Articles by Ian Sharman

Road Races to Improve Trail Running

I’ll admit I have a bias on this topic, since when I first started running ultras in 2005, I also got hooked on road marathons. However, one thing I noticed was how effectively sub-ultra road races prepared me for many a...

Racing in the Heat

As we get into the middle of summer, many races involve running in severely hot weather. The most experienced runners use several tricks to deal with this, which are most evident at two Californian races renowned for the...

Maximizing Vert

Summertime means the mountains are open for runners and hikers, and the majority of the high alpine races are during this time of year. However, many runners, especially city slickers, don’t have equivalent climbs where...

Downhill Training

As the snows start melting, many of us start looking forward to mountain races. Since one of the key skills for these events is the ability to run downhill efficiently and strongly, at this time of year it’s important to...

Rocky Raccoon

I’ve run Rocky Raccoon 100 five times now and keep going back, largely because it’s one of the classics in ultrarunning. In its 23rd year, it’s one of the older 100s, where many outstanding performances have taken place...

Seeking Adventure

Do you find your running mojo runs low sometimes? That every run feels the same and you’re pounding familiar paths again and again? It can be easy to get stuck in a rut due to certain training routes or races being conve...

A Purpose for Every Run

One of the simplest improvements a runner can make to his or her training is to approach every run with a simple question: “What am I trying to achieve today?” It sounds obvious, but it’s all too easy to get caught up ai...

Planning Your Race Season

Around the end of the year we all look forward to a little downtime from running. Then after about five minutes, we get itchy feet and want to get right back at it. This is the time, sometimes even during holiday gatheri...

Races As Training Runs

Races can be very useful training arenas as alternatives to solo long runs. There’s certainly a tendency for ultrarunners to race a lot more frequently than the traditional spring and fall marathon, so what’s the best wa...

How To Train For Trails In The City

Through winter we all struggle to fit in any type of run with less daylight, icy roads and snowy trails. This becomes even more difficult for city dwellers in cold locations where the treadmill can seem the only option....

100-Mile Prep

At the end of the year most runners think about their plans for the following year, including their target races. This early planning is exacerbated by the number of lotteries for major races, something that’s becoming m...

Train and Recover From Races In Quick Succession

Ultrarunners tend to race more frequently than is prescribed by standard marathon training lore. We typically run more than two long races a year and think of 26 miles as a mere training run. So does that mean marathoner...