The Best Podcasts for Runners (updated)

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I’ve been meaning to update my favorite podcasts for runners for quite some time.  When I finally sat down to do it, I looked up my first list to see what was on it.  Ironically, it was almost exactly two years ago that I wrote that post. I guess January is the hot time for podcasts when everyone is looking for inspiration.  Or something to pass the time while spending more time than you want on the treadmill because it’s so freakin’ cold.

Never ever did I think I’d be a podcast listener.

Talk radio or audio books seemed so boring to me. I’d zone out and not even pay attention to what was being discussed or the story that was being told. If I wanted to fall asleep, that’s what I’d listen to.

I had heard from friends that they loved to listen to podcasts on their long runs. When I run outside, I don’t listen to music. I can get by just fine without any noise in my ears on a long run. So why would I want to listen to a podcast?

I first got hooked on podcasts because of Serial.  Season one had me hooked.  Season two…not so much. From there, I got hooked on podcasts on topics that I love.  Specifically, running. I’m constantly learning new stuff all the time and the fitness geek in me gets to hear chatter about my favorite healthy and fitness topics.

I still don’t run outside with podcasts but I do while I’m inside on the treadmill (or working out in general) or while I’m plugging away working on the computer. It feels like I’m hanging out with my friends and learning some cool stuff in the process.

Here are 9 of (in my opinion) the best podcasts for runners:

Billy Yang Podcast – I fell in love with Billy Yang’s films early last year.  If you’ve never seen anything of his, you must watch Life in a Day.  It will make you want to run an ultra.  It will make you want to run all the trails. It will make you want to dream big and go for anything.  Actually, all of his films will give you ALL the feels. His podcasts mostly have been with ultra or mountain runners but he also chats with an upcoming young mixed martial arts guy and one of the founders of Strava. Looking for inspiration?  Listen to his chat with Magdalena Boulet.  Very powerful!

I’ll Have Another with Lindsay Hein – Listening to Lindsay’s podcast makes me feel like I’m running with my running buddies, chatting about whatever as we pile on the miles. I love that a lot of her guests are people that I have met through the years from blogging.  I had the pleasure of hanging out with Lindsay in Chicago a couple of years ago for Saucony 26 Strong when we were both injured and were the support crew.  She’s exactly as she seems on her podcast and in social media – friendly, talkative and kind.

Ali on the Run – Ali is another blogger that I’ve followed for a few years on social media.  She’s originally from New Hampshire (woohoo!) and now lives in New York.  Her enthusiasm radiates in photos, words and in her voice on the podcast.  I especially loved the episode where she was the guest and chatted about her solo trip to California.

Running for Real with Tina Muir – Tina got me hooked on podcasts a few years ago and she still has me listening in. Great guests who share tips and honesty on all things running from the mental aspect of running (sports psychologists) to hearing from elite runners on what makes them run their best. And yes, Tina is as friendly and kind as she seems on social media.

Tough Girl Podcast – I love hearing stories of women who are badass to get me inspired. Sarah interviews women from around the world, who’ve faced and overcome difficult challenges and situations.  It’s not specifically about running but she does interview some runners.

Marathon Training Academy – If you are training for a marathon, this podcast is for you.  Topics covered range from what to eat before, during and after a run, weight loss and running, injury prevention or rehab, and how to be running for years to come. Even if you aren’t training for a marathon, this podcast gives insight on everything a runner needs.

C Tolle Run – Olympian Carrie Tollefson chats with runners we all know and love on running, fitness, and how to live a healthy, balanced life as a runner. Be sure to listen to episode 46 with Allie Kieffer.

The Rich Roll Podcast – Rich Roll was on my list 2 years ago and I still listen. He’s just so interesting! I had never heard of Rich Roll up until a friend suggested his podcast. From a high powered, stressed attorney at one time to a vegan and amazing endurance athlete. His voice is very chill. He’s funny, serious and loves knowledge. His topics discuss high quality nutrition, positive thinking and how to open your mind to new things. Plus, he’s a seriously bad ass athlete.

Another Mother Runner – I love Dimity and Sarah. Every time I listen in, it’s like I’m chatting with a BRF on a long run. I’ve had the pleasure of being a guest on their show and meeting each of the ladies in person. They are just awesome for what they have done for women’s running.

Linking up with Coaches’ Corner and Wild Workout Wednesday.

What are your favorite podcasts?

Last Week’s Workouts

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Last week’s workouts had all four seasons packed in 7 days

There’s a saying, “If you don’t like the weather in New England, wait 5 minutes”.

Last week’s workouts reminded me of that saying every single day.

Last week I ran in ALL the layers. This week I ran in shorts and a t-shirt.

So freaking bizarre. And now we are back to “normal” temps but all of our wonderful snow is gone.  If it’s going to be cold, I want snow to play in.  Playing in frozen dirt isn’t very fun.

Monday

The day I set my alarm for p.m. instead of a.m.  I woke up 20 minutes later than I intended on my own.  Thankfully, a workout was not completely out of the question.  I hustled down to the basement for a workout instead.

30 minutes recumbent bike

3 sets of 10:

Monster walks

Side lunge

Front/side plank (30 sec each)

Med ball squat toss

Glute bridge with band

Bear crawls with band around forearms

KB single leg deadlift

KB swing

Med ball push ups

Bosu ball balance exercises

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Tuesday

Morning Flow Yoga at Bending Bodhi

5 miles outside in wonderfully warm temps! 30 degrees never felt so lovely.

