Ruairi Moynihan

Unived Athlete Ruairi

Ruairi Moynihan

Marathoner & Trail Runner

Career Highlights

  • Competing at NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championship in 2008
  • Running my PR of 3:55 in the 1500m in my final collegiate race
  • Winning my 50 mile debut in December, 2020 even after going an extra three miles.
  • 5k: 14:59 Half Marathon: 1:07:31 Marathon: 2:22:39 50k: 3:35:50

I used to bike alongside my dad while he did his training runs on country roads in North Dakota. It inspired me to start running and before I knew it, my dad was biking alongside me because he couldn’t keep up! I joined the cross country team in 7th grade, cementing my love for the sport.

Up Close, and Personal

To me, sport is…

self-discipline, goal-setting and a chance to test the limits of both your body and mind.

On a typical training day,

I do easy miles on the countless trails in Flagstaff followed by some uphill strides to keep my speed sharp.

I eat a lot of pasta and veggies! Burritos and burgers are my post-workout or long run reward.

I listen to primarily hip hop and rap, although I can appreciate all genres of music. I enjoy podcasts related to news, science and of course running!

I cross train by biking (as I don’t currently own a car) and cross country skiing in the winter.

My idea of an effective training session is…

logging quality workouts without injury that lead to a breakthrough race performance.

The moment when I discovered my athletic potential was…

I set the 8th grade mile record at my middle school by running under 5 minutes.

Unived Athlete Ruairi Trail Runner & Marathoner

The three biggest lessons I have learnt so far in my athletic career is…

1. Have fun! Don’t obsess over paces and other data on daily runs. Run with friends in cool, new locations whenever possible. Take rest days when you need them; you shouldn’t feel guilty about seeing a “zero” in your training log because rest days are how you soak up the benefits of hard training.

2. Consistency pays off! Remember that your fitness is not judged based on a single training block or race performance. The cumulative effect of consistent, easy miles over many years will make the biggest impact on your performance.

3. Little things matter! I’m guilty of this myself, but don’t skimp on strength training, stretching or sleep!

Before a big race, I tell myself…

I’ve prepared for this and my training will carry me. I reflect on past workouts that will carry me to the finish line. I’ve usually visualized the race the night before and can envision the course and where I want to be in relation to my competitors.

The toughest competition of my life was…

my second marathon ever was the 2018 Boston Marathon in especially bad weather conditions. I came so close to dropping out of the race, but I was wearing the jersey of the high school where I coached cross country at the time. I knew my athletes were tracking me online so I had to finish!

The most memorable moment of my sporting career so far…

throwing out the first pitch at a MLB baseball game as a prize for winning a local 5k in Phoenix, Arizona.

My training sanctuary is…

St. John’s Arboretum where I attended college.

My dream starting line is…

US Olympic Marathon Trials.

I nourish my soul with…

quality time with family and friends.

Unived helps me by…

recovering fast and fueling without stomach issues during ultra marathons.

I have chosen to associate with Unived because…

I love the positive company culture, science-based products and inspiring athletes.

My favourite Unived product is…

the Unived Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge gels! Yummmm.

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