I love to listen to podcasts while I run. LOVE it! For starters, it helps to preserve my music for race day (although I have run at least one full marathon listening solely to podcasts,) because I don’t know about you but if I listen to my playlist day in and day out during every run, I start to hate my music pretty darned quickly. And I’m just not hip enough to constantly download new tunes. Enter podcasts.
Not only do podcasts help to make the time go by during a run, but many that I listen to are informative – so I feel like I’m exercising both my mind and my bod. Score!
Not surprisingly, the majority of podcasts that I listen to are running related. Because I am a run nerd and I really do just enjoy thinking and learning about running – especially while I am running! It’s like double dipping. I’ll be listening to a podcast in which Meb Keflezighii starts talking about how he tends to tighten his shoulders during runs and the next thing I know I am making a conscious effort to keep my shoulders loose and relaxed.
Apparently, March is #trypod month -a month to spread the word about your favorite podcasts and share your favorites with your running friends. So here’s my list of faves, and I would honestly love to hear about yours. I am always on the hunt for new stuff to listen to on my runs.
- Another Mother Runner, The Podcast. The first podcast that I ever listened to and still one of the very best. Hosts Sarah Bowen-Shea and Dimity McDowell are joined by a rotating cast of co-hosts and always interesting guests who share anything and everything about what it means to be a BAMR (Bad Ass Mother Runner.) I laugh, I cry, and I learn something new with every single episode.
- The Runner’s World Show. When my favorite magazine launched a podcast a year ago, it was kind of a no-brainer that I would give it a go. And I can honestly say that I have loved every single episode. The stories are so well-researched and produced. Right now, editor David Wiley is going public with his own personal attempt to nab a BQ and it’s really good stuff.
- Marathon Training Academy. I just came across this podcast about a year ago, but it is actually one of the pioneers in the field. And it shows. Husband/wife team Angie and Trevor Spencer have an obviously good time talking with guests like Shalane Flanagan and Frank Shorter.
- The Human Race. You know those long stories in the pages of every Runner’s World issue that take an in-depth look at one particular topic? That’s the kind of up-close look at running you get with the Human Race.
- Run This World. Hosted by former pro runner and current entrepreneur Nicole DeBloom, this running-related show actually stretches the boundaries beyond running as DeBloom interviews other entrepreneurs who are “running this world,” with their unique takes on business. I really love how the interviews go outside the world of running (I do like to think about other things every now and again!) while still keeping that runner-focus. And the fact that each show lasts the length of the average 5K (37ish minutes,) they are perfectly-timed for those easy run days.
- The Nerdist. Hosted by the always funny and completely irreverent Chris Hardwick, the Nerdist has absolutely nothing to do with running. Because it’s good to have a total break sometimes. I don’t know how he does it, but Hardiwck manages to interview the typical A-list cast of characters – like Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Fanning, and Lena Dunham, while getting them to open up and talk about a whole range of topics – not just soundbite quotes about their latest projects. It’s seriously good stuff.
- The Strength Running Podcast. I first came across running coach Jason Fitzgerald’s website – Strength Running – a few years ago when I was taken down with a major ITB issue. Fitzgerald’s info on the topic, and advice for getting through it, was just what I needed to talk me down from the ledge of running-injury insanity. He’s new to the podcast scene, but I seriously geek-out over his run-nerd approach to making the most of every run.
So that’s my list. What’s yours?