*Running Your First Ultra*

Last month I stumbled across a new book just hitting the shelves. Running Your First Ultra was written by Krissy Moehl. As you might suspect, she is an ultra trail runner.

running your first ultra

I’ve mentioned several times recently that I’d like to turn my focus to trail races this year. What I haven’t talked much about is that I think I’d like to do an ultra race too. It has taken me several years to work up the courage to consider running an ultra and now, as the sport becomes increasingly popular, there are more and more resources available to help me navigate through this foreign idea that I could run beyond 26.2.

Before I go any further, let me state that I’m not considering a 100-miler or anything super ambitious. Not yet at least. Mainly out of fear because of my last night trail running experience. It was nearly two years ago at Ragnar Zion. The year of the epic snow storm that forced the cancellation of the event two-thirds of the way through. It was not very pleasant and I’ve sworn off running trail during the middle of the night. At any rate, something in the 30-ish mile range would probably be a good place to start.

I don’t have a copy of the book yet but am planning to pick up a copy soon. Even cooler is that she is currently on tour promoting it and will be visiting Portland in about two weeks! Two events are planned: one hosted by Powell’s Books on January 20th and the second hosted by one of her sponsors, Patagonia, the following evening of January 21st.

There are a lot of unknowns for me this year so it is making it hard to plan ahead. Fortunately, I’ve got 51 more weeks to get something on my racing calendar! I can’t wait to read the book and begin planning my first ultra!

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