Let’s be honest we all have days where we don’t want to run. It’s raining, you drank a beer (or two) too many the night before and Netflix seems to have a strangely magnetic pull on you. On those days what you need is a podcast to get you out of the house. We can’t promise they’ll turn you into a two hour marathoner or convince the sun to come out, but we’ve found that when a lack of motivation strikes there’s nothing better than a podcast to get the inspiration flowing and make the miles fly by.
From expert nutrition advice that convinces you to buy a six pack of chocolate milk to coaching interviews that inspire you to add a hill workout to your training routine, podcasts are a gateway into a whole new world of knowledge. We’ve put together a guide to our top-10 running podcasts to help you stick to your running goals. Plus, all the hosts are on Strava, meaning you can follow along with their miles too!
The Ali on the Run Show
Hosted by: Alison Feller
If you love chatting with your friends while you’re on a run, Ali’s podcast is the one for you. Her bubbly personality creates an infectious energy that will put you in a good mood. From discussing how to stay active during pregnancy to having a conversation with the founder of women’s athletic apparel company Oiselle, there’s lots for female runners to jump right into. Ali’s vulnerability in opening up about her personal struggles makes it feel like you know her – great for those days when you wish you had a buddy to run with.
Recommended Listen: Sally Bergesen, CEO and Founder of Oiselle – Nov. 29, 2017
Typical Length: 1 hour
The Rich Roll Podcast
Hosted by: Rich Roll
Focused on personal development, mindfulness and habits that support success The Rich Roll podcast is inspirational and thought-provoking. By drawing on his transformation from an overweight, alcohol-dependent 40-year-old to a dedicated vegan and impressive ultra endurance athlete, Rich is able to provide a welcome reminder that it’s possible to create change in our lives. Although Rich is a strong advocate for veganism, don’t let that put you off if you’re not looking to change your diet. His deep dive conversations with everyone from Arianna Huffington to Lance Armstrong offer fascinating insights into the minds of some of the world’s most influential characters.
Recommended Listen: Mirna Valerio is a Beautiful Work in Progress – Jan. 11, 2018
Typical Length: 1.5 – 2 hours
Run Selfie Repeat
Hosted by: Kelly Roberts
When you need a pre-workout pep-talk, Run Selfie Repeat has your back. Fun, honest and vulnerable host Kelly Roberts isn’t afraid to talk about the tough side of running. Built around short inspirational conversations on topics such as being brave and the power of visualisation, Run Selfie Repeat is like your therapist, coach and best friend all rolled into one.
Recommended Listen: Don’t Let Anyone Write Your Story – Dec. 7, 2017
Typical Length: 15 minutes
The Morning Shakeout
Hosted by: Mario Fraioli
The Morning Shakeout, hosted by athlete, coach and journalist Mario Fraioli, explores the lifestyle and mindset of some of the worlds highest achievers. One of the most informed and opinionated voices in the running world, Mario brings his ability to tease out what drives and motivates someone to his podcast. The episode with Olympic marathoner Desi Linden, which explores her struggles to stay motivated after years of professional racing, is one of my favorites.
Recommended Listen: Des Linden – Jan. 22, 2018
Typical Length: 50 minutes
The Running For Real Podcast
Hosted by: Tina Muir
With a focus on inspirational stories and overcoming setbacks, The Running For Real Podcast features refreshingly honest conversations about the good, the bad and the ugly side of running. Host Tina Muir, an elite British marathoner, rose to prominence when she put her running career on hold in order to get her body healthy again following a nine year battle with amenorrhea, a lack of natural menstruation. Tina’s bravery in being so open about her struggle has gleaned her an almost cult following and helped build a community who share their running journeys together.
Recommended Listen: Nancy Clark: Stop Focus on Being Healthy, Focus on Being Balanced – Sep. 15, 2017
Typical Length: 1 hour
The Ginger Runner Live
Hosted by: Ethan Newberry
Youtuber Ethan Newberry (a.k.a., The Ginger Runner) brings a sense of humor and boundless energy to his podcast. The unique live audience interaction ensures great conversation and variety, while the beer (or two…) Ethan shares with his guests means the interviews are relaxed and entertaining. Although mainly focussed on trail and ultra running, The Ginger Runner Live makes a fun listen for every runner.
Recommended Listen: Guillaume Calmettes – Nov. 26, 2017
Typical Length: 1 hour
I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein
Hosted by: Lindsey Hein
Fun, inspiring and honest are three words that come to mind when describing Lindsey Hein’s podcast. Lindsey’s laidback and open dialogue with her guests allow her to ask them about everything from their favorite boxset to their biggest failure. Her episode with American steeplechaser Colleen Quigley makes a great listen. Lindsey’s knowledge of the sport and bubbly nature shine through as her and Colleen get real about injuries and overcoming racing heartache. Lindsey connects authentically with her guests striking the perfect balance of funny and serious, relatable and inspiring.
Recommended Listen: Colleen Quigley – Feb. 9, 2018
Typical Length: 1-1.5 hours
The Another Mother Runner Podcast
Hosted by: Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea
Covering everything from pelvic floor health to how to run with a dog, the Another Mother Runner Podcast is a one-stop shop for all things running and mothering. Both mothers and runners themselves, founders Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell are joined by a rotating cast of co-hosts, experts and athletes. No topic is too obvious or too embarrassing for the Another Mother Runner Podcast to tackle so, if you have questions, this might be the place to find the answers.
Recommended Listen: Running and Fertility – Nov, 10. 2017
Typical Length: 1 hour 15 minutes
Run to the Top is the place to go for expert advice on how to become a better athlete. Diving deep on a different topic each week, the podcast covers everything from understanding your heart rate to how you should train between marathons. Their weekly podcast Run to the Top is complimented by a daily 5 minute podcast called Run to the Top Extra Kick where the experts answer a different listener question each day. Perfect if you’re short on time!
Recommended Listen: Running Shoe Myths Debunked – Aug. 22, 2017
Typical Length: 1 hour
Hosted by: Martin Yelling and Tom Williams
Interviews, discussion and coaching advice – the Marathon Talk podcast has it all. Hosts Martin and Tom have a great repartee, chatting amiably about everything from their children’s birthday parties to doping in sport. The podcast has over 400 episodes, so you might miss some jokes at first, but it’s worth sticking with it. The interviews make great listening and after a while you start to enjoy hearing about Martin and Tom’s family life almost as much as their discussion of running!
Recommended Listen: Kate Driskell – May 24, 2017
Typical Length: 1.5 hours
These are just a few of our favorites to get you started. If you have a go-to podcast for a Sunday long run, or Wednesday morning shuffle, we want to hear about it. Share your favorite episodes in the comments below!