The Best Podcasts about RUNNING for runner’s looking for motivation, inspiration and information!

Best running podcasts to get you through your runs

I listen primarily to podcasts when I run and drive, meaning I get through a lot of content each week (although honestly, less so right now as I’m running a lot less currently). I love True Crime style podcasts, This American Life, and have more recently started listening to a lot of business/influencer podcasts however the core of my subscriptions are for running podcasts. They’re motivating, informative and has given me a great insight into professional running, training and coaching. I even started my own nutrition for runner’s podcast this year that I have really enjoyed recording and sharing!

Here are some of my favourite running podcasts, please do let me know yours too, I’m always looking for new podcasts to keep me entertained…

Best Running Podcasts:

Ali on the Run show

I’ve been reading Ali’s blog and listening to her podcast for years, and have also been to a couple of her live shows in NYC, Atlanta and Boston. I love how informal they are, like chatting with old/new friends about RUNNING. Most runners love chatting about all things running, so these make great easy listening if like me you could chat about miles for hours on end. Recently her series on different careers has been so fun to listen to and I am still living for the post Atlanta trials episodes.

I’ll Have Another with Lindsay Hein

Another informal chat style podcast where Lindsey chats with runners from across the world. I’ve listened to her for years and is another podcaster that has become a friend, I have also been on the show – listen to my episode here. She has worked so hard to build her podcast network, and interviewing elite and everyday runners seems to come so easy to her. I loved her conversations with the Hoka One One team in Atlanta before the trails and even more so the follow ups post-marathon. This week I ran listening to her episode with Jordan Hasay and love the camaraderie she’s able to build with one of the marathoners I know least about!

Cook Eat Run

Is it too much to add my own podcast in here? My weekly episodes discuss common running questions with Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists and Sports Nutritionists to bring evidence based nutritional advice. From How to Fuel For a Marathon with Anita Bean, to Do You Really Need Supplements with Anna Hardman. Plus everyday runners achieving amazing things, with Couch to 5K runners to multi-day ultra runners (watch out for a future episode with the female winner of the Beyond the Ultimate Ice Ultra!).

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Well Far

Amy Lane’s awesome podcast interviews British runners and experts in the running field to help answer questions such as ‘how to find the right sport’s bra’, ‘how to deal with negative voices in your head’, and ‘how to come back from injury’. She’s also shares ‘Well Far Workouts’ including guided stretches, hill sprints and strength workouts. We went for a run together in Feb for this episode (Paula Radcliffe was on the week after me!!)

The Morning Shakeout

Mario Fraioli is a well-known name in the running world (if you haven’t already signed up to his weekly email, I highly recommend it). I find his podcasts to be a more serious, analytical view of the running world; chatting with elite runners as well as those behind the scenes that really make the running community, from race directors, photographers and sports writers.

Rambling Runner

Matt’s podcast promises to be for ‘dedicated and motivated amateur runners who are working hard to get better and achieving inspirational results while balancing running with the rest of their lives’, and for me, it does exactly that. He interviews both elite runners (I loved his spin off ‘Road to the Olympic Trials’) everyday runners, those who worked their way to an OTQ, BQ and beyond. I really like this episode with Stephanie Bruce. 

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Running for Real

Ex-Professional runner, Tina Muir (who I’m now lucky enough to call a friend) talks with experts in their field discussing all things running related – from the importance of sleep, training your brain as a runner, and tips for the weights room. She also chats with runners, industry leaders, innovators and those making a difference in the running community.  I find Tina’s to be more of a serious, information sharing podcast than some of the other running podcasts that I listen to and I have learned so much. I found her episode on the Coronavirus back in March with Dr Emily Stoneman brought a lot of insight during a time where the media was going mad and there was so much misinformation out there.

A Runner’s Life

I recently had Marcus Brown on my podcast, and I love his perspective on running, training and balancing life. He worked full time, has two kids and has managed to bring his own marathon time from a 5hr to 3hr finish. How he manages to fit in his twice weekly podcast into life, I have no idea, but it’s brilliant. He interviews race directors, running experts and coaches as well as speedy marathoners and ultra runners on his new podcast.

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Another Mother Runner

One that was brought to my attention when I asked for running podcasts on twitter. Hosted by Sarah Bowen Shea, this marathon veteran chats with a rotating group of co-hosts and expert guests, discussing all training, nutrition, motivation and mental toughness, as well issues such as stomach problems, snot rockets etc. I was actually a guest on their podcast a couple of months ago – you can listen to my episode here. It was so fun to record with them, just like chatting with old friends.

