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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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Oct 30, 2023

Scott and Lindsay take some time to get to know one of the runner's of Season 14.  Noel has found purpose in her work and inspiration from her sister.  Now she gets to train for her first 50k!  We hope you enjoy!

Oct 28, 2023

Addie and Scott get to meet Amanda who is just now starting her journey to run her first ultra.  Amanda works at Trader Joe's and bartends and has some great reasons to take this challenge head on.  We hope you enjoy!

Oct 28, 2023

Ian and Scott sit down with Season 14 runner, Brittany, to learn her story and get her rolling to training for her first Ultra.  She resides in Oregon and works as a shift nurse in the Cardiac unit.  We hope you enjoy!

Oct 26, 2023

Marshall Ulrich is 72 and isn't showing any signs of stopping.  After a couple surgeries and seeing close friends deal with things like Alzheimers, Marshall can't help but do what he has always done, keep it moving.   His endurance exploits are second to none from circumnagivating Death Valley to climbing the seven summits.  This is one to share with anyone who wants to do epic things late in life or someone who just needs a reason to start!  We hope you enjoy. 

Oct 24, 2023

Taylor Spike (Tspike) is an ultra-endurance athlete, Husband, Father, and recovering addict. He is one of the few people to complete a 200-mile ultramarathon in less than 60 hours. He also holds the master’s course record for the Tahoe 200 clockwise and counterclockwise. Taylor has experienced extreme discomfort on the trails and in life. Taylor doesn’t make excuses; he is sober and accountable to himself. He embraces his family and the moments he shares with them.

Kris met Taylor and his dad, Greg at the Wy’east Wonder Ultra in June. She knew immediately she wanted to talk more. It was a short meeting but made an impact. On this episode Taylor talks openly about addiction and loss. We discuss what shapes us, inspires us, and drives us as trail runners and how we persevere through pain. It was a privilege to have this conversation. We hope it resonates with people who have similar struggles.

IG- @tspike2

IG- @live_recovery_strong

 

Oct 17, 2023

Scott, Ian, Addie, and Lindsay sit down to pick which runner they will work with to get to  their first ultra.  The Becoming Ultra Project brings new ultra runners along with training, podcasts, and community to the start line of their first ultra. This show is the first of Season 14 which will finish with runners in the Sedona desert in April 2024. Enjoy!

Oct 17, 2023

Today we catch up with some old friends, and some new ones, to talk about the TransRockies Race! TRR is a 6 day stage race across the Rocky Mountains that covers 120 total miles and 20,000 feet of elevation gain.  Ina & Mike along with Jenn and Dave relive their experience during the week and talk about how as partners they successfully completed the event.  

Oct 10, 2023

We are all familiar with the Leadville 100, Hisa has a great story about how she made her way to the iconic race. In 11 months, she went from running 2 miles to 100. We discuss her athletic background as well as training for a mountain race at altitude in the heat of Baton Rouge. We absolutely loved this conversation with Hisa. Her story is one that will make you feel inspired and happy. Taking a chance and not being afraid to fail can lead to some great things. 

IG- @hisa.turner

Oct 9, 2023

Scott and Dylan have a great conversation that goes all over the place. 

  • What's on his radar now that he is a dad (product)
  • What are some over talked about topics in the world of ultra running
  • What it's like working with his spouse on FreeTrail and why it works well
  • A fun brainstorm on new ideas in running biz
  • The importance of volunteering, especially for elite/pro's
  • How he manages his "violent" schedule

We hope you enjoyed the show!

 

Becoming Ultra Season 14

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Sep 30, 2023

Scott and Jason Fitzgerald catch up on all things running from group run etiquette to losing his voice cheering for one mile racers.  We talk about why he has kept a running journal for decades and so much more in a fun conversation from the Strength Running founder. 

 

 

Sep 21, 2023

Scott had a chance to interview Phil Parsons the day before he embarks on the 444 mile Natchez Trace effort.

The Natchez Trace is a 444-mile stretch of road that begins in Nashville and ends in Natchez, MS. To date, no one holds the record for the fastest known time (FKT), Natchez-trace-parkway-FKT completing the southbound journey on foot. This adventure is exactly what I am going to do this September — Suicide Awareness Month — to bring awareness to the issues of mental health and suicide among Veterans. 

