The Adventure Jogger

By Ryan Ploeckelman

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Nick Blair
 Aug 19, 2020
Fantastic take 2! I've enjoyed this podcast almost as much as I enjoy drinking White Claw!


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Episode Date
Dana Bradley: Making The Decision To Change Everything
Her Doctor told her that if she didn't make major changes in her life she probably wasn't going to live much longer. She took that to heart and started eating better, exercising, and eventually got up the courage to run. Dana's journey was not an easy one, and not everyone supported her major life changes.
Mar 17, 2023
A Long Way From Nowhere
The Desert Rats Stage Race brought Chris Ward, Phil Pinti and Paul Scheuring together and forged an incredible friendship. That friendship would lead to the new film about the race that shares the incredible stories of runners taking on the brutal race. Honestly, it's one of the best trail running films I have seen in years, and it will be available March 11th.
Mar 09, 2023
Celia Eicheldinger: Conquering the Dragon
Celia Eicheldinger is one tough runner, who recently became the second woman to finish a brutal 200 mile race that most people have never heard of.
Mar 03, 2023
Tera Pruett: There's No Way They'll Pick Me
Ultra Runner, personal trainer, and now Trail Running Film Festival Host! Tera Pruett shares her incredible story. Get your tickets to the Asheville Trail Running Film Festival Sign up for the Grind on the Grid Backyard Ultra
Feb 16, 2023
Train Slower, Race Faster
Ultra Runner and Coach Becca Jones noticed something unusual when she had a slower paced training block than usual, she was able to race faster. It sounds counterintuitive, but could the key to a faster, stronger ultra be slowing down, and running less?
Feb 10, 2023
Dustin Canestorp: Bravo Alpha and PTS
Dustin Canestorp has had one hell of a life. From signing up for the Marines on a whim, to finding ultra running and using it to help him cope with Post Traumatic Stress, you are in for one heck of an episode.
Feb 03, 2023
Steve Holcomb: The Ultra Mailman Delivers
He occasionally runs ultras in his Mailman uniform. Are long days on his feet delivering mail the key to his success? FYI: I consider this the first of the "lost episodes", recorded over the summer, I thought I had released this months ago. Only to find out I am an idiot. enjoy!
Jan 26, 2023
Adam Ribeiro: From Ninja Warrior To Trail Warrior
A brief run on American Ninja Warrior started Adam Ribeiro down a fitness path that lead him to trail and ultra running.
Jan 20, 2023
Kelly Wei: Bringing New People To The Community
Tragedy made her a runner, and a pretty darn good one. Now Kelly Wei wants to bring more people to the trail and ultra community.
Jan 13, 2023
Most Inspiring Runners of 2022
In our final episode of the year we team up with Henry Howard of to run through his list of the most inspiring runners of the year.
Dec 30, 2022
The Christmas Special
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Adventure Jogger family. This episode features a lot of laughs and holiday cheer with AJW, Kelly O'Dell, Cole Crosby, Stafford and the whole Ploeckelman family. Enjoy!
Dec 23, 2022
Aaron Dana and Jill Dennes: 40 Hours Of That Hill
The Tennessee Mile is a 1.1 mile loop with 340 feet of elevation gain each loop. This year Aaron Dana, Jill Dennes, and others took on a 40 hour event on this loop. Aaron and Jill would win and learn things about themselves along the way they never knew. This is a family podcast with young Koen Ploeckelman joining Stafford and I for hosting duties.
Dec 16, 2022
Aaron Watkins: West Virginia Trail Running
Hear all about Trail Running in the beautiful state of West Virginia and beyond with the amazing Aaron Watkins.
Dec 09, 2022
My First Ultra: The Applesauce Saved Me
Past guest Vinnie Crispino from Pain Academy returns to talk about his epic first ultra. Vinnie took on a brutal 50 miler called the Old Cascadia and was in a little over his head.
Dec 02, 2022
Canyon Woodward: Rural Runners
North Carolina Ultra Runner Canyon Woodward is familiar with the trails of his home state, but he had to familiarize himself with the political landscape of Maine when his best friend from college asked him to be her campaign manager for a race that no one thought they could win.
Nov 22, 2022
Reid Woolsey: 500,635 Feet Of Gain In One Month
Born and raised in Utah, Ultra-Runner Reid Woolsey recently moved to North Carolina. He would use the trails in his new home to set a new world record for vertical gain in a single month.
Nov 17, 2022
The Ultra Runner and the Crossfitter
She loved long runs, he loved WODs, they found love in each other. Rachel Daw and Brian Papay share the story of finding each other and sharing miles together.
Nov 11, 2022
Rick Olderman: Running Pain and Injury Free
Rick Olderman has been a sports and orthopedic physical therapist for over 20 years and what he has discovered about the root cause of injuries and pain could change your running for the better. Check out Rick's website at and enter promo code "FIXING YOU" at checkout for a discount.
Nov 11, 2022
Chris Fox: The Flow of Running and Music
Chris Fox is an Atlanta based trail and ultra runner who is also a lawyer and a musician. We explore the similarities between the flow of a great run, and a great jam. Plus we throw in some music for your run with some new tunes from his band Bellwether Station.
Nov 04, 2022
Jonathan Riley: Blazing Your Own Trail
Trails have been a huge part of Jonathan Riley's life, he builds them, runs them, and hikes them. A recent cancer diagnosis changed his life in many ways, but it didn't take away his love for running on the dirt.
Oct 27, 2022
Ur Ultra And The Future of Race Registration and Timing
It was an idea that started on a run, an idea for a new race registration website that would give back to charity. Through various chance encounters the idea would grow to include a race tracking technology that could change the face of trail and ultra racing forever.
Oct 25, 2022
Anton Krupicka Heads East
Anton Krupicka finally ran his first race on the Beast Coast, The Clawhammer Mountain 50k in North Carolina. He shares his thoughts on the race and we talk racing, running, life and more. A fun conversation for sure.
Oct 21, 2022
Joe Jude: 200 Miles At Frozen Head
A health scare led Joe Jude down the path to Ultras and a training run led him to a park that would capture his imagination, and challenge his endurance in ways he never thought possible.
Oct 13, 2022
Becca Joyner: Bouncing Back When Things Don't Go Your Way
Becca Joyner started the summer off with a race at Bad Water that did not go her way, at all. But she was able to bounce back and get a win at the Yeti 100, under the brutal conditions brought to the area by what was left of Hurricane Ian.
Oct 06, 2022
Ron Dawson: Get Out There And Run!
Ron Dawson is not your typical Instagram influencer, but over twenty thousand people look to him for his no bullsh!t Texas wisdom about fitness and life. He joins us to talk about is journey from a doctors appointment that set him on the path to fitness, and what made him decide to share his thoughts on the gram.
Sep 29, 2022
Ryan Clifford Wins The Coolest Trophies
Ryan Clifford is a rising star on the Beast Coast, and he had one hell of a summer. Snagging wins at both the Black Hills 100 and the Eastern States 100 he brought home arguably the two coolest race trophies outside the cougar.
Sep 22, 2022
Meg Landymore: Section Running the AT
You don't have to run the Appalachian Trail all at once, you can break it up just like Meg Landymore did and "Section Run" the AT. Meg shares the story of why she decided to see the AT one piece at a time.
Sep 16, 2022
From Serving Time to Finish Lines: The Incredible Journey of Brandy Ray
Brandy Ray battled addiction for years, and during one miraculous day she found the strength she needed to get sober and stay clean. With her newfound sobriety she would find ultra running, and discover the incredible strength and will power she used to kick her addiction would make her a force to be reckoned with on the trail.
Sep 09, 2022
Brian Mister: Making Your Community Stronger Through Running
Ultra Runner and Race Director Brian Mister has brought some unique ideas, such as pay what you can entry fees, to his "Around the Crown 10k" in Charlotte North Carolina. With a passion to make his city a better place, and his running community reflect the diversity of his city he created a race like no other, with ideas that ultra running may want to adopt.
Sep 01, 2022
Scotty Walden: You Gotta Run To Win
Scotty Walden is the Head Football Coach for Austin Peay State University, and the youngest Head Coach in Division 1 College Football. He is also a runner, husband, father, and one of the most motivating people you will ever meet. Get inspired for your running and your life, and get to know the incredible Scotty Walden on this episode.
Aug 25, 2022
Joel Zeigler: Running the Toughest 5k In The World
While running in college, Joel Zeigler came upon a race that captured his imagination, a brutal Alaskan 5k that started off as a bet. This 5k has more climb than some 50ks and Joel made it his mission to run the race. After many failed lottery attempts he finally got in, and ran one hell of an adventure at the Mount Marathon Race.
Aug 19, 2022
Amy Tucker: It All Started In My Kitchen, The Salty Britches Story
Amy Tucker had a great job, and big house and a son with a problem she couldn't find a solution for, until she took it upon herself to develop a product that would find uses in everything from days at the beach to Special Operators on the job. It would even be discovered by a group of people she didn't even know existed, ultra runners. Hear her amazing story filled with laughs and insight into why your current anti-chaffing routine may need an upgrade. You can order Salty Britches products here: And save 20% on your order when you enter the code JOGGER
Aug 12, 2022
Kelly ODell: Badwater with Seconds to Spare
Kelly ODell has spent a lot of time around the race billed as "The Toughest Footrace On Earth", she even got engaged at the race. This year she decided to lace up her shoes and toe the line, and found one heck of an adventure in the 135 miles through the desert.
Aug 05, 2022
Tim Spaulding: Taking Over An Iconic Race
Tim Spaulding is an avid ultra-runner, he is one of those lucky folks who got into Western States on one ticket. Now he is tackling a new adventure, Race Directing. His first race is no easy task, he is taking over RD duties for the Mountain Masochist 50 Miler and 50k, a race that was started 40 years ago by the legendary David Horton. Use Code MTTR40 to get a discount on entry into this years race. Register here
Jul 29, 2022
Danna Baxley: What To Do When You Fall 1.5 Miles Short
Danna Baxley's imagination was captured by Western States from an early age, but it wouldn't be until many years later that she would try and make her dream of earning the most iconic buckle in the sport a reality. Armed with knowledge from her Coach Andy Jones-Wilkins she would toe the line this year and have to deal with a DNF just 1.5 miles from the finish. How she dealt with that disappointment will inspire you and change the way you look at the word "success".
Jul 21, 2022
Brian Carlisle: Motorbikes, Near Death Experiences and Running
At a young age Brian Carlisle discover Motocross, it would become his life and obsession, and he was pretty good at it, until an accident nearly took his life and took his sport away from him. How did he handle having what he loved taken away from him, and how did he find the new hobby of trail running to fill the void? All that and more on this brand new episode.
Jul 21, 2022
Stafford's Vol State Pre Show
As Jeff gets ready to run the Vol State 500k we break down the race, go through his pack to see what he is carrying and talk about his goals for the race many call the toughest foot race in the World!
Jul 14, 2022
Nita Sweeney: Every Move A Meditation
Running saved Nita Sweeney's life, and what started out with miles hidden from neighbors eyes in pink sweatpants with her dog turned into ultras. Hear about her journey, finding meditation, writing books, and even a story about Stafford's out of body trip on this episode. Pre-order Nita's new book now.
Jul 12, 2022
Ana Robbins: Big Dreams and Big Goals
Ana Robbins started a couch to 5k plan during the pandemic, and that 5k lead to a dream to run a 200 miler, before she even ran a 10k. Her dream started with a half marathon Coach and a plan that would lead her to register for the Tahoe 200, and with the help of a new friend get to the finish line.
