In the June 10th edition of Friday Finds, I included an article which explained why running is the perfect time to listen to podcasts. According to that article, the act of running helps to free up some space in our minds for processing ideas. That means that either we can be more creative with our own ideas, or that we can be more receptive to the ideas of others. When I first started running I was so tied to my iPod that I didn’t believe I could run without it, but these days you’re more likely to find me listening to a podcast (a running one of course) and saving the music for a race so my playlist still feels fresh. My preference for podcasts has been touched on in one or two posts, so today thought I would dedicate a post to rounding up some of my favourites.
This is where it all started for me. I had been aware of Marathon Talk for some time, but I think it was in the early part of 2015 when I began the Jantastic challenge that I became a committed listener. Hosted by Martin Yelling and Tom Williams, this weekly podcast looks at the news from the world of running, offers opportunities for listeners to get a mention for rating their run or getting on that week’s marathon podium, and features an interview with a guest every week. I often find myself laughing out loud at some segments of the show, which makes me look like a bit of a lunatic when I’m running, but as someone who often runs alone, this feels a bit like having someone beside me chatting away and filling me in on all the news. I’ve even managed to get a mention a couple of times!
This is my go-to podcast for long runs and you can find out more on the show website.
The Tough Girl Podcast
I absolutely LOVE the Tough Girl podcast which was started by Sarah WIlliams in August of 2015. I first came across it when Olympian Liz Yelling tweeted a link to the episode she was in around September. I listened to the episode and loved it so much that I went back and listened to all the previous ones immediately. Every week Sarah interviews an inspiring woman who has taken on some sort of challenge. There have been runners, cyclists, sailors, and all manner of challenges covered. Sarah’s driving force is to motivate and inspire women and girls, to show them they CAN take on a challenge, whether that’s running their first 5k or cycling across a continent. I just love anything like this, and Sarah’s mantra, “if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” I really look forward to downloading a new episode every week and listen to it on my midweek run – fantastic motivation to push hard!
To learn more about Sarah Williams and Tough Girl Challenges, visit her website.
Runners Connect Run to the Top
This is a more recent discovery for me. Having become a real podcast aficionado, I’m always on the look out for something new that I might enjoy and noticed a few bloggers mentioning this one. In a way, it’s a bit like Marathon Talk as each weekly episode is centred around an interview with a guest. But unlike Marathon Talk, this one is based in the US (although hosted by GB elite athlete Tina Muir who now lives in the USA). I first gave this a listen towards the end of the school term, I think in June, and have since been making my way back though all the previous episodes. Although Tina may make brief mention of a time of year or recent race of her own, the focus is on the interview therefore it doesn’t really matter when you listen to it. I’ve now listened to all of the episodes from this year and have been thoroughly enjoying the range of guests. I’ve also been reading Tina’s blog and really like how honest she is about her training and how she is feeling. It’s reassuring to know that an elite runner suffers the same worries and anxieties as the rest of us!
This podcast has been seeing me though my weekly session of bike intervals in the gym. If you fancy it, then check out the Runners Connect website.
A recent entry to the podcast world, this is one I’ve been with pretty much since the beginning. The hosts are comedians Rob Deering and Paul Tonkinson (who also writes a column in Runner’s World) and the format of this one is a little different. Basically, the guys record the podcast as they are running, and in the main it simply follows their random running chat (and we all know just how random that can get when we’re deep into a long run – often they will be discussing something then one of them will suddenly point out a bird or something!). They are beginning to introduce some guests to the show, but the idea is that the guest runs with them rather than being an interview edited in. Most of the time this is one I listen to either in the car or while doing odds and ends around the house, however I recently had an amusing incident whilst listening to it as I walked into town for some errands. When I run, I only put one earphone in, however since I was walking I was using both. Because the guys are recording on the run, there is inevitably the odd bit of heavy breathing. You don’t really notice this if you’re running too, but on this occasion I got a real fright at a particularly heavy breath as I though someone had crept up behind me, before realising it was just my podcast! Maybe I should stick to listening to this one elsewhere!
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The DC Rainmaker Podcast
Another one I’ve listened to from the start, this one indulges my techie side. I do love a gadget, especially a bit of sports tech, and have been reading the DC Rainmaker blog for a while. DC Rainmaker, aka Ray Maker, announced last year that he would be launching a new podcast with his friend Ben Hobbs of TRS Triathlon and I was intrigued. The focus here is to answer sports tech questions asked by podcast listeners. While the questions might not always relate to gadgets/brands that I have, it’s still interesting to listen to and the banter between the two hosts can be amusing. We also learn a bit more about Ray and his life as an American in Paris. I usually listen to this in the car on the way home from work as the length is about right for my journey and I can let it drift over me a bit as I concentrate on the road.
You can find out more over on the DC Rainmaker website.
Lazy Girl Running
I’ve long been a reader of the Lazy Girl Running blog by Laura Fountain and read her book The Lazy Runner a couple of summers ago. The podcast is a little more intermittent in release, however it’s usually a chat between Laura and a guest, or Laura and some of her friends taking on an event. This is another one that is usually recorded on the run in order for both the host and the guest to maximise their time, and whenever a new episode is available it’s another one that suits me on my journey home from work. Thanks to a recent episode I discovered the Jasyoga website and even ordered the accompanying book. Yes, I am really easily influenced sometimes!
You can find out more on the Lazy Girl Running website.
So there you have it. These are the podcasts I listen to regularly, although I have been known to listen to the odd episode of other ones if there’s a guest or topic that interests me. I can just about fit these into my week through a couple of runs and my car journeys home from work (I like to listen to the radio in the morning) but I know if I spot something else that interests me I’ll no doubt add it into the mix and try to find time for it.
What about you? Do you like to listen to podcasts? Any recommendation for me?
NB no affiliate links or sponsored content here. Just a genuine post featuring the podcasts I enjoy listening to.