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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 1, 2023

Isabel and Stacey are under way with their training from coach Hillary Allen!  Intervals and pyramid sets to make it more interesting early on is the goal.  Stacey talks about the challenge of switiching from lots of treadmill miles to outside miles and Isabel shares her goal of being able to run up a local route without stopping!  Good stuff!

Jan 31, 2023

Michael Ormiston was born in Sydney, Australia in 1971. In 1999 he moved to Hong Kong and married his wife, Sandra in 2003, they have 2 daughters ages 16 and 18. His passions are cooking, wine, trail running, cycling, and skiing. In 2016 he was made redundant from his job and moved to France, skiing all winter, and running in the summer, in 2019 he moved back to Hong Kong where he currently resides with his family. Michael is a partner at TouchPoint, Race Director/Partner at RaceBase (organizes Hong Kong trail races). He started racing in 2005 with 10-15k trail and adventure races and built up from there, running his first 100k in 2007. In June of 2022 Michael was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma and just finished five months of chemotherapy. He recently did his first trail race post chemo and finished first in his age category. For the past 12 weeks Michael has been training four times a week at the gym with a personal trainer to prepare to compete in Hyrox, a goal race to focus on and celebrate the end of his cancer treatment. He finished the event in 1 hour 23 minutes, placed 5th in his age category and 58th overall.

If you have ever wondered what the impact of a positive mindset has on a very difficult circumstance just listen to this podcast. Michael shares his running and cancer journey; he explains how he used movement as medicine and the power of a positive mindset. We discuss the daily struggles of setting a goal and working towards it while also receiving cancer treatments. We were so moved by Michael and his journey. There are so many beautiful nuggets of wisdom and inspiration in this one.

IG- @ski_run_eat_wine

Jan 25, 2023

Early training for the runners of Season 13 is not disappointing.  Chelsea gets the work done and has some great, if not funny, feedback about her core work.  Delorean nails the runs but may have cut a bit more than a carrot on the cutting board.  Hopefully he is ok.  We follow the journey of runners doing big things!

Jan 24, 2023

Coach Amanda Basham gets to meet her runners for Season 13 for the first time on today's call.  Kristi from Texas and Kelsey from Oregon.  They both balance so many things and found running in different ways so watching them train for their first 50k and 50 Miler is going to be a blast!  Enjoy the show.

Jan 24, 2023

Sheri Gewelke loves to run.... and run.... and run....for the pure love of the sport. especially ultramarathons. She has run 1,000s of races and is going on her 12th 100+ miler, which is her specialty. Running is her passion- it is who she is. She is single and a mom of 8 biological children ranging from the ages of 12-28, 5 boys and 3 girls. One of her daughters, Iris, has 3 state records and ran a 50 k barefooted at the Pistol when she was 8 in 7 hours and 26 min. Sheri is a teacher, cross country coach, and athletic director and she just recently got her master’s degree of Education in Administration and Leadership, her Principal's License, and she plans to go back to get her PhD. She is also a personal trainer, a missionary and loves to travel and serve others.  Sheri has paced 6 people to 100-mile buckles and a few to state records. Her motto is “Health is wealth”. 

Sheri is full of positive energy; she is a doer who always strives for excellence. She is also someone who appreciates the gift of running. On this podcast Sheri tells some great stories with a good message for everyone. She explains what it means to be organic. Sheri also discusses having eight children and how she prioritizes her time to be present for them and herself. We talk about completing 207 miles at the Ozone Endurance Challenge and training in the TN mountains. Sheri lives by the motto a positive mindset is a champion mindset. This one may change the way you think about negativity. 

Jan 22, 2023

Coach Hillary gets to meet her runners for the first time on this episode.  Stacey and Isabel are both on the west coast and we get to know more about them today.  We hope you enjoy!

Jan 19, 2023

Coach Annie Hughes finally gets to meet her runners for this Season 13 of the Becoming Ultra Project.  Jasmine and Darin are respectively the oldest and youngest of the season and they both were great to get to know on this first call.  From Darin's sobriety and Jasmine dealing with loss, they are both going to bring so much to the listeners and other runners this season. We hope you enjoy the show!

Jan 18, 2023

This is the first episode introducing the runners of Season 13. Delorean will be running his first 50 miler while he tends to family issues like raising young kids and his wife's cancer treatment as well as a busy work life. Chelsea will be running her first 50k in the state she grew up in and is looking to prove to herself what she is capable of. They are being coached by Scott and today's call captures their first time meeting as well. Enjoy the show!

Jan 17, 2023

Jennifer E. Rizzo is an ultramarathon runner and award-winning writer from Marblehead, Massachusetts. Her work has been published by Vanity Fair, Motherwell Magazine, and Moms Don’t Have Time to Write. She is a wife and mom to two humans and one dog and is trying to tame a newly adopted semi-feral cat.

