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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: September, 2023
Sep 30, 2023

Scott and Jason Fitzgerald catch up on all things running from group run etiquette to losing his voice cheering for one mile racers.  We talk about why he has kept a running journal for decades and so much more in a fun conversation from the Strength Running founder. 

 

 

Sep 21, 2023

Scott had a chance to interview Phil Parsons the day before he embarks on the 444 mile Natchez Trace effort.

The Natchez Trace is a 444-mile stretch of road that begins in Nashville and ends in Natchez, MS. To date, no one holds the record for the fastest known time (FKT), Natchez-trace-parkway-FKT completing the southbound journey on foot. This adventure is exactly what I am going to do this September — Suicide Awareness Month — to bring awareness to the issues of mental health and suicide among Veterans. 

His story is one that is too commonly ended with a less positive outcome.  We have to love on our veterans and share what is bringing them together!  Running is often the answer, or a piece of it.  Hope you enjoy the show!

Sep 15, 2023

On this episode of the Season 14 launch, Scott has the script flipped on him and is interviewed by client and friend, Cale Pearson.

They talk about:

  • What kind of coaching style Scott has
  • Heavy lifting day or HIIT workout preference
  • Morning or evening training sessions?
  • Importance of being present 
  • Who should apply for Season 14

Be sure to check out the episode with the RD of the Red Rocks of Sedona Trail Races, Erica.  

Be sure to share this episode and the other Season 14 shows with someone who needs to run their first ultra!

Apply NOW!

Sep 15, 2023

Lindsay LaForce joins Scott to talk about her background as a PT and coach over the years.  She will be our newest coach on this Season 14. 

Some of the things we covered:

  • Why strength training is so important for injury prevention
  • How she manages her time as a mom of 4 and athlete
  • The types of runners she would love to see apply for the project
  • Ideas on training through the winter

 

Be sure to check out the episode with the RD of the Red Rocks of Sedona Trail Races, Erica.  

Be sure to share this episode and the other Season 14 shows with someone who needs to run their first ultra!

Apply NOW!

Sep 15, 2023

Ian Sharman and his company Sharman Ultra have been partners with Becoming Ultra since the first season way back in 2015.  His insights to the sport and coaching are always interesting and today we took some time to talk about a bunch of stuff to get you pumped for the new season.

Some of the things we covered:

  • What is new, if anything, with the sport.
  • How coaching is evolving
  • The types of athletes he would love to see apply.

Be sure to check out the episode with the RD of the Red Rocks of Sedona Trail Races, Erica.  

Be sure to share this episode and the other Season 14 shows with someone who needs to run their first ultra!

Apply NOW!

Sep 15, 2023

Addie Bracy has had an awesome running career and life that started at an early age wanting to run with her dad.  On today's show, we get to introduce the newest coach for Season 14 and learn a bunch along the way.

Some of the things we covered:

  • How she got into running
  • Why her major was track and cross country at UNC
  • How she got into ultra running and learned so much the hard way
  • Why she delved so deep into the psychology of sport
  • Why durability is important
  • Some mental red flags for runners to be aware of and who she is excited to see apply for Season 14!

 

Be sure to check out the episode with the RD of the Red Rocks of Sedona Trail Races, Erica.  

Be sure to share this episode and the other Season 14 shows with someone who needs to run their first ultra!

Apply NOW!

Sep 15, 2023

On this show, the official launch of Season 14, Scott hangs out with the Race Director of the Red Rocks of Sedona Trail Races, Erica.  

We talk about:

  • Why she started the races after moving there from California.
  • What the trails for the course are like and why it's tougher than the vertical suggests
  • Best places to stay in town for travelers
  • Why it's a great place for first time ultra runners
  • Why she added so many distances for one day of running
  • Why the after party is going to be so fun!

Be sure to share this episode and the other Season 14 shows with someone who needs to run their first ultra!

Apply NOW!

 

Sep 12, 2023

Rachel Belmont is an adventure seeker; she has traveled the world conquering some of the most extreme foot races to raise money for running programs organized by Girls on the Run. Her career as an adolescent psychiatric nurse has inspired her to take action and to help young adults turn to a healthier outlet such as running.

Rachel discusses the path that led her to ultra running and some of the most extreme stage races. We also talk about her life changing experience at Badwater 135. Rachel discusses how she has found the perfect balance between her career and her desire for adventure.

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Sep 5, 2023

We welcome back to the pod, our friend Andrea Casella Kooiman. Andrea is a person who asks herself why not me and has accomplished some amazing things. Over 150 marathon and ultra-marathons under her belt including Badwater 135 three times, and most recently the Barkley Marathons and Tahoe 200. Andrea has a passion to assist others in becoming their own superhero, she is one of the founders of WeRock, an after-school, intervention program for Middle and High School students focused on the endurance sport of running. We talked more about this on our last podcast that aired 11/29/22. Today we discuss Andrea’s most recent accomplishment, the Tahoe 200. 

This is another great conversation with Andrea. This woman is all about inspiring others and pushing herself. On this podcast we talk about the successful virtual book club she started during COVID. We have included more details about it below.

 Andrea takes us through her recent race, the Tahoe 200. 206.2 miles with 35,117 feet of climbing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Andrea finished in 97 hours 6 minutes and 41 seconds. She breaks it down mile by mile and shares all the details. We love the enthusiasm Andrea has for big races. Be sure to check out her Instagram for pictures and an awesome video to recap the race. Andrea closes with sharing her next races. We look forward to hearing all about it!

 

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