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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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    Addie Bracy on Her Trajectory, Sports Psychology, & OUTrun

    Addie Bracy on Her Trajectory, Sports Psychology, & OUTrun

    Addie Bracy is an accomplished runner who thinks hard about the psychology of sports performance. So we talk to Addie about her background and how it led her to the study of sports performance psychology; the book she is now writing on the topic; and OUTrun, the organization she founded with her partner, Corey Conner, to empower and connect LGBTQ+ individuals within the running community and to create an environment that is encouraging, supportive, and inclusive to all.
    TOPICS & TIMES 
    Addie’s intro to running (3:43)Highlights from college racing (9:41)Life after U of North Carolina (10:50)Coaching & Getting into Ultras (14:25)Addie’s book on sports psychology (22:12)Competition & Culture: trail running vs road running (29:02)What is the mission of OUTrun? (39:14)The importance of doing what you love (51:00)
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    • 53 min
    Skid Row Running Club founder, Judge Craig Mitchell

    Skid Row Running Club founder, Judge Craig Mitchell

    The Skid Row Running Club is “an unusual running club that uses the power of running to improve the lives of those who are at risk of homelessness and addiction” in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, California. And this week we talk to the club founder, Judge Craig Mitchell, about why he started the club; his background as a runner, highschool teacher; the duty of police officers to protect and serve; the need for minimum sentencing reform; and much more.
    TOPICS & TIMES 
    The judge’s running background (2:40)The Midnight Mission & the running club (5:37)What / where is Skid Row? (7:54)Who are the club members? (11:29)The club’s international marathons (12:58)Stories of specific members (18:10)Police & the duty to Protect & to Serve (27:30)Mandatory minimum sentencing reform (33:03)The importance of jury duty service (37:24)Best ways to support the running club? (39:26)Do you have a dream race for the club (42:04)
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    • 45 min
    Abby & Cordis Hall on Couple Goals, FKTs, & their Pfiffner Traverse ‘Date Run’

    Abby & Cordis Hall on Couple Goals, FKTs, & their Pfiffner Traverse ‘Date Run’

    Abby and Cordis Hall are both very good runners who both run for Adidas TERREX and who both recently set FKTs for the Cottonwood Marble Loop in Death Valley. And Abby and Cordis are soon going to both be going after another FKT, this time, on the rather gnarly Pfiffner Traverse.
    So we discuss all of that, plus the benefits and challenges that arise when your partner is also a competitive runner. And we also talk about a current rule that is in place specifically for women’s FKTs that deserves to be re-considered.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    Something about observability? (3:10)Setting dual FKTs for the Cottonwood Marble Loop (7:33)FKT rule that ought to be reconsidered? (12:17)Their running backgrounds & approaches (14:18)Relationship Dynamics & Couple Goals (35:47)Upcoming FKT attempt of the Pfiffner Traverse (47:43)Running plans after that? (1:00:21)Cooking recipes & advice for lazy people (1:04:21)
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Shaun Martin on the Navajo Approach to Running, Coaching, & Community

    Shaun Martin on the Navajo Approach to Running, Coaching, & Community

    Our guest this week is Shaun Martin, who we’ve talked about before on this podcast in our conversations with Sanjay Rawal, since Shaun appeared in Sanjay’s film, 3100: Run and Become. But this time we’re talking to the man himself, and Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Shaun about his background, heritage, coaching philosophy, and a whole lot more.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    Shaun’s background (2:23)Shaun’s father’s upbringing as a Navajo native (4:09)How relatable is your father’s experience to your own? (10:55)Getting into competitive running (16:47)Running in college (21:13)Pursuing a career in education & coaching (22:48)Shaun’s coaching techniques & philosophies (33:31)Getting into ultras / starting the Canyon De Chelly Ultra (38:44)Sharing running with your kids (54:01)Your ultra running career (57:12)
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Faith E. Briggs on Growing Up, Running, & Her Film, This Land

    Faith E. Briggs on Growing Up, Running, & Her Film, This Land

    Faith E. Briggs is a filmmaker and a runner, and this week, Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Faith about her latest film, This Land; growing up and running track & cross country and transitioning into long distance running & trail running; and our current / not-merely-current circumstances here in America.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    Faith’s film, This Land (2:52)Boarding school & the ‘nonchalance of wealth’ (10:22)College & running track (15:02)Getting into documentary filmmaking? (23:36)When did you consider yourself a distance runner? (26:42)Getting into trail running (32:26)Inspiration & Influence for your writing and films (38:24)Our current situation (46:31)
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Creating Your Own Sport: Buzz Burrell & the Invention of the ‘FKT’

    Creating Your Own Sport: Buzz Burrell & the Invention of the ‘FKT’

    A few weeks ago Brendan Leonard and I talked to the legend himself, Buzz Burrell. In the first part of our conversation, we talk about Buzz’s background, including his first ever long-distance run; starting the first organic farm in Colorado; the time he delivered a baby; inventing the hydration pack; and more. And then we discuss Buzz’s role in establishing the concept of the Fastest Known Time; creativity and FKTs, the process of approving FKT submissions, and some of the trends he’s seeing in the world of FKTs.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Buzz’s first long distance run (1:45)Starting the 1st organic farm in Colorado (11:20)Delivering a baby? (13:06)Going to Asia, biking in Tibet (16:56)Mountain Running (26:31)Running the John Muir Trail (36:36)Inventing the hydration pack (47:06)Giving yourself a promotion (48:36)Establishing ‘Fastest Known Time’ (52:36)Creativity & FKTs (58:25)The process of approving a FKT submission (1:02:24)Trends in FKT submissions (1:07:06)
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    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 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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