Friday, January 29, 2016

5 Running Podcasts to Follow

For this Friday Five, I'm linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run.  Being the fifth Friday of the month, this week is a free theme, which I'm going to "run" with (I know, bad pun!) by talking about podcasts.

I have made a discovery that I feel the need to share with all my running companions - I've found podcasts for the average runner!  That's right, audio tidbits that provide tips and soundbites for those of us who enjoy lacing up just for fun.  If you have never given podcasts a try or have been disgruntled like me with the various running ones that seem to only apply to the elites, let these suggestions be your entrance into the exciting world of auditory entertainment.

1.  "Diz Runs With...."
I can tell I have found something I love when it begins to consume any free-time I might have.  Thus, when I realized I had spent every moment of commuting time listening to the "Diz Runs With..." podcasts, I knew something great was uncovered.  The podcast covers a variety of topics from interviews with people in the running community to tips and tricks to improve one's running.  Denny is always releasing new content, so any time is a great time to jump in.

2.  "The DC Rainmaker Podcast"
If you haven't figured it out already, I'm a little (though according to my wife a lot!) geeky, so anything dealing with tech catches my fancy.  Because of this, I really get into the "DC Rainmaker Podcast."  Ray has become a household name for runners due to his in-depth (and fairly impressive) reviews of all things sports tech.  In a way to complement this work, he also runs a podcast geared toward updating the running/cycling/swimming community with the latest releases as well as answering submitted questions from his listeners.  Even though I know I'll never buy 99.9% of the tech he mentions, it's still pretty cool to hear what's going on.

3.  "The Average Runner Podcast"
A podcast title that doesn't mince words in what it's all about is always nice and is something the hosts of "The Average Runner Podcast" must have considered when developing their show.  This podcast, hosted by Sean, Jason and Stephen, gives the listener the inside scoop as to the experience of being an "average runner."  To hear the varying stories of these three guys, you will most likely find one of them to relate to and learn from.

4.  "Run Buzz"
While the podcasts above approach running from some unique angles, "Run Buzz" may be in line with the more traditional approach to running advice and guidance.  However, the podcast sets itself apart by choosing topics that you don't need a degree in rocket science (or sports physiology, to be more precise) to understand.  This may be a podcast to look up for those times when you want some solid advice and have the time to listen.

5.  "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me"
Okay, I know this podcast isn't directly running related, but from what I can tell, a significant number of runners love it.  In a way though, it does deal with running since the more we are enjoying our runs the better we tend to do.  And, if you're laughing hysterically while running, as you will with every episode, your endorphin count has to be skyrocketing.  This NPR quiz show can help your mind wander away long enough to forget you're only a mile into a 14 mile long run!

So, what are you favorite podcasts on running or listen to while running?

Happy running!


  1. I have tried listening to radio programs while I run but it felt like I was running slower. I think I need music to keep me going at a good pace. My sister often listens to podcasts so I will pass these on to her!

  2. I don't listen to a lot of podcasts but this list is helpful for if I decide to give one a shot!

  3. thanks for the list! I definitely have never listened to a podcast while running. Not sure that's my thing but perhaps I'll look into these.

  4. I have never listened to podcasts but know runners who love them. Maybe I need to try one just to see what it is all about.

  5. Wait Wait Don't Tell Me is a great one! I also didn't know DC Rainmaker had his own podcast either. I recently started listening to podcasts on my commute to work, will have to consider trying during a run also.