All Posts by Athlete On Fire

Chelsea is in week two of training with Ellie for her first ultra and things are looking great.  Her knee is better and her running partner is strong.  She also upgraded her GPS so we talk about that as well!

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Jackie is adjusting to a new schedule and new priorities as many runners do early with a coach dictating their efforts.  Over three weeks she has consistently gotten better and made the adjustments.  She has many questions about early training and how to attack it!  Enjoy.

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What to think about when you have time to think?  That is much of what goes on for the taper for many runners.  So, we talk about mindset for a good portion of today's call. Enjoy!

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Nutrition is a huge component to our life that can make a difference in how we perform physically and emotionally.  Make sure you are fueling your body to provide it the nutrients it needs for energy and recovery.  I provide tips on how to assure you are giving yourself the best advantage to fuel your day with good foods and good habits.  This is definitely a topic we will address several more times.

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Candy has a lot going on with deadlines before her husband undergoes a foot surgery that will take him out of commission for a little while.  We talk about flex and off days and how she can best approach her training during these busy times!

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Heather is early in her training with Liza but we still have a great conversation about core strength, back strength, and how she deals with her migraines.  All things we know many runners could be going through.

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Scott and Steph sit down to talk about the week that was from comparing The Dawn Wall, a movie about rock climbing in Yosemite, to running to what to do when your shoes are crazy muddy.  We get to talking about other running things as well.  Also, our new training program, The First Half, is now available for pre sale.  It goes live on April 1st but if you order early, we are giving a $30 discount!  It's a comprehensive training program for beginners to run their first half marathon on the way to a potential first Ultra!

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Kathryn already has our utmost respect.  As a special needs teacher that works as a server on the weekends she knows how to get the most out of her days.  Today, we get to know her and her goals. Enjoy!

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We bring on Liza Howard to answer questions our very own Ginger Gutting has about her upcoming Umstead 100 miler.  Being that Liza holds the course record, we thought it would be pretty cool for them to connect.  Enjoy the show!

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I believe with 100% conviction that every person has the ability and potential to be their best self.  This is not smoke and mirrors...I truly believe, because I've seen people defy the odds and I've been there myself pushing through struggles and climbing over walls to get to the other side.  Join me on this podcast to hear more about how believing in yourself can change your life. 

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What are your big goals? What are your barriers? Have you taken an honest look at your life and assessed where you are and where you want to be. Assessing and finding balance in these areas is a good start: Family, Social, Intellectual, Physical/Health, Spiritual, Financial and Career.  In this podcast I will give you some ideas on how to start finding balance in this crazy busy life we live.

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Scott and Steph hop on to talk about current running events, challenges, and more on this newest installment with Becoming Ultra!  It's a weekly show!

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This is the first Be Ultra podcast by Shanna Sears.  She talks about how Becoming Ultra isn't only about running your first ultra marathon race...it is also about becoming your ultra self.  She addressesinst how fear can create barriers to your dreams and ways to manage those nasty fears that hold us back. 

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Follow  @be.ultra.living on Instagram for more information and inspiration on ultra living. 

Unbroken- Motivational Video
https://youtu.be/26U_seo0a1g


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Chelsea and Ellie get to meet for the first time and Scott and Ellie get to learn as much about Chelsea as they can on this first call. If this one is any indication of the season to come, it's gonna be a fun one!  Enjoy.

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Ileana reached out because she has a big goal of running the 3 day stage race in Colorado called the Transrockies Run.  We go over basic training needs as well as some of the course overview on this first call.  Enjoy!

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Jackie has a crazy schedule that most because of it would never try to train for something big.  But, she is driven and ready to train for some big epic goals.  This is her first coaching call.  We hope you learn something and as always, thanks for listening.

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The idea of being ultra when we aren't running is something we dive into as coaches and runners every day. We wanted to bring a resource that covers just that.  Listen to learn more about our newest installment!

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Meet Heather Ficke.  We wanted to follow her journey this year even though she has run an ultra before.   She is in the same place so many runner are.  Ok, I've run an ultra but I don't want to be chasing cutoffs all day, what do I do next?  Her profession and background is very interesting and we think you'll enjoy her journey this year!

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On this episode we dive into the newest of ultra runner Caleb Simpson's businesses and all the details around it.  Why CBD oil?  What are the facts?  Why is it trending so hard these days and more of the science.  Listen and decide for yourself!

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Meet Caleb Simpson. He has spent the last ten years starting companies he believes in that revolve around the running community.  First, a bar company, and now, a CBD oil business.  On this first installment we just get to know Caleb and his background in business, life, and running.  He is a fellow ultra runner.  On the next episode, we dive into his CBD oil business and try to learn more about the booming business and to honestly ask some of the tough questions.  Enjoy the show!  

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Trevor applied for Season 7 and is going to be coached by Becoming Ultra coaches to train for the Cloudsplitter 50k.  Listen to his story. 

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The coaches of Sharman Ultra and Becoming Ultra sat down to select the runners for Season 7.  They were a passionate and interesting group of runners and we can't wait to share their journey for most of 2019!  Enjoy the show!  Want to be a part of this journey?  Reach out through Becoming Ultra.

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Scott and Steph hop on a call to talk about the differences they are seeing the applicants for season 7 as well as how Becoming Ultra is committing to get more beginners further along in their dreams to run an ultra!  Enjoy

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Andi has a bunch of races and goals in store for 2019 and is one of our back athletes for Becoming Ultra. Right now, Andi is in her base building phase and getting ready to ramp up for the Flying Pig Marathon. What's going well? What's not? Let's dig deeper, and enjoy the show today!

