A big piece of my philosophy as a running coach is to find joy in the journey. Too often as runners we can find ourselves caught up in numbers, pace, and comparison which tend to suck the joy right out of the sport.
One strategy I use myself and with clients is to have more fun! And one way to do that is to listen to something that brings you joy during a run. On race day, I love listening to music that pumps me up and gets me moving.
Outside of race day, I love listening to podcasts during my runs.
Sometimes I listen to educational podcasts so I can learn something and other times I listen to true crime podcasts to keep me enthralled (and scared). When I’m listening to my favorite comedy podcasts, you will absolutely see me laughing while I run down the street – my neighbors probably think I’m crazy.
If you’re looking for a podcast to listen to on your next run, I’ve broken down some of my favorite podcasts for you by category:
I’m starting with the True Crime category because, well, it’s my favorite! If you want a run to go by fast, there’s nothing better than a good story to captivate you.
Here are my favorite true crime podcasts that I listen to when I run:
Yes, a true classic. Hosted by Lester Holt and covering current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries, and in-depth investigations.
There are over 500 episodes to choose from. Most episodes are 45 minutes -1 hour 15 minutes.
From the New Yorker, In the Dark is hosted by Madeleine Baran with a team of reporters. There are two seasons, each season focusing on a different crime.
Season 1 looked at the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota and the accountability of sheriffs in solving crime. Season 2 examined the case of Curtis Flowers, who was tried six times for the same crime in the Mississippi Delta. Both seasons were incredibly eye-opening and binge worthy.
From Wondery, Morbid is a true crime, creepy history, and all things spooky podcast hosted by Alaina Urquhart and Ash Kelley. Urquhart is an autopsy technician/author and Kelley is a hairdresser.
They have different types of episodes including Listener Tales, Spooky/Hauntings, and traditional True Crime episodes. Their approach is different from other true crime podcasts in a way that I enjoy. If you don’t prefer curse words in your podcasts, avoid this one!
Looking to laugh? I don’t blame you! After a scary true crime podcast, I usually need something more lighthearted to change the mood.
Here are my favorite comedy podcasts that I listen to while I run:
This podcast will make you laugh while you run and dare I say give you an ab workout. It’s hosted by comedians/actors Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett.
Each week, one of the hosts reveals his mystery guest to the other two. Most of their guests are people in their industry such as other actors or comedians but they’ve also interviewed musicians, sports stars, scientists and more. The guest interview part is always entertaining, but the best part is the dynamic between the hosts. The way they riff on each other, and banter back and forth makes me belly laugh, truly.
Listen to highlights and extended interviews in the “Ears Edition” of the Daily Show. Hosted by a rotating cast of comedy greats, The Daily Show remains the go-to source for provocative satire and insightful interviews.
Each episode varies in length – there are some extremely short ones while others can be up to an hour. I usually que up a few if I’m going on a lengthy run.
If you’re looking to be inspired and learn while you run, I’ve got a few podcasts I recommend in the personal growth space:
In his own words, Mark Groves is obsessed with understanding human behavior and why we do what we do. He talks about relationships, connection, and communication with some of the people and mentors he admires most.
Some of my favorite episodes are his solo episodes where he gets straight to the point and sometimes, I find myself wondering if he can see into my soul. When I’m looking to be inspired or challenge myself, this is my go-to podcast.
More business focused, host Jenna Kutcher is redefining what success means and how you can find more joy, ease, and peace in the pursuit of your goals.
She brings social media strategies, productivity tips, business hacks, authentic entrepreneurship truths and inspirational stories that can help you design your dream business and life. She also interviews the top women in the industry who share their secrets as well.
RUNNING & NUTRITION
Who wouldn’t want to hear about running while running? I’m a self-proclaimed nerd and love learning new things about running and nutrition.
Here are two of my favorite running and nutrition podcasts I love listening to while running:
Hosted by Elisabeth Scott where she answers all of your running questions. It’s great for new and experienced runners and covers topics from training to racing, nutrition, recovery, gear and more.
She’s completely relatable and breaks down information in a way that is easy to understand.
This is a relatively new podcast for everyday runners who want to learn how to fuel better, run smarter and recover faster. Stephanie Hnatiuk is a dietitian, fitness coach and a runner.
She does deep dives on the nutrition and training strategies you need to improve running performance, body composition, and develop a healthier relationship with food and exercise.
That’s it – my list of favorite podcasts I listen to during a run. If you’ve got others you’d recommend, please comment below! I love finding new podcasts to listen to while I run.
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