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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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Oct 21, 2017

Eli is in week two of her training with coach Zach Bitter.  She has lots of great questions most newbies probably have as well. Enjoy the show!

Oct 20, 2017

James has a 50k on Saturday and yes, the words 5k race did appear in the schedule.  He promised he wouldn't "race" it though. Listen to his prep and all about the first year 50k event with the funky first vs. second half topography.

Be sure to wish him luck!

Oct 18, 2017

Rebekah comes to the show as a referral from one of our other coaches, Liza!  That's pretty awesome really. She is training for the Zion 100k. Like most of our runners, she has a family and busy work/life balance so figuring out how to get the most out of her training during a Chicago winter will be interesting and fun!  

 

Enjoy the show and we hope you learn something today!

Oct 17, 2017

Jen Cryblskey is another runner from San Antonio.  With a busy work schedule and going back to school, and having a family, she has some interesting obstacles for her training.  We find out what motivates her and what she is training for on this first show!

Enjoy.  Also, reach out to her and tell her you are rooting for her!

Oct 13, 2017

James Wright stays home with his 3 kids, has a popular YouTube channel to manage and calls running his hobby.  Working around these variables and his wife's schedule is the first piece of the puzzle.  Then, we just talk expectations of the training and let James get ready for his 50k in the next couple weeks!

The Be Accountable Coaching (BAC) program is in it first season.  It's a chance to listen in on live coaching calls and to support someone training for something big!

We hope you enjoy.

Oct 12, 2017

What are some things to consider in the very first weeks of training for your first ultra?  How to trust your coach early on in the process.  Liza test's new electrolyte mixture during her 50 miler last week.  It didn't go so well. 

Enjoy the show!

Oct 10, 2017

The Be Accountable Coaching program is the solution to scaling accountability within a community created online and on a podcast.  We hope you come along the way and support the runners and the movement!  This is a short show about why and how this is going to work!

Oct 8, 2017

Heath Thomas of San Antonio is making a comeback to running.  Find out where his training is now and how Liza is going to get him started with his training.  This is the first time the coach and runner have met as well.  Enjoy the show!

Oct 7, 2017

Eli Nettles will be coached by Zach Bitter on Season 5 of the Becoming Ultra Project. Learn about her and listen to her first interaction with her coach!  It's going to be an interesting season as always!

Sep 29, 2017

Becoming Ultra is back at it with Season 5.  With the beautiful Zion as the back drop in April 2018 as the race destination, Zach Bitter, Liza Howard, and the host, Scott Jones will have to decide who to choose for the Becoming Ultra project's Season 5 runners.

Enjoy the show!

Sep 14, 2017

Traveling across the country is much more physically demanding than you think.  It's why we give our body a few days to recover before running far. Also on the show, some of the positive mental tricks to get through this first 100k!

Enjoy the show.

Sep 13, 2017

In 6 days, your host will be running his first 100k, there will be no start line, bibs, or fanfare.  Just a few friends, family, and a couple running buddies trying to remember his dad on his first birthday since his passing.  On the show today, the route and the meaning behind it.  Where is the toughest section?  What is the strategy for the first 12 miles?  Enjoy the show!

Sep 11, 2017

Hey it's the host, coach, and runner, Scott.  My dad died last year.  He was 62.  I am running a 100k on his birthday in his home state of West Virginia to remember in a week.  I'd love to share the journey with you until Season 5 starts, the day after his birthday.

On this show, my training for the last 6 months.

Thanks for listening!

Sep 8, 2017

On the first day of the first ever live event from the efforts of the Becoming Ultra Project, a trail camp in Colorado, we are humbly launching another season of Becoming Ultra.  A new coach, a new coaching program built on storytelling and accountability, and what we expect from the future runners training for this feat. 

If you aren't applying, could you share with someone you think should!  All the details for applying can be found at www.becomingultra.com/season5

 

Thanks for listening.  

Sep 1, 2017

Fall is right around the corner and so is Season 5 of Becoming Ultra.  Lots to share on this first day of September from injured runners making comebacks to more grief running, updated websites and a Grady update.  Enjoy the show!

Aug 28, 2017

Our guest really hasn't been running for that long but he has come a long way for sure.  A doctors visit, lifestyle change, and move across the country has totally changed his life.  Listen to get excited and inspired to run!  

Thanks for listening.

Aug 25, 2017

Janet Patkowa ran the American River 50 for Season 2.  She has had a good year and a half to reflect on the experience of running her first ultra.  Much of her outlook and lifestyle has changed.  What would she do different?  What's next?

