenue's gradual uphill, and cried with joy as I saw my friends and husband in Central Park with less than a mile left in the race. I'm proof that training for a marathon is a feasible item on your bucket list if you have the time and are willing to dedicate to yourself to proper training!

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Samantha Lefave

Samantha is a writer who is living, eating and sweating her way through NYC. You can find her running half-marathons like it's her job, Instagramming her favorite food and fitness finds or, let's be honest, eating peanut butter straight from the jar.

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