Ashley Fizzarotti

Ali on the Run Show Episode 102: Ashley Fizzarotti AKA Running Bun

Make it important. Make a goal, and make time for it. It’s not about ‘no excuses,’ but make it a priority.” —Ashley Fizzarotti

Ashley Fizzarotti — best known on the internet as “Running Bun” — joins the Ali on the Run Show fresh off a huge PR and BQ at the Chicago Marathon. (That’s personal record and Boston Qualifying time — AKA pretty big deals and accomplishments. She also raised more than $5,600 for Every Mother Counts!) Ashley is proof that hard work works: She’s a 5-time marathoner who has shaved nearly an hour off her marathon time, going from a 4:24 marathon debut to her 3:29 in Chicago. On this episode, Ashley — who works in finance (we get into that), is a mom of two (Jennie and Christopher), and lives in New Jersey — talks about her training, setbacks, injuries, and how she made a dream six years in the making a reality.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Ashley’s feeling post-Chicago, plus what her training looked like (3:00)
  • How Ashley fit marathon training into her very busy life (9:00)
  • What motivates Ashley (12:00)
  • Ashley talks about her mental training, and how she’s evolved from the mistakes she made in the past (14:25)
  • Ashley breaks down the Chicago Marathon (22:15)
  • What’s next for Ashley (27:15)
  • How Ashley’s running has changed since having kids, and what running was like during both her pregnancies (29:00)
  • Ashley talks about her work ethic (35:00)
  • Ashley talks about what her diet looks like and her decision to become a vegetarian (40:20)
  • Confidence talk! Ashley shares her take on confidence, how she’s instilling it in her kids, and what she’s done recently to boost her own confidence (43:30)

What we mention on this episode:

Chicago Marathon

TCS New York City Marathon

Ashley’s coach, Mary Johnson

Stephanie Bruce

How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitzgerald

Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor

Boston Marathon

Spring Lake 5

What it’s like to volunteer at the New York City Marathon

Parker Stinson

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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