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The Trail Runner Lightning Round 50K:
Krissy Moehl

We’re asking thirty-one elite runners and visionaries thirty-one rapid fire questions. What makes them tick? What are their habits, their routines, their preferences? This new online column takes you there.

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Krissy Moehl, 44

Krissy Moehl is an ultramarathon runner, coach, public speaker, and race director. In her 20+ year career, she has run more than 100 races. She has 65 female wins and 2 outright wins. Moehl’s impressive record boasts first female finishes at the world’s toughest ultras, including two-time Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc 165K, Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji 100-mile, Hardrock 100, Gaoligong 165K, and several others.

What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up? 

I assess whether or not it was a good night’s sleep. Usually it is!

Do you drink enough water? How many cups per day, would you say?

I think so. Soda Stream for the win. 3-5 bottles (liters) a day.

Yes to meditation or no to meditation? 

Yes to meditation. 

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Best book you’ve read in the past three months?

Waiting for that best book.

What is the most common thing you think about while running?

How beautiful it is where I live. (Bellingham, Washington)

What is the one food you obsess over near the end of races?

Pad Thai.

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One quote you seem to always come back to for motivation while running . . . 

“What do I need to do to keep moving forward?”

Coffee or tea?


Your latest (Netflix, Hulu, AppleTV, Disney+, etc.) binge show of choice.

Patriot (Amazon)

Favorite trail shoe of all time (Even if it’s no longer available).

Mindbender (Vasque)

Your all-time favorite race course.

Chuckanut 50K

Least favorite sports nutrition flavor?


Morning runner, midday runner, or evening runner? 


What’s the sweet spot in weekly mileage for you during a training block?

50 miles per week.

Average hours of sleep per night?


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Name some all-time favorite pieces of running gear you rely on? 

Patagonia Houdini. 

When the going gets rough in a race, what do you murmur to yourself under your breath?

You got this.

What are three words (or one sentence) you’d share with someone new to trail running who is looking to improve?

Smile! You get to do this.

GPS watch, regular watch, or no watch when running?


Meat or no meat?


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You can sit and have avocado toast with one famous mountain/trail athlete. Who’s that?

Gina Lucrezi.

Forget Fastest Known Times. What was your Funnest Known Time?

Tahoe Rim Trail, 2015. Both Fastest and Funnest. I had the most amazing crew that made that experience a highlight of my running career.

Skateboard or rollerblades?


If you were a Spotify playlist, what would your title be?

Gotta Get Up To Get Down.

Favorite race distance?


You’re stranded on an island with only one board game. What game?

Ticket to Ride.

Tacos or burritos? 


How do you keep track of your training? (Strava, paper log, other, neither.)


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If you weren’t a trail runner, what do you think you’d be doing instead?


LAST QUESTION: What is the single biggest adjustment you’ve made to your training regimen over the years that’s elevated you from good to great?

Rest and recovery!