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Off The Couch
Off The Couch is the weekly podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) that is dedicated to the wide, weird, and wonderful world of running. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
2 days ago
Anton Krupicka on His Return to Racing; DFW vs. Murakami; & More
We recently talked to Anton about a number of things, including his recent return to racing; his ongoing exploration of different ways to move through the mountains; we get his completely unfiltered take on Murakami’s What I Talk about When I Talk about Running — and that turned out to be such an interesting part of the conversation that we agreed we ought to re-read that book and then later this fall, come back to record another conversation about it. So we invite you to join us in reading / re-reading Murakami’s book and then you’ll be all set for our upcoming conversation about it. TOPICS & TIMES: * Leadville (1:31) * “Psychotic Runner” (5:14) * What were you into as a kid? (14:58) * Injuries (17:56) * Climbing, bike touring, & skiing (18:57) * Influences (23:53) * Murakami (31:17) * More Leadville & a life-changing bike trip (36:34) * Studying philosophy (50:32) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 14, 2021
Olympian Natasha Wodak on Mental Preparation; Her Mantras; Running Playlists; & More
We talk to Tasha Wodak about her performance in last month’s Olympic games; the twists and turns of her running career; mental preparation and the mantras that inspire her; a critical insight to remember during life’s hardest moments; running playlists; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Jonathan is bad at pronouncing things (1:34) * Tasha’s on-the-ground report on last month’s Olympics (3:16) * Expectations going into the games (9:52) * The mental game of running & Tasha’s mantras (13:59) * Sports psychology - underlying principles (19:11) * Super shoes (25:58) * What caused Tasha to quit running (35:41) * What caused Tasha to resume running (42:13) * Running with gratitude, joy, & love (51:37) * Tasha’s Running Playlist (55:35) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 1 min
Sep 7, 2021
Dean Karnazes on Longevity, Reading, & Writing
Our guest today is an ultra running legend. But beyond his impressive endurance exploits, Dean is an incredibly thoughtful and generous person who just so happens to love running. It was a real honor and a true pleasure to talk to Dean about running, his life-long interest in reading, his approach to writing, and what he is currently passionate about outside of the world of running. TOPICS & TIMES: * Depressing jet lag facts (1:53) * Your trip to Australia (5:17) * “A different sort of torture” (12:02) * Longevity & Ultras (14:34) * Reading (23:00) * Writing (26:52) * Ultramarathon Man vs. A Runner’s High (31:42) * Classics (50:32) RELATED LINKS: * Buy Dean's book, Ultramarathon Man * Buy Dean's book, A Runner's High * Connect with Dean See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 31, 2021
Running through the News (Aug 2021)
Today we’re kicking off a new series on Off The Couch, and Sanjay Rawal joins us to talk primarily about track and field at the Olympics, but we also discuss the Leadville 100, as well as the longest foot race in the world, the 3,100-mile Self Transcendence race in New York. TOPICS & TIMES: * Sanjay’s big night (2:37) * Sifan Hassan’s 1500m, 5000m, & 10,000m (4:57) * Athing Mu’s 800m American record (12:21) * 400m hurdles — men’s & women’s (16:30) * Are decathletes underappreciated? (25:18) * Overall state of track & field? (31:42) * 2021 Leadville 100 (37:51) * Self Transcendence 3100 Run (44:31) RELATED LINKS: * Camping in Gunnison & Crested Butte * Mountain Town Economics, Pt 3 * Mountain Town Economics, Pt 2 * Mountain Town Economics, Pt 1 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 25, 2021
2021 Leadville 100 Winner, Annie Hughes
Annie Hughes is 23 years old and is quickly becoming quite a force in the world of ultra running. So we talked with Annie about her preparation for the Leadville 100 and the race itself; waiting tables; potentially running for president (which is related to waiting tables); her plans to run the Moab 240 this October, and what she’s most excited about beyond this October. TOPICS & TIMES: * Congratulations! (4:25) * Preparation for the race (9:33) * Race recap & thoughts on ‘home court advantage’ (9:10) * Other ultra experiences (12:09) * Annie’s running background (14:59) * Approach to training (19:21) * Thoughts on the upcoming Moab 240 (22:34) * Annie’s off-days (25:48) * More on Moab (33:56) * What else are you excited about in the ultra world? (37:01) RELATED LINKS: * Camping in Gunnison & Crested Butte * Mountain Town Economics, Pt 1 * Mountain Town Economics, Pt 2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 18, 2021
Dakota Jones on the Footprints Running Camp
We talk to Dakota Jones about how motivation evolves, different chapters of life, and what led to the launch of the Footprints Running Camp. TOPICS & TIMES: * Breaking bones (3:27) * Footprints Running Camp (6:53) * ‘What you should do’ vs ‘What you want to do’ (21:00) * Dakota’s different chapters of life (26:19) * What ignited your environmental passion (34:11) * What are you currently studying? (36:10) * What does the next year look like? (40:09) * Fundraiser for the next Footprints (46:01) RELATED LINKS: * Camping in Gunnison & Crested Butte See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 12, 2021
Ian Sharman & Dana Kracaw on the Leadville 100; the Art of Pacing; & How to Get Away with Murder
Ian Sharman is back on the podcast (check out ep. 12 for more with Ian) and we sat down with him in Blister HQ, along with our good friend and Ian’s favorite pacer of all-time, Dana Kracaw. We talk about how Ian and Dana met; what makes a good pacer; when & when not to DNF; Tanya Harding; deer costumes; trolling; all-mountain roller skates; and yes, murder. This one is a lot of fun, so if you dislike fun, please skip it. Otherwise, enjoy! TOPICS & TIMES: * Introductions & Instagram trolling (2:18) * Preparing for another Leadville 100 (11:21) * Difference between a “hike” and a “run” (16:00) * Heart rate monitoring (26:02) * The art of pacing (30:01) * Ian & Dana’s proudest running accomplishments (36:12) * Hacking Wikipedia pages (44:45) * Tanya Harding & deer costumes (50:48) * To DNF or Not to DNF (55:14) * Coaching & race selection (1:09:26) * Ian’s strategy for this year’s Leadville 100 (1:17:56) * More trolling, Boston, Leadville, & costumes (1:24:00) RELATED LINKS: * Off The Couch ep. 12: Ian Sharman * Camping in Gunnison & Crested Butte See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 45 min
Jul 22, 2021
Catching Up with Sanjay Rawal + the Importance of “Running Easy”
Sanjay Rawal is back on the podcast to discuss his latest film project about the American runner, Patti Catalano Dillon; how being coached by Patti has caused him to completely overhaul how he trains; and why we all might benefit by remembering to “run easy.” TOPICS & TIMES: * The Reception of the film, Gather (1:44) * Sanjays' own running & latest project (8:37) * Training & the signs of a "happy" runner (16:39) * Running easy (36:27) RELATED LINKS: * Filmmaker, Sanjay Rawal, on the World’s Longest Race (Ep.2) * Sanjay Rawal on Running Dumb, Training Slow, & Finding Joy through Exertion (Ep.33) * Food Sovereignty, Indigenous Rights, & the Film, Gather (Blister Podcast Ep.131) * Camping in Gunnison & Crested Butte See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 22, 2021
Michele Graglia on Going 'Ultra' - Part 2
In part 2 of our conversation with one of the top ultrarunners in the world, we discuss Michele’s book, Ultra, that comes out today; his motivation heading into the Moab 240 last year (which he won); the “art of the pull”; death; purpose; and Michele makes an announcement about a big upcoming project. TOPICS & TIMES: * Today’s release of his book, “Ultra" (2:50) * Running the Atacama & Gobi deserts (5:14) * Motivation going into the Moab 240 (10:50) * Pulling vs Pushing (17:26) * DNFs (26:16) * Death (29:41) * Purpose (37:33) * How Dean Karnazes’ book saved his life (45:36) * The backstory of his book, Ultra (57:43) * Michele announces an upcoming project (1:09:12) RELATED LINKS: * Part 1 of our conversation * Order Michele’s book * Camping in Gunnison & Crested Butte See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 15 min
Jun 15, 2021
Michele Graglia on Going ‘Ultra' - Part 1
How does a kid from a little town in Italy go from working in his family’s floral business to being a top fashion model in Miami to being one of the top ultrarunners in the world? Michele Graglia has done all of that, but he isn’t just about winning long-distance races and setting world records (though he’s won the Moab 240, Yukon Arctic Ultra, Badwater 135, & more). He is most passionate about human potential, helping us redefine what is possible, and motivating each and every one of us to do the same. TOPICS & TIMES: * Why Michele’s book Ultra is a big book but a fast read (2:55) * Growing up in Italy, education, & the family business (11:00) * How a rainstorm started Michele's modeling career (18:35) * Weight, Form, & Nutrition: modeling vs ultrarunning (26:41) * Being disciplined vs remaining open (34:48) * Diet & experimentation (41:48) * Coaching running, practicing yoga (54:23) * Ultrarunning, Yoga, Vedic philosophy, & “getting to the fabric of your soul” (56:08) RELATED LINKS * Part 2 of our conversation * Order Michele’s book, Ultra See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 7 min
May 18, 2021
Unlikely Hikers & the Evolution of the Outdoor Industry
If you want to understand one of the most important developments currently taking place in the outdoor industry, then this conversation is for you. Jenny Bruso is the founder of Unlikely Hikers, and what she has started is a movement that is growing fast, and for good reason. See why. TOPICS & TIMES: * Life, presently (1:32) * Navigating social media & the digital world (3:54) * The mission of Unlikely Hikers (15:32) * Main takeaways so far from Unlikely Hikers? (27:41) * Plus-size apparel & gear (31:35) * Getting real about “average” size (39:25) * Proving to gear makers that there's a market (43:36) * Jenny’s Unlikely Hikers podcast (52:06) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 11, 2021
Jean-Luc Diard on the Deckers X Lab Design Philosophy & Products
We’re talking again with one of the most influential product designers in the outdoor industry, Jean-Luc Diard. He was formerly the CEO of Salomon and played a major role in the development of Salomon’s running shoes (and the first shaped skis), he co-founded HOKA One One, and he is now the VP of innovation for the Deckers Group and the head of Deckers X Lab. Yesterday, we spoke with Jean-Luc about the design philosophy of Deckers X Lab, and why they are rethinking everything from the standard flip flop to the casual sneaker to the suspension systems of very high-end, performance shoes. TOPICS & TIMES: * The Deckers X Lab philosophy & lineup (2:26) * Minimalist vs Maximalist shoes (8:53) * KO-Z Slipper series (31:06) * Suspension & Arch Support (36:53) * K-ST series 35 (44:55) * X-SCAPE series (49:24) * Running-Shoe Quivers (53:29) RELATED LINKS: * Ep.73: Jean-Luc Diard on the Process of Innovation See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 2 min
