Ian Sharman

No matter what mileage you run per week or how many races you have in a year, it’s helpful to have an off-season, and this is the time of year to consider how to get the most from this phase of training. This article lists some of the advantages of down-time, plus tips for getting the most from it.

UltraRunning November 2014

  • Trail Running the Army Way, by Gary Dudney
  • Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning: A Review, by Joe Uhan
  • Aid Station Basics, by Sunny Blende
  • The Essence of Ultrarunning, by Dr. Duncan Simpson
  • Leadville, by Michael Aish
  • Cascade Crest, by Rick White
  • Running: Just Another Addiction?, by Rachel Nypaver
  • The Ultrarunner’s Off-season, by Ian Sharman

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24HRs into Race w Francine Weiheldt, photo by Suzanne Stroeer

Mystery Ranch Ultra Challenge

by Gary Knipling, Mason Neck, Virginia Because Montana was the last state to have an “official” 100 mile run (starting in 2013), and because the RD happens to be a Virginia Happy Trails Running Club member (go figure?), several runners (and crews) from

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No Name 5030-Let your Inner Ultra-runner free

By Erica Gratton, Race Director What would you expect from an inaugural race with “no name”? Probably not a whole lot, right? However if you agreed, you are wrong. No Name might have been new to the ultra world, but the mind behind it is not. Four a.m.


So How Do I Use A Foam Roller, Anyway?

Foam rollers work by placing the affected body part on top, and then using your body weight and gravity to apply pressure through the soft tissue. They are generally more effective for muscle groups on the back side of the legs, but can also be used on


On Giving Thanks

The world is roiling. Whether it’s conflict and atrocities in the war-torn areas of the Middle East, struggles for control of the Ukraine, human suffering at the hands of the Ebola virus, our own violence between us here domestically, or the heating up


A Comprehensive Review of Recovery Products

by Sarah Koszyk, M.A., RDN, Registered Sports Dietitian/Nutritionist Success. Completion. Accomplishment. Congratulations, you’ve just finished running an ultramarathon, most likely about 31, 50 or 100 miles. The time it took you to run could have been

Rachel Nypaver chasing sunspots with a friend on the trail. Photo: Steve Hawthorne

Running: Just Another Addiction?

by Rachel Nypaver Running is often called an addiction – both by the running critics (aka wannabe runners) and by runners themselves. They say you can even get “high” from the pure act of running. So is running a drug? And should it be classified with


Wanting In!

With the ever-increasing interest in the sport of ultrarunning has come an explosion of prospective entrants for certain races. This popularity has race directors resorting to lotteries, wait lists and other measures, in some cases just short of asking entrants for their firstborn for entry into their events.

Ronald Bowman (race report author) at the start.

69 Miles/Two Days Across The British Countryside

The idea of doing this iconic event sprang up a few weeks after the Trans Rockies multi-day run in 2013 – after the brain had suppressed the pain of that undertaking. But then a fi ve-day stay in the ICU at Johns Hopkins hospital after a “cardiac event” in December put a lot more than just completing this event into question for me.


UltraRunning Finishes by Gender

Race results are obtained from numerous sources, and should be accurate and complete, but inevitably there may be errors. In such cases please let us know. We obtained results from our archive of old ultrarunning magazines dating back to 1981.