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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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Now displaying: 2023
Dec 31, 2023

Brittany conitnues to get all of her training in through the busy season.  Coach Ian helps put pain verse discomfort in perspective which is a good lesson for all runners and athletes. Brittany sees PT for shoulder and hip issues but seems to be good!  Enjoy the show!

Dec 30, 2023

On this episode Scott and Mari have a great conversation about where her training is and how she is feeling.  She has nailed every effort in the training and is experiencing some of the heavy legs we get when volume increases.  We talk about headphones and when to use and not use them.  We make sure Mari keeps her evening walks and she celebrates her 38th birthday!  Enjoy.

Dec 29, 2023

Coach Addie guides Amanda through early training and gives some great information on fueling needs that Amanda will have to consider for her long efforts.  We break down where she runs based on trail, road/path, and indoors.  Scott had to ask when they stopped believing in Santa, if ever!  Enjoy.

Dec 28, 2023

Coach Ian and his runner for Season 14 catch up on her training.  She hit her first double digit run at 10 miles and is feeling generally good, with some fatigue to be expected. Ian coaches her up on some concepts of fueling that she can put into practice!

Dec 27, 2023

Travis and his coach Scott navigate some recovery issues stemming from a couple different issues but he seems to be on the mend and ready to train well for his first 50 miler in Sedona.  He is coming back from a hernia surgery and learning how to deal with some  out of whack liver enzymes.  We hope you enjoy hearing the stories of everyday people training for big things!

Dec 26, 2023

On this episode coach Lindsay helps Sheila navigate some new experiences and gives some great coaching on dealing with the running in the winter issue we all have this time of year.  Sheila is a new runner from Grannd Junction, Colorado training for her first ultra in Sedona in April!

Dec 20, 2023

On this episode Noel catches us up with her training and takes the second half to interview her coach to get to know her better!

Dec 12, 2023

As Brittany tries to stay consistent through the changing weather and holiday season which it seems she is doing a pretty good job with she takes some time out to interview her coach on this episode to learn more about him.  She had some great questions and the conversation was awesome. We hope you enjoy!

Dec 12, 2023

Kris & Carly do a quick update before heading to the holiday break!  We will be back January 16th with new episodes!

Dec 7, 2023

Mari is on a roll and has some more firsts to share with everyone including a consecutive days in a row running. She also sticks to the theme of the week and interviews her coach Scott for the second half of the show. Hope you enjoy!

Dec 5, 2023

Sierra started running ultras in 2015 and has excelled in the 100-mile distance. On this podcast we talk her recent win at the USATF 24-hour national championship, what that means to her and what she hopes to gain from that experience. We also discuss a recent 100-mile race, the Bear 100. This is one of the best stories of mental toughness and resiliency we have ever heard. Sierra is incredibly disciplined; she puts in high mileage and balances her time to train and race. You will be inspired to get those miles in after hearing this one.

 

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Dec 4, 2023

Amanda flips the script and interviews her coach Addie Bracy on today's episode.  We talk about imposter syndrome in new runners and in general and it's a conversation most of us have had if even with ourselves.  Other topics that came up were what is the biggest lesson from endurance efforts from a mental standpoint?  How does running on trail verse road change the meditative benefits of running?    We hope you enjoy!

Nov 28, 2023

Kris first met Steve in Texas a couple years ago while crewing at Bandera 100k. Steve has done some amazing things. He is one of the most supportive people she has ever met she has never known anyone who steps in as much as he does to help others achieve their big goals. While recently crewing and pacing a friend, Beth, for the Bear 100 in Utah, Steve shared his why. Kris was so moved by it she told him he needed to come on the podcast and share more.

We love a podcast guest that makes you feel inspired to do more giving. Steve is a 21-year retired Air Force veteran; he has been searching to find his purpose and live a life that is in line with his principals. Steve shares his journey after retiring that takes us through his Dad’s passing and becoming sober. He has immersed himself in the trail running community. Steve is making an impact through Band of Runners and bringing awareness to drug and alcohol addiction. Steve is a wonderful person who loves connecting people. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

 

Nov 21, 2023

Alexa has had some big changes since we last talked. She is still leading by example and empowering women to do big things. 

