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Becoming Ultra

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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May 28, 2024

Rhonda Bompensa-Zimmerman is fairly new to ultra-running. She has been putting in the work and taking on some big challenges, most recently, Sedona Canyons 125. On this podcast we learn how Rhonda made her way to trail running and the impact it has had on her life, how running has been crucial for her healing. She reflects on the pivotal moment she stepped out of her comfort zone and said yes to a group run. Rhonda shares the many ways she has embraced the trail running community. We also talk about navigation struggles (we have all had them). This is a story of no matter where you are in life you can change the direction, set goals, work hard, and find yourself in the process.

May 23, 2024

We have the pleasure of introducing Erin to the world.  She is an educator that grew up on a family farm not too far from Washington D.C.  Today, we just get to know her as we will be talking lots of running in the coming months.  We hope you enjoy!

May 21, 2024

We welcome back Scott Hagerty to the podcast to give us a recap of the Earth Day Buckle Mania, his 8th 100 mile race. Scott’s knack for finding the coolest races makes for a good race report. We also learn a little about the Race Director for this one.

May 20, 2024

Nutrition coach Abby and Scott answer the question, "What is the best way to fuel and eat in general after races and big efforts?"  We talk about fueling so often and really enjoyed the question.  We know during these big events we are running at a big deficit so how do we use our nutrition for better recovery and energy after these efforts was a fun conversation! If you have any questions, let us know!

May 14, 2024

Join us as we recap our latest adventures!  Sometimes we get to do fun things too! :)

May 9, 2024

Tara is a Becoming Ultra coaching client from the west coast.  She calls in today to ask Coach Abby and Scott the best way to drop some weight to be more efficient for big running goals.  It's a popular question we get as coaches so we hope you take something away for your own goals!  Thanks for listening.

May 7, 2024

Joe Hardin is a husband, father of two, ultrarunner, aspiring writer, and an artist. He is also an advocate for addiction recovery and a plant-based lifestyle. 

We spoke with Joe about his journey to sobriety and the impact it has had on his life. He shared how he discovered ultras and the support he receives from the ultra-running community. Joe is genuine, relatable, and full of wisdom. We are excited to see what the future holds for him and hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

 

May 1, 2024

Amanda and her coach Addie Bracy talk about the day Amanda became an ultra runner.  The highs and lows and everything in between.  We hope you enjoy!

Apr 30, 2024

She did it!  Mari diligentely trained for her first ultra over the last 6 months and got to test herself on the amazing trails in Sedona.  On the show today she shared her experience and all she learned from the experience.  We hope you enjoyed following her journey over the last 6 months.  Season 15 is now taking applications!

Apr 30, 2024

Sarah Snyder is the RD for the Crewel Jewel 100; ultra runner; cyclist and loving dog mom. Sarah is also an advocate for woman in the sport. She is paving the way for busy woman to have opportunities to reach the goals they set for themselves and providing support along the way. This conversation will inspire you and make you see that your dreams are possible. There are so many people behind the scenes doing great things for the trail community. We love sharing their stories and passion for all things trails with you.

Apr 28, 2024

After 7 months of training and planning Brittany finally got to test herself on the beautiful trails of Sedona to run her first ultra.  Some heat and misdirection along with and epic finish caps off another successful season.  We hope you all enjoy.  Season 15 is now taking applications!

 

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Apr 23, 2024

On the newest episode with Abby McQueeny Penamonte we answer a listener's question about how to get lots of calories without fat and carbs.  We are here to answer the questions you have and hopefully give you a better understanding of what your body needs to perform and function at the highest levels.  Enjoy!

Apr 19, 2024

The work is done and Amanda is ready to get to Arizona to run her first ultra. She has had an amazing training cycle and is looking forward to celebrating her fitness in the Sedona sunshine.  She has some great mantra's for the run, many that happen to be on her body in perpetuity as tattooes! We hope you enjoy her last call!

Apr 19, 2024

The training is done and Brittany has a few pre race questions for her coach before she gets to Sedona to run her first ultra.  What are her expectations, mantra's, and goals for the race?  How will she plan for the heat?  These runners work hard for 6 months before running their first ultra so we hope you enjoy the show and energy everyone has put in!

Apr 18, 2024

Some last minute questions and a little conversation about specifics for Arizona on this last call with Mari before she becomes an ultra runner! Enjoy.

Apr 12, 2024

Coaches Ian Sharman, Scott Jones, Lindsay LaForce, and Addie Bracy get together to talk about the upcoming Season 15 for Becoming Ultra.  Season 15 will be held at the Grindstone Trail Running Festival in Virginia in September.  If you are ready to run your first ultra, consider applying for the newest offering from Becoming Ultra. You won't be disappointed!  

