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Once competitors and Olympic teammates, now friends and podcast partners, Des Linden and Kara Goucher share their hot takes about all things running with a little bit of life-stuff sprinkled in too. Come for the insights on running and stay for the inspiration from two legends in the sport. No filter needed.

Nobody Asked Us with Des & Kara Des Linden and Kara Goucher

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Once competitors and Olympic teammates, now friends and podcast partners, Des Linden and Kara Goucher share their hot takes about all things running with a little bit of life-stuff sprinkled in too. Come for the insights on running and stay for the inspiration from two legends in the sport. No filter needed.

    The Birthday Girl Episode

    The Birthday Girl Episode

    Is it your birthday, girl? 'Cause you lookin' like a present
    Is it your birthday, girl? Let's celebrate it
    Is it your birthday, girl? Make a wish, 11:11
    Is it your birthday, girl? Let's celebrate it.- Lizzo
    It's Kara's birthday, and of course we are celebrating with this latest episode of Nobody Asked Us presented by Brooks Running. There are so many presents in this one...
    Kara hopped up on Super Coffee. Per usual, crazy intro banter. Some love for your 40s. Stories of Des lifting weights?! Recaps from the final two days of the Oly Trials (W10K, M5K, W1500, M800). Surprise Olympians named post-Trials. Paris Diamond League madness, world records, and leveling up. UK Olympic selection rants. The Super 5 with a super, Super Coffee discount. And perhaps the biggest present of all... a very special guest joins for the final ~30 minutes, and you won't want to miss it.
    It might be Kara's birthday, but we are all getting presents! After all, as the great Lizzo says... "Every day, every day is a birthday, hey every day is a birthday, hey, if you a bad b***h, today is your day."
    To get your Super Coffee discount, please use this link to order and add code NOBODYASKED for 20% off at check-out. Code valid on Amazon only. On Prime Day - July 16/17 - the code will bump to 25% off!

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Live from the Oly Trials in Eugene (aka the Pontooncast!)

    Live from the Oly Trials in Eugene (aka the Pontooncast!)

    Note: there is a little bit of background noise on the audio for this episode, but it goes away after 3 minutes and 5 seconds.
    This episode is being posted from producer Chris's vacation so forgive the brevity of the show notes! Des and Kara recorded this on Saturday morning in Eugene, live from the Runnerspace House. And yes... they did it from a pontoon stage! They give you event recaps from Thursday and Friday of the Trials, plus previews of the weekend's events.
    You can now listen to see if their predictions came true! [Don't worry... they will post a proper, full recap of the Trials next Tuesday, July 9th.]
    They also announce a brand new presenting sponsor for the podcast and bring on a very special guest - new Olympian Nia Akins as a part of the Olipop Top 5.
    To get your Olipop, use code NOBODYASKEDUS for 15% off at drinkolipop.com.
    And drumroll please.... Nobody Asked Us is now presented by Brooks Running!

    • 58 min
    The Freshy Fresh Oly Trials (First Half) Recap Episode

    The Freshy Fresh Oly Trials (First Half) Recap Episode

    It's a rest day in Eugene, but Des and Kara aren't resting. They droppin' this freshy fresh recap episode like it's oh so hot. The Gs know what we talkin' about...
    Now, button up your pastel polos because this episode has a little bit of everything, including all of the laughs you expect and insights you can't get anywhere else.
    Kara starts with a behind-the-scenes description of calling races with NBC including the Snoop Dogg cameo during the men's steeplechase final. Did she play it cool or did she unleash her inner 17-year-old and lose her s**t when she met the D.O. Double G?
    Of course, you get recaps of all of the distance finals so far AND highlights from the sprint events, including hot takes on Grant Fisher's win, Drew Hunter's out-of-nowhere, top-4 finish, Hillary Bor's fall in the men's steeple, that holy Hocker kick from 250m, the near-photo-finish in the women's 5K, Parker Valby's boss run to potentially make the team, the bittersweet 800m final for the women, and so much more. 
    Plus, you learn that NACAC isn't an insurance company or a duck call but actually the thing that might punch Evan Jager's ticket to the Olympics. [Can YOU say NACAC five times fast?] Then, you hear what Des and Kara thought of the 100m finals (we see you Sha'Carri, Noah, and Fred!), Noah Lyle's kit reveal, and the 16-year-old sprint phenom Quincy Wilson who might just make a relay team in Paris. 
    This episode is everything we love about Des and Kara... listen in as your prep for the second half of the trials which starts on Thursday!
    Welcome Super Coffee to the Nobody Asked Us podcast with the new Super 5 segment! To support them and us, please use this link to order and add code NOBODYASKED for 20% off at check-out. Code valid on Amazon only.
    And don't worry, Olipop is still a sponsor as well for the Top 5 segment. For that, use code NOBODYASKEDUS for 15% off at drinkolipop.com. 

