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