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11 podcasts you need to know

11 podcasts you need to know
11 podcasts you need to know

I love listening to podcasts in the morning when I get ready for work, when I am out for long walks on the seawall, walking to work, and while I am cleaning and meal prepping. 

Whether it is listening to a casual conversation, a ultra-marathon race recap, how to run a successful online business, or a thought-provoking interview with an industry expert, I always learn something new.

Here are 11 of my favourite podcasts:


Marathon Training Academy

Husband and wife team Trevor and Angie are the voices behind Marathon Training Academy. The podcast “was started in 2010 to inspire and empower everyday people to live healthier lives and achieve fitness goals by unleashing their marathon potential.” Their motto is run a marathon, change your life. Trevor makes bad jokes and Angie hilariously shuts him down. Their conversation is easy with the people they interview. I enjoy the variety of topics they cover: interviews with industry experts; race recaps as Angie works to run a race in every state or conquer a new distance; helpful running tips; and interviews with “everyday” runners.

New episodes: weekly or biweekly on Thursday’s.

Another Mother Runner

While I’m likely not their target audience (mother runners), I do enjoy listening to this weekly, easy-listening podcast. Sarah, Dimiti, and other entertaining mother runners co-host the podcast and cover “the gamut of topics helpful to women who run.” Podcasts are a mix of conversations among mother runners and interviews with experts. Regardless, the hosts do a great job in relating advice back to the “everyday runner”, ensuring information is easy to digest and implement in your running and everyday life. Recent topics include: interview with author Matt Fitzgerald on mental fitness; tips for summer running; training recaps; heart-rate training; and “ordinary” mother runners training for the Olympic trials.

New episodes: weekly on Friday’s

Running On Om

Hosted by Julia Hanlon, a yoga teacher and runner, Running On Om explores the mind, body, and spirit connection. Julia interviews ultra-runners accomplishing incredible feats, holistic health pioneers, and yogis. Her voice is calming and I love her positive, but realistic and honest outlook on life. My favourite podcast episodes are her monthly Q&A series with Lauren Fleshman: Ask Lauren Fleshman.

New episodes: weekly on Sunday’s

I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein Podcast

A relatively new podcaster, Lindsey Hein is an accomplished runner and running coach. Each episode Lindsey interviews different friends, athletes, entrepreneurs, and non-profit and business leaders who are motivating and inspiring. While running usually comes up, the podcast conversations are “light and funny, with a side of serious.”

New episodes: weekly on Friday’s

RunnersConnect Run to the Top Podcast

If you are in the mood for a more formal interview style and scientifically-driven running information, RunnersConnect Run to the Top is a good choice. Hosted by elite British runner Tina Muir, the goal is to “introduce you to the doers and thinkers in the running world, whose training concepts, depth of knowledge, and stories are so powerful that just hearing them will change the way you approach your running and training.” Recent topics include: exhaustion and its impact on running performance; interviews with Strava founder and trail runner Ellie Greenwood; and how to change your perspective on pain.

New episodes: weekly on Monday’s or Tuesday’s



The Ultimate Health Podcast

Hosted by holistic health champions Dr. Jesse Chappus and Toronto culinary nutritionist Marni Wasserman, I have listened to this podcast from the beginning. Their goal is to take listeners’ health to the next level and to help you reach your maximum potential. They cover a range of topics, including: nutrition, superfoods, fitness, meditation, and spirituality. Recent guests include: Huffington Post co-founder Ariana Huffington on the importance of sleep; Dr. Joel Kahn on the Paleo vs. Low-Fat Vegan Diets; and Nutritionist Meghan Telpner on building your online business.

New episodes: weekly on Tuesday’s

The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

Years ago, Lewis became injured while playing professional football. Since then, he has gone on to build a multi-million dollar online media company. The episodes center around personal development, leadership and self-improvement, as Lewis interviews successful entrepreneurs, Glee stars, elite athletes, musicians, health experts, and more.

New episodes: two new episodes weekly (1 with a guest and 1 Lewis alone) 

The Rich Roll Podcast

Athlete and author Rich Roll takes his time to interview guests – many of the podcast episodes are over 2 hours long. So unsurprisingly, the podcast episodes are comparable to deep and intimate conversations, versus formal interviews. Each week, Rich “delves deep into all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward thinking, paradigm busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship & spirituality.” The guests are similar to those heard on the Ultimate Health podcast or the School of Greatness. Recent episodes include conversations with: Colin O’Brady (Grand Slam World Record Holder, scaling the highest mountain on each of the 7 continents and treks to the North and South Poles) and Robin Arzon (ultra-marathoner and author of Shut Up and Run).

New episodes: weekly on Sunday’s



The Lively Show

Host Jess Lively believes “that by living from values-based intentions we can access the peace, joy, and fulfillment within ourselves.” The Lively Show reflects just that and this podcast “is designed to uplift, inspire, and help you add a little extra intention to your everyday.” Topics include: personal habits, relationships, career, entrepreneurship, and online business. Sometimes, I find the emphasis on values-based intentions and flow a bit much, but generally I really enjoy listening to Jess’s conversations with guests. Currently, she is travelling throughout Europe and reflecting on her solo, unplanned travels.

New episodes: weekly on Thursday’s

Here To Make Friends

I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I have been sucked into watching the Bachelorette this season! But I have also started to listening to the hilarious, sarcastic, snarky, and light-hearted Here To Make Friends: a bachelor recap podcast. As the hosts aptly say, “whether you love The Bachelor, or love to hate it, you will enjoy their witty discussion about this reality show and what it reveals about the world of dating.” They usually have former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants as guest podcasters, who offer behind-the-scenes “secrets.” The hosts end the podcast with feminism fails: rating terribly sexist moments from the most recent episode of the Bachelor or Bachelorette, on a scale of 1-5.

New episodes: weekly on Tuesday’s

Budgets and Cents

In an effort to become a grown-up, I’ve recently started adhering to a stricter budget and better tracking my expenses. Listening to Budgets and Cents couldn’t have come at a better time! In the past few years, hosts Cait Flanders and Carrie Smith “have paid off nearly $45,000 of debt, gotten rid of most of their belongings and quit their jobs to work for themselves.” Carrie is based in the US, while Cait lives in nearby Victoria, British Columbia. Their approach to money and budgeting is relatable and non-intimidating, yet they make clear the larger impact proper budgeting has on the rest of your life. The first season focused on more budget and money-related topics, while the second season is exploring topics related to minimalism, freelancing, and working for yourself.

New episodes: weekly on Monday’s

Honourable Mentions

Endurance Planet: Podcasts related to endurance sports including ultra-running, cycling, triathlons, and adventure racing.

The Model Health Show: Shawn Stevenson breaks down complex health issues and makes them easy to understand and overcome. Nutrition, exercise, fitness, health, and lifestyle, no subject is off limits.

Ginger Runner Live: weekly talk show where The Ginger Runner (Ethan Newberry) talks about all things racing, training & beer. Trail-runners, ultra-marathoners, and North American race recaps are featured.

The Smart Passive Income Podcast: weekly interviews, strategy, and advice for building your online business.

What podcasts are you listening to lately?


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