Episode 29Lets Talk:
The Best of 2020, a Run Wave Recap
In this episode of The Run Wave Podcast, Kim is recapping 2020’s best moments on the show including giving a follow up on guests that were featured this year, an update on the Ahmaud Arbery case, NYRR, Atlanta Track Club, Mid Strike Magazine, and more!
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[00:00:27] 2020 was a year that I don’t think any of us will ever forget. So let’s talk all things that went down in running this year and the future of The Run Wave Podcast coming up.
[00:00:46] forever going to be my favorite. Hey everybody. Welcome back to another episode of The Run Wave Podcast. I am your host Kim. If this is your first time listening, [00:01:00] welcome to the family. I am so happy that you are here. If you are a return listener. Welcome back. I so appreciate your loyalty throughout this 2020 craziness that we have been going through.
[00:01:13] This episode is basically going to be a wrap up of all things that went down on The Run Wave in 2020. Now, when I started this podcast, It wasn’t planned. I just woke up one day and said, I want to start a podcast. And it went into motion. I asked a couple people, you know, about hosts that I can use. I ended up doing my own thing with that and, you know, got advice on my artwork, which I ended up changing later down the line anyway.
[00:01:45] But you know, The Run Wave was never like a plan out. Thing. It’s always been like spurred a moment. I don’t plan out my episodes months in advance. If I see something happening in running that I want to talk about, I talk about [00:02:00] it. That’s what this podcast is for. I started this podcast to talk about things that runners we talk about together in our little groups, but we don’t talk about on a wide scale.
[00:02:12] So when I first recorded those four episodes, On March 8th in a New York city hotel room. My plan was to record a few episodes with different new Yorkers every month, air those for the month and repeat that cycle every single month. And it didn’t quite end up. That way, you know, I also wanted to, I, I travel a lot to run, so I was going to go to different cities and chat with those runners in different cities as well.
[00:02:43] So w it was, it wasn’t meant to only be a New York podcast, but I’m in New York and I know a lot of runners in New York, so that’s, that was the basis of this show, but then COVID hit and. The show went in a whole other direction and I’m just, I’m actually not [00:03:00] mad at it because I got to interview a ton of people that I would have never thought to chat with.
[00:03:07] Otherwise, I got to talk about a lot of topics that were never even on my radar to discuss on this show. I only wanted to talk with real runners about happenings in the running community. So 2020. Was a complete disaster, but it also turned out to be a blessing for me and this little runway podcast, because you know, people are tuning in and people are listening and talking about the show and I’m happy that I get to contribute my small part to this sport of amateur running that.
[00:03:45] Is it even the amateur running is probably more like recreation running because we paid it run. Right. We’re not getting paid to run. Most of us are paying to run. So, you know, it’s just nice for me to have been able to talk about this recreational sport of [00:04:00] running that we have all grown to know and to love.
[00:04:04] I had the opportunity to interview quite a few interesting people in 2020 from. Similar and different backgrounds. So my first episode of the show was with Ronald Joseph. That show is entitled, cocky, fast, long distance runners. And just, it’s a quick catch up with Ron. He’s still cocky. He’s still fast and he’s still running long distances by rod has taken his talents to the West coast.
[00:04:37] Ron has relocated to San Diego. So this lifelong new Yorker is now on the West coast pounds in the pavement. Out there. If you follow him on Instagram, he’s still a ho you either love Ron or you hate Ron. But to get to know, Ron is to love Ron because he tells it like it is, he keeps [00:05:00] it 100% real on my last episode about the RRC.
[00:05:04] He said, if you don’t have. A USTA coaching certificate. You don’t have anything paraphrasing them. That cracked me up because the Raj is care. He keeps it real all the time. And those are the kind of people that I like, people that keep it real. And that is definitely Ron Josias. So he is out in San Diego.
