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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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Jul 12, 2024

Erin is training for her first ultra at the Grindstone 50k coming in September.  Today her coach talks about her longer efforts and early aid station strategy to start thinking about it while she fuels for her current efforts.  We talk about poles and how to implement in the training.  Enjoy the show

Jul 1, 2024

On this episode of Ultra Nutrition we get a great question that many runners and athletes can relate to.  As your training volume goes up how do you find ways to get the calories in a healthy way. Enjoy the show!

Jun 25, 2024

Jess Vanderbush has many interests, she is an ultra-runner, poet, and documentary filmmaker, she is also the founder, editor-in-chief, and creative director of Eat Clean Run Dirty magazine. She is seeking adventure and connection everywhere she goes.

This was a fun conversation full of wisdom and captivating stories. Jess has many interests, we spent time diving into several of them. She takes us back to how her journey into ultras started and how ultras have led her to all the adventures she pursues now. We also talk about the Orcas Island race and what inspires Jess to take on challenges. Jess lives her life driven by the motto, the only regrets you have are the chances you did not take. We think you will love this conversation as much as we did.

 

Jun 19, 2024

Nutrition coach Abby and coach Scott address listener questions in this ongoing series about nutrition and fueling for athletes.  The questions were regarding plant based athletes being low in iron and B12. We hope you enjoy!

Jun 18, 2024

Aneta Zeppettella (Nettie) is a 52-year-old ultra runner who grew up in Poland but has been living in the US since 1999. She has finished some of the most iconic ultras including Western States 100, Badwater 135, Hurt 100, and Fat Dog 120. She is the second female to complete the Potawatomi 200-mile race. She is a Mom, librarian, community organizer and RD. She is also the co-owner of Empower Ultras.

Nettie is a true champion for supporting others, she has formed a race company that embraces building people up. On this podcast, she talks about her journey to the United States and how she found her way to trail running. Nettie has a powerful reason why she runs. She explains how ultras are easier than things we can experience in life. She is passionate about supporting women and doing her part to help them achieve their goals. Be sure to check out the documentary "Nettie from Ohio".

 

Jun 11, 2024

Our friend, Cale is back to share his race experience at the Miwok 100K on May 4th. This race has 11,800 feet of gain – views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, the redwoods, and the seashore. Founded in 1996, it has grown from 70 people to 450. Cale shares why this race is special to him and how he prepared for it. He tells us what it is like to run the first 40 miles in the rain and the difference a good crew can make. Cale ran the last thirteen miles with his coach and friend, he shares how that experience changed his race. Cale shares how his recovery is going as well as how important it is to listen to your body as you prepare for the next goal. Every time we talk to Cale, we feel like we have learned something that helps us live our best life.

Jun 10, 2024

Erin and her coach Lindsay sit down with Scott to talk about the first few weeks of training for her first 50k at the Grindstone 50k.  Humid days, ticks, and other random things that come up in the heat of summer made the conversation. We hope you enjoy!

Jun 4, 2024

On this podcast our friend, Jenn shares her experience of five days taking on one of the most diverse 200+ mile races, the Cocodona 250. We had this conversation as Jenn is still working through all the emotions and healing physically. Jenn was very candid about the mental strength it took to get to the finish line and how she is processing things after. We are grateful to Jenn for being so vulnerable and sharing things about racing that we do not often hear. We hope you enjoy this honest conversation.

May 28, 2024

Rhonda Bompensa-Zimmerman is fairly new to ultra-running. She has been putting in the work and taking on some big challenges, most recently, Sedona Canyons 125. On this podcast we learn how Rhonda made her way to trail running and the impact it has had on her life, how running has been crucial for her healing. She reflects on the pivotal moment she stepped out of her comfort zone and said yes to a group run. Rhonda shares the many ways she has embraced the trail running community. We also talk about navigation struggles (we have all had them). This is a story of no matter where you are in life you can change the direction, set goals, work hard, and find yourself in the process.

May 23, 2024

We have the pleasure of introducing Erin to the world.  She is an educator that grew up on a family farm not too far from Washington D.C.  Today, we just get to know her as we will be talking lots of running in the coming months.  We hope you enjoy!