We love a guest that when you are chatting it feels so comfortable and authentic. Jennifer is very honest about what it takes to balance family, career, and ultra-running. She shares what ultra-running adds to her life and how she uses it in all areas to improve. On this podcast we get into the hard choices it takes to accomplish your goals. We also talk about Jennifer’s 2021 and 2022 Riverlands 100 attempts. This is a great story! Jennifer shares her experience of crewing for a blind runner and how that has impacted her life.

IG - @jennifererizzo

Jan 14, 2023

Scotty Kummer Started Ten Junk Miles around the sane time we got rolling with Becoming Ultra.  We bounce around a bunch of topics on the show today from the uniqueness of the 100 miler he race directs to the importance of consistency in running and podcasting.  Enjoy the show!

Jan 10, 2023

Dusty Hardman was born and raised in New Jersey and lived in Boulder, CO and Victor, ID. She started running in Teton Valley, ID around 2007. Inspired by an interview with Lisa Smith-Batchen in Running Magazine Dusty started running. Starting with a marathon and within two years tackling the Bear 100 in Utah. Having health issues, it took Dusty a while to dial in her training, medications, and overall health. It didn’t take Dusty long to start tackling amazing adventures such as the Barkley Marathons, Badwater 146, Vol State and running across Florida from Coco Beach to Withlacoochie Bay on the Florida Trail. Dusty is one of only a handful of people to complete Badwater 146 and only the second woman. Dusty is inspired by all the amazing ultra-runners she has met and feels honored to toe the line, hang out with or even have so much in common with all of them. 

Dusty is one of those amazing unassuming athletes that you probably have never heard of. She has been setting big goals and having incredible adventures for a long time. On this episode we talk about what led Dusty to three Barkley Marathon attempts and the Badwater 146. Dusty also shares some great stories about meeting her ultra-running role models along the way.  We discuss health struggles and how that has affected her training and mindset. This one covers a lot; you will enjoy getting to know Dusty.

www.toughlovetraining.net

Jan 7, 2023

Recovery after any race or long effort can be different for everyone.  We brought on one of Scott's athletes from Sweden who ran through the cold and dark night to get her first 100 miler just a few days before this call.  We talk about the unique set up for the run, the charity, and what the goals are for recovery moving forward.  Hope you enjoy the chat!

Jan 4, 2023

Join Scott, Hillary, Annie, and Amanda as they choose the runners for Season 13 of the Becoming Ultra Project!

Jan 3, 2023

Matt Fitzgerald is an endurance sports author, coach, and nutritionist. His many books include The Comeback Quotient, 80/20 Running, and The Endurance Diet, How Bad Do You Want It and his latest book, On Pace, Discover How To Run Every Race At Your Real Limit. Matt’s writings have also appeared in numerous magazines, including Outside and Runner’s World, and on popular websites such as podiumrunner.com and nbcnews.com.  He is a cofounder of 80/20 Endurance  and the creator of the Diet Quality Score smartphone app. A lifelong endurance athlete, he speaks frequently at events throughout the United States and internationally. 

We always love talking to Matt. He has so much knowledge, we are always grateful to learn from him and share with you. On this podcast we discuss his latest book, On Pace, Discover How To Run Every Race At Your Real Limit. We talk about all things pacing, including: 

  • The inspiration for the book
  • Three key mental traits
  • Why pacing is so difficult
  • Do GPS devices help us or hurt us
  • Perceived effort
  • The mental side of pacing
  • How pacing applies to ultra-running

This book is a great reference book to have on hand. Grab a copy and enjoy the podcast!

Every runner stops getting faster at some point, but pacing is something that any runner can get better at indefinitely.

The true winner among competitive runners is not the swiftest but the happiest, and the happiest runner is the freest runner, and the freest runner is the runner who has most fully mastered the art of finding his or her limit.

 

Book available at:

80/20books.com

Mattfitzgerald.org

80/20endurance.com

Jan 3, 2023

From across the country, and world, applicants shared the reasons they wanted to be a part of the Becoming Ultra Project!  We will be choosing during the selection show so stay tuned. Thanks for listening.

Dec 30, 2022

Excuse the cheesy title but this is basically how it all went down. Bailey and Katie met on Season 10 of the Becoming Ultra project and became fast friends.  Today's show is a dive into why they both live a certain lifestyle when it comes to food and where we get our food.  More than the light debate, the lesson is that we can all get along with the biggest personal differences.  A good lesson for the world right now!  It's a great conversation and hope you all enjoy! 

Dec 24, 2022

You have put in so much work over this challenge.  If you completed it all I would love to hear from you so shoot me a message at becomingultra@gmail.com.  I want to know what your experience was like!

The 12th run is here!  We call this the grateful run..  The goal is to reflect on the things in your life you are grateful for and have fun doing it!   Every 10 minutes for 50 minutes you will focus on a different aspect to be grateful for.  I came up with this while visiting my family years ago and even recorded a video explaining.  You can watch it here if you like. 