Apr 28, 2021
Neli Vazquez Rowland on the Run to End Homelessness & A Safe Haven
Neli Vasquez Rowland is the co-founder and president of A Safe Haven, which is a Chicago-based nonprofit whose goal is to end homelessness. So we talk to Neli about A Safe Haven’s comprehensive approach; how and why their model could be adopted by other cities around the world; their Run to End Homelessness; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Running in Chicago (0:53) * What is A Safe Haven (5:14) * What led you to start A Safe Haven? (6:30) * A Safe Haven’s approach (15:00) * Neli’s book, HEALING (18:04) * Who qualifies for the program? (19:58) * A Safe Haven’s housing options (28:48) * How does this compare to other programs? (29:40) * Providing jobs to break the cycle (33:38) * What could other cities be doing better? (38:25) * Expanding A Safe Haven to other locations (52:50) * What policies or laws most need to be changed? (1:01:05) * A Run to End Homelessness (1:08:58) RELATED LINKS: * A Safe Haven * Run to End Homelessness * Neli’s book:…
1 hr 16 min
Mar 23, 2021
Daryl Murphy on Miles for Justice
Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Daryl Murphy about his Miles For Justice project; why he’s been running 5k or more every single day for over 300 days; his running background; his ideas about the future of Miles For Justice; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * What is Miles For Justice? (1:41) * What started your 5k-a-day streak? (4:13) * Daryl’s background, getting into running (5:36) * Did you have running heroes? (25:21) * The process of fundraising (28:06) * Books (35:48) * Acapella poem / rap (43:02) * Interest in writing? (44:29) * The 5k Streak: what’s easiest & what’s hardest about it? (46:20) * The future of Miles For Justice (52:08) * Running goals this year? (56:37) * Expanding on the "idea" of Miles For Justice (1:01:42) RELATED LINKS: * Watch Daryl’s Video * Donate to Miles For Justice See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 4 min
Mar 2, 2021
GingerRunner, Ethan Newberry, on Acting, Anxiety, the Barkley Banana, & Shoe Reviews
Brendan Leonard and I talk to TheGingerRunner, Ethan Newberry, about life before GingerRunner; what led Ethan to start GR and how it has evolved; anxiety and mental health; his partnership with Kim Teshima Newberry; and of course, shoe reviews. TOPICS & TIMES: * On being interviewed (2:29) * Life before GingerRunner (4:55) * Acting Auditions (16:57) * Ethan’s process of content creation (24:47) * The Barkley Banana (31:58) * Ethan’s partnership with Kim (37:23) * Branding / the origins of the GingerRunner name (45:09) * “Making It” (57:00) * Anxiety & Mental Health (1:06:10) * “What shoe should I run in?” (1:15:20) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 23 min
Feb 23, 2021
Moab Red Hot & Black Canyon Ultras Recap + New-Tech Trail Shoes
Today we’ve got some race recaps for you; our initial impressions of Saucony’s Switchback2 (which features the BOA system); and we discuss the arrival of the first carbon-plated trail shoe, The North Face's Flight Vectiv. TOPICS & TIMES: * Race Recap: Moab Red Hot (2:05) * Race Recap: Black Canyon Ultras (8:52) * Review: Saucony Switchback2 (15:03) * Carbon-plated trail shoes have arrived (24:26) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 9, 2021
Brendan’s New Book: I Hate Running and You Can Too
My Off The Couch co-host Brendan Leonard has a new book coming out, so I talked to Brendan about zen koans, piñatas, other running books, kids, alternate titles for the book, and why Jonathan thinks that you should read this book whether you hate running, or love it. TOPICS & TIMES * Best Table of Contents Ever? (2:00) * Who is the book for? (4:23) * Alternate titles (11:09) * Running books & Born to Run (17:18) * From Zero to Try (29:38) * How do books work? (36:52) * The importance of piñatas (41:43) * Running & Love & Your Kids (44:45) * When / Where to get the book (48:03) RELATED LINKS: * SEMI-RAD.COM * BOOKSHOP.ORG See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 19, 2021
Mike Foote on the Grand Canyon R2R2R ALT FKT; Race Directing; & Reading
Brendan Leonard & Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Mike Foote, who on 12.31.20, headed out with fellow The North Face athlete, Rob Krar, to attempt an FKT of the Rim to Rim to Rim “alt” route of the Grand Canyon. So Brendan and I caught up with Mike to get his version of events, and we discuss a number of interesting and important topics that show just how terrific and thoughtful of a person Mike is (in case you didn’t know that already). TOPICS & TIMES * Mike’s attempt to photograph Rob Krar’s butt (2:30) * Racing, training, & race directing in 2020 (12:19) * Races planned for 2021 (17:27) * Getting in to race directing + Mike’s previous jobs (25:45) * Books & reading habits (39:29) * Ted Lasso! (52:16) * Mental Health, exercise, & sports psychology (53:57) RELATED LINKS * THE VIDEO: R2R2R ALT ROUTE See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 15 min
Jan 12, 2021
Ed Roberson on The Procrastinator’s Punishment 50k
Brendan Leonard & Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Ed Roberson, the creator of The Procrastinator’s Punishment 50k; the host of the excellent Mountain & Prairie podcast; and the author of a fantastic Books Recommendation series. So we talked to Ed about all of the above, and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Ed’s podcast, Mountain & Prairie (1:52) * The Procrastinator’s Punishment 50k (9:09) * Ed’s Scary DNF (30:22) * ED’s Gross DNF (36:41) * Triathalon community vs the Ultra community (39:31) * Ed’s bi-monthly book recommendations (44:40) RELATED LINKS: * Ed’s Mountain & Prairie Podcast * Signup for Ed’s Book Recommendation Emails See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 15, 2020
Zoë Rom on Fruit, Oreos, Fireball, FKTs, & Running Culture
Zoë Rom is a runner / scrambler / climber; reader; writer; and host of the DNF Podcast. And we talk about all of this plus her interest in continuing to deepen and enrich running culture; the very specific way to win her heart; getting cut from the cross country team in high school; winning her first ultra with the help of Oreos & Fireball; her FKT on Capitol Peak; what she’s reading, watching, and listening to; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Fruit, books, & growing up in Arkansas (2:29) * Getting cut from the XC team (6:40) * Oreos, Fireball, & Winning her 1st Ultra (12:55) * Moving to Boulder, CO (22:38) * Climbers or Runners: who are more cerebral? (26:55) * Writing about Running (30:13) * Mountain Running (34:11) * How to win Zoe’s heart (35:51) * Zoe’s FKT on Capitol Peak (37:47) * DNF Podcast (44:32) * What Zoe’s reading, watching, & listening to (49:47) RELATED LINKS * Survivor Endurance phone case * Our experience with the Survivor Enduranc…
Dec 8, 2020
Peter Bromka on Running & Writing
Brendan Leonard and I talk with Peter Bromka, a runner that grew up in Portland, ran at Tufts University in Boston, started trail running around San Francisco, and now, is back in Portland where he runs for the Bowerman Track Club Elite Program. But in addition to training hard and running fast, Peter is focused on writing about running itself. And in this conversation, you’ll hear more about how he is currently pursuing both. TOPICS & TIMES: * Confession of being an OTC impostor (4:26) * How Brendan and Peter met (10:05) * Running / Not Running / Running (13:32) * Falling short (25:35) * Peter’s “The Bubble of a Dream” (32:34) * Getting better at running without getting faster? (38:45) * Thoughts on the book, Win At All Costs (42:31) * Compensation & professional running (49:18) * Going forward: writing & running (55:24) * See Peter’s work: peterbromka.com (1:00:30) RELATED LINKS * Survivor Endurance phone case * Our experience with the Survivor…
1 hr 3 min
Dec 1, 2020
Improving Performance by Rethinking Fit? BOA Fit System
Most of you are familiar with the BOA fit system, but do you know what BOA is up to today? Or maybe you’ve thought, What’s wrong with regular shoe laces? We went to the BOA Performance Fit Lab to learn more; hear why they see a big opportunity in trail running shoes; and see how they are working with companies to optimize products. TOPICS & TIMES: * BOA’s background & the Performance Fit Lab (2:29) * Dan Feeney & Kate Harrison’s backgrounds (6:20) * BOA vs traditional shoe laces (8:20) * 3rd-Party Testing (14:28) * BOA’s biggest categories & emerging categories (16:15) * Trail running benefits of BOA (21:50) * Lateral Stability & BOA (23:50) * Working with companies for optimization (25:55) * Different foot shapes & BOA (28:37) * Data collecting with athletes (30:10) * Current BOA products to try on (32:55) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 24, 2020
Matt Hart on Nike, The Oregon Project, & PEDs in Sports
Our guest today is Matt Hart, author of the book, Win at All Costs: Inside Nike Running and its Culture of Deception, which is an important book that everyone interested in competitive athletics should read. We talk to Matt about how he got interested in and involved with this story; whether we should just make all performance-enhancing drugs legal in all sports; who is most to blame for PED use in sports; what Nike’s response to the book has been; Alberto Salazar’s upcoming trial; and more. This is a great conversation that raises a lot of important topics, and after you listen to this conversation, you should read Win at All Costs. TOPICS & TIMES: * Matt’s background (3:45) * The Nike Oregon Project (18:42) * Legal vs. illegal drugs (23:16) * Drugs in sports: who is most to blame? (31:54) * Fact-checking the book (1:06) * Nike’s response to the book? (1:15:45) * Alberto Salazar’s upcoming trial (1:18:51) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out infor…
1 hr 29 min
Nov 17, 2020
Hoka Founder & Deckers Group VP of Innovation, Jean-Luc Diard
If you are interested in product design and the process of innovation, then you need to listen to this conversation. Jean-Luc Diard started as an intern at Salomon, developed the first shaped ski, became the CEO at Salomon, played a major role in the development of Salomon’s running shoes, moved on to found Hoka One One, and is currently the VP of Innovation for the Deckers Group, where he currently heads up the Deckers X Lab. This conversation explores the process of bringing about real innovation, how to make it happen, what to do, and what to avoid. It is not to be missed. TOPICS & TIMES * What is the Deckers X Lab? (3:18) * What is the Deckers Group? (4:25) * Jean-Luc’s background (5:50) * Why outdoor brands used to be narrowly focused (10:08) * From intern to CEO of Salomon (14:40) * Designing Salomon’s first ski (17:45) * Getting Salomon into running shoes (24:23) * Tangent: what happened to inline skating? (31:56) * Starting Something New: Hoka One One…
