Podcasts to get you through those long runs

Last year we published a list of outdoor adventure podcasts to help keep your chin up when putting in the hard yards preparing for the Tarawera Ultra and here we find ourselves again. Welcome back. How have you been?


The weather keeps promising Summer is here, then gives us an almighty deluge to remind us why those seam-sealed jackets are important. Training for an ultra isn’t all technical trails marvelling at the beauty of trees and ferns and finding ourselves absorbed in the wonders of stunning vistas. It’s often grinding it out on tarmac and pavements with drivers mistaking you for a possum. So here’s our guide to podcasts to keep your mind in the game and your spirits up.

Doesn’t matter where you are – 38km into a long run, wandering the veggie aisle or working on a presentation in the office these podcasts are gonna cheer you right up and keep you focused on the prize.


DirtChurch Radio: https://www.dirtchurchradio.com/
So excellent to kick this off with a new Kiwi entry to the list and a superb one to boot. If you haven’t listened to Eugene and Matt’s weekly output then please stop reading this and go to your fav podcast content provider and download the lot. Great in-depth interviews with some well-known people of the NZ running scene but also some awesome international runners including the likes of Jeff Browning (can’t wait to see him run the Tarawera trails this coming year!), Dean Karnazes and many more. Also an interview with our very own Paul Charteris – what more persuasion do you need? Support our boys and an excellent body of work.

The Bad Boy Running Podcast: http://badboyrunningpodcast.com/
One of my favourite podcasts not just in running terms but all up. David Hellard and Jody Rainsford are both pretty decent runners but their podcast is in a league of its own. Whereas many running podcasts get caught up in analysis and complex (often dull) information about running, training and racing Bad Boy Running is hilarious. The guys spiral off at tangents endlessly with hilarious discussions and ridiculous ideas. Great fun.

Do yourself a favour and go back and listen to the AtoZ of Bad Boy Running episodes and then 2 or 3 episodes that appeal to you – there are many. Running at typically 2 hours long these are great for the long run and once you get the in jokes and references you’ll be chuckling along (and actually learning a thing or two).

Billy Yang Podcast http://billyyangpodcast.libsyn.com/
Billy Yang is a filmmaker and an ultrarunner and just an all round good person who is known to virtually all trailrunners (what? You don’t know who he is – please find Youtube on the internet and start a few days of watching his excellent movies). The podcast is a departure for Billy from movie making and already is firmly becoming one of my favourite things to tune into – the guests are eclectic and interesting and well known to anyone into ultras and outdoor adventure. His 1st podcast with Tony Krupicka and also the interview with Magdalena Boulet are well worth listening to as a start but also the recent Tim Olson interview is one of the best interviews i’ve tuned into.

Trail Runner Nation: http://trailrunnernation.com/
Another classic podcast for the long run. Trail Runner Nation is like hanging out in a bar listening to a bunch of people who just ran the same race or track you did and are now debating it in miniscule detail. Jocular and welcoming and always a good range of topics and opinions I love some of the stuff these guys cover – if you want to start somewhere their recent Grit episode is a good one. Give them a try!

Marathon Talk: https://marathontalk.com/
Ah Marathon Talk…the banter of 2 Englishmen that has carried me many miles. Marathon Talk is a weekly podcast that’s already way over 400 episodes old and 5 million downloads and counting. Showcasing the community of marathon runners out there around the world it’s filled with news, interviews, views on drugs in sport and some great training tips. Admittedly it’s very marathon focused (duh!) and some of the talk on times and splits and stuff leaves me cold but for the sheer joy and passion for the sport it can’t be beat. Hearing about the latest antics of the 2 hosts Martin Yelling and Tom Williams (particularly involving shorty shorts and budgie smugglers) always gets me smiling. Convert my trail running friends.

Ginger Runner Live: http://gingerrunner.com/category/gingerrunnerlive/
Another well-established character and fav in the trail running community, the Ginger Runner, it seems, has always been there! Ethan Newberry is one of the most enthusiastic presenters and runners – his movies are well worth checking out! His podcast reads like a who’s who of interviews and race overviews. Simply not to be missed.

The Dirtbag Diaries:  http://dirtbagdiaries.com/
Brought to you by Duct Tape Then Beer (if you haven’t heard of these folks PLEASE go check them out), The Dirtbag Diaries is an eclectic podcast of short stories and escapades all based on the great outdoors. These are stories that focus on all sorts of characters, on things going awry, on things to make you laugh and some solid lessons for life. They say they are on track for 3 million downloads this year after 11 years – get involved!

Talk Ultra: https://iancorless.org/tag/talk-ultra/
We’re well into it now huh. Yes Talk Ultra is a kick ass fortnightly podcast for trailheads. You’ve heard of it surely. Another Who’s Who of anyone involved in the scene just work through the back catalog and you’ll find your running heros. Love the fact it’s bang up to date and the interviews do get some great depth. You already are listening to this aren’t you?

The First 40 Miles: http://www.thefirst40miles.com/
Join Heather and Josh Legler and dive into the world of backpacking. These guys are really open and welcoming and will get you totally hooked on the simple pleasures of slinging on a pack and heading out of your door and into the wild. You name it these guys will talk about it and how it relates to backpacking – barefoot, toilets, kids, trends, electronics…. The list and the enthusiasm are endless

Touching the Trail: https://www.touchingthetrail.com/podcast/
A curious one this but shows some real podcast. Jarod Contreras is a young ultrarunner whose podcast definitely leans on the spiritual. It’s an eclectic mix of ultrarunnng talk, great interviews, book discussions, meditations on yoga and living. Definitely worth looking into for a different style and pace. Great on a quiet long run.

Becoming Ultra: http://becomingultra.com/
I’ve only recently started listening to these and they are pretty good. Short, sharp lessons and techniques so worth dipping in and out, but some of their longer occasional stuff is pretty interesting too.

Ultrarunner Podcast.com: https://ultrarunnerpodcast.com/
Craft beer, race news and the black toenails hall of fame. It’s all here on Ultrarunner Podcast. A good source of interviews and again tends to be very US-centric but nonetheless some good quality content that travels. Another essential listening aid for any ultra runners out there.

Outside/in radio: http://outsideinradio.org/
More wonderful stories from outdoors brought to life by Sam Evans-Brown – if getting into issues and spending the time to get a depth and understanding of the outdoors and nature and the world we inhabit are your thing then look no further. Great podcast.

Science of Ultra: http://scienceofultra.libsyn.com/podcast
Science of Ultra covers pretty much anything you ever wanted to know about the science of ultrarunning, whether that’s nutrition, hydration or gear related. World leading scientists, running coaches and ultra athletes all come together in this podcast to sift through all the bollocks out there about ultrarunning and find only the actual true scientific facts that matter. In today’s world where everyone is an expert, what we need is more of this.

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Ultra runners and podcasts go together like ultra runners and craft beer. It’s just a thing.

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