September 20 2018
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Whether you’re escaping into the woods on single track, flying down the bike path during lunch hour or heading out for your long run early on a Saturday morning, many of us listen to tunes and podcasts while running. Podcasts have been around for quite a while, but in the past few years, there have been numerous running podcasts popping up. From interviewing professional runners to sharing nutrition tips or discussing hot topics like how to be safe on the run or how to get out the door when you have a full life, podcasts have become an essential part of many runners’ workout playlists. Read below for some great podcasts to listen to on the run:
Tina Muir is not only the host of Running for Real; she is also a mom to daughter Bailey, wife, 2:36 marathoner and someone who has been outspoken about sharing her life and personal ups and downs with listeners and readers. Muir is known by many as the British professional runner who quit running at the height of her career to become a mom. Now a mother and host of Running for Real,Muir continues to bring light to positive body image, normalizing breast feeding and sharing her struggles openly with others. “I’m so very proud of myself for being brave enough to speak out about amenorrhea and help tens of thousands of women who have reached out to me to see that they are not broken or alone in this, and they can overcome it,” Muir says. She hosts professional runners, such as Jared Ward, as well as top sports nutritionists and doctors, like Dr. Emily Kraus, who specializes in sports-related injuries in athletes. You won’t only learn about top professional runners and their advice but will also gain a wealth of knowledge from other top professionals in their fields. Running for Real brings honest conversation to the table and leaves no details out.
Lindsey Hein is a runner, coach, wife and mother of four boys. How does she juggle motherhood with the work required to host a podcast? “My house is very loud and very high energy and my kids are still young [Hein has a newborn and sons ages 2, 3 1/2 and 6]. I have a babysitter two days a week all day, and those are the two days I knock out most of my work, along with some weekend hours,” Hein explains. When asked who’s on her podcast short list, Hein says, “In the running world, I’d love to talk with Scott Jurek and Jerry Schumacher. [In the larger world of popular culture,] I’d also really love to talk with Oprah and Taylor Swift.”
Hein’s podcast has a large following of women and is known for hosting genuine conversations, mainly between runners, like Shelby Houlihan and Deena Kastor. Hein has chatted with many of the Bowerman Babes, as well as some ultrarunners, like Courtney Dauwalter, 2018 Western States winner. She recently aired a podcast with Todd Williams, a two-time Olympian in the 10K who now teaches self-defense.
You might know these two names from their business Picky Bars or from their professional careers (Jesse Thomas is a champion triathlete and Lauren Fleshman is a recently retired professional runner). But did you know that they also host a podcast? Thomas and Fleshman describe themselves as, “A couple who have built a life diving deep into things that traditionally create friction,” between owning a business together, their professional athletic careers and the family they’ve built with one another. But the duo has found a groove, and their podcast brings it all together. “[We started this podcast] to spend one day a week talking to each other about other people’s problems to keep our conversations fresh,” Fleshman says. “People often come to us individually for advice on work, play and love, so we figured we might as well make it a public thing, combine forces and see if our conversations could have a meaningful reach.”
From Fleshman coaching Little Wing, a professional running team near their home in Bend, Ore., to Thomas focusing on Picky Bars’ growth and success, together they are “working on a village.” Their conversations dig into listener questions on work, play and love, as well as their own lives. Best of all, the discussions always provide a laugh—especially when the couple’s 5-year-old son Jude makes an appearance.
Mario Fraioli is the author of the popular weekly newsletter “The Morning Shakeout” and host of a podcast by the same name, which engages in discussions with top coaches, athletes, ultrarunners and all things running. After spending years in the running media space, Fraioli wanted to create a podcast that he as a runner wanted to listen to. In his own words, he wants his listeners to feel, “like they’re a fly on the wall of a compelling conversation.” He covers all sorts of topics from road to trail, inviting guests to share their backgrounds and individual stories explaining how they got into the sport. Beyond interviews, Fraioli digs deep to explain the why and how, asking questions beyond the obvious to make his listeners feel engaged and to teach them something new about running and those that practice the sport daily.