If you’re looking for that little extra boost when you’re training for that next half or full marathon, a Seattle DJ and Spokane native might have the answer: music. John Richards, DJ and Associate Program Director at Seattle’s legendary radio station, KEXP FM, has been making podcasts to aid runners in their training as a way to mix two of his passions. So far, Richards has produced three podcasts to help runners train, compete and enjoy the miles.

Richards is a recreational runner; he says he started running in the 5th grade to impress a girl. “From the very first run, I realized that this was both a challenge, mentally and physically, but also really helped me in both those areas as well,” says Richards. “Anyone who runs, trains, or exercises in general usually has music on, and that becomes such an important part of your experience, and in most cases can make or break that activity.” So, he decided to create a music and inspiration podcast for runners.

Richards came up with the podcast idea when he was training for a marathon. He put his idea into action after his second son was born and he was trying to get his mind and body in line. Eventually his wife joined him in training. The music helped them as they weaved their training in between work, kids, and school.

When developing the list of songs, Richards went through the music he played over the last few years on his show and picked the best vibes to offer runners. He wanted it to include both music and inspirational talk to keep people going on their runs. “I hope people dig this and it inspires them to keep running or even start running,” he says.

Check out the sidebar for a look at the tunes you can expect from Volume 1. There are currently three and more on the way. Download the podcasts and listen to other KEXP programs at: Kexp.org.

Tracklist for “Runner Powered Podcast,” Volume 1

  1. Lord Huron – Time To Run
  2. Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running
  3. Augustines – Cruel City
  4. Beat Connection – In the Water
  5. Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner
  6. Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built
  7. The Moondoggies – Changing (Live on KEXP)
  8. The Lonely Forest – I Don’t Want To Live There
  9. Pickwick – Hacienda Motel
  10. Fitz & The Tantrums – Breakin’ the Chains of Love
  11. Frightened Rabbit – Swim til You Can’t See Land
  12. Helio Sequence – Keep Your Eyes Ahead
  13. Django Django – Hail Bop
  14. Luscious Jackson – Are You Ready
  15. Lucius – Turn It Around
  16. Washed Out – Don’t Give Up //

(Mark Bjerkestrand)