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Off The Couch is the weekly podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) that is dedicated to the wide, weird, and wonderful world of running.
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Off The Couch is the weekly podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) that is dedicated to the wide, weird, and wonderful world of running.
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    Jennifer Strong McConachie on “Go Far,” Dostoevsky, and the Four Corners of Endurance

    Jennifer Strong McConachie on “Go Far,” Dostoevsky, and the Four Corners of Endurance

    As an accomplished endurance athlete who has let ultrarunning, mountaineering, marathon swimming, and more take her around the world, Jennifer Strong McConachie has cultivated a life philosophy informed by principles that have brought her success in competition. Lucky for us, she’s also pretty savvy with paper and pen, so we sat down to talk about her new book, Go Far: How Endurance Sports Help You Win At Life, a collection of stories that encapsulate what she’s learned from running long, climbing high, and swimming deep. In the process, we also explore the connection between writing and running, reading Dostoevsky, the rise of swimrun events, and much more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Jennifer’s background (1:29)Drawing on her father for inspiration (11:56)The value of being a multiport athlete (14:11)Huck Finn & rafting the Mississippi (22:08)The rise of swimrun events (24:08)Specialization vs. generalization (32:51)What’s at the core of endurance sports? (36:03)A writer’s life (38:13)The connection between writing and endurance (43:25)Reading Dostoevsky (44:51)Jennifer’s next project & where to find her book (47:55)RELATED LINKS:
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    • 51 min
    Davy Crockett on the History of 100-Milers, Ultrarunning in the 1800s, and the G.O.A.T. Debate

    Davy Crockett on the History of 100-Milers, Ultrarunning in the 1800s, and the G.O.A.T. Debate

    Despite its fast rise from a quirky pastime to budding professional sport, ultrarunning is anything but new; people have been running (or walking) long distances competitively for centuries. Fueled by beer, and usually motivated by a wager or two, these early pioneers helped establish a long tradition of human-powered endurance that persists today. So, we sat down with ultrarunning historian, Davy Crockett, to trace the development of the 100-mile foot race through time, from its roots in the UK to its modern incarnation in the US. Along the way, we also bust some myths about the Western States 100, chat about race nutrition in the 1800s, and debate the greatest ultrarunner of all time. 
    TOPICS & TIMES
    Davy’s background (1:36)Falling in love with the 100-mile distance (6:58)Recovery strategies (10:53)How the sport has changed in the last 20 years (12:37)Ultrarunning History Podcast (15:29)“Where did ultrarunning actually start?” (20:28)Tracing the sport through the 19th century (28:16)1800s gear talk (34:39)Whiskey, drugs, and gambling (36:28)The first 100-mile mountain race (39:05)The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (41:20)How to get into the American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame (44:52)G.O.A.T. debate (46:51)“Stranger Things” (53:15)RELATED LINKS
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    • 54 min
    Rod Farvard on UTMB, “Hobby Jogging,” & Making the Transition from Triathlon to the Trails

    Rod Farvard on UTMB, “Hobby Jogging,” & Making the Transition from Triathlon to the Trails

    If Rod Farvard had grown to be a few inches taller, we might be watching him contend for a rebound on the basketball court instead of toeing the line at some of ultrarunning’s biggest races. After his hoop dreams fell short, Rod found trail running by way of triathlon, two sports that rewarded his ability to flatly outwork his competition in spades. So, we sat down with Rod exactly a week removed from finishing 5th American at this year’s Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc to talk about how he handles such a high training volume; his first time racing on an international stage; how having a full-time job helps fuel his running; and much more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    How Rod’s recovering from UTMB (1:30)Hoop dreams (5:22)How cycling translates to ultrarunning (15:55)The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (17:49)Training in Santa Barbara & Mammoth Lakes (21:39)What’s on Rod’s UTMB playlist (30:43)European vs. American trail running culture (34:30)UTMB travel tales (37:50)Nailing race day nutrition (39:44)Running: both a “hobby” and a passion (42:44)John Muir Trail FKT (47:13)CHECK OUT OUR OTHER PODCASTS
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    • 52 min
    Todd Aydelotte on Running Through History, Edgar Allen Poe, & The Warriors UltraRun

    Todd Aydelotte on Running Through History, Edgar Allen Poe, & The Warriors UltraRun

