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The Runner's World Show

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Hosted by RW Editor-in-Chief David Willey, The Runner’s World Show podcast brings listeners inside the runner’s world. The weekly mix includes stories of ordinary athletes doing extraordinary things, exclusive interviews with notable names in the sport, the latest from the experts on training, gear,… read more

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Episode 70: A Crazy Run

September 7th, 2017


What it takes to be a pro beer miler. We interview Lewis Kent to learn the secrets to running and chugging at such an impressive clip. (3:38)

A few Runner’s World staffers attempt to run an unofficial, …

Episode 69: Run Forever

August 31st, 2017


An inside look at what it takes to keep a race green. Digital Editor Chris Michel joins in on a ritual in which our colleague Warren Greene laces up …

Episode 68: Jeff Galloway

August 24th, 2017


First, we go deep on a topic that’s close to all runners—how to make yourself poop before a big race. That’s right, we chat with an expert to finally learn the best ways to reconcile your gut with race day. (01:32)

An …

Episode 67: Desiree Linden

August 17th, 2017


An interview with Olympic marathoner Desiree Linden. While recovering from a recent half marathon and in a bit of training lull, Desi shared some …

Episode 66: Air Force Tested

August 11th, 2017


Staffers Robert Reese and Christine Fennessy head to the Pentagon to take the Air Force Physical Fitness Test. The unusual opportunity provides them some surprising insight into their individual fitness regimes (plus an …

Episode 65: Run Your Best Fall Race

August 10th, 2017


This week it’s all about you with our fourth training roundtable. We bring our experts into the studio to answer all of your training and gear …

Episode 64: Running Through Grief

July 20th, 2017


An interview with Jordan Hasay, who this year at the Boston Marathon took third place in her marathon debut in 2:23:00. The race was an emotional one …

Episode 63: The Runner’s Heart

July 13th, 2017


This week, we have a very special show: a roundtable on the topic of heart health and running. With help from our experts, we try to address how good/bad running is for your heart and try to make sense of the headlines …

Episode 62: Beers, Burgers, and Running

July 6th, 2017


Noah Droddy discusses his breakthrough year of running in an interview—at a bar—with Runner’s World editor Kit Fox. They chat about everything from mustaches to the motivational mantra that pushed him to a half marathon …

Episode 61: Common Running Terms

June 29th, 2017


The staff at Runner’s World is supposed to be experts on running terminology. But to test this theory, we rounded up a few of our colleagues and …

Episode 60: The Secrets for Peak Performance

June 22nd, 2017


We tag along with one of our colleagues as he makes a final—desperate attempt—to heal his pain with the help of sports massage. (2:10)

Steve Magness, …

Episode 59: Deena, Dogs, and Shoes

June 16th, 2017


Elite marathoner and three-time Olympian Deena Kastor shares what may be the most critical element to her success: her mental game. (1:19)

Producer Christine Fennessy runs with the Dog Trotters program in Media, …

Episode 58: Kara Goucher

June 15th, 2017


Kara Goucher joins the show to talk about dealing with the worst injury she’s ever suffered, the highs and the still-very-emotional lows of her career, learning how to focus on what’s really important, and what it’s …

Episode 57: Nick Symmonds

June 8th, 2017


Nick Symmonds, a two-time Olympian, announced in January that he’ll retire at the end of 2017. But stepping off the track doesn’t mean he’ll be scaling back his athletic endeavors. Nick spoke with RW earlier this year …

Episode 56: Boston Bound?

June 1st, 2017


It's been a rocky journey, but David Willey has finally reached the starting line of the biggest race of his life. (:26)

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Episode 55: Lauren Fleshman

May 25th, 2017


Lauren Fleshman is a former pro runner, a true renaissance woman, and one of the most interesting, articulate, and motivating athletes in running. …

Episode 54: Finding a Competitive Edge

May 18th, 2017


The Runner’s World team heads to Pocono Raceway to see how NASCAR drivers and their crew members use running to give them a physical and mental boost on the track. (:30)

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Episode 53: The Almost 2-Hour Marathon

May 11th, 2017


A conversation on the Breaking2 run in Monza, Italy, doing a deep dive on one of the most fascinating marathons ever run and what it means for the sport and runners going forward. (:45)

The fifth installment in our …

Episode 52: Nike CEO Mark Parker

May 4th, 2017


An interview with Nike CEO and Chairman, Mark Parker. Back in March, editor-in-chief David Willey met Mark in his office at Nike HQ to discuss Nike’s Breaking2, and his own passion for the sport. (2:08)

