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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: August, 2022
Aug 31, 2022

Natalie is in Colorado and loving the "flat" runs and weather. The run streak is on and Dayna still gets up early to get it in. Natalie learns how to run after dinner and in jeans.  We have a great chat about volunteers and finding comminity in this crazy sport!  Enjoy!

Aug 30, 2022

Hannah Allgood is originally from Wisconsin but has lived in Colorado Springs since 2016 with her husband Gil and vizsla, Gunner. She works as a pediatric sports medicine physical therapist at Children's Hospital Colorado and began trail running in 2019 because of Gil. That same year she ran her first 50k, The Dirty Thirty. Hannah enjoyed the 50k-100k distances the most, but is looking forward to eventually running a 100 miler. She holds the course records for the Fall Back Blast 50k, Indian Creek Fifties 55k, and Gorge Waterfalls 100k. When she is not running, she enjoys hiking with her dog, baking desserts, and reading. The thing she loves most about trail running is being outside for long hours with her friends. 

This was a fun conversation; Hannah is full of positivity and energy.  We discuss how she has evolved as a trail runner since her first race in 2019.  We also talk about self-doubt and importance of believing in yourself. We dive into the impact coaching has had on her, both mentally and in running. We chat about the importance of strength training.  Hannah takes us through her recent Gorge Waterfalls 100k win.  Hannah is one to watch, she has some big things coming up.  I loved this quote from her “later becomes never” she definitely embraces that.

IG - @shesallgood21

 

Aug 23, 2022

David is recovering from a nagging achilles issue and Dawn conitnues to consult on how best to get past the pain.  Dawn shares her Badwater story and even though things didn't go as planned she is happy to be on the other end of it all healthy.  Enjoy the show!

Aug 23, 2022

Scott has a great talk with Nick and Jackson about training and what to expect in the near future with their training.  The idea of staying present in running and worklife came up as Nick is about to head back to school to teach and Jackson's work flow changes seasonally.  It was a great call and we hope you all enjoy!

Aug 23, 2022

Alexa Hasman lives in Portland, Oregon and is a mom to two small humans, ages 5 and 7. She owns a coaching business called Fit Life which she opened in 2014. She likes to make each of her clients feel special and empowered as they work towards their goals. She also owns a race company with her business partner, Zina. They purchased it a year and a half ago and just kicked off their second season of races. The company is called Gorgeous Relay Series and they do one day relays in the most beautiful parts of Oregon. They can also be run as ultras, as a single person team and that is something Alexa is most passionate about growing for this business. Alexa is currently finishing her dual masters in exercise science and sports psychology and will then be pursuing her PhD in sports psychology. In her free time, she is a passionate ultrarunner with a love for the longer and more mountainous races.

Did you ever meet someone that felt so familiar?  That is how we felt when talking to Alexa.  We had a great conversation about how she is using her coaching business and race company to empower women.  You feel her passion for this when she speaks.  Alexa is also a busy mom of two young children.  It is always interesting to hear how inspiring women balance priorities.  We also discuss her recent 100 miler and the community she has embraced and is working to build.  We recorded this one on a Friday morning.  It was the best way to kick off the weekend! 

IG - @alexahasman
Owner/Coach: @fitliferunlife
Owner/Race Director: @gorgeousrelayseries
•ultrarunner •vegan athlete •mom
Aug 17, 2022

Once again Dayna and Natalie prove to be the disciplined and coachable runners we hope for with this project.  Natalie gets back to Colorado and Dayna keep plugging away.  Someone is worried about alligators in Florida. Ellie shares her epic berry expeditions.  It was a great chat and we hope you enjoy it all!

Aug 16, 2022

Ultra runner Pam Smith shares her training and race experience with the epic Badwater 135 run through Death Valley.  We talk about why she thinks confidence is underrated and how she prepared for Badwater.   It's a great chat that shows how many different ways strong runners get to the finish line!  Enjoy the show!

