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Apr 21, 2021 | Episodes, Run Crews

On this episode of The Run Wave Podcast, the Run Crew Series continues with Houston based crew, Zone Fitness Training Run Club.  This crew has been thriving during Covid, and has expanded its membership to Dallas.  I chat with personal trainer and club founder Yancy.  He chats about how the lack of black running groups led to the creation of ZFTRC, how his degree in Exercise Science benefits the members of his club, and so much more.
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[00:00:00] Kim: [00:00:00] The run crew series continues with Zone Fitness Training Run Club.

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[00:01:36] Appreciate you keeping the run crews series going up next. We have a Houston bass run crew clubs, Zone Fitness Training Run Club. Now this club is actually run. Okay. By a personal trainer. His name is Yancy. He is a personal trainer [00:02:00] professionally. He went to school, he has a degree, he knows his stuff. So he decided to start a running club in the Houston area because, you know, there were no clubs that had people that looks like him.

[00:02:14] So he created a club of his own, and that club has just grown and, you know, they’ve expanded over the years and you know, they’re, they’re running and they’re having fun while doing it. So let’s get into my chat with Yancey right now. Please welcome Yancey of zone fitness, run clubs. So that runway podcasts, how are you?

[00:02:39] I’m good. How are you? I’m doing well. How’s it going over in Texas 

[00:02:45] Yancey: [00:02:45] there? Uh, you know, the weather is bipolar here, so I would say warm. With it being, uh, you know, April, but I would be lying because it could be 70 degrees a day and 40 degrees this weekend. [00:03:00] So, 

[00:03:00] Kim: [00:03:00] um, y’all definition of warm is different from our definition of warm up here.

[00:03:06] What’s your definition of 

[00:03:08] Yancey: [00:03:08] the humidity that is farmed recognition of what heat and ones feels like here. I was just in Vegas this past weekend and it hasn’t really good weather, but you really got to see the difference between dry heat and humidity. Like it was not, we agree is there, but it felt perfect.

[00:03:29] And you could stand outside. You didn’t sweat here, 70 degrees sweating, you got to go take a shower and everything just to, you know, just to feel better 

[00:03:38] Kim: [00:03:38] now what’s going down in Vegas. Cause everyone on my feed is in Vegas. Like the last two or three weeks what’s happening there. 

[00:03:46] Yancey: [00:03:46] Well, for me it was my birthday.

[00:03:47] So my birthday was actually. So Easter Sunday. So, um, I had been to Vegas once before, but I went for something, so I didn’t really get to [00:04:00] experience Vegas. So I was like, uh, just to be a good time for me to go back and, uh, you know, try it again and really kinda be a tourist and see what the city has to offer 

[00:04:10] Kim: [00:04:10] now.

[00:04:10] How was it? Is Vegas like open or it’s like, you can go here, 

[00:04:14] Yancey: [00:04:14] can’t go there. I feel like everybody decided to go to Vegas.

[00:04:23] It was Easter. They got that extra day off. And everybody was like, Hey, we’re going to Vegas. 

[00:04:28] Kim: [00:04:28] Well, you know, was spring break. That’s probably why there were a lot of people in there as well. 

[00:04:32] Yancey: [00:04:32] It was a, it was a, it was definitely a lot of people. And one thing that I realized, or that I, you know, got, uh, reacquainted with is how much people smoke.

[00:04:43] I didn’t know. I didn’t know people smoke cigarettes anymore. I thought cigarettes were cotton. I thought they were played out now. 

[00:04:49] Kim: [00:04:49] Cigarettes are like the year, 2000 

[00:04:54] Yancey: [00:04:54] there, every, you know, on the street and the casinos. We didn’t matter where [00:05:00] you were. It was just cigarette smoke everywhere. 

[00:05:03] Kim: [00:05:03] Yeah. I don’t think you can smoke inside in Vegas.

[00:05:06] Yeah. 

[00:05:06] Yancey: [00:05:06] Sit right at the slot machines and smoke. So 

[00:05:11] Kim: [00:05:11] I don’t think I can 

[00:05:12] Yancey: [00:05:12] handle that. Yeah. So just, yeah, like I said, I thought people had moved on to. You know, marijuana is legal now, very thing, you know, all the different things that I thought cigarettes were a thing of the past, but Vegas reminded me that they are here and in full effect 

[00:05:30] Kim: [00:05:30] his cigarettes in New York, I think it was like 10 or $15 a pack.

[00:05:34] Like I don’t know how people smoke these days, 

[00:05:38] Yancey: [00:05:38] vice to have cigarettes. 

[00:05:42] Kim: [00:05:42] Surely is. So tell me a little bit about yourself. Where are you originally 

[00:05:47] Yancey: [00:05:47] from? So I’m originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, so born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. Um, I graduated from, uh, high school and I [00:06:00] never looked back because I went away for, uh, college.

[00:06:06] Uh, I originally went to a school in West Virginia. I went to school to play football. So I went to school at a school called Concord university in West Virginia. Uh, my first year, and then I came back and stayed and I went to a school in Chattanooga, the university of Tennessee at Chattanooga. So that’s why I came back and finished out my, uh, my undergraduate degree.

