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Becoming Ultra

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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Dec 21, 2015

Janet has hit new long runs and is feeling excited.  16 miler done with a 20 miler on the way!  We brainstorm a few ways you can stay on track this holiday season.  Running is important but not the only thing in becoming a good ultra runner.  The show is produced by Athlete On Fire.

Dec 18, 2015

Matt Fitzgerald is back to sharing his training journey for the upcoming American River 50 in April.  What is he planning to do via GPS that he has never tried before.  Thoughts on planned walking segments for long runs.  We also delve into a new undertaking as he audio recorded his most recent book, "How Bad Do You Want It."  It apparently isn't as easy as you would think.  We hope you enjoy this episode of Fitz Ultra!

Dec 11, 2015

The lead topic of today's show was how to move forward after missing a run.  Do you just let it go?  Make it up tomorrow?  Add it to next week?  We also talk about mental limitations keeping us from physical possibilities. Enjoy the Becoming Ultra show, produced by Athlete On Fire.

Dec 4, 2015

Ian and Janet are talking about what it takes mentally to not let the increasing miles overwhelm you as a new runner training for an ultra. How do you think about the 40 miles a week that seems tough when you will be running 50 in a day?  We also talk about the best practices in managing relationships and the holidays with so many miles on the training regimen. Lastly, what would a world that was made to run every day look like?  WE have fun with this topic.  Enjoy today's episode of Becoming Ultra!

Nov 28, 2015

Liza and Krystal are on the show to update us on Krystal's training.  Volume vs. intensity, running in the cold of winter, and strength for injury prevention are the main topics on this episode. 

Nov 23, 2015

Matt Fitzgeralds most recent book is titled "How Bad Do You Want It?"  and we talk about the subject matter in detail on today's show including why he decided it needed to be written. Is mental toughness more important than be ing fit?  What are some ways to test your mental toughness?  How can you become more mentally tough and what do the best athletes in the world do the we may not?  All of this and more on the Fitz Ultra show.

Nov 21, 2015

This episode starts with an update on Janet's knee issues and how they have been training around them.  We then talk about a handful of tools Janet is using and why. Ian brings his expertise and thoughts to the table and it should be a pretty solid resource for new and experienced runners alike. Enjoy the Becoming Ultra show produced by Athlete On Fire.

Nov 13, 2015

It worked out that we could spend Veteran's Day with our Team RWB runner and her coach.  We learned what the day means to them and got to learn more about Team RWB as an organization. We also debated weight issues for ultra runners and a few different ways to look at food that you may not have tried as a runner yourself.  Enjoy this episode of Becoming Ultra, an Athlete On Fire production.

Nov 7, 2015

Ian and Janet have been hard at it figuring out the best way to make sure a nagging knee wouldn't keep Janet from training for the 50 miler in April.  We share three thoughts on how to best approach the situation of potential early injury in a training period.  Ian's expertise and Janet's journey is just starting and we are learning from both of them along the way. Enjoy the Becoming Ultra show!

Oct 31, 2015

Matt Fitzgerald is an author and runner who is sharing his journey to becoming an ultra runner in 2016 at the American River 50.  Today he shares a nutritional habit of late as well as why he would go run a marathon for confidence, without telling anyone.  Enjoy this episode of the Becoming Ultra Project.

Oct 28, 2015

Chris Cow was 260 lbs and somewhat uninspired with his routines.  It all changed because of some zombies and a Spartan Race.  He is now turning his sights on his first 50 miler.  Listen to his story of changing habits for the better and what happens when you just show up!  Chris will be sharing his journey with us along the way until his February of 2016 Ultra in Arizona!

Oct 26, 2015

We get to know our second subject for Season 2 of the Becoming Ultra Project.  In a total geographical contrast from our other subject, she still has challenges of her own.  A much lower base and a tricky knee issue to start. On this episode we get to know her as a person, get some first impressions from Ian, and start to figure out how he will be addressing the issues.  If you are a runner that wondered what it takes to be an ultra runner, this is the show for you as we follow two runners for 6 months until they attempt a 50 miler!

Oct 17, 2015

Krystalore Stegner and Liza Howard make their coach and athlete debut on the Becoming Ultra Season 2 opener post selection.  Krystal is the representative of the great veteran organization Team RWB and Liza Howard is the successful ultra runner and coach that will be guiding her to her first ultra at the American River 50 in April of 2016.  Today, we just get to know all about Krystal.  Where is she from? What does she expect? What was Liza's first impression of her student?  We even make them guess her time for a race 6 months away.  Enjoy this first installment.

