Running. The perfect blend of pain and joy, suffering and triumph. There’s no better feeling than a good run and no worse feeling than a bad one.
We at WhatPods are runners ourselves, though frustratingly intermediate in our abilities, and always desperate to improve. So, to feed our hunger for running enlightenment, we went on a listening search for the top running podcasts and found 35 of the best.
We’ve included a mix of shows that focus on running events around the world, technique and style, nutrition and diet, general health and fitness, mental conditioning, and motivation.
The Greater Good Podcast is a product of the Greater Good Science Center, a department of the University of California, Berkeley. The show is unique to the extent that only nine episodes have been released (five in 2010, two in 2011, and one each in 2012 and 2013), but the contents of each episode are profound and perfect as accompaniments on a run. Each instalment deals with a different area relating to the science of happiness, including one on the myths of happiness, another on the power of self-compassion, and another on the science of a meaningful life.
The Human Race podcast is no longer releasing episodes, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of your attention. One of two podcasts produced and released by the behemoth and long-running magazine Runner’s World (the other being Personal Best), this show puts the unavoidable human side to running in the spotlight. Featuring longer-form reporting, the show tells all manner of human-interest stories, from the man with the artificial heart to the world’s longest urinal.
From learning to stick to a healthy, gluten-free diet to the myths connected to post-workout refueling, the Endurance Planet podcast blends information and advice about health, fitness and wellness with interviews with some of the biggest names in endurance sport. If you’re training for an endurance event and need all the information you can get your ears on about fuelling and preparing your body for the trauma, tune in weekly to Endurance Planet.
The Rogue Running organization was founded by head coach Steve Sisson in Austin, Texas in 2004 to train other amateur and professional runners. The Running Rogue podcast is the educational offshoot of the organization and is hosted by one of Rogue’s coaches, Chris McClung. In each episode, McClung invites a guest onto the show to talk about all topics connected to the running world, from mental training and marathon race planning to the McLaren Report on Russian doping in sport. This show is for anyone who wants a weekly dose of technical running insights.
Rylee McDermott is a lawyer and running enthusiast who launched the Man Bun Run blog and podcast in 2017. A confident and personable host, McDermott has interviewed a broad range of interesting and impressive runners and other athletes over the course of the show’s more than 60 episode history. From conversations with ultra-marathoners to treadmill record holders to bobsledders, the Man Bun Run is for the running lifestyle purists.
The Negative Splits Podcast is for the serious running enthusiast. Brothers Glen and Bill Zdon make for super relaxed hosts who started the show out of their own love for amateur long distance running. The back catalogue of episodes is packed with interviews with current professional endurance runners, from ultramarathon champions like Camille Herron to Olympian Jared Ward.
The Negative Splits Podcast comes in at number 30 as one of our top running podcasts.
British photographer Ian Corless adds to the worldwide audio repository of ultra marathon interviews, insights and advice with the Talk Ultra podcast. The show has an incredible back catalogue of interviews with more than 100 endurance running identities and covers the worldwide endurance season with commentary and discussion about the prominent events and participants.
Jason Fitzgerald is an elite marathon runner who launched The Strength Running Podcast off the back of his unique experience as a once injury-prone runner. Fitzgerald was able to physically reform his body to withstand the rigors of long distance running and shares the extensive knowledge about strength training he acquired during that process on the show. Each episode is technically expansive and extraordinarily beneficial for any partly serious runner looking to improve their strength and avoid injury.
The Strength Running Podcast comes in at number 28 as one of our top running podcasts.
At last! A running podcast for regular folks. Martinus Evans is “a big guy who runs”. That’s how he describes himself on his show, The 300 Pounds and Running Podcast. Differing dramatically in its scope from all the other podcasts on this list, Evans aims his show at inspiring and motivating non-elite athletes to fall in love with running. For those new to running, who are perhaps carrying some extra weight and are hesitant to adopt the sport, Evans has put together a truly inspiring body of work guaranteed to put your running doubts at ease.
The 300 Pounds and Running Podcast: Running Tips | Running Advice | Running Interviews | Running Inspiration | 5k |10k | Half comes in at number 27 as one of our top running podcasts.
The Personal Best podcast is a merger with the old The Runner’s World Show. The second of two shows on this list released by Runner’s World, the show goes beyond just running and features interviews with a myriad of sportspeople and athletes, from yogis to cyclists to the CEO of NIke, and covers all topics high on an athlete’s mind. Having been in the business of producing content about running and sport for more than 50 years, Runner’s World is a trusted source and the Personal Best show backs up its commitment to catering its content for new, intermediate and experienced runners.
Personal Best HIGHER THAN HUMAN RACE comes in at number 26 as one of our top running podcasts.
