The Best Podcasts for Runners

Get inspired and motivated on your next run with the 10 best podcasts for runners.  happyfitmama.com

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?

39 comments on “The Best Podcasts for Runners

  1. I cannot believe The Marathon Show isn’t about CrossFit? What the?? HAHA!
    Thank you for this because, as I’m hibernating in my basement doing all my workouts I could definitely use all the podcasts I can get! I have not yet heard some of these so I can’t wait to listen. Pinning….
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  2. I really enjoy Running on Om with Julia Hanlon. Julia is young (out of college a few years), but she is very thoughtful and wise. She has interviewed both Rich Roll and his wife, Julie Piatt, as well as so many other amazing, inspiring people.

      1. She did! I might be incorrect on this, but I think she’s doing a podcast once a month for awhile with Lauren Fleshman.

  3. Perfect!! Thanks so much for this listing. I love podcasts for my long runs and am always on the lookout for something new. I do listen to several of these already, but the others look very interesting! My fav is Another Mother Runner especially. I didn’t realize you had been on there – but then again, maybe that is how I found your blog!
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  4. I have taken to listening to audiobooks when running on the treadmill, makes it much more bearable for me! I absolutely love listening to the Harry Potter series when running, but most recently I listened to The Paying Guest by Sarah Waters, the story made me forget where I was!

    Thanks for the suggestions, I will check out this podcast, as I’m always looking for something interesting to listen to!
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  5. You gotta check out Two Gomers Run a Half Marathon! Two non-runners start from couch to becoming runners. Just average guys, fun to listen to! This and Marathon Training Academy are my favorites for listening to while running. Thanks for the list, I’ll check them out!

  6. Check out The Running Lifestyle show! Very fun and motivational! I especially love their registered dietician Serena Marie RD!

  7. I used to like Ben Greenfield but when he started selling $100 magic bracelets and miracle water and amino acids at 5 times what others cost I pulled back. Plus he hops on every new fad as the next great thing, until the next comes along.

  8. Finding Mastery – Michael Gervais. There’s a good interview with Rich Roll in the archives, but really, they are all quite good!

  9. These are great! I listen to some already so learning about others is always fun. Another one to consider is Running On Om, Julia has some great guests.

  10. I just started running a few weeks ago, and while I love music the thought occurred to me to listen to an audio book. I love to read but rarely make time to do it. I listened to Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley and loved it. I’d find that the C25K app would be saying I’m on my last run and I’m like ALREADY?

    The subtitle to this book is “Notes on Learning to Run”…but it’s more of a memoir than a how-to. There is good information in there (like to buy running shoes bigger) that helped me as I got started.

    The best thing about this book was that I could SO identify with the author. I love her sense of humor, and the stories she shared. The thing that nailed it for me was when she said after a run, it felt like someone had “popped in her head and run a duster around in it”. I began to experience that, and that is what has kept me running.

    I should say that I’ve been a lifelong couch potato and avid sports-hater. If you’re one of those athletic types you might not find this book to your taste. But if you’re like me, and need to hear how someone went from not really being athletic to running marathons, you’ll love it.

    I’ve TRIED to like Another Mother Runner, but for me it’s irritating that half the show is chit-chat. It takes forever to get to the point, and by then my run is over (I’m only on week 4 of C25K). Maybe if I was running for an hour or two I might like it better, but I’d just like them to get to the point of the show right away. But that’s just me.

    Thanks for these recommendations, I’m always looking for new things to listen to while I’m running.

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