The Best Running Podcasts of 2021

Best Running Podcasts (2021)

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. 

The 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

The Best Running Podcasts to Inspire Your Run

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What podcasts do you currently listen to in 2021?

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22 Responses

  1. I think I have heard of all of these but haven’t listened to them all- I will need to give them a try! I typically listen to Running for Real and also the Ali on the Run podcast. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m not sure how I didn’t know Jason Fitzgerald had a podcast but I didn’t!? I’m a big fan of his so I will definitely start listening. I love so many of the others – the morning shakeout is one of my favorites and I also really love Rich Roll’s podcast because it deals mostly with the mental side of running and is fascinating.

  3. I know I say this all the time but I really need to start listening to podcasts. I feel so behind the times! And I already know and love Tina and Jason!

  4. I remember following Tina Muir’s blog. She doesn’t update it as frequently anymore. I would love to listen to her podcast – but unfortunately, I don’t listen to anything when I run.
    I don’t listen to podcasts at home and I never sit in a car alone. So there’s not much opportunity to listen to one!

  5. Thanks for this list. I listen to podcasts when I run solo. There’s a few here that I hadn’t heard of.

  6. Admittedly, I am not too much of a podcast person. I usually do books on tape when I walk in the afternoons. I am adding the nail your nutrition podcast to my list. Sounds like one I might like

  7. Thanks for the list of podcasts. I’m always looking for something new to listen to. I’m currently listening to The Strength Running podcast and Hurdle.

  8. Thanks for this! I’m in a podcast rut right now so I needed new ideas. I’m going to try out Some Work, All Play today. Never heard of that one and it sounds great!

  9. Some Work All Play has become my favorite. I listen to it every week to start out my long run. They are the perfect length and keep me so entertained. Megan and David are both so knowledgable!

  10. Unfortunately, I’ve never been much of a podcast person. This past year (or so), I’ve given up music while running, too …something I never thought I’d be able to do. Oddly, I’m surprised that I really don’t miss it.

  11. These sound good. I struggle with podcasts. I get very overstimulated by sounds, so I tend to not listen to much besides instrumental music in the background (or nothing at all when I’m running).

  12. Thank you for compiling all of this Laura! You’re so right! Sometimes information available to us can be quite overwhelming and difficult to sift through! This provides a beautiful summary that I can explore.

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