[00:06:27] But, uh, when I left after graduation, I never, never moved back. Um, after college I stayed in Chattanooga for about six months, and then I moved to Houston and that was back in 2011. 

[00:06:43] Kim: [00:06:43] Wait, so what’s wrong with Knoxville’s small town. Yeah, God, Hey, Bell’s going down the road.

[00:06:52] Yancey: [00:06:52] I’m not going to make her actually a city. Right. So I’ve never rode a horse.

[00:07:02] [00:07:00] So we have malls.

[00:07:07] We have, you know, the ghetto, the hood, whatever, you know, it’s a regular city. It’s just, uh, You know, uh, opportunity, I’ll say that is the, the, I guess the least attractive thing for me, it was more so just the opportunity, you know, looking after I graduated from college, where can I go? That would have provided a lot of opportunity for me to do whatever it is I want to do.

[00:07:32] And, uh, yeah, Knoxville was not, especially for us. So I had to, uh, take my talents down to Texas or bring my talents down to 10. 

[00:07:43] Kim: [00:07:43] So do you still have family there 

[00:07:45] Yancey: [00:07:45] and they’re all there and none of them want to move. So

[00:07:52] I have to continue to go back to Knoxville, Tennessee, 

[00:07:55] Kim: [00:07:55] Macksville getting a bad rap. 

[00:07:58] Yancey: [00:07:58] I love it. I, like I [00:08:00] said, I wouldn’t change it for the world and I love where I’m from. I love my people. I love the city, but you know, as far as just what I was trying to do. Um, you know, with my, in my career with my life and all that good stuff, I couldn’t do it there.

[00:08:14] Kim: [00:08:14] So what city are you in right now? I’m in Houston, Texas, Houston, Texas. Y’all got hay bells going down the street there. Uh, 

[00:08:22] Yancey: [00:08:22] you’ll find them somewhere. Not far South side. You definitely can find horses. I see more horses here in Houston than I have than I did in Knoxville, Tennessee. Believe it or not.

[00:08:36] There’s a large city. 

[00:08:39] Kim: [00:08:39] See for us, like up North, like Tennessee and like Texas is like, right.

[00:08:49] Like I’ve been to Dallas and it’s like, it’s, it was cool. You know, they had good barbecue and things like that, but it was like, not really a city. It’s just like a little, uh, [00:09:00] town to me. 

[00:09:02] Yancey: [00:09:02] Well, that’s New York. Right? So, yeah. I mean, every city, I guess, besides LA, you know, would seem that way because, you know, he was in is the fourth largest city, but I guarantee if you came here just the way that, you know, we, we have to down, you know, we have areas where we have skyscrapers and, you know, tall buildings, but for the most part, those are isolated areas.

[00:09:27] And then everything else is pretty much residential. So, you know, a lot of people here, millions of people here, but yeah, just the layout of the city looks a little different, a lot 

[00:09:36] Kim: [00:09:36] different than New York and Texas is huge. Anyway. So Houston is the biggest city in Texas. Yeah. Yeah. 

[00:09:43] Yancey: [00:09:43] So know fourth largest state in the nation in the 

[00:09:47] Kim: [00:09:47] nation.

[00:09:48] So 

[00:09:51] Yancey: [00:09:51] it’s a lot of people here it’s spread out. Houston is, uh, I remember when I first moved and he was an alpha and I was, you know, out and trying [00:10:00] to meet people and stuff like that. And it seemed like everybody, I would meet, lived on the complete opposite side of town, like an hour away, hour and 15 minutes away.

[00:10:10] And I was like, this is a city where you can live in the same city as someone, but being a long distance relationship just sounds like, yeah, it’s actually good. 

[00:10:20] Kim: [00:10:20] Atlanta does not big, but it takes to go like five minutes. It takes like 40 minutes

[00:10:28] Yancey: [00:10:28] in Atlanta. It was awful. You know, when people complain about traffic here and I actually lived in Atlanta for a year and a half. So, you know, when people complain about the traffic here, I’d tell them, yeah, you don’t want to deal with that. Atlanta traffic. 

[00:10:44] Kim: [00:10:44] They don’t have nothing on Atlanta. So what is your undergrad degree in 

[00:10:49] Yancey: [00:10:49] exercise science?

[00:10:51] So, yeah, everything that I do is pretty much centered around, you know, what I studied when I was trying to do with, uh, you know, my career. So, 

[00:11:00] [00:11:00] Kim: [00:11:00] so you’re a real training and not like an Instagram 

[00:11:06] Yancey: [00:11:06] trainer, social media trainer. Yeah. And, you know, studied it for real. So, and not only do I have my degree in exercise science, but I mean, at this point I kind of lost count, but I think I have over 10 certifications, you know, just specializing in different areas of health and fitness.

[00:11:29] And that’s from, uh, you know, sports performance training to corrective exercise, to, uh, group personal training, to mixed martial arts conditioning. So it was just, you know, youth conditioning. So it was just different little specializations that I have as well to kind of, you know, broaden my scope when it comes to training.

