Archive | July 24, 2017

Everyday Heroes at LMC: Eric Ashton

In this column, find out more about outstanding Lexington Medical Center employees.

Eric Ashton knows how to go the distance. As a competitive runner, he has traveled the country pursuing his fitness goals.

“One of the coolest things about being an adult athlete is still being able to compete at a high level. I feel gifted in my ability to compete among the best athletes in South Carolina,” said Eric.

Eric Ashton

Among his accomplishments, Eric is a 15-time South Carolina United States Track and Field Association “Runner of the Year,” seven-time South Carolina United States Track and Field Association “Master Runner of the Year” and a nine-time collegiate All-American. He is currently ranked as the eighth best runner in the state and the top master runner, and is the former and current holder of 12 running records in the state.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia with a master’s degree in exercise science, Eric works as a physician assistant at Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

“Athletics has taught me how to work through difficult situations, pushing through fatigue and the other challenges we face as clinicians every day. I have the ability to counsel patients who are interested in pursuing fitness goals, as well as individuals I meet in the community.”

In addition to his professional and personal accomplishments, Eric has served as cross-country coach at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and as a marathon coach for the S.C. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“I owe my athletic success and a tremendous debt of gratitude to the amazing individuals who have touched my life and inspired me – from my coaches and fellow athletes to those at Heathwood Hall and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training,” he said.

To someone interested in starting a running program, Eric’s advice is simple.

“Be gentle on yourself and try not to time your pace. Enjoy being out in nature, feel the air in your lungs and move as naturally as your body will allow. Start walking, progress to fast walking and then to running. Spend time on your flexibility and core strength to give you the lift you need to maintain your running gait.”

In the future, Eric hopes to stay on the competitive running circuit in S.C. and participate in some national races. He would also like to support another competitive racing team.

“I really want to help others achieve their fitness goals.”

Eric Ashton’s Running Performances
Mile – 4:17
5K – 14:13
5 Mile – 23:45
10K – 29:37
13.1 Miles – 1:06:34
26.2 Miles – 2:17:58