Moms and …

Episode 51: Shalane Flanagan

April 27th, 2017


Olympian Shalane Flanagan discusses her love of the Boston Marathon, the integrity of the sport, and why she’s addicted to Dunkin’ Donuts. Plus, Shalane sticks around to take questions from our audience and tests her …

Episode 50: How to Train Your Best

April 20th, 2017


For our 50th episode, we’re devoting the entire show to answering your pressing training questions—from getting faster to how to train better in the heat. (0:24)

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Boston Bonus Episode

April 17th, 2017


Runner’s World goes to Boston every year for the marathon. We always hear so many great stories while we're there. In this special Marathon Monday bonus episode, our hope is that we can share a few of those stories with …

Episode 49: Kathrine Switzer

April 13th, 2017


An interview with Kathrine Switzer. This year, 2017, marks the 50th anniversary of her historic run as the first registered female to complete the Boston Marathon. In honor of the occasion, she’s running the race this …

Episode 48: Duel in the Sun

April 6th, 2017


A conversation from our archives. Legends Alberto Salazar and Dick Beardsley discuss their historic race at the 1982 Boston Marathon. The pair talks us through what they were thinking and feeling in the final miles of …

Episode 47: Running the Numbers With Jared Ward

March 30th, 2017


Jared Ward is a statistician, numbers geek, and and one of the best marathon runners in the world. After a year of stellar performances, he discusses how he plans to make the most out of his race at the 2017 Boston …

Episode 46: Help From the Team

March 23rd, 2017


The third installment in our series about Editor-in-Chief David Willey’s moonshot marathon quest—otherwise known as his attempt to finally qualify for the Boston Marathon. This episode we’re dealing with injuries, …

Episode 45: A Lifetime of Running

March 16th, 2017


Carolyn Mather has logged more lifetime miles than any other female runner—without even really knowing about it. We caught up with Carolyn to see how …

Episode 44: Testing the Limits

March 9th, 2017


The latest on Nike’s Breaking2 project—the company’s quest to help three of the world’s best athletes run a sub two-hour-marathon. We take a deep look at Nike’s recent half marathon test run in Monza, Italy, along with …

Episode 43: Eating Disorders and Running

March 2nd, 2017


Do you eat to run, or run to eat? This week we have roundtable discussion on a very important topic: disordered eating and eating disorders in running. (:35)

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Episode 42: Breaking the Mold

February 23rd, 2017


An interview with Mirna Valerio, who at 245 pounds doesn’t necessarily conform to the conventional idea of what a runner should look like. But the …

Episode 41: Dreaming Big

February 16th, 2017


Matt Llano, a 2:12 marathoner, talks about why he sets lofty goals and isn’t afraid to go public with them. (2:22)

The second installment in our series about Editor-in-Chief David Willey’s moonshot marathon—otherwise …

Episode 40: Love on the Run

February 9th, 2017


Amelia Boone, one of the toughest women in obstacle course racing and ultrarunning, talks about how her fiercely competitive nature has fueled her …

Episode 39: Running Strong

February 2nd, 2017


Dr. Jordan Metzl, a nationally recognized sports medicine physician, author of the Workout Prescription, and creator of the IronStrength Workout DVD, shares how he has become an evangelist of sorts—for prescribing …

Episode 38: Moonshot

January 26th, 2017


Runner’s World Editor-in-Chief David Willey starts his journey to complete a lifelong goal as a runner—qualify for the Boston Marathon. With the help of the same team at Nike guiding the best runners in the world to run …

Episode 37: Peter Sagal

January 19th, 2017


Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s news quiz, Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me, joins the show to talk about the boom in audio (and podcasts), his own running career, and how the sport helped during his toughest year ever. (2:06)

We go …

Episode 16: Running Clean

January 17th, 2017


When Keith Giroux decided to run the Boston Marathon he had a number of logistical hurdles to overcome. For starters, he hadn't run a qualifying race. In fact he'd never run any formal race ever. Then there was the …

Episode 36: Life at the Back of the Pack

January 12th, 2017


Writer and Sub-30 Club founder Ted Spiker shares how he is so amazed that his simple goal of breaking 30 minutes in a 5K turned into one of the most positive running groups around. Plus, his longtime struggle with …

Episode 35: New Year, New You

December 29th, 2016

  • Want to run your best in 2017? Our expert roundtable of Executive Editor Tish Hamilton, Training Director Budd Coates, and Chief Running Officer Bart …

