Ian Sharman set the Grand Slam of ultrarunning record this past Summer. That’s running the cumulative fastest times of Western States 100, Vermont 100, Leadville 100 and Wasatch 100…all in one Summer. He recently finished 2nd place at the Rocky Raccoon 100 in Texas a few weeks ago, where he has the course record of 12:44 set in 2011.
Knowing all that you know now, what would you tell your young self that was new to ultras?
To treat it all as an adventure. I’ve generally aimed to do this but sometimes forget for short periods and have to remind myself.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is training for their first 100 miler?
Don’t put pressure on your finish time, using the first 100 as a way to learn and see how things play out, focusing on looking after yourself throughout. That’s the way to maximize your pace in the latter stages, which is where most people lose a lot of time.