How Ashley Hicks of Black Girls Run! Is Literally Running It

She’s an entrepreneur, wife, new mother and runner who slowed down long enough to tell The Root how she does it.

Ashley Hicks with daughter Olivia in her stroller 
Ashley Hicks with daughter Olivia in her stroller  Kate T. Parker 

Calling all the ladies in the world who are owning their #BlackGirlMagic and winning in life. You’re running your career, your love life, managing family and friends; and anyone who knows you knows you’re absolutely a boss. However, while having it all and doing it all may be part of our #BlackGirlMagic DNA, if we are all honest for a hot second, we can unanimously agree: This boss life ain’t easy.

Therefore, in the spirit of running life like a boss, allow me to introduce you to Ashley Hicks. You may recognize her as the co-founder of Black Girls Run!—the social-running movement that she and her friend Toni Carey started in 2009. She describes the business relationship between her and Carey as a marriage, and thus the Black Girls Run! brand as their love child.

“There are ups and downs; however, at the end of the day, everything depends on love and communication. What we’ve created together [Black Girls Run!] is our baby,” she says.

Don’t you just love that? However, when Hicks is not busy inspiring 160,000 women nationwide to make fitness and healthy living a priority, she can be found navigating her way through two new titles: wife and mother.

Ashley Hicks is undoubtedly doing it all: running a nationally recognized brand, with an inspirational personal life. She gave up some of her valuable time for a conversation with The Root in order to share her superwoman-inspired gems.

Make Time for You, Boo

Carving out “me time” isn’t always easy, but it certainly is necessary. So when I asked Hicks how she gets in her “me time” all while raising a baby, being a wife and nurturing a brand, she said that the key practice she has adopted is to rise early.

She greets the day an hour before Olivia (her cutie-patootie 1-year-old) wakes up in order to exercise and get a head start on the household’s chores. “I never would’ve woken up at 5 a.m. before Olivia was born,” she confesses. Not an early riser? Well, your “me time” doesn’t always have to be early or sweaty. It simply just needs to be anything, at anytime, that rejuvenates you. So “start small and commit to it daily,” Hicks suggests.

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