Steve Magness and Jon Marcus are endurance running athletes and coaches who launched the Magness & Marcus on Coaching podcast to give others an insight into the running coach’s mindset. The show is a blend of interviews with other coaches, reflections about the pair’s own coaching, and episodes offering advice for coaches and athletes alike, from coaching style and methods to the myths on conditioning for team sports.
The Run Faster Podcast is a sensational repository of interviews with endurance runners, doctors, high school coaches and more. Hosted by Jay Johnson and now into its fourth year in production, the show covers a wide range of running topics, from exercise science, training tips for all running distances and strength training for runners.
New or intermediate amateur runners will love The BibRave Podcast. Tim Murphy and his co-hosts are hobbyist runners themselves, which means they don’t overload the show with too much technical running speak or event coverage. Instead, they cover topics that matter to your average runner, from tips for winter running to the power of positive thinking.
The BibRave Podcast comes in at number 23 as one of our top running podcasts.
Real Talk Radio is “the podcast that’s filled with refreshingly honest conversations about the wonderful mess of being human.” Host Nicole Antoinette launched the show back in 2015 and has since released more than 100 episodes with special guests on topics ranging from sex, relationships, creativity, exercise, fitness and weight loss. With a special blend of information and inspiration, this is less a specific running podcast and more a holistic life-development podcast.
There are few people better to learn about running from than Carrie Tollefson. A now-retired Olympian middle distance runner, Tollefson launched the C Tolle Run podcast to break open the world of professional running for regular folk who love the sport and want to learn more about it from the perspectives of the pros. With a bright and friendly hosting style, Tollefson interviews pro runners across all distances and draws insights into what it takes to run with the best.
Katy Bowman is a biomechanist and author who started her podcast, Katy Says, to help others get the most from their bodies, alleviate their afflictions and improve their health. Covering episodes on the power of sleep, the threats of working long hours without getting enough body movement, and the modern need to take a break from social media, Bowman has recorded hours of insights to help you live a healthier life.
From why you get muscle soreness after running a marathon (and how to relieve it) to expert tips for beginner runners, the Run To The Top Extra Kick podcast is a show that answers listeners’ questions about running. Hosted by the coaches from RunnersConnect, the show is incredibly educational and if you’re new to running (or have been running for a while, but have never received formal coaching or training), it will likely open your mind to a new and powerful world of running insights.
The House of Run podcast is for the serious running enthusiast. If you love running for exercise but aren’t interested in following the sport, this won’t be for you. But if you are a passionate follower of endurance running, hosts Jason Halpin and Kevin Sully will take care of you. Covering the international news and races from a US perspective, this highly rated show is the perfect blend of entertainment and sport.
“Welcome to being Bulletproof, the State of High Performance where you take control and improve your biochemistry, your body, and your mind.” That’s a bold statement, but one Dave Asprey, host of BulletProof Radio, is committed to living up to. The tech entrepreneur has spent years investigating and experimenting with hacks to improve his body and mind, and their output, and has condensed his learnings into more than 300 podcast episodes. From the power of not focussing to the science behind a healthy gut, this is not really a running podcast but we’re willing to bet if you found this list you’re the type of person who would find BulletProof Radio as mind blowing as we did.
Shawn Stevenson is an author and nutritionist whose podcasting plight is to help others get fit, get healthy, and stay there. His podcast, The Model Health Show is an inspiring source of the knowledge and experience he’s acquired over his years studying and practicing real-world nutrition. Breaking down everything from weight loss, diet, sex, exercise, and sleep problems, this show won’t teach you how to run, but it will prepare your body to run a whole lot better.
If you’re looking for a motivational running podcast to keep you inspired on the track, go no further than Diz Runs Radio: Running, Life, & Everything In Between. Host Denny Krahe is a dynamic, engaging host and has released hundreds of episodes of educational and motivating content, from interviews with runners and coaches to advice instalments to help you get the most out of the miles you run.
What you’ll quickly notice after listening to a few episodes of the Ben Greenfield Fitness: Diet, Fat Loss and Performance podcast is how open, honest and transparent Greenfield is with the information and advice he provides. Formally qualified with a master’s degree in exercise science and biomechanics, Greenfield dedicates his podcast to disseminating his mind’s vast treasury of knowledge and experience on the topics of health, fitness and weight loss. While not strictly a running-only podcast, if you’re serious about improving your cardiovascular output and performance, you’ll do very well to start here.
Technically not a running podcast, The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes is a self-help show hosted by former athlete turned bestselling author and entrepreneur, Lewis Howes. Howes has released more than 250 episodes about success, confidence, self-development, money, sex and relationships, encompassing episodes with Tim Ferriss, Novak Djokovic, and Ryan Holiday.
