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.
What are your favorite podcasts?