Running and running-related podcasts
Training, nutrition, athlete interviews, trail running, & more
Internal polling of the entire team here at Believe in the Run
Depending on who you ask, podcasts are either an avalanche of background noise or the second coming of the golden era of radio. While we tend to think it’s a little bit of both (you’ll probably agree if you listen to either of our podcasts), one thing’s for sure: there’s a ton of options to sift through and it can be a bit overwhelming finding the best ones out there.
The good news is that we’re avid podcast listeners here at Believe in the Run, so this isn’t just another list by some podcast ranking site. We’re real runners and we’re here to help you find the sound within the noise. Whether that’s training or nutrition or just down-to-earth conversations with runners, we’ve built a list of our favorite podcasts that cover all things running. Is this list exhaustive? Probably not, but it’s a good start.
If you have any recommendations that you feel we missed, please drop them in the comments below. Now on with the show!
Note: This list is in alphabetical order because they’re all pretty great (but okay, we’re putting our own podcasts at the top).
Nonsense & Running
I mean, it’s us, so of course we’re putting ourselves at the top. But to be fair, we are often at the top of the running podcast charts, so it’s kinda justified. Yes, we’re a running podcast, but more often than not, it’s mostly just what’s running through our minds at the moment. You know how Seinfeld is a show about nothing? That’s us, just from a running perspective. We never know what you’re gonna get each week, but we can assure you it’ll be a wild ride.
Health & Nutrition
Feel stuck in a rut with training or on race day? Listen to this podcast hosted by us and all-star sports dietitian Meghann Featherstun to get all the nutrition advice you never knew you were missing. From myth-busting to carb loading correctly (we fully approve), we promise to get you on your way to your best race ever.
Personal Insights & Interviews
One of the nicest humans on earth and a stellar finish line announcer at races like the Boston Marathon, Ali Feller takes you on a real and real fun journey through the running world. Whether that’s working hard or running hard, dealing with ups and downs, it’s all here as she gives her own thoughts on running and interviews incredible athletes, coaches, and figures within running (oftentimes women).
Track & Field
If you’re a fan of track and field, then there’s no better place to go than Citius Mag. Host Chris Chavez interviews some of the biggest athletes in the sport and offers recaps of some of the biggest events of the year, as they’re happening.
Health & Nutrition
This is for all you hardcore running shoe geeks who love the deep dives into shoe technology as well as the physical and mental side of the sport, straight from a team of actual doctors. The also answer listener questions in their monthly mailbag episode, so hit them up if you got something on your mind.
In-Depth Running Stories
To this day, this is still one of my favorite running podcasts, because it featured incredible running stories and was so well-produced. You could tell everyone who was involved cared deeply about this podcast, and the human element really shines through. Unfortunately, after only 29 episodes, the show was axed, likely in a cost-cutting move when Runner’s World was bought out by the Hearst Corporation. Still worth a listen five years later.
Lighthearted Takes on Running, Athlete Interviews
If you’re looking for a podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously but still manages to get real about life and running, then make sure you check this one out. Lindsey has nearly 500 episodes under her belt, and has interviewed athletes like Joan Benoit Samuelson and Ryan Hall, as well as a variety of authors, coaches, journalists and other incredible people within the run space.
Training, Run Community, & Interviews
Hosts Angie and Trevor Spencer are a wife and husband team that make you feel like you’re at your local run store group run. Their beginning banter and listener shout-outs give way to interviews with some of the biggest names in the sport, from runners like Sally McRae to Emily Sisson, as well as nutritionists and coaches.
Do we really need to convince you to listen to bi-weekly conversations with Des Linden and Kara Goucher? Because it’s every bit as down to earth and amazing as you would expect it to be. With unique behind the scenes perspectives as professional runners who’ve seen it all, and general conversation about their own personal lives, this is always a fun listen with two of the best there ever was.
Mindset & In-depth Interviews
If you can get past the namaste-adaptogen-SoCal aura vibes, there are few podcast hosts with a foot in the athletic world who pull in the caliber of guests that Rich Roll does. From there, he generates in-depth and meaningful conversations over the course of a couple hours. From legends like Courtney Dauwalter to doctors and gurus, the guests are interesting and outside the boundaries of traditional podcast personas.
Although it only comes around every couple years, this podcast follows the stories of runners as they lead up to the Olympic trials. Hosted by Matt Chittim (who also hosts the Rambling Runner and Relay podcasts), it’s an in-depth and personal look at athletes chasing down their biggest dreams on the biggest stages of their lives.
East Coast Trail Running
We always appreciate a Beast Coast trail voice since the West Coast dominates everything when it comes to trails. Host Ryan Ploeckelman is a down-to-earth dude who talks to anyone and everyone in trail and ultra running, from Jamil Coury to our own trail reviewer John Calabrese. It’s a good listen, especially if you caught a bad case of that ultra bug.
Heart Rate Training
If you’re interested in heart rate training and running slower to get faster, there’s no better podcast than The Extramilest Show, hosted by Floris Gierman. The conversations are real and down to earth and range from everyday runners to elite athletes like Eliud Kipchoge.
As an elite trail runner, Speedland-sponsored athlete, and live analyst for events like Western States, host Dylan Bowman has the pedigree to deliver the goods for an in-depth trail running podcast. He follows through on that with athlete interviews and behind the scenes looks at running and racing.
Running & Coaching Tips
Host Jason Fitzgerald is always sharing ways for you to improve your running, and does it by interviewing some of the world’s greatest minds, from everyday athletes to strength and conditioning coaches to nutrition and wellness experts. Really good for getting some unique perspectives on training.