This is the first episode introducing the runners of Season 13. Delorean will be running his first 50 miler while he tends to family issues like raising young kids and his wife's cancer treatment as well as a busy work life. Chelsea will be running her first 50k in the state she grew up in and is looking to prove to herself what she is capable of. They are being coached by Scott and today's call captures their first time meeting as well. Enjoy the show!
Jennifer E. Rizzo is an ultramarathon runner and award-winning writer from Marblehead, Massachusetts. Her work has been published by Vanity Fair, Motherwell Magazine, and Moms Don’t Have Time to Write. She is a wife and mom to two humans and one dog and is trying to tame a newly adopted semi-feral cat.
We love a guest that when you are chatting it feels so comfortable and authentic. Jennifer is very honest about what it takes to balance family, career, and ultra-running. She shares what ultra-running adds to her life and how she uses it in all areas to improve. On this podcast we get into the hard choices it takes to accomplish your goals. We also talk about Jennifer’s 2021 and 2022 Riverlands 100 attempts. This is a great story! Jennifer shares her experience of crewing for a blind runner and how that has impacted her life.
IG - @jennifererizzo
Scotty Kummer Started Ten Junk Miles around the sane time we got rolling with Becoming Ultra. We bounce around a bunch of topics on the show today from the uniqueness of the 100 miler he race directs to the importance of consistency in running and podcasting. Enjoy the show!
Dusty Hardman was born and raised in New Jersey and lived in Boulder, CO and Victor, ID. She started running in Teton Valley, ID around 2007. Inspired by an interview with Lisa Smith-Batchen in Running Magazine Dusty started running. Starting with a marathon and within two years tackling the Bear 100 in Utah. Having health issues, it took Dusty a while to dial in her training, medications, and overall health. It didn’t take Dusty long to start tackling amazing adventures such as the Barkley Marathons, Badwater 146, Vol State and running across Florida from Coco Beach to Withlacoochie Bay on the Florida Trail. Dusty is one of only a handful of people to complete Badwater 146 and only the second woman. Dusty is inspired by all the amazing ultra-runners she has met and feels honored to toe the line, hang out with or even have so much in common with all of them.
Dusty is one of those amazing unassuming athletes that you probably have never heard of. She has been setting big goals and having incredible adventures for a long time. On this episode we talk about what led Dusty to three Barkley Marathon attempts and the Badwater 146. Dusty also shares some great stories about meeting her ultra-running role models along the way. We discuss health struggles and how that has affected her training and mindset. This one covers a lot; you will enjoy getting to know Dusty.
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!
Join Scott, Hillary, Annie, and Amanda as they choose the runners for Season 13 of the Becoming Ultra Project!
Matt Fitzgerald is an endurance sports author, coach, and nutritionist. His many books include The Comeback Quotient, 80/20 Running, and The Endurance Diet, How Bad Do You Want It and his latest book, On Pace, Discover How To Run Every Race At Your Real Limit. Matt’s writings have also appeared in numerous magazines, including Outside and Runner’s World, and on popular websites such as podiumrunner.com and nbcnews.com. He is a cofounder of 80/20 Endurance and the creator of the Diet Quality Score smartphone app. A lifelong endurance athlete, he speaks frequently at events throughout the United States and internationally.
We always love talking to Matt. He has so much knowledge, we are always grateful to learn from him and share with you. On this podcast we discuss his latest book, On Pace, Discover How To Run Every Race At Your Real Limit. We talk about all things pacing, including:
This book is a great reference book to have on hand. Grab a copy and enjoy the podcast!
Every runner stops getting faster at some point, but pacing is something that any runner can get better at indefinitely.
The true winner among competitive runners is not the swiftest but the happiest, and the happiest runner is the freest runner, and the freest runner is the runner who has most fully mastered the art of finding his or her limit.
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From across the country, and world, applicants shared the reasons they wanted to be a part of the Becoming Ultra Project! We will be choosing during the selection show so stay tuned. Thanks for listening.
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!
You have put in so much work over this challenge. If you completed it all I would love to hear from you so shoot me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to know what your experience was like!
The 12th run is here! We call this the grateful run.. The goal is to reflect on the things in your life you are grateful for and have fun doing it! Every 10 minutes for 50 minutes you will focus on a different aspect to be grateful for. I came up with this while visiting my family years ago and even recorded a video explaining. You can watch it here if you like.
I personally am grateful you are a part of this all!
The Grateful Run
1-10: For a working body
11-20. For a working mind
21-30 for important people in your life
31-40 for important people you have lost
41-50 for your future
If you liked this challenge, maybe you'll like a year long one I came up with called the Be Ultra Year.
In any case,
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and thanks so much!
On the 11th Run Of Christmas...
11 accelerations @ 100 meters
How it's done:
This is a fun one to coach in person so you have to self manage this one to be smart and avoid any tweaks. For some of you the peak pace is going to look like a sprint and for some it'll look like a fast jog. Be sure to slow down slowly. Meters can be interchangeable with yards as it is just a good way to visualize the effort!
