Ian Sharman

Training With Weight Vests

One thing I’m frequently asked about is how I incorporate weight vests into training, since it’s a tool I use for myself and for those I coach. It was especially key to my attempt at the 2013 Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, where I ran 100-milers close together and had to get the most out of training while focusing on recovery.

The Road to the Starting Line

For the uninitiated, for those who marvel at the idea that 50 or 100 miles of continuous running is possible, the phrase “I could never do that” is often an instant, almost involuntary reaction. “I could never do that” precedes a second common reaction, “I can barely run a 5k.” Despite how frequently I hear this reaction, it still gives me pause and makes me wonder: Why, after all, are people so fixated on finishing an ultramarathon, when the road to the starting line is where most of the journey takes place?

Traprock 2014 Race Report

By Scott Livingston This year’s Traprock 50K had the inverse result from last year when Debbie finished strong and I was a DNF. Our entire family has suffered with illness during the past two weeks and Debbie was hit with the worst of it. She was hurting at the start of today’s 31 miler, and

Nanny Goat 2014 Race Report

Saturday, May 24, 2014 Riverside, California By Nicole Scott I had lots of ideas about what running my first ultramarathon, 50 miles at Nanny Goat, would be like. But what I never could have anticipated was that my life would be changed forever after crossing my finish line.  The funny thing is, life still seems

Santa Barbara 100

by Harris Goodman It’s always darkest before dawn, except when you are with ultrarunners. It was late in the evening of May 31, somewhere high up on a coastal mountain ridge, where I came upon another ultrarunner around mile 53 of the first annual Santa Barbara 100. It had been a tough first half, tougher than

2014 A-OK Race Report

Sunday, March 2, 2014 Near Atoka, Oklahoma   20TH “A-OK” 25/50K A (Wintry) BLAST BEST WEATHER LAST YEAR—-WORST WEATHER THIS YEAR When stars came out as runners gathered around the campfire on Saturday night, it seemed unlikely that the predicted winter storm would materialize. Unfortunately, rain started around midnight, with sleet, snow, and freezing rain