Impossible Podcast with Joel Runyon

Joel Runyon


Do Something IMPOSSIBLE. Get challenged to push your limits and build mental toughness. Every week, hear inspiring stories of athletes, entrepreneurs and other people doing the impossible.Host Joel Runyon, former laid-off UPS driver turned entreprene...Show More

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34: Joe Buckner - Founder of Beautifully Savage Boxing Gym

50:07 | Jan 22nd

Joe Buckner is the founder of Beautifully Savage Boxing Gym in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

33: John Durant – Founder at Wild Ventures, Author of the Paleo Manifesto

1:06:40 | Jan 15th

John Durant is a NYT bestselling author of the Paleo Manifesto and Spartan Fit. He's also the founder of Wild Ventures.

31: Krista Stryker – Founder of 12 Minute Athlete

46:41 | Dec 18th, 2018

Krista Stryker is the founder and creator of 12 Minute Athlete.

30: Going Pro

07:51 | Dec 11th, 2018

An excerpt from this week's blog post.

29: Christine GZ – Professional Rally & Off-Road Driver

1:13:05 | Dec 4th, 2018

Christine GZ is Professional Rally & Off-Road Driver based out of Barcelona and LA. Originally from Italy & the Canary Islands, Christine shares about her journey of finding out about racing, how she followed her obsession not knowing much about it, ...Show More

28: Adam Dunlap – Actor, Parkour Traceur and Director of

1:07:11 | Nov 27th, 2018

Adam Dunlap is an actor, traceur and early practictioner of parkour. He's also the director of

27: Elisabet Margeirsdottir – Icelandic Ultrarunner + Winner of the Ultra Gobi 400km Race

50:49 | Nov 20th, 2018

Elisabet Margeirsdottir from Reykjavik, Iceland. Is the winner and the first woman to complete the Gobi desert Ultramarathon race in under 100 hours.

26: Heidar Logi - Iceland's First Professional Surfer

48:22 | Nov 13th, 2018

Heidar Logi is Iceland's first professional surfer - known for carving up the freezing cold waves of the Arctic.

25: Back to Shipping

08:53 | Nov 8th, 2018

Back from a break, Joel explains what exactly is going on at IMPOSSIBLE and shares some of the new exciting projects coming up before the end of the year. Blog Post: Back to Shipping Support The Show Leave a Review on iTunes Stitcher Goog...Show More

24: Roshanda Cummings of @BrownKids

1:03:11 | Sep 11th, 2018

Today on the show I have a longtime friend Roshanda Cummings. Roshanda is the founder of the minimalist living instagram community - @BrownKids. A community of about 30,000 strong talking bout living simply to do the things you’ve always wanted to do...Show More

23: Ed Roshitsh - CEO of Dude Solutions + 200 Mile, Ultra Endurance Athlete

56:34 | Sep 4th, 2018

On today’s podcast, I’m speaking with Ed Roshitsh - he’s the CEO of Dude Solutions - a 100M software company based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He’s also an endurance athlete and a 200 mile ultra marathoner. We talk everything about his story, les...Show More

22: Ryan Carson | CEO & Founder of Treehouse

47:02 | Aug 21st, 2018

Today I sat down with Ryan Carson, the CEO and founder of Treehouse.  Ryan shares with us a bit about how Treehouse, 2018’s Most Disruptive Startup, is enabling people to get the jobs they want without spending the time and money it takes to get a co...Show More

21: Ray Dalton – Recording Artist | Songwriter| Grammy Nominee

1:03:46 | Aug 14th, 2018

This week I sat down with Ray Dalton, a Grammy nominated recording artist and songwriter, who shares with us how went from singing in a local gospel choir to hook-writing and world touring with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ as the feature on “Can’t Hold...Show More

20: Mikhaila Peterson on Healing Chronic AutoImmune Issues with Food

54:23 | Aug 7th, 2018

Mikhaila Peterson is a mother, researcher, self-experimenter, and steak-eater. After being sick for most of her life with various auto-immune issues including getting diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis when she was 7, and receiving multiple j...Show More

Bonus Episode: The "Stories" of NBA Players, Brands, and Teams with Mike Pacchione

56:25 | Aug 5th, 2018

After recording episode 19 with Mike, we kept hanging out and started talking about the NBA and the "stories" that different players and brands experience and are telling through their brands. If you're a fan of the NBA you might like this one. It is...Show More

