In our current technological age, running is as mainstream as it has ever been. I remember even just a dozen years ago, when I started running, the resources included a limited selection of books and Hal Higdon plans. However, now we have running blogs, social media influencers, magazines both in-store and online, YouTube videos, and running podcasts. You can learn about running while you run with running podcast!
Sometimes, there are almost too many resources out there. As a result of the plethora, it can be overwhelming to sort through and separate the stellar from the mediocre or misguided. These are the best running podcasts (updated for 2023). These podcasts offer legitimate training advice and thought-provoking interviews from reputable names in the running world. All of these podcasts are available on iTunes, Spotify, and online streaming.
Tread Lightly Podcast
Yes, I’m a bit biased here! The Tread Lightly podcast is hosted by myself and running expert Amanda Brooks of Run to the Finish. Each week, we tackle a popular topic in running with an evidence-based approach. Some episodes focus on dispelling common myths, such as the three hour long run rule. Other episodes provide practical tips, such as heat acclimation and long run fueling.
Listen on Apple, Spotify, Google Play, and Amazon Music: Tread Lightly Podcast
Average Episode Length: 30-45 minutes
Some Work, All Play Adventure Pod
The Roches are both incredibly knowledgeable and passionate coaches. They are highly educated, with multiple graduate degrees, national-level trail runners, and coaches to some of the nation’s best ultra and trail athletes. You do not want to listen to this podcast anything but normal speed. They talk fast and share a wealth of information! As a result, you cannot finish this podcast without feeling uplifted and energized!
The Roches delve into a minimum of five topics in each 60+ min episode. For example, recent episodes include “Zone 2 Training Explained, The Importance of Iron, and Overcoming Fatigue” and “The Science of Overload Training, High Carb Fueling, and New Caffeine Study!.” However, they are not afraid to address serious topics, such as transgender athletes and eating disorders. Occasionally, they interview accomplished trail and ultra runners, including Grayson Murphey, Joe Gray, and Adam Peterman.
Listen here: Some Work, All Play Podcast
Average Episode Length: 60-80 minutes
Running Explained offers content for runners of all abilities. The show particularly shines for novice runners who want to learn more about the sport. Elisabeth provides solo episodes and interviews with experts across all fields. Topics range from mental health for athletes to nutrition to strength training.
Listen here: Running Explained Podcast
Average Episode Length: 60-90 minutes
Fuel for the Sole Podcast
Fuel for the Sole features Instagram’s favorite sports dietitian, Meghann Featherstun, along with co-hosts Meaghan and Thomas of Believe in the Run. This podcast covers everything and anything sports nutrition: supplements, carbohydrates, race day fueling, GI distress, and more. It’s a wealth of information in your ear during each run.
Listen here: Fuel for the Sole Podcast
Average Episode Length: 30-45 min
Ali on the Run Show
Ali Feller is a blogger turned skilled interviewer. She interviews elite runners and experts in the field of running, imbuing each episode with positivity and bubbliness to keep you feeling upbeat on your run. Many runners find this show an inspiring listen as they grind out the miles.
Listen here: Ali on the Run Show
Average Episode Length: 60-90 min
For the Long Run
Jonathan Levitt interviews elite and recreational runners alike with the same driving question: what is the “why” behind their motivation to run? Interviews are down-to-earth and relatable, no matter your present ability as a runner.
Listen here: For the Long Run Podcast
Average Episode Length: 60 min
Diz Runs Radio
Denny is a friend and fellow running coach with a long-running podcast. His series features three types of episodes. He interviews elite runners and everyday runners alike. Beyond that, he also hosts quick tips and monthly Q&As. Denny has interviewed several influencers, putting a voice and a story behind many of the names we know. (You can listen to my recent interview on this podcast here: Diz Runs Episode 900)
Listen Here: Diz Runs Radio
Average Episode Length 15-20 min (Quick Tip); 60 minutes (Interviews)
Nail Your Nutrition Podcast
Sarah and Marita are energetic, engaging hosts. Both are registered dieticians as well as endurance athletes. From fueling during triathlons to vitamin D, they discuss a whole range of sports nutrition topics. They also interview other nutritionists, coaches, and voices in running. (You can listen to my episode: Laura Norris, Run Coach on Training During Quarantine and More)
Listen here: Nail Your Nutrition Podcast
Average Episode Length: 1 hour