Ricky Haro was born and raised in Montana. He hated running as a kid, it wasn’t until his Sophomore year that the cross-country coach worked with him to complete his first mile and tried to convince him to be part of the track team. Ricky moved to Arizona in 1994 and joined the cross-country team. Coach Mark Hudson, who is still a great friend and mentor showed Ricky so much about outdoor recreation. Ricky qualified for Nationals but suffered a quad injury and was on crutches for months. Eventually he dropped out of college and joined the military. Ricky became a SERE specialist in the Air Force (Survival Evasion, Resistance, and Escape specialist). The Air Force’s experts in all things related to someone being separated from support and in need of rescue, they train all aircrew personnel on how to handle themselves if they are caught up in hostile territory. This is where Ricky learned about endurance, grit and the will to survive. From 2005-2011 Ricky did not run a single day due to IT band syndrome and core imbalances. In 2012 Ricky decided to dedicate an entire year to running and see what happened. Ricky continued running and completed the Rome marathon; Magredi Mountain Trail 100; Blue Ridge Marathon; Marathon Des Sables; placed 5th in the Mogollon 100 just to name a few. In 2016 Ricky did the Badwater 146 solo while pushing a baby jogger of supplies. Currently Ricky gets high praises for being an amazing crew leader; serves on the Board of Band of Runners; Race Director for Kaniksu Ultras and overseas many adventures with his company, Rare Earth Adventures.
Have you ever heard so many good things about someone then meet them and they lived up to all those wonderful words? Yep, that is Ricky. This guy is a running, crewing bad ass in the ultra-world. We caught up with Ricky on a break from his Across the Years multi-day running event. Ricky shared some amazing crewing stories and how to excel at crewing. I personally used all his advice the following weekend and everything went great. We also talked about his Badwater 146 experiences. Ricky is a race director and owns an adventure company. We could have listened to his adventure stories for hours. Ricky also shares with us personal stories about his childhood and one of the most significant people in his life, his Grandfather. There is something for everyone in this podcast so sit back and enjoy.
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Lene is still dealing with the after effects of having COVID and Caitlin is in a similar boat. Both are itching to get back out and train well but as with everything else in life, they have been dealt a couple curveballs. Ellie does her best to comfort them knowing it could all turn around any day now!
Coach Hillary puts Jeremy and Evangelyn at ease as the training ramps up and their bodies are feeling the stress. We know so many runners go through these things so we hope it is a helpful episode for you all!
Episode sponsored by Venga CBD
Liza Howard is a longtime ultrarunner and running coach. Since her first ultra in 2008, she has won numerous 100-mile races including the Leadville 100 twice and multiple USATF Championships in the 50 mile and 100k distances. She completed the Marathon des Sables, a multi-day stage race in the Sahara Desert, twice, and ran for the United States at the 100k World Championships in Croatia in 2018. She’s currently training for the Badwater 135, which will be held in Death Valley this July.
In addition to running, Liza coaches for Sharman Ultra Coaching, teaches for NOLS Wilderness Medicine, and directs Band of Runners, a non-profit that supports veterans and their surviving family members by introducing them to trail running and the trail running community.
Liza lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband and two school-aged children. Sometimes she cleans the house too.
Manny is a former Infantry Marine Reservist who deployed to Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2010 with 1st Marines, 23rd Battalion Alpha Company. While inactive from duty from 2006 to 2013, Manny worked as Personal Trainer who Specialized in Obstacle Course Training. Races like the Tough Mudder and Spartan are what first introduced him to trail running. Fast forward to 2019 - Manny is suffering from reoccurring running injuries and is told by his VA doctors that he should seriously consider not running. Fate said otherwise when he met Rob, who then got him in the Band of Runners Trail Running Camp, where he learned the skills to prevent injury and improve his running and met a community of trail runners who are all eager to see him succeed. And through the help and mentoring of the BOR community, Manny ran his first successful 50k at Hoka One Bandera, a virtual 50k hosted by BOR, his first 50 miler and 100k, and his first 100-mile race at the Badger. Now, through the Samaritan Center, Manny serves the community as a Mental Health Peer Coordinator where he coordinates and facilitates - mentoring, PTSD, substance abuse, life skills, and wellness groups - for Veterans in the Greater Austin community and helps run the Veteran’s Re-Entry Dorm at the Travis State Jail for the Texas Department of Criminal justice. Manny is currently training for the Caballo Blanco Ultra, formerly known as the Copper Canyon Ultra.
