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.
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 five best running podcasts (updated for 2021) offer legitimate training advice and thought-provoking interviews from reputable names in the running world. All of these podcasts are available on iTunes, Stitcher, and online streaming.
Best Running Podcasts of 2021
Final Surge Podcast
Final Surge interviews coaches, elites, and running influencers. Guests include Keira D’Amato, Ben Rosario, and even coaches like me. These episodes are ideal for a short, easy run. (You can listen to my interview from early 2019 here: Final Surge episode 119).
Listen here: Final Surge Podcast
Average Episode Length: 30-45 minutes
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)
Some Work, All Play Adventure Pod
The Roches are both incredibly knowledgeable and passionate coaches. You do not want to listen to this on 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!
Rather than interviewing guests, they delve into a variety of topics in each 30-min episode. For example, recent episodes include “Breakthroughs from Downtime & Post-Vaccine Training” and “Healthy Competition and Hills are Hard.” However, they are not afraid to address series topics, such as racism and the devastating toll of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Listen here: Some Work, All Play Podcast
Average Episode Length: 30 minutes
Running for Real Podcast
Tina Muir is a former elite runner, climate change advocate, and skilled interviewer. Running for Real covers topics such as diversity, self-growth, and women’s issues in running. Because of her willingness to tackle challenging topics, this podcast always provides a thought-provoking listen with fascinating guests.
Listen here: Running for Real Podcast
Average Episode Length: 75-90 minutes
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
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What podcasts do you currently listen to in 2021?