Becoming Ultra is following the journey's of runners who are being coached by some of the best coaches in the sport. The runners coaching calls and journey is documented on this podcast and social media. Along the way will be coaching tips, race directors perspective, and the stories of elite and everyday runners on their first Ultra run!
My First Ultra: 114 Sierra Degroff
Sierra started running ultras in 2015 and has excelled in the 100-mile distance. On this podcast we talk her recent win at the USATF 24-hour national championship, what that means to her and what she hopes to gain from that experience. We also discuss a recent 100-mile race, the Bear 100. This is one of the best stories of mental toughness and resiliency we have ever heard. Sierra is incredibly disciplined; she puts in high mileage and balances her time to train and race. You will be inspired to get those miles in after hearing this one.
Season 14:15 Imposter syndrome in new runners.
Amanda flips the script and interviews her coach Addie Bracy on today's episode. We talk about imposter syndrome in new runners and in general and it's a conversation most of us have had if even with ourselves. Other topics that came up were what is the biggest lesson from endurance efforts from a mental standpoint? How does running on trail verse road change the meditative benefits of running? We hope you enjoy!
My First Ultra: 113 Steve Carter
Kris first met Steve in Texas a couple years ago while crewing at Bandera 100k. Steve has done some amazing things. He is one of the most supportive people she has ever met she has never known anyone who steps in as much as he does to help others achieve their big goals. While recently crewing and pacing a friend, Beth, for the Bear 100 in Utah, Steve shared his why. Kris was so moved by it she told him he needed to come on the podcast and share more.
We love a podcast guest that makes you feel inspired to do more giving. Steve is a 21-year retired Air Force veteran; he has been searching to find his purpose and live a life that is in line with his principals. Steve shares his journey after retiring that takes us through his Dad’s passing and becoming sober. He has immersed himself in the trail running community. Steve is making an impact through Band of Runners and bringing awareness to drug and alcohol addiction. Steve is a wonderful person who loves connecting people. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.
My First Ultra: 112 Alexa Hasman
Alexa has had some big changes since we last talked. She is still leading by example and empowering women to do big things.
We had another great conversation with Alexa. She is still busy but has found a way to shift her priorities and conquer big goals. Alexa shares her journey to running Bigfoot 200 and gives a full race recap. She merged her passion for mountain running with the need to raise awareness for gun violence. Alexa continues her mission to raise funds and awareness while setting her sights on Cocodona 250. When we talk to Alexa, we feel the support and enthusiasm for anything we want to accomplish. She truly is our Wonder Woman!
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A game plan for post race blues.
Most endurance athletes have heard about post race blues. In this short one I give 6 ways to plan for it should it happen so you are ready to move on mentally and physically from your epic adventures, races, and other efforts!
Season 14:14 Amanda's work life balance and a future beer mile?
Coach Addie Bracy and Scott chat with Amanda to see how her last couple weeks of training have gone. She is dealing with work stress, don't we all, but Addie has some great tips for managing it all. We bring up the beer mile and have a little fun planning one. Amanda is training for her first ultra in Sedona next April!