Knowing all that you know now, what would you tell your young self that was new to ultras?
To my young self – or any young self – is to be patient in races and in life. Don’t try to race all distances in the first 2 years. This is actually something I did anyway. I ran a 50k one year, the next year I added in the 50 mile. The next year I went up to the 100k, and the 4th year I did a 100. This was after several years of base building for running marathons.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is training for their first 100 miler?
For someone running their 1st or their 10th. Train with a plan to make a plan for race day. And on race day, stick to the plan. It is a very long way to run, and there are many opportunities, especially early, to go wrong because you feel good. Don’t worry, later on you probably won’t be feeling too good anyway, so might as well do the best you can managing all the elements – hydration, nutrition, foot care, equipment – all things that are in your control.