Jul 08, 2022
Adventure Jogger Race Team: Western States
If Western States was scored like a Cross Country Meet, we would have won the tertiary podcast division thanks to the likes of Peter Morgan, Eric Fritz and "Team Altra on his shirt, but Team AJ in his heart" Kyle Curtin. Hear all about their adventures and find out which one of them dropped their significant other as a pacer.
Jul 05, 2022
John Shep: The Things You Overcome on the Trail
John Shep battled a devastating eating disorder and used that strength to conquer miles on the trail. His attitude and love for the sport and community will make him one of your favorite human beings, he sure is one of mine.
Jun 30, 2022
Live From Stafford's Camper: Mid-State Mile
Jeff drags the camper down to Franklin Tennessee and we get a chance to hang out at the Mid-State Mile, a brutal last person standing race. We chat with RDs John Cox and Becca Jones, runners on the course and my son Koen, who with a long run of 8 miles 5 years ago decided to enter at the last minute.
Jun 24, 2022
Andrew Stackhouse: Love and Trails
There is only one Andrew Stackhouse, and his take on life and hisadventures that lead him to trail and ultra running will have you have laughing the miles away.
Jun 16, 2022
Harvey Lewis: Getting Better With Age
Harvey Lewis is living proof that some things get better with age. He recently returned to the Fans 24, one of the oldest 24 hour races in the country, to see how he stacked up against his 20 year old self, and with 26 more years on his legs and countless amazing performances, he set a new course record. ***Special Bonus for anyone who listens all the way to the end, you will learn things about Harvey that have never been shared on any podcast before.***
Jun 09, 2022
Lauren Jones: That Wasn't Terrible
Atlanta runner Lauren Jones traveled West to run the Cocodona 250 and was the second Woman to cross the finish line. Hear her story from her first mile training for her first race, to her last mile in the desert.
Jun 02, 2022
Cole Crosby: Cotton Mouth and Hallucinations
Beast Coast runner Cole Crosby was gifted an entry into the brutal Cocodona 250. With some unorthodox training and big goals he headed out to the desert and had one heck of an adventure.
May 27, 2022
Jacky Hunt-Broersma: 105 Marathons in 104 Days
Fresh off her World Record, Jacky Hunt-Broersma joins us to talk about why she decided the take a crack at the marathons in consecutive days World Record and the ups and downs along the way.
May 19, 2022
Taylor Verville: Finding Yourself in the Miles
Beast Coaster Taylor Verville found exactly what she needed in the trail and ultra community, and discovered that the miles on the dirt helped her overcome self doubt.
May 12, 2022
One Pregnancy, Two Bostons
Amanda Iannello Collins is an ultra runner that made history this spring in the marathon world. She became one of only two women to run the Boston Marathon twice during the same pregnancy.
May 12, 2022
Inside The Mind of an Ultra Runner: Part 2
More stories, more data! Dr. Thomas Mueller of Appalachian State University is back to share more old school Ultra Stories, and break down the latest data in his research on how Ultra Runners think.
Apr 29, 2022
Vinny Crispino: Pain Academy
After breaking his back twice Vinny Crispino was ready to give up on everything, including life. A chance encounter at a grocery store led him on a path to discovering where pain comes from, and what he could do to help himself and others conquer it. After barely being able to walk he found the world of running, and is using what he learned to run pain and injury free as he gets ready for his first ultra race. Vinny put together a video just for Adventure Jogger listeners. Incorporate this into your rest and recovery routine. You can also find Vinny online at
Apr 22, 2022
From 320 Pounds to 319 Miles: Adam Devine's Journey Across the Desert
Adam Devine did not give himself the easiest start to running. With a weight of more than 300 pounds and a heavy drinking problem, Adam knew something had to change. Running helped him lose the weight and stay sober. He recently won an epic race from the Santa Monica Pier in California to the welcome sign in Las Vegas totaling 319 miles.
Apr 15, 2022
Justin Hamilton: Finding Your Tribe
Justin Hamilton made a bad decision that put his future in jeopardy. That decision would put him on the path to finding a group of people who would lead him to the world of trail and ultra running, a world that would help him find healing and a new purpose.
Apr 08, 2022
RD Stories: Brian And Shelley Gajus
Brian and Shelley Gajus are the husband and wife RD team responsible for the No Business 100 and the Yamacraw 50k. Hear the story of why they decided to get into directing races and why it is important to share their favorite trails with the world. Podcasters note: Please excuse my creating the new term "Race Directoring". I blame my head cold, or maybe I'm just an idiot.
Apr 01, 2022
Isobel Ross: How Bout That Barkley
Isobel Ross is an ultra-runner, podcast host, personal trainer and coach. She is also one of the athletes that was able to travel to Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee and tackle this year's Barkley Marathons. We have a great chat about the prep she put into the race and if and when we will see another finisher.
Mar 24, 2022
Live From Stafford's Camper: The Savage Gulf
Get to know some incredible people as we drag the camper out to Middle Tennessee for the Savage Gulf Marathon and 25k. Race Director John Hardin resurrected this incredible race and we not only had a great time on the course, but before and after as well. Enjoy!
Mar 20, 2022
Luis Peña: Trail Running in San Fran
Luis Peña is a trail runner and filmmaker. He joins us to share his story of finding the world of trail running, his joy of being picked for Western States, and how he incorporates his love of running into the commercials he films.
Mar 11, 2022
Mike Juergens: Do Epic Sh!t With Cool People
Mike Juergens has done a lot of really cool things, from running in Antarctica to starting the Wine industry in Bhutan. He also shares his thoughts on living life to the fullest, and being open to the incredible opportunities that life presents us.
Mar 04, 2022
Inside the Mind of an Ultra Runner
Doctor Thomas Mueller is a Professor at Appalachian State University and is an ultra runner himself. He has done research on why we do the things we do, how we think, and even how we identify ourselves. Find out what his research discovered about us ultra runners and you can even help Professor Mueller in his latest study by clicking the link below.