1 hr 26 min
Nov 10, 2020
Billy Yang on Running, Filmmaking, Media, Moving (??), & More
Billy Yang is (among other things) a runner, filmmaker (Billy Yang Films), podcast host (Billy Yang Podcast), and someone who has been chronicling the sport of running in a fashion that is often beautiful, and always inspiring. In this conversation, Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Billy about everything from cigarette brands to the need for more compassionate critical thinking in our world. TOPICS & TIMES: * Smoking / not smoking (1:52) * Filmmaking & influences (8:23) * Different mediums (16:54) * Immigration (22:08) * Finishing projects (34:10) * LA & moving? (43:25) * NFL and the NBA (51:02) * Podcasting & media (57:07) * Hopes for the coming year (59:09) RELATED LINKS: * YouTube: Billy Yang Films * Billy Yang Podcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 10 min
Oct 27, 2020
Brendan Leonard on his new FKT, the Deadline Dungeon, & More
Today we’re putting our Off The Couch co-host, Brendan Leonard (semi-rad.com) in the interviewee seat to hear about his recent FKT; his review of his FKT route and whether you should do it; movies; his current running program; gas station donuts; how well he deals with deadlines; some of his current and upcoming projects, and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Brendan’s new FKT (7:27) * Interlude: movie talk (9:42) * Brendan’s review of his FKT (12:16) * Gas station donuts (17:18) * Are you a heart rate monitor? (19:12) * Running as a couple (29:02) * The deadline dungeon (33:31) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 20, 2020
Big Mtn Skier (& Trail Runner), Cody Townsend
Six months ago, professional skier, Cody Townsend, hated running. Now he loves it. So what happened?? And will his current training program really get him ready to ski tour up and down some of the gnarliest peaks in North America for his ongoing Fifty Project? If you have ever found yourself in the “I hate running” camp, you should listen to this episode. * WATCH THE CONVERSATION ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 7, 2020
Kaytlyn Gerbin on Science, Volcanoes, & Pretty Much Everything Else
Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Kaytlyn Gerbin about her work as a bioengineer, the Rainier Infinity Loop; running ultras vs mountaineering; why scientists make good ultra runners; cheating on snowboarding; and a whole lot more. TOPICS & TIMES * Kaytlyn tries to remember the name of her dissertation (2:21) * Describe the Rainier Infinity Loop? (6:35) * Choosing projects / running ultra vs mountaineering (10:30) * How much do you tailor training for specific events? (14:03) * Is your brain on or off while exercising (15:57) * Why scientists make great ultra runners (19:59) * Rock climbing vs. ultra running (21:23) * What was your introduction to running? (26:11) * Growing up in Wisconsin (32:30) * Imposter syndrome & start line at Western States (35:09) * Snowboarding / cheating on snowboarding (37:50) * Ultra runner couples & pacing your partner (51:42) * The rest of 2020? (57:41) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 1 min
Sep 29, 2020
Jonathan & Maddie run (and record this during) the Elk Run 5k
Last Saturday, Blister reviewer & accomplished ultrarunner, Maddie Hart, ran the Emma Coburn Elk Run 5k with Blister founder & very unaccomplished runner, Jonathan Ellsworth, and they recorded the experience. Hilarity (and embarrassment) ensued, but it was all for a great cause: Living Journeys. Check it out. TOPICS & TIMES: * Running attire (5:50) * Maddie’s FKT attempt(10:33) * 5k Update: how’s Jonathan feeling? (13:21) * Converting miles to kilometers (17:52) * Listening to music while running (21:15) * Maddie’s FKT training (23:32) * Finishing! (26:39) * Closing thoughts (30:06) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 22, 2020
Coree Woltering on his Ice Age Trail FKT, Catcalls, & Tick Removal
Coree Woltering is definitely one of the most interesting ultrarunners out there, so Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talked to Coree about the one time when a catcall actually worked; why the running world needs to stop overlooking midwestern athletes; Quick Trip burgers and how to remove ticks and deal with bird-sized mosquitoes; and the injury and the miracle that happened while he was setting a new FKT on the Ice Age Trail. TOPICS & TIMES * Quick Trip Burgers & FKTs (5:32) * Catcalls, skydiving & a white minivan (12:31) * Start of Trail Running and Biology (29:17) * Ice Age FKT, Ticks, Mosquitos (40:30) * The injury & the miracle (51:27) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 1 min
Sep 15, 2020
Ryan Hall on His First Ultra; Performance & Weight; Proper Perspective; & More
Ryan Hall is a two-time Olympian, holds the U.S. record in the half marathon, and is the only American to run a sub-2:05:00 marathon. But these days, Ryan has cut back quite a bit on his running, and is currently far more focused on lifting — and his transformation from a ~130 lb. worldclass runner to ~180 lb. bodybuilder is wild. But that’s not the only wild thing Ryan’s got going on — he just completed his first ultramarathon, The North Face Grand Traverse here in Crested Butte — and he did it in the most ‘Off The Couch’ way possible. So I sat down with Ryan in Blister HQ to talk about his first ultra; some of the incredible highs and some painful lows in his running career; weight and performance and his own struggles as a professional runner to find the right balance; the importance of finding proper perspective; and his current work as a running coach where others can benefit from what he’s learned over the years. Check out runfreetraining.com to learn more abou…
1 hr 24 min
Sep 1, 2020
Kelly Roberts on How to Start Running, Keep Running, & Her Badass Lady Gang
Ever feel like you aren’t — or couldn’t ever possibly be — a “real” runner? Most of us have, which is why most of us need to meet Kelly Roberts. Kelly is good at making us feel fine about the fact that we sometimes hate running. And she’s equally good at helping us continue to run — or walk, or bike, or just keep moving. So we talk to Kelly about her moving (and hilarious) entrance into running; her Badass Lady Gang; angel ghosts; and more. TOPICS * Life currently in Brooklyn (8:05) * Best motivating tips / tricks (18:24) * Kelly’s origin story & getting into running (21:44) * Kelly’s first half marathon (30:08) * From first half to first full marathon (39:23) * Badass Lady Gang (46:27) * Coaching (52:08) * Current personal goals? (101:50) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 8 min
Aug 25, 2020
Olympian Simi Hamilton on XC Skiing & Running
We talk to 3-time Olympian, Simi Hamilton, about XC skiing and running; competition & competitive drive; his recent win of the Audi Power of 4; and Jonathan Ellsworth tries to instigate a battle between Simi and a previous Off The Couch guest. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 18, 2020
2020 Running Shoe Trends & Current Events
This week we take a look at the trends in running shoes for 2020. Jonathan Ellsworth is joined by Maddie Hart and Gordon Gianniny to talk about knit uppers on trail shoes (??), massive heels, marketing copy, and we even design our own ‘Blister Pro’ shoe. Then we wrap up by talking about a few current events and get Maddie and Gordon’s upcoming plans. TOPICS & TIMES: * Current Running Shoe Trends (2:40) * Brand Marketing (8:36) * Carbon? (17:00) * The Blister Maddie Pro (18:03)) * Minimalist Shoes (25:05) * Heavier Shoes? (29:00) * Massive Heels (31:50) * Some Current Events & Trends (36:44) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 11, 2020
Camille Herron on Rocky Balboa, Training, & More World Records
What do Taco Bell, the Harlem Globetrotters, a twisted femur, & Rocky Balboa have in common? They’ve all played a role in the journey of Camille Herron to become a world champion runner and a multiple world record holder — and Camille still has some very big plans. So Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talk with Camille about all of the above, including her unusual path to trail running, and what her sites are set on next. TOPICS & TIMES: * Taco Bell update (3:16) * Early basketball aspirations (5:16) * Track & cross country background (12:21) * Marathons & the Olympic Trials (15:27) * Getting into Ultras, breaking world records (17:43) * Next Up: Trail Running (22:25) * Telling Nike to Just Do It (23:53) * Winning the 2017 Comrades Marathon (28:19) * The advantage of a twisted femur (36:01) * How Camille trains (41:15) * Sponsorships & Gender Equality (49:04) * Rocky Balboa & the IAU 24-Hr World Championship (55:59) * Camille’s upcoming plans & go…
1 hr 11 min
Aug 4, 2020
2020 Speedgoat 50K Winner, Noah Brautigam
Noah Brautigam just won the Speedgoat 50K — a very tough race that includes nearly 12,000 feet of total climbing and takes place mostly above 9,200 feet on a rocky, rooty, steep course. A few days after winning, Noah sat down with us in Blister HQ to provide a very fresh and very fun recap of the race, and describe what tweaks were made to allow the event to happen in these times of COVID. We also discuss his background and a surprising discovery that has him feeling great, performing at a high level, and recovering really well. This is a fun conversation with a thoughtful and self-deprecating guy, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 30, 2020
Martinus Evans, 300 Pounds & Running
Martinus Evans is the founder of 300poundsandrunning.com, the founder of the Slow AF Run Club, a marathon runner, a DJ, the host of the 300 Pounds And Running podcast, and more. And this week, Brendan Leonard and I talk to Martinus about modern media, being a Black runner in 2020, DJ-ing, motivation, Detroit pizza vs. Chicago pizza, the Slow AF Run Club Martinus started, and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Getting into Running (5:52) * 1st marathon (11:50) * Music (19:14) * Masters Thesis & Media Today (24:37) * Police & being a Black runner (34:33) * Slow AF Run Club (49:18) * Pizza & Carrot Cake (56:57) * What’s Next? (1:03:00) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 9 min
Jul 21, 2020
Amelia Boone on Mtn Lions, Trail Running, & Mental Health
Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Amelia Boone about being a world champion obstacle racer; transitioning into trail running & racing; mental health & eating disorders; ElliptiGos, mtn lions, & more. TOPICS & TIMES * Mtn Lions, Bears, Snakes, & Sharks (2:24) * Amelia’s background (7:24) * Intro to Tough Mudder (10:35) * Competing & Practicing Law (18:03) * Getting into Ultras (24:16) * The pressure of competition (29:58) * Results vs. Process (35:31) * Biggest sacrifices you’ve made? (39:21) * Mental Health & Eating Disorders (41:56) * ElliptiGos & FKTs (53:20) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 9 min
Jul 14, 2020
