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Race report: BolderBoulder 10K || 33:47, 27th place

By Andrew Skurka / May 31, 2018 / 4 Comments

Quick links BolderBoulder Official results My data: official splits, Movescount, Strava Intro Being a professional runner sounds dreamy, but one advantage of being merely a recreational runner is that you can define your running, instead of running defining you. For the past four months I took full advantage of this liberty by finding a new…

Race report: Houston Marathon || 2:28:24, 33rd place

By Andrew Skurka / January 20, 2018 / 14 Comments

After a solid but underwhelming performance at UTMB last September, I was forced to ponder the future of my running. I was emotional fatigued from three years of intense training, and was lacking an obvious or compelling “why” to sustain it. But at 36 years-old, I recognized that it’d be easier (and probably more fruitful)…

Mixed bag: UTMB performance assessment || Perils of racing conservatively

By Andrew Skurka / September 12, 2017 / 46 Comments

Just twelve hours after finishing UTMB in Chamonix, Amanda and I split for the second half of our vacation, in Provence, hence the delay in post-UTMB coverage. For my sake, I hope to post it all this week before my guided trips start on Sunday and my recollection fades. I placed 34th at UTMB, with…

Bighorn 100 Race Report || 1st place in 4-way tie, 21:30:08

By Andrew Skurka / June 27, 2017 / 22 Comments

Quick links Official results Strava data Special thanks to Aleksandr Khomyakov and Judy Garber for some of the photos, and Judy and David Garber for hosting me at their picturesque ranch in Big Horn. When I pulled into Elk Camp at Mi 43.5 of the Bighorn 100, I was much less happy than I should have been.…

Race Report || Boston Marathon: 2:32:01, 72nd overall

By Andrew Skurka / April 22, 2017 / 11 Comments

Two weeks out from the Boston Marathon, I had my heart set on sub-2:30, or 5:43 pace. I thought my workouts proved that it was within reach. But as the race day forecast solidified — high-60’s/low-70’s, sunny, and low humidity — I wisely gave up on that best case scenario, and honed in on 2:32,…

Race Report: Indian Creek 50M || 9:46, 1st place

By Andrew Skurka / October 17, 2016 / 4 Comments

If the Indian Creek 50M had been held 72, 48, or even 24 hours earlier, the outcome for me would likely have been very different. I woke up on Tuesday with a sore throat and had full-on cold symptoms by the end of the day: coughing, wicked congestion, body aches, and a slight fever. I…

Hard, high, and lonesome: Silverheels 100 race report || 1st place, 23:17

By Andrew Skurka / August 10, 2016 / 7 Comments

Even after a few days of recovery and a substantial amount of sleep, I do not seem to recall my Silverheels 100 race as vividly as others. This may partly be a function of the course, which favors many shorter segments over a few extended efforts. But I think it’s also a reflection of my…

San Juan Solstice Race Report || 8 years later, 31 minutes faster

By Andrew Skurka / July 1, 2016 / 1 Comment

San Juan Solstice 50-Mile Official race results When I turned off the gravel road onto the Alpine Gulch Trail (mi 2.3), I was in seventh place and my heart rate was unsustainable, in the low-150’s. In the lower reaches of this first 4,000-foot climb, three other racers (Frank Pipp, Owen Bradley, and Chris Marcinek) caught…

Race Report: Colorado Marathon || 2:44:42, 5th overall

By Andrew Skurka / May 2, 2016 / 2 Comments

Last year’s racing season opened with a dirty wake-up. But I’m ecstatic about its start this year, with a strong finish at yesterday’s Colorado Marathon: My time of 2:44:42 (6:16 minutes/mile pace) was faster than my goal of high-2:40’s Race execution was textbook: running partner Steve Clark and I were relaxed and steady through about Mile…

An adventure run around Volcan Osorno || Race Report: VUT 100k

By Andrew Skurka / December 14, 2015 / 8 Comments

The end of my 2015 ultra running season was originally scheduled to happen in the Marin Headlands with The North Face 50-Mile Championships, as it did last year. The course’s extensive butter-smooth jeep roads and trails aren’t my top choice, but the event is excellently managed and it attracts the sport’s top talent. But instead, I jumped on…