If you have never listened to a podcast while running, this is about to change your life.
Some running days you want to unplug and let your mind run as free as your body and; on others you may need some heavy bass and a lot of electric guitar to make it though those last miles. And somewhere in between totally zoning out and completely tuning in is the podcast.
I highly recommend downloading all of these in general, and some of the shows, to enhance your runs. I’ve also included my recommendations for the best ways to enjoy certain podcasts by coupling them with particular workouts.
Related: Women’s Running October Playlist
Think of these as a wine and cheese pairing for your running mind and body:
In general: The Moth
Specifically: Oreos, Heaven, And America’s Most Wanted
Best for: Running when you want to zone out and be entertained. Even the most avid runner can get sick of listening to tips, tricks and endless stories about running. I haven’t heard a single running story yet on The Moth but have never been bored!
In general: Runner’s Connect – Run To The Top
Specifically: How Inspiring Others Could Be The Motivation You Need To Succeed – Fernando Cabana
Best for: Improving everything about your running, starting with your mental game. This is also a great place to come for motivational stories, tips from elites and having all your nutrition questions answered.
In general: UpDoc Media – Running Story
Specifically: Former Professional Triathlete Lee DiPietro
Best for: Inspirational stories from runners who have been there and done that. No matter your distance, you will have your questions answered and all the motivation you need to lace up, head out and maybe sign up for a new distance.
In general: Serial
Specifically: All of it. Seriously. Start at the beginning and when you get to the end and are still excited and confused, start listening to Undisclosed.
Best for: Those long runs you have to do on the treadmill. You will be so riveted by the mystery and committed to the story; you will actually want to run longer.
In general: Another Mother Runner
Specifically: Summer Sanders – Olympic Medalist Swimmer Turned Mother Runner
Best for: Easy run days when you would rather be running with friends. Your hosts, Dimity and Sarah, make great stand-ins and pretty much say what you’re thinking.
What can you add to the list? Have you ever listened to any of these? Tweet @WomensRunning and @VitaTrain4Life with your thoughts!