Lily Trotters ambassador Nona Hillock shares her favorite podcasts to get you through a long run. Covering a wide variety of genres, she's provided us with a wide selection for every interest! Check out her suggestions and get listening...
When I first started running, I couldn’t walk out the door without my iPod. A lot has changed in the last decade (I’m not even sure where my iPod is these days…), including what I listen to on the run. Usually, I run headphone free, but occasionally I need something to get me through a long run, and that’s where podcasts come in.
It seems like everyone has a podcast these days, but if you’re just entering the podcast-world, it can be a little overwhelming. Here’s some of my favorites to get you started.
“Ali on the Run” - Ali is funny, relatable, and unapologetic about her love for Velveeta Mac’n’Cheese and Celion Dion. She started her podcast in 2017 and has already had guests like Sally Bergerson of Oiselle, Kate Grace, Nick Symmonds and Molly Huddle.
“Endurance Ladies Radio” - It seems like the Ladies haven’t put out a new episode in a while, but their archives are still available and have some great information out there for ultrarunners. They have a fantastic interview with Devon Yanko that I highly recommend.
“I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein” - To be honest, I only started listening to Lindsey’s podcast after she had Ali (from Ali on the Run fame) on as a guest. It’s fun, entertaining and she’s had some great guests.
“My Favorite Murder” - Karen and Georgia are the delightfully funny and relatable hosts of this podcast. Their banter is hilarious, and they always pick fascinating cases. They have an ability to keep the show light-hearted, while still remaining sensitive to the crimes and their victims. I recommend starting from the beginning and working your way forward on this one, the show has evolved so much from when it first started.
“In the Dark” - This podcast takes an in-depth look at Jacob Wetterling’s disappearance in 1989. It’s fascinating, sad, and at times downright infuriating. It’s extremely well produced and researched. Plus, the crime is resolved during the recording of the podcast, which lends to an interesting discussion of justice.
“True Crime Garage” - Nick and The Captain pick a new case each week, and deliver a detailed, well-researched explanation the details of the crime.. I highly recommend the episode where they break down Brandon Lawson’s 911 call.
“Dear Sugar Radio” - I’m sure most of us are familiar with Cheryl Strayed, the author behind the hit book Wild. In “Dear Sugar Radio”, Cheryl takes her newspaper column to the airwaves. The topics mostly consists of relationship advice, and it’s always thought provoking.
“This is Why You’re Single” - Laura and Angela tackle a relevant dating/relationship topic each week, sometimes with the help of a guest, and dole out advice to listener questions. It’s not just about romantic relationships—they tackle friendships and relationships with family, too. Plus, their commentary is just downright entertaining—it’s like talking with a couple of girlfriends.
“Modern Love” - Celebrities read articles written about relationships by regular people. Some will lift you up, some will make you cry, but they’re all good.
“Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations” - Who doesn’t love Oprah? Seriously? Fans of her talk show will love this podcast. She sits down with guests and interviews them about anything and everything. My personal favorite is with Vice President Joe Biden.
“Death, Sex, Money” - The tagline, “The things we think about a lot, and need to talk about more” sums up this podcast perfectly. They’re usually short—about half an hour, and it’s always an interesting topic. Some are uncomfortable (“Why I Steal”) and some are heartbreaking (“Autism Isn’t What I Signed Up For”) but they’re all good.
“The Moth” - Real stories told by the real people that experienced them. My husband and I love to listen to this one together! There’s always several stories in an episode, and inevitably always one that leaves me in awe. My favorite is told by the lady who gave David Bowie his “look”.
“Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” - Peter Segal hosts this fun game show that discusses the week’s news. It’s always funny, and informative, and there’s usually a great guest. It never fails to make me laugh out loud.
“Up First” - “Up First” manages to deliver all the hard-hitting headlines in a 10 minute time frame. Always well researched and concisely delivered, this NPR podcast helps me feel not so out of touch, while also not bogging me down with the multitude of headlines each morning.
“Stuff You Should Know” - The chemistry between hosts Josh and Chuck is reason enough to listen to “Stuff You Should Know”, but beyond that, they discuss fascinating topics. They’ve done shows on everything from The Manson Family Murders to How Soylent Works. They recently hit their 1,000th episode, so there’s plenty of backlog to keep you occupied on long runs.
“Fangirl Fridays” - This may be a guilty pleasure, but I can’t help it. Natalie and Maron are a pleasure to listen to. They both genuinely love TV, and discuss classic shows from the 90s and before. They’ve done shows on “Hey Arnold!”, “Freaks & Geeks”, “My So Called Life” and “Daria” (to name a few). I also highly recommend the series they did on “Sex and the City”. It’s silly, it’s fun, it’s the perfect thing to listen to on a Friday afternoon.
“Movie Crush” - Chuck from “Stuff You Should Know” just started a podcast where he invites guests on to discuss their favorite movies. If you’re a movie fan, I highly recommend it. It’s light and fun, and will make you want to rewatch all these excellent films again.
Hope this list helps you queue up some excellent podcasts for those upcoming long runs! Happy listening!
Are there any podcasts you listen to that didn’t make the list? Share in the comments below!
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