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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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Jan 15, 2018

Every runner should at some point get out and volunteer for a race, ideally a local one on the trails that they use in training.  Today Heath and Liza talk about their experiences volunteering at Bandera this year.

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!

Jan 8, 2018

Eli has a question most runners training for long runs have.  We break it down and almost answer it. 

Today's show was brought to you by Health IQ.  You are a runner so go see if you qualify at healthiq.com/ultra

Jan 5, 2018

Susan has been dealing with an injury for a month and is just about ready to start running again!  What does that look like for her training? What are some of the mental aspects of coming back from an injury.

Also, we giveaway some sunglasses from our sponsor Goodr.!

Jan 4, 2018

Heath has ramped up from the 10 miles per week he started at and is looking strong.  What does Liza think about the progress?  How is the first of the year looking for his training?

Enjoy the show!

Dec 26, 2017

James has had a few challenges recently but his training has taken a positive turn.  Listen to where he is and what new challenges we cover. 

Dec 25, 2017

We really wanted to share one of our favorite My First Ultra episodes from the past year.  Niki has some great stories!

Niki Hurst is from Squamish and after this interview, most of you will probably say the same in about a year.  The trail and mountain lifestyle and the friends that pulled her along the way to eventually experience her first ultra.  The big mistake she made on that first 50.  Why you should try something so epic!

Dec 24, 2017

There is so much to learn out there regarding performance. We give you a few to consider.

Also, a book giveaway.

Dec 22, 2017

Learn some of the basics of first aid on the trails and where to go for more on the topic from expert adventurer Ricky Haro.

Dec 21, 2017

The majority of runners are self coached so we thought we would give you a roadmap.  Enjoy the show and save it for when you start training for your next big race!

Dec 20, 2017

Today's show is regarding the options for carrying the fluid you'll be drinking out on the trails.  It's based on the host experiences and meant to let you know more of what is out there.  Hope you enjoy!

Dec 20, 2017

The trails offer some great experiences for some great stories.  Listen to five of them on the show today.

Dec 19, 2017

Coach Zach has some new formats introduced to Eli's training.  Tempo and interval training for ultra runners may take on a slightly different tone than traditionally. Listen to see what your tempo and interval runs look like compared to Eli's.

Thanks for listening.

Dec 18, 2017

Being present is talked about in all facets of life.  There is a huge benefit to our training when we can tap into what allows us to be present.  On the show, four ways to be more present and mentally tough on our runs.

Dec 18, 2017

Our guest is like many of our listeners, she had no idea what was possible until later in her running life.  Once she got the trail bug, it was over.  She has spent the bulk of her life since running trails and inspiring others to do the same through her writing and actions. Enjoy this conversation about running and trails and life!

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!

Dec 18, 2017

Well you have no idea what to expect on this ramble-fest but you may be a bit entertained at the least.  Anyone listening in the DC area?  Mark your calendars after listening.

Enjoy the show.

Dec 16, 2017

Running is tough physically but it is arguably much tougher because of our mentality.  How can we get mentally tougher?  Practice thinking about things that will give us perspective out there on our runs. 

Enjoy the show.

Dec 16, 2017

Angie was an absolute joy to have on the show.  Her passion for life and her lifestyle is matched by the wisdom she has picked up along the way. Know someone who think they are too "old" to do these things?  Share this 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.

 

Thanks for listening!

Dec 15, 2017

Having a bad race?  Is there such a thing?  Thoughts on how to make that day a little better out there.

Dec 15, 2017

So many runners are worried about their safety on the trails.  Some is warranted and some is not.  We dive in to the things we can usually control and some that we can't out on the trails we love.

Thanks for listening.

Dec 14, 2017

How nice would it be if we never had a negative thought on a really difficult physical effort?  Amazing right?  Well, it may not happen.  Now that we now this, how do we take care of the negativity from now on? 

That's what we try to answer in a pretty short take on the subject.

Thanks for listening.

Dec 12, 2017

Trekking poles can be an amazing training tool for ultra runners. Listen to the show to learn about some ways that you can use them within your training!

Dec 12, 2017

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.

Hills.  When should you push?  What can we learn by watching different levels of runners attack the same uphill? What are a few drills you can do to tap into your efforts on training efforts? 

All of these questions and more answered on the show today!

Enjoy the show!

Dec 11, 2017

Susan might have a stress fracture.  Her orthopoedic doc ordered up the dreaded boot to take precautions.  It is healing up but until then, some changes in the training.  This is a common issue that we are trying to nip early in the training cycle!  

Enjoy the show and Susan's optimism!

Dec 11, 2017

Balance.  It may be unattainable but taking a closer look at how you spend your time is a really good place to start.  We share an exercise that let's you figure out how many reasonable hours for running you really do have on a weekly basis!

Enjoy the show.

Dec 10, 2017

Nutrition is such a big part of our lives whether we run or not.  Framing that perspective is somewhat a guiding principle. As is common sense and our relationship with food.  Simply, there is not just one way to look at how we eat whether for performance or otherwise. We hope this gets you to thinking a bit about nutrition in a different way.

Thanks for listening.

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