Feb 25, 2022
Your Best Year of Running: Gaining Some Speed
In the final part of our "Your Best Year of Running" series we talk with Greg Sisengrath about things you can work into your running to get a little faster. Greg also shares his story about finding ultras, and how a friend's request led him down his unorthodox path to coaching.
Feb 18, 2022
Your Best Year of Running: Avoiding Injury
Brodie Sharpe, the host of the "Run Smarter" podcast, joins me to talk about the things every runner needs to start doing this year to avoid injury. We also talk about why stretching before or after your run may be a waste of your time. Connect with Brodie online at
Feb 11, 2022
Live From Stafford's Camper: Black Toe Races
We set up Stafford's camper in Watertown Tennessee for the Black Toe Races hosted on the family farm of RD John Hardin. The camper kitchen table gets turned into a studio as we meet Heather Kralj, Jack Sayles, Dean Ives, Pete Schreiner and Brandon Clark. My apologies for the sound of the heater and generator in the background. It was a very cold night on the farm. Sign up for the Savage Gulf Marathon and join us for a live episode there.
Feb 04, 2022
Your Best Year of Running Part 2: Finding Balance
Brittany Peterson and Andy Jones-Wilkins join us to talk about finding balance in your life between work, family, and running. Balance is one of the keys to Brittany's success and maintaining that is an important part of her coaching from AJW. Don't worry though, it's not all serious, there are plenty of laughs shared as well.
Jan 28, 2022
Your Best Year of Running: Busting The Bonk
The first episode in a series of podcasts that we hope inspire you to have your best year of running. On this episode we tackle the big piece of the ultra puzzle that most of us still haven't figured out... Nutrition! Register Dietician and Nutritionist and Ultrarunner Julie Shobe joins us to shed some light on some of the biggest mistakes we all make when it comes to fueling for ultras.
Jan 21, 2022
Keep Trail Running Weird Awards: Part 2
Get to know the winners of this year's "Ultrasignup Keep Trail Running Weird Awards" in the categories of, "Most Inspirational", "Best Pacer", "Most Tenacious", "Biggest Weirdo" and "Most Miles". Want to thank the gang at Ultrasignup for making this happen this year! We had a blast meeting all the winners and sharing their stories.
Jan 14, 2022
Keep Trail Running Weird Awards: Part 1
We have teamed up with to give you the "Keep Trail Running Weird Awards". These awards celebrate the great and interesting runners in our community. On this episode we present the "Best Bonk Award", "Most Improved Award", "Most Races", "Most Hours Racing" and "Most Fashionable" awards. Find out who won and hear their incredible stories.
Jan 07, 2022
Most Inspiring Runners of 2021 with Henry Howard
Henry Howard of joins us to go over his list of the 20 most inspiring runners of 2021.
Jan 02, 2022
2021 State of the Yeti Union
The always awesome Jason Green stops by to chat about what life was like in 2021 for the Yeti Trail Runners and what he hopes 2022 will bring.
Dec 17, 2021
100 Miles Dragging a Tire
Victor Valenzuela has run the Brazos Bend 100 in Texas a few times before. This year he decided to add a challenge, dragging a 20 pound tire for the entire 100 mile race. Hear about his record setting day, and why adding tire dragging to your training could make you a better runner.
Dec 10, 2021
Holly Adams: Pinhoti Slam
After seeing a rather large and unusual buckle, Holly Adams knew she had to get one, but to get it would require completing three hard 100 mile races. Hear all about the Pinhoti Slam and Holly's adventure running it.
Dec 03, 2021
Don Freeman and Scott Warr
The hosts of Trail Runner Nation, Don Freeman and Scott Warr join Stafford and I for a fun hour of ultra and podcast talk.
Nov 26, 2021
Who is Phil Young?
The ultra press was focused on two speedsters toeing the line at the Tunnel Hill 100 miler. With talk of World Records being set a little known runner from Iowa would burst on to the scene and pull out a win with less than a mile to spare. Get to know the incredible Phil Young, a name we are sure to be hearing a lot in the future. Apologizes for internet connection issues toward the end of the interview.
Nov 19, 2021
Chris Roberts: 350 Miles Of Fun
Get to know the incredible athlete that finished second at this years Big's Backyard Ultra, Chris Roberts. Chris shares the story of his incredible run and why he has decided to start his own nutrition company.
Nov 12, 2021
My Mom Made Me Do It
When Mike O'Rourke was 9 years old his mom gave him a choice. He could either sit in the car and wait for her to finish races, or he could join her. After a few weeks waiting in the car, Mike decided to join her and would find a love of running that would last for over 20 years.
Nov 05, 2021
Josh Keck: Cloudsplitter 100
Josh Keck decided to add a layer of difficulty to his ultra running, he started running with a camera. He recently documented his experiences at Virginia's Cloudsplitter 100, and shares the ups and downs of an incredible race, and what he's learned about filming along the way.
Oct 29, 2021
Jimmy Wilson: The Pemberton 24
Get to know ultra runner Jimmy Wilson and find out all about a very interesting new ultra format at the Pemberton 24. Jeff Stafford also joins to talk a bit about the Barkley Fall Classic.
Oct 22, 2021
Lindsey Sexton: Conquering Breast Cancer and No Business
Lindsey Sexton found a love of trail running and decided to make the jump from 50k to 100 miles, and not just any 100 miler, the brutal and beautiful No Business 100. Not even a Breast Cancer diagnosis would stop her, and two months after surgery to remove the cancer she would toe the line.
Oct 14, 2021
RD Stories: Randy Whorton
Get to know the man behind some of the best races in Chattanooga, Race Director Randy Whorton. He shares the stories behind races like "The Lookout Mountain 50 miler", and even gives us a look into the behind the scenes issues that RDs have to deal with that runners never see.