Addie Bracy on Her Trajectory, Sports Psychology, & OUTrun
Addie Bracy is an accomplished runner who thinks hard about the psychology of sports performance. So we talk to Addie about her background and how it led her to the study of sports performance psychology; the book she is now writing on the topic; and OUTrun, the organization she founded with her partner, Corey Conner, to empower and connect LGBTQ+ individuals within the running community and to create an environment that is encouraging, supportive, and inclusive to all. TOPICS & TIMES * Addie’s intro to running (3:43) * Highlights from college racing (9:41) * Life after U of North Carolina (10:50) * Coaching & Getting into Ultras (14:25) * Addie’s book on sports psychology (22:12) * Competition & Culture: trail running vs road running (29:02) * What is the mission of OUTrun? (39:14) * The importance of doing what you love (51:00) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 7, 2020
Skid Row Running Club founder, Judge Craig Mitchell
The Skid Row Running Club is “an unusual running club that uses the power of running to improve the lives of those who are at risk of homelessness and addiction” in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, California. And this week we talk to the club founder, Judge Craig Mitchell, about why he started the club; his background as a runner, highschool teacher; the duty of police officers to protect and serve; the need for minimum sentencing reform; and much more. TOPICS & TIMES * The judge’s running background (2:40) * The Midnight Mission & the running club (5:37) * What / where is Skid Row? (7:54) * Who are the club members? (11:29) * The club’s international marathons (12:58) * Stories of specific members (18:10) * Police & the duty to Protect & to Serve (27:30) * Mandatory minimum sentencing reform (33:03) * The importance of jury duty service (37:24) * Best ways to support the running club? (39:26) * Do you have a dream race for the club (42:04) See aca…
Jun 30, 2020
Abby & Cordis Hall on Couple Goals, FKTs, & their Pfiffner Traverse ‘Date Run’
Abby and Cordis Hall are both very good runners who both run for Adidas TERREX and who both recently set FKTs for the Cottonwood Marble Loop in Death Valley. And Abby and Cordis are soon going to both be going after another FKT, this time, on the rather gnarly Pfiffner Traverse. So we discuss all of that, plus the benefits and challenges that arise when your partner is also a competitive runner. And we also talk about a current rule that is in place specifically for women’s FKTs that deserves to be re-considered. TOPICS & TIMES * Something about observability? (3:10) * Setting dual FKTs for the Cottonwood Marble Loop (7:33) * FKT rule that ought to be reconsidered? (12:17) * Their running backgrounds & approaches (14:18) * Relationship Dynamics & Couple Goals (35:47) * Upcoming FKT attempt of the Pfiffner Traverse (47:43) * Running plans after that? (1:00:21) * Cooking recipes & advice for lazy people (1:04:21) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out inform…
1 hr 10 min
Jun 23, 2020
Shaun Martin on the Navajo Approach to Running, Coaching, & Community
Our guest this week is Shaun Martin, who we’ve talked about before on this podcast in our conversations with Sanjay Rawal, since Shaun appeared in Sanjay’s film, 3100: Run and Become. But this time we’re talking to the man himself, and Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Shaun about his background, heritage, coaching philosophy, and a whole lot more. TOPICS & TIMES * Shaun’s background (2:23) * Shaun’s father’s upbringing as a Navajo native (4:09) * How relatable is your father’s experience to your own? (10:55) * Getting into competitive running (16:47) * Running in college (21:13) * Pursuing a career in education & coaching (22:48) * Shaun’s coaching techniques & philosophies (33:31) * Getting into ultras / starting the Canyon De Chelly Ultra (38:44) * Sharing running with your kids (54:01) * Your ultra running career (57:12) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 11 min
Jun 16, 2020
Faith E. Briggs on Growing Up, Running, & Her Film, This Land
Faith E. Briggs is a filmmaker and a runner, and this week, Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Faith about her latest film, This Land; growing up and running track & cross country and transitioning into long distance running & trail running; and our current / not-merely-current circumstances here in America. TOPICS & TIMES * Faith’s film, This Land (2:52) * Boarding school & the ‘nonchalance of wealth’ (10:22) * College & running track (15:02) * Getting into documentary filmmaking? (23:36) * When did you consider yourself a distance runner? (26:42) * Getting into trail running (32:26) * Inspiration & Influence for your writing and films (38:24) * Our current situation (46:31) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 2 min
Jun 9, 2020
Creating Your Own Sport: Buzz Burrell & the Invention of the ‘FKT’
A few weeks ago Brendan Leonard and I talked to the legend himself, Buzz Burrell. In the first part of our conversation, we talk about Buzz’s background, including his first ever long-distance run; starting the first organic farm in Colorado; the time he delivered a baby; inventing the hydration pack; and more. And then we discuss Buzz’s role in establishing the concept of the Fastest Known Time; creativity and FKTs, the process of approving FKT submissions, and some of the trends he’s seeing in the world of FKTs. TOPICS & TIMES: * Buzz’s first long distance run (1:45) * Starting the 1st organic farm in Colorado (11:20) * Delivering a baby? (13:06) * Going to Asia, biking in Tibet (16:56) * Mountain Running (26:31) * Running the John Muir Trail (36:36) * Inventing the hydration pack (47:06) * Giving yourself a promotion (48:36) * Establishing ‘Fastest Known Time’ (52:36) * Creativity & FKTs (58:25) * The process of approving a FKT submission (1:02:24…
1 hr 16 min
May 25, 2020
Zach Bitter on His New 100-Mile Treadmill World Record
On Saturday, August 25th, 2019, Zach set a new world record for the fastest time that a human being has run 100 miles. He did it on a track in Wisconsin in 11:19:13. And once he hit the 100-mile mark, Zach preceded to just keep on running, and he then set another world record: longest distance run in 12 hours (he went 104.8 miles). These are two mind-blowing feats, and you can listen to our conversation with Zach about this on episode 15 of Off The Couch. Fast forward to May 16, 2020, and Zach just set another 100-mile world record: fastest 100 miles ever run on a treadmill. So we spoke to the 34 year old runner just a couple days after his most recent feat to discuss when he first got the idea to attempt this; the biggest differences between running 100 miles on a treadmill vs a track; and his preparation, strategy, and goals for this event. We also have a great discussion about Mike McKnight’s Zero-Calorie 100. And if you’d like to hear more of Zach talking about issues relate…
1 hr 6 min
May 18, 2020
Testing Limits: Mike McKnight on Running 100 Miles, 0 Calories
Is it humanly possible to run 100 miles without consuming a single calorie? Would it be possible to run 100 miles in under 24 hours without consuming a single calorie? On May 8th, Mike McKnight set out to find out, and Mike, who is the record holder of the Triple Crown of 200’s, not only accomplished this extraordinary feat, he did it in 18 hours and 37 minutes. So we talked to Mike about why and when he first thought this was possible; how he prepared and trained for the feat; intermittent fasting and his ketogenic diet; some of the criticism he’s received for even attempting this; and what else he thinks might be possible. TOPICS & TIMES: * What is the history of ‘Zero Calorie’ runs? (1:55) * When & why did you decide to do this? (4:08) * Mike’s ketogenic diet (6:00) * Pros & Cons of Intermittent Fasting & Carnivore Diet (12:05) * Science behind the preparation (14:14) * What criticism about ketogenic diets do you hear? (16:58) * What was your biggest conce…
May 12, 2020
Georgia Porter on Career Shifts, Strength Training, & the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials
We talk to Georgia Porter, co-owner and personal trainer at The Physio Shop in Flagstaff, Arizona, about her dislike of running as a kid; her grandma who was running ultras back before running ultras was a thing; how to incorporate apple fritters and beer into your training regimen; competing at the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials; her belief in combining strength training and endurance training; and why all runners would benefit from learning to love strength training. TOPICS & TIMES: * Workouts & trivia? (1:54) * Georgia’s family of runners (3:45) * Georgia’s ultrarunning grandma (8:35) * Running at Western Colorado University (10:15) * Turning point: going off course during a race (12:45) * Rediscovering joy (17:35) * Georgia’s approach to training for longer distances (24:13) * From paramedic to personal trainer (29:10) * How do you blend endurance & strength training? (34:40) * What are your running goals? (44:45) * How to sprint the last 5k of a mar…
May 5, 2020
Hillary Gerardi, Mountain Scrambler
Hillary Gerardi won the 2018 Skyrunner Extra World Series Circuit, and yet, she still doesn’t necessarily think of herself as a runner. So Brendan Leonard and I discuss this with Hillary, and, turns out, her hesitation makes a lot of sense once you understand her background and what it is that she enjoys most about being in the mountains. Hillary was born in Vermont, but has lived in France since 2010, and currently lives in Chamonix, where she works at the Research Center for Alpine Ecosystems, so of course, we discuss all of that, too. TOPICS & TIMES: * The hesitation to call yourself a “runner” (2:10) * Hiking & backpacking in New England (5:03) * The Hut Traverse in the White Mountains (9:45) * Getting into trail running & moving to France (14:14) * Skiing & backcountry accidents (19:40) * Winning prosciutto (25:42) * Hilary’s work with CREA Mont Blanc (29:16) * What did you study in college? (33:47) * Balancing work & running (37:30) * Getting into…
1 hr 14 min
Apr 28, 2020
Rickey Gates on Running across America
Rickey Gates is a professional runner, a writer, a photographer — and someone who has a whole lot going on. His new book, Cross Country, a 3700-Mile Run to Explore Unseen America, just came out, and it documents Rickey’s 2017 odyssey of running from South Carolina to San Francisco and the people and places he interacted with along the way. We also discuss his Every Single Street project, Hut Run Hut and Bus Run Bus group trips he organizes every year, the current project he’s working on called 50 Classic Trails, and that still doesn’t cover everything that Rickey is up to. Rickey is a very good runner, but an even more interesting person. (Watch the trailer "Cross Country") TOPICS & TIMES: * Rickey’s new book, Cross Country (2:35) * How & how not to travel (6:00) * Bridging political divisions (10:00) * The kindness of strangers (14:52) * From XC racing to long-distance running (20:15) * The Every Single Street Project (31:05) * Media Bias, Partisanship, & Be…
