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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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Now displaying: April, 2022
Apr 29, 2022

Lene makes her way across the world to run her first ultra in Colorado and Caitlin enjoyed 98% of her first ultra.  Coach Ellie Greenwood gets to hear how it all went down on this post race recap call from Season 11 of the Becoming Ultra Project!

Apr 26, 2022

"Mom strength will prepare you for anything."  Coach Hillary

" Why would you not do something that gives you the feeling that you can do anything."  Evangelyn

"My rigid limitations of what I think is possible for me have gone away."  Jeremy

Running these long distances are more than just running. Enjoy the show!

Apr 26, 2022

Anthony Costales is a Junior High PE teacher and Ultra-Trail runner from Salt Lake City, UT where he lives with his wife Katie, 16-month-old daughter Piper, and their cattle dog Brighton. Born and raised in Northern California he started running in 6th grade after his Jr High PE teacher suggested he go out for the cross-country team, having no idea what that was, he showed up and the rest is history. He ran XC/Track at his local high school and continued on competing for American River Junior College and Chico State University. After obtaining his bachelor's in Kinesiology and teaching credential, Anthony moved to Utah and spent a few years road racing in distances from 10K to marathon, he then started the transition to trails. In 2018 he ran his first Ultra at the Moab Red Hot 55K and has now competed in distances from 50 miles, 100K, and 100 miles.

 

Anthony was so much fun to chat with.  He is a very focused and disciplined runner who juggles family and career responsibilities and manages to excel in the ultra-world.  We talk about his experience qualifying for the 2018 US long distance mountain running team and winning the Canyons 100k which earned him a Western States Golden ticket. We also discuss balancing teaching and running and share a few laughs about it.  I loved hearing Anthony talk about the impact his High School coach has had on the trajectory of his life.  This is a good one!  Enjoy!

IG- @acostales54

Apr 24, 2022

Cale and Meghan followed the training, put the work in and sacrificed when needed for a big goal and we couldn't be happier for them.  Listen to the post race recap from the Desert RATS 50k in Fruita, Colorado!

Apr 19, 2022
Brittany Peterson is a Minnesota native who has been running since Junior High School. She has been in Idaho for the past 12 years, which is where her ultra-running and mountain running really took off post-collegiately. She has run professionally for Nike Trail since 2018 while she also balances a career as an occupational therapist teaching at a university. Brittany and her partner, Cody, enjoy traveling, running with their dogs and exploring the mountains in their backyard. They put on a Technical Mountain Running camp each year to share their passion and expertise in off-trail, mountain running. Brittany enjoys all distances, but particularly enjoys the 100k distance, where you can incorporate speed, while still having to problem solve any type of situation that may arise during an ultra-distance event. She has finished 2nd and 4th at the Western States Endurance Run in northern California and was the 4th top female in the 2021 Ultra Runner of the Year ranking. 

We had so much fun chatting with Brittany.  We talk about the transition from road to mountain running and the importance of keeping it fun.  We discuss how she balances working and running as a professional athlete. Brittany gives some great advice on this topic.  We also had a great conversation about the struggle with comparison to other athletes. We are excited to watch Brittany this year at Western States.  Brittany is one of those people you instantly like.  We think you will enjoy getting to know her a little better.

www.brittanypetersonruns.com/running-camps

IG- @runhappyb

Apr 16, 2022

Audience, family, and friends left messages for runners of Season 11!

Apr 15, 2022

Jeremy and Evangelyn dealt with the weather and life to get here to the start line of their first 50k. This is their pre race call with their coach.  Enjoy!

Apr 15, 2022

As Amy heads down to the lower 48 to test her legs this weekend as the Pearson's ready themselves for their first ultra.  This is their call with their coach before the race! Enjoy!

Apr 15, 2022

The time is here.  Caitlin and Lene trained through a pretty interesting 6 months and their days is upon us.  They will be running their first ultra. This is the call with their coach before they get it done. Enjoy.

Apr 13, 2022

We had some good questions from listeners online and a couple runners joined us to ask theirs as well!   How do you keep your energy up after long training runs?  How do you know when to go up in distance and more!  Enjoy!

Apr 12, 2022

Hector Rodriguez is a husband, father of two girls and an Ultra Endurance athlete that resides in San Diego, CA.  Since 2020, he has competed in over 20 Ultramarathons all over the country.  His resume includes multiple 100+ milers on treadmills, top 5 finishes in 24/48-hour races, and four 200+ races including the Triple Crown of 200s in 2021. Hector is also very passionate about giving back to his community.  

Hector has this amazing energy that makes you smile and pulls you in.  We had so much fun chatting with him.  Inspired by David Goggins, Can’t Hurt Me book Hector has mastered the mental toughness it takes to keep going no matter what.  We talked about the life changing experience that happened during the Moab 240 and running the Triple Crown of 200’s.  We also discuss Hector’s running community, the Wolfpack and how they helped him stay focused with training through COVID.  Hector believes to build a life of your dreams you have to help people build theirs.  We talk about why that is important to him and how he is using his website as a platform for that mission.  We are big fans of Hector and you will be too!

Instagram - @hrod619

Website - www.wolfpackendurance.com

Apr 5, 2022

Training for Ultra is the brainchild of ultramarathon runner Rob Steger and includes a website, an Amazon TV series, multiple films, a self-published book, and a globally ranked podcast. Rob started running in 2015 and since then he has run 30 ultramarathons including four 200-milers. He is currently getting into race directing and recently hosted his first virtual 50k! On his podcast, Training for Ultra, he has hosted numerous guests including Eliud Kipchoge, Courtney Dauwalter, Camille Herron, Dean Karnazes and many other fascinating people from the running world. Rob hopes to use his platform to inspire people to enjoy running and find fulfillment in life through healthier lifestyles and more time outside. 

We were so honored to be able to talk with Rob.  He is very busy with several projects going on, we had to pull him away from editing for our chat.  We had some questions lined up, but our conversation went in another direction.  Rob shares his struggles with dyslexia and how he embraced his learning difference and used it to succeed in many areas “Embrace failure and learn from it”. We also talk about Running the Triple Crown and the why behind it.  Rob is someone who cares about helping others and is using his platform to support and encourage people.  This was a very special episode.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Podcast - The Training For Ultra Podcast
Instagram - @TrainingForUltra
FaceBook - Rob Steger (Training For Ultra)
Twitter - Training4Ultra
YouTube - TrainingForUltra

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