The Off Season: Keely Moy, Women's Hockey

The Off Season: Keely Moy, Women's Hockey

Rising junior and Mather House resident, Keely Moy, began her summer by running her first half marathon. Read about her experiences below!

What half marathon did you run and why did you decide to do it? 

I ran in the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon in San Diego (where I live), which takes you around Downtown San Diego including Balboa Park and the Gaslamp District.  I decided to do it because I am always looking to challenge myself physically and mentally, and I figured this would be a great way to do so. I run in a 10K every Fourth of July, and I have always really enjoyed the race and wanted to see if I could push myself to run farther. I have never been great at running, nor did I ever really enjoy it, but once I put the expectation of "okay, you have to go really fast and sprint the whole time" away, it became enjoyable to work out and just always be on that edge of comfort and discomfort. My parents were runners and encouraged me to run more often, too.   

Was fundraising difficult? Was there a minimum you had to raise?
Fundraising was definitely challenging, but I had a lot of fun with it! At first I began with a goal of $500, but I quickly achieved that, so I raised it to $1,000. The second $500 was more difficult to fundraise, but thanks to everyone who donated, we got it done! I was fundraising for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where families do not have to pay for a medical bill, travel, food, etc. because of everyone who donates each year. It's a really incredible thing that they do, releasing the burden from the family whose child has been affected. Not having to worry about that aspect allows them to focus on more important things, and I was really happy that I got help out with something like that. Of course, none of it would be possible without the people who donated, so I'm really grateful to all the people that did. In general, fundraising made me really grateful and appreciative of the selfless people around me, and the life I get to live being healthy and getting to be active every day. 

What was your training plan like? How was it different than ice hockey training? 
My training was both similar and different to that of hockey. They both share the concept of training every day (plus a rest day), and training differently every day. Other than that, it differs almost completely. With hockey, you train by practicing a lot of anaerobic activity; quick bursts of skating where you get a minute or so of rest, with anywhere between 45 seconds to a minute and a half of work. Training for running wasn't like that, because I would have short days during the week which could be anywhere from 3-6.5 miles, one long day which was 7-10 miles. With hockey, you don't get those long work periods and it was hard to adjust at first, but as I continued with running, it got exponentially easier. 

What was the most surprising thing that happened or you learned during your training?
The most surprising thing to me that happened was the difference between the beginning of my training and the end. Before I started training, I never really thought of running more than three miles for a workout, because it was not that exciting compared to hockey and it was also pretty difficult to run for that long. By the end, I was running about nine miles every Sunday, which was a huge jump for me. Before this, I wouldn't have dreamed I could run that far and for that long, just for training a race that is about four miles longer than that. I'm definitely proud of how far I've come. 

What went through your mind the night before and morning of the race?
I was very nervous! I had an ankle injury that was bothering me that prevented me from running for a bit, so I had to supplement with bike workouts etc. So I was worried that might prevent me from finishing. I was also nervous that I would start too fast and burn out and have to walk the last few miles, which MANY people reminded me NOT to do. Neither of those things ended up happening, so that was a positive! 

What's your favorite pre-run meal?
Coffee and a slice of toast with peanut butter and jelly! 

How did the race go? When it got tough, how did you stay motivated to get to the finish?
The race went really well! I finished before my projected time and I kept the same pace the whole race. I was never really running for time, but that was a nice perk for me. The spectators definitely made it easy to stay motivated, which was awesome to see all those people get up early and cheer on people they didn't even know. Additionally, at mile four, there was a tribute to fallen soldiers who died in combat, so every five feet or so there was a sign with the soldiers face, their rank, and their age. A lot of them were about my age when they passed, and it filled me with a lot of gratitude to be standing here today, and reminded me how lucky I was to still be able to run and be the active person I am. On top of that, I reminded myself of all the people who donated for the kids of St. Jude; they did their part, so doing my part was the least I could do. 

Would you do it again?
Definitely! I'm actually training for my next one now!