Motivation Listen Up: Best podcasts to get you through a long run

Listen Up: Best podcasts to get you through a long run


Podcast aficianados are already tuning in for iRun‘s weekly podcast co-hosted by iRun‘s founder, Mark Sutcliffe and iRun‘s Runner-in-Chief, Ray Zahab. Robyn Baldwin breakdown some of the latest running podcasts that you can add to your playlist. Here’s  what you can expect and why you should be listening in.


Rich Roll

Description: Unlock your best self! Rich Roll — ultra-athlete and author of the #1 bestsellers “Finding Ultra” & “The Plantpower Way” — delves deep into all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward thinking, paradigm busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, creativity, entrepreneurship & spirituality — including world-class athletes, doctors, nutritionists, authors, entrepreneurs, spiritualists & artists. Topics include: general health; food policy & politics; fitness; environmentalism and sustainable lifestyle practices; meditation, yoga, mindfulness and spirituality; vegan & plant-based nutrition; and more. Rich’s goal is simple: to educate, inspire and empower YOU to discover, unlock & unleash your best, most authentic self.

What To Expect: This show has amazing conversation and can contain indepth scientific knowledge that is shared by the guests. The episodes are interview style and explore all things health, fitness, nutrition, creative, spiritual and entrepreneurship. Episodes can run from 1 hour to almost 2 hours in length. So you have to commit to these ones. This is the only podcast on the list that isn’t just a running podcast.

Tough Girl Challenges

Description: The Tough Girl Podcast is all about inspiring and motivating YOU! I will be interviewing inspirational women from around the world, who’ve faced and overcome difficult challenges and situations, they will share their story, their knowledge and provide advice and essential tips for you to overcome your own personal challenges.

What To Expect: Sara has over 46 amazing inspirational interviews with female athletes showing their prowess as Tough Girls in the hopes of just inspiring the listeners. I was interviewed on episode 33. It was my first podcast interview ever and it inspired me to get into listening to podcasts and eventually starting my own (tangent tidbit of infomration).

Ginger Runner Live

Description: Ginger Runner LIVE is a weekly talk show where The Ginger Runner (Ethan Newberry) talks about all things racing, training & beer. Also, a little about running, ultra running, marathons, triathlons & puppies. You’ll meet some of the best endurance athletes on the planet, get a chance to interact with them and maybe learn a thing or two in the process! The goal is to inspire you to get out there and train hard, race harder and party hardest!

What To Expect: Ethan is a fast talker in his intros so always a great way to keep you pumped on your run. The interviews flow smoothly and fill up one hour of information. Definitely great for “short” runs if you’re in the ultra world! 97 episodes so far at the time of this posting.

Trail Runner Nation

Description: Trail Runner Nation is devoted to sharing knowledge and advice to the trail running community – from beginners to the pros! We offer tips and discussion regarding race nutrition, pacing strategy, mental focus and much more from well-respected members of the trail community.

What To Expect: The show involves 3 hosts. They have over 255 episodes so lots to go through. The sounds quality isn’t perfect. All hosts don’t come across at the same volume

Ultra Runner Podcast

Description: ULTRARUNNER podcast features interviews with ultra top athletes, experts, writers and people we think are pretty darn interesting. We talk about nutrition, training tips, sports psychology, ultra race reviews/previews, odd trail encounters and much more. Learn more at

What To Expect: The podcast was started in 2011. The contributors or hosts include Eric Schrantz, Sarah Lavender Smith and Ethan Veneklasen. They have over 241 episodes to keep you fully entertained while running. The show is interview format to get the goods out of interesting people in the ultra world.

Running on Om

Description: The Running On Om (ROO) podcast explores questions of the mind, body, and spirit connection. Julia Hanlon, the creator and host of the podcast, has a passion for the inspirational power of storytelling. In ROO podcasts, Julia interviews innovative minds from a wide range of backgrounds— from authors, musicians, athletes, actors, entrepreneurs, yogis, to chefs— Julia believes that everyone has a story worth sharing. Running On Om will spark your imagination and deliver encouragement, insight, and strength in your path to personal growth and transformation. For more information and show notes, visit
What To Expect: This show is in interview format and episodes are around one hour in length. Julia the host is not only a runner but also a yoga teacher hence the podcast name. I love that she incorporates mind, body and spirit into the conversation. She has almost 200 episodes up!