Oct 08, 2021
Amy Hamilton: Yeti 100 Champ
Get to know and love the incredible Amy Hamilton. After a health scare in her past that almost took running away from her, she found ultra running and after three attempts at the 100 mile distance things finally clicked and she won the recent Yeti 100 miler in an amazing time of 15 hours 23 minutes and 30 seconds. Hear all about her amazing journey on this new episode.
Oct 01, 2021
Jessica Nowak: Jess Do It
Jessica Nowak discovered Ultra Running during the pandemic, and it was the Great Virtual Run Across Tennessee that would lead to a virtual bond with a group of Jessicas from all over the country. That virtual bond would blossom into a deep friendship, and races like the "Last Jess Standing".
Sep 24, 2021
Martin Schneekloth: UTMB
The Beast Coast's first or second favorite German, Martin Schneekloth ran UTMB this year, his third time running the race. He breaks down this year's race and shares why many think it's the best ultra in the world.
Sep 16, 2021
Scott Mills: Your Hero's Hero
Who inspires those who inspire us? In the case of guest co-host Andy Jones-Wilkins it's 20 time Western States and 10 time Hardrock finisher Scott Mills. Hear all about Scott's incredible story on a brand new episode.
Sep 10, 2021
Eat Clean Run Dirty
Jessica Vandenbush decided to start her own trail running magazine that would be for ultra runners, by ultra runners. Hear all about her figuring out how to start her own magazine and launching it during a pandemic.
Sep 03, 2021
The Return of Anton Krupicka
After taking some years away from racing Ultras, Anton Krupicka is back! He shares the epic story of his third place finish at Leadville this past weekend, what made him decide to do it and more.
Aug 25, 2021
Sally McRae: Couch Training
The always hilarious Sally McRae breaks down the lessons she learned on her first attempt at Badwater, and how those helped her win the race this year.
Aug 19, 2021
Luke Bollschweiler: Bear Attacks and More
Luke Bollschweiler has been putting up some impressive race results and has some great stories to share, including a recent bear attack!
Aug 12, 2021
Ready Made Crew
Would you drop everything to help a stranger at an ultra? That's what we did a few weeks back when Travis asked us if we wanted to help crew and pace Matt Cantrell at Cruel Jewell. What started off as an excuse to have a guys weekend turned into an adventure that brought a new friend into the fold.
Aug 05, 2021
Aaron Saft: No Acclimation Necessary
After a difficult Old Dominion, Aaron Saft gets called off the wait list for Hard Rock, with only four weeks to train for arguably the toughest 100 miler in the United States! Hear all about his incredible journey from the start line to kissing the rock.
Jul 29, 2021
A Vol State Round Table
Ben "Brown Towel" Smitherman returns from his epic adventure at Vol State and he brings some friends with him that he met along the way. Hunt Brumby, Chris Kaner, and Kim Drake share stories from their jog across the State of Tennessee.
Jul 26, 2021
All Hail King Bob Hearn
Bob Hearn ran the Vol State 500k without a crew this year, and his epic spiritual and physical journey would end up with him setting a new course record for runners crewed or screwed. Hear about Bob's incredible run on this episode.
Jul 17, 2021
How Does Shannon Howell Do It All?
Shannon Howell has a heart and energy for life and running that is truly inspiring. How does she balance life and running, and how did she run the the perfect race at Western States? Guest co-host Andy Jones-Wilkins and I try to figure it out.
Jul 12, 2021
That Western States Lean
Meet the man behind the most talked about "Golden Hour" finish at this year's Western States, Sean Mullett. His incredible display of grit and determination is just a small part of his Western States story.
Jul 05, 2021
An Epic Western States Jog
Kyle Curtin and the Adventure Jogger crew share the epic story of his incredible 9th place mens finish at Western States. Forgive us for the less than stellar quality of my microphone in this remotely recorded episode.
Jun 29, 2021
Western States Preview
We call AJW to give us a run down on this year's incredibly stacked field at Western States. Who do you need to watch out for and who we think will take home the Cougar!
Jun 22, 2021
Nicole Fleming: Keep it Fun and Challenging
Nicole Fleming is an Obstacle Course Racer and Ultra Runner who has competed in brutal 24 OCR events and recently set the course record at the 250 mile Infinitus race in Vermont.
Jun 22, 2021
Every Step Together: The Ultramarathon Boys
Albert Propst and Dan King started ultra running together, and not only do they train together but they run every race together, every step. A recent FKT attempt put them to the test and a decision had to be made to leave someone behind.
Jun 18, 2021
Cory Reese: Stronger Than the Dark
You know him for his books "Nowhere Near First" and "Into the Furnace", now ultra runner and author Cory Reese is back with a new book, where he explores the connection between depression and running. We share a lot of laughs and a few tears, enjoy.
Jun 10, 2021
Joseph Bearss: Let's Give This Grand Slam A Go
Joseph Bearss had big plans for is 50th year on this earth, but COVID had other plans, so he had to adapt and move his Grand Slam attempt to year 51.
Jun 04, 2021
Karl Meltzer vs AJW: The Great Pacer Debate
The greatest 100 mile runner of all time and Mr. Western States face off in a debate for the ages about pacers and pacing. Then the conversation goes off the rails when their spouses join in on the fun.
May 28, 2021
Hunter Leininger: Born and Raised Ultra
Growing up with a Race Director father, Hunter Leininger has been Adventure Racing since he was a little kid. Since then he has been on Eco Challenge and is dipping his toe into the waters of Ultra Running with great success. Hunter recently set the FKT on the brutal Benton MacKaye trail. Hear all about this incredible young man with a bright future.
May 21, 2021
Taggart VanEtten: Shocking the World on a Treadmill
In his very first ultra, he ran the second fastest American 100 miler. For his next trick, Taggart VanEtten would take on Zach Bitter's 100 mile treadmill World Record in true Midwest style, in a bar.