1 hr 4 min
Apr 21, 2020
Jenny & Scott Jurek on Cooking, Running, & Kids
Late last week, Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talked with @Jenny and Scott Jurek. This probably wasn’t the conversation that you ought to have when you get to talk with a running icon like Scott Jurek and someone who is as accomplished and interesting as Jenny, but, whatever. We had fun, and you will, too. Among other things, we talk about Scott’s very first race; Jenny’s transition from climbing to running; Scott’s love of cooking; Jenny’s ambition to set the Slowest Known Time on the Pacific Crest Trail; and the process of co-writing their wonderful book, North. TOPICS & TIMES: * Scott’s very first race (2:00) * Jenny’s transition from climbing to running (7:52) * Sharing a cubicle with Krissy Moehl (9:22) * How Scott & Jenny met (10:15) * Scott’s love of cooking (15:50) * Best veggie burgers? (28:25) * Thoughts on processed vegetarian food? (35:00) * What’s your current relationship to running? (43:50) * Goal: Slowest Known Time on the…
1 hr 5 min
Apr 14, 2020
Freerunner, Dom Di Tommaso (@domtomato)
Dom Di Tommaso (@domtomato) is a freerunner, a certified mind blower, and the guy behind one of our favorite Instagram pages and YouTube channels in the world. He is also a fascinating person, and a perfect reminder that “running” is not a sport that we should narrowly define. So on our latest Off The Couch podcast, we talked to Dom about his uncommon upbringing; his training, his focus, his injury history, and how he avoids dying doing the stuff he does; similarities between the freerunning community and the long-distance running community; and more. Check it out.. TOPICS & TIMES * What sports were you into growing up? (5:59) * Freerunning vs. Parkour? (23:14) * What’s your craziest idea? (33:49) * Progression & training (36:48) * Injury history (42:44) * How to handle massive drops & landings (51:32) * Track & Field: what would be your best events? (59:13) * Your strengths & areas where you want to improve? (1:03:25) * The freerunning community (1:08:45) *…
1 hr 22 min
Apr 7, 2020
Topo Athletic Founder, Tony Post
We talk to Topo Athletic founder, Tony Post, about serving as the CEO of Vibram USA; founding Topo Athletic; minimalist and maximalist shoes; Topo’s design philosophy and process; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Moving to Boston, working for Rockport (1:15) * Were you always into running gear? (5:20) * “Craftsmanship” in the running shoe industry (7:47) * The decision to start your own shoe company (10:21) * Vibram and the “Born to Run” affect? (14:19) * The minimalist movement (21:10) * Where is there consensus on shoe design? (31:20) * What is Topo’s approach to fit? (35:55) * What differentiates Topo Athletic? (40:49) * Topo’s trajectory (44:20) * Which Topo shoes are you running in the most? (46:51) * New Topo products? (52:16) * What’s the best question I haven’t asked you? (58:47) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 3 min
Mar 31, 2020
Eric Schranz, Ultrarunnerpodcast.com, on Running, His Career, & Heist Films
Eric Schranz has been a staple of the trail running and ultrarunning world for over a decade — both as a passionate runner, and as the host of Ultrarunnerpodcast.com. And since Eric spends so much of his time writing about and interviewing other runners, Brendan Leonard (semi-rad.com) and I thought it would be fun to put Eric in the guest seat. So Brendan and I talked with Eric about how he got into running; his work in the music industry and politics; getting started at ultrarunnerpodcast.com; the art of conversation; how running media differs from other sports media coverage; and a whole lot more — including, a rather spirited discussion about the best bank robbery and heist movies of all time. TOPICS & TIMES: * When & How Eric got into trail running (1:45) * Working in the music industry & politics (7:20) * Joining Ultrarunnerpodcast.com (13:52) * Making it full time (17:30) * The art of conversation (20:28) * Finding stories and guests (24:30) * Running media vs…
1 hr 9 min
Mar 17, 2020
Ryan Van Duzer on Snakes, YouTube, the Burning Man Ultra, & More
Ryan Van Duzer has a YouTube series called, Running with Ryan. And last fall, as our Off The Couch co-host, Brendan Leonard, was nearing his goal of running 52 marathons in 52 weeks, Ryan had Brendan as a guest on Running with Ryan. So we thought we’d give Brendan the chance to turn the tables and have him interview Ryan, and that proved to be a good idea. They talk about snakes; biking across the country; starting his YouTube channel; the Burning Man Ultra; and a whole lot more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Running the Caballo Blanco Ultra (1:55) * Bringing his mom along for adventures (7:32) * Running BOLDERBoulder 10K at age six (9:06) * Snakes (12:55) * Suffering at his first marathon (18:06) * Launching a career in travel journalism (21:54) * Moving from television to YouTube (27:25) * “Running with Ryan” Series (30:25) * Preparing (or not?) for his fourth Javelina 100 (35:07) * Maintaining “relentless” positivity (46:10) * Burning Man Ultra Marathon (50:11)…
1 hr 2 min
Mar 10, 2020
Joe Grant: Adventurer, Endurance Athlete, & Storyteller
Joe Grant is an endurance athlete, a mountain runner, a reader, a writer, a thinker, a filmmaker, and, as you are about to find out, an exceptional storyteller. And in this conversation, Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Joe about how he got into running; racing (and winning) the 2008 Caballo Blanco Copper Canyon Ultra and how that affected his life; his Tour de Fourteeners, a self-powered and self-supported link up of all Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks by bike and on foot; and a whole lot more. TOPICS & TIMES: * How Joe & Brendan met (1:55) * Joe’s background (6:45) * Film: The Middle Way (10:30) * From Rollerblading to Running (16:40) * Greyhound Bus Road trip (20:05) * Developing a Minimalist Aesthetic (23:25) * Learning to run in Kenya (26:45) * Running the Waldo 100K (32:50) * Running (and winning) the 2008 Caballo Blanco (35:53) * How the Caballo Blanco race affected Joe’s future (41:17) * 2008: Kilian Jornet & a changing of the guard (47…
1 hr 31 min
Mar 3, 2020
Hayden Hawks on the Black Canyon 100K & Western States
When a 15-year-old Hayden Hawks first learned about the Western States 100, he knew that he would someday get into running ultras, and it became his dream to race Western States. Fast forward 14 years later, and the now-29-year-old Hayden Hawks is a world-class runner, he’s just won the Black Canyon 100k, and he’s qualified to race Western States this June. So we talked to Hayden about his Black Canyon 100 win and the specific lessons he learned there. And we discuss his trajectory from running track in high school to where he is today. But the biggest takeaway from our conversation with Hayden is just how driven he is to test himself and see what is possible for him. It is a very infectious energy, and a great reminder to approach life with passion, drive, and joy. TOPICS & TIMES: * Post-Race Vacations (1:57) * Training vs. Racing (5:19) * Getting a ticket to Western States (7:12) * Black Canyon: what went right & wrong? (12:27) * How & why did you get into ultras? (2…
Feb 25, 2020
Chasing John Colter & Recreating the Colter Route
While most of us know the explorers, Lewis & Clarke, the exploits of John Colter (who was a member of Lewis & Clarke’s famous expedition) might be a bit less familiar, but they are arguably even wilder. And in their short film, Colter: A Legacy of Adventure, Sawyer Thomas and Riis Wilbrecht set out to venture through the territory John Colter had explored two centuries ago, across some of the most remote terrain in the lower 48 states. So we talked to Sawyer and Riis about John Colter and why they chose this particular adventure; the (serious) difficulty of running, skiing, and trekking through this terrain; the logistics of shooting this film; and more. * Watch the Trailer * Watch the Full Film TOPICS & TIMES: * Sawyer and Riis’ Background (6:58) * Who is John Colter? (9:02) * The Logistics of the Route (17:00) * The Skiing Element of the Adventure (23:37) * The Best Moment of the Expedition(29:39) * The Running Portion of the Project (39:20) * Biggest ta…
Feb 18, 2020
Eric Walker on Running 5k for 365 Days in a Row
By some measures, Eric Walker is a pretty normal guy. He lives in Minnesota, he’s not a professional runner, he’s 38 years old, and he’s a husband and a dad. But at some point in 2018, Eric found himself committed to the goal of running 5 kilometers every day for 365 days, and a year later … he’d done it. So Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talked to Eric to find out what motivated him to do this? How did the idea come about? How did he actually pull it off? What did he learn in the process? And is this something he thinks the rest of us should try? And as you’ll see, there’s a lot that each of us could learn from this pretty normal (but pretty charming) guy. TOPICS & TIMES: * Balancing life and running (10:00) * Did you tell others about your goal? (22:39) * The significance of the challenge (27:44) * Biggest takeaways from running 5k for 365 (30:50) * Day 366 & Beyond (38:37) * Varying intensity? (49:04) * Would you recommend this challenge to ot…
Feb 11, 2020
Marathoner Nell Rojas on Strength Training, Speed Work, & Low Mileage
Nell Rojas is fascinating. And fast. So fast that on February 29th, she’s got a shot at making the USA Marathon team, despite the fact that she didn't compete in her first marathon until 2018. But she then won her second marathon (the very competitive Grandma’s Marathon), and now, the Olympic Trials are just around the corner. So we talked to Nell about her unique background; the dynamics of being coached by her dad (Rick Rojas, a very accomplished runner himself); her uncommon emphasis on strength training, low-mileage, and speed work; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Growing up & playing basketball (3:18) * Coaching young runners (8:30) * Being coached by her dad (14:40) * Speed work & avoiding overtraining (21:11) * Nell’s interval training: the details (30:10) * Race strategy & splits (32:05) * Strength training for marathons (37:00) * Feb. 29th: US Marathon Trials (51:10) * Life outside of running (59:38) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informa…
1 hr 3 min
Feb 4, 2020
Liza Howard on Donut Money; Parenting; Age & Expectations; Band of Runners; & More
