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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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Feb 20, 2024

Brittany is dealing with some shin pain that seem like shin splints and her coach Ian Sharman wants to make sure it isn't serious so they are backing off and relying on more power hiking in the training for now.  It's a great lesson on adapting to our bodies even when big goals are on the line. Enjoy the show.  

 

Feb 14, 2024

As Mari's long runs get longer she is finding new trails to explore.  Her four hour effort had her frustrated and maybe even shedding a few tears but she came out with a better understanding of the importance of being present on these efforts.  She also asks some great questions about race day. Specifically, how to get in the right place on the trail early on in the race.  Enjoy the show!

Feb 13, 2024

Mark White describes himself as just a heavy Dad who runs ultras. He ran his first 50k when he was 45 years old and weighed 310 lbs. The following year he took on the 50-mile distance. Since then, he hasn’t stopped training and running trails all over the country.

The best part of doing this podcast is being able to tell peoples stories of inspiration. Mark is not letting anything stop him from going after big goals. He knows the value of doing hard things and is putting in the work daily. With the support of his family and ultra-running community, he is hitting trails all over the country. This is a great conversation about not letting anything hold you back. We are excited to follow Mark’s ultra journey as he continues to push himself. Failure is in not trying!

IG - @heavyultradad

Feb 6, 2024

Sid Garza-Hillman is an author, podcaster, public speaker, certified nutritionist and running coach, Oxygen Advantage breathing instructor, and founder of smallsteppers.com. He is also the Stanford Inn & Resort’s Wellness Programs Director and Race Director of the Mendocino Coast 50k trail ultramarathon. 

We had the best time chatting with Sid. He is so engaging and fun, we could have talked for hours. We discussed his new book, Ultra Running for Normal People; Life Lessons Learned On and Off the Trail (which was released today, February 6th!). This is a must-read handbook for living a happy life. We also talked about Sid’s coaching and Small Steps Programs; Podcast; the Mendocino Coast 50k trail race he puts on every year and so much more. This one is full of fun and inspiration!

Check out his website to learn more! www.Sidgarzahillman.com 

Feb 5, 2024

Bad runs are going to happen.  There are plenty of reasons why but being two thirds of the way through a training cycle seems to be the sweet spot of heavy legs and "bad" runs.  Coach Addie helps to reframe the effort as well as brings up some of the legitimate positives of dealing with these types of runs!  It's something we can all relate to so we hope you enjoy!

Feb 3, 2024

Brittany is feeling the effecs of her efforts in training and coach Ian Sharman reframes many of her efforts to keep her rolling.  On the episode we talk about best ways to deal with hot spots on longer runs.  We talk about running with fatigue at this point in the training cycle. Lastly, we talk about dealing with more hill running where the access has been tough.  We hope you can relate and learn something too!

Jan 30, 2024

We sit down and chat with Scott & Cale about their epic 100 mile adventure from Moab to Fruita!

Jan 27, 2024

Mari is seeing the work pay off as she in her words,"finally got under 2 hrs" for the half marathon distance.  We talk about the next month of training and what to expect as the long runs will keep lengthening.  Enjoy listening to the journey of runners training for their first ultra!

Jan 24, 2024

Well, the theme of these last few calls is how do we adapt to the season.  The season would be winter who brought lots of cold and annoying ice to the mix for the runners of Season 14.  Addie shares some tips on training in the cold and even got out in -25 herself.  Amanda is figuring it out and getting her training in!  Enjoy.

Jan 23, 2024

Brittany and her PNW people have been dealing with lots of unique weather, mainly ice, that has made training tricky.  Ian suggests some ways to keep the long efforts exciting and interesting and where Brittany should put her focus! Enjoy the show!

Jan 23, 2024

Helen Mino Faukner has been named the  #7 female ultra runner of the year by ultra running magazine. She recently had a podium finish at one of the most competitive ultra marathons in the world , CCC 100k. She is positive, always smiling and always wearing heart shaped glasses. 

We can’t say enough good things about Helen. At age 27 she has managed to figure out a few things that take most of us a lot longer. She is living her life aligned with her values and not letting her ego get in the way. We talk about her background, the coaching style that works best for her, how yoga has helped her trail running, and her upcoming races. We also hear the story behind those awesome heart shaped glasses. This one will leave you feeling inspired!

IG - @helenredcloud

Jan 22, 2024

Sheila is dealing with what so many runners and people with big goals might be dealing with, a demanding work schedule.  Sheila shares it has been hard to get in all the work but Lindsay makes sure she knows she is in a normal place and the training can be a priority too.  Enjoy the show!

Jan 18, 2024

Mari is dealing with winter which seems to be the theme of the week for all of our runners in the project.  We talk about mindset for the long runs, especially the end of them, so she can start the mental prep of what it will take to tackle the 50k.  We talk a bit about fueling for these efforts and her upcoming training half marathon!  Enjoy the show.

Jan 16, 2024

Mary Davison is an 82-year-old long distance backpacker; she is a retired Pastor and Grandmother of 10. She began long distance backpacking at age 60 and has accomplished the Triple Crown, The Appalachian Trail (2,198 miles) , Pacific Crest Trail (2,653 miles) , and the Continental Divide (3,028 miles). She is also the author of two books with a third on the way. 

Mary has redefined what it means to be old. On this podcast we discuss Mary’s accomplishments as an older backpacker. We also discuss the fear that keeps us from doing things and how to overcome it. Mary is an inspiration and wants everyone to know they don’t have to stop hiking because of their age.

Her books include:

Old Lady on the Trail: Triple Crown at 76

Aren’t You Afraid?: American Discovery Trail From The Atlantic Ocean to Nebraska

Jan 9, 2024

 Amanda is nailing her training recently but has one hang up we delve into on the episode.  She hasn't run alone on trails so Addie and Scott give her a crash course on things to consider.  The elements, animals, people, and etiquette. It's a question and concern we get pretty often as coaches so we hope you enjoy the chat!

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!

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