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Running Your First Ultra: Customizable Training Plans for Your First 50K to 100-mile Race Paperback – December 1, 2015
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“Krissy is the ideal person to guide and encourage you towards your first ultra. Her book will give you the support you need so that you can enjoy each step of your journey.” ―Lizzy Hawker, five-time Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc champion and author of RUNNER
“Krissy brings a level-headed approach to a bombast sport. If I could trust one person to guide me toward my goals, it would be Krissy, no question.” ―Jenn Shelton, previous 100-mile trail record holder
“There is no one I'd trust more to advise me about running than Krissy Moehl. Personally, professionally and athletically, no one is more accomplished and revered.” ―Christopher McDougall, author of bestsellers BORN TO RUN and NATURAL BORN HEROES
“I've known Krissy since she first hit the trails and she has been attacking them with grit and grace for over a decade. Follow in her footsteps!” ―Scott Jurek, ultramarathon champion, bestselling author of EAT AND RUN
“Krissy Moehl is one of the most successful ultra runners on the planet, male or female; so it is fitting that she has written a book to help the rest of us gain insight into her training methods and philosophy. A recommended read for anyone looking to get into the sport.” ―Ewen North, Director and Head Coach of Revolution Running
“Krissy Moehl knows what it means to take the road less traveled, and the difference this had made in her life. Stepping into these pages opens an invitation to join the ultra running community, and to look more deeply into yourself - what you are made of and what you can do.” ―Kristin Armstrong, Contributing Editor for RUNNER'S WORLD magazine, author of MILE MARKERS and a mother of three
About the Author
Krissy Moehl is an ultramarathon runner, coach, public speaker and race director. In her 15-year career, she has run more than 100 races. She has 55 female wins and 2 outright wins. Moehl's impressive track record boasts first female finishes at the world's toughest ultras including Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 165km, Ultra Trail du Mont Fuji 100 mile, HURT 100, Hardrock 100 and several others. Moehl blogs about her running at KrissyMoehl.com. She hails from the Pacific Northwest.
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The topics never drag on but are all very relevant and touching on awesome tips that I have not heard before in every other book. Krissy is extremely realistic about her suggestions and training plans, knowing that we are not all professional athletes and have jobs, family and other hobbies that fill our days. I love reading a section that brings up excellent points about being a female athlete, especially one that trains with both women and men. (Because that does change the dynamic.) And Krissy is right on, even this chapter would be beneficial for a man to read up on too. Especially one training, racing or in a relationship with a female athlete.
Lots of awesome workout suggestions and documents. The back section of the book really helped me wrap my brain around all of the layers of preparing for an ultra! There are so many elements I did not consider or felt too overwhelmed to begin testing out or planning. (A race budget chart was brilliant and quite eye opening!)
So glad Krissy Moehl decided to write this fab book and become my imaginary ultra coach. Thank you Krissy!!
Secondarily, I found it difficult to take much of this book seriously as a non-sponsored athlete. Although Moehl repeatedly acknowledges that family/work obligations may complicate your training, it seems as though she has no real concept that most runners are not able to spend endless amounts of money on endless pairs of shoes (since I am not provided with endless free pairs from my sponsor), and that not every runner can have a full team to support them at every race, etc.
Her two page description of a few common running injuries should have been left out, as they barely even begin to cover basic running injuries, and she offers no advice on how to avoid them, train through them, etc.
Another issue I had with the book, while this may seem a petty complaint to some, is that she cites Wikipedia. Despite the general public's use of Wikipedia to get information on a variety of topics (I find no fault with this), it should not be cited as a source of information by the author of a book. Since anyone, anywhere can edit or write for Wikipedia, she could also have cited her uncle's second cousin, twice-removed, but it doesn't mean he or she would be a reputable source.
Finally, there just isn't much substance to the book. Training plans make up the vast majority of the book, but if that's all you're going for, you can easily find multiple training plans online. If you've ever run anything more than a 5 or 10K, it's likely that you already know at least 90% of what's in the book.