Marathon Talk

Lots of you love this podcast, and I have to admit, it took a while but it’s grown on me (I think because it’s quite different to a lot of the other running podcasts I listen to). Presenters Martin and Holly chat about recent running news, interviews with elite runners and celebrate listener’s marathon time in the Listener Podium.

CTolle Run

Carrie Tollefson is a former middle distance elite runner, and was voted fourth most beautiful athlete in the world by Sports Illustrated in 2006, and now works in broadcasting, covering high profile events like the Olympic marathon trials. I’ve been to her live shows and she is so enthusiastic,  personable and knowledgable about our sport.

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What are your favourite running podcasts? I’m always keen to find new ones to add to my list! 

17 Comments

  1. 25th February 2017 / 8:45 am

    You’ve got a pretty good list! Some of these I’ve listened to, whilst some are new to me – I’ll have to check those out! You might also like Nicole Antoinette’s Real Talk Radio podcasts… they’re amazing!

    • 26th February 2017 / 3:58 am

      I love her podcast, especially her Soberversary and her PCT episodes!

  2. 25th February 2017 / 3:09 pm

    Great list – they are all the same as mine other than the last two! Too funny. It’s been a lot of fun listening to Ali’s voice because I’ve read her blog for so long now.

  3. 25th February 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Ooh great recommendations. I listen to a few of those and may just check out some of the others now. You might also enjoy the Tough Girl podcast. Sarah Williams wants to motivate women and girls and the podcast provides great role models in the interviews with women who have taken on some incredible challenges. The running ones are always great, but to be honest I’ve enjoyed them al even when it’s been about a sport I know little about.

  4. 26th February 2017 / 4:00 am

    I like most of those (one I can’t STAND). The Tina Muir one always makes me giggle because the introduction is this massive American ‘Now….let me introduce your host…..Tina MUUUUIIIIIRRRR’ and then you hear her sweet, apologetic British voice saying ‘hi’.

    I love Ali’s podcast!

    • charlotte
      Author
      26th February 2017 / 7:20 am

      Haha I’m wondering if the one you don’t like is the one I’m thinking of 😉 xx

      • 27th February 2017 / 12:53 pm

        hehehehehehe 🙂 This made ME giggle!

  5. Hannah
    26th February 2017 / 6:37 pm

    Thanks for these! The only one I listen to is Marathon Talk so look forward to downloading the others!

  6. Hannah
    16th May 2020 / 8:55 am

    Ali on the Run is great. I used to listen to Marathon Talk but not for a while now – sort of dropped to the bottom of my list. I do love Running is Bullshit, RunPod, and With Me Now (about parkrun).

    I’ll give Well Far a listen – I prefer British podcasts with people I’ve heard of, so this might be perfect!

    • Hannah
      16th May 2020 / 8:58 am

      Just realised this is an old article so that other Hannah commenting above may well be me!! Back in the day when I hadn’t discovered most running podcasts and you probably introduced me to Ali on the Run!

      • charlotte
        Author
        16th May 2020 / 12:32 pm

        Haha I’ve updated the post to include new podcasts, current faves and removed some of the ones I don’t listen to anymore! But glad you’ve found Ali on the Run and that you enjoy it so much!

  7. Holly
    16th May 2020 / 9:43 am

    Thanks for the Marathon Talk shout out. Just for future reference I am the co host of the show with Martin Yelling we also record with Tom, Tony and sometimes Anji

    • charlotte
      Author
      16th May 2020 / 12:30 pm

      Sorry Holly, this is an updated old post! Have edited the Marathon Talk section and thanks for letting me know x

  8. Marita
    16th May 2020 / 6:19 pm

    Love wellfar! Thanks for the list, I’m subscribing to them all now x

  9. 17th May 2020 / 9:10 am

    I’m loving A Slice of Pie – while not specifically running based it focuses on the Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) and covers loads of great bits about the psychology of sports / exercise and business.

    • charlotte
      Author
      17th May 2020 / 1:28 pm

      Ooh that sounds really interesting! Will add that to my list, thanks for sharing!

  10. 27th May 2020 / 3:14 pm

    The only podcast I listen to is Free Weekly Timed which is a parkrun podcast. I find the stories about other runners inspiring but also enjoy picking up tips on new parkruns to try