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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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Latest Episodes

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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

71 MIN3 d ago
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Camille Herron on Rocky Balboa, Training, & More World Records

2020 Speedgoat 50K Winner, Noah Brautigam

Noah Brautigam just won the Speedgoat 50K — a very tough race that includes nearly 12,000 feet of total climbing and takes place mostly above 9,200 feet on a rocky, rooty, steep course.A few days after winning, Noah sat down with us in Blister HQ to provide a very fresh and very fun recap of the race, and describe what tweaks were made to allow the event to happen in these times of COVID. We also discuss his background and a surprising discovery that has him feeling great, performing at a high level, and recovering really well.This is a fun conversation with a thoughtful and self-deprecating guy, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51 MIN1 w ago
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2020 Speedgoat 50K Winner, Noah Brautigam

Martinus Evans, 300 Pounds & Running

Martinus Evans is the founder of 300poundsandrunning.com, the founder of the Slow AF Run Club, a marathon runner, a DJ, the host of the 300 Pounds And Running podcast, and more. And this week, Brendan Leonard and I talk to Martinus about modern media, being a Black runner in 2020, DJ-ing, motivation, Detroit pizza vs. Chicago pizza, the Slow AF Run Club Martinus started, and more.TOPICS & TIMES:Getting into Running (5:52)1st marathon (11:50)Music (19:14)Masters Thesis & Media Today (24:37)Police & being a Black runner (34:33)Slow AF Run Club (49:18)Pizza & Carrot Cake (56:57)What’s Next? (1:03:00) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

69 MIN2 w ago
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Martinus Evans, 300 Pounds & Running

Amelia Boone on Mtn Lions, Trail Running, & Mental Health

Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Amelia Boone about being a world champion obstacle racer; transitioning into trail running & racing; mental health & eating disorders; ElliptiGos, mtn lions, & more.TOPICS & TIMESMtn Lions, Bears, Snakes, & Sharks (2:24)Amelia’s background (7:24)Intro to Tough Mudder (10:35)Competing & Practicing Law (18:03)Getting into Ultras (24:16)The pressure of competition (29:58)Results vs. Process (35:31)Biggest sacrifices you’ve made? (39:21)Mental Health & Eating Disorders (41:56)ElliptiGos & FKTs (53:20) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

69 MIN3 w ago
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Amelia Boone on Mtn Lions, Trail Running, & Mental Health

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 & TIMESAddie’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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53 MINJUL 14
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Addie Bracy on Her Trajectory, Sports Psychology, & OUTrun

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 & TIMESThe 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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45 MINJUL 7
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Skid Row Running Club founder, Judge Craig Mitchell

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

EAbby 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 & TIMESSomething 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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

70 MINJUN 30
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Abby & Cordis Hall on Couple Goals, FKTs, & their Pfiffner Traverse ‘Date Run’

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 & TIMESShaun’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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

70 MINJUN 23
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Shaun Martin on the Navajo Approach to Running, Coaching, & Community

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 & TIMESFaith’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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

62 MINJUN 16
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Faith E. Briggs on Growing Up, Running, & Her Film, This Land

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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

76 MINJUN 9
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Creating Your Own Sport: Buzz Burrell & the Invention of the ‘FKT’

Latest Episodes

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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

71 MIN3 d ago
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Camille Herron on Rocky Balboa, Training, & More World Records

2020 Speedgoat 50K Winner, Noah Brautigam

Noah Brautigam just won the Speedgoat 50K — a very tough race that includes nearly 12,000 feet of total climbing and takes place mostly above 9,200 feet on a rocky, rooty, steep course.A few days after winning, Noah sat down with us in Blister HQ to provide a very fresh and very fun recap of the race, and describe what tweaks were made to allow the event to happen in these times of COVID. We also discuss his background and a surprising discovery that has him feeling great, performing at a high level, and recovering really well.This is a fun conversation with a thoughtful and self-deprecating guy, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51 MIN1 w ago
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2020 Speedgoat 50K Winner, Noah Brautigam

Martinus Evans, 300 Pounds & Running

Martinus Evans is the founder of 300poundsandrunning.com, the founder of the Slow AF Run Club, a marathon runner, a DJ, the host of the 300 Pounds And Running podcast, and more. And this week, Brendan Leonard and I talk to Martinus about modern media, being a Black runner in 2020, DJ-ing, motivation, Detroit pizza vs. Chicago pizza, the Slow AF Run Club Martinus started, and more.TOPICS & TIMES:Getting into Running (5:52)1st marathon (11:50)Music (19:14)Masters Thesis & Media Today (24:37)Police & being a Black runner (34:33)Slow AF Run Club (49:18)Pizza & Carrot Cake (56:57)What’s Next? (1:03:00) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

69 MIN2 w ago
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Martinus Evans, 300 Pounds & Running

Amelia Boone on Mtn Lions, Trail Running, & Mental Health

Brendan Leonard and Jonathan Ellsworth talk to Amelia Boone about being a world champion obstacle racer; transitioning into trail running & racing; mental health & eating disorders; ElliptiGos, mtn lions, & more.TOPICS & TIMESMtn Lions, Bears, Snakes, & Sharks (2:24)Amelia’s background (7:24)Intro to Tough Mudder (10:35)Competing & Practicing Law (18:03)Getting into Ultras (24:16)The pressure of competition (29:58)Results vs. Process (35:31)Biggest sacrifices you’ve made? (39:21)Mental Health & Eating Disorders (41:56)ElliptiGos & FKTs (53:20) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

69 MIN3 w ago
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Amelia Boone on Mtn Lions, Trail Running, & Mental Health

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 & TIMESAddie’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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53 MINJUL 14
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Addie Bracy on Her Trajectory, Sports Psychology, & OUTrun

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 & TIMESThe 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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45 MINJUL 7
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Skid Row Running Club founder, Judge Craig Mitchell

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

EAbby 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 & TIMESSomething 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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

70 MINJUN 30
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Abby & Cordis Hall on Couple Goals, FKTs, & their Pfiffner Traverse ‘Date Run’

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 & TIMESShaun’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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

70 MINJUN 23
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Shaun Martin on the Navajo Approach to Running, Coaching, & Community

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 & TIMESFaith’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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

62 MINJUN 16
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Faith E. Briggs on Growing Up, Running, & Her Film, This Land

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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

76 MINJUN 9
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Creating Your Own Sport: Buzz Burrell & the Invention of the ‘FKT’
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