Hope you enjoy the show.

Aug 21, 2017

Wesley Trimble.  This dude had me wanting to go on and on forever.  His adventures are more epic than 99.9% of us, elite or otherwise.  If this account of a first ultra doesn't inspire you, we give up;)

 

 

Aug 14, 2017

Another great story of perseverance and running long distance!  

From our guest:

"I'm an American expat now based in Scotland.  I completed my first ultra last week, a 50k along the Great Trossachs Path in Scotland's first national park.  I actually missed the race that I was due to compete in -- the Great Tartan Skidaddle -- because on race day, I was in hospital on a drip after being rushed in by ambulance because of a blood infection due to pneumonia (ait was approaching sepsis and apparently quite dangerous). I was gutted to miss the race. I recovered well and decided to run the race route as a solo affair with a friend from my trail running crew (the Carron Valley Trail Runners) and my wife.  I even spoke to the race director after I completed the route.  So I did complete my first ultra, just a week later than planned."

Enjoy the show.

Aug 11, 2017

 

5 Before 5 is a series of 5 shows to educate and inspire runners to take their nutrition more serious!  Be sure to tune in for Season 5 in the month!

On the show:

An increasing body of quality scientific evidence is linking artificial sweeteners with very damaging changes in gut bacteria. These sweeteners - aspartame, sucralose, maltodextrin, and acesulfame K - are all found in very high quantities in almost any sports nutrition product you care to pick up. From whey powder to energy gel, from hydration tablets to electrolyte blends. 
 
Our gut is the most concentrated ecosystem on the planet containing 100,000 billion bacteria. Messing with these seriously derails health (they are responsible for our digestion and absorption of nutrients) and is linked to obesity, diabetes, chrohn’s, dementia and much more. 
 
Gut bacteria are also the heart of our immune system, losing the good ones leaves us open to more illness. Bad on a good day, terrible when you’re training hard and knocking out the immune system anyway. 
 
Messing with these bacteria also messes with our minds. 
 
With the gut now understood as the second brain (it contains 200 million neurons, the same as a dog’s brain), and one which heavily influences our moods, emotions and feelings (the gut and brain share the same neurotransmitters, and are directly connected via the vagus nerve), disrupting gut bacteria can also produce negative mental side effects. As an example, 95% of our seratonin is produced in the gut. 
 
Sports products containing these sweeteners (check the labels, they’re in over 90% of products on sale today) aren't just causing stomach upset and perfrmance hiccups on race day, they’re causing major longterm health damage. 
Aug 11, 2017

5 Before 5 is a 5 part series addressing many nutritional subjects for runners!

On this show:

‘Eat less, move more’ doesn’t cut it, largely because all calories are not created equal and aerobic exercise isn’t great for shifting weight.
 
But, deploy a combination of fasting, juicing, or a plant-based diet from your weight loss arsenal and real results that stick are highly achievable as long as you know a few simple pitfalls to avoid and have the right motivation up your sleeve.
Aug 11, 2017

5 before 5 is a series of 5 shows touching on topics that all runners can relate to, and learn from.  Enjoy while we get organized for season 5 of the Becoming Ultra show!

On this show:

From chlorella to spirulina, raw cacao to maca, and chia seeds to flaxseed, a simple guide to how, when and why to incorporate nature's most powerful superfoods into your diet for max results, great taste and child’s play ease of use. We’ve been working with these ingredients for years now and know exactly how to extract max bang for buck.

Aug 11, 2017

5 before 5 is a series of 5 shows touching on topics that all runners can relate to, and learn from.  Enjoy while we get organized for season 5 of the Becoming Ultra show!

 

On this show:

Why it’s all down to hydration, nutritional choices, timing, breakfast, immune function and pace

Aug 11, 2017

5 before 5 is a series of 5 shows touching on topics that all runners can relate to, and learn from.  Enjoy while we get organized for season 5 of the Becoming Ultra show!

 

On the show!

  • Why nutrition schedules don’t work (seriously - when was the last time you ate anything other than sports nutrition on a fixed schedule, let alone a schedule that didn't account for any variation in weather, race conditions, individual variations)
  • Why you should drink to thirst
  • Why eating before you’re hungry is a load of old cobblers
  • Why your body knows best, and how to tune into its signals to deliver the perfect race day fueling strategy that works in any event, for anyone, at anytime
Aug 7, 2017

We have had a chance to catch up with the runners after this season but we wanted to get the coaches alone to hear what they thought about their clients, and the season as a whole.  We also tease some exciting news about season 5! Coming in September.

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