Wednesday

30 minutes Arc Trainer, 15 minutes Stepmill

Reverse grip bent over row

Barbell bicep curl

TRX single leg row

Eccentric pull ups

Bar hangs

KB plank rows

Med ball squat toss

Single leg deadlift with KB press

Side lunge with weight plate push/press

Single leg balance med ball toss

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Thursday

Morning yoga flow at Bending Bodhi

3.2 miles in the a.m. with Amanda

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When I started the lululemon/Strava 40|80 Challenge, I had no intention of running 80k.  Especially with the frigid temps last week.  But then I hit 40k and this week was so mild, I thought why not? So I ran again the afternoon.

3 miles in the p.m. in 50 degree weather.  What?!?!

Friday

5+ mile super foggy run with Kyle in the a.m. Look at me…two early morning runs back to back.

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Beer and Balance Workshop: Hip Hop Yoga Flow

You guys, this workshop was SO good.  Picture it: A kick ass playlist of 90’s hip hop (Naughty by Nature, Missy Elliot, etc), sequences that made our hearts thump to the beat of the music, and a teacher that made us laugh, sweat and reminded us we are f-ing awesome for 90 minutes.  My hair was soaked.  I had sweat dripping off my chin.  It was so fun.  And then we went across the street and enjoyed a beer.

Perfect way to end a long work week!

Saturday

I woke up to the sound of pouring rain.  I had a short amount of time to get in my run before shuttling around kiddos for Saturday morning sports.  I started off in the rain and heavy fog but the rain stopped within the first mile of my of the 5 miles I ran while wearing shorts and a t-shirt.  Yes. You read that right. Shorts and a t-shirt.  It was 55 degrees when it was below zero less than a week ago.  Bizarre!

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In the late afternoon I went out for run #2 (because I still needed 13k to complete the 40|80 challenge and I wasn’t going to have enough time to get in the miles on Sunday). At that time it was 30 degrees.  Winter has returned but all of the snow melted.

Sunday

With an easy 3.2 mile run, I completed the 40|80 challenge and hit my highest weekly mileage since July. It feels good to be back to my normal running.

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Last week when I saw my chiropractor, he remarked about how my ankles and feet had just the right amount of flexion again.  He even went as far as to tell me I was normal.  Imagine that?  Me.  Normal.  Ha!

Linking up with Hoho and Wendy for the weekly workout wrap up.

How was your week in workouts? 

Was your weather bonkers too?

High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

It’s time to celebrate good things from the week.

5 from Instagram

1 ) Inspired by Katrina and the Waves, I’m running on sunshine.  This week’s weather has been ahhhhhmazing!

2 ) It’s been forever and a day since I had a piping hot bowl of steel cut oats for breakfast.  Last week’s cold weather had me craving all things warm.  And now I’m hooked again.  YUM!

3 ) Monday morning I was all set to go to the gym early before work.  That is until I woke up 30 minutes after my alarm was SUPPOSED to go off.  I set my alarm for P.M. rather than A.M.  Gah!  At least I got a quick and sweaty workout in the basement.

4 ) Snowshoeing and snacking.  Whole Wheat Fig Bars from Nature Box are so good.  I may have hid the rest of them from my kids because I want them all.  See #5 below for details on how you can win your own snacks from Nature Box!

5 ) I got an Instant Pot in the early fall but just started using it more.  If you are looking for an easy and delicious recipe, try this Instant Pot Turkey Vegetable Lasagna Soup.  It got two big thumbs up from the fam!

5 good reads

1 ) Ways Women Can Support Each Other Through Running – I am woman, hear me roar.  Let’s hear more roaring ladies.  Btw – anyone else feel inspired and invigorated by Oprah’s Golden Globes speech?  THIS article was great in showing the real message from the speech.

2 ) Trail Sisters Discount for Loon Mountain Race – The race directors of Loon Mountain Race have teamed up with Trail Sisters to get more women involved in trail running.  Last year I ran this race and LOVED it so much I’m going back again.  You can join me with 50% off registration if you are female and it’s your first time running the race.  Take a chance and try something new.  Trust me, there’s no better feeling than finishing a hard race on top of a mountain!

3 ) Ireland’s Trailblazing Women – Everyday women doing epic stuff.   I love this line -> “their story, my story and your story are all one.”  Isn’t that the truth?

3 ) How to Win at Winter When You Hate Winter – This is for all the people who hate winter.  It’s not my favorite season but I’m not going to hibernate because it’s cold.  Find an activity that you enjoy outside.  Think it’s too cold?  Get the right gear and you’ll be comfortable and happy.  A few years ago I bought a down winter jacket that hits just above my knees and has a hood.  I never knew how much covering my butt and my head could change my perception of cold!  Lol!

4 ) Treadmill Workouts for Race Training from the 5k to the Marathon – I love this post from Laura with oodles of workouts plus a fun fact about treadmills.  Did you know that treadmills were first built as a form of torture?  No wonder there’s days that I want to poke my eyes out while running on it!

5 ) Nature Box GIVEAWAY!!! – Head on over to THIS picture on my Instagram feed to enter my giveaway for a $50 credit to buy anything your heart desires from Nature Box.  Have you ever tried their snacks?  SOOOOOO good!  There’s no funky ingredients and it’s all delivered right to your door.  Hurry…giveaway ends on Saturday!

What would you like to High 5 today?