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Bonus NCAA Champs Recap + Oly Trials Preview!

    Bonus NCAA Champs Recap + Oly Trials Preview!

    If you think this will be a typical recap + preview show, then you don't know Des and Kara well enough!
    Yes, you get event recaps from the NCAA Track and Field Championships, and you get race previews from 800m to 10000m for the Olympic Trials, including all of their reactions and sleeper picks.
    But... you also get another Kara Goucher sliding-doors moment, info on a family member that Des can't keep up with on the run, hot takes on spiky super shoes, NIL deals, athletes turning pro, the unsponsored Eric Holt, the newly unsponsored Fred Kerley, plus an idea for the first piece of NAU merch that would no doubt sell out FAST (pun intended).
    Dance your way over to your favorite podcast platform and give this one a listen. Then, go sign up for the next Nobody Asked Us LIVE in Eugene on June 29th. Thank you to Brooks Running for hosting!
     
     

    • 1 hr 19 min
    The Justice Episode

    The Justice Episode

    Prosecutors and YouTube subscribers take note: Des and Kara allegedly recorded this episode in the same hoodies that they would wear to conceal their identities during a future crime. If you are watching the security cam video, Des is the one in the "nice" hoodie. What would be their crime you ask??? I don't know... maybe they could steal the job of the World Athletics marketing director?! Now, that's a crime they could pull off flawlessly... I'm not sure about any other ;). 
    Speaking of justice, this episode is all about that. Des and Kara talk about justice for Lashinda Demus who will finally receive her rightful gold medal in Paris. Her silver from 2012 was "upgraded," and now she has to pay her own way to get the medal that was  hers all along. Kara gives Lashinda advice from her medal-upgrade experience and explains how it is so much different than you would hope for athletes in this situation.
    They also talk about justice for Leonard Korir who DOES get to toe the line in Paris in the marathon after all, with World Athletics opening up additional spots for those ranked highly enough. Go Lenny (and Conner and Clayton)!
    Then, they move on to establish motive for their future crimes by discussing the recently announced "innovation" in the works from World Athletics. New long jump rules, new javelin and shot put weights, the 1-mile steeple, a 4 x 100m mixed relay, and of course, the "Ultimate" World Championships that we've been missing all this time. That marketing director better watch out. 
    Don't worry... the episode ends on a positive note with a new "comeback" segment from Lever Movement, discussion of the Brooks PR Invitational coming up this week, and an extended Olipop Top 5 that does this episode justice...
    To take advantage of the offers in this episode, use the following links and codes:
    For Lever Movement:
    15% off link: https://bit.ly/4bLI2tG. 15% off code: NobodyAskedUs For Olipop:
    15% off link: click here. 15% off code: NOBODYASKEDUS  

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Appealing to Reason

    Appealing to Reason

    What is Beethoven's favorite fruit?
    Ba-na-na-naaa. (Insert the music from Beethoven's Symphony No. 5). 
    We need the dramatic music for this one as Des and Kara dive deep into some serious topics, as only they can. 
    Ba-na-na-naaa. 
    Des and Kara talk about the misplaced anger against the BAA over Buzunesh Deba's unpaid prize money. 
    Ba-na-na-naaa.
    Des and Kara discuss why the "Top American" moniker and prize pools might be counter-productive.
    Ba-na-na-naaa.
    Des and Kara dissect the Olympic qualifying standards and process from World Athletics.
    Ba-na-na-naaa. 
    Des asks a curious question about the marathon.
    Ba-na-na-naaa.
    Des and Kara give you an Olipop top six(!), while discussing the merits of the various stages of banana ripeness in relation to the new Olipop banana cream flavor.
    This one is ripe and tasty for sure. Now, go get 15% off on your Olipop order by using the code NOBODYASKEDUS at this link. 

    • 1 hr 16 min

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