May 13, 2021
Zack Beavin: Strolling into Wartrace
Zack Beavin did what few thought was possible, he broke the 30 year old course record at Strolling Jim, the 2nd oldest continuous Ultra in the United States. Get to know Zack and hear about about his record breaking day.
May 07, 2021
Annie Weiss: The Rebel Dietician
Annie Weiss is not a fan of fad diets, and thinks they could harm the performance of ultra runners. Annie talks about her no fad, responsible nutrition plan for life and Ultras.
Apr 30, 2021
Crew Episode 10
Race Director John Hardin, and runner and Instagram superstar Haylei Banister, and her dog, join Stafford and I on this crew episode covering everything from being a male model, to being a "hype person" at races. Enjoy!
Apr 23, 2021
Ruthie Loffi: Running for the Joy of if
Ruthie Loffi has lived all over the world and had one incredible life, and running has been a huge part of it.
Apr 16, 2021
Beast Coast Raised, West Coast Trained
Get to know the incredible Melissa Danehey, raised out East it would take a move out West to spark her passion for trail and ultra running. She also overcame incredible personal tragedy and has used running to help others overcome their own.
Apr 08, 2021
Cultra's Jimmy McCaffrey
Share some miles and a lot of laughs with the hilarious Jimmy McCaffrey of the Cultra podcast. Jimmy has started a new gig and could be just the man you need for some new Adventure in your life.
Apr 02, 2021
Adventure Jogger X 2
Tobias Daniel goes by Adventure Jogger on Instagram, we had a great chat about not suing each other and how running has changed his life.
Mar 26, 2021
Liz Canty's Barkley Adventure
Beast Coast favorite Liz Canty joins me to tell the amazing tale of her adventure at this year's Barkley.
Mar 23, 2021
There Is No Stopping Lisa Tamati
Lisa Tamati is a force to be reckoned with. From her unusually discovery of the sport of ultra-running to her endless dedication to helping her mom recover after a medical scare. This New Zealand Ultra Beast has an incredible story to share.
Feb 25, 2021
Nate Bender: Big Sky Running
Get to know the Montana trail running scene and a whole lot about the incredible Nate Bender. Spoiler alert Beast Coasters, you would fit right in.
Feb 18, 2021
Running Myths Destroyed
Brodie Sharpe, host of the Run Smarter Podcast, joins me to crush some popular running myths with science. The book Brodie mentions about lifting is "Strength and Conditioning for Endurance Running" by Richard Blagrove.
Feb 11, 2021
The East Coast 200 Triple Crown King
Did you know that there is a Triple Crown of 200 milers in the Eastern United States? Meet the only person to complete this triple crown, Chris Varnadoe, a man who may be the most mentally tough ultra-runner you have ever met.
Feb 05, 2021
The Mirnavator
Mirna Valerio is a best selling author, ultra runner and all around amazing human being. We have a fun chat about life, running, and the video that changed everything.
Jan 29, 2021
Adventure Jogging Across New Jersey
Cole Crosby had an idea to run across his home state of New Jersey, and that idea turned into an epic adventure that pushed him to his limits and changed his life forever.
Jan 22, 2021
Rob Youngren: A Man of All Season
Rob Youngren has done it all, Western States, Hard Rock, the Grand Slam, and Barkley just to name a few. This year he tackled an even bigger challenge, The Iditarod.
Jan 15, 2021
Jim Blandford: One Million Feet of Vert
Not many people can say they achieved one million feet of vert in one year, but Jim Blandford can. He talks about his amazing year of going up, up, up.
Jan 07, 2021
NYE Beer Mile Mini Episode
Recorded on New Years Eve, Kyle Curtin is great at FKTs, bagging the Tahoe Rim and Pitchell FKTs in 2020, but he is horrible at beer miles. Will he find redemption?
Jan 02, 2021
RD Stories: Jason Green
Jason Green is the RD of the popular Yeti Trail Runners races. His dedication to inclusion and making ultra running fun have made Yeti Trail Runners one of the most successful race companies in the country, but it is so much more than that.
Dec 27, 2020
Joe Miller: Ozark Trail FKT
Joe Miller had plans to set a new unsupported FKT on the brutal and beautiful Ozark Trail in Missouri. He shares his epic tale of things going wrong but still moving forward.
Dec 23, 2020
The Christmas Party Episode
The Christmas Party Episode by Ryan Ploeckelman
Dec 20, 2020
Brian Frain: Making The Most of It
Brian Frain decided to do something to push himself in 2020, then COVID hit and he had to adapt his plans, which lead to one heck of an adventure.
Dec 17, 2020
The Legendary Dean Karnazes
His book "Ultramarathon Man" inspired so many of us to push outside our comfort zone and try things we never thought were possible. Dean Karnazes talks about life after the book that changed the world of ultra running.
Dec 11, 2020
Taggart VanEtten: Calling His Shot
Taggart VanEtten decided to go for the 100 mile record on his very first shot at the distance, and he nearly got it. Hear his incredible story on this episode. Sponsored by you! We have been and always will be listener supported. No ads to skip, just press play and go for a run.
Dec 03, 2020
Finding Your Purpose
Ashley Schneider decided to run across the United States to raise money for MS, before she had even run a marathon. After a wild adventure she found a bigger purpose, one that helps everyday runners push their limits, and battle a disease that hit close to home.
Nov 26, 2020
Crew Episode 009:
Lisa Carlock returns to tell us how her first ultra went. Ryan's wife makes her debut to talk about picking up running during the pandemic and finishing her recent half marathons. We also get a little crazy and nostalgic and we turn our thoughts to Thanksgiving.
Nov 20, 2020
Dragging Your A$$ Across the Desert
Dan Shamburg stumbled across the sport of Pack Burro racing and decided to give it a try, and what he found was one hell of a pun filled adventure.
Nov 13, 2020
Ben Light: Finding Your Why
Ultra-runner Ben Light and I have a great conversation about answering one of the most important questions when it comes to running.