 

I personally am grateful you are a part of this all!

 

The Grateful Run

1-10:  For a working body

11-20. For a working mind

21-30 for important people in your life

31-40 for important people you have lost

41-50 for your future

 

If you liked this challenge, maybe you'll like a year long one I came up with called the Be Ultra Year.  

 

In any case, 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and thanks so much!

Dec 23, 2022

On the 11th Run Of Christmas...

11 accelerations @ 100 meters

How it's done:

  • Warm up for a mile or 10 minutes.
  • You are going to run 100 meters at a time and then recover for a minute or so in between each. 
  • Know your body. If you haven't run fast in a while keep a governor on the top end pace. 
  • A football field is a great place for this but any straightaway will do. 
  • Start each effort like a plane taking off.  By the time you are at the 50 meter mark you should be at the max speed you will go for the effort.  Keep that high end speed for 30 meters and then tail off slowly for the last 20.
  • Focus on turnover and posture.  

This is a fun one to coach in person so you have to self manage this one to be smart and avoid any tweaks.  For some of you the peak pace is going to look like a sprint and for some it'll look like a fast jog.  Be sure to slow down slowly.  Meters can be interchangeable with yards as it is just a good way to visualize the effort!

See you tomorrow for the last and 12th run!

Dec 22, 2022

On the 10th Run of Christmas...

We hope you are enjoying this challenge.  The 10th run isn't necessarily hard but it is time consuming.

 

Go for a double digit run OR go for your longest run.  Go out and spend some time in the fresh air and have a good one!

 

If your longest run to date is 5 miles we would suggest to not add more than a couple miles. 

 

Enjoy the relaxed pace and the effort you have put into this so far!

 

Great work and see you tomorrow on the 11th day.

Dec 21, 2022

What happens when 6 runners race and run and crew each other all over the country when they come back to their home in Wasau, Wisconsin?  They create a killer backyard ultra of course.  Two of the six race directors and founders of Wasaultra came on the show to talk about how the race was conceived, their big goals in the future, and how it works with so many cooks in the kitchen. It was a fun sit down to just get to know some passionate RD's in the world of ultra running that we all love!  Enjoy the show.

Dec 21, 2022

On the 9th Run Of Christmas...

90 minute power hike

How it's done:

  • Today we are going to the ultra roots.  Being able to power hike for long periods of time is a huge skill for covering long distances.  The goal today is to power hike for 90 minutes and trying to stick to as close to a 15 minute/mile pace as possible. 
  • That's it. No running allowed. 
  • Record how much distance you covered for retesting!

It's tougher than it looks.  Try not to default to just a walk.

See you tomorrow for the 10th day!

Dec 20, 2022

On the 8th Run Of Christmas...

8x400's

How it's done:

  • Warm up with a half mile at 70% effort.
  • This is best done on a track. If you don't have access to a track then marking off the distance is ideal.  You should be able to run without looking down too much(watch/phone)
  • Run 400m, recover for 90 sec.
  • Do this 8 times.  The 400 is a tough 1-3.5 minutes for most of us. 

It's simple but it ain't easy.  Be strict on recovery.  The faster we run, the more efficient our form typically is so keep in mind the end goal is effort and running economy!

See you tomorrow for the 9th day!

Dec 19, 2022

On the 7th Run Of Christmas...

7x3x10:

How it's done: 

  • You are essentially doing 7 rounds of 10 minutes with the first 3 minutes of every set being all out.  
  • Round one is a warm up.
  • The pace for the last 7 minutes can be an easy jog or walk. 
  • The reason there is so much recovery is that the 3 minutes needs to be really tough. 
  • If you want to do on a track or treadmill it is a good set for that.  

This is another good one to practice active recovery in long efforts.  Think about running up a hill to have flat and downhill right after.  It's a good skill to work on!

See you tomorrow for day 8!

Dec 18, 2022

On the 6th Run Of Christmas...

A 60 minute effort at night(or in the dark)

How it's done:

  1. Run for 60 minutes in the dark.  
  2. If you live somewhere cold it is so hard to just get out there int he cold night or morning but WE can do it.
  3. Today is all about finding joy in running in a time or place you don't usually.
  4. Find a route with Christmas lights or a safe track.  
  5. Be careful and bring a friend if you can.
  6. Finish up with hot chocolate or a coffee!

Our comfort zone is meant to be pushed.  You've got this.

See you tomorrow for the 7th day.

Dec 17, 2022

On the 5th Run Of Christmas...

Run a 5k.

  1. Keeping this one simple so warm up for 5 minutes and go run a 5k 
  2. The goal is to push yourself and see what you got!

Many of you are going to justify the fact that you are sore, or tired, or don't like running fast and just go and get it done going through the motions.  The challenge today is to not think of anything but putting a good effort in. You've got this.

See you tomorrow for day 6!

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