Ultramarathoner Krissy Moehl on the Value of Adventures, Training Logs, and Reflection

Although it’s important to run the miles and put in consistent training, sometimes you gain the most from reflecting on what you have done over past days, weeks, months and years of running. One of the world’s best ultramarathoners, Krissy Moehl, discusses the importance of training logs and creating space for new adventures.

While we often look to elite runners for the best ways to approach the mental and physical components of training, sometimes we need to pay even closer attention to our own running.  Many of us use training logs – whether it’s an old school notebook, a google doc, or a website like Garmin or Strava that does most of the work for you.

Training logs give us an opportunity to keep track of metrics like mileage, pace and elevation, but you could be gaining even more if you start keeping track of one crucial thing: how did you feel?

Krissy Moehl on the Value of Reflection

This week’s guest on the podcast, Krissy Moehl, is an elite ultramarathoner and coach who has had unique longevity in the sport and is helping her athletes to do the same.  Krissy has completed hundreds of challenging races and has more than 50 first place female finishes, along with several overall wins.

For both herself and the athletes Krissy coaches, reflection is an important part of the process.  Reflection allows us to see where we’ve been, know how to move forward, and can give us more confidence to reach daunting goals.

Training is one piece of the complex and busy lives most of us lead, and training doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  We often check one box and move onto the next thing, without giving each moment or activity a little bit of quality time for reflection.  

When it comes to health and durability in the sport, Krissy and I talk about how it’s essential to pay attention to the ups and downs of how you feel in training.  Knowing when to push and when to back off and recover is a skill that too many of us learn too late!

Krissy and I discuss a wide range of topics, including the following:

  • Her recent 200 mile adventure with friends on the Arizona Trail
  • How she balances coaching, running, race directing, and settling into her new home
  • What has changed in ultrarunning and training since her first book came out in 2015, and how the new edition reflects that
  • The importance of a training log for runners and coaches alike
  • The most important question you should ask yourself after each run
  • Krissy’s upcoming plans and adventures

Krissy’s longevity in the sport offers a unique perspective that will help you get the most out of your own running.  Enjoy!

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