This past spring, in an effort to facilitate my goal of slowing down the pace on my easy runs, I made the switch from music to podcasts. I do like to listen to something while I run because for whatever reason I am bothered my the sound of my breathing - during races I just have to deal. Anyway, listening to music can sometimes pump me up too much, to the point where I'm running faster than my easy pace, so podcasts are a great solution - It's easy for me to get engrossed in what I'm listening to, and as an extra bonus, I almost always take away something from the podcast that benefits my running, parenting, job, etc.
Since this blog is 99.9% about running, I'm going to list my five favorite running podcasts that I listen to weekly. I subscribe to all of them via iTunes. When new podcasts are released they automatically download to my iPhone. There are other applications you can download, such as Stitcher and Spotify, that offer a similar experience.
1. I'll Have Another with Lindsey Hein. Lindsey is a great conversationalist and I love listening to her podcast because it feels like I'm listening to my friends chatting. The majority of her discussions are running related but they also focus on other aspects of her guest's life.
2. Man Bun Run. This podcast is hosted by Rylee McDermott, who became an instant favorite for me. I often find myself laughing out loud as I listen. He interviews runners from the entire spectrum of the sport, from trails to the track, and elites to recreational runners.
3. C Tolle Run. Olympian Carrie Tollefson is the host of C Tolle Run. She is very energetic and can even conduct an interview while actually running! Although Carrie is an Olympian I can identify with her because she recently turned 40 and is a busy mom.
4. The Running for Real Podcast. Tina Muir is a crazy fast elite who, just as the title indicates, is not afraid to share her "real" moments in the sport, not just the glamorous ones. I'm not always familiar with her guests prior to listening but I am always immediately drawn in to what Tina and her guests are discussing.
5. Run to the Top Podcast. Sinead Haughey recently started hosting this podcast after Tina Muir departed to start the Running For Real Podcast. This is probably the most technical podcast I listen to, and I have gotten some great information about heart rate training, injury prevention, nutrition, and countless other goodies that have influenced the way I train. Side note - Sinead recently interviewed my coach Esther Atkins and it was a great episode - check it out!
So there you have it. These are the podcasts I listen to on the regular. If you have any you love, please comment or send me a message. I'm always looking for a new one!