Becoming Ultra is following the journey's of two runners who are being coached by two of the best ultra runners in the world to finish a 50k in Aspen Colorado. The catch is that neither runner has ever run more than a half marathon. Along the way will be coaching tips, race directors perspective, and the stories of elite and everyday runners on their first Ultra run!
Season 12:19 Natalie's nights and Dayna tries a 10k in the Texas heat.
Natalie and Dayna continue their journey to run their first ultra! Natalie wants to be a morning runner but does it even makes sense to try? Dayna went out fast in her hot 10k on pavement, in Texas. Ellie helps guide these two runners through it all!
Season 12:18 Jackson wants to race, Nick gets past a foot issue!
Jackson and Nick are both doing great from different parts of the country and different levels of training early on. Nick get past a frustrating foot issue and Jackson has a 25k he is ready to push at for a little competition. Enjoy the show!
Season 12:17 Jason tries out "trails" and meets ants, Katie hits double digits!
On this episode Jason and Katie are training more after recovering from big efforts and nagging injury so we get to see what their coach, Hillary Allen, has them doing. Don't worry, we dive into more bird questions with Katie from hawks to babies and what to do if they fall out of the nest. Jason talks about the importance of preventative care! Enjoy the show.
Season 12:16 Dave deals with achilles issues, Makena races a 25k!
On this episode we troubleshoot issues Dave is having with achilles and catch up with Maken after her most recent race, a 25k in Whistler. Enjoy the show!
My First Ultra: 53 Zoe Rom
Zoe is a Colorado based writer and trail runner. Southern storyteller turned mountain dweller, she starts every day with a cup of strong coffee and a good story. Her work has appeared on NPR, in REI Co-op Journal, Discover, Rock & Ice, Trail runner, Backpacker, and Threshold Podcast. Zoe merges her passion for storytelling with her love of trail running in her work as an editor at Trail Runner magazine. She currently hosts and produces the DNF podcast from Trail Runner magazine. Her trail running accomplishments include 1st place at the Crested Butte 100k, Athens Big Fork Trail Marathon and two consecutive wins at the War Eagle 50k. Her running and coaching are powered by the belief that with smart, efficient training and enough self-belief earth is 97% runnable.
I can’t think of anyone else who finds as much joy in running as Zoe. Her motto is pay attention to the things that make you feel joyful and run towards them. We had so much fun talking with Zoe. We talk about how she juggles running, writing, and podcasting and stays present. Zoe tells us why she always knew she would be a writer. We talk about how she found her way to running and the parallels between running and writing. Zoe in Greek means full of life, and we think it describes her perfectly.
Season 12:15 Nick's feet and Jackson's schedule.
On their second call of the season Nick and Jackson are plugging away. We have a good chat about footwear and getting around some discomfort early in the training with Nick and Jackson is balancing multiple time intensive roles with work while trying to get his training in. Nothing too crazy but definitely things most of us runners go through at some point! Enjoy.
Excellent series for aspiring ultramarathoners
The first hand experience and coaching advice is presented in an entertaining manner. I’ve run many miles to these episodes. They are so good I’m going back through and listening to the seasons again.
I want to like it but…..
The production of every episode is a train wreck. Please invest in a half decent microphone. Both hosts sound like they are talking into the built in microphone of a $150 Chromebook. The guest always sounds better than they do. And the noises in the background are irritating. Last episode I listened to there was a smoke detector with a weak battery chirping every 30 seconds. There is literally something going on in the background that will distract you every episode.
Best of the Best
As a newer ultra marathoner, I appreciate all the wisdom and professional coaching. All coaches really offer superior advice that can be applied to your everyday trail runner to an elite trail runner. The podcast is very relatable on every level. Thank you for the content that makes all levels of trail runners feel seen and heard!! Keep them coming!