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Race calendar 2017: Boston, Bighorn, and Blanc

By Andrew Skurka / January 25, 2017 / 7 Comments

In March I will turn 36 years-old. Sadly, for a male long-distance runner I am thought to be at the end of my physical prime, if not already beyond it. Sure, many older runners do phenomenal things. For example, last year 85-year Ed Whitlock ran a sub-4:00 marathon, and 44-year-old Jeff Browning was the second-ranked ultra runner in the…

From ultra(slow) runner to 2:3X marathoner || Training methodology, with coach David Roche

By Andrew Skurka / March 11, 2017 / 6 Comments

For the last three years I have perhaps been more serious about running than about backpacking. It’s a function of lifestyle and age: running 10-20 hours per week is more compatible with marriage than thru-hiking would be, and at nearly 36-years-old I have only a few years left in which to run really fast lifetime PR’s. I took…

Dialing it in: Taper training for the Boston Marathon || Interview with David Roche

By Andrew Skurka / April 7, 2017 / 6 Comments

Last month I posted a comprehensive interview with running coach extraordinaire David Roche. If you have not read it already, you should — it is valuable context for this interview, in addition to having standalone value. Days after publishing it, I entered the last stage of my training for the Boston Marathon, which is April 17, a week from…

Fastest I’ve been in 16 years || Boston Marathon: One week out

By Andrew Skurka / April 9, 2017 / 10 Comments

The 121st Boston Marathon is now just a week out, on #MarathonMonday, April 17! Live tracking The Elite Men and Wave One (mine) start at 10 AM. You won’t see me on TV in Galen Rupp’s slipstream, but if you want to track my progress you can sign up for text or email updates. I’m bib #703.…

Risk vs. Reward: Pacing conundrum for Boston Marathon & endurance events generally

By Andrew Skurka / April 11, 2017 / 12 Comments

At this point in the training cycle, within a week of my first big race of 2017, I have as clear an understanding of my  current fitness as I will get. While the taper does include some workouts, they are less telling than near-max efforts weeks and months ago. So this is an appropriate point to settle…

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,…

Boston Marathon || Notes for next time: Tips, advice & reflections on training, pacing, spectating & more

By Andrew Skurka / April 24, 2017 / 5 Comments

I thought Boston would be a one-and-done affair. I’m not so sure now. For the  next time, here are some tips, advice, and reflections that will be useful for first-timers and veterans alike: General Until race day, I didn’t fully grasp the scale of the event. The numbers help convey this: Nearly 30,000 runners participate. At…

Review: ASICS GEL-Hyper Speed 7 || Wispy & inexpensive road racing shoe

By Andrew Skurka / April 27, 2017 / 2 Comments

Six weeks out from the Boston Marathon, I was inclined to race in the Salomon Sonic Pro 2 (my review), which fit me well and which had proven themselves on multiple long runs. But I was open to other options: the Sonic Pro 2 is heavy relative to a true road-racing shoe, and I found…

Data dump: Boston Marathon course GPX & vertical profile; plus pacing, heart rate & workout details

By Andrew Skurka / April 27, 2017 / 5 Comments

My Boston Marathon coverage finishes with a data dump. It’s mostly for my purposes, so I can quickly access and compare the information in the future; but there are a few resources that will be useful for any Boston participant. Boston Marathon course GPX file During the race I wore a Suunto Ambit GPS sport…