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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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Jan 18, 2022

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

Jan 18, 2022

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!

Jan 13, 2022

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!

 

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Jan 11, 2022

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!

Jan 11, 2022

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!

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Jan 7, 2022

Jeremy and Evangelyn are plugging along.  Coach Hillary Allen gives more solid advice for the weeks ahead!

Jan 5, 2022

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.

Jan 4, 2022

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!  

Jan 1, 2022

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!

Dec 28, 2021

Jacky Hunt-Broersma is an amputee, cancer survivor, and ultra-runner who has only been running for the past five years.  Originally from South Africa, Jacky currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children.  Being an amputee has not stopped Jacky from accomplishing some big goals such as her first 40-mile trail race, the TransRockies stage race and 100 miles on her treadmill in less than 24 hours. 

Have you ever met someone that inspires you? I mean deep down inspiration!  Meeting Jacky gave us a feeling of inspiration and awe that is hard to match.  Jacky was not a runner before her leg was amputated, she became a runner after.  Most people wouldn’t even think that was a possibility.  Jacky is not like most people.  Her motto is you are stronger than you think you are, and she lives it.  She doesn’t focus on where she was, she focuses on what where she wants to be.  I find myself thinking of this conversation often.  I know you will enjoy Jacky’s story and wisdom as much as we did.

IG- @ncrunnerjacky

Dec 24, 2021

On the 12th run of Christmas we want you to find ways to be grateful out there.  Every ten minutes you change your focus to something different to be grateful for in your life!  Enjoy

Dec 23, 2021

On this 11th run of Christmas, we want you to push the vertical.  On the podcast we give you a few ideas of how to do it!  Enjoy and get after it!

Dec 22, 2021

This one is going to be easier for some than others depending on your running history!  We also give a few save the dates for adventures in 2022!  Enjoy the show. 

Dec 21, 2021

Amanda runs to stay halfway sane, and to spend time with her amazing friend and running partner, Alissa. Which means she runs a lot. Amanda has been running for nearly 30 years and has done all sorts of races with a primary goal to run until she is an old lady. When she is not running, she is leading the Institute for Religion, Politics & Culture at Iliff School of Theology, working her way toward a PhD, writing, and speaking, and parenting 3 teen/ young adults. Amanda ran her first marathon in 2001 and it was so horrible it took her 11 years to run another... and she hasn’t  stopped since. Ten years ago, she was lucky enough to move into the house directly behind Alissa they quickly discovered that they were both runners, and even better, found that they ran a similar pace and had more in common than she ever could have imagined. Amanda & Alissa did their first ultra in the summer of 2019- the Bear Creek 50K, and just survived the Bear Creek 50 mile.

Alissa is a research faculty at the University of Denver and has dedicated her professional life to education.  Personally, she is the mother of 2 and it was motherhood that propelled her into running about 18 years ago.  She ran her first half marathon in 2013 and her first marathon in 2015.  She has run 3 marathons, a 50K and most recently a 50-mile race.  Alissa describes running as her coffee, her happy hour, her social time, her therapy, her time in the outdoors … and oh yeah… and exercise.

“Today well lived makes every yesterday a memory of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”  We had such a great time discussing friendship and trail running.  This one will make you want to grab your bestie and hit the trails.  Amanda & Alissa tell the story of their friendship and love of running.  We discuss how beneficial having a good friend is during runs and races.  These beautiful ladies have a wonderful bond that has been strengthened by lots of miles.  Their support of each other will leave you inspired.  

Dec 21, 2021

On the 9th run of Christmas we ran faster the shorter the interval.  Learn pacing and turnover in one of our favorite track sets.  You can do it anywhere really but flat would be ideal! Enjoy.

Dec 20, 2021

On the 8th run of Christmas, we want you to go for an enjoyable run with no major expectations other than have fun.  5 miler!  Enjoy.

Dec 19, 2021

On the 7th run things got real.  Especially if you have never run mile repeats before.  Enjoy and get after it!

Dec 18, 2021

Although both runners have different things going on they both have a similar training trajectory, recovery.  We talk about the running and the culture around the holidays.. Enjoy!

Dec 18, 2021

For any given race, a bunch of friends will get together and plan to crew for a friend and fellow runner.  We get to listen in on one of those conversations on this podcast.  Beth is running the Bandera 100k in Texas in January and her crew had a call to go over everything.  Enjoy!

Dec 18, 2021

On this, the 6th run of Christmas,  we run on tired legs.  The lunge run is a staple for runners wanting to run strong in mountains or to change up their mid week training! Enjoy

Dec 17, 2021

On this, the 5th run of Christmas, we ask you to pick up the pace a bit and do a different type of run workout.   You can call them striders or accelerations but make sure you warm up well and know your limits.  Enjoy the effort out there!

Dec 16, 2021

Due to a high mountain wind storm this episode is wayyyy shorter than intended but we got the information to you!  Enjoy your run today!

Dec 15, 2021

Coach Hillary Allen has been across the globe winning an ultra on her own and has come back to see how Jeremy and Evangelyn have been doing with their own training!  Enjoy. 

Dec 15, 2021

Listen to the goal for the third run of Christmas as well as a few stories from night runs of your host, Scott!  The time his buddies ran at night so he would go out with them.  The shooting star at the end of 100k.  The critter who joined a night run.  Enjoy the show!

Dec 14, 2021

Ryan Steiner is an unlikely ultra runner. Ryan spent most of his life extremely overweight topping off at over 700lbs, currently he has lost over 400lbs of that. Ryan is autistic and has a complicated relationship with food. In the last few years, he has overcome this complicated relationship with the help of his 5-year-old daughter, Kala and their mutual love of running for hours. Ryan and Kala just finished their first ultra 50k together at the Hennepin Hundred, on October 3. Ryan pushed Kala the entire way in a stroller that he calls the chariot. This next year, Ryan promises, will be even more epic for the duo! As a stay-at-home dad Ryan and Kala spend all their time together. These two are best friends with a symbiotic relationship that will fill your heart. 

Have you ever met someone that changes the way you look at something?  We are excited to share Ryan’s story with you.  Ryan talks about being autistic and immersing himself in running.  He shares with us the long journey of weight loss and how moving his body and running have changed his life.  Once you hear his unique perspective on DNF’s I promise you will think differently about them.  Ryan lights up when he talks about his daughter Kala and the special bond they share.  Ryan is an incredibly kind and positive person.  This was a very special podcast for us.  I know you will think so too!

IG- @running_with_kala

 

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