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 with Serial. Didn’t everyone? Then Tina started doing Runner’s Connect Run to the Top podcasts last year and suggested I take a listen. And what do you know? I loved it! I still don’t listen to anything when I run outside but podcasts are the perfect marvelous compliment to treadmill or bike trainer time. And with the winter weather, I’m sure I’m not the only one who is spending more time running indoors. I’m learning new stuff all the time and the fitness geek in me gets to hear chatter about my favorite topics.
Here are 10 of (in my opinion) the best podcasts for runners.
Runner’s Connect Run to the Top – The episode that completely sold me on Run to the Top was the one with Fernado Cabada. I had listened to it days prior to leaving for the Chicago Marathon. And then I listened to it again on the flight home. It inspired me. It motivated me. It made me realize that everything will be OK with my running.
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.
The Rich Roll Podcast – I had never heard of Rich Roll up until a friend suggested his podcast. But now, I want to know everything about him. From what I gather, he was a high powered, stressed attorney at one time. And then he became vegan and started running ultra’s. 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.
Running Story – Amanda, from Miss Zippy fame, started this podcast last year and it quickly became a favorite of mine. I find it so interesting to hear about why others run. We all have our reasons.
Marathon Training Academy – While I have not listened to this while training for a marathon, I still soak up all the information that’s passed on. From training tips to inspirational stories of 26.2, it’s got it all.
Ben Greenfield Fitness – When a friend first suggested this podcast, I kind of wrote it off as too cheesy. If you read the “about” on him, it sounds like a late night infomercial. But give it a listen and it will change your mind. This guy does know his stuff. And a lot of it – fitness, nutrition, health, diet, wellness, triathlon, Ironman, swimming, cycling, running, weight lifting, bodybuilding, Crossfit, Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, muscle gain and fat loss – there’s something for everyone!
The Marathon Show – Guess what The Marathon Show is all about? Did you guess Crossfit? Ummm…not so much. It’s all marathon, all the time. It’s people talking about their marathon experience. Listen in to get inspired and pumped up for your long run or your own 26.2.
Yoga Peeps – I’m sneaking this one in here because I think running and yoga go hand and hand. They are no longer making episodes but you can still catch up on their 80+ archived episodes (like me!). It’s all about living the yoga life on and off your mat (and in your running!).
Trail Runner Nation – I, by no means, am a serious trail runner. I LOVE trails and would love to run on them more but I refuse to run solo on them. In the back of my mind, I have a secret desire to run an ultra. This feeds it. If I keep listening, it’s going to happen.
Endurance Planet – This is fairly new to me but I’ve already listened to a couple of episodes (Juliet Starrett – Getting kids to sit less and move more + strength training for women and ATC 199 – Why you need an off season, why you need a coach and injury prevention) and I’m hooked. A wide range of topics from nutrition to body mechanics.
Do you listen to Podcasts? What are your favorites?