If you’re not subscribed to several podcasts at this point, what are you waiting for?
Seriously, there is so much great content available for FREE that no matter what you are interested in you can find dozens of shows to listen to no matter what you’re interested in.
- Random hobby? Guarenteed there’s a podcast about whatever random hobby you might have.
- Favorite TV Show/Book Series/Movie? Yep, there’s a podcast (probably a dozen) out there.
- Politics junkie? Saddle up for an “interesting” 2016 of podcast listening, no matter your political slant.
- Looking to leave your job and start your own thing? There are too many business/entrepreneur shows to count!
So seriously, if you’re not listening to a variety other podcasts, you’re missing out.
Here are some of my favorite non-running shows:
- Drunk Ex-Pastors: This is my new favorite podcast to listen to. This show is definitely not for everyone, and I don’t necessarily agree with everything that the hosts talk about, but this show is well worth taking a listen if the title sounds even a little bit intriguing to you.
- Podcast Junkies: It helps that the host (Harry Duran) is a personal friend of mine and that I’ve been a guest on his show, but I really love this podcast. Harry talks with other podcast hosts about not only their shows, but about them as people. When I was on, we not only talked about running and my show, but we talked about overall health, metaphors/cliches, goals, evolution, change… It was a lot of fun, and that’s what all of Harry’s shows are like.
- NPR Shows: Freakonomics, Planet Money, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Pop Culture Happy Hour, Science Friday, Ask Me Another, RadioLab & TED Radio Hour are (I think) all of the NPR shows that I subscribe to. And that is literally just the tip of the ice berg.
- The Fat Burning Man Show: Great health/fitness/food advice from a guy that really knows his stuff. He brings on great guests, and I’ve really learned a lot of things from listening to his show.
- The Solopreneur Hour: One of a handful of business shows I listen to. Lots of great resources for anyone looking to branch out on your own, start a side hustle, or find yourself out of a job and looking to be your own boss. I also like the free-flowing nature of this show, and have somewhat modeled my show after it.
And now for the running shows…
I honestly don’t listen to that many running podcast on the regular, but there are some really good running podcasts that I listen to at least semi-regularly.
- The Running Lifestyle Show: Kari (the host) was a guest on my show back in the early days of Diz Runs With, and we’ve definitely developed a friendship over the past year or two. I even drove up to Disney at 4 am one day to run with her for a couple of hours when she was down here on vacation!
- Running On Om: The most recent add to my subscribed list, I really enjoy the relaxed nature of this show.
- Ultra-Ordinary Running: Probably the one running podcast that I most regularly listen to, this show has 3 hosts that are all training to run a 100 mile ultra in the fall of 2016. They talk about their training, struggles, and the process of getting ready to race a distance that none of them have raced before.
- The Average Runner Podcast: Three guys that are all working men and fathers talking about how running fits into their lives. The title of this show really says it all.
Whether or not you’re listening to any of these shows or not, if you’re not already hooked on podcasts I can’t encourage you enough to dive in head first!
And here’s the thing, if you check out a show and decide you don’t like it, you don’t have to keep listening!
If you’re checking out a new show, I definitely recommend listening to a couple of episodes just to get better feel for the show as a whole, but if you don’t like a particular episode just skip it and move on.
And if you find a show really doesn’t hold your interest, just unsubscribe and pick something else!
Like I said at the top of the post, the options are virtually endless!
So the next time you’re getting ready for a long run/drive/day of working in the yard, make sure you’ve got several podcasts downloaded and ready to go and you’ll be good to go for hours!