I’ve always found podcasts to be a nice way to change up my music routine, learn something new and stay entertained out on the road. Whenever I need a break from binge listening to Scorpion or cruising along to Old Pine, I turn my attention over to the stories and interviews of the podcast world.

And it truly feels like another world where the options are endless. The podcasts below are currently on my rotating list because of their topics that leave me feeling physically, mentally and spiritually recharged and entertained.

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I was definitely late to the game on this incredibly entertaining podcast all about the internet. Self-described by Gimlet as an “exploration of modern life and how to survive it”, this podcast is totally relatable for anyone who really likes to spend time online. From someone’s journey to track down lost bitcoin to the latest episode on the private life of pet YouTube stars, every bit of this show feels like a meditation on the magic and horror of living with the internet now.

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Design Matters

I can’t tell you how much I Iove listening to this podcast. I’ve been listening to it for 4 years as a constant source of inspiration and reflection. Her list of guests include creatives like Alison Bechdel and Lisa Congdon, who talk about everything from cartoons to overcoming the feelings of imposter syndrome. The questions she asks her guests are thoughtful and you’ll learn something new just by listening in on her conversations.

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Dear Sugars

Where would a podcast list be without this staple?! On its last season, this one is sure to make you leave some sh$% out on the road, trail or wherever you’re running. Hosted by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, these two answer listeners questions about all the emotional, messy stuff that people don’t like to talk about. With episode titles like “Young & Isolated” or “Love & Money” — you can already tell why each one feels equally sensitive and easy to relate to.

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The Rich Roll Podcast

Author/speaker and vegan ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll’s incredible wellness podcast features interviews with the greatest minds of health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship and spirituality. This plant-powered podcast is perfect for everything from inspiration to recovery. Each episode is an intimate conversation over an hour or so long, making them perfect set on cruise during long runs.

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Tara Brach

Tara Brach’s podcast is like being on retreat while you run. From meditations to dharma talks, this podcast is a field guide to living a more aware and present life. With deep multi-episode talks to short meditations like Saying Yes to Life — there is something for every running distance.

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Wild Ideas Worth Living

Hosted by writer and storyteller Shelby Stanger, this podcast features interviews with people who love adventure and the outdoors. All about taking wild ideas and making them happen, this podcast will give you ideas on how to turn your own ideas into a reality.

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Like you, we’re always looking for podcast recommendations. We’d love to hear more about what you’re listening to out on your runs in the comment section below. 

 

Austin Bay
He grew up running on the trails near Lake Tahoe and went on to race on the Boston University Triathlon Team. You’ll now find him running 5ks, 10ks half and full marathons and hiking with his dog on the weekends.