I prefer to not have bad patches but it is a reality of life. We have to keep moving forward even when things are tough. Ultras teach us a lot of life lessons if we are open to learning them. – Krissy Moehl, 2011
Make sure to check out the latest issue of Outer Edge Magazine for Soil Searching, featuring responses on Western States 2011 and the psychology of running mega distances from Kilian, Ultra168’s Andrew Vize, Beth Cardelli, Paul Every, and Jane Trumper.
If you want to read the full article – and trust me, it’s just awesome – you’ll have to buy the magazine. It’s only $9, Beautiful pictures with plenty of great adventures and loads of inspiration throughout – including a review of Relentless Forward Progress by iRunFar’s Bryon Powell. (spoiler – it’s totally worth 4.5 jumping dudes)
As a writer, I have a great excuse to talk to people who blow my mind talking about this thing we love – ultra running on trail amidst nature’s choicest offerings. And when the writing is done, there is often material left over or stuff that just came too late.
Given that UTMB is this weekend, and 2-time women’s winner Krissy Moehl (now rocking Ultraspire) will again be kicking Ass de Montagne, thought it might be a good time to post a quick q & a we had over email about a month ago.
Taking out UTMB you achieved ‘world’s best’ status, if even just in that moment but it’s also obvious from your other interviews that you love your trail running for more than just an end result. How do you balance those two loves on the trail – of being competitive and of just diving into the whole zen of being out there for 15 or 20 hours without one state compromising the other? How do you make that balance work?
Krissy Moehl: I feel extremely lucky to be able to cover the distances that I do. Running 100 miles and running on trails is such a physical and mental journey that I really do feel lucky every time I am able to step out for a training run or toe the line of a race. Because it is such a part of me as a person the balance comes through making sure all needs are met – needs for me as well as the needs of loved ones near.
And it’s probably been asked a million times but just because everyone else has weighed in on it, why now the mass gravitation to trail running and the exploding popularity of long and dirty races with no guarantee of even making it to the finish line?
KM: I think people are looking for the next challenge. I also think people are looking for ways to feel more connected. We have all of these various technology items that supposedly keep us connected, but when out on the trails with the basics and in a beautiful place I feel that is when we are the most connected to ourselves and with the people that we love, even if they are not right there with us.
Just finally, one of the most interesting takes on trail ultrarunning and racing success that I’ve yet heard was Geoff Roes saying that it’s really about managing the bad patches, and that there are always bad patches. What is trail ultrarunning success about for you, especially as a self-confessed 100-mile girl, and do you think perhaps there is an attraction because of, rather than despite, the bad patches?
KM: I like Geoff’s thought on managing the bad patches. I prefer to not have bad patches but it is a reality of life. We have to keep moving forward even when things are tough. Ultras teach us a lot of life lessons if we are open to learning them.
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