His story is one that is too commonly ended with a less positive outcome.  We have to love on our veterans and share what is bringing them together!  Running is often the answer, or a piece of it.  Hope you enjoy the show!

Sep 15, 2023

On this episode of the Season 14 launch, Scott has the script flipped on him and is interviewed by client and friend, Cale Pearson.

They talk about:

  • What kind of coaching style Scott has
  • Heavy lifting day or HIIT workout preference
  • Morning or evening training sessions?
  • Importance of being present 
  • Who should apply for Season 14

Be sure to check out the episode with the RD of the Red Rocks of Sedona Trail Races, Erica.  

Be sure to share this episode and the other Season 14 shows with someone who needs to run their first ultra!

Apply NOW!

Sep 15, 2023

Lindsay LaForce joins Scott to talk about her background as a PT and coach over the years.  She will be our newest coach on this Season 14. 

Some of the things we covered:

  • Why strength training is so important for injury prevention
  • How she manages her time as a mom of 4 and athlete
  • The types of runners she would love to see apply for the project
  • Ideas on training through the winter

 

Be sure to check out the episode with the RD of the Red Rocks of Sedona Trail Races, Erica.  

Be sure to share this episode and the other Season 14 shows with someone who needs to run their first ultra!

Apply NOW!

Sep 15, 2023

Ian Sharman and his company Sharman Ultra have been partners with Becoming Ultra since the first season way back in 2015.  His insights to the sport and coaching are always interesting and today we took some time to talk about a bunch of stuff to get you pumped for the new season.

Some of the things we covered:

  • What is new, if anything, with the sport.
  • How coaching is evolving
  • The types of athletes he would love to see apply.

Be sure to check out the episode with the RD of the Red Rocks of Sedona Trail Races, Erica.  

Be sure to share this episode and the other Season 14 shows with someone who needs to run their first ultra!

Apply NOW!

Sep 15, 2023

Addie Bracy has had an awesome running career and life that started at an early age wanting to run with her dad.  On today's show, we get to introduce the newest coach for Season 14 and learn a bunch along the way.

Some of the things we covered:

  • How she got into running
  • Why her major was track and cross country at UNC
  • How she got into ultra running and learned so much the hard way
  • Why she delved so deep into the psychology of sport
  • Why durability is important
  • Some mental red flags for runners to be aware of and who she is excited to see apply for Season 14!

 

Be sure to check out the episode with the RD of the Red Rocks of Sedona Trail Races, Erica.  

Be sure to share this episode and the other Season 14 shows with someone who needs to run their first ultra!

Apply NOW!

Sep 15, 2023

On this show, the official launch of Season 14, Scott hangs out with the Race Director of the Red Rocks of Sedona Trail Races, Erica.  

We talk about:

  • Why she started the races after moving there from California.
  • What the trails for the course are like and why it's tougher than the vertical suggests
  • Best places to stay in town for travelers
  • Why it's a great place for first time ultra runners
  • Why she added so many distances for one day of running
  • Why the after party is going to be so fun!

Be sure to share this episode and the other Season 14 shows with someone who needs to run their first ultra!

Apply NOW!

 

Sep 12, 2023

Rachel Belmont is an adventure seeker; she has traveled the world conquering some of the most extreme foot races to raise money for running programs organized by Girls on the Run. Her career as an adolescent psychiatric nurse has inspired her to take action and to help young adults turn to a healthier outlet such as running.

Rachel discusses the path that led her to ultra running and some of the most extreme stage races. We also talk about her life changing experience at Badwater 135. Rachel discusses how she has found the perfect balance between her career and her desire for adventure.

IG- @_skyrnr_

Sep 5, 2023

We welcome back to the pod, our friend Andrea Casella Kooiman. Andrea is a person who asks herself why not me and has accomplished some amazing things. Over 150 marathon and ultra-marathons under her belt including Badwater 135 three times, and most recently the Barkley Marathons and Tahoe 200. Andrea has a passion to assist others in becoming their own superhero, she is one of the founders of WeRock, an after-school, intervention program for Middle and High School students focused on the endurance sport of running. We talked more about this on our last podcast that aired 11/29/22. Today we discuss Andrea’s most recent accomplishment, the Tahoe 200. 

