Skip to comments.When This Runner Faced Unspeakable Tragedy, Faith Kept Her Going
Posted on 08/04/2020 10:41:40 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Distance running with an upper-body amputation is a war against instability. Muscles can strain so much to compensate for the missing limb that they contort your spine, misalign your shoulders, and worsen your imbalance. In 2017, Ashley Jonesthen 15 years oldfaced a punishing return to high school sports following the amputation of her right arm. On the soccer field, she had collisions so violent that the pain would bring her to the brink of blackout. Later, during cross-country runs, the jostling of the amputation site intensified her phantom painwhich shed already rated 7 out of 10 on normal daysto as high as 10.
But Ashley couldnt slow down. In 2019, she competed in her first-ever cross-country season for one of the top programs in the nationValor Christian High Schools varsity team under Coach Greg Coplen. Ashley was green, but Coplen had been trying to recruit her for years. His passion is turning brand-new but talented runners into scholarship athletes, and Ashley had what it took. She was a fighter, Coplen says, and not just because of everything shed been through over the previous few years. Coplen had seen her overcome physical pain that brought her to tears. Hed seen her hang with able-bodied athletes who many might think she had no business being in a race with. Hed seen Ashley endure things on and off the track he still cant comprehend.
Coplen has always believed that speed emerges from efficiency and economy of movement, when a runners arms and legs work in tandem to generate power. Hes always told his athletes, the arms make the runner, while the legs are transportation. Ashley was the exception.
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Wow! What a strong, brave spirit!
She reminds me of that surfer girl in Hawaii who kept surfing, competitively I think, after her arm was ripped off by a shark.
It’s truly inspiring how some people, some rare people, take the cr*p that is sent their way and ignore it; instead, they push ahead even further.
Why didn’t she run with a prosthetic for balance?
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