19: Mike Pacchione on Telling a Great Story

1:01:31 | Aug 1st, 2018

Mike Pacchione is a speaking coach and workshop facilitator that helps people and brands communicate their messages better. On today's podcast, we talk about the power of telling (and living a good story), how to give a better talk, the one thing mos...Show More

18: Sean Ogle of Location Rebel

52:10 | Jul 24th, 2018

Today I sat down in Portland with Sean Ogle of Location Rebel. Sean has been helping people build their side hustles, quit their jobs and become location independent since 2009. Sean was one of the first influences in my life that made me think I cou...Show More

17: How To Schedule Quarterly Retreats + Planning For Your IMPOSSIBLE Goals

26:00 | Jul 17th, 2018

In this episode of the IMPOSSIBLE Podcast, I share my process for doing quarterly planning for my personal IMPOSSIBLE goals, how I split them up into four quadrants and why I've started implementing a "retreat" or trip into the entire process. Fe...Show More

16: Steve Tidball, CEO of Vollebak & Adventure Race Athlete

1:23:32 | Jun 19th, 2018

Steve Tidball, the co-founder of Vollebak joins the Impossible Podcast to discuss his adventures as an athlete, ultra and adventure runner, and how he started Vollebak - the coolest adventure apparel company on earth. 01:07 On the show is Steve T...Show More

15: 3 Steps to Combatting Headtrash + a 777 School Build Update

41:03 | Jun 12th, 2018

This is a slightly different two-part episode. In the first part, I talk about some of the head trash I've been dealing with lately and 3 steps I've been using to combat it. In the second part of the podcast, I get to share about the progress the 77...Show More

14: Andy Stumpf - former Navy SEAL and record-holding base-jumper

59:21 | Mar 6th, 2018

Andy Stumpf is a former Navy SEAL, awarded 5 bronze stars, a purple heart and numerous other awards. He's a pilot, a base-jumper and held the world record for longest wingsuit flight - flying over 18 miles after jumping from over 36,000 feet. He's an...Show More

13: Dr. Shawn Baker on the Carnivore Diet

1:08:30 | Feb 27th, 2018

Dr. Shawn Baker is an orthopedic surgeon and proponent of the carnivore diet - an all meat, all the time diet. He holds multiple world records at the masters-level and at 50 years old, he can still dunk. We dive into how he went from the paleo to ket...Show More

12: $500 Giveaway!

02:58 | Feb 20th, 2018

Sorry for the short episode this week! I wanted to let you know about a giveaway I'm hosting at It's free to enter, so check it out $500 Giveaway => Latest Blog Post => ...Show More

11: Cam F. Awesome

1:04:31 | Feb 6th, 2018

Cam Awesome is a 5 time USA National Champion, a 4 time Golden Gloves National Champion, 2 Time Olympic Trails Champion boxer and Captain of the USA National boxing team as well as a speaker and comedian (you'll see pretty quickly). Support The S...Show More

10: Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

31:56 | Jan 25th, 2018

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is a professor at the University of Toronto and author of the new book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote To Chaos. We talk about the controversy surrounding him, the importance of doing hard, but meaningful things and the import...Show More

9: Jarie Bolander

45:25 | Jan 18th, 2018

Jarie Bolander is the author of the Entrepreneur's Ethos - how to build a more ethical and resilient entrepreneur community. Support The Show Leave a Review where you listen to podcast: iTunes Stitcher Google Play Impossible ResourcesSubscribe fo...Show More

Chris Guillebeau

37:50 | Jan 11th, 2018

Chris Guillebeau is a 5x author, host of the popular show Side Hustle School and world adventurer who's visited 193 countries and hosts the annual World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon every summer. He's also the first person that made me thi...Show More

Rob Jones

1:08:40 | Jan 4th, 2018

Rob Jones is a former Marine, IED survivor, double amputee, Paralympics bronze medalist who has biked across the country and recently run 31 marathons in 31 days. He does not stop and his inspiring story will help you focus on your mission and keep g...Show More

2017 Annual Review (part 2)

24:26 | Jan 2nd, 2018

In today's episode, Joel shares his goals for the year, his method for planning out the year and the big plans for IMPOSSIBLE in 2018. You're not gonna want to miss this one. Do your own annual review => ImpossibleHQ.c...Show More

