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Notes for next time: Pacing, training, course beta + more || Silverheels 100

By Andrew Skurka / August 11, 2016 /

“Notes for next time” has become a regular feature on this site, following major hikes and races. Its usefulness to readers is unclear to me, but I plan to keep it up anyway — I reference them often enough prior to future big hikes and races to make the effort worthwhile. Let’s get started. Links…

Sold on spring marathons

By Andrew Skurka / May 17, 2016 /

Somewhat reluctantly, I registered for the Colorado Marathon in early-January. If it had not been means to a Boston qualifier, it probably would not have been on my radar. Months of training on flat bike trails, country roads, and high school tracks? No thanks. Or so I thought. Now, two weeks removed from the race,…

Colorado Marathon: Smooth Move, Pacing & more Notes for Next Time

By Andrew Skurka / May 2, 2016 /

Previous “Notes for Next Time” posts (like this one and this one) have proven helpful to me, and popular with you. Why make the same mistakes twice, or risk forgetting something that could help us achieve better results on a second attempt? Here are my takeaways from last weekend’s Colorado Marathon: Training Tempo efforts offer the…

Notes for next time: Pacing, gear, intakes, and crewing

By Andrew Skurka / September 22, 2015 /

That I’m already talking about a “next time” is a good indication that I was pleased with my Run Rabbit Run 100 performance and that my recovery has been relatively mild. I have no specific plans yet, but I think it’s apparent that I do relatively better in races that are longer and have more…

A backpacker’s training plan for a 100-mile ultra marathon

By Andrew Skurka / September 16, 2015 /

On Friday I’m racing Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The official distance for this ultra marathon is 102.7 miles, though the consensus among participants is more like 107. There is 20,000+ vertical feet of climbing and elevations are often around 10,000 feet. It will be my longest race of the year, and my first 100-mile race since…

TNF 50 Mile Race Report: Reflections on pacing, nutrition, training, and a lot more

By Andrew Skurka / December 8, 2014 /

It almost certainly will not be another four years until I race again. But overtime my recollection of The North Face 50 Mile Championship will change: I’ll forget the finer details, and my reflections will be influenced by future developments and conversations. So my race report is meant to be as instructive to me as…

7 hours, 20 minutes: a realistic goal for 50 miles based on training runs?

By Andrew Skurka / November 3, 2014 /

Before every high school cross-country and track meet, my coach Frank Mooney gave each runner an index card with a goal time and suggested splits written on it. A goal time was meant to be challenging but within reach on a good day, and the suggested splits helped us stay on track through the start,…