[00:05:25] Now he’s not terrorized in the New York running community anymore. He’s out there getting his local legends status on Strava, which is dope. This little local legend thing, or Strava is a hoot to me. Cause I’ll never be a local legend. Right. But I’m going to hit some routes in my neighborhood that I think no one else has hit, so I can get local legend status too.
[00:05:47] Don’t tell anybody, but yeah. Kudos to Ron for making the move to the West coast. That’s awesome. And yeah. I wish him much success and, Oh, he does. I know he’s going to be hitting a lot of first place [00:06:00] tapes out there and. You know, just continuing to do his thing and wishing you all the best. Ronald Joseph, my first guest on The Run Wave Podcast next up on episode three of the show, I had a man’s at Addison and that show was entitled runners, turn triathletes.
[00:06:18] And Amanda is my girl. You know, we met a couple of years ago, um, through our running club and we became fast friends. And throughout this pandemic, I mean, Amanda got me back. On my bike. I hadn’t biked in forever. She had my butt out there hurting, but I was out there biking and she’s been a great friend throughout this pandemic.
[00:06:41] And she, her show was runners, turn triathletes, but Amanda has transitioned into a photographer. She’s still running, you know, still working out, but she has been doing her thing on the photography front. So check her out. Her Instagram is. A pariah shot it. So it’s a F a [00:07:00] R I a H S H O T I T. And if you notice The Run Wave had a mini makeover a couple months ago, Amanda shot that cover photo of me for The Run Wave Podcast.
[00:07:13] So thank you so much, Amanda. Keep doing what you’re doing, make sure you check out her Instagram because she’s been following all of the protests. All summer long is her footage has been amazing. Um, chronicling what has been going on in this crazy country that we live in. So definitely check her out and.
[00:07:36] She’s one of the runners that are just branching out and doing other things. And I am so proud of her. So thank you again, Amanda, for being one of my first guests on the show on episode 11 of the show, I had my girl Harris. Small from London on. And I love when I get to chat with people across the pond, because their accents are just so [00:08:00] mesmerizing and Harriet is still in London, still out there doing her thing.
[00:08:04] She is a comms manager in London, and you should follow her on Twitter because her Twitter is it’s captivating and check out her Instagram stories as well. She’s just, she’s so smart. And she. She’s doing what she loves to do and just her content is so thought provoking and she’s just a good account and a person, if you can be friends with her in London, but she’s a good account to follow on Instagram.
[00:08:36] So heart IgG is Harriet. Smallies. H a R R I E T S M a L L I E S. Go ahead and give her a follow and tell her that Kim from The Run Waves sent you. Thank you again, Harriet for being on the show. On episode 12 of the podcast, I had Karen Allen [00:09:00] and that show was entitled running and politics. So Karen was running for a local office in his city of East New York, Brooklyn.
[00:09:10] Unfortunately he didn’t. Yeah. When, um, PR I think due to low voter tone are people just do not vote these days. And it’s, it’s baffling to me why people don’t exercise their right to vote because he just would have been a great addition to. The state Senate in New York, he is just a young, um, active voice.
[00:09:35] He is so active in his community. And I, he is one of the people on Instagram that I look forward to their posts because he’s just always doing something positive, doing something that’s gonna help improve his community. So, uh, make sure you go and follow Karen Allen. He is. He’s just dope. And I know in the future, we’re going to see Karen and political office.
[00:09:59] He’s [00:10:00] gonna go above the state Senate. Karen might be the mayor of New York city, the governor who knows, but kudos to Karen Allen. I wish you nothing but success. I know you are going to be a rising star on a political scene, and I can’t wait to see what is to come from you in the future. Thank you again to Karen for being on The Run Wave Podcast.
[00:10:23] On episode 15 of the show, I had Don Yetta Edwards and the title of that show was runners branching out into content creation. And if you heard that show, Don Yetta have like a viral video on Tik TOK. I had like a million views and you know, that crossover to her Instagram and her. Her IgE blew up. She has a ton of followers now, but what good came out of that episode when I was down in Atlanta, visiting my mother, me and Diane, yet I got to do that interview in person and we just vibe so much.
