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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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Dec 18, 2017

Being present is talked about in all facets of life.  There is a huge benefit to our training when we can tap into what allows us to be present.  On the show, four ways to be more present and mentally tough on our runs.

Dec 18, 2017

Our guest is like many of our listeners, she had no idea what was possible until later in her running life.  Once she got the trail bug, it was over.  She has spent the bulk of her life since running trails and inspiring others to do the same through her writing and actions. Enjoy this conversation about running and trails and life!

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/ultra to support the show and learn more.  If you end up calling instead, let them know the code “ultra” as a referral!

Dec 18, 2017

Well you have no idea what to expect on this ramble-fest but you may be a bit entertained at the least.  Anyone listening in the DC area?  Mark your calendars after listening.

Enjoy the show.

Dec 16, 2017

Running is tough physically but it is arguably much tougher because of our mentality.  How can we get mentally tougher?  Practice thinking about things that will give us perspective out there on our runs. 

Enjoy the show.

Dec 16, 2017

Angie was an absolute joy to have on the show.  Her passion for life and her lifestyle is matched by the wisdom she has picked up along the way. Know someone who think they are too "old" to do these things?  Share this show.

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/ultra to support the show and learn more.

 

Thanks for listening!

Dec 15, 2017

Having a bad race?  Is there such a thing?  Thoughts on how to make that day a little better out there.

Dec 15, 2017

So many runners are worried about their safety on the trails.  Some is warranted and some is not.  We dive in to the things we can usually control and some that we can't out on the trails we love.

Thanks for listening.

Dec 14, 2017

How nice would it be if we never had a negative thought on a really difficult physical effort?  Amazing right?  Well, it may not happen.  Now that we now this, how do we take care of the negativity from now on? 

That's what we try to answer in a pretty short take on the subject.

Thanks for listening.

Dec 12, 2017

Trekking poles can be an amazing training tool for ultra runners. Listen to the show to learn about some ways that you can use them within your training!

Dec 12, 2017

This episode is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people get special life insurance rates.  Go to healthiq.com/ultra to support the show and learn more.

Hills.  When should you push?  What can we learn by watching different levels of runners attack the same uphill? What are a few drills you can do to tap into your efforts on training efforts? 

All of these questions and more answered on the show today!

Enjoy the show!

Dec 11, 2017

Susan might have a stress fracture.  Her orthopoedic doc ordered up the dreaded boot to take precautions.  It is healing up but until then, some changes in the training.  This is a common issue that we are trying to nip early in the training cycle!  

Enjoy the show and Susan's optimism!

Dec 11, 2017

Balance.  It may be unattainable but taking a closer look at how you spend your time is a really good place to start.  We share an exercise that let's you figure out how many reasonable hours for running you really do have on a weekly basis!

Enjoy the show.

Dec 10, 2017

Nutrition is such a big part of our lives whether we run or not.  Framing that perspective is somewhat a guiding principle. As is common sense and our relationship with food.  Simply, there is not just one way to look at how we eat whether for performance or otherwise. We hope this gets you to thinking a bit about nutrition in a different way.

Thanks for listening.

Dec 9, 2017

This one got a little crazy.  Old school answering machines, upset little people, and the fastest typing hands you've ever heard. Oh, we also talked about Heath's training and options for hydration on his runs!

Enjoy the show!

Dec 9, 2017

We all know strength training is important.  What are some things we should think about when adding running volume to a strength problem?

Enjoy the show!

Dec 8, 2017

Red had a great time in Michigan and made the haul back to Texas to start what will be her biggest week of the training so far.  Listen to this most recent coaching session!

Thanks for listening!

Dec 7, 2017

Motivation is a great freaking resource but it is overstated.  Get disciplined and figure out why you want this as bad as you say you do, then act on that.  A little tough love is still love.  Let us know how you liked the show! Thanks for listening.

Dec 7, 2017

Cross training. What in the heck does that even mean?  To keep from going all over the place this short episode covers three types of cross training workouts that should be on your schedule!

Enjoy the show.

Dec 5, 2017

Grief happens to everyone eventually.  The questions for our listeners is, how do we run after we lose someone close?  Who knows?  Listen to what I did and maybe it can help.

Thanks for listening!

Dec 4, 2017

Running while hurting sucks, but it is going to happen some day.  Today's show is a collection of thoughts on deciding when to run through the pain and when to run another day.

Enjoy the show!

Dec 3, 2017

A good baseline run test can be a great way to retest your fitness every couple months to make sure you are improving.  There are also a few other benefits that go without saying.  Especially for the all out 5k test.

You can look at and improve:

  • Biomechanics (form)-  The faster we run the less wasted movement there is.  Running faster sometimes helps us identify those inefficiencies.
  • It's fairly accurate in predicting longer efforts.  Use this calculator to find out what your 5k time predict for other distances up to the marathon. 
  • It's an aerobic test.  Important for the type of running ultra runners are doing.
  • It's easy to retest.  Just logging the time it took and your HR gives you the data you need.
  • Mental toughness. It ain't fun for most, but it'll make you tougher.  That is measurable too!
Dec 2, 2017

On matters of the literal and figurative heart, we dive in to offer some inspiration and education.

How to find a max HR you can use to train yourself more efficiently.

Then, how to use the numbers with two of our favorite HR training workouts on the trails!

Thanks for listening and be sure to pick up our free test download on the site!

Dec 1, 2017

There are many considerations in choosing an ultra to go and race.  The time of year, schedule, your budget.  Do you feel comfortable traveling?  What are your stress factors?  How is the weather?  Do you have time to train? And, should you even sign up for one at all?  

This short episode considers many of those questions and more!

Hope you enjoy.

Nov 30, 2017

Eli missed her longest week with a minor knee issue but is positive and back at it. We talk about running through some of that pain and other considerations with pain on runs. Also, how do you figure grade on hills?  Should you even care?

Enjoy the show.

Nov 21, 2017

On this short episode we give you insight to what all is going on with Becoming Ultra in the coming month.  A recording schedule to keep you motivated and learning and some good news about your chance to run in the Rocky Mountains!

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