 

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Apr 10, 2024

Amanda is cruising through some long efforts on the trails and getting more comfortable in her new running surroundings.  Addie brings some wisdom to call about race as a celebration of the training and accessing your best at any moment.  It's been a great ramp up to Amanda's first ultra.  Hope you enjoy!  Season 15 is taking applications now!

Apr 9, 2024

Brittany is only a few weeks away from running her first ultra and she had some specific course questions for her coach Ian Sharman.  How do I deal with stream crossings.  Do I take off my shoes?  Change socks right after?  How can I prep for the heat in the desert since the training has been in cooler weather?  Great questions for the ramp up to her first ultra.  We hope you enjoy!

Apr 9, 2024

Scott Hagerty is a fellow BU teammate, grandfather, and ultra runner. We had a blast talking to Scott about all things trail running. Scott has an incredible knack for finding the coolest races. We get a fun recap of the Outlaw 100 and talk about the upcoming Earth Day Buckle Mania race. Scott discusses how he makes his love of running a family affair and keeps his need for adventure alive. Scott’s reason for running will resonate with a lot of us who started hitting the trails later in life. We hope to hear more race recaps from Scott in the future!

Apr 8, 2024

We have found an amazing race partner for the next season of Becoming Ultra.  We are headed back east for epic trails and memories in the mountains of Virginia.  On the show today we have the founder and RD of the Grindstone Trail Running Festival by UTMB, Clark Zealand.  As a collegiate runner, Clark started his ultra running journey in the late 90's.  It led to him eventually starting the Grindstone 100 miler.  He talks about his own running journey, the Grindstone course and history, and the area as we pain a picture of the partner race for Season 15.   If you or someone you know wants to train for and run your first 50k, applications are live now. 

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Apr 4, 2024

Mari has a few questions and concersn abou thte race in Sedona as she nears the end of the training cycle.  We set up expectations for the last training weeks for her first ultra! Enjoy.

Apr 2, 2024

We would like to dedicate this episode to our friend and fellow Team BU member, DeLorean, whose wife, Mandy recently lost her battle with cancer.

Caitlin Miller lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and rescue greyhound. She loves running but almost gave up on it after a debilitating lower back injury. Not soon after a long recovery and getting back to running she learned about the depths of grief and running through it. We hope Caitlin’s story will inspire others and instill perseverance in those struggling to get back to doing what they love.

We are so fortunate to connect with amazing people through this podcast. Caitlin is full of self-awareness and wisdom. She has turned to writing to help her get through hard things. Below are two paragraphs from Caitlin about being injured and getting back to running and running through grief.

“To injured runners out there, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I know it’s hard to see it and my closest friends will tell you I didn’t always believe them. On your best days, it’ll shine bright. On the painful days, it’s really dim. But if you work hard, you can get through it. Surround yourself with people who believe in you, especially on the days when you don’t.”

“If you’re grieving and you’re not where I am yet, it’s okay. It takes time and everyone is different. While you might want to rush the process and get to the part where you feel okay, unfortunately, you can’t. You must just sit in it and feel it all. My hope for you is that someday you will experience peace and be able to smile and laugh when you think of your loved one. I am sending you strength in your journey.”

IG- @_caitlinmoser

Apr 1, 2024

Nutrition coach Abby is back to answer another listener question.  Should athletes be concerned with whole foods on the run?  We talk about the different options and what variables may or may not change how you decide to fuel your runs.  Enjoy!

Mar 29, 2024

Amanda got the full trail race treatment at her first trail race recently.  Full with mud, rain, cold, snow, and slosh she learned a lot to bring with her to her first ultra in April! She also ran her longest of the training, a 22 mile and is realizing that trail running has a "more unexpected element" compared to road running!  We think it's the best part of the sport.  Enjoy the show!

Mar 26, 2024

Megan Eckert is someone who has found her community and embraced them. She didn’t start trail running until she was 30. Recently, at the Snowdrop Ultra she completed 218.87 miles, set a new female course record, and qualified for the US National 24-hour team. Three weeks later she was the last person standing at the Saguara Showdown Backyard Ultra, completing 270 miles. Megan talks about those experiences with gratitude and enthusiasm. We also talk about her influence as a cross country coach and how she wants to show her students the joy of running. Megan discusses what training looks like for her, self-care, and how she uses hobbies like backpacking in her training and recovery. Megan is a great role model for trail running and women. We are big fans of Megan, and you will be too after hearing this one!

IG - @_megeckert

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