2017 Annual Review (part 1)

21:04 | Dec 29th, 2017

In today's episode, Joel shares his annual review - the highlights and lowlights of the year along with how you can conduct your own annual review. Stay tuned for part 2 of the annual review for what's coming up in 2018. Keep pushing your limits an...Show More

Akshay Nanavati

47:17 | Dec 21st, 2017

Akshay Nanvati is a former Marine, and founder of Fearvana. He's currently attempting to run across every country on earth (he's 8 down). We talk how he went from deep into drugs to the Marines to founding Fearvana and adventuring around the world. ...Show More

Mike Wardian

1:51:49 | Dec 14th, 2017

Mike Wardian might be the most prolific runner out there today. I met Mike in Antarctica when he was setting the record there. He's also run over 50 races in 2017, including the Antarctica Ice Marathon, The Hard Rock 100, and The Barkley Marathons. W...Show More

Sinan Guler

1:32:37 | Dec 7th, 2017

Sinan Guler is a Professional Basketball Player for Fenerbahce and the team captain for Turkey's national team. We talk about basketball, becoming a pro, adapting to your environment and which NBA player he thinks he could take in one-on-one. Sin...Show More

Ed Latimore

1:37:59 | Dec 7th, 2017

Boxer, physicist and the Confucius of twitter: Ed Latimore and Joel talk about mental toughness, how to get perspective from getting punched in the face, and how black your coffee should be. About Ed Latimore @edlatimore on twitt...Show More

Is this thing on?

00:34 | Dec 2nd, 2017

We're back. Starting this Thursday, we'll have an interview with an Impossible Person every week for you to help you push your limits and do something impossible.

IMPOSSIBLE 007: Dispatch From Antarctica

08:04 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Coming to you live from the Union Glacier. Here’s my updates on my stay here in Artarctica. We made it, 100k in this unique place. In this episode, I’ll be sharing my experience and many more! Some Things You’ll Learn in this Episode: 0:10 My update...Show More

IMPOSSIBLE 006: Antarctica!

23:47 | Jan 23rd, 2017

ANTARCTICA! Here we are, 4th continent of the 777. I’m so excited for this trip and I hope you wish me luck! In this episode, I’ll share everything I know about the continent, my expectations, what to prepare for, and most importantly why I’m so exci...Show More

IMPOSSIBLE 005: 2016 Year In Review + My Top Goals in 2017

31:39 | Jan 10th, 2017

What happened to you last year? I asked the same question too! Despite the ups + downs of my 2016, this episode will explain why life is about getting back up again and truly looking forward to a brighter future. I’m excited for 2017, I hope you are ...Show More

IMPOSSIBLE 004: 7 Reasons to Consider 777 For Your End of Year Giving

15:50 | Dec 30th, 2016

Awesome news. As of today, we've raised over $111,000 for 777. #boom 💥 If you're on the edge, I'd love for you to listen today and get involved. Plus, did I mention that I'm matching all donations up to $50k?  I'd love to have you be a part of this....Show More

IMPOSSIBLE 003: Inside the 777 Relaunch & Where The Project Stands Today

23:16 | Dec 21st, 2016

On today's episode of IMPOSSIBLE PODCAST, Joel goes into the backstory behind the 777 relaunch and the current status of the project. Links mentioned in the show Donate to the 777 Project (get your donation doubled through the end of 2016!) The 777 ...Show More


16:19 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Action. Action is what matters. You want this. you want that. You can want all you want, but nothing will happen. Until you do. You must do. You have to. That is all that matters. You are not what you what you aspire to do. You are not what you have ...Show More


24:57 | Nov 24th, 2016

After spending the weekend in Salt Lake at Gym Jones Fundamentals Seminar, I walked away physically spent and fired up mentally. Listen to this episode below or at the links below: Mentioned In This Show Gym Jones Ultimate Paleo Guide Paleo Meal Pla...Show More


17:12 | Nov 17th, 2016

BACK AT IT After a long time gone, the IMPOSSIBLE PODCAST is BACK and better than ever.  Let's get it. RETURN OF THE PODCAST Review on iTunes Review on Stitcher Support The Podcast Cold Shower Therapy MoveWell Mobility App Get Impossible Gea...Show More