[00:10:59] We, we [00:11:00] met plenty of times before, throughout, you know, throughout the years and, and running community, but that’s really the first time that we sat down and really had a conversation and we just had a crazy vibe going on and that led us to. Started a podcast together called late twins experience. And that podcast is like the total opposite of this one.
[00:11:20] You know, I’m able to let loose, you know, we do a lot of customer mass show. We do a lot of talking about, you know, what’s going on and pop culture, things that piss us off on the internet for the week. So if you’re interested in seeing another side of Kim and you want to get to know Don Yetta, Definitely check out that podcast is called Les twins experience L E twins experience.
[00:11:45] You can find us on Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, Apple, Pandora, all of that, and make sure you check out Don Yetta. Her Instagram is the Yetta D Y E T T a. So [00:12:00] shout out to my twin. Thank you for being on The Run Wave Podcasts and great things came out of that and great things are to come. Thanks, Daniela. Well, I talked about quite a few topics on the show this year.
[00:12:14] Some of. Uttermost importance that needed to be talked about, um, others that were funny and just some things that just needed to be said about certain companies that people were just keeping to quiet about. Oh, first up I did a two part series called running wild black. I actually collaborated with some other podcast hosts on this one and we had guests on the show as well to talk about the topic the topic came about from the.
[00:12:45] Ruthless murder of a mod or Bree while he was out jogging in Georgia. And just an update on the Ahmad or Bree case. Um, as of November 13th, his two [00:13:00] murderers, Travis and Gregory McMichael were denied bail again. So they are still sitting. In a jail cell and there accomplice, whose name is William Rottie.
[00:13:11] Brian. He is also still sitting in jail. He was denied bail as well, although they haven’t gone to trial yet. It just gives me a little bit of hope that the justice system is not totally broken. Or though we know that it is, but at least these animals are in jail and not home, you know, lollygagging about.
[00:13:35] For killing a mod or Brie senselessly, because he should still be here. And I think that case hit home for so many of us runners, especially because he was he’s black. He was a young man. I have a young son that could have been my son out running and getting killed for no apparent reason. [00:14:00] So, you know, I just hope that, you know, I’m guilty of this as well.
[00:14:04] I know a lot of us are, but let’s keep using the hashtag. I run with mud. I know we were doing it, you know, running for his birthday and we did it a little bit after and we stopped doing it. And that happens, you know, we forget about. Things that don’t directly affect us, but let’s continue to use that.
[00:14:25] Hashtag contribute to, you know, getting, keeping these criminals off of the street. And, you know, let’s just do our part as runners and come together as a running community to keep his name alive. And God let’s just hope that these animals get convicted and. Right and jail for the rest of their life for killing this poor boy.
[00:14:51] Also, in that case, the district attorney, uh, Joe Yetta homes, she was actually defeated in the last election. [00:15:00] So there’s now a democratic district attorney who is coming in Flynn Brody, and he has promised to prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law. So, yeah. We will be watching closely what goes down with the Amod Aubrey case.
[00:15:17] Hopefully, you know, when they do go to trial, hopefully they cop a plea. And they go to jail for like 25, 30 years, but I don’t think that’s happening, but if they do go to trial, hopefully, you know, it’s, uh, a fair trial and they get their adjusts to rest in peace to a motto. Abrey next step I talked about this whole runner’s world cover controversy.
[00:15:42] And if you remember, it was, I’d say mid to late June, early July, that. People were putting themselves on the cover. Photoshop covers of runners were a magazine because runner’s world was just so white. And the title of that episode, episode [00:16:00] 14 was runner’s world. So white, but are you really surprised and why do you care?
