Local running group Terrain Trail Runners is proud to host top female ultrarunner Krissy Moehl as she stops in St. Louis during a promotional tour for her new book, “Running Your First Ultra.” “An Evening with Krissy Moehl” will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 7, at International Tap House (iTap) on 16 South Euclid Avenue in the Central West End. The event will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres as well as a variety of craft beers for purchase.
Moehl, who has completed more than 100 races and earned 46 female wins over the past 13 years, will then share the trail with runners of the Rockin’ Rockwoods 20K/53K on Saturday, October 8, at Rockwoods Reservation in Wildwood, Mo.
“More and more people are looking beyond the road marathon because they’re drawn to the utter reality and epic challenge of covering long distances on foot in beautiful, natural surroundings,” said Terrain Trail Runners founder Shalini Kovach. “Krissy’s great success, her commitment to growing the sport and her passion for coaching others makes her an inspiration to runners everywhere.”
“Running Your First Ultra” includes effective, easy-to-follow training methods, broken down into phases to help all runners prepare for their first ultra (and beyond) and accomplish their goals. Moehl shares her love of the sport by providing personal stories, helpful tips, detailed plans and suggested lifestyle adjustments.
“I’ve been so positively impacted by the first-time ultrarunners I’ve coached over the years that I wanted to write a book that would help people prepare for their first ultra,” said Moehl. “My own training plans and the ones I write for my clients are similar in workouts, structure and building as those in my book, but the most important part is that people create something that they’ll do and that works for them.”
Attendees of “An Evening with Krissy Moehl” will be able to purchase copies of “Running Your First Ultra” on site for $23 (cash or credit card). In addition, more information about entering the Rockin’ Rockwoods 20K/53K can be found at http://rockinrockwoods.weebly.com/.
As for when someone knows they’re ready for their first ultra: “I don’t know that you truly know,” said Moehl. “There’s importance to having confidence in your training and preparations, respect for the distance and even some nervousness at the start line. The only way you’ll know is if you try and finish. Also the unknowing, I think, is a big part of why we line up for races. If we knew the outcome, what would be the intrigue?”