Radio #8 - The Best of Impossible Radio: Season 1

29:45 | Sep 22nd, 2015

This is the last episode for the first season of Impossible Radio, and it's been a truly amazing season so far. From amazing guests, like Kyle Maynard, Bobby Maximus, and Command Master Chief Paul Tharp, to a few solo rounds, I've really taken time t...Show More

Radio #7 - Breaking Down Resilience with Kyle Maynard (part 2)

23:10 | Sep 15th, 2015

Kyle Maynard, who I originally interviewed in episode 2 from this season, is back! As you know from that episode, Kyle is uniquely qualified to talk about building a resilient life, since he lives it every day. Born without arms and legs, Kyle has ta...Show More

Radio #6 - Building a Bulletproof Mind with Bobby Maximus

50:47 | Sep 8th, 2015

Building a strong mind can change every aspect of a person's life, and Rob MacDonald (aka Bobby Maximus) believes that the fastest way to build it is in the gym. The physical stuff you deal with is the easy part. Facing your own mind can be a bit mor...Show More

Radio #5 - When is it Okay to Quit?

34:37 | Aug 11th, 2015

Anytime you start working towards a big, scary, impossible looking goal, you're inevitably going to face set backs. Times are going to get hard. You may even get to a point where you aren't sure if you can do it anymore and you're going to want to gi...Show More

Radio #4 - Inside the Mind of a Navy Seal with Paul Tharp

46:53 | Aug 4th, 2015

Grit and resilience aren't natural skills you're born with. They're something that you have to build. It's something you can learn. Over his incredibly successful career, Command Master Chief Paul Tharp has built such an incredibly resilient mind tha...Show More

Radio #3 - 2 Strategies to Keep You Going When You Don't Feel Like It

31:22 | Jul 28th, 2015

Anticipating that things will get tough on the road to Impossible things helps to set you up to be prepared for the disappointments that are destined to be along your way. If you expect it, you can prepare for it, so it doesn't ruin your progress. Ke...Show More

Radio #2 - How Kyle Maynard Bear Crawled Up Mt Kilimanjaro

1:09:10 | Jul 21st, 2015

If there was a list of people most qualified to talk about resilience, Kyle Maynard would be at the top. Born without arms and legs, Kyle has been tackling mountains, both figurative and literal, one step at a time. He's literally crawled to the top ...Show More

Radio #1 - Face Your Fear and Get Into the Arena

18:23 | Jul 14th, 2015

In this episode of Impossible Radio, Joel introduces this season's theme: resilience; what is resilience? How do you become more resilient? What does it take to "get into the arena" and start making the dreams you have ACTUALLY happen? Or the most im...Show More

FM #021: How to Make Your Own Impossible List

24:22 | Dec 15th, 2014

In today’s episode of Impossible FM, I jump into how my impossible list jumpstarted my life, how I went ahead and made it and how you can make your very own impossible list.

FM #020: The Two Phrases You Should NEVER Use Again

10:15 | Dec 8th, 2014

The Two Phrases You Should NEVER Use Again

FM #019: How To Actually Do The Things You Say You Want To Do

22:50 | Dec 1st, 2014

In today’s podcast, I talk about how to actually do the things you say you want to do. Stop waiting for it to happen and start doing it today. Enjoy

FM #018: Recalculating

11:28 | Nov 24th, 2014

In today’s episode, I talk about a powerful lesson I learned the other day aboutrecalculating.

FM #017: The Simple Message I Need To Hear Over & Over Again

11:38 | Oct 20th, 2014

Today’s podcast is a short episode about a simple message I need to hear over & over & over again.

FM #016: 3 Essential Heuristics for Business And Life with Taylor Pearson

36:39 | Oct 13th, 2014

Taylor Pearson is one of the best people I know at taking complex ideas & synthesizing them into easy-to-digest realities. We call these heuristics – but they’re well worth your time & I loved jumping on this call with Taylor. Check it out.

