Up Close & Personal with Ashley May

Today we meet up with Ashley May who hails from Chilhowie, Virginia. The junior biology/pre-vet major plans to continue schooling after her time at Lees-McRae and eventually become a veterinarian. Join us as we get to know her better.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae College? The athletic and educational opportunities were deciding factors in my decision to come to Lees-McRae College. I wanted to go to a school where I would have a chance to get to know my professors and to be able to participate in a collegiate sport, and at Lees-McRae I could do both of those things.

2. What are you most looking forward to this season? I am looking forward to The Citadel trip first, and then hopefully going to nationals again.

3. Tell us about the toughest race you ever competed in and what made it so tough. The toughest race I competed in was probably nationals because I had to wear a boot due to a pulled muscle the entire week and until the race, then take it off, race, and put it back on.

4. What do you do to prepare yourself for your cross country races? I try to get focused, listen to music and chill out. I have a big problem with getting really nervous. I used to be extremely grouchy and snappy...now I just relax and try to calm down. Before we race I always say a quick prayer on the start line to calm myself down even more and then just get the race over with!

5. Who has had the biggest impact on your running career? Both Coach Mac and my dad have had a huge impact on my running career. My dad was the one who introduced me to cross country and pushed me to do my best in high school. My dad was also the one who made me seriously think about taking the sport further and getting on a team in college. Coach Mac has helped me become stronger physically and mentally and has helped me get faster every year. He really motivates our team to do our best.

6. What is your favorite part about being a member of the Bobcat cross country team? My favorite part about being part of LMC cross country is that it's like having another family. The girls are all really close, and we can talk to each other about everything. Our companionship extends further than just the sport. We are there for each other whether it be academically or in any other aspect of our lives. Being on this team has helped me build friendships that will last a lifetime.

7. What personal and team goals have you set for this season? Personally I would like to break 19:30 in the 5k. Teamwise, the goal I have set my sights on is going to nationals again and winning regionals and conference on the way there.

8. What is the biggest mental challenge you face in running? My biggest mental challenge I face in running is not being confident enough in my own ability as a runner. Sometimes I doubt my own strength, and I let myself wimp out of things that I know I can do then I tend to get discouraged when I finish and think that maybe I could have done better. But that's something I'm working on!

9. Where is your favorite place to run and why? My favorite place to run is Boone Fork Trail because it's mostly trails, and you don't have to repeat anything....and time seems to fly.

10. What is your idea of a perfect afternoon? My idea of a perfect afternoon is going to practice, getting a good run in and not having to work afterwards...I usually have to go straight to work after practice...The best days are the days I don't have to go to work, and I can take a shower and then do what I want with my afternoon...like hanging out with the girls or taking a nap!

11. If you could try something new today what would you try and why? I would like to learn to play the guitar, but I tried once and I stunk at it!

12. Describe your favorite dessert. My favorite dessert....hmmm...that's a tough decision but it would have to be a white chocolate dipped waffle cone with birthday cake ice cream mixed with sprinkles from the Marble Slab ice cream place...yummmyyyy