Liza Howard is smart, funny, accomplished, humble, and by her own account … is extremely susceptible to peer pressure. She’s run marathons to impress a guy, still runs marathons for donut money, has won the Leadville 100 (and other big races) multiple times, is a coach, a parent, a NOLS Wilderness instructor, and the director of the terrific non-profit, Band of Runners. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious, and you are in for a treat. This conversation between me, Brendan Leonard, and Liza ranges from the absurd to the profound; upsets a lot of preconceived notions and conventional wisdom; and will make you laugh and think in equal measure. In short, Liza is a joy, and this conversation is a gift. TOPICS & TIMES: * Donuts & Donut money (2:10) * Winning the USA FIT Marathon (4:28) * Getting into running to impress a boyfriend (9:54) * Winning Leadville (13:00) * Ultrarunning vs. Parenting (17:04) * Trail running in San Antonio (24:22) * Training in a flat regio…
1 hr 2 min
Jan 29, 2020
Duncan Callahan on Winter Training; Coaching & Competing; & More
Duncan Callahan is one of our favorite people, so we’re excited to have him back on the show to catch up. We had Duncan on last July (Episode 9 of Off the Couch) and it was a very compelling and very honest conversation about some huge successes of his, but also about some of Duncan’s struggles and doubts and questions. In this conversation, Duncan and I talked about the increasing amount of coaching he’s doing with Carmichael Training Systems (including coaching our own Maddie Hart); thoughts on winter training; his working through the logistics of being a coach versus being an athlete, and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Duncan’s work with CTS (3:57) * Best practices for winter training (5:25) * Coaching Maddie Hart (7:47) * Are there more injuries in the winter? (12:43) * Staying motivated (13:51) * Balancing coaching & training (18:18) * What big race interests you the most? (29:00) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 21, 2020
Trail Sisters founder, Gina Lucrezi
Trail Sisters is a trail running community for women and an online journal that offer lots of great resources — including articles and stories, grants, retreats, directories for female coaches, trail locations, and races that meet the trail sisters standards for gender equity. So Brendan Leonard and Maddie Hart spoke with Gina Lucrezi, the founder of Trail Sisters, about the unusual way in which Gina got into running; her impressive accomplishments as a runner; the remarkable things happening at Trail Sisters; the ways you can get involved with and support Trail Sisters; and Gina shares an exciting development for a brand new Trail Sisters project. TOPICS & TIMES: * Started running b/c of a bet with her mom (1:45) * Competing in running (6:10) * The story behind Trail Sisters (24:35) * Thoughts on 50/50 male-female lottery (33:00) * Joining the Hardrock 100 Board of Directors (35:35) * Standards for “Trail Sister Approved” races (39:01) * Trail Sisters local gr…
1 hr 5 min
Jan 14, 2020
The Evolution of Grayson Murphy
In 2019, Grayson Murphy won the US Mountain Running Championship; the World Mountain Running Championship; and the Xterra Trail Run World Championship. But there were many twists and turns along the way in getting there, and first and foremost, Grayson’s story is really about her constant push to evolve. Grayson is 24 years old and has already racked up some seriously impressive results. But perhaps even more impressive and instructive is her willingness to experiment, adjust, and explore new ideas and practices, and we discuss all of this and more in this conversation. TOPICS & TIMES: * From soccer to xc & steeplechase (1:34) * Signing with NAZ Elite (18:09) * Getting into trail running (25:36) * Trail running vs. road running culture (29:52) * Navigating generalized anxiety (38:19) * Working with coach Kameron Ulmer (42:29) * Winning the World Mountain Running Championship (47:15) * Grayson’s Planners (52:41) * Interests outside of running (54:53) * Experime…
1 hr 6 min
Jan 7, 2020
Sanjay Rawal on Running Dumb, Training Slow, & Finding Joy through Exertion
Sanjay Rawal was our first guest on Off The Couch, and we are pleased to have him back on for our first episode of 2020. We invited him back to ask about his rather spectacular performance — and even more spectacular meltdown — near the end of the California International Marathon this past year. But in addition to getting a fantastic first hand account of that race, we touch on a number of important topics that go way beyond some race report. Sanjay talks about the concepts of running dumb; training slow; finding joy through exertion; and whether it is possible to run a great time by not caring about running a great time. We also talk about the urban roots of ultrarunning, Sanjay’s latest film project, the future of podcasts, and more. I assure you, there is an abundance of food for thought packed into this episode. TOPICS & TIMES: * The future of podcasts? (2:00) * Lessons from 3100: Run & Become (9:20) * The urban roots of ultrarunning (14:06) * Beyond Bonking: San…
1 hr 8 min
Dec 31, 2019
Diets & Nutrition with Kylee Van Horn
What’s the best way to eat to feel good and perform well? The fields of nutrition and diet are massive topics, as are all of the related issues surrounding them. So on our latest Off The Couch podcast, we talk with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Kylee Van Horn, about the various diets out there; whether certain diets are prone to help or hurt training recovery; athletes & eating disorders, and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Kylee’s running background (2:35) * Her background in nutrition (19:40) * Low-carb, High-fat diets (24:27) * How does sleep affect appetite? (33:30) * Fatigue & food (35:46) * Supplements (39:37) * Athletes & eating disorders (48:27) * Adapting to seasonal changes (57:25) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 6 min
Dec 24, 2019
How to Design a Great Race
New races and running events seem to be popping up all the time, which raises the question: Are there some specific characteristics, policies, and practices that should be built into pretty much every running event? To start thinking about this question, we talked to Caleb Efta, the race director of the High Lonesome 100. Caleb started the High Lonesome 100 in 2017, and the race is already a Hard Rock 100 qualifier. Caleb has thought hard about how best to structure races, so I talked with him about how and why he started High Lonesome, and we get into some of the specific policies and requirements of the event that are designed to mitigate its environmental impacts and increase gender equality. It’s good stuff for all of us to be thinking about how and in what areas we can improve. TOPICS & TIMES: * Caleb’s background (2:18) * Why the name “High Lonesome”? (26:32) * Overview of the race (32:15) * Conservation efforts (37:00) * Progressive gender policies (43:44)…
1 hr 13 min
Dec 17, 2019
Brendan Leonard on Running 52 Marathons in 52 Weeks
For 2019, Brendan Leonard (@semirad) set a goal for himself: run 52 ‘marathons’ in 52 weeks. He told very few people about this goal, and we are proud to report that Brendan accomplished his goal with several weeks to spare. So in this conversation, Jonathan Ellsworth talks to Brendan about what prompted him to create this plan; why he decided to tell very few people about it; exactly what the parameters were for these ‘marathons’; how he handled the logistics; what he learned along the way; and more. This is a fun one, and it might just inspire you to think creatively about some goals for 2020. TOPICS & TIMES: * What did you just do, and why? (1:50) * Defining the rules for these ‘marathons’? (8:10) * Eating donuts & running (20:51) * Why did you tell so few people about your goal? (23:01) * Injuries? (29:25) * What was the hardest part of the project? (32:08) * What was the best part? (34:35) * Funniest moment? (40:00) * Goals for 2020? (45:10)…
Dec 10, 2019
Winter Running: How to Do It (and Like It?)
We talk with Blister reviewers, Maddie Hart and Gordon Gianniny, about how they handle running and training in the cold and on snowy, icy roads and trails. Maddie and Gordon offer their tips and tricks and perspectives on this age-old conundrum of when and whether to run when the days are short and summer is a distant memory. So check it out, see if you agree or disagree with some of their practices and suggestions, and in the show notes to this episode on the site, we’d love to have you share your own best tips, tricks, and practices. TOPICS & TIMES: * Winter running & training changes (10:25) * Dealing with icy / snow roads & trails (22:46) * Winter gear — layering (24:30) * What gear is useful & what isn’t? (32:24) * Work on Weaknesses (36:52) * Work on non-running stuff (39:06) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 4, 2019
Runner & Chef: Kelly Newlon of RAD (“Real Athlete Diets”)
By the time she was 5 years old, Kelly Newlon had already identified two of her biggest passions: running and cooking. Those passions led her to running longer and longer races and becoming a classically trained chef. And these days, Kelly and her husband Morgan operate RAD (“Real Athlete Diets”) out of Boulder, Colorado, where they are — quite literally — feeding and fueling the ultrarunning community, including a high number of its elite performers. So in this episode, Maddie Hart and I talk to Kelly about eating well and performing well; the entrepreneurial story of how she went from training at the Culinary Institute of America, to working on a food truck, to starting Real Athletes Diets; dealing with the huge range of the dietary restrictions of runners; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * The story behind Real Athlete Diets (RAD) (2:00) * The pressure of fueling performance (6:10) * Growing the company (10:32) * Runners’ relationships to food (18:55) * Kelly’s b…
1 hr 13 min
Nov 27, 2019
Stevie Kremer on the NYC Marathon & More
Stevie Kremer is back on the show, and she came to BLISTER HQ in Mt. Crested Butte to talk about her experience at this year’s New York City Marathon — including all the gory details and the lessons she learned; the things about running she truly loves and truly hates the most; how many children is too many children, and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Running in freezing temps (5:15) * NYC Marathon: gory details & lessons learned (8:23) * Cuba?? (23:40) * Books & TV shows (26:00) * The switch from teaching to counseling (27:20) * Winter plans + how many kids is too many?? (31:06) * Thoughts on Big’s Backyard Ultra (33:35) * What Stevie loves (and hates) about running (42:21) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 19, 2019
Cappuccino Cowboys Apologizes + Jared Hazen & Eric Senseman
Mr. Cappuccino of the @cappuccinocowboys is back on the show to issue an apology for his performance last week. And then Jared Hazen and Eric Senseman join us, so we got to ask them why they continue to associate with Mr. Cappuccino, and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Apologies for last week (1:45) * If “The Guys” were Sex & the City characters (2:50) * Mr. Cappuccino on Jared & Eric (6:25) * Jared & Eric join the call?? (9:38) * TNF 50 Recap (14:25) * Which @cappuccinocowboys post made you genuinely angry? (16:45) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 12, 2019
Is Cappuccino Cowboys Ruining Ultrarunning?