Aug 16, 2022

Christy has been playing sports since she was a young girl and carried her love for Soccer into high school where she played Varsity and was captain her senior year. She absolutely hated running and can remember barely finishing the one mile run during try-outs. Fast forward a few years, Christy continued playing on co-ed leagues, and stayed semi active, but soon after she married her husband, got pregnant with her first daughter, Emma, and two years later, had her second daughter Carleigh. After her second daughter, she started to run more to get back into shape, and when she was finally hitting her groove, BAM, she found out she was pregnant with baby number 3. Baby 3 would be the turning point of her entire life, where she soon found out at 20 weeks that her son, Alex, had Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) and would later pass away at 24 weeks pregnant. After losing Alex, Christy created a social media page called All For Alex where she set a goal to run 100 miles in July to honor his short life. This page allowed the community and even people from around the world to join in with this July goal and friends, families and strangers were flooding the page with running pictures in July in honor of Alex.  Since that day, Christy hasn't slowed down...well actually she did when she got pregnant again in September with identical twin boys who were born that following May. 

Lauren first started running in 2015 after a tragic house fire. She was living in an apartment where she found the apartment gym one day and would run to relieve the stress. When the stress or anxiety would consume her, she started to hit the pavement and never looked back. Lauren continued running throughout the years, finished her first half marathon,  and even while pregnant with her daughter in 2021, continued to run and stay active . Christy and Lauren have always been super close, but when Christy moved on the same street as Lauren, they started to chat more about crazy challenges which one would always convince the other to do. 

They have both ran at least one race a month for over two years, completed the 24-hour Yeti ultra-challenge, and they just completed their first 12 hour ultra this past August. 

We had a blast hanging out with Christy and Lauren.  We discuss their super fun Instagram.  They talk about how it keeps them motivated and accountable.  We also talk about balancing family, work and staying healthy.  They have some great advice for those of us trying to find balance.  Their support of each other is really special.  They are very different runners but always work together to achieve big goals and keep each other going.  We love these stories of support.  Enjoy!

 

IG- BecomingUltraMoms

Aug 12, 2022

Liza Howard trained in the Texas heat and the Lifetime fitness sauna for the effort that is Badwater 135.  Crazy heat, stomach issues, hypernatremia and more didn't keep her from finishing. Enjoy the chat today on the show and be sure to check out our updated website!

Aug 9, 2022

Coach Ellie is moving her runners right along as they have not missed a single run in their training so far.. Pretty amazing to be honest.  Dayna deals with extreme Texas heat and Natalie finds a way to check out the Badwater course.  Enjoy the show!

Aug 9, 2022

Angela Tortorice lined up for her first marathon in support of her former husband, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997. Since then, she has taken part in 999 marathons across North America and all 50 U.S. states. Through this journey, she has raised over $170,000 for MS. On April 2, 2022 she finished her 1,000th marathon at the Irving Marathon in Irving, Texas making her the youngest woman to complete 1,000 marathons, at the age of 54 years old. She also holds the record for most marathons run in a calendar year but a woman (129).

Most people have running one marathon on their bucket list.  Running 1,000 seems unimaginable to most people but Angela is not like most people.  On this podcast she talks about why the marathons and raising money for Multiple Sclerosis is so important to her.  We also talk about how she has managed her life to achieve this huge accomplishment.  She also shares some mental tricks that have come in handy over the last 25 years. Angela is proof that if you are committed and passionate about something you can accomplish big things.  

 

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Aug 5, 2022

The training continues for Jackson and Nick as they both ramp up their efforts.  Nick is looking for a good effort at a half marathon this weekend and Jackson is getting his head around longer efforts and more time training with the balance of family life.  Enjoy the show!

Aug 5, 2022

On this episode Dawn shares her crazy Badwater experience and Dave is flying solo after Makena drops out of the project.  Enjoy the show!

Aug 2, 2022

Hey friends, we are back for another season!  Catch up with us after our month off and let's chat about some upcoming guests!

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