Athlete Profile: Jessi Duval

2017-03-03T09:23:18+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|HRL Athletes|

How long have you been running?

I started running after Air Force basic training in 2009 at the age of 31.  At first it was just a couple of miles here and there until I discovered Run Keeper.  I started challenging myself to go further and further.  I think I made it up to 8 miles.  I moved to Hawaii in 2013 where I made my first running friends and did my first half marathon.  I loved it!  About a year later I was sifting through some old documents and found a list I had made of things I wanted to accomplish.  The first was move to Hawaii…done!  The second was complete a marathon…challenge on!  I joined Brian Clarke’s marathon training and completed the 2015 Honolulu Marathon.  Let’s just say I was not so great, but I finished.  He offered a trail running group that started in March 2015.  The first day out it was hurricane-like conditions and I was freezing as we stood waiting to begin.  As soon as we began to run, I was immediately in love!!! I had finally found my passion…the trails!!!

Please list your favorite races and PR’s

  • Peacock 55, 2016, 14:50
  • ½ marathon, 1:59
  • 15k, 1:23

What are your 2017 Racing plans and running goals?

  • My number one goal this  year is to not get injured
  • I am signed up for most of the HURT series.  Looking forward mostly to the Run with the Pigs and Triple Trek
  • I also would like to crush Mango Madness this year.  This was my first trail race in 2016 and I felt defeated after.
  • Complete the Quicksilver 100k in under 16 hours
  • I also anticipate entering my name for the 2018 HURT 100

Any “bucket list” races?

  • HURT 100
  • I’m still pretty new at all this…so the sky is the limit!

What is your average weekly mileage?


What is your favorite workout?

Long trail run

Favorite pre-race/post-race foods

This may be weird but the night before a long run, I like to eat peas and organic baked French fries. After a race I love a smoothie.

What is the piece of running gear/food/drink that you cannot go without?

Altras, Hat, water w/ Skratch or Nuun, chafing cream or spray, rag to wipe my eyes & pickle juice for the really long runs

What is your favorite running moment or running quote?

At the time of the Peacock 2016, I was going through a rough patch in my life. My mom texted me the “Fight Song” one day and was hoping to inspire me to get back on track.  During the race, possibly on the second loop, I came through the sketchy, technical part of the course that opens up to the beautiful view of the golf course, sky and mountains…just when that song came on my phone.  I began to cry.  Tears of joy, pain, wonder. It hit me what I was doing and what I was accomplishing.  At that point I knew I was going to finish and that I was going to be ok!!

Describe your running before HRL and after

Before HRL I trained with another group that was fun, but no one had the desire I did to go after the trails and the longer races.  One of my friends was training with HRL and I saw him improving.  When I decided to do the 55 miler, I knew I couldn’t do it alone.  In just about 4 weeks HRL was able to use my running base and prep me for success in the longest race I’ve ever done.  Through HRL I have met so many like-minded people who share my passion for running.  I am inspired by everyone I meet and feel a connection if we run for HRL.  

Why does training with Hawaii Running Lab work for you?

Having an individualized training plan that I can implement at whatever time of day is very convenient.  Before having a coach who really understood my passion and my goals, I was not sure what I was capable of.  I have a long way to go to reach all of my dreams, but I know that as long as I keep listening to Michael, I will get there.  Plus, I know that I’m being followed on Strava, so it motivates me to complete my runs to the best of my ability – even when I don’t feel like it!

Do you have an Instagram/twitter handle that you would like us to include with your profile?

Instagram: jessi121878

Anything else that you would like to add?

I run because it makes me feel alive and it never lets me down!  I feel truly blessed to be part of something that feels so special to me.  Even though we all have different goals, we are connected through running.

Photo credit: Liza Rippy