What is Cappuccino Cowboys, and who is the person behind it? Is he an evil genius hell-bent on ruining ultrarunning? A provocateur shaking up the stodgy state of running media? Or is he just a giant pain in the ass of Jim Walmsley, Eric Senseman, Jared Hazen, Cody Reed, Tommy Rivs and a few other unfortunate souls? We spoke to Mr. Cappuccino himself to find out. TOPICS & TIMES: * What is @cappuccinocowboys? (1:55) * Who are the Cappuccino Cowboys? (11:10) * Do you think you deserve to be on this show? (24:01) * Why do people let you hang around? (30:55) * Why cappuccino? (36:30) * Exclusive memes for Off The Couch (40:20) * Are your parents proud of you? (43:31) * Lifeboat Q: Jim, Jared, Eric, Tommy, & Cody… (44:45) * Helping Walmsley get lost at Western States (47:50) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 5, 2019
Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra Winner, Maggie Guterl
Maggie Guterl just became the first woman ever to win Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra, a multi-day race that does not have a fixed-distance finish line. So we talked to Maggie about how this extraordinary race works, and Maggie does a brilliant job of detailing what it was like to overcome the unique physical and mental challenges of Big’s; the significance of being the race’s first female champion; the next insane race she has her sights set on, and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Salad and M&M’s (1:40) * What is Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra? (5:50) * Approaching a race that has no fixed end (10:02) * Big’s vs. other ultras (19:14) * Your physical / mental limits? (28:52) * Being the first woman to win Big’s (40:00) * Mike McKnight & Zack Bitter’s records (34:50) * Barkley Marathons vs. Big’s Backyard? (39:29) * On NOT running (46:28) * Why do you run? (50:39) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 29, 2019
Triple Crown of 200s Winner, Mike McKnight
Simply put, Mike McKnight’s story is amazing. This year, he won the Triple Crown of 200’s, which includes the Bigfoot 200 in August, the Tahoe 200 in September, and he just won the Moab 240. And in covering those ~640 miles of racing, he smashed his own cumulative-time record for the three races by … 43 hours. That’s probably not what you’d expect from a chubby kid who grew up on a dairy farm and didn’t participate in sports till he tried one season of highschool football, nor what you’d expect from a person who broke his back in a ski accident 8 years ago and had 2 rods and 9 screws placed in his spine, along with part of his hip bone. So we talk to Mike about all of this and more — including getting a total of ~30 minutes of sleep over the course of ~640 mile races. TOPICS & TIMES: * Mike recaps his Moab 240 win * Mid-race conversations with David Goggins (4:52) * Getting lost for over 2 hours (9:32) * Farm life & football (20:37) * How a broken back led…
1 hr 14 min
Oct 22, 2019
Interviews from Mile 201 of the Moab 240
What’s it like to run two hundred and one miles … and know that you still have another 40 miles to go? And why would you sign up and subject yourself to such a thing? To find out, we went to Moab, Utah, to the Moab 240 Endurance Run — a two hundred and forty mile race — to capture the very raw and unfiltered reactions from runners, pacers, friends, medics, and concerned mothers from the Geyser Aid Station located at mile 201 of the Moab 240. And we also learned what this race — and this community — is really about. TOPICS & TIMES: * Wes Plate & Bryan Fillman (5:05) * Gordon Gianniny (aid station director) (8:39) * Chris Plunkett (16:02) * Catra Corbett (18:29) * Scott Bailey (22:23) * Wilk (pacer extraordinaire) (23:36) * Byron Roca (28:22) * Masato (32:44) * Hans Siemelink (36:55) * Toby Ballard (race medic) (40:27) * Daneri Gay (concerned ultra mom) (52:40) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 17, 2019
Cam Smith on Moving through Mountains
When Cam Smith graduated high school in 2014, he had little or no mountain experience. But fast forward a few years, and Cam is now an accomplished trail runner, mountain biker, a member of the U.S. ski mountaineering team, a repeat winner of the Grand Traverse Mountain Run from Crested Butte to Aspen, and a repeat winner of the Grand Traverse Triple Crown. All of that is extremely impressive, perhaps especially since Cam grew up in Rockford, Illinois, which isn’t exactly an incubator of high alpine achievement. So I sat down with Cam in BLISTER HQ to talk about his journey, his goals, his relation to running and skiing and mountain biking, his work as a coach and as a guide at the Adaptive Center here in Crested Butte, and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Racing the Grand Traverse (2:45) * Growing up in Rockford, Illinois (7:38) * Getting into ski mountaineering & racing (10:57) * Overcoming an overly competitive mindset (21:35) * Who do you look up to? (25:55) * Short & long…
Oct 8, 2019
Jason Koop: Runner, Head Coach at CTS Ultrarunning
Jason Koop is a passionate runner, the author of Training Essentials for Ultrarunning, the head coach of CTS Ultrarunning, and someone who is not afraid to speak his mind. So Maddie Hart & Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Jason about his endurance coaching; “nonsensical” training aids & techniques; his recent running of the 330 km Tor de Geants; the current state of the minimalist / maximalist shoe debate; what he thinks the running scene will look like 10 years from now; and a *whole* lot more. TOPICS & TIMES: * How Jason got into running & coaching (1:40) * The early days of remote coaching (4:01) * Jason’s book Training Essentials for Ultrarunning (9:11) * What’s the current state of endurance science? (12:31) * Coaching “physiological anomalies" (15:20) * “Nonsensical” training aids & techniques (22:44) * Minimalist vs maximalist running shoes? (30:42) * Running the 330 km Tor des Geants (38:14) * Sharing your pain on social media (44:45) * What will t…
1 hr 10 min
Oct 2, 2019
Kyle Robidoux on Running, Skiing, & Being Legally Blind
Kyle Robidoux is a passionate runner and skier and beer enthusiast. He has run 25 marathons and ultra marathons, including three 100-mile races, and the Boston Marathon six times. He also happens to be legally blind. Like the vast majority of us, Kyle Robidoux grew up loving sports and the outdoors. But at the age of 11, Kyle was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, and he was declared legally blind at the age of 19. So Kyle and I talk about his background, his anger about his receding vision and what he did about it; how he got into running and trail running, his efforts to create more inclusive trail races; his advice to all of us about how to deal with loss of any kind; and what specific things we all can do to be better to and more supportive of everyone dealing with disabilities. (And we talk about beer.) TOPICS & TIMES: * Kyle’s work with the Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (2:30) * Growing up & playing sports (3:37) * Being diagnosed…
1 hr 7 min
Sep 26, 2019
Luke Nelson on Testing Limits
Luke Nelson is a professional runner, physician assistant, race director (of the Scout Mountain Ultras in his town of Pocatello, Idaho), climate activist, husband, father of three, and … someone who doesn’t get a lot of sleep. And in this conversation, my co-host Brendan Leonard and I talk to Luke about how he and Brendan first met; his background as a serious snowboarder, climber, and kayaker; how and why he got into running — and did his first marathon; his obsession with testing his limits; how he attempts to balance that obsession with family life; why (given everything else he’s got going on) he makes the time to also be a race director, and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * How Luke & Brendan met (1:30) * Running his 1st marathon b/c of a bet (5:40) * Learning from Jared Campbell (13:13) * FKT of WURL / managing risk & fear (15:04) * Balancing athletic & professional ambitions w/ family life (21:34) * Sleeping little, training lots (23:47) * Snowboarding & kayaki…
1 hr 6 min
Sep 17, 2019
Why We Built a Running-Shoe Brand Guide
Finding the right running shoe can be far more complicated and confusing than it should be. So this week, reviewers Luke Koppa, Jonathan Ellsworth, Maddie Hart, and Gordon Gianniny discuss our new BLISTER Brand Guide to Running Shoes; why we saw a need for it; what we hope it accomplishes for runners everywhere; and the trends and takeaways we’ve seen in the process of building it. TOPICS & TIMES: * Gordon Gianniny’s whereabouts & recovery (2:00) * Maddie & the Eleven Experience Trail Running Camp (3:45) * Is Stevie Kremer dodging Jonathan?? (5:00) * The major problem with buying new running shoes (6:35) * Our biggest takeaways from developing the guide (9:25) * Brand lineups with redundant shoe designs (11:30) * What are the overall market trends? (13:22) * Should companies provide a stated last? (17:05) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 10, 2019
Jackson Brill: Full-Time Student, Full-Time Runner
Salomon athlete, Jackson Brill, is a 21-year old senior in college at CU Boulder, but given his approach to running, the way he talks about the sport, and his race results, you’d be forgiven for assuming that he was twice as old as he is. So we talked to Jackson about his studies and his work in CU’s Locomotion Lab; being teammates with Kilian Jornet; his experience with the Golden Trail Series; and his strong interest in coaching. TOPICS & TIMES: * Golden Trail Series (3:10) * Lessons learned from studying physiology (14:02) * Ascents or Descents? (19:30) * Do you strategize races based on your competitors? (21:58) * Being teammates with Killian Jornet (25:53) * Growing up & downhill ski racing (31:00) * The “distance” question (34:41) * If you could only run 1 race in the next 2 years? (39:38) * What was your best day running? (41:41) * Jackson’s upcoming races (45:47) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 3, 2019
Zach Bitter on His New 100-Mile World Record
On Saturday, August 25th, 2019, Zach Bitter set an incredible world record for the fastest time that a human being has run 100 miles — 11 hours, 19 minutes, 13 seconds. And for an encore, Zach kept on running, then set another world record — the 12-hour distance world record. (In 12 hours, Zach ran 104.8 miles.) To call these achievements remarkable is an understatement. So we talked to Zach a few days after his big day about the logistics of the event; training for it; why he considers it his masterpiece; his perspective on other world records, and a whole lot more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Recovering from the race (2:50) * Race day report (6:17) * Running on a track vs. trail (15:47) * Zach’s headspace while running (20:56) * When did you start training for this event? (33:23) * Thoughts on Ian Sharman & David Roche’s training philosophies (45:07) * How to get to a 6:40 split (57:47) * Thoughts on other world records (1:01:53) * Why we need to celebrate more ru…
1 hr 25 min
Aug 27, 2019
David Roche on the Philosophy Behind His Coaching
David Roche is one of the most successful running coaches out there, but he is certainly not the most conventional running coach out there. And while data-driven training play an important role in the “SWAP” coaching program run by David and his wife Megan, there are some foundational and existential principles that underlie their approach to running, coaching, and life. So we explore with David the philosophy and principles that undergird his coaching; how he arrived at them; how he went from being a 200 lb. football & baseball player to two-time national champion in the 10k; how he has evolved and improved as a running coach; what new training ideas seem most promising to him; whether he would consider coaching non-runners; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Races as celebrations of training (3:50) * David’s days as a 210 lb football player (5:45) * David’s philosophy (16:05) * Running and Death (26:00) * How have you most improved as a coach? (32:40) * Insecurity (3…
1 hr 5 min
Aug 20, 2019
Runner, Cat Herder, Garbage Man, & Mad Moose Events Director, Justin Ricks
This week’s episode is a bit of a prodigal son story, because our guest today, Justin Ricks, was an accomplished young runner who walked away entirely from the sport early into his college running career — he just dropped running completely. But some years later he found himself drawn back to running, and he gave up a secure corporate job, moved his family into a camper, and started to put on race events. Then, Justin and his family kept putting on more and more race events each year under the Mad Moose Events moniker, and as you’ll hear, Mad Moose is very much a ‘whole family’ affair. But Justin and his family don’t merely make a living in running, they also live to run, and they literally run together - the whole family - every single morning. And despite putting on over 20 races a year in Colorado and Utah, Justin himself somehow manages to score some very impressive race results when he himself decides to race, including his 1st place finish two weeks ago at the Silv…