No prizes for guessing what The Fat-Burning Man Podcast is focussed on. More a health and fitness podcast than a running one, the show combines “cutting-edge science and common-sense wisdom” to help you lose weight and stay healthy. Host Abel James has won several awards for this podcasting body of work, which covers topics ranging from food as medicine to weight-lifting for women.
When you learn that Rich Roll was named by Men’s Fitness Magazine as one of the “25 Fittest Men in the World”, you know you’re in good listening hands with the Rich Roll Podcast. The author, ultramarathoner and podcaster launched the show way back in 2013 and has since released more than 300 episodes dedicated to a fitter, healthier life. Interviewing expert guests from all corners of the health and fitness world, what you get from listening to Roll’s podcast is reliable and inspiring accounts of better diet, better exercise and better living.
The Trail Runner Nation podcast is a running podcast for runners, by runners. With more than 300 episodes, no topic is left uncovered, from the inspiring (like the episode on how raw effort is more important than talent when trying to achieve a goal) to the motivational (like the episode on how understanding why you run will help you change your behaviors and mindset) to the knowledgeable (like the episode on how you can avoid stomach distress during a long run).
Dr. Rhonda Patrick has a Ph.D. in biomedical science and has committed her career to studying and applying her knowledge on the topics of aging, cancer and nutrition. Her show, FoundMyFitness, is the manifestation of her research and sees her interview other doctors and medical experts on topics ranging from cellular senescence to the controversial, ketogenic diet. While not strictly a running podcast, this highly informative show will arm you with the knowledge required to get the most from your health.
The Running for Real Podcast is the rawest running podcast we came across. Host marathoner Tina Muir does an incredible job of penetrating the human layers of the sport to deliver content rich in emotion. With this show, you won’t just learn about things like the mechanics of running, strength training, and nutrition. You’ll also learn about things like mental health concerns for runners from the likes of three-time Olympian Suzy Hamilton, mental toughness and motivation. If you are a serious runner, this show should be high on your listening list in 2018.
Running for Real Podcast comes in at number 8 as one of our top running podcasts.
The Ultrarunnerpodcast.com podcast will have ultra and trail runners in a spin. Host Eric Schranz is a wonderfully engaging host and interviewer who is incredibly easy to listen to. With over 400 interviews with runners, coaches, dietitians and other thought leaders in the field of endurance running, you’re guaranteed to enjoy this podcast if you share Schranz’s undying passion for the endless road.
Ultrarunnerpodcast.com comes in at number 7 as one of our top running podcasts.
Hosts of the Marathon Training Academy podcast, Angie and Trevor, have put together an impressive back catalogue of interviews with dozens of world class marathon runners, from 2x Olympian racer, Ryan Hall, to the 85-year old Ed Whitlock, who set a world record with his sub-4-hour race. With so much knowledge trapped in each episode, this show is perfect for both the newcomer with a newfound interest in marathon running and the seasoned racer with an already deep and extensive love and knowledge for the sport.
Ali Feller is a fitness writer and editor who writes for a swag of publications, including Well+Good and Women’s Health. Her podcast, the Ali On The Run Show, sees Feller bring together a long list of phenomenally gifted and inspiring athletes and health professionals to share their stories and advice on becoming a better athlete. From yoga to marathon running, Ali’s show is for anyone looking for a rounded dose of health and fitness inspiration and education.
Billed as your running companion, Ten Junk Miles, is one of the funniest podcast takes on running life you’ll find. Hosted by a collection of regular running enthusiasts who spend all their time away from their full-time jobs running and talking about it, the show launched back in 2016 and drops weekly episodes. Each episode is long (two hours plus), and packed full of lols and interviews to get you through your own endurance training and competition runs.
Lindsey Hein is one of the most cheerful voices in podcasting. A running tragic and coach who launched her own blog several years ago, Hein launched a podcast in 2016, I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein, to interview other amateur and professional runners about their craft. Guests of Hein’s on the show include two-time marathon-running olympian, Des Linden, and professional ultramarathon runner, Jax Mariash. This show is for anyone who wants a weekly boost of running motivation.
As you might’ve guessed from its title, the No Meat Athlete podcast is about veganism, vegetarianism, nutrition, and the plights of amateur and professional athletes who live on a no-meat diet. Host Matt Frazier interviews expert guests to traverse topics such as the benefits of cold showering, building muscle on a plant-based diet, and how to stay motivated to cook healthy meals.
Launched in 2011 and with a back catalogue of more than 300 episodes, the Another Mother Runner podcast is a podcast that “explores the intersection of running and mothering.” Hosted by Sarah Bowen Shea, the show is a conversational exploration into a broad range of subtopics to do with running and motherhood, and how the two coexist. While the show’s primary audience is mothers, with episodes covering weight loss, mindfulness, nutrition, time management and more, a broader audience can find value in its extensive archive.