We had another great conversation with Alexa. She is still busy but has found a way to shift her priorities and conquer big goals. Alexa shares her journey to running Bigfoot 200 and gives a full race recap. She merged her passion for mountain running with the need to raise awareness for gun violence. Alexa continues her mission to raise funds and awareness while setting her sights on Cocodona 250. When we talk to Alexa, we feel the support and enthusiasm for anything we want to accomplish. She truly is our Wonder Woman!

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Nov 16, 2023

Most endurance athletes have heard about post race blues. In this short one I give 6 ways to plan for it should it happen so you are ready to move on mentally and physically from your epic adventures, races, and other efforts!

Nov 16, 2023

Coach Addie Bracy and Scott chat with Amanda to see how her last couple weeks of training have gone.  She is dealing with work stress, don't we all, but Addie has some great tips for managing it all.  We bring up the beer mile and have a little fun planning one.  Amanda is training for her first ultra in Sedona next April!

Nov 14, 2023

Coach Ian Sharman and Scott talke with Brittany about early training and how she is handling it so far. We dive into how she recovers from multiple overnight shifts in a row and how her upcoming schedule can be managed.  She plans on more social runs to find more accountability and local community.  Enjoy the show!

Nov 14, 2023

Tara has been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, she has found healing through trail running with her husky, Suki and hopes to show others that they can move their bodies even if they are diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Tara is on a mission to show people a diagnosis does not mean you have to stop doing what you love. She has taken charge of her health and wants to encourage others to do the same. We discuss what it means to have a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis and how to move through it. Tara is incredibly positive and driven to help people. This conversation left us feeling inspired.

 

Nov 13, 2023

While we were catching up on the second call for Noel for Season 14 we learned how her first time trial went, why she makes her boyfriend ride his bike next to her, and what is coming up in training!  Coach Lindsay shares some of the life adjustments with her newly added twins.  Enjoy the show!

Nov 11, 2023

Mari is ini the thick of it now.  She got on the call and was excited to share her four first from the frist week of training.  Running 5 days in a week, running 2 days in a row, running trails, and intervals.  This project is meant to get athletes out of their comfort and pushing limits so hearing this on the second call was such a good reminder of how many people we could really inspire to try new things. We hope you enjoy!

Nov 10, 2023

Scott sits down with Travis Zmak to talk about his running story and how he got into the sport.  We love to showcase everyday people training for big things.  Travis is a working husband and father of three out of Idaho Falls.  We talk about his first ultra, some challenges that have some up recently with his health and why he is ready to take on his first 50 miler!  Enjoy the show.

Nov 7, 2023

We had Sabrina Stanley on the podcast two years ago. What stands out most is her confidence and drive. She has won some of the most difficult 100 milers including the Hurt 100 and Hardrock 100 twice. Ultrarunner magazine has named Sabrina one of the top ultra runner’s multiple times. 

Another great conversation with one of our favorites. On this episode we talk about what the last two years have been like for Sabrina. The heartbreak of preparing for a big event and not being able to compete due to Covid followed by a tough DNF. We discuss the physical and mental work it takes to overcome setbacks; Sabrina is very open and honest about mental health. We appreciate this conversation and hope it helps others. Sabrina is a strong woman with a positive message for all of us trying to do hard things.

IG - @sabrinaleannstanley

Nov 6, 2023

Becoming Ultra coach Linday LaForce and Scott introduce Sheila Munch. Sheila is a mom of 4, wife, and nurse out of Grand Junction, Colorado.  Not too long ago she decided it was time to take care of herself and see what was possible.  On today's introduction we talk about her life and her goals and the fact that she will be training for her first ultra in Sedona with the rest of the Season 14 crew.  It's another reminder that it's never too late to start with these crazy goals!

Oct 31, 2023

John Calabrese is embracing life! We had a great time chatting with him about racing, the trail running community, parenting, and caregiving. John is racing almost every weekend. He is a proud dance Dad and puts parenting at the top of his priority list. John also tells us about his special relationship with Donald, who is confined to a wheelchair but has taught everyone he meets so much about living. John’s energy and joy are  contagious. You will be inspired by this one.

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Oct 30, 2023

Mari is ready to train for her first ultra.  With good work/life balance she is pumped to test her limits on trails and see what she is capable of doing!  We hope you enjoy the episode!

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