[00:16:06] And as of today I still don’t care. I mean, It baffled me why people of color will put themselves on a magazine that barely put any one on their magazine that looked like you, you know, I mentioned in that episode that I had a free subscription, so runners world, but I had never paid for it because, because it was so white runners bro was so white.
[00:16:33] They was like, no people of color on that magazine. So. Renault’s Bora was really out of sight out of mind for me. If I didn’t see those covers coming up on, you know, my feet, I would have never heard even known or cared what was going on with runner’s world magazine. So, yeah, actually let’s see what’s going on with winter squirrel today.
[00:16:54] Cause I haven’t really followed up to see how. Their Instagram looks or how their [00:17:00] covers are going. And y’all know I’m going to record this and I’m going to put it up on the screen right here, so you can see it right along with me. Okay. Let’s see. That’s open the first post. Uh, it’s up a little boy and he’s pushing a Walker.
[00:17:17] Now I’m on their Instagram, by the way, the next post is a white Santa’s. Next post is a gentleman. I dunno, he’s in the store in front of his truck. I don’t know his nationality. He’s racially, white woman running white woman running a shirt, white woman running this woman looks of Asian descent, white woman running a black pregnant woman running.
[00:17:47] Uh, Black lives matter. Posts, white women running white women, running a black club out of Milwaukee, running fear, Milwaukee, [00:18:00] Asian woman ringing a bell to white people, a diversity and running posts. Another white woman, none of the diversity and running pros, white woman, white woman, white people, black person.
[00:18:19] Runners joined the movement. You know what I’m done? I still don’t care. I just don’t care. I don’t know why y’all care. I don’t care. They could have, they could drop as many black people on that cover as they want. I still don’t care. Runner’s world is not getting a cent for me. There’s the last I’m going to mention runner’s world on this show.
[00:18:39] They’re not getting any more promotion from me by runner’s world magazine. Now what came about from that runner’s world controversy. I’ve just mentioned runners world again, when I shouldn’t have, but episode 17 of The Run Wave Podcast, which came out July 30th, introduce [00:19:00] mid strike magazine. To the world.
[00:19:03] Mitch drag magazine is the first diverse running magazine and it isn’t digital magazine and it’s a Bude around that time. And I was so happy that I had the opportunity to interview the founder of the magazine, Jesse, on the show. I’m not going to say as Instagram because he, he, he likes to be shy. If you DME I’ll tell you, but it was nice that I got to sit down with the founder of the magazine and ask him how the magazine came up out.
[00:19:33] Because we, if you think about it, there are no running magazines dedicated to us and it’s diverse. So it’s not only black people. Which when we, we chat frequently and, you know, I tell him it’s time to put someone else on the cover and it’s coming, you know, they’re having other ethnicities in the magazine, but it was created for us by us, but it is a diverse digital magazine.
[00:19:58] So it does feature people [00:20:00] other than black. So as BI POC, black indigenous people of color, this magazine is for people of color. So if you’re looking for an alternative to that other magazine, make sure you check out Mid Strike Magazine, go to Mitch Wright magazine.com to read the latest issue. Uh, you can go on their Instagram midstream magazine.
[00:20:22] They run Instagram, Twitter. He’s bailing on Twitter. So don’t go to Twitter, but he’s on Facebook as well. Just search mid shark magazine and. Subscribe for updates. So they come, right? Yeah. So your inbox, as soon as the magazine dropped and make sure you follow the magazine on Instagram as well. Cause a lot of articles, well, previews of articles are posted on there, so you can see, you know, where it’s going and it’s yeah.
[00:20:48] It just features real runners, which I love. And it features just runners. You may have never heard of. So it gets us as a running community to broaden our [00:21:00] horizon and learn about other people, how they got into the sport and where they are going in the sports. So, Mitch, I magazine my new favorite running magazine.
[00:21:11] Thank you so much, Jesse, for being on The Run Wave Podcast. And I’m just looking forward to seeing where this magazine is going in the future. Next up episodes, 20 and 21 feature, the Atlanta track club and whew, episode 20, I went in on Atlanta, goes up, you know, I, I ran the Peachtree road race, I think for the last four or five years, maybe four years.
