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Moyer and her dog Reisling on Panther Mountain, one of Catskill High Peaks in New York. Photo courtesy of Ashley Moyer
Q & A with Ashley Moyer
What are some of the hardest challenges you’ve faced in races?
In my first 100-mile race, Oil Creek in 2011, I was really unprepared. The farthest I'd run before was 50 miles, that being a fast course that I did it in just over seven hours. Around 70 miles in, I started falling apart. My knee and foot hurt, I couldn't run the downs and I was in a lot of pain. I couldn't have overcome it with out my crew and pacer, David, and his dad, Jeff.
Then, last fall, in the Labor Pains 12-Hour Endurance Run, a team trail race, I ran with David, I was refueling at the aid station before my next five-mile loop. I took a bite out of a banana and got stung by a bee on the inside of my lower lip! It swelled up; I tried holding ice on it for a while, but then David came in and I had to run again. I could hardly eat or drink, and was really uncomfortable, but it eventually went away and we went on to run 90 miles total in just under 12 hours.
What is your most memorable race?
Last fall’s Oil Creek 100-miler. I went back because I knew I could better my first time. The experience was unforgettable, chasing the clock and running through the finish line almost five hours faster then I had before. Also, the Hyner 50K will always hold a special place in my heart, as it was my first trail race and I've gone back every year since. It’s a great course, challenging, and by now I feel like I know everyone there!
The race I just ran, Manitou's Revenge, rose pretty quickly to the top of my list because I love the Catskills, and they put together a ridiculously tough course on some amazing trails. At the moment I seem to have a desire to run the nastiest, most difficult races I can find, and this one fit the bill.
Have you always been fast?
I didn't run cross-country or track, but when I was in the Marines, I was mostly faster than the other women in drills. When I started running trails, I was pretty close to the top, and ramped up my training and became more competitive. I really want to see how I would do against some of the faster women in trail running.