Becoming Ultra



The 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.


  • Season 10:14 "I think I finally realized how hard this is going to be."

    31/07/2021 Duração: 25min

    Mariah and Dave keep pushing and they are both learning how much of this effort is going to be mental.  Mariah takes a tumble.  Coach Basham is back to racing.  Enjoy!

  • My First Ultra: 05 Bill Beitler

    27/07/2021 Duração: 58min

    Bill Beitler was one of the featured runners on Season 9 of Becoming Ultra.  An endlessly curious child of the ‘60s, Bill took a 40-year break from his endurance athletics career to raise an amazing family and pursue a community banking career that lead to two successful stints as CEO at small midwestern banks.   A competitive swimmer in his youth who specialized in the 200 individual medley before retiring at age 15, Bill took up running in a committed way at age 55 and successfully finished the Smith Rock Ascent 50k, his first ultramarathon at age 57 as a part of Becoming  Ultra.  Bill and his wife Terry are the “people” for two fantastic dogs, Toby and Josie, and currently call Cumberland, RI home.   We had a lot of fun interviewing one of our favorite people, who we are fortunate to call our friend.  Bill is one of the most positive and supportive people to ever be a part of Becoming Ultra.  In this episode Bill breaks down his first ultra experience as part of Becoming Ultra Season 9. We get into the ben

  • Season 10:13 Don't look back when you run and other lessons!

    24/07/2021 Duração: 28min

    Jen and Randi are learning something new every week.  Whether it be about pushing through mental barriers and knowing when to call it a day or simply better ways to NOT fall on the trail, they are figuring it out.  Enjoy the show!

  • Training questions: Tara doesn't have easy access to trails but needs to train for lots of vertical!

    24/07/2021 Duração: 15min

    We love hearing from you all and this was a great question from one of our listeners. What do you do when you can't get out to trails very often?  You are nervous about that big mountain run but can't run bigs mountains.  Don't worry, it's pretty common and we have some great answers for you!  

  • My First Ultra: 04 Bryan Debshaw

    20/07/2021 Duração: 54min

    Bryan has been a runner most of his life but has suffered some major setbacks that would sideline most of us for good.  He has not given up on his love of running and has accomplished some epic things, Tahoe200, Air force marathon, Marine corp. marathon. Chicago marathon 3 x’s, Big Foot 200, Moab 240, Deliriouswest 200 just to name a few.  Bryan is also a husband and father, retired from the military with 30 years of service and currently the owner and CEO of Polaris Laboratories.     What a great conversation we had with Bryan.  Bryan has a passion for inspiring others and it really comes through.  In this podcast Bryan shares his struggles with some substantial injuries and how he overcame them.  He takes us on some of his great trail running adventures and gives some solid advice on how to manage the family, work, life balance.  We left this one feeling like there are some big adventures ahead of us and we can tackle them.  We hope you feel the same! Here is a quote from Bryan I think we can all relate to.

  • Season 10:12 Accountability in training and 5k trials.

    19/07/2021 Duração: 34min

    Coach Hillary catches up with Bailey and Katie as they finish up their 5k trials early on in the training.  They also talk about the accountability in training and the upcoming effforts!

  • Season 10:11 Achilles and lower leg issues, new trail shoe experience!

    14/07/2021 Duração: 28min

    Miranda tries out some new gear after years of road running.  Melissa deal with a little achilles, low leg issue (tightness).  Listen in to see how their coach Ellie guides them through some new training concepts!  

  • Season 10:10 Stomach issues and how to gauge effort.

    13/07/2021 Duração: 29min

    Dave asks a great question about how to know how hard to push.  Mariah is dealing with some stomach issues on the longer runs.  Coach Basham helps them through it all even with her own epic runs coming up!  They both let us know how their 5k trial went too.  Enjoy the show!

  • My First Ultra: 03 Ian Sharman

    13/07/2021 Duração: 51min

    Ian has been racing around the world in all styles of event since 2005 and coaching since 2010, having run over 200 ultras and marathons (PR: 2:21) in every type of weather and on all terrains. He's won over 50 multi-day races/road marathons/trail ultras or adventure races with experience of running in many mountain ranges, including the Himalayas, Andes, Rockies and European Alps. He also holds the fastest time in a trail 100-mile race by a Brit (12h44m), the record for the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (69h49m), has won the USATF 100-mile trail championship twice and is a four-time Leadville Trail 100 Champion. Ultra-Running Magazine has voted him as high as 2nd in its annual Ultra Runner of the Year rankings and 4th= in Ultra Runner of the Decade. What a treat it was for us to be able to interview our running coach.  Ian shares stories about his many adventures including coming to the US (hello, visa process) and more importantly his first ultra.  He is truly one of the most optimistic and positive people we

  • Season 10:09 Jennifer and Randi fall down but they get up again!