May 21, 2024

We welcome back Scott Hagerty to the podcast to give us a recap of the Earth Day Buckle Mania, his 8th 100 mile race. Scott’s knack for finding the coolest races makes for a good race report. We also learn a little about the Race Director for this one.

May 20, 2024

Nutrition coach Abby and Scott answer the question, "What is the best way to fuel and eat in general after races and big efforts?"  We talk about fueling so often and really enjoyed the question.  We know during these big events we are running at a big deficit so how do we use our nutrition for better recovery and energy after these efforts was a fun conversation! If you have any questions, let us know!

May 14, 2024

Join us as we recap our latest adventures!  Sometimes we get to do fun things too! :)

May 9, 2024

Tara is a Becoming Ultra coaching client from the west coast.  She calls in today to ask Coach Abby and Scott the best way to drop some weight to be more efficient for big running goals.  It's a popular question we get as coaches so we hope you take something away for your own goals!  Thanks for listening.

May 7, 2024

Joe Hardin is a husband, father of two, ultrarunner, aspiring writer, and an artist. He is also an advocate for addiction recovery and a plant-based lifestyle. 

We spoke with Joe about his journey to sobriety and the impact it has had on his life. He shared how he discovered ultras and the support he receives from the ultra-running community. Joe is genuine, relatable, and full of wisdom. We are excited to see what the future holds for him and hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

 

May 1, 2024

Amanda and her coach Addie Bracy talk about the day Amanda became an ultra runner.  The highs and lows and everything in between.  We hope you enjoy!

Apr 30, 2024

She did it!  Mari diligentely trained for her first ultra over the last 6 months and got to test herself on the amazing trails in Sedona.  On the show today she shared her experience and all she learned from the experience.  We hope you enjoyed following her journey over the last 6 months.  Season 15 is now taking applications!

Apr 30, 2024

Sarah Snyder is the RD for the Crewel Jewel 100; ultra runner; cyclist and loving dog mom. Sarah is also an advocate for woman in the sport. She is paving the way for busy woman to have opportunities to reach the goals they set for themselves and providing support along the way. This conversation will inspire you and make you see that your dreams are possible. There are so many people behind the scenes doing great things for the trail community. We love sharing their stories and passion for all things trails with you.

Apr 28, 2024

After 7 months of training and planning Brittany finally got to test herself on the beautiful trails of Sedona to run her first ultra.  Some heat and misdirection along with and epic finish caps off another successful season.  We hope you all enjoy.  Season 15 is now taking applications!

 

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Apr 23, 2024

On the newest episode with Abby McQueeny Penamonte we answer a listener's question about how to get lots of calories without fat and carbs.  We are here to answer the questions you have and hopefully give you a better understanding of what your body needs to perform and function at the highest levels.  Enjoy!

Apr 19, 2024

The work is done and Amanda is ready to get to Arizona to run her first ultra. She has had an amazing training cycle and is looking forward to celebrating her fitness in the Sedona sunshine.  She has some great mantra's for the run, many that happen to be on her body in perpetuity as tattooes! We hope you enjoy her last call!

Apr 19, 2024

The training is done and Brittany has a few pre race questions for her coach before she gets to Sedona to run her first ultra.  What are her expectations, mantra's, and goals for the race?  How will she plan for the heat?  These runners work hard for 6 months before running their first ultra so we hope you enjoy the show and energy everyone has put in!

Apr 18, 2024

Some last minute questions and a little conversation about specifics for Arizona on this last call with Mari before she becomes an ultra runner! Enjoy.

Apr 12, 2024

Coaches Ian Sharman, Scott Jones, Lindsay LaForce, and Addie Bracy get together to talk about the upcoming Season 15 for Becoming Ultra.  Season 15 will be held at the Grindstone Trail Running Festival in Virginia in September.  If you are ready to run your first ultra, consider applying for the newest offering from Becoming Ultra. You won't be disappointed!  

 

Season 15

Apr 10, 2024

Amanda is cruising through some long efforts on the trails and getting more comfortable in her new running surroundings.  Addie brings some wisdom to call about race as a celebration of the training and accessing your best at any moment.  It's been a great ramp up to Amanda's first ultra.  Hope you enjoy!  Season 15 is taking applications now!

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