I wanted to do a post about my favourite podcasts, because they are such a big part of my training and life at the moment. I spend between 12 and 15 hours a week running and cycling, and most of that time I listen to podcasts, unless I’m doing speedwork. They get me through my long runs, educate me, entertain me, and have become familiar friends in my life. I can’t imagine doing the type of training I do without them.
No 1 favourite: Talk Ultra.
Ian Corless does a brilliant job with this long playing podcast, dedicated to ultrarunning, but with a lot of content of interest all endurance athletes. The back catalogue is amazing, and I can’t think of a boring episode out of the entire set. “Speedgoat” Karl Meltzer, one of the most prolific 100 mile winners in the world, often co-presents, and over the years the race coverage, training advice, and general information imparted by this podcast is hugely impressive. Memorable episodes: Episode 24 – William Sichel. A fascinating interview with a 59 year old man who covers extraordinary distances (including the totally insane 3100 mile Sri Chinmoy race) 2and lives and trains on a remote Scottish island. Utterly compelling. Another notable episode is episode 95, the in depth interview with Scott and Jenny Jurek immediately after Scott’s record on the Appalachian trail.
Another brilliant running resource, Tom Williams and Martin Yelling’s weekly show that includes interviews, news, in depth training discussions, and lots more. Probably the best general running podcast around. Notable episodes: 225 and 226, in which Steve Way (GB marathon and ultra runner, 100k British record holder) discusses his training in great depth. 199 and 200, interview with snooker player and decent runner Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Trail Runner Nation and Ultrarunner podcast
I group these together as they are quite similar: American focused ultra running podcasts, that are always entertaining. Particular favourites include “Rob Krar’s Beard”, an interview with the fascinating Western States double champion. Tim Tollefson’s interview on Ultrarunner podcast about his disastrous Transgrancanaria in 2016 had me cringing while running.
Tawnee Prazak, triathlete and coach, hosts this show, which is heavily influenced by Phil Maffetone and his training philosophies (low carb, high fat diet, training under a set aerobic heartrate). Tawnee is very “California”, but she is well informed and entertaining. Even if you don’t accept all of her theories and ideas, she is worth a listen.
Hosted by British marathon runner Tina Muir, this is a lovely podcast with a selection of guests aimed at distance runners. Tina has a nice manner and as an elite runner she has a good insight into training and life. I really liked her interview with nutrition expert Chris Kelly, whose own podcast Nourish Balance Thrive I also enjoy.
I am fascinated by the science of performance and nutrition, and sometimes despair at the vast number of quack-ish podcasts out there, especially in this area. However, there is one that is head and shoulders above the rest, consistently high quality and interesting, always evidence-driven and not pushing a specific dogma. Sigma Nutrition is utterly fantastic, and I have learned so much from Danny Lennon who hosts it. Sometimes very deeply scientific, sometimes more practical, Danny cuts through the crap spouted by so many online nutrition “gurus”, and I look forward to his podcast every week.
Special mention for: Magness & Marcus on coaching in which Steve Magness (of Science of Running fame) and Jon Marcus discuss track coaching in very frank terms.