Episode 34: The Spartan Way

December 22nd, 2016


Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race, discusses what drives him to push himself—and others—to their absolute limits. (1:57)

Want to try …

Episode 33: Breaking the 2-Hour Marathon

December 15th, 2016


A behind-the-scenes look at Nike’s audacious attempt to break one of the most formidable barriers in running—the sub-two-hour marathon. We hear from …

Episode 32: A Healthy Running Life

December 8th, 2016


Andrea Barber of Netflix’s Fuller House talks about how her transformation into a runner caught her by surprise given sports weren’t really her thing …

Episode 31: Running and Literature

December 1st, 2016


An interview with Roger Robinson, an author, journalist, professor emeritus of literature, running historian, longtime contributor to Runner’s World, and a competitive masters runner. (3:16)

Plus, we explore the …

Episode 30: Dominate the Trail

November 17th, 2016


Ultrarunner Karl Meltzer discusses how he broke the Appalachian Trail thru-hike record, something he’s been chasing for nearly a decade. (1:56)

Learn how to run better off-road with pro tips from an experienced—and …

Episode 29: Running Off 200 Pounds

November 10th, 2016


Josh LaJaunie and Eileen Moon, our 2016 Cover Search winners, talk with Editor-in-Chief David Willey about how the sport has impacted their lives, and how they strive to help others as well. (2:21)

In the Kick, we recap …

Episode 13: Bravo

November 8th, 2016


A few years ago, Don Bravo was “one WrestleMania buffet” away from weighing 400 pounds. After his doctor warned that his weight would shorten his …

Episode 28: Running While Female

November 3rd, 2016


A roundtable discussion between Runner's World editors, experts, and regular runners about the various forms of harassment women face while running, …

Episode 27: Run to Remember

October 27th, 2016


Lisa Hallet, founder of Wear Blue: Run to Remember, speaks about how running gave her—and many of her fellow military spouses—a sense of control at a …

Episode 12: Villains and Vigilantes

October 25th, 2016


In April 2015, a viral post on Facebook about the Boston Marathon kicked off a wave of controversy. In this week’s episode, we explore how that …

Episode 26: Dean Karnazes

October 20th, 2016


Dean Karnazes, legendary ultrarunner and author, discusses how he became a runner, his latest book (The Road to Sparta), and some of his most …

Episode 25: Guiding Principals

October 13th, 2016


We’ve got a bonus piece from this week’s Human Race episode, “Bright Eyes.” In this segment, blind runner Anthony Butler and his running guide Kate Dixon talk about how they navigate the intricate act of running as one.

Episode 24: The Healing Power of Running

October 6th, 2016


Writer Kristin Armstrong discusses how she balances life as a mother, friend, and grad student while also finding the joy in her running life. (2:50)

We bring you the final part of Project Build Strength, otherwise known …

Episode 23: Running Comedy

September 15th, 2016


Editor-in-chief David Willey talks with comedian Liz Miele about how running keeps her sane, and stokes her funny. (2:10)

Producer Christine Fennessy gets the lowdown from training editor Meghan Kita on why runners …

Episode 22: Bart Yasso

September 8th, 2016


Bart Yasso, the Mayor of Running, talks about his 40 years as a runner, his 29 years working at Runner’s World, his hard-won training tips, and how much has changed in the sport. (1:45)

Shalane Flanagan and her coauthor …

Episode 21: Run Your Best Marathon

September 1st, 2016

  • Want to run your first (or fastest) marathon? Our expert roundtable of Executive Editor Tish Hamilton, training director Budd Coates, and Chief …

Episode 20: Another Mother Runner and Treadmills

August 25th, 2016


Another Mother Runner cofounders Dimity McDowell Davis and Sarah Bowen Shea share why their community of runners resonates with so many women across the country. (2:07)

Some Runner’s World editors share their best …

Episode 19: Meb Keflezighi

August 18th, 2016


Marathoner Meb Keflezghi shares his Olympic memories and how it feels to be running in his fourth Games at 41 years old. (2:05)

We take you on the …

Episode 18: Shalane Flanagan and Frank Shorter

August 11th, 2016


Shalane Flanagan discusses how, after a super strong start to the Olympic Marathon Trials this past February, things unraveled—fast—and what she’s done to feel strong heading into the marathon at the Olympics in Rio.

