Out & Back

A Runner’s Story of Survival and Recovery Against All Odds

In 2017, world-class ultrarunner Hillary Allen was at the top of her sport–and it felt like she was running on top of the world as she competed in Norway’s Tromsø Skyrace. Allen was nearly halfway through the 50k race when she fell 150 feet off an exposed ridge, breaking two ribs, fracturing her back, rupturing a ligament in her foot, and breaking both wrists. Beginning with the dramatic story of her accident and rescue, Out and Back: A Runner’s Story of Survival and Recovery Against All Odds recounts Allen’s fight to return to the life she loves. 

With vulnerability that reveals remarkable strength and introspection that yields wisdom, Allen shares the story of her recovery both physically and mentally, and hard-earned knowledge that the path forward is not always linear, that healing takes time, and that the process of rediscovery is ongoing as she learns what it takes to survive–and thrive. Out and Back is an inspiration to anyone who knows what it means to reclaim and rebuild your life, one day and one step at a time.

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Advanced Praise For Out & Back

"Hillary Allen is a model of resilience, grit, and strength who I look toward when I'm struggling to find those things in myself. The story she's lived and the message she shares are important reminders to control what you can control, keep calm in the face of chaos, and dig deep when the next step feels impossible."

Mario FraioliWriter, author, and podcast host of The Morning Shakeout

“Hillary’s story of tragedy and triumphant return will inspire you.”

Jason KoopHead Coach for CTS-Ultrarunning, author of Training Essentials for Ultrarunning

"Powerful and affecting. Hillary is an indomitable force."

Dean KarnazesUltramarathoner and NY Times bestselling author

"Hillary Allen is a model of resilience, grit, and strength who I look toward when I'm struggling to find those things in myself. The story she's lived and the message she shares are important reminders to control what you can control, keep calm in the face of chaos, and dig deep when the next step feels impossible."

Gina LucreziProfessional ultra trail runner and founder of trailsisters.net

“It wasn’t her innate passion and talent for running that brought out the best version of professional athlete Hillary Allen. Rather, it was the horrific accident she experienced while
doing it that did. By so candidly chronicling her recovery in Out and Back, Allen teaches us all that the progress of life isn’t measured by one’s physical transit through time or space but instead by the inner journey that accompanies us.”

Meghan M. HicksManaging Editor, iRunFar.com

“Hillary Allen takes readers along an exciting and harrowing journey as she passionately tells her story about how she achieved enormous success, overcame a near-death experience and then worked extremely hard to once again reach the mountaintop of success. Not only does she tell her story with fervor, but she also provides cues for the hard work, tenacity and authenticity that has always defined her.”

Brian MetzlerFounding Editor of Trail Running Magazine

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