[00:21:36] And you know, I was always in Atlanta on the 4th of July. So that’s why I ran the Peachtree road race. And I knew when that lottery came out, that. We all knew that that race wasn’t happening. Okay. No races were happening at that point. And you know, we, okay. I thought the lottery was a money grab and affidavit did the [00:22:00] lottery.
[00:22:00] And then they changed the date of the race to Thanksgiving. They canceled their other Thanksgiving rates. I said, what the heck is going on? They knew that race was going to happen. They did a lottery anyway, and it’s a hot mess. So. You know, the director of marketing, Jay holds a, he heard the show and he wanted to come on The Run Wave and, you know, talk about what happened with that lottery.
[00:22:25] And you know, what. It was actually Jay holder and rich, rich Kennebec executive director of the Atlanta track club. And you know what I commend them for coming on the show because I’m always nice. I’m really nice, but I ripped them a new one. On that episode. I was not pleased with. With what they were doing.
[00:22:44] So it’s commendable to me to see someone get in the hot seat and come on this show to answer the tough questions. So yeah, those two episodes were great. I was glad that they came on the show. Some of you weren’t happy with what they said, [00:23:00] but it, it is what it is. You know, I spoke with one of my run buddies down in Atlanta, and she did say that she wasn’t renewing her membership because she didn’t like the way that they handle the whole, uh, peach tree, um, debacle.
[00:23:15] And because they didn’t give any discount on the membership fees for 2021, because Atlanta track club, if you’re a member, you get entry into a free races. And because of COVID a lot of those free races and, uh, happen. So people. Really lost out on their membership fees for 2020. And there were no discounts for a 2021.
[00:23:35] So that’s just one person’s, um, stance on why they aren’t renewing their membership. If you’re renewing your membership, uh, I’d be interested to know why and what you’re expecting from the Atlanta track club in the future. So, you know, kudos to the leaders of Atlanta track club for coming on the show and answering the questions.
[00:23:55] Okay. I appreciated that I’m sure a lot of people appreciated [00:24:00] that as well. On episode 24, I talked about why I am no longer supporting rock and roll races and Ironman races as well. If you didn’t know, the two are owned by the same company and I’m not going to go ranting and raving, why I’m not supporting them again.
[00:24:20] But. If you want to know a little bit of this, I registered for, um, I registered only act. I registered for two races this year with rock and roll. I did Arizona in January, and then I was registered for a Seattle in June, as we all know, COVID canceled most races and they canceled that June race. I registered for the 5k and the half marathon.
[00:24:45] So they said that the half would be rescheduled for next year, but the 5k would be canceled and I was free to run a 5k in another city. So you think I’m going to fly to another city to run a 5k? No. [00:25:00] So I was pissed about that, that I emailed them. I tweeted them, they ignored all of the, I never got a reply back from them and they told, they talked the runners to email them, but they don’t reply to emails.
[00:25:11] So. That left a bad taste in my mouth. You know, I have the link to register for a Seattle 20, 21. I don’t know if I’m going to do it. I mean, I’m going to lose my money that I pay for the race if I don’t do it. So, you know, I’m on the fence because I don’t want to support this ordinance, although they already have my money and they’re not giving it back anyway, I don’t want to support this organization.
[00:25:34] So I’ll keep y’all posted on what I’m going to do. If I’m going to run Seattle, if we can even travel. Within 20, 21 June who the heck knows what’s going to happen, but yeah, rock and roll and Ironman Yala dead. To me. The last big thing that I was talking about on the show this year was episode 23 and 27.
[00:25:53] I talked about rebuild in Y R R, which is an account on Instagram [00:26:00] of current or former employees who were, um, Airing out things that were going on within the organization that were, you can go on the page to read it. It was a lot of things were really unbelievable. And for someone like me, who’s from New York who runs New York row runner races.
