Running Inspiration: An Interview with Krissy Moehl

Long-distance runners spend hours training every week, and months preparing for their next race. It can be challenging to stay inspired when you really need to go the distance. That is why we have decided to launch a new series where we will interview inspiring long-distance runners who have set and achieve huge goals for themselves.

This week we interviewing avid runner, blogger and published author, Krissy Moehl.

How did you first get into running?

I feel I’ve always been a runner. As far back as I can remember I’ve been running. I broke my arm racing in the 5th grade. I ran track in 7th & 8th grade. Cross country and track all through high school and most of college. When I traveled to Ecuador my Junior year of college I found my love for distance running (I no longer had a coach telling me how long I could run). And in my senior year ran with the local running store, that I worked for and amidst some of the sports soon-to-be legends, found my passion for Ultrarunning.

When did you run your first marathon?

I didn’t run my first marathon until 2007. It was the Chicago marathon and to date is the only marathon that I’ve run. It was the hot year where they canceled the race 4 hours in. I had finished a little over 3:30 and confirmed my love for the trails and mountain running.

What inspired you to run your first marathon?

I was asked to lead a pace team and I thought it would be an incredible experience to help others achieve a running goal. Unfortunately the hot weather taxed runners more than normal and one of our group leaders had a fancy new (at the time) GPS watch that told him our mile splits. The new technology was not accurate and we went through the first mile nearly 2 minutes slow. This freaked our running group and the pacing went awry after that. We did our best, but with the heat everyone suffered.

How many marathons have you run?

Just one.

How often do you run?

When training for a race I run daily. Sometimes twice a day. I take a day off running ever 7-10 days. In the off season or when I don’t have a big goal run planned I listen to when I want to run and compliment my training with more strength and flexibility work.

How many miles do you run per week/month?

Again this depends on what running goals I have hanging out there. I’d say I typically run in the range of 40-60 miles a week. Now, as I’m training for a 100 mile race I am closer to 85 average and will hit 100 this next week.

Describe the training process for an ultramarathon. How did you prepare – both mentally and physically?

Training for an ultramarathon is as much mental as it is physical. Currently in training for my 20th(+?) 100mile race I am wow’ed at how durable my body is and how I am responding positively to the high mileage. I just turned 40 and now 18+ years into this sport I have learned the importance of recovery, fueling and care to keep the physical responding to the training. I have noticed that as my life is now full with many aspects (other than running), family, writing, coaching, etc that the mental motivation as well as the fatigue/toll the hours and mileage take on my resolve and demeanor are taking more work. Talking with others to “coach” my mental aspect is extremely helpful. Tracking my mileage on a training log so that I can reference how many hours I have put into the training is another helpful piece. Basically, I feel awareness and accountability link the physical and mental aspects of running.