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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 7, 2017

Cross training. What in the heck does that even mean?  To keep from going all over the place this short episode covers three types of cross training workouts that should be on your schedule!

Enjoy the show.

Dec 5, 2017

Grief happens to everyone eventually.  The questions for our listeners is, how do we run after we lose someone close?  Who knows?  Listen to what I did and maybe it can help.

Thanks for listening!

Dec 4, 2017

Running while hurting sucks, but it is going to happen some day.  Today's show is a collection of thoughts on deciding when to run through the pain and when to run another day.

Enjoy the show!

Dec 3, 2017

A good baseline run test can be a great way to retest your fitness every couple months to make sure you are improving.  There are also a few other benefits that go without saying.  Especially for the all out 5k test.

You can look at and improve:

  • Biomechanics (form)-  The faster we run the less wasted movement there is.  Running faster sometimes helps us identify those inefficiencies.
  • It's fairly accurate in predicting longer efforts.  Use this calculator to find out what your 5k time predict for other distances up to the marathon. 
  • It's an aerobic test.  Important for the type of running ultra runners are doing.
  • It's easy to retest.  Just logging the time it took and your HR gives you the data you need.
  • Mental toughness. It ain't fun for most, but it'll make you tougher.  That is measurable too!
Dec 2, 2017

On matters of the literal and figurative heart, we dive in to offer some inspiration and education.

How to find a max HR you can use to train yourself more efficiently.

Then, how to use the numbers with two of our favorite HR training workouts on the trails!

Thanks for listening and be sure to pick up our free test download on the site!

Dec 1, 2017

There are many considerations in choosing an ultra to go and race.  The time of year, schedule, your budget.  Do you feel comfortable traveling?  What are your stress factors?  How is the weather?  Do you have time to train? And, should you even sign up for one at all?  

This short episode considers many of those questions and more!

Hope you enjoy.

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