[00:26:22] I was just so turned off by the organization, but just last month or was it this month? I don’t know, it could have been an end of November early December. The CEO has stepped down. Um, And, you know, it was just a good thing because the things that they were saying that he was doing was just speakable and, you know, New York road runners never commented negatively about him and the setup they gave him.
[00:26:53] It was pretty paltry, but it was just nothing bad. They said that he stepping down and I’d say he was fired that he was put [00:27:00] out. But yeah. Uh, we all know allegedly that he was, you know, put out of that job because the things that they had to be some truth to what was being said, because it was just two men, it was only, it was one account.
[00:27:13] We don’t know who’s running the account, but it was just too many agreed to so that people will not make stuff like that up. It was just too, too much. And I just hope that New York road runners lives up to their promise. You know, to make the organization more diverse and put someone of color in that position.
[00:27:35] We don’t need another old white man, another young white blonde woman, you know, in that position to put someone in there that reflects, cause I know the board doesn’t reflect your whole body of runners, put someone in there that reflects someone else other than white. They don’t have to be black. They could be, you know, anything.
[00:27:56] I just put someone in there that, that other people [00:28:00] can relate to period. Okay. So allow one on, on the wrong way podcast this year. And I’m just so happy that I have been able to ride this wave for the past nine months. It’s been wow, but I just want to thank. All of the runners that appear on the show and I’m going to name y’all by name.
[00:28:26] So Joel athletic, who was from New Zealand, living in Paris. It was so great having you on the show, James or Avondale and Devon Kali founders of black runners connection. They were guests on the running wild black show. Uh, Philip King, he was on the show two times. He talked about his pyramid challenge and also, you know, his experiments racing during COVID.
[00:28:51] He was like one of the first people that I saw that ran a race during COVID. So it was great having Philip on the shell twice, uh, [00:29:00] Naidu, Brenda, and Tangie they were on my shell and title runners working the front lines. Darren COVID-19 it was so great to have them on and to get a perspective of what it was like working through the pandemic and being a runner.
[00:29:16] Uh, thanks to Olivia free pong. She chatted about her Epic 1000 day run streak. I don’t know how she did it, but yeah. Kudos to you live Lucina of tread chic. It was great having her on the show. She is from Queens, New York. I always bond with people that are from New York. We just, we just got something in common.
[00:29:38] So it was great. Having Lucina on the show. I just got a treadmill. So you not now I’m going to be doing your workouts girl. Michael Martinez. My boy from Atlanta, Georgia. He was on talking about his first experience of racing during COVID at an Atlanta track club event. And lastly, Corey joiner, he completed a [00:30:00] marathon.
[00:30:00] During COVID 19. And he talked about his experience, which was great, and gave us a perspective of what it’s going to look like when racing opens back up, hopefully in 2021, I just want to thank everyone for tuning into The Run Wave Podcast in 2020. It, this has been a tough year for everyone and, you know, I’m just so appreciative.
[00:30:27] To you for writing out with me during this time. I know a lot of us haven’t been commuting and that’s when a lot of us listened to podcasts and I’m just. Happy and excited that people actually tuned into this show to listen a little on me, Blab about running. So thank you again for tuning in, if you haven’t already done.
[00:30:51] So please subscribe to the podcast so you can notify. Every time I upload a new episode. I’m trying to get back on a weekly [00:31:00] schedule. You know, I may miss a week here and there. Um, it gets busy. I’m a wife, I’m a mother, you know, I have two kids, I have a little one and you know, I just have to get it in where I can fit it in.
[00:31:13] So thank you again for tuning into The Run Wave Podcast. I want to wish all of you a happy new year and. Hopefully we have a much better 20, 21, and just continue to ride this wave with me. It is only going to go up from here. So. I will catch you on the next line later. Thank you so much for tuning into the show.
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