There are two types of runners: Those who absolutely love to catch up on podcasts during a run, and those who can’t stand them. If you fall into the first camp, then you understand the benefit of soaking in some good stories, true crime or news while the miles click by. Even better when the audio of choice for your morning pace pick-ups touches on the very subject at hand: running.
I should know: At the end of 2017, I launched my own podcast called Hurdle. On the pod, I chat with everyone from entrepreneurs to top CEOs and athletes about how they’ve gotten through tough times, hurdles of sorts, by leaning into wellness. Leading up to that moment — and ever since — I make a big effort to keep up with other podcasts, not just in the health and wellness space, but running-specific content as well.
Here are my top running podcast picks:
Past guest highlights: Gwen Jorgensen, Kara Goucher, Molly Huddle, Des Linden
Ali Feller has a realness about her that is absolutely captivating. The career journalist sits down with everyone from everyday runners to professional athletes and industry folks to chat about everything from their best decisions — to their worst.
Past guest highlights: Matthew Futterman, Shalane Flanagan, Lauren Fleshman
Olympian Carrie Tollefson (a 1,500-meter runner in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece) has made a career of not just running, but also talking about running. Her show features training tips and captivating interviews with athletes and experts
Past guest highlights: Meb Keflezighi, Alexi Pappas, Dean Karnazes, Pete Kostelnick
Every runner knows training for a marathon may make you a better runner, but it definitely teaches you a lot about life. That’s exactly the vibe of this show, hosted by husband-and-wife team Angie and Trevor Spencer. Angie’s knowledge base as a run coach and registered nurse is super valuable. Think: topics like running nutrition, hitting the wall and long run strategy.
Past guest highlights: Joe DiNoto, Candice Huffine and Matt Powers, Jess Movold
There’s something special about running culture in New York, and that’s what the “Runners of NYC” hosts Chris Chavez (a writer at Sports Illustrated) and Leigh Anne Sharek (an Olympic trials qualifier in the marathon) want to bring to their audience.
Guest highlights: Scott Jurek, Ryan Hall, Deena Kastor, Gabe and Justin Grunewald
Mario Fraioli has a knowledge base and interviewing skills that are seriously impressive. Each episode, he sits down with a figurehead of the running community (athletes, coaches, etc.) and covers topics ranging from the mental toughness to training strategies — and everything in between.
Guest highlights: Chicago Recap with Jess Movold, Dani Sturtz and Emily Goldsmith
If you’ve never heard of Take the Bridge, you’re missing out. Created by Darcy Budworth, the race series hits big cities and has one major criteria: A bridge must be involved. The races take place at night, which allows the bridges a chance to empty out, and are capped at about 40 runners, give or take. On the “Take the Bridge Podcast,” Budworth sits down with their head of community outreach, Matt Meyer, to take listeners behind the scenes of the popular races and chat up runners from around the globe.
Guest highlights: Dr. Rich Willy, Sally Bergesen, Chrissie Wellington
Tina Muir (a 2:36 marathon runner) wants to give it to you straight. On her podcast, she interviews everyone from strength-training coaches and running-form experts to scientists, dietitians, elites and doctors for their best tips and tricks to help you start and stay running (and even enjoy it more).