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Rob Steger of Training 4 Ultra has had a heck of a couple years since he changed his life and started running ultra distances.  He has recently written a book about his experiences. On the other hand, Season 7 for Becoming Ultra is launching right now.  The two founders sit down and interview each other about the respective projects that have the same goal, get people inspired to run!

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As much as any running information, time management for our runners is one of the biggest ways we can bring value to their coaching. Ginger has a crazy and stressful job and schedule which you will hear about a bit on the show today. She also just completed an 8 hour race and shares that experience. She just might have gotten lost.  Enjoy the show!

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Today we dive into the background and future of Miss Payton who has been on Team BU since Zion. What has she done, and where is she going? She has big epic plans this year and discusses her most recent two ultras: Bandera 100k and the former Sean O'Brien 50k, and her whirlwind adventures.

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Monica from Team BU headed out to conquer the Franklins 200km race this past week and had great success and many stories. It's always best to get our athletes fresh from the event to relive the moments and have a look back at what happened. Here all about the race and how it went for her, going 100km to 200km!

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On the show we introduce the newest coach for the Season 7 of Becoming Ultra.  Her history, philosophy, and personality all in a quick interview to get to know what she is about.  Can't wait to see which runner is getting coached by Ellie!

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Scott and Steph get to chat about Steph's recent Rocky Raccoon 100k effort and what she learned.  Her husband Rich signed up for his first ultra, a brutally beautiful one in Colorado that we actually just recorded a podcast with the RD of the other day.  We talk about a specific stairmaster/treadmill set that you HAVE to do if you are running hills ever. Lastly, we gave some shoutouts to our awesome BAC runners!  Thanks for listening.

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We are pumped to have the race director for two of our favorite Colorado ultras on the show today.  As you know, The Dirty 30 was chosen as a part of the Season 7 2019 schedule and is run on June 1, 2019.  Silverton is the sister race in the beautiful mountains near Silverton, CO and boasts 11 miles of the Hardrock 100 course.  She dishes on the course details and mistakes she sees runners make most often and shares some love (discount) for anyone wanting to run Silverton this year!  Enjoy the show.

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Today we brought Andrea from Team BU on the show. Andrea is a loving mom to three little girls who are full of energy. Andrea  shares her love for running trails and her goals for 2019 while juggling kids and work and training. Hope you enjoy the show today and come back for even more!

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Today we interview Kevin from Team BU about his first Ultra, the Golden Gate Dirty Thirty 50k out in Colorado. This is special because this will be one of our mini featured races this year in 2019 and we get an inside view and sneak peek on what's to come. Hope you enjoy the show and thanks for listening.

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Bandera has wrapped and Season 7 is on the horizon.  Bringing on a new coach from Sharman Ultra in 2019 is one fo the most exciting parts of this newest launch.  Also, Steph is on the docket to coach her first live Season athlete.  We added 2 months for training so the runners have 8 months to train for the featured race in October. Yeah, it's a tough one!  Also, we added event in Zion, Colorado, Roanoke, and Wisconsin.  Let's all run together and push each other!  Season 7 application start on Feb 11th. Stay tuned.

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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!

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Caroline had some legitimate bumps along the way in her training for her first 50k.  Well, race day was no walk in the park.  Broken bones, infected bee stings, and a long crazy night were just some of her adventure in Texas.  Enjoy the call!

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Sara stayed amped up for most of the whole 30+ miles in Texas for her first 50k and she describes it as life changing.  Enjoy her recap and the thoughts and actions from the day on the trails!

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Candy put the time in and got to experience her first 50k in the Texas hill country. What did she like, learn, and what is next?  All that and more on today's call.

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On this episode of Becoming Ultra, Steph takes control interviewing Rebecca on her first 100k experience down in Camp Eagle for the Bandera race. From a look back at Rebecca's training, to toeing the starting line, and through pacing and looking forward at "what's next?" is all jam packed into this talk. One of our first looks into the season 6 finale. Hope you enjoy the show!

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Red dives in to her second attempt at a 100k finish.  Were the trails in Texas nicer than the ones in Zion?  Listen to find out her experience and what the future holds regardless!

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Bandera 50k and 100k was a grand experience. From the last minute venue change to the last minute finish from one of our runners, it had everything. Enjoy the show.

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Candy has been working so hard for the last 6 months for this very day, her first 50k.  She has a few last minute questions and we talk about mental toughness, some visualization, and logistics before she flies out for Texas. Enjoy the show and this amazing woman's journey!

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Race Directing, like running, throws curveballs all the time.  Bandera had to change their venue last minute and we had a chance to talk with Chris, the race director, to make it easier on everyone.  It's still going to be an amazing day!

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Looking to more crazy adventures in 2019 and showcasing a few of the runners heading to Texas for Bandera!

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A look back to the exciting year of 2018. From Zion to the Grand Canyon and everywhere between, Scott and Steph talk about the epic year and set up for 2019.

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Not all pain is created equally.  There isn't an injury at the end of everything that hurts.  Some pain is there to remind we are still here, and we have no idea where can go.  

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If you aren't learning as a coach, then you aren't growing as a coach. So this leads me to discuss what are some of the things I have learned as a coach this year, especially some things I am able to pass along to help others. I'm sure Scott has his side of things as well! Always keep listening, always keep learning.

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What is a baseline in running? When you start running over a longer period of time, you end up being able to run a certain number of miles without an issue, whether that is 0 miles, 5k, or half marathons and on. What does this mean for the off season, that period after your A races or just the winter time? We're delving into this for this episode on Becoming Ultra! Sit back and enjoy.

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Whether you have to run in the dark because that is the only time you have to run, or you need to practice running in the night time, this podcast will hopefully help give you some guidance. Thanks for listening and enjoy your holidays!

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