Six of the best podcasts for runners, from true crime and drama to parenting and wellbeing

If you’re struggling to motivate yourself to head out on your next run, or are looking for a way to help the miles pass on a longer route, listening to a podcast could be the answer.

Here’s our pick of six of the best podcasts currently on offer, from true crime and drama to parenting and wellbeing, which are all free to download and listen to.

1. Running Commentary by Rob Deering and Paul Tonkinson

This chatty podcast feels a bit like you’re running with a pair of friends, which is perfect when social distancing means you’re stuck on your own. The comedians chat about life in general, including the coronavirus pandemic, but the main focus is on running. It’s a light-hearted, easy listen, perfect if you’re looking for some company when you head out on your next run, and will leave you feeling more motivated than when you started.

2. Feel Better, Live More by Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Rangan’s longer podcasts on wellbeing are inspiring and leave you with practical tips on how you can live a more fulfilling life. He interviews experts and covers a wide range of topics, from sleep and diet to mental health and digital detoxing.

3. Happy Mum, Happy Baby by Giovanna Fletcher

If running mums are looking for a parenting-themed podcast, Giovanna’s celebrity interviews are a nice option. Author Giovanna speaks to mothers about the highs and lows of bringing up children, from birth and life with a newborn, to the challenges and joys of bringing up older kids. There’s a a wide range of interviewees, including the Duchess of Cambridge, Bryony Gordon, Joe Wicks and Alex Jones.

4. Serial by This American Life

Looking for something a little darker than Happy Mum, Happy Baby? Serial may be more up your street. This true crime podcast series unveils a true crime story with lots of twists and turns. Season one is our favourite, featuring the disappearance of popular high school student Hae Min Lee.

5. Happy Place by Fearne Cotton

Fearne’s long-running podcast is a good option if you’re feeling a bit flat and are looking for a mood-boost. Her interview with Dame Kelly Holmes is truly inspiring and a must-listen for any keen runner, whether you’re training for your first 5k or are an experienced runner. There’s also some great philosophical insight from Russell Brand and a touching interview with George Ezra.

6. Fake Heiress by Vicky Baker and Chloe Moss

If you haven’t yet heard the scandal of Anna Delvey, this podcast can’t be missed. It follows the rise and fall of a con artist who faked her way into New York’s high society and will have you gripped from start to finish.


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