In our current technological age, running is as mainstream as it has ever been. I remember even just ten years ago, when I started running, the resources included a limited selection of books and Hal Higdon plans; now, we have running blogs, social media influencers, magazines both in-store and online, YouTube videos, and running podcasts.
Sometimes, there are almost too many resources out there, making it slightly overwhelming to sort through and separate the stellar from the mediocre or misguided. These five best running podcasts offer legitimate training advice and inspiring interviews from reputable names in the running world. All of these podcasts are available on iTunes, Stitcher, and online streaming.
The Morning Shakeout with Mario Fraioli
The Morning Shakeout podcast branched off of the must-read Morning Shakeout newsletter. Fraioli is an engaging interviewer with a strong background in competition and coaching. He interviews various elites runners (including Desi, Shalane, and Meb) and influencers in the field and balances the professionalism of good journalism with the intimacy of a conversation between running buddies.
Listen here: The Morning Shakeout Podcast
Average Episode Length: 55 minutes
Diz Runs Radio
Denny is a friend and fellow running coach with a long-running podcast. His series features threes types of episodes: interviews with elite runners and everyday runners alike, quick tips, and monthly Q&As. The quick tip episodes are my favorite, as the information is valuable and relevant – such as the recent quick tips on heat illness. Denny has interviewed several bloggers and influencers, putting a voice and a story behind many of the names we know.
Listen Here: Diz Runs Radio
Average Episode Length 15-20 min (Quick Tip); 60 minutes (Interviews)
I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein
Lindsey Hein has the remarkable ability to turn any interview into a relaxed conversation that leaves you feeling as if you know Molly Huddle or Deena Kastor by the end of the episode. While she does interview some men such as Evan Jager and Ben True, a majority of Hein’s guests are women. It’s a true celebration of women’s running – you’re bound to feel inspired after listening.
Listen here: I’ll Have Another
Average Episode Length: 75 minutes
The Strength Running Podcast with Jason Fitzgerald
As a running coach, I enjoy Fitzgerald’s podcast for his wealth of knowledge in working with runners of all experience levels. The Strength Running podcast presents running advice in a logical, knowledgeable, and accessible manner, through interviews with experts on nutrition, running, and strength & conditioning and behind the scenes episodes that peek into coaching calls and case studies of athletes. For running coaches, I highly recommend the interview with Mario Fraioli where they discuss coaching communication, how progress takes times, and the aspects of virtual coaching.
Listen here: Strength Running Podcast
Average Episode Length: 50 minutes
Running for Real Podcast with Tina Muir
Tina’s podcast extends beyond the normal training tips and focuses on the “real” aspects of running: motivation, community, and the mental aspect of the sport. Tina is candid on the balance of motherhood and running, along with her own struggles with amenorrhea.
Listen here: Running for Real Podcast
Average Episode Length: 1 hour
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What podcasts do you currently listen to?