When I first started running after high school, I listened to music on my iPod classic. Yes, I said it…my iPod classic! Once I started getting more serious about my running, I ditched the headphones and ran with me, myself, and I because that’s what I thought runners did. And then one day, my friend introduced me to podcasts. I listened to them during all of my free time – on the walk to class, at the gym, in the car, blah blah blah. You get my point. I listened to podcasts all. of. the. time. EXCEPT on the run!
Eventually, I thought to myself… why am I not listening to these on my runs? Surely listening to podcasts during my runs won’t make me any less of a runner. At first, I just started listening to podcasts during my long runs, but now I listen to them during all of my runs (except speed work like track repeats and tempo runs – they require a little too much focus.)
I know podcasts are a BIG deal right now, so I wanted to share with you all my favorite go-to podcasts so that you can enjoy them on the walk to class, at the gym, in the car, and yes, even on the run!
I’ve decided to break my podcasts into categories: running podcasts, nutrition podcasts, health and wellness, interviews, and entrepreneurship. There is definitely a lot of overlap, so while I might consider one podcast to be a health and wellness podcast, it might also be a nutrition podcast or an interview podcast. Trust me, it’s all great stuff regardless of the category!
You can find all of these podcasts in Apple Podcasts (iTunes), but I’ll be linking to the podcasts’ website just in case you’re interested in seeing more about the people behind the podcasts!
This one is new-ish to me but quickly became one of my favorites. I binge-listened to all of the episodes in just a couple of weeks. Running coach Jason Fitzgerald gives tons of advice for new and advanced runners and running coaches. Topics range from getting faster, staying healthy and injury-free, and getting stronger as a runner.
Believe it or not, I found this podcast because she has Crohn’s disease – a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that my dad also has. After listening to her episode about running with Crohn’s disease, I started listening to all of her episodes and found a ton of cool interviews with runners, physical therapists, running coaches, MDs, and solo episodes.
One of my favorite Instagrammers/Bloggers, Anna (@runningvegannyc) started a podcast all about running and living as a vegan in New York City. Topics range from running, veganism, adulthood, and living in NYC. She has a mix of solo episodes where she gives training and life updates as well as interviews with influencers in the running, travel, health and wellness, and cooking industries.
If you haven’t visited Dr. Greger’s website, Nutrition Facts, you must (finish reading my lovely list of podcasts) and drop everything and visit his website! Dr. Greger is a leader in plant-based medicine. Just when you thought you couldn’t learn more about nutrition and plants, he drops another 10-20 minute podcast where he talks about topics like protein, omega-3 fatty acids, GMOs, soy, supplements, prevention of Alzheimer’s, the microbiome, etc. etc. etc. These episodes are quick, concise, and PACKED with knowledge bombs.
Heather Caplan, R.D. hosts a great podcast for future dietitians like myself, dietitians, or just anyone that is interested in hearing about nutrition from registered dietitians. In this podcast, Heather interviews other RDs and they go over career details, “real talk” moments, and answer listener questions. If there is any big nutrition news that week, Heather and her interviewee talk about it and help sift out the noise!
For this podcast, you need a notebook and a pen. Dr. Rhonda Patrick, a Ph.D. in biomedical science, promotes strategies to increase lifespan, well-being, & cognitive and physical performance, with her knowledge of biochemistry and nutrition. This podcast is only for true nutrition nerds who want to know the all of the details and science behind topics like intermittent fasting, cancer, saturated fat, and cold thermogenesis – just to name a few.
Health and Wellness Podcasts
Rich Roll, at 50-years old, is an accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete with an incredible history as a former entertainment attorney and addict. He turned his life around and is now an advocate for wellness & plant-based nutrition. His podcast episodes take a deep dive into all things wellness: health, fitness, nutrition, entertainment, entrepreneurship, and spirituality. My favorite episodes include interviews with plant-based MDs and RDs and vegan athletes!
The banter between the two hosts, Matt and Doug, literally has me laughing out loud during my long runs. A mix of interviews and solo-episodes, topics range from veganism, nutrition, running, habit change, and living a healthier lifestyle.
Tim Ferris interviews world-class performers from a variety of areas: investing, sports, business, art, etc. and they discuss tactics, tools, and routines that you can implement into your own life. If you’ve ever wondered what successful people read, how they exercise, how they start their days, and how they manage their time, this is the podcast to listen to!
Ben Greenfield is super knowledgeable about nutrition, exercise, triathlon, weight loss, and wellness. While I don’t always agree with his nutrition philosophy, I love to listen to for sports performance tips and controversial conversation about really interesting topics! He drops a few episodes each week so you’ll never run out of good content!
This podcast is new to the scene – a registered dietitian that I work with just launched this podcast about a month ago and it is clearly a winner. Christa Biegler, RD goes into topics like getting stuff done, reducing inflammation, integrative nutrition, gut health, lifestyle medicine, life hacks, and kitchen tips, just to name a few. Her most recent episode was all about supplements – whether or not you should take them and what you should consider.
Nicole sits down with a wide range people: athletes, writers, entrepreneurs, parents, coaches, activists, adventurers, and artists. Each interview is about 2 hours and they take a deep dive into the truth of what’s really going on in their lives. My favorite interviews are with athletes like Kate Grace and Lauren Fleshman.
Dr. Michael Gervais is a high-performance sports psychologist that interviews a variety of people: professional athletes, successful business minds, and entrepreneurs. He is a phenomenal interviewer and asks unique questions that give you a really great perspective into how these people perform at such a high level.
If you’ve ever wanted to create a beautiful, functional, and profitable blog, this is the podcast to listen to! This podcast is full of tips to create a blog or enhance your already-existing blog. Topics vary from SEO, social media, WordPress, freelance work, taxes, etc.
Patt Flynn delves into how to start an online business, blogging strategies, income sources, marketing tips, etc. This podcast really opened my eyes as to how entrepreneurs make money online by doing things they love!