Favorite running podcasts
Looking for something to listen to while you log all those miles? I listen to a number of podcasts from NPR, ESPN and others. But these are some of my favorite running-related podcasts:
RunIowa podcast is produced by Rob Lindquist and David Kaeding, a couple of western Iowa runners. They cover all sorts of running subjects and generally include a race of the week, a tip of the week and more. Even if you’re not from Iowa, you’ll find something informative and entertaining in this podcast. Plus they interviewed me about ultrarunning in one episode! Their Facebook page can be found here, and the podcast can be found on iTunes here or many other aggregators. You can also follow them on Twitter: @RunIowa.
Ultrarunnerpodcast.com is produced by Eric Schranz, a California ultrarunner. He interviews the stars and studs of ultrarunning — plus he offers his thoughts on the best craft beers. On the website, you’ll find a daily update of ultrarunning news and lots of other useful information. If you need something to keep you entertained while logging your training miles, give this fun podcast a try. It can be found here: http://ultrarunnerpodcast.com/
Marathon Training Academy is produced by a southern Missouri couple, Angie and Trevor Spencer. It offers useful training advice, race reports and more. It’s very well done and a good listen. The link is: http://marathontrainingacademy.com/
Endurance Planet actually offers several different podcasts on nutrition, fitness, medical advice and ultrarunning. My favorite is the ultrarunning podcast, which is hosted by Tawnee Prazak and features ultrarunner Tim Waggoneer, aka Lucho. The pair also team up for a podcast called Ask the Coaches, which focuses on triathlon coaching but also touches on many running subjects. And I like the podcasts that feature questions that are answered by two different doctors. All of these podcasts can be found at: http://www.enduranceplanet.com/
Englishman Ian Corless hosts the bi-weekly Talk Ultra. The show has a distinctly European or global perspective, but there are plenty of Americans featured, too. The show manages to nail interviews with all of the top ultrarunners from around the world. It runs a bit on the long side — about 3 hours — but if you want to hear from the world’s best, this is the place to go. The podcast can be found as part of his web site at: http://iancorless.org/podcast/
McMillan Running Calculator
What pace should you use for your workouts? What is a good goal time for your race? The McMillan Running Calculator is a useful tool to determine these paces and finish times. Find it at this link: http://www.mcmillanrunning.com/index.php/calcUsage/calculate
This website compiles race results from around the country into one site, allowing you to track all your results in one place. It also displays your results in several different ways, making it easier to analyze your results. It’s amazing the race results that this site has already compiled. Any big race that you’ve already run is likely in their database.
Find the site at this link: http://athlinks.com/
Run My Route — How Far Was That?
There are a number of web sites that can help you plan a running route — Map My Run, Endomondo, USATF and many others. But RunMyRoute.com has some of the better features for planning a run, and you don’t have to become a member of the site to use the program.
Find it at this link: http://runmyroute.com/
Three different calculators to help you determine time, distance and pace.
Find it at this link: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/4/4_1/96.shtml
This website lists most marathons across the country and features a number of helpful runner reviews of the races. It also posts news on many of the races.
Find it at this link: http://www.marathonguide.com/
Online Running Retailers
These are two of the largest online running retailers:
And this is one of the few places I have found that keeps a good insole with a metatarsal pad (good for those with Morton’s neuroma).
And this is the specific insole I recommend if you have Morton’s neuroma: