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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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    Coree Woltering on his Ice Age Trail FKT, Catcalls, & Tick Removal

    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)
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ryan Hall on His First Ultra; Performance & Weight; Proper Perspective; & More

    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 about working with Ryan.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Welcome to Crested Butte! (3:31)Running after retirement? (10:10)Performing ‘off the couch’ (17:13)Developing a proper perspective (23:54)Coaching (26:47)Weight & disordered eating (29:33)Ryan’s podcast, book, & documentary (1:01:47)On aging / getting older (1:16:08)On setting goals & excellence (1:16:11)
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Kelly Roberts on How to Start Running, Keep Running, & Her Badass Lady Gang

    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)
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Olympian Simi Hamilton on XC Skiing & Running

    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.
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    • 59 min
    2020 Running Shoe Trends & Current Events

    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)
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    • 51 min
    Camille Herron on Rocky Balboa, Training, & More World Records

    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 & goals (1:02:56)
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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 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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