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
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
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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