This is another great conversation with Andrea. This woman is all about inspiring others and pushing herself. On this podcast we talk about the successful virtual book club she started during COVID. We have included more details about it below.

 Andrea takes us through her recent race, the Tahoe 200. 206.2 miles with 35,117 feet of climbing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Andrea finished in 97 hours 6 minutes and 41 seconds. She breaks it down mile by mile and shares all the details. We love the enthusiasm Andrea has for big races. Be sure to check out her Instagram for pictures and an awesome video to recap the race. Andrea closes with sharing her next races. We look forward to hearing all about it!

 

Aug 29, 2023

Katie Hernke is a mom, nurse, and writer who creates content for trail lovers. She is on a mission to get all her hiking friends to try backpacking and help educate those of us who want to do more backpacking.

Katie is passionate about all things trails, especially backpacking. We loved this conversation with Katie, it was like chatting with a good friend. She talks about how her running journey has evolved over the years and what led her to backpacking. She is full of knowledge and enthusiasm. Katie shares some great tips regarding planning and gear. You will be inspired to grab your friends and plan a trip after hearing this one!

 

Aug 28, 2023

Join Scott and his partner with Adventure Leadership Retreats, Cale Pearson.  After spending time doing hards things and getting others to do and succeed at hard things, we wanted to bring an event that combined the skills we learn doing these things with leadership skills that can help in work, sport, and life.  The inaugural leadership retreat is coming in Februaury of 2024 in beautiful Costa Rica.  Learn more here

Aug 25, 2023

On this episode Scott interviews his friend and client about the recently completed Tahoe 200.  From running to manage weight to full on catching the ultra bug, Brent shares his story of the first thought to do a 200 to the training and ultimately the effort itself.  We think most every day runners will enjoy this show!  Thanks for listening!

Aug 23, 2023

Scott got to talk with his Aunt on the show today.  And while she could probably spend a whole episode sharing travel adventures and recipes (she's an amazing cook) we decided that debunking myths around wound care in 2023 would be a much more helpful and practical subject.  We talk about the differences in care over the last couple decades and give some tactics that can help you and your family take care of cuts, abrasions, and more.   While this inofrmation is great for us runners who catch a toe every once in awhile it's really just good information for everyone.

My favorite parts:

  • Her friend and the malfunctioning hiking pole
  • Her laceration on the trail that cut the trip short
  • The breakdown of best practices for new wounds
  • The retelling of Scott's forearm gash on an island in Alaska

Enjoy the show!

Aug 22, 2023

Brittany Peterson  is an amazing ultra-runner and even better human being. We first met her last year on the podcast. If you want to learn more about her running journey, check out that episode.  On this podcast we are going to talk about other big changes in her life. Brittany has been dealing with hip issues and recently had surgery on both hips. She has experienced some major life changes while on a journey to self-discovery. Brittany is handling everything with a wonderful attitude and hope for the future. Let’s get caught up!

We first met Brittany on the podcast over a year ago. One of the things we love most about her is her amazing attitude. She has been faced with some challenges lately as she recovers from surgery on both hips. Brittany is candid about the recent challenges and changes in her life. She is choosing to embrace change and move forward with positivity.

IG- @runhappyb

Aug 18, 2023

Becoming Ultra is to share the stories of everyday people doing amazing things.  Check out the new intro and voice talent to kick things off.  Scott goes all the way back to 2015 to do a quick recap of every season since the projects inception.  He shares where Season 14 is going to be and shares the new vision for Team BU 2.0.

Enjoy the show!

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Aug 15, 2023

Delorean brought the family to Oregon to experience the state and the beauty together.  Unfortunately, the kiddos and Mandy(wife) would have to "rescue" Delorean when things went south after mile 21.   He put it all out there and learned a bunch in the process.  We hope you enjoyed the talk.  Also, we put together a fundraiser for the family, hope you can help! 

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