    Ask ultrarunner and race director Todd Aydelotte for a bit of New York City history and he’ll probably tell you to lace up your running shoes. After injury derailed his marathon training a few years back, Todd traded a competitive approach to the sport for a uniquely historical one. Through months of research, he began piecing together ultra-length routes that visited important locations in the lives of historical figures, including Edgar Allen Poe, Teddy Roosevelt, and Walt Whitman. So, we sat down with Todd to hear all about what running has taught him about our past; how he picks his subjects; NYC after dark; and a whole lot more — including, the semi-legal 28-mile road race he created to reenact the 70’s cult film, “The Warriors.”
    TOPICS & TIMES
    What is “historical ultrarunning”? (1:38)Chasing after Edgar Allen Poe (6:53)How Todd chooses his topics (14:32)The NYC Black History 50 (17:52)How to use history to hack your running (24:39)The Warriors UltraRun (25:24)Using crime heat maps to stay safe in cities (31:51)NYC after dark (34:18)Getting picked up by the New York Times (42:25)The story of a truly demonic run (48:35)RELATED LINKS
    The Warriors UltraRun New York Times article CHECK OUT OUR OTHER BLISTER PODCASTS
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    • 56 min
    Travis Soares on Setting the Sierra Peaks Section List FKT

    Travis Soares on Setting the Sierra Peaks Section List FKT

    Established in 1955, the Sierra Peaks Section List includes 247 of the most prominent peaks scattered throughout California’s Sierra Nevada Range. Reaching every summit is a lifetime’s work for most, and up until recently, no one had completed the list within a calendar year. Far more complex than a thru-hike, the SPS List is an undertaking that requires a mix of skills and probably a fair amount of chance. So, we sat down with Travis Soares, who finished tagging all 247 peaks in a record 117 days earlier this month, to find out how much luck had to do with it. In the process, we talk about how the idea for the project came together; how things went, including close calls with the Mineral King Marmot and coming across wreckage from a plane crash; his relationship with his climbing partner for most of the project (and previous SPS List FKT-holder), Nathan Longhurst; and a whole lot more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    What is the Sierra Peaks Section List? (2:22)Travis’ background (7:04)Logistics & planning (9:00)His relationship with Nathan Longhurst (14:10)Settling into the project (17:29)Raising money for the Bishop Paiute Food Sovereignty Program (20:03)The Palisade Traverse & the Mineral King Marmot (22:39)‘Crux’ of the trip (24:40)Backcountry traffic (29:55)His gear setup (33:55)Dodging fire season (35:02)“What have you learned about yourself from this project?” (36:06)What’s next? (42:17)RELATED LINKS:
    Travis and Nathan’s SPS 2022 Website Donate to the Bishop Paiute Food Sovereignty Program OUR OTHER BLISTER PODCASTS:
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    • 46 min
    Reviewer Reports: On Running vs. Skiing, Go-to Gear, & Ramen Bombs

    Reviewer Reports: On Running vs. Skiing, Go-to Gear, & Ramen Bombs

    With summer in full stride, Matt Mitchell and Drew Kelly sat down to take stock of how their mountain running seasons have played out thus far, including the ways Drew sees his skiing translate to the trails; our tendency to bite off more than we can chew; and gear picks for a big day out in the alpine. We also discuss some of the early stumbling blocks we ran into when we started trail running; extol the virtues of vert; and Matt makes the case for why you should be eating “Ramen Bombs” in the backcountry (and only the backcountry).
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Drew's background (1:30)Skiing vs. running (5:01)Thoughts on skimo (7:44)Vert is real (11:51)Is trail running actually a minimalist sport? (13:42)Running seasonally vs. year round (26:05)Gear picks for a big day out in the mountains (28:05)How trail running hooked us (31:00)Filmmaking & music (34:26)100 milers & eating contests (39:29)Some good (and some bad) nutrition tips (42:02)Frozen burritos and “Ramen Bombs” (47:08)Upcoming projects (51:20)OUR OTHER BLISTER PODCASTS:
    Blister PodcastGEAR:30 podcastBikes & Big Ideas podcast


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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

Elanlieber ,

Love Off The Couch!

Such an interesting and eclectic group of outdoor athletes and entrepreneurs! I come back for the host, Matt is such a great interviewer.

davedanis ,

Love it.

Super smart, informative, fun podcast with a great host and wonderful guests sharing intimate knowledge around running topics.

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Great Show! Revealing the Humanity

This show transcends just a running podcast. It gets to the heart of the human behind the athlete. I love it!

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