    09/07/2021 Duração: 26min

    Jennifer and Randi both complete their 5k trial and are following the training really well!  Randi had a shoulder injury scare early in the training but seems to be doing well now!  Jennifer had a challenging interval set on the treadmill for a new format and they both had little trail falls recently. All in all, a great start to Season 10 for these awesome women!

  • My First Ultra: 02 Matt Fitzgerald

    06/07/2021 Duração: 47min

    Matt Fitzgerald is an endurance sports author, coach, and nutritionist. His many books include The Comeback Quotient, 80/20 Running, and The Endurance Diet and How Bad Do You Want It. Matt’s writings have also appeared in numerous magazines, including Outside and Runner’s World, and on popular websites such as and  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 are excited to have Matt share is first humbling ultra-experience with us.  In this podcast Matt gets real on the challenges of being a lifelong road runner and switching to trails.  Matt also opens up about his struggles since getting COVID-19 and what running is like for him now.  We loved learning more about Matt and left this one more optimistic and inspired.  To learn more about Matt, visit the following: IG: fitzgerald.matt Twitter: @ mattfitwriter Websites

  • Season 10:08 Meet Melissa and Miranda!

    04/07/2021 Duração: 29min

    Coach Ellie Greenwood gets to meet her Season 10 runners Melissa and Miranda during their first call of the season.  Both are seasoned road runners but it looks like trails might be a new adventure for them.  Enjoy!

  • Season 10: 07 Meet Dave and Mariah!

    04/07/2021 Duração: 30min

    Enjoy the newest episode where coach Amanda Basham meets her runners for the newest season of Becoming Ultra.  Dave and Mariah have totally different stories but both are primed for a great experience.. Enjoy the show!

  • My First Ultra: 01 Jeffrey Binney

    29/06/2021 Duração: 50min

    Jeffrey James Binney is a Salt Lake City based ultra-runner, motivational speaker, actor, singer, and comedian.  Jeffrey grew up on a farm in Laredo, MO before moving to Brooklyn, NY & later Los Angeles after receiving his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from Missouri State University.  Jeffrey has been seen on Late Night with David Letterman, in the 1st National Tour and Chicago Company of the Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and at comedy clubs and festivals across the country.  Jeffrey’s award-winning film, Once Is Enough, chronicles his journey after losing his mom to obesity-caused heart disease. We all love a good first ultra-story and Jeffrey has a fantastic one.  If you thought his documentary, Once Is Enough, told the entire story just wait because there is more.  Jeffrey will keep you entertained as we discuss his journey to Becoming Ultra.  We could not think of a better guest for our first My First Ultra podcast.  We hope you enjoy this one as much as we did.

  • Season 10:06 Coach Hillary Allen meets her runners Bailey and Katie for the first time!

    28/06/2021 Duração: 30min

    On the first call of the season for first time Becoming Ultra coach Hillary Allen, we get to meet her runners Bailey of Colorado and Katie of California.  Lots of great energy and excitement that will surely lead to an epic training season.  Enjoy!

  • Season 10:05 Introducing Randi and Jennifer!

    28/06/2021 Duração: 24min

    The first calls of Season 10 runners and their coaches are starting to leak out.  On this call, Scott meets Randi from Wisconsin and Jennifer from Arizona.  They will both have unique and challenging training and we can't wait to follow along!

  • Liza Howard and the Keys 100!

    22/06/2021 Duração: 31min

    Liza Howard comes on to share her wild experience racing in the Florida Keys recently.  What it took to finish, and even win the dang race!!  Be sure to support Band Of Runners after listening!

  • Season 10:04 The selection show for Season 10.

    15/06/2021 Duração: 30min

    On this episode Scott, Hillary, Ellie, and Amanda sit down to pick the runners for season 10.  Big shout out to everyone who put themselves out there and applied!  Time to do the work now!

  • Season 10:03 The Audio Applications for Season 10

    15/06/2021 Duração: 14min

    For every Season our application process includes an audio portion where we can get to know the runners a bit better before choosing who to coach for the project.  This episode is a collection of all of the audio applicants for Season 10.  Enjoy! 

  • Season 10:02 The coaches of Season 10 talk about running back east, who they think should apply!

    03/06/2021 Duração: 23min

    Hang out with coaches Hillary Allen, Amanda Basham, Ellie Greenwood, and Scott Jones as they get pumped for Season 10 to begin.  They talk about east coast running, the types of people who should apply, and more.  Enjoy.  While you are at it, apply!

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