Nov 06, 2020
Dave Dillon: Chase the Summit
Get to know the man behind the very popular "Chase the Summit" Youtube channel, Dave Dillon! We have a great conversation about how he got into running, what made him want to start reviewing gear online, and some of his favorite gear.
Oct 29, 2020
Steven Kornhaus: No Business 100
Ultra Youtuber Steven Kornhaus joins me to talk about his adventure at the No Business 100.
Oct 22, 2020
The Incredible Sally McRae
I have wanted to interview Sally McRae for years and it has finally happened! We have a great chat about her life and running. Here is the movie Sally was in that we reference in the episode.
Oct 16, 2020
Let's Give Away A Coros Pace2
Director of Global Sales and Marketing for Coros, Dan Suher joins us to giveaway the brand new Coros Pace2 and have some fun with our winner Tony Bonanno.
Oct 13, 2020
A Yeti 100 To Remember
Andy Jones-Wilkins and Ron Maver join Stafford and I to share their two adventures at this year's Yeti 100. The AJW video referenced in this episode The Yeti video For all of your First Mile Sucks Gear Needs
Oct 09, 2020
Crew Episode 008: Stafford, Byerline, Molitor
Gregory Byerline and Kara Molitor join us to talk about Gregory's recent first 50 miler, we also sample the new Natural Light Seltzer and things get a little out of hand.
Oct 02, 2020
Stafford's BFC Adventure
Our very own Jeff Stafford shares his epic adventure at this year's brutal Barkley Fall Classic, a race that included the infamous "Rat Jaw" not once, but twice.
Sep 29, 2020
FKT for the Whole Family
Earlier this summer Eric Kosek took on an FKT attempt on the brutal Mid-State Trail in Pennsylvania, that became an adventure for the whole family.
Sep 25, 2020
So You Want To Run An Ultra
Our friend and avid marathon and half marathon runner, Lisa Carlock, joined us to pick our brains as she trains for her very first ultra.
Sep 18, 2020
Jeff Woody's Great Smoky FKT
We have double the Jeff on this episode as Jeff Stafford and I talk to Jeff Woody about his recent incredible FKT in Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Also find out how to win the new Coros Pace2 GPS watch for your wrist.
Sep 11, 2020
The Claw Mile Champions
In this special bonus episode you get to meet the champions of the first ever Claw Mile, Graham Peck and Kassandra Marin. Hear how these champions trained for the most brutal alcohol mile on the planet.
Sep 08, 2020
A Rocksylvania Bromance
Zach Miller has moved back to the Beast Coast, and he has found a training partner in Matt Lipsey. The two share fun stories about the bromance forged on the brutal trails of Pennsylvania.
Sep 02, 2020
RD Stories With Matt Hammersmith
Matt Hammersmith is the RD behind the Upstate Ultras. He joins me to talk about some of his races, race directing in the age of COVID and how he is working hard to make his races fun and affordable for all.
Aug 27, 2020
Matt Sims: Chattanooga Trail OG
After reading "Ultramarathon Man" I googled "ultra running Tennessee" and found a video about Stump Jump and a training plan. I used that plan and video for inspiration to finish my first ultra, and I finally have been able to interview the man in the video, Matt Sims. Matt is one of the early trail and ultra runners in Chattanooga and one of the men behind legendary races like Stump Jump and Upchuck.
Aug 21, 2020
Crew Show 007: Stafford, Muccini, Joyner
Vol State winner Francesca Muuccini and the amazing Becca Joyner join us in the studio to drink some White Claws, eat some weird Oreos, test one of Greg Armstrong's cheap nutrition hacks, and yes we do talk about running. Enjoy!
Aug 17, 2020
Dad Life With Dominic Grossman
Dominic Grossman joins us to talk about his epic running journey and the joys of being a Dad, he even needs to take a few breaks from the interview to take care of his adorable daughter Lindy, who makes her first podcast appearance. It's funny, it's adorable, it's a bunch of Dads talking about running and fatherhood. Enjoy!
Aug 13, 2020
Mike McKnight: Pushing the Limits
There is so much more to Mike McKnight than his 100 mile run on zero calories. His running journey started with a half marathon "for the heck of it", a broken back, and most recently a 300 mile mountain run for a great cause. Hear his incredible journey on this episode.
Aug 07, 2020
Crew Show 006: Stafford, Armstrong, Jones
Greg Armstrong and Becca Jones join Stafford and I on this crew episode. Our conversation wanders from Vol State, the Mid-State Mile, using a wedding as an excuse to have a race, and the incredible charities that Greg and his daughter created. Laugh and be inspired!
Aug 05, 2020
The Altra Life of Golden Harper
Golden Harper did not want to start his own shoe company, but when he went to the big shoe makers with something he discovered while helping customers in the shoe store he worked at, they ignored him. That would take him on a journey around the world, and into the fascinating world of shoes. Lace up your shoes, this episode is quite a ride.
Jul 30, 2020
The Road To 50 Miles
Shortly after Kara Wilson finished her first marathon someone asked her "So, what's next?". The answer to that question turned into a challenge both she and friend Jennifer McMahon would take on and would turn into the new running documentary "The Road to 50 Miles". Get to know these incredible, funny, and wonderful women. Check out the trailer:
Jul 26, 2020
Catching Up With Maggie Guterl
Maggie Guterl is one of my absolute favorite people to interview. We have a wide ranging conversation from dealing with injuries, to eating Mexican food with Laz, and everything in between.
Jul 23, 2020
Crew Show 005:
Lauren Beihoffer and Olaf Wasternack join us in the studio to share their running journeys and we have a slight focus on nutrition. Things then get a little crazy when we taste test Gu's summer gel line-up and try and find the best and worst flavors.
Jul 19, 2020
RD Stories With Jeff Leininger
Jeff Leininger has a love of Expedition and Adventure racing, and he tries to bring aspects of those sports to his Ultra Races. We talk about some of his races including the Across Florida 200, and his experience on the new Amazon Prime show Eco Challenge.