See you tomorrow for the last and 12th run!
On the 10th Run of Christmas...
We hope you are enjoying this challenge. The 10th run isn't necessarily hard but it is time consuming.
Go for a double digit run OR go for your longest run. Go out and spend some time in the fresh air and have a good one!
If your longest run to date is 5 miles we would suggest to not add more than a couple miles.
Enjoy the relaxed pace and the effort you have put into this so far!
Great work and see you tomorrow on the 11th day.
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.
On the 9th Run Of Christmas...
90 minute power hike
How it's done:
It's tougher than it looks. Try not to default to just a walk.
See you tomorrow for the 10th day!
On the 8th Run Of Christmas...
How it's done:
It's simple but it ain't easy. Be strict on recovery. The faster we run, the more efficient our form typically is so keep in mind the end goal is effort and running economy!
See you tomorrow for the 9th day!
On the 7th Run Of Christmas...
How it's done:
This is another good one to practice active recovery in long efforts. Think about running up a hill to have flat and downhill right after. It's a good skill to work on!
See you tomorrow for day 8!
On the 6th Run Of Christmas...
A 60 minute effort at night(or in the dark)
How it's done:
Our comfort zone is meant to be pushed. You've got this.
See you tomorrow for the 7th day.
On the 5th Run Of Christmas...
Run a 5k.
Many of you are going to justify the fact that you are sore, or tired, or don't like running fast and just go and get it done going through the motions. The challenge today is to not think of anything but putting a good effort in. You've got this.
See you tomorrow for day 6!
On the 4th Run Of Christmas...
4 Lunge Miles
How it's done:
This is a great set to learn how to run on fatigued legs. Think mountain efforts. We use sets like these for people training for mountain runs when they don't have access to mountains.
See you tomorrow for day 5!
On the 3rd Run Of Christmas...
3 progressively faster mile repeats
How it's done:
This one helps learn pacing on a deeper level. Embrace it!
See you tomorrow for day 4!
Tracie Hunter is a certified running coach and business owner of IRG Training. She has been running since the 90’s, and just completed her 30th marathon and 4th world major marathon at the Abbott World Age Group Championships in London. She has also completed 2 ultra-marathons: a 50 miler and 100k and would like to someday complete a 100 miler. She has been running for over 25 years, but her fastest marathons have all come in the last year.
Tracie has been running marathons for years (she ran Boston 6x’s) and she is getting faster. We discuss how she has changed her training to make that happen and how her training has evolved as she ages. Tracie shares stories about some of her favorite marathons as well as where she is running next. Tracie is also a running coach and shares with us the joy and motivation that brings into her life. Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get slower.
On the first Run Of Christmas...
Run a 20 minute time trial. These are great no matter what fitness level you are bringing to the table. Here is how it's done.
Warm-up for 5-10 minutes. You should be close to sweating and your heart rate should be noticeably higher. Here is a great warm up for this type of effort.
Then, set your timer for 20 minutes and cover as much distance as you can. Record the distance and make sure you run it somewhere that you could retest in the future.
You aren't allowed to stop the time.
This is a great exercise for a couple reasons. First, it teaches you how to pace at high intensity. Second, it gets rids of some of the anxiety for set distance time trials (think, 5k). Lastly, most long distance runners are fine suffering for 10 hours but for 20 minutes, that's a different story.
Get after it and let us know how it went on the socials. Just tag us on IG or FB!
On the second Run Of Christmas...
How it is done:
This is a great set when time is an issue. If you can run as fast as you need for the intensity, use incline to get more work!
Enjoy and see you tomorrow for day three!
Join Scott as he catches everyone up on ways to engage and be a part of the Becoming Ultra community from year long challenges to hyper seasonal challenges and everything else! Enjoy the show.
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Makinsie Bartholomew came from a background of triathlon. In high school she did swim team and track & field, and a handful of sprint triathlons. After graduating in 2011 she competed in half and full Ironmans. Makinsie completed her first Ironman in 2014 and then her first 50-mile ultramarathon in 2015. She had never done any trail races further than 13 miles and jumped straight to 50 miles. She has completed 4 Ironmans, 10 Half Ironmans, a 50-mile ultramarathon and the Bigfoot 200. Makinsie has a very supportive family and has her Dad to thank for getting her into trail running, together have been able to do some great ultramarathons.
We have so many wonderful conversations but this was one of my favorites. Makinsie has an amazing attitude and a lot of grit. She takes us through her 2022 Bigfoot 200 finish with all the highs and lows that came along with it. Makinsie credits her Dad for getting her into trail running and shares many stories of their adventures together. We also talk about DNF’s in a positive light. We wrapped up the podcast and kept talking. We recorded this one on a Friday morning. It was a great way to kick off the weekend. Enjoy!
Find her incredible race report for the Bigfoot 200 here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TaqjqtoNnoqAiuClvqxGYFIHM9hqpnteyEJEzU3t4ds/mobilebasic
IG - @imkinsie