FM #015: Millionaire’s Math & Poker Business Strategies with Billy Murphy

38:25 | Sep 1st, 2014

In today’s episode, I sit down with my good friend Billy Murphy of Forever Jobless to talk about doing the uncommon by simply running the math. We talk about how Billy’s background as a poker player transitioned into an entrepreneurial career and how...Show More

FM #014: The Power of Consistent Committed Action & The $25 Challenge

09:10 | Aug 25th, 2014

Over the past few days, we’ve been getting a few questions from people who want to get involved with what’s happening with the 777 Project. In today’s episode, I talk about the #1 way most people can get involved with 777. It’s through a little somet...Show More

FM #012: “We Choose To Go To The Moon”

23:20 | Aug 18th, 2014

In today’s episode, I talk about the one of the reasons behind tomorrow’s big announcement and share a short speech that my friend Kurt sent me. It’s a video of John F. Kennedy at Rice University announcing the goal to go to the moon in 1962. It’s an...Show More

FM #011: Running Faster 5ks Using The Hit List Technique

10:35 | Jul 31st, 2014

Today’s podcast is an audio version of a blog post I wrote the other day called “how to run a faster 5k using the hit list technique“. I recently made up this game while running the highest marathon in Europe. I also share how you can use ramificati...Show More

FM #010: WDS, A New Paleo App and A Super Secret Upcoming Project

12:00 | Jul 14th, 2014

In today’s episode, we have a bit of a teaser episode as I talk about the past weekend at WDS, a recent app launch with our sister site – Ultimate Paleo Guide – and a big, new super secret project that I can’t reveal the details of yet. Shhh! Enjoy!

FM #009: The Real “1 Weird Trick” for Massive Fat Loss with Patrick Hitches (Hint: It’s Not What You Think)

36:06 | Jul 7th, 2014

In this episode, I sit down with Patrick “MUSCLES” Hitches to talk about massive fat loss using unconventional techniques that no one is really talking about. Don’t worry – there aren’t any supplements, strange routines, or special products to buy. I...Show More

FM #008: Green Coffee Bean Extract, Raspberry Ketones, Dr. Oz BS and 3 Things That Are More Effective Than Bogus Supplements with Vic Magary

28:34 | Jun 30th, 2014

In today’s episode, Vic Magary joins me as we talk about Dr. Oz’s meeting with Congress including some of the ridiculous “supplements” he promoted including green coffee bean extract, raspberry ketones and a load of other BS. We also talk about 3 thi...Show More

FM #007: Growing Strong From the Inside Out with Amy Clover

26:50 | Jun 23rd, 2014

In today’s episode, I sit down with Amy Clover of Strong Inside Out. We talk about getting stronger on an incremental basis and how seeking out small opportunities to grow stronger can help you do the impossible. We also talk about Amy’s personal sto...Show More

FM #006: Unknown Unknowns and Why the Better You Get at Something, the Less You Know

14:27 | Jun 16th, 2014

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know. – Donald Rumsfeld...Show More

FM #005: 3 Mantras I Used During Comrades Marathon

16:46 | Jun 9th, 2014

Hey I’m back on the mic after an usually long jaunt in South Africa to run my first ever ultra marathon. 31 hours of travel 3 continents later, I was ready to run my first ultra on the other side of the world: Comrades Marathon The oldest ultra ma...Show More

FM #004: Michael Yoder on the Scorpion and the Frog

22:27 | May 26th, 2014

Today’s episode is a little different as I sit down with one of my long time friends Michael Yoder and talk about an old, old Aesop fable – The Scorpion and the Frog – and how you can avoid shooting yourself in the foot while setting goals and taking...Show More

FM #003: The Promise of a Pencil and Building 200 Schools with just $25 with Adam Braun

22:28 | May 19th, 2014

In this episode I sat down with Pencils of Promise founder Adam Braun to chat about his organization, Pencils of Promise organization which he started with just $25 and has grown over the last 5 years to build over 200 schools. Impossible has been i...Show More

FM #002: How Cold Showers Hold the Key to Success in Business & Life with Nick Reese

29:09 | May 12th, 2014

In this episode, I sat down with Nick Reese of to talk about Cold Shower Therapy™. If you don’t know what Cold Shower Therapy™ is, you’re either living under a rock or you’ve never read this blog before. Nick was THE guy who introd...Show More

FM #001: How To Run 100 Miles with Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete

35:17 | May 5th, 2014

In today’s episode, I sat down with Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete to talk about his first 100 mile race and how he approached training and finishing his first major distance ultra marathon and the one thing he did in order to make sure he finished ...Show More

FM #000: Getting Started & What To Expect in Impossible FM

10:47 | Apr 28th, 2014

Impossible FM is here! On the inaugural episode of Impossible FM, I introduce the podcast and talk about why I’m bringing it back. I also touch on what to expect and how exactly we’ll be proceeding in future episodes. It’s short and sweet and a lot o...Show More