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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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Jan 7, 2023

Recovery after any race or long effort can be different for everyone.  We brought on one of Scott's athletes from Sweden who ran through the cold and dark night to get her first 100 miler just a few days before this call.  We talk about the unique set up for the run, the charity, and what the goals are for recovery moving forward.  Hope you enjoy the chat!

Dec 30, 2022

Excuse the cheesy title but this is basically how it all went down. Bailey and Katie met on Season 10 of the Becoming Ultra project and became fast friends.  Today's show is a dive into why they both live a certain lifestyle when it comes to food and where we get our food.  More than the light debate, the lesson is that we can all get along with the biggest personal differences.  A good lesson for the world right now!  It's a great conversation and hope you all enjoy! 

Dec 21, 2022

What happens when 6 runners race and run and crew each other all over the country when they come back to their home in Wasau, Wisconsin?  They create a killer backyard ultra of course.  Two of the six race directors and founders of Wasaultra came on the show to talk about how the race was conceived, their big goals in the future, and how it works with so many cooks in the kitchen. It was a fun sit down to just get to know some passionate RD's in the world of ultra running that we all love!  Enjoy the show.

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 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!

Jul 26, 2022

Rebecca Roehm is no stranger to sufferfests as she was the only Becoming Ultra runner to run her first ultra as a 50 miler at the Voyageur 50 in Minnesota a few years back.  Since then she has done a 100k, a 100 miler, and just last week she took on the Vol State run across the state of Tennessee.  She covered 314 miles in 7 days and so we had to have a chat while it was still fresh and while she was easy to get ahold of recoverng from the effort.  Enjoy the show!

Jul 3, 2022

Scott gets to talk with Shawn Livingston about his life and running.  Shawn's life from early sports to military and now, ultra runner, has plenty of lessons about addiction, family, and perseverence.  

May 6, 2022
We sit down with founder and podcast host of Chasing Cutoffs, Ben Mead.   As a self proclaimed back of the packer Ben thought there should be a show about the runners that don't always have the most perfect days racing.  That, and the fact he interviewed Season 4 Becoming Ultra runner Rebecca Roehm who had one of the more epic cutoff chasing races we have ever been a part of was reason enough to have him come share his vision for Chasing Cutoffs!
Jun 22, 2021

Liza Howard comes on to share her wild experience racing in the Florida Keys recently.  What it took to finish, and even win the dang race!!  Be sure to support Band Of Runners after listening!

Jul 22, 2020

Shanna Sears is a runner and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Well, she was for one more day as of the recording of this show.  So why did she decide now was the time to quit her cozy job and go for her dreams?  That's what the call was about. If you are or ever have been considering taking a similar leap you should listen to this one!  Enjoy!

May 11, 2020

Matt Davis from Obstacle Racing Media and Scott talk about virtual running and new and fun concepts you can try from both brands.  We talked about kids, and sport, training, and more.  Check out his Ultra Virus 12 hour and our Band Together series!

Mar 20, 2020

Writer, educator, and coach Jason Robillard comes on the show to talk about 11 ways to prepare for the times we are living in.  As a fellow ultra runner the perspective was interesting and positive for those seeking solutions. Enjoy!

Feb 10, 2020

If you are ready to go and run in the beautiful landscapes in Page, Arizona this spring, this is a must listen to show. We talk with the Antelope Canyon Ultras race director about everything you need to know about the race. Enjoy!

Feb 4, 2020

This one hits hard.  Scott had a chance to sit down with a couple local Colorado friends to tell their stories.  Both lost spouses at a young age.  Both had young kids at the time. Both use exercise and running as a way to grieve. Their kids went to school together but they never met until recently.  It's a both sad yet hopeful story and we hope you appreciate their amazing and heartfelt words. 

Feb 1, 2020

Liza Howard and Scott Jones take some time to talk about all things running and coaching with our ever changing culture.  On this episode they talk about the idea of using performance tools and when it is just too much.  Specifically, the Nike Vaporfly controversy.  They also touch on missed runs in training programs and when seeking too much information as a new runner might be too much!  Enjoy the show!  Have questions?  Let us know and we will feature them on the next show!

Jan 29, 2020

Host Scott and Luis Escobar had a chance to sit down in Squaw Valley and talk all things running.  Upcoming adventures in Bhutan.  Why he is working with the Spartan Trail series and all about the Born To Run Ultras he founded and how crazy things can get at the annual running festival! Enjoy.

Jan 28, 2020

Shanna has worked in social work for her whole career and while the counseling and efforts she puts into her job are meaningful, they can be quite stressful.  In the last year she has been taking steps to use the same skills with runners.  This is an introduction to her and why and how she wants to help!  Enjoy the show.

Oct 1, 2019

Scott got to sit down with Ian Sharman and Mike Wardian after a day running the Spartan races in Squaw Valley.  A place Ian has toed the line many times for Western States he for the first time ran a Spartan race.  We sat down and talked about that first Spartan, chess, the Polish government, and so much more.  We think you'll love this one!  There is a lesson too. Take challenges that present themselves no matter what the outcome might be!!!

Jul 26, 2019

Ricky Haro and Liza Howard come on and we talk a bit about their experience crewing at Badwater 135 and then we dive into the challenge Ricky has for his August attempt. Enjoy!

Jun 11, 2019

Rich is the husband of our very own Steph Dannenberg and he was able to come on the show and talk about his training for and experience at his first ever marathon, the Blue Ridge Marathon. What did he learn from his training?  What worked? Didn't work?  What is next? Enjoy the show!

Apr 9, 2019

Katie Visco is about to embark on an epic trek across Australia and comes on to talk about her life in Montana, her upcoming man powered run on a new route in Australia, and her entrepreneurial life!  Enjoy.

Mar 28, 2019

Julia works hard behind the scenes, but what is Julia like? Steph dives in, in this in-person interview while showcasing the Blue Ridge Marathon. The marathon is in its 10th year running, literally. What makes it special? Why should trail runners consider this one? Hope y'all enjoy this special episode!

Jan 26, 2019

Lyle Anderson has been with Vacation Races day one and has a wealth of knowledge and information for their signature ultra runs.  We talk a bit about his background and give a quick preview on the ultras.  We also have a code for listeners to get a discount for their events on the show!

Jul 20, 2018

Season 4 runners Grady and Rebecca know a thing or two about adversity on the trails so who better to interview Heather Ficke, the final female finisher at this years Western State Endurance Run!  Every level of runner will learn something on the show.  Thanks so much for listening!

Mar 8, 2018

Jesse Itzler is a serial entrepreneur, ultra runner, and general seeker of adventure.  On the show we talk about adventurous parenting, addiction to newness, and mental toughness.  His background is amazing and diverse and to spare the clickbait(y) descriptions about what this guy has accomplished, I'd recommend you just listen to the show to find out who he really is first, then go google the crap out of him!  Thanks for listening.

 
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