Jul 17, 2020
Sarah Hansel's Nolan's FKT
Unlike so many FKTs this summer, Sarah Hansel's FKT on Nolan's 14 was not a back-up plan when races got cancelled. It was what she wanted to do all along. She shares her epic tale of doing the legendary Colorado course in record time beating the supported FKT completely unsupported.
Jul 15, 2020
Coree Woltering's Epic Ice Age Adventure
After a year of ups and downs Coree Woltering was looking forward to a fresh start in 2020. COVID 19 forced him to change his race plans and use his fitness to tackle the 1200 mile Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin where he hoped to set a new FKT. After some hard first days on the trail he had to dig deep to make his goal a reality.
Jul 12, 2020
Lewis Wu And The Rise of Coros
How did Coros go from making bike helmets to being a big player in the GPS watch game seemingly overnight? Coros CEO and trail runner Lewis Wu joined me to share the story of the brand, and gives us an interesting look into what goes in to designing what so many of us have on our wrists. I received absolutely no compensation for this episode. This was a story i was interested in hearing, not paid to share. This podcast will always be listener supported.
Jul 09, 2020
Kyle Curtin: FKT By The Seat of His Pants
Kyle Curtin joins me to talk about his incredible run on the Tahoe Rim Trail. His original goal was to break Killian's supported FKT running unsupported, but a few issues on the trail had him readjusting his goals and crushing the unsupported FKT.
Jul 07, 2020
Crew Show 4
Bev and Alan Abbs join us and share the incredible and hilarious story of their adventure running "The Last Annual Heart of the South" race. One of the runners in the race, Kim McCoy, was hit by a car along the route and was seriously injured, you can help her by clicking the link below.
Jul 05, 2020
Hard Lessons with Rich Wayshner
Rich Wayshner likes to learn lessons the hard way, especially when it comes to his running. We have a great conversation about some of those hard lessons and his incredible journey completing the brutal "Broken Ladder Challenge".
Jul 01, 2020
The Tao of Bryon Powell
The man behind I Run Far, Bryon Powell joins me to talk about the creation of everyone's favorite Ultra website. He also shares his running journey, and what he thinks the future holds for the sport.
Jun 28, 2020
The Ballad of Andy Jones-Wilkins
Andy Jones-Wilkins is a 10 time Western States finisher, he has been called "Mr. Western States". He joins me to talk about his life, finding running, learning from the old masters, and his 2005 Western States race where he finished 2nd overall, less than a half hour behind Scott Jurek.
Jun 25, 2020
Crew Show 3
It's a double the fun double podcast with Pat Reagan and Mike Nadeau from the Tortoise & The Hare Podcast. We talk running, gang up on Reagan and have lots of random fun. Check out the Tortoise & The Hare Podcast
Jun 22, 2020
John Cash Kicks Route 66
The legendary Route 66 has captured the imagination of plenty of motorist over the years, it also captured the imagination of ultra-runner John Cash. He set out to run the Missouri section of the road for an FKT and found adventure, and the reality that it is not a road made for runners.
Jun 19, 2020
Steal Natalie Daniel's Mantra
Natalie Daniel crushed her recent attempt at setting an FKT on the Foothills Trail, and that was after nearly everything went wrong. What kept her going? Was it her incredible attitude, or something you would never expect?
Jun 15, 2020
The Unstoppable Jacky Hunt-Broersma
Jacky Hunt-Broersma hated running as a child, it was only after cancer took her leg as an adult that she found the sport. From her first painful 5k, to most recently becoming the first amputee to run 100 miles on a treadmill in under 24 hours, Jacky's running story is one of courage and determination.
Jun 12, 2020
Inside the Mind of Lee Conner
Lee Conner’s mind moves nearly as fast as her feet in this fascinating chat about how she discovered the sport of Ultra Running and some of her amazing adventures in races around the world.
Jun 05, 2020
East Coast vs West Coast Challenge
The East Coast vs West Coast Challenge was a virtual race that pitted runners on both sides of the country against each other in a friendly competition. Co Race Directors Jason Green and Candice Burt join me to talk about how the challenge came together, who won, and poke a little fun at each other.
Jun 04, 2020
Crew Show 2
Get to know two awesome runners, Donna England and Ben Smitherman. We chat about heat acclimating, spouse support at ultras, things we wish we knew when we started running and even play a little White Claw roulette. Enjoy some miles with this incredible crew.
May 31, 2020
RD Stories with Steve Durbin
Steve Durbin is one of the best Race Directors in the Eastern United States. His Tunnel Hill race has attracted national attention with two world records being shattered. He also works closely with Laz on races like the Barkley Fall Classic, Strolling Jim and the Virtual Race that has over 18,000 participants The Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee. Steve shares stories about his time with Laz, what inspired them to come with TGVRAT and so much more.
May 29, 2020
Crew Show 1
Jeff Stafford, Liz Canty and Cary Long join me to talk about the big changes to Strava, virtual races, difficult decisions every runner has to make at some point, and we settle an argument over a popular aid station snack. We also share a new virtual running challenge from Canada that is hard, fun and free.
May 25, 2020
The Adventures of Michael Wardian
Michael Wardian joins me to share his story from his first marathon, where he had some pretty interesting rules about running, through his win at the Quarantine Backyard Ultra. He also shares plans for something he would like to do for 100 miles on a treadmill that has never been done before. This was recorded before Zach Bitter's record breaking treadmill run.
May 21, 2020
Episode 001: Karl "The Speed Goat" Meltzer
Welcome to the first episode of the podcast. I do take a minute to address the elephant in the studio with my old podcast. Then I have a hilarious conversation with the Goat himself, Karl Meltzer. Crank out some miles with me and Karl, some miles may be slower due to laughter. My apologies for the Zoom "clip" you hear from time to time. Check out for more!
May 12, 2020