Whether you’ve just been bitten by the running bug or doing it for a while now, you know running could be boring sometimes.
Let’s get real. It gets harder to keep going after some time.
What you need is either a good distraction to keep your mind off the miles, or something motivational to give you that extra push.
Nothing like a great podcast to keep you occupied on your next run.
Here are my favs.
“Empowering you to run a marathon and change your life.”
Angie and Trevor Spencer are the people behind this motivational podcast. The couple are marathoners – well, that’s after Angie influenced her tech guy husband to ditch the couch.
Together, they put up this podcast and share everyday experiences and actionable training knowledge to runners and aspiring marathoners all over the world.
Feeling a little bit upset about your PR?
Let these trainers help you reach your running goals.
Angie and Trevor believe that anyone can run a marathon. Benefit from their practical coaching and make your runs a little bit less dull.
Listening to her feels like listening to a good friend.
Blogger/podcaster Kelly Roberts is probably one of the most genuine and optimistic hosts ever. That’s why I find it very easy to connect with her.
She talks about _“_life with a side of running” in a very candid and spontaneous way.
So if you feel like running while listening to a chatty friend speak her mind, she’s a great company.
Episodes could last for 12-50 minutes, depending on how engrossed she is in the topic, I guess.
Being an advocate for body positivity and a healthy lifestyle, she says, “Strength doesn’t look a certain way, it feels a certain way.”
As the name implies, it’s everything new in the world of running.
Hear about the latest news, issues, related products, publications and personalities in the field of running every month.
If you like getting updated about running while on your long run, this one’s for you.
Hosts Rick Pearson and Ben Hobson, and their invited guests will fill you in on the stories you might have missed lately.
Feeling a bit heavy and needing some motivation to start running?
Join Martinus Evans, a plus-size athlete as he hosts this podcast. Martinus interviews other athletes about their journey from their old sedentary lives to an active lifestyle, and the challenges in between.
Get real inspiration as you start or struggle in your journey to fitness.
This is good, serious stuff to help you do that first step or nudge you to go that extra lap.
Comedian / actor / runner / designer / the Ginger Runner himself, rolled into one – that’s Ethan Newberry, your awesome host.
Ethan gets the “extraordinaires,” as he calls them, in the fields of running, training, adventure and also beer.
If you’re looking to get more about this stuff on your runs, he’ll fill you in with the best. Or, you could just be a fan wanting to know what cool stuff he’s up to.
There’s always something good going on weekly on this guy’s podcast. Don’t miss it!
This is perfect for your morning runs if you’re serious about setting your mind and mood to it.
The Morning Shakeout gets up close and personal with the pros in the sport of running.
Mario Fraioli draws insight and valuable lessons from experiences of personalities in the field – from coaches, to marathoners, to elite athletes.
Listen to stories of failure and redemption from top runners.
You’ve heard that success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. Well, this might be your 1% that will make that other 99% come easier for you.
People have crazy ideas.
Who, in their right minds would do a podcast, while actually running and panting like drained hounds?
Comedians Paul Tonkinson and Rob Deering did! Crazy is not such a bad idea after all.
Join these two on their runs as they talk to you – in short breaths – about running, life in general, their experiences, and everything else under the sun!
It amazes me how they manage to run and keep talking throughout the whole episode, really.
It’s also comforting to not be the only one out of breath while doing runs.
One of the main reasons you might have for running is for fitness. And this guy has a lot to say about it.
Rich Roll is a vegan ultra-endurance athlete.
He’s run 40 miles and swum six miles for the Otillo Swimrun World Championship in Sweden. He’s also a #1 bestselling author of Finding Ultra and The Plantpower Way.
He talks to a variety of people – from nutritionists to coaches – on topics such as healthy and sustainable lifestyle, vegan diet, yoga, meditation, and everything about fitness and clean living.
He hasn’t always been vegan and that’s another story.
But the point is the guy never looked back and is in great shape at 52.
One episode that runners can’t miss is Sanjay Rawal on Running as a Spiritual Practice. Check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/richroll/rrp389
Whether you’re doing long or short runs, a podcast is a fine thing to keep handy.
If you’re the type who wants to put your mind to whatever you’re doing and need some tips or motivation about running, that’s great.
Or if running feels like a drag and you want to lose yourself in a topic that’s not at all related to running, that’s cool too.
Just get into those running shoes and make it happen.