Interview with Ultrarunner Abby Hall:
I've been fortunate enough to land an interview with yet ANOTHER prominent ultrarunner, Abby Hall. Currently residing in Flagstaff, Arizona, as is a classic for elite ultrarunners it would seem, Abby was introduced to running at school through track and field. Although not originally planning on pursuing this as a career she was later introduced to the world of ultrarunning whilst working as a (very talented) graphic designer in Boulder, Colorado, where she met her now-husband, Cordis Hall, both professional trail runners for Adidas TERREX. Some of you may in fact know her work if you own a copy of Jason Koop's book, 'Training Essentials For Ultrarunning' (second edition), for which Abby was responsible for making look so pretty and well laid out. Some of Abby's notable running achievements include 2nd place at UTMB CCC 100k back in 2021 (an extra-special race given she had originally placed 8th there in 2019), 2nd woman at Canyons 100k in 2021 then in two races only recently, 2nd woman at the 125k Transgrancanaria in March and 1st woman at the Innsbruck Alpine 65k just last month. So you could say she is...ehem...*somewhat of a big deal*.
|Photo credit to Ian Corless|
Something also worth a mention is Abby's two attempts on the FKT (fastest known time) for the John Muir Trail in California which stretches 223 miles from Mount Whitney all the way to Yosemite Valley with a mere* 44,000ft of climbing. Having attempted this record first in 2016 unsuccessfully, if you can really describe even an attempt at such a feat unsuccessful, she returned in 2020 for a second attempt unsupported (carry all gear by herself and not meeting any crew along the way for any help). Although narrowly missing the record by 6 hours, 20 minutes, Abby completed this enormous journey in just 4 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes becoming the second fastest woman and 6th fastest person ever to have completed this route. Running such a distance in such a style of an FKT puts your body and mind under unimaginable stress which is shown by the hallucinations Abby had to battle on day 4. Just finishing is a very rare achievement I hope others can aspire to as much as myself. If you are interested in a short video about this FKT attempt you can find it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxnG3svwamw.
*a shit tonne
So getting into the interview...
"If asked for a summary of your running career, what would you say?"
"I think it was in 2016 you met your now husband Cordis. Tell us about the first meeting and the progression of your relationship. You seem like such a power couple!"
"How do you balance supporting each other for races? I notice you have run a few together, are they mostly joint goals that you share or do you take it in turns to make big goals?"
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"What are a couple of either your favourite memories from running or people you have met through the running community who inspire you?"