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8 adventurous running & hiking loops in Rocky Mountain and Indian Peaks

By Andrew Skurka / October 23, 2019 /

For the first time since 2013, this year I didn’t race and I won’t log at least 3,000 miles. Nagging injuries, lack of race entry luck, and a growing guiding program all played a role, as did an absence of desire — whatever I’d been running towards in my mid-30’s, I felt like I’d reached…

Run Rabbit Run 100: Accurate course map, mileages, GPX, and pace chart

By Andrew Skurka / October 15, 2018 /

The Run Rabbit Run 100 course was changed significantly in 2018. To assist future participants with race planning, at least until information from race organizers is more complete and accurate, I am sharing several resources: Interactive course map Course GPX Mileage chart Pace/split chart Interactive course map A topographic map of the course is available. However,…

Live tracking: Run Rabbit Run 100 || Starts Friday at noon MDT

By Andrew Skurka / September 13, 2018 /

Tomorrow I toe the line for my first and only ultra marathon of 2018, Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat. Three years ago I ran exceptionally well here, on account of both my time and pace (20:12, 3rd overall) and the seven-year gap from my previous 100-miler, Leadville in 2008. Training data would suggest that…

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

By Andrew Skurka / May 31, 2018 /

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…

Saturday night lights: First track race in 10 years

By Andrew Skurka / May 17, 2018 /

If there is such a thing, last year I may have run too much: 4,029 miles and 456,000 vertical feet of climbing, with two road marathons and two 100-mile trail ultras — Boston, Bighorn, UTMB, and Houston. That’s an average of 11 miles and 1,250 vertical feet of climbing per day. While I’m not as…

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

By Andrew Skurka / January 20, 2018 /

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)…

Notes for next time || Houston Marathon: Pace chart, course GPX, clothing & in’s-and-out’s

By Andrew Skurka / January 19, 2018 /

This post is part of a long-running series that I publish after a big race or trip. It’s purpose is to capture important and helpful — but easily forgettable, perhaps — details that would be helpful to me on a second attempt, or to someone on their first. Numbers and data 2018 results Download a…

Live tracking: Houston Marathon, Sunday 7 AM CST!

By Andrew Skurka / January 12, 2018 /

On Sunday I’m racing the Houston Marathon. The gun fires at 7 AM CST, and I should be done about 2.5 hours later. Track the race live. I’m bib 1513. At a minimum, I’d like to improve upon my current PR, set last year at the Boston Marathon, in 2:32:01. Workouts suggest that I’m not…

UTMB data: Results, split times, course GPX, & pace charts

By Andrew Skurka / September 13, 2017 /

If you plan to race UTMB — or use the course as a training camp — and if you’re a data dork like me, the resources on this page will be useful in your preparations: Official results At the UTMB website, official results are available for each year, back to 2003. The more recent years include…

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

By Andrew Skurka / September 12, 2017 /

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…