Podcasts to listen to while running

Now that I’m back into fairly serious training for a marathon, I’m doing more of the dreaded ‘long slow runs’. I actually don’t mind a long plod with nothing but my own thoughts to keep me company, but knowing that I have something good to listen to as I go can add a little bit of extra motivation to get me out of the door, so I’ve been trying listening to some podcasts as I go. Here’s a little roundup, both of some that I’ve listened to, and some that people on twitter kindly suggested in response to a question I asked last week. I haven’t directly covered every single podcast mentioned, but I have included some of the tweets that gave me several suggestions in one go, so I strongly recommend following those links and checking them out!

True Crime

Crime and other non-fiction mystery podcasts came up a bit, which is not surprising, as I myself had found that a really absorbing mystery podcast could be a perfect way to get through a long run. Not to mention that true-crime has come to be hugely popular in the podcast-sphere, so there are no shortage of choices out there.

Death in Ice Valley – BBC

A great true crime investigation, somewhat in the spirit of Serial and others, but investigating a mystery from the much more distant past. Nothing particular to do with running, but just such a fascinating story that it will definitely make the miles fly by. I also found the preponderance of lovely Scandinavian accents weirdly comforting to run to, but maybe that’s just me!

Case File

I haven’t listen to many Case File episodes, but I actually listened to the first four or five while running a lot back in 2016, after trying to find something to replace my addiction to the superb Serial. I’m not sure why I didn’t carry on with them, as they were certainly engrossing, and the good news is that there are now over a hundred, so enough to keep me going for a long while! In most cases, each episode is standalone covering a single crime or mystery, though some spill over two parts, and they tend to explain the event rather than re-investigate it in the style of Serial or Ice Valley, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting.

Running and sports

Unsurprisingly, a lot of the recommendations were running-specific, or general sports related. There are a fair few running podcasts out there, ranging from very serious ultra podcasts to the more low-key and amateur-friendly.

Ten Junk Miles

Thanks to Garry for this recommendation. A properly runner-focused podcast that includes interviews with serious runners as well as discussions of nutrition, training, kit, and much more. I’ve tried listening to a few episodes and what I’ve enjoyed about it is that it occupies that nice space where the presenters and interviewees are much more serious runners than I am, so it remains inspiring and aspirational, but the issues covered are absolutely still ones that are relevant and relatable to an amateur runner.

MarathonTalk

MarathonTalk got a fair few recommendations. I’ve only listened to one episode so far but, looking at a few of the summaries, it seems to follow a regular structure of a bit of news, a deep-dive into some training topics, and an interview. I’m not sure it’s one where I’ll download a whole bunch of back-episodes to listen to, but I’m definitely going to be following it and listening to each weekly episode.

All Things Sport

I haven’t had a chance to listen to this one yet, but it sounds like an interesting one for people who don’t just want to listen to non-stop running chat, but feel like they could take inspiration from other sports. Just in the last few episodes, they’ve talked to a footballer, and 800m runner, a triathlete, and an adventure racer – so there’s a real range, and they by no means just cover the most ‘popular’ sports.

Some others I didn’t get a chance to try out:

Work / learning / self-improvement

A couple of people mentioned that they like taking advantage of a long run to learn something, or otherwise develop their mind as well as their legs!

Revisionist History

I had to include this because it was mentioned in one of the recommendations and I’d actually already been listening to it, on the recommendation of a friend. In revisionist history, each week Malcolm Gladwell covers a specific detail of history that he feels either hasn’t been addressed in enough detail before, or perhaps hasn’t been understood or recognised in the past. As per his usual style (which tends to divide opinion, and I’m afraid I fall more on the side of finding it irritating, but that’s just me) he likes to draw far-reaching conclusions about human nature and psychology from a few anecdotes, and this can be undeniably fascinating, regardless of how much you buy into it.

 

Do let me know if any of these inspired you, and feel free to add in the comments any others I’ve missed!

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