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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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    Elan Lieber on the Miwok 100k, Coffee, and Running Fearlessly

    Elan Lieber on the Miwok 100k, Coffee, and Running Fearlessly

    Rabbit Elite, Elan Lieber, called his recent second-place finish at the 2022 Miwok 100K, “the run of his life,” but not for reasons you might expect. Before setting a massive PR and running the course’s 3rd fastest time ever, Elan said goodbye to his grandfather for the final time. With a heavy heart, he showed up at Miwok with one goal in mind: to not race in fear. 9 hours later, cresting from an incredible performance, Elan crossed the finish line to the news that his grandfather had passed during his race. So we talked to Elan about the role running plays in overcoming loss, how he let go of fear (and how you can too), and much more. 
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Growing up in Ohio (3:43)How trail running found Elan (8:15)His start in the coffee industry (11:03)Equator Coffee (13:38)Running with the SoCal Coyotes (15:52)The glamor of 100-milers (18:22)Thru-hiking the JMT w/ Billy Yang (22:44)Running as a practice vs. a competition (30:48)His recent running “glow up” (33:28)The Miwok 100k & overcoming loss (39:43)RELATED LINKS:
    The John Muir Trail w/ Elan and Billy Yang OUR OTHER BLISTER PODCASTS
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    • 55 min
    Brian Metzler on a Writer’s Life & the Art of Running Free

    Brian Metzler on a Writer’s Life & the Art of Running Free

    Brian Metzler has been writing about running, in one form or another, for the better part of the last 25 years. His latest book, Trail Running Illustrated: The Art of Running Free (which he co-authored with Doug Mayer), captures the playful side of trail running through illustration while also offering helpful advice for runners of all levels. It’s a genre-bending book with an interesting backstory, so we talked to Brian about how it all came together; his writing (and running) career, and much more. 
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Brian’s background (1:05)Connecting writing & running (4:31) Avoiding burnout in Boulder (9:51)Trail shoe trends (15:50)Lessons from >2,000 shoe reviews (18:36)Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture, & Cool of Running Shoes (26:57)Trail Running Illustrated: The Art of Running Free (32:25)“A graphic novel for trail runners” (34:53)Brian’s book recommendations (39:07)RELATED LINKS:
    Trail Running Illustrated: The Art of Running FreeKicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture, & Cool of Running ShoesOUR OTHER BLISTER PODCASTS
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    • 42 min
    Corrine Malcolm on Suffering, the Tahoe Rim Trail, and Her Return to Racing

    Corrine Malcolm on Suffering, the Tahoe Rim Trail, and Her Return to Racing

    If you’ve followed coverage of ultrarunning at all over the last few years, Corrine Malcolm is a name you’ve probably heard a lot. But between her many roles as a member of the media, it could be easy to overlook her as an elite runner in her own right. So we talk to Corrine about how she went from an Olympic-level biathlete to running professionally for adidas Terrex; setting the supported FKT on the Tahoe Rim Trail; her return to racing; and much more. 
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    How ultrarunning found Corrine (1:15)Why Nordic skiers make great trail runners (4:38)Learning how to suffer (10:34)Overtraining vs. under recovering (13:07)Corrine’s experience with overtraining (16:32)Her favorite race distance and why (19:41)Corrine’s Tahoe Rim Trail FKT (22:09)How injury led her to a career in race broadcasting (33:03)Talking for 20 hours straight (37:35)Her return to racing at MIUT (39:37)Plans for 2022 (41:17)OUR OTHER BLISTER PODCASTS
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    • 49 min
    Pablo Vigil on the Early Days of Mountain Running & Lessons from 50 Years of Racing

    Pablo Vigil on the Early Days of Mountain Running & Lessons from 50 Years of Racing

    Pablo Vigil has been called the greatest mountain runner in the world. In the 1980s he was nearly unbeatable, winning the famous Sierre-Zinal four consecutive times. We talk to Pablo about the early days of mountain running; what has changed since then; why he thinks simplicity is still the key to training (and life); how he ended up on a show with Kilian Jornet; and much more. 
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Pablo’s background (1:21)Trail shoes in the 1970’s (4:48)Sierre-Zinal (8:10)US vs. European mountain running (14:16)Running 3 Olympic Marathon Trials (20:16)Why his wins at Sierre-Zinal are still so impressive (23:13)How Pablo thinks he would have compared to current pros (28:08)Linking up with Kilian Jornet (36:36)A little life advice (41:31)OUR OTHER BLISTER PODCASTS
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    • 46 min
    Stacked Fields, Golden Tickets, & Thoughts From the Lead Pack

    Stacked Fields, Golden Tickets, & Thoughts From the Lead Pack

    In this ‘Race Edition’ of Running Through the News, Salomon athlete, Leah Yingling (who’s already been on major podiums twice this year), joins us to discuss race results from the past few weeks and to preview the stacked fields at Madeira Island Ultra Trail and Canyons 100k.  
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Why moving to Utah will make you faster (1:17)Racing across the Canary Islands (7:29)Descending like a Euro (12:02)Chasing waterfalls at Gorge 100k (17:38)Death by 1000 cuts at Lake Sonoma 50 (30:00)Western States Golden Ticket predictions (37:18)Will records fall at the 100k road championship? (47:37)OUR OTHER BLISTER PODCASTS
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    • 48 min
    Devon Yanko on the Umstead 100; Techno Music; & Doing What Excites You

    Devon Yanko on the Umstead 100; Techno Music; & Doing What Excites You

    Devon Yanko’s resume speaks for itself. She’s had success at numerous signature races over her career, including victories at the Leadville 100, Javelina 100, and a 3rd place finish at Western States, to name a few. But after years of pursuing races for their prestige, she found her motivation drifting towards other goals. Thus was born Devon’s 2022 DY DIY Slam, an ambitious plan to run 5 100-mile races within the span of just a few months. 
    Blister running editor, Matt Mitchell, caught up with Devon after her overall win and course record run at the Umstead 100, the first race of her project. The two talk about Devon’s time running in the Bay Area and her recent move to Colorado before diving into her experience at Umstead 100; the performance-enhancing effects of techno music; the history of the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning; what led Devon to invent her own “DY DIY Slam”; and much more.    
    TOPICS & TIMES
    Devon’s running background (3:02)What keeps her racing ultra (11:09)Origins of the Bay Area’s “Ninja Loop” (14:19)Moving to Salida, CO (22:13)Winning the Umstead 100 & techno music (34:55)Devon’s “DY DIY Slam” project  (49:37)How to run 5 100-milers in a single summer (1:00:25)OUR OTHER BLISTER PODCASTS
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4.7 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

davedanis ,

Love it.

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

AClifford.H ,

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!

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.

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