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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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    Anton Krupicka on His Return to Racing; DFW vs. Murakami; & More

    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)

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    • 56 min
    Olympian Natasha Wodak on Mental Preparation; Her Mantras; Running Playlists; & More

    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)

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    Dean Karnazes on Longevity, Reading, & Writing

    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 ManBuy Dean's book, A Runner's HighConnect with Dean

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    • 55 min
    Running through the News (Aug 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 ButteMountain Town Economics, Pt 3Mountain Town Economics, Pt 2Mountain Town Economics, Pt 1

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    • 50 min
    2021 Leadville 100 Winner, Annie Hughes

    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 ButteMountain Town Economics, Pt 1Mountain Town Economics, Pt 2
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    • 41 min
    Dakota Jones on the Footprints Running Camp

    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
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

ArmoireNH ,

J&S Jurek Off Topic and Just Great

Full disclosure, I’m not a runner. I can run. I do run (mostly to get in shape for other activities). I’m a sub 7 min mile guy. I just never caught the running bug, but I’m only in my 60’s so maybe ahead I will be. Waiting for all the good runners my age to fad perhaps before I make my move. :)
I listened to this episode because Brendan makes me laugh. I’m so glad I did. Jen and Scott are just fantastic to listen to. They are so real and relatable.
The questions were a bit off topic and just fantastic.
You can’t listen to this and not want to know more about everyone on both ends of the mic. Just great.

Sdbcm ,

Excellent

Loved the Joe Grant episode. Provided some inspiration on my solo run during this crazy time.
Thank you!

Thistankruns ,

As LEGIT as it gets

I found this podcast by accident and instantly became hooked!! The host is GREAT asks amazing questions specially since he has some BEAST athletes joining him. Very informative very honest and overall I’d say a phenomenal podcast. I’ve never left a review on anything but I owe it to let the world know this is a hidden gem right here keep it up guys!! Shout out to Maddie from blister too great job putting this together !!!

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