Aug 13, 2019
Ian Sharman on Keeping Running Fun, Racing Fair, & Keys to Consistency
Ian Sharman likes to keep running fun, and is extremely good at running races in Spiderman, Santa Claus, and Elvis costumes. But Ian is also a fierce and amazingly consistent competitor, and has completed over 200 ultras and marathons. He is the only person to finish in the top 10 at Western States 100 9 times in 9 starts; he is a 4-time Leadville 100 champion (and the only person to break 17 hrs four times at Leadville), and … we could go on about Ian’s records and results. And Ian is equally passionate about keeping ultrarunning fair, and keeping doping out of the sport. So we talk to Ian about setting Guinness World Records for racing in costumes; some of his impressive wins and records; the most common mistakes he sees people making in training and in racing; his strategy for keeping doping out of ultrarunning; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Trial-and-erroring his way into endurance sports (2:16) * Becoming the World’s Fastest Elvis (13:11) * Racing in costumes: Pro Ti…
1 hr 11 min
Aug 6, 2019
Meghan Hicks, managing editor, iRunFar
Brendan Leonard and I recently talked to Meghan Hicks, who is one hell of a trail runner in her own right, in addition to being the managing editor of iRunFar, a website that, among other things, produces some of the best race coverage out there — or as Meghan so eloquently puts it, they cover and capture “everything from the puke fests to the transcendental moments” that make up this sport of trail running. Meghan is also just a real joy to talk to, even if, she made Brendan and me work really hard to get her to talk about her accomplishments. But try we did, and along the way, Meghan painted for us a very interesting picture of her life and background; how iRunFar.com came to be; what motivates her to run; her unusual but wonderful combination of self-deprecation and overflowing optimism; her lowest lows lows and highest highs as a runner; what she thinks is the most misunderstood thing about ultra races; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Growing up in Minnesota, discovering tra…
1 hr 2 min
Jul 24, 2019
BLISTER’s Maddie Hart Wins the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 Miler
BLISTER reviewer & contributing editor, Maddie Hart, just won the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 Mile Run, making her the youngest person — male or female — to ever win the event. So we talked to Maddie about the race; her strategy; how she felt throughout it; what gear she used and how it performed; whether running the demanding 60k Infinite Trails race in Europe was good or bad prep for the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 Miler; her pacers; and her achievement. TOPICS & TIMES * Recovering Post-Race (2:02) * Why did you decide to run this race? (4:45) * Race Day Recap: obstacles, emotions, and the finish (6:23) * The eating trick that helped Maddie during the race (11:23) * People’s reaction to her age (13:52) * Was her 60k Infinite Trails race good or bad preparation? (16:43) * Gear: what worked, and what didn’t (19:18) * Biggest lesson learned from the race (23:24) * What her pacers did right (25:47) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 18, 2019
Duncan Callahan on Reaching the Top, Burning Out, & What Comes Next
There’s a common narrative in the running world about people who are struggling in life, then they are saved by running. But what happens when you’ve been an endurance athlete for over twenty years, and you then find yourself in search of some answers? We talk to Duncan Callahan — 2-time winner of the Leadville 100 and a number of other ultras — about his story, things he’d do different, and what he’s still hoping to learn. TOPICS & TIMES: * Duncan’s background in endurance sports (3:23) * Ultrarunning at an early age (6:55) * Duncan's first Leadville 100 (13:45) * Winning the 2008 Leadville 100 — i.e., the ‘Gunnison’ 100 (18:15) * Burning out (21:49) * What would he have done differently? (25:20) * On identifying as a “runner” (30:34) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 10, 2019
Western States 100 Champion, Clare Gallagher
Clare Gallagher just won the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Race, and she did so in spectacular fashion. And normally, that is all the introduction we’d need here, since winning Western States is a very big deal. But there happens to be a whole lot more to this particular story. Because right before this race, Clare accepted an invitation from Tommy Caldwell to go on an expedition to the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge to raise awareness of and opposition to plans to give oil and gas companies the right to drill in the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge. But backpacking and mountaineering around the wild landscape of Alaska is not how professional runners typically spend time right before their biggest race of the year. So in addition to diving into the details of her epic Western States win, we discuss with Clare why she was willing to go to Alaska; why she runs; and how wins at Western States — or her 2016 win of the Leadville 100, or her FKT of the Zion Traverse last ye…
Jul 2, 2019
Jennifer Pharr Davis on ‘Hiking’ vs ‘Trail Running’ Culture
Scott Jurek, one of the greatest trail runners of all time, called his attempt to break Jennifer Pharr Davis’ FKT (Fastest Known Time) for hiking the Appalachian Trail the hardest thing he’d ever done. And yet, hiking and thru-hiking often isn’t given the credit it deserves either as a monumental test of endurance, or as a more accessible / less intimidating activity to get more people outdoors. So we talk to former National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer Pharr Davis, about the differences and divides between hiking culture & trail running culture; why — and how — she works to break down barriers and get more people outside; the increasing importance of connecting with nature; lessons from her book, The Pursuit of Endurance, and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Jennifer’s unconventional book tour (5:05) * “Hiking” vs “Trail Running” culture (7:50) * Inclusivity & diversity in the outdoors / outdoor industry (16:09) * How hiking can help individuals &…
Jun 25, 2019
Fresh Takes on Trail Running & its Future
While participation in trail running and ultra trail races is increasing, it has tended to draw an older crowd. But things are changing. Younger runners are getting into the sport, and they aren’t following all the old conventions. So we discuss the current and future state of trail running and ultra trail running with two young and rising trail runners — Maddie Hart and Gordon Gianniny. We also talk about how they got into trail running and longer-distance racing as teenagers; their take on the idea that a lot of people get into ultras later in life as a way to cope with inner demons or certain life crises; how they see trail running changing; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: * Getting into running & ultras as teenagers (2:55) * How do you see trail running changing? (19:47) * Inner demons & ultras (24:00) * How do you see the future of competitive trail running? (30:50) * On Maddie & Gordon’s upcoming relay-style trail ultramarathon (36:03) * Ultras as Eating Contests (…
Jun 18, 2019
Brendan Runs the Bighorn 100
This past weekend, our Off The Couch co-host, Brendan Leonard, ran the Bighorn Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run. So Jonathan Ellsworth talks with him about why he decided to run it; how he prepared; the highs and lows of the experience; dealing with the race’s signature mud; his advice for anyone thinking of running a 100; and then, the big question: whether or not he plans on running another 100 miler. TOPICS & TIMES: * Recovering from the race (2:23) * The story behind the Bighorn Trail Run (5:15) * When & Why did you decide to do it? (10:41) * Preparing for the Bighorn 100 (11:25) * How mud changed the race (12:27) * Resisting comfort at aid stations (16:00) * Pushing through the 2nd half of the race (18:22) * The patience of race pacers (23:12) * The Finish (30:13) * Wildlife encounters? (32:29) * Hellbender 100 vs. Bighorn 100 (35:36) * The Question: Will you do another 100? (36:57) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 19, 2019
Stevie Kremer Does Things Different
Stevie Kremer is a world-class runner, but her life sure doesn’t include many of the stereotypes that description might conjure up. So we discuss her unusual training routine; sitcoms & life lessons; how she got into trail running and ski mountaineering; and juggling being a runner, mother, and educator. TOPICS & TIMES: * Sitcoms and life lessons (2:12) * Stevie’s background & early races (4:00) * Hangovers & long-distance mountain races (8:00) * Running at over 21,000 ft. elevation (18:30) * Stevie’s (remarkably) precise daily routine (24:59) * Ski mountaineering & running (34:23) * Racing goals in exotic locations (38:50) * The Salomon Eleven Running Experience (42:50) * Running & real life (47:22) * What do you listen to when trail running? (52:27) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 26, 2019
Ultrarunner, Writer, Coach: Sarah Lavender Smith
Brendan Leonard and I talk to Sarah Lavender Smith, who ran her first marathon back in 1995, and has gone on to complete eighty marathons and ultramarathons since. Sarah is the author of the excellent book, The Trail Runner's Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, from 5Ks to Ultras; she is a columnist for the magazines UltraRunning and Trail Runner, she also keeps an active blog at TheRunnersTrip.com; and she is the co-host of the UltraRunnerPodcast. We talk to Sarah about what inspired her to start running; the problem of “mommy guilt”; the importance of being process oriented; running marathons with horses; her relationship with competitiveness; and how she gradually went from smoking and partying to running ultras. Sarah has strung together a very interesting life and career, and she has a ton of insight to offer both newbies and seasoned veterans. So we hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did. Connect with Sarah: Twitter Instagram Facebo…
1 hr 4 min
Apr 4, 2019
Filmmaker, Sanjay Rawal, on the World’s Longest Race
In this episode, Brendan Leonard and I had a remarkable conversation with a remarkable person, and we urge every runner — and non-runner — to listen to it. Filmmaker and runner, Sanjay Rawal (3100: Run and Become; Food Chains; Challenging Impossibility), joined us to talk about how running can be far more than just a fitness routine or a competitive outlet, it can be transformative, and make us better people. An accomplished runner himself, Sanjay shares how burning out on competitive running, a fraught political climate, and a desire for self-discovery led him to veer off the 'straight-A's / med school' path that he was on at Berkeley, and instead go explore running as a form of meditation under the guidance of the spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy. We then talk about Sanjay’s most recent film called, 3100: Run and Become, which centers on the longest certified race in the world, the Self-Transcendence 3100 — that’s right, this is a three thousand and one hundred mile long rac…
1 hr 7 min
Mar 8, 2019
Brendan Leonard & Jonathan Ellsworth on Their Running Backgrounds & What Makes Someone a “Runner"?
In our inaugural episode of Off the Couch, Jonathan Ellsworth (founder of BLISTER), and co-host, Brendan Leonard (creator of Semi-Rad.com and producer of How to Run 100 Miles), talk about their running backgrounds; their love / hate relationships with running; and consider Strava as a modern-day spiritual exercise?? TOPICS & TIMES: * When do you actually get to call yourself a “runner”? (1:30) * Our running backgrounds — the early years (3:15) * Brendan’s return to running (7:25) * Jonathan’s return to running (after breaking his neck) (13:06) * Exploration, drugs, and stories (21:25) * Strava as a spiritual exercise?? (34:30) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 18, 2019
Introducing: Off The Couch
Off The Couch is a new podcast from BLISTER that will be taking a closer look at the wide, weird, and wonderful world of running. This is a show for people who love to run, but it is also a show for those who maybe only kinda like running — and for those who sometimes really hate running. As for us, we find ourselves falling into all 3 of these categories depending on the day, and we have a hunch that quite a few of you might be able to relate to that, too. So whether you are just starting to think about getting into running; or you only run once or twice a week or month; or whether you are out there crushing ultras every single weekend, our goal here is to encourage you to get off the couch and get moving by talking each week to some of the biggest characters, most accomplished runners, some extremely “average” runners, and to fill you in on some of the notable events, new gear, and interesting research that all contribute to making running an activity that can make our lives…