10 Podcasts for Your Next Long Run

by Ashley Lauretta
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10 Podcasts for Your Next Long Run

Music is often a runner’s companion — or distraction — of choice on long runs, however, in the last few years podcasts have been streaming out of more and more headphones. Thanks to runaway successes like Serial and Dear Sugar Radio, podcasts were thrust into the spotlight and became a phenomenon everyone wanted in on.

Now you can too, thanks to this roundup of podcasts perfect for your next long run listen. No matter what type of runner you are, this list has you covered. So download an episode or two — or more, depending on the distance — put in your earbuds and watch the miles fly by.

IF YOU’RE A BEGINNER …

BEGINNER RUNNER VILLAGE PODCAST

Hosted by Debbie Voiles, this podcast covers everything anyone new to the sport could ever want and need to know. Voiles breaks down important information such as proper form, injury prevention tips, what to consider when choosing your first race and more, meaning you can learn the right way from the beginning instead of developing bad habits you’ll have to break later. Even if you’ve been running awhile, Voiles’ episodes are great for revisiting how to create a race strategy or continuing to build endurance.

IF YOU LOVE LEARNING FROM THE ELITES …

RUNNING FOR REAL PODCAST

After gaining experience — and quite the following — hosting the Runner’s Connect podcast, pro runner Tina Muir set out on her own and created Running for Real. Boasting a 2:36 marathon PR, Muir takes her personal experience and blends it with knowledge from coaches, nutritionists, scientists and everyday runners to get real about the sport and embrace the good and bad.

IF YOU’RE TRAINING FOR A MARATHON …

MARATHON TRAINING ACADEMY PODCAST

If you are currently working toward a 26.2, this podcast from the coaches at the Marathon Training Academy is the perfect running buddy. They interview top doctors and writers covering the sport, all while providing reminders as to why the marathon is so special.

IF YOU’RE A RUNNER WHO IS A MOM …

ANOTHER MOTHER RUNNER PODCAST

Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell have built an amazing community for mothers whose other love is running. They cover everything from training and running postpartum to the ins and outs of fitting in a training schedule with motherhood to running as a woman. If you have been on the hunt for new best running friends, these women are it.

IF YOU ARE A PLANT-POWERED ATHLETE — OR RUNNING LONG …

RICH ROLL PODCAST

Runners who eat plant-based diets aren’t the only ones who will get something out of this podcast, though Rich Roll is known for his nutritional guidance on the topic. Those looking for deep, intellectual conversations — not interviews — who will be on the roads or trails for a few hours will love this podcast. Roll chats with everyone from Gretchen Rubin to Steve Magness to Travis Barker and Arianna Huffington, so each episode is diverse and keeps you entertained for hours.

IF YOU PREFER THE TRAILS TO THE ROADS …

TRAIL RUNNER NATION

Trail running, though sometimes similar to road running, comes with its own set of challenges, gear and even lingo, which is all covered in Trail Runner Nation. This podcast is a favorite among recreational and ultrarunners alike and covers topics such as trail etiquette and how to go long — really long — and enter the world of ultramarathons. Even further, you’ll come out with a greater appreciation for the trails and public lands available across the country to runners and hikers alike.


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IF YOU WANT TO LEARN A THING OR TWO …

THE TIM FERRISS SHOW

This podcast isn’t just for runners but because of its popularity, it had to be included on our list. The Tim Ferriss Show is perfect for those who want to pass the miles while learning about a new subject. Ferriss interviews an array of people from Sir Richard Branson to Vince Vaughn to Maria Sharapova, and each episode will not only inspire you but also make you think, explore and reexamine what you already thought you knew.

IF YOU WANT TO BE INSPIRED …

I’LL HAVE ANOTHER WITH LINDSEY HEIN

You may have already heard of this podcast, though if you have yet to give it a listen, it should definitely be on your list. Lindsey Hein has quite the roster of guests and each one’s story will inspire and motivate you. From professional runners such as Sara Hall and Tina Muir to runners breaking boundaries like Amelia Gapin, the first transgender runner to be featured on a magazine cover, you’ll be enthralled.

IF YOU NEED TO WORK ON YOUR MENTAL TRAINING …

WARRIOR MIND PODCAST

Mental training is often neglected in favor of physical training, though it is equally — if not more — important. The Warrior Mind Podcast, hosted by mental strength coach Gregg Swanson, is a great way to work on the mental and physical simultaneously. Even better? The mental tips and tricks you learn won’t just help you improve your running and performance; they can can be applied to your everyday life as well.

IF YOU ARE A DIE-HARD TED FAN …

TEDTALKS HEALTH

For runners who can’t get enough TEDTalks and TEDx, this roundup of TEDTalks related specifically to health is for you. These health tidbits and breakthroughs from doctors and researchers will keep you enthralled, whether they are discussing a unique medical case or helping you learn how to reduce stress.

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  • Ray Gildner

    I can’t believe you didn’t include C Tolle Run!