It wasn't planned but Katie and Bailey trained as teammates for 5 months and ended up racing together. Hear how it went on todays episode!
Jenn and Randi had completely different experiences for their first ultra in Virginia. Listen to their reflections on today's show!
Miranda wasn't sure how her body would holdup and Melissa had a unique experience on the trails but they both made it happen! Listen to the details of their first ultra!
Dave and Mariah report back to their coach, Amanda Basham after their first ultra ever. Enjoy the show!
Muriel Bartelme Kreske grew up in Michigan, has a husband named Bryan, is an Executive Creative Director at an advertising agency in Minneapolis, and has more energy than any other person named Muriel in the history of the world. Part of that is fueled by the Grande Blonde roast from Starbucks she drinks every morning. Part of that is because she has to keep up with a rambunctious 9-year-old son, Griffin. And part of that is because she just has that kind of personality. That energy fueled her to losing 100 pounds in 2018, a transformation that included being drawn to moving fast in the form of walking. She’s relatively new to trail running and just finished her first Ultra in May of this year at the Smith Rock 50K, and recently finished the Headlands 50-Miler in August. She also points out she’s a huge University Michigan fan and tends to mix up many common sayings.
Give yourself some grace; something Muriel reminds herself of often. On this podcast you will meet Muriel Bartelme Kreske and hear her inspiring, uplifting story. She talks about the team she put in place to help her successfully lose 100 lbs. How moving her body quickly went from walking fast to running ultra marathons. Muriel talks about her first ultra-attempt which resulted in a DNF. How that one DNF was so hard to overcome but ended up being a blessing in disguise. Muriel is a lively, positive, happy person who is still learning and growing in her journey. We have no doubt you will love her story and be rooting for her.
Listen to the applications of runners all over applying for the Season 11 of Becoming Ultra!
Before Catra Corbett aka Dirt Diva was an ultrarunner, she was a drug addict. The drugs led her to dropping out of school , developing an eating disorder, damaging relationships and eventually in jail. Catra hit her rock bottom and decided she was going to turn her life around. In 1996, two years after being clean and sober, she started lifting weights and walking. One day she just started running and never stopped. Catra has completed more than one-hundred 100-mile races, the Moab 240 multiple times, Bigfoot 200 and Badwater 135 and holds the fastest known time for the 425-mile-long John Muir Trail. Through Catra’s desire to help people by sharing her story she wrote a detailed bestselling book about her life, struggles and triumphs called Reborn on the Run; My Journey from Addiction to Ultramarathons.
Authentic! That is the best word to describe Catra. We could have talked to Catra for hours, she has a lot of life experience and wisdom to share. On this episode Catra talks about her many running adventures and most recent experience at the Bigfoot 200. The ultra-running world is lucky to have such a selfless runner out there. This is a woman who really cares about the community and lifting people up. We also discuss Catra’s book and being vulnerable. Of course, we had to talk about the one and only Truman. Catra is someone that has a lot to offer and is finding new ways to help people who struggle with addiction. We are big supporters and can’t wait to see what she does. I hope you enjoy this talk as much as we did.
Runners from all over the world apply to be chosen for the Season 11 of Becoming Ultra project. Enjoy hearing their stories and see which runners were selected by the coaches!
Randi finished up her training with almost no issues and Jenn shares her solo Grand Canyon run and the changes she has seen in herself over the training cycle. Now all we do is wait for a great race. Enjoy the show!
Found in the archives. Katie and Bailey talk about their expectations for their efforts before their first 50k!
Dave has been spending lots of time on the bike to let his body recover from some injury and Mariah has been nailing all of her training. Today we talk about what they are expecting during the race and field questions from their coach, Amanda Basham!
Thanks for joining us as we wrap up calls for race week before Miranda and Melissa get to test themselves in Virginia for their first ultra. The work is in the bank. Now it's time to see what they have! Enjoy!
Canon’s story may sound very typical at first, married and has two kids, 9 & 7. Grew up active in a small country town, played all sports as a youngster but focused on soccer in high school and went on to play in college. Stayed active, until like many people fell victim to the typical office job / marriage / new dad lifestyle and got out of shape. As a result of stress; poor diet; lack of sleep; too much alcohol, health issues started. Canon was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract. Motivated by the desire to be strong for his family and in case a major surgery was needed Canon took control of his health and fitness. Now at 41 he is in the best shape of his life. Canon does trail running; CrossFit; ruck hikes; mountain biking and completed the David Goggins 4x4x48 mile challenge.
What a treat to get to know Canon. Some people are going to have a great attitude no matter what and Canon is one of those people. We really appreciated him sharing his personal story with us. We learned more about what it is like living with the autoimmune condition, Ulcerative Colitis. We also get into some other not so pleasant stuff when it comes to feet issues and when nature calls on the trails. We found ourselves laughing and sharing maybe a little too much LOL. It was a fun episode but also one that could really help someone struggling with a similar health issue. We think you will feel inspired and hopeful after listening to Canon.
Mike Spiller joins host Scott to answer the audio questions of the eight runners of Season 10 a week before race day. If you are racing in Virginia this might be a good listen for you too!
We had the pleasure of chatting with the RD's of the partner race for Season 11. If you have not explored the western slope of Colorado you are in for a treat. They share everything you need to know before coming out. The course, pre race, the festival, and lots more! Enjoy!
Jason Fitzgerald is the host of the Strength Running Podcast (one of the top 3 running podcasts in the US of all time) and the founder of Strength Running, an award-winning running blog with hundreds of thousands of monthly readers. A 2:39 marathoner and USATF-certified coach, he’s coached thousands of endurance athletes to faster finishing times and fewer injuries with his results-oriented coaching philosophy.
He’s the winner of the 2011 Morraine Hills Half Marathon, 2012 Maryland Warrior Dash, and the 2013 Potomac River Run Marathon. During his collegiate career, he was a member of the 2002 National Championship-qualifying cross-country team and a top ten finisher in the steeplechase at the 2006 New England Championships.
Jason speaks at industry conferences and for major brands like Anheuser-Busch and the Inter-American Development Bank. He also frequently delivers presentations and coaches at fitness retreats and running camps throughout the United States. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, Runner’s World, Health Magazine, Lifehacker, The Huffington Post, and other major media.
He lives in Denver, Colorado where you can find him trail running in the nearby Flatirons, cheating on running with his road bike, or at the playground with his wife and three children.
“Have fun with the process of training”. Wise words from Jason Fitzgerald. This is one of our most informative and fun podcasts. Jason shares some key training tips and so much more, you may be surprised by some of them. Jason also shares his running history and how his coaching career started. Sometimes one comment can change the trajectory of your life. This is a good one to have in your training toolbelt. We know you will enjoy it as much as we did.
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Join Coach Scott Jones, Ellie Greenwood, and Hillary Allen as they talk about the new season for Becoming Ultra! New and aspiring ultra runners can apply to be coached for their first ultra in Fruita, Colorado for the Desert RATS Race and Festival. It's going to be an epic season so get ready to sign up here!