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We are pleased to introduce our newest columnist, ultrarunner Clint Cherepa. Check back each edition for useful tips and tricks to get the most out of your running regime.
By Clint Cherepa
Illustration by Jason Walton
Slogging through winter weather runs can be a challenge. Especially when you feel like you are the only one braving the elements. Why not brighten those dreary winter runs with a podcast?
“There’s something satisfyingly productive about finishing your long run and having learned dozens of brand new fitness, nutrition or training tips you would have never discovered had you simply been piping rock music or techno through your earbuds,” says Ben Greenfield, the Washington resident behind www.BenGreenfieldFitness.com.
Podcasts are free, easy to download and the choices are endless.
Here are seven great podcasts to get you started.
Triathlete Tawnee Prazak hosts the show that focuses on endurance running, cycling, swimming and adventure racing. She has experience as a triathlon and endurance sports coach, strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer and exercise physiologist.
This knowledge base shines through as she holds weekly shows with Spokane-based coach Ben Greenfield on sports nutrition, and ultrarunner Tim Wagoneer on ultrarunning and coaching and a variety of other endurance-focused topics.
Tune in if you want to hone your skills as a triathlete or ultrarunner, or get your nutritional needs on track. www.enduranceplanet.com
Marathon Training Academy
Its mission statement is “to inspire and empower everyday people to live healthier lives, achieve fitness goals and reach new milestones by tapping into their marathon potential.”
Angie and Trevor Spencer accomplish this as they share stories and marathon running tips.
The podcast has been downloaded over 1.7 million times, and featured as top marathon podcast by iTunes. How could that many listeners be wrong?
Download this one to get on track to running your first marathon. www.marathontrainingacademy.com
Trail Runner Nation
Whether you are a beginner or pro, this podcast will get you pumped to run the trails. Scott Warr, Don Freeman and Faith Goss keep things light and entertaining while interviewing some of the top trail runners and authorities about running form, hydration, barefoot running and altitude training.
Listen in to learn more about what is going on in the trail running scene, and be motivated to trade the pavement in for trail. www.trailrunnernation.com
You never know who will show up on this ultra-centric podcast. Past shows have featured famed ultrarunners Ray Zahab, Dean Karnazes and Scott Jurek. Along with the legends of the sport, hosts Scotty Sandow and Eric Schranz also interview a variety of qualified experts in nutrition, training and injury management. There is never a dull moment as they dive into interviews with ultrarunners of all personality types and calibers.
Don’t miss an episode if you are considering running your first ultra. This podcast will get you through the training runs leading up to it. www.ultrarunnerpodcast.com
Dirt Dawg Running
Mike aka Dirt Dawg takes you along for a down-to-earth look at the life of an everyday runner, while he hits the roads and trails sharing his thoughts on running and family life. This family man shows that it is possible to run happily whether it is for five miles or 50. The shows are kept fresh by visits from his wife, as she tries to stay focused on running and keeping Dirt Dawg in line.
Add this one to the list if you want to see how an everyday fulltime working father and husband can schedule in the long runs and still hang out with his family. www.dirtdawg.podbean.com
The Extra Mile
This podcast allows everybody to get involved. They encourage audio submissions from listeners on their training updates, races and just about anything running related. The podcast is for runners of all ages and abilities. There is also the Galloway edition to teach runners about the run-walk-run training method from Jeff Galloway. It brings you through Galloway’s 30-week marathon training schedule in a way that minimizes your chance of injury.
Check out the Extra Mile to get the feeling that you are on a group run with virtual running partners. www.theextramilepodcast.blogspot.com
With three years of podcasts and 175 episodes under their belt, the guys over at Marathon Talk know what they are doing. Hosts Martin Yelling and Tom Williams are seasoned runners. The show is done very professionally and caters to the serious runner. But, everyone has something to learn on this podcast.
Keep this in the cue if you want to stay up to date with the latest marathon news, learn more about the professional side of running and are interested in competitive running. www.marathontalk.com
Most episodes begin with host Chris Russell saying, “The podcast for runners, wannabe runners and mid-packers of all shapes and sizes who just want to strap on their favorite pair of shoes and get out there. Wherever and whenever this episode finds you I hope you’re doing great and I hope you’re getting your run in today. I know I’m getting my run in!”
He keeps each episode fresh with interviews, tales of his own running escapades and all around inspiring content.
Subscribe to this podcast to be affected by Chris’s contagious positive energy that will compel you to get your run in for the day. www.runrunlive.com
Running podcasts are only the beginning
“The benefits of podcasts aren’t limited to simply geeking out on fitness, and you can also expand your mind with financial knowledge, business training, comedy and anything else you find enjoyable—all while getting fit! What’s not to love?” says Greenfield.
Once you enter the world of running podcasts you will find it hard to leave. There is no need to worry about a lack of training advice, running motivation or all around running info. You may find yourself going on a run just to listen to the newest episode.
Clint is currently out for a run or training for his next ultramarathon while catching up on podcasts.