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The Becoming Ultra is all about that first Ultra. We follow other runners training for their first Ultra, interview race directors of Ultra's, talk training tips, and just about anything for that next, very long, step.
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Apr 24, 2018

After the 50k a bunch of the runners from Team BU were able to get together poolside to hang out a bit.  We ended up recording a round robin style interview session where everyone got to interview one other runners for a few minutes.  This is what happened!  Enjoy.  More on Team BU at www.becomingultra.com/teambu

Apr 18, 2018

Susan fought through an early injury to being very consistent over the last few months. She had to get creative to train for a desert and mountain ultra from Florida but we think she nailed what was needed to have a great race. Enjoy the last call before the big day!  Thanks for listening.

Apr 18, 2018

Red is ready to get to Zion and get after it. Hear who she runs for and why she runs!  Enjoy the show.

Apr 14, 2018

Heath is struggling with the free time physically and mentally during his taper but Liza brings him back.  What is his race day plan?  What are his goals?  All this and more on today's show. Enjoy.

Apr 14, 2018

James completed his first attempt at a 50 mile run on the first try and was only a couple minutes from his stretch goal.  Listen to what he learned and what's next.  NO intro, no frills, just a conversation between James and his coach, Scott after reaching an epic goal!

Apr 9, 2018

Zach and Eli have been working together since the fall of 2017 and in a few short days they get to see all of the hard work pay off.  Enjoy the show and the last advice from a coach to his first time ultra runner!

Apr 6, 2018

James has his first 50 miler this week. This call was about preparation both physically and mentally. We hope this helped him and you get ready for your next big effort.

Apr 3, 2018

Liza goes over the variables in setting up a pacing goal for the Zion 50k for Heath and other considerations based on the specific course.  Enjoy the show!

Apr 2, 2018

Eli has been with us since late October sharing her journey in training for her first ultra. Today, we get to know all about her life. The ups and downs and everything in between.  It was our pleasure and we hope you find just one more reason to root for her out there!

Mar 26, 2018

Eli always comes to the show with great questions.  On this episode, her love for intervals has come to the end it seems. How does Zach frame this mindset for her to continue strong in her training?  She also has some logistical questions about drop bags for Zion!  Enjoy the show.

Mar 26, 2018

Susan just got back from a skiing trip in Colorado and while she was very active, she didn't get in her regular miles so we focus on what the last month of training will look like and where she will be getting those climbing legs ready for Zion!  Thanks for listening.

Mar 23, 2018

Red has one of the most challenging schedules to coach around, which is actually pretty fun to figure out.  We talk about that schedule issue, gaining more elevation, goals for a big Texas relay race, and how to add different food options on her runs.  It was a good call and she is in a good place mentally. Enjoy the show and we hope you learn something!

Mar 23, 2018

James has been putting his training to the test and the results have been amazing recently.  A couple 50+ mile weeks, PR's, and even some doubt from a fellow local runner all make the call today. Enjoy!

Mar 19, 2018

Heath has been sharing his running story and training for the last few months.  Today, we dive in to him as a person.  His life, career, family, and more.  It's a pretty amazing story really.  We hope you enjoy.

Mar 16, 2018

With so many of our Becoming Ultra community making the trip to Zion, we thought it would be great to bring on the event director. Lots to take in on this newest show! Enjoy.

Mar 12, 2018

Eli has been dealing with some mood swings and issues that aren't easily explained.  We dive in to many of the possible causes and do a brainstorm to try to troubleshoot any potential root causes.  It is something we really haven't talked about but definitely a topic we think will help many of you all. Enjoy the show.

Mar 8, 2018

Jesse Itzler is a serial entrepreneur, ultra runner, and general seeker of adventure.  On the show we talk about adventurous parenting, addiction to newness, and mental toughness.  His background is amazing and diverse and to spare the clickbait(y) descriptions about what this guy has accomplished, I'd recommend you just listen to the show to find out who he really is first, then go google the crap out of him!  Thanks for listening.

 
Mar 5, 2018

Red has been coming along with her training.  Today we talk about adding a lot more vertical to the training plan.  She has a few questions about her training that we dive into including, "Should I use a tire pull for resistance training?"  It was a fun show and we hope you enjoy!

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/ultra to support the show and learn more.  If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “ultra” as a referral!

Mar 5, 2018

Heath has some questions about where he should be taking his race nutrition as the weekly miles increase. Liza talks about the benefit of running roads. 

 

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/ultra to support the show and learn more.  If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “ultra” as a referral!

Feb 28, 2018

Susan is like so many other runners.  She lives somewhere that has no resemblance of of the terrain and elevation gain of the race she is training for in April.  So, we have to get creative.  We hope some of these ideas help you in your training!

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/ultra to support the show and learn more.  If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “ultra” as a referral!

Feb 27, 2018

James has an extremely positive outlook but sometimes when you step in the freezing cold creek, even a bald eagle isn't enough to salvage the day.  Dealing with a mentally draining and down week happens to every runner so have a third party look at it with fresh eyes is sometimes all you need to turn it around. Enjoy the show!

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/ultra to support the show and learn more.  If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “ultra” as a referral!

Feb 22, 2018

Do you remember your first marathon?  Are you planning on running one soon?  Either way, listening to Eli talk about her first experience was pretty cool.  What did she learn from the experience and what will her next two months of training up to her Zion 50k look like.  Enjoy the show!

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/ultra to support the show and learn more.  If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “ultra” as a referral!

Feb 17, 2018

Heath is plugging along and has some new hill workouts to enjoy in the portion of his training we covered. Liza has another rant about a topic that really shouldn't be a thing, defecating mid-race, mid-trail.  Sheesh people. Enjoy the show.

 

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/ultra to support the show and learn more.  If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “ultra” as a referral!

Feb 12, 2018

Nutrition is such a personal thing for ultra runners. We get to dive in with Eli to see what may help her dial it in for her longer efforts.

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/ultra to support the show and learn more.  If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “ultra” as a referral!

Feb 1, 2018

It happens slowly, but it does happen.  Train hard and smart and eventually the numbers that seemed impossible are happening every week. Heath has been working hard and his output is showing!  We talk about what to expect in the next training phase. Enjoy the show.

 

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/ultra to support the show and learn more.  If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “ultra” as a referral!

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