Episode 17: Rio 2016

August 4th, 2016

  • Alexi Pappas talks with reporter Kit Fox talks about her Olympic buildup has been anything but ordinary. Alexi also talks about why, as a Greek …

Episode 16: Team Red, White & Blue

July 28th, 2016

  • Blayne Smith from Team Red, White & Blue discusses his combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, his difficulty returning to civilian life, and …

Episode 15: Upgrade Your Running Routine

July 21st, 2016


Marathon Training Academy podcast creators, Trevor and Angie Spencer, offer training advice and motivation to thousands of listeners in an effort to make them the best runner possible. Trevor and Angie also shared their …

Episode 14: Find a Balanced Running Life

July 14th, 2016


Olympian Deena Kastor discusses some the amazing highs of her running career and the challenging lows—and how she got through them. And while Deena is still an elite masters runner, she also shares how she balances life …

Episode 13: The Legend of Pre

July 7th, 2016


Why Steve Prefontaine still matters today, including an excerpt from Shoe Dog, the memoir from Nike cofounder Phil Knight. Then we have a conversation with Frank Shorter, one of Pre’s closest friends and competitors in …

Episode 12: Finding a Competitive Edge

June 30th, 2016


How NASCAR drivers and their crew members have started to use running to give them a physical and mental boost on the track. (1:30) In the Kick, editor Sarah Lorge Butler and reporter Kit Fox discuss the big storylines, …

Episode 11: An Icon Talks Fear

June 17th, 2016


Editor-in-Chief David Willey talks with Amby Burfoot about his start in running, being tailed by rival Bill Clark before Burfoot’s 1968 Boston Marathon win, and the race that means the most to him today. (3:10) After a …

Episode 10: Air Force Tested

June 10th, 2016


We head to the Pentagon to take the Air Force Physical Fitness Test. The unusual opportunity provides them some surprising insight into their individual fitness regimes. (1:15)In the Kick, editor Sarah Lorge Butler and …

Episode 5: Unknown Legend

June 8th, 2016


For over 20 years, the so-called World’s Longest Urinal was a New York City Marathon institution. At the height of its glory, it was an astonishing …

Episode 9: Running With Dogs

June 2nd, 2016


The Dog Trotters program at Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania, pairs high-energy canines with runners to help them get adopted. Editor Christine Fennessy goes for a run with program coordinator, Adria …

Episode 4: Trapped

May 31st, 2016


A series of unfortunate (and hilarious) events just minutes before the start of one of the world’s most prestigious races. This week’s episode is a …

Episode 8 - Running in China

May 26th, 2016


Editor-in-Chief David Willey talks with Executive Editor Tish Hamilton about his recent trip to China, and how the country's running culture mirrors …

Episode 3: Sylvia

May 24th, 2016


Sylvia Weiner is a prolific runner. She’s 85 years old, and she estimates that over the course of her running career she’s completed somewhere near …

Episode 7: Master the Mental Game

May 18th, 2016


Deena Kastor, elite marathoner and three-time Olympian, shares what may be the most critical element to her success: her mental game. (1:30) Tish Hamilton, our Executive Editor, runs to live; this summer, she's going to …

Episode 6: Big Inspiration

May 12th, 2016


Juli Windsor and John Young, the little people marathoners we first featured in the story, “Big,” in our April 2014 issue, share their story. (1:00) …

Episode 5: The Life of Bart

May 3rd, 2016


Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso joins the show. Otherwise known as the Mayor of Running, Bart talks about his crazy travel schedule, the disease …

Episode 4: The Motivating Power of November Project

April 27th, 2016


We head out to a November Project workout along with 250 or so of the closest friends you never knew you had. Editors Katie Neitz and Brian Dalek explain why all that suffering and support is so darn good for you. …

Episode 3: Why You Should Set Some Crazy Running Goals

April 19th, 2016


David Willey talks with Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon, about his amazing running life. (1:00) Training and Races Editor Meghan Kita recounts her story of overcoming fatigue by going for a …

Episode 2: Pioneers, Innovators, and Performers

April 12th, 2016


Roberta Gibb was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, and this year’s event marks the 50th anniversary of her historic achievement. We talk to Gibb and to RW contributing editor Amby Burfoot, who wrote about …

Episode 1: Ryan and Sara Hall's Busy Lives, Obsession with the Sky

April 6th, 2016


Site Director Chris Kraft explains his obsession with the sky, and the unusual stuff he sees up there during his (very) early morning runs. (1:00) Nutrition Editor Heather Mayer Irvine gives the lowdown on midrun fuel. …

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