Oct 13, 2015

Prevention, treatment, nutrition and more will be discussed and contributed by Colorado Chiropractor and aspiring ultra runner on the Becoming Ultra website and podcast.

Oct 6, 2015

We didn't have this issue the first season. WE had to pick 2 out of about 10 applications. This season was a different story though.  Over 50 applications, most really well thought out and worthy had to be sorted through. Ian Sharman and Liza Howard have a much easier time navigating 100 miles of singletrack than picking only TWO runners.  We hope anyone listening knows how tough this truly was, and how much we appreciate each and every listener and runner who applied!

Oct 5, 2015

Matt Fitzgerald is a renowned author usually writing on endurance sports and nutrition.  Strong opinions based in science is how his work feels from an exercise physiology guy. So, what happens when this expert goes big?  We are talking 50 miles?  Well, we will see.  He has is concerns, that's for sure.  Every injury under the sun in the past as well as a less fast version of himself are contentions.  He is, however, willing to do what many literary types are willing to do, put himself out there.  Whether plundering in a heap at mile 26.3 or arms raised in victory, Matt is going to bring us along the journey to become Ultra in 2016 at the American River 50.  Enjoy this first show where we get to know him!

Oct 3, 2015

We literally had too many good quotes from this one to pick a title.  Matt trained a year for his attempt at Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs.  He is the first runner we have had that first hired a coach.  How did that work out for him?  What did he learn about running for his next big race?  And, our favorite, what wildlife scares him to death?  You aren't gonna guess this one.  Enjoy another account from the first ultra of this runner!

Sep 21, 2015

There is much to cover in the multi media project, Becoming Ultra.  In the season 2 launch show we introduce a new coach who will be coaching a veteran from the amazing charity Team RWB.  We read some responses to the application to see why these runners want to take it to the next level!  We also go over the application to be Ian's runner for the season.  What race will the Ultra project culminate with?  Who are the other team members?  What is Becoming Ultra and why should you listen? All of this and more on the launch show of Becoming Ultra.

Sep 18, 2015

Jesse ran his first ultra in his hometown in Michigan back in 2009, a 50k.  His laid back take on nutrition and multiple references to what a "new normal" feels like during a long race were unique and refreshing.  He is a nursing student and sales rep and now runs the trails of Flagstaff, AZ.  He shares two trails in AZ everyone should try if they go there.  Enjoy his account of his first ultra among other things.

Sep 11, 2015

Our guest wasn't going to sign up for her first ultra run until she new she was healthy after dealing with some chronic injury.  That day just happened to be 4 days before her first 50k and she broke every rule in the book. Listen to learn from her mistakes and about the fiasco of bad race directors and a crazy course to boot.

Sep 7, 2015

Sean had experience running marathons but when he took his first leap into ultra's, he did it with a significant other!  His "why" for the sport is powerful and most people will be able to relate as the great metaphor for life, running, makes sense once again.  He shares some great trails on the Western Slope of Colorado as well as some of his training concepts that helped him succeed.  Enjoy the account of his first ultra!

Aug 28, 2015

Sherpa John earned a nickname and a life time passion with his first ultra back in 2005.  What has changed about the sport since then?  Jesus on the trail?  How many has he done since?  We just talk about running that very first ultra, as usual.

Aug 24, 2015

The second to last thing you want to do when running an ultra at high altitude is not drink any fluids for the first seven miles.  That would take us to the first thing you don't want to do, pee blood.  Well that's what happened to our guest today on his first ultra.  Learn all about that day and what he learned for his races since on this episode of My First Ultra.

Aug 7, 2015

My First Ultra is a regular series with everyday runners sharing their account of their very first attempt at an Ultra, whether successful or not.  As inspiring as the elites are, the everyday runners really get us inspired here at Becoming Ultra!

Name: Patricia Franco

Occupation: Working student

First Ultra: Double crossing of the Grand Canyon

Time trained: eh, you know.

Aug 6, 2015

Join us as we talk about the journey, both on the trail and off.  What kept Jules moving when it got really tough out there on the trail?  Ian explains that in every race, quitting crosses your mind.  What does he teach us about how to deal with those thoughts?  What is next for the Becoming Ultra Project and what can we do to get better?  All this and more on the final call of the first season of Becoming Ultra.

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