We had a lot of fun on this one! Liza has some great stories to tell, and she tells them with so much humor. We talk about how she balances training for the Badwater 135 with family life and a nagging hamstring injury. Liza shares her witty take on her Instagram posts after a long break from social media. Most importantly, we discuss Liza’s passion project, Band of Runners. This is an important program that really makes a difference in the lives of Veteran’s. Manny is a Veteran who participated in the program and then became a mentor. He has a caring heart and lives a purposeful life of helping others. He shares his experience with Band of Runners and how it has changed his life. Manny also talks about his many Ultra’s and battling through injuries. We know you will enjoy getting to know Liza & Manny and learning more about Band of Runners. These are two very special people. Enjoy!
Coach Scott Jones and Venga CBD founder Jay OHare bust out the year long calendar to talk about how to efficiently and effectively plan your year of training. Whether you are running your first ultra or training for multiple events you'll walk away with a few ideas and concepts on better planning for endurance athletes!
Coach Ellie is dealing with a type of recovery we didn't have to deal with a couple years ago, COVID. Lene is a couple weeks out but still taking it slow to build back up. Caitlin just got it and is dealing as well. We talk about their running and bring in a bunch of stories from running life! Enjoy the show.
This episode is sponsored by Venga CBD!
Kriste Peoples is a Denver-based outdoor enthusiast and guide, runner, writer, and mindfulness meditation teacher. When she's not out adventuring along the trails of Colorado’s Front Range, Kriste is likely writing about it or recovering with carbs in a local eatery. Her work has been published in Trail Runner Magazine, Outdoor Research, Altra Running’s Run Better blog, Outside Magazine, Elevations Outdoors, and others. As Program Manager for the Women’s Wilderness Trailblazers program, she creates nature-based events that cultivate a greater sense of agency, community, and engagement in nature among women of color. Kriste offers talks that address increasing the representation of people of color in nature. She has facilitated workshops, participated in panels, and delivered online trainings at conferences such as PGM One, Outdoor Retailer, REI, Summit Sisters, and more. She serves on the board of Running Start nonprofit, an organization dedicated to helping women overcome obstacles to fitness. She is a trail running coach for Life’s Too Short Fitness, has coached for Black Girls Run, and led nature-based outings for organizations that include CitiWild and Outdoor Afro. In addition to her passion for introducing women and people of color to new narratives of wellness, she is the founder of the Black and Brown Women’s Alliance, which provides mindfulness-based in-person and online events that prioritize wellness, self-care, and collective healing.
“Giving yourself grace to meet yourself where you are on that day” I love this quote from Kriste. Talking to Kriste is a wonderful, enlightening experience. Hearing her talk about her love of the outdoors makes you want to lace up and head right outside. On this episode Kriste talks about how being mindful and meditation has improved her life. We discuss how she is empowering other women and what she is most passionate about as well as the importance of self-care. I had a few light bulb moments as I listened. We also talk about her community involvement and where change still needs to happen. Kriste is someone we could talk to for hours. Enjoy!
Jeremy and Evangelyn are plugging along. Coach Hillary Allen gives more solid advice for the weeks ahead!
Today we talk about using the treadmill for consistency especially for Amy in Alaska. We talk about how to switch from a mileage goal on a run that is going slow from weather or terrain. The Pearson's do their beer mile! Enjoy the show.
Let's reminisce about the past six months of amazing guests!
Kris and Carly take a walk back into time and recap the amazing guests they have had in 2021. Fabulous times...lots of laughs and some tears.
A big huge thank you to all of our listeners!
To kick the year off right we got to know a new partner of Becoming Ultra today! Jay OHare and Scott sit down to talk about how Jay got into the business world and especially this newest endeavor. We talk science of CBD, training principles, and hard physical and business experiences. Enjoy the show and go here to learn more and get a little discount from our newest partner!