[00:11:51] So you’re the real deal. Yeah. I like to cook. I like to say, I like to say that and I’m pretty sure my parents will say the same things as well. 

[00:12:00] [00:12:00] Kim: [00:12:00] So you’re a personal trainer by profession. Yeah. Are you the, like, where do you train your clients? Are you at a gym or you go to their homes? How does that work?

[00:12:12] Yancey: [00:12:12] So, uh, what are the way I do it is the training that I do for zone fitness training. Um, now since COVID, I actually ended up putting together a really nice, uh, home gym in my garage. So I’m was able to put that together. You know, that was one of the good things that, you know, I can say came from COVID because it really did push me, you know, all the jail for shut down.

[00:12:36] So I really didn’t have a place to, you know, train my people. So that forced me to kind of get out there and do that. So, uh, the clients that I have now through some fitness training, I trained in my garage gym. And, uh, outside of that also do corporate health, health and wellness. So I work for a company called EXOS and EXOS.

[00:12:56] They’re real big, and they’re known for sports performance [00:13:00] training. So EXOS trains, a lot of the athlete athletes that, uh, that go to the combine. So all of those athletes that you see that go to the NFL combine, uh, probably 80% of those athletes in preparation for that combine trained with EXOS. So, uh, not only do they do sports before a sports performance training, but they, uh, moved over into the corporate health and wellness realm.

[00:13:27] So with that, they have contracts with different companies like shell or Google or Microsoft or BP, you know, just big corporations, uh, and they manage the fitness facilities that those companies have for their employees. The contractors. So, uh, the last contract that I was on before we shut down while I was at shell.

[00:13:49] So going to shell, um, you know, 40 hours a week and managing their fitness facility, uh, Phillip facility that they have for their employees. 

[00:14:00] [00:14:00] Kim: [00:14:00] Now, how has that having clients come to your house? Like I know it’s texted like in New York, I like

[00:14:15] Yancey: [00:14:15] way of life, you know, Houston compared to New York people a lot more, you know, they’re friendlier, they’re more hospitable, you know, that Southern hospitality and all that good stuff, I’ll say one of the best things about it is I don’t have to drive anywhere. So, you know, my clients text me when I hear, I just got to come down and open the garage up and then we get to our sessions.

[00:14:38] So that cuts down on a lot of. You know, me being in traffic and having to commute and stuff like that to work. So that’s one of the best parts about it. People here they’re good people, good people here. So, and then all of them, I I’ve been knowing them. Some of my clients I’ve been training for years. So, you know, we have a relationship to where naked.

[00:14:58] We, we do stuff [00:15:00] outside of training as well. So, you know, that’s not bad at all. 

[00:15:04] Kim: [00:15:04] So how did you get into running? 

[00:15:07] Yancey: [00:15:07] Um, now that is actually a funny question, because believe it or not, I tell people this all the time and they don’t believe me, but I do not like running because it’s something that I kind of stumbled upon.

[00:15:23] Uh, I tell people I like being in shape and running is one of the best ways for me to accomplish that goal. Uh, but it was one of those things that, um, after college, um, you know, football was a thing of the past. There was no NFL. There was no any of that. So, you know, it was in this space. I was in a space where I was working out, but I didn’t feel like I had a goal.

[00:15:49] And it was just like working out was just a part of what I did, but I didn’t, you know, I was in shape, you know, most people, the things that people work out for, I had that like, you know, flat stomach and I had those things, [00:16:00] but I needed something. I needed a challenge. I needed something that was out of my comfort zone.

[00:16:04] Something that I wasn’t good at, something that I didn’t grow up doing. So running no became that thing. And I remember initially when I started, it was like, if you got me to run a mile, that was at my mile, don’t ask me to run anything else. This is good. This is more than most people do. And then, you know, just over time, I gradually just started challenging myself.

[00:16:29] Like, well, if I did a mile, let me see if I could do a mile and a quarter. And then that mile and a quarter turned into two miles and then that two miles turned into three. So I was just one of those things where it kind of just snowball, you know, snowballed as it got. Uh, I’ll say easier for me because I was doing it more.

[00:16:46] Kim: [00:16:46] I think that that’s a lot of people’s stories. Cause that’s like, I don’t love running either. I mean, I like it. I enjoy the benefits from it. But if I had a choice between run at 10 miles [00:17:00] or, you know, eating a pizza, we’ll eat the pizza.

[00:17:06] Yancey: [00:17:06] Because like I said, with people, knowing that I started a running club and I lead a run club, when I tell people that they just. They can’t understand what I mean when I say I don’t like running, but I have a running club, so it’s good to, you know, hear that from other people that have that same experience.

[00:17:23] Kim: [00:17:23] Yeah. Cause they like some people this is built for running. Like they that’s in their DNA. That’s what they do. They can get up and run 10 miles a day and it doesn’t mean other people have to work at it. And you know, we, we develop some sort of love, hate relationship with it, but you know, the benefits outweigh 

[00:17:42] Yancey: [00:17:42] and that’s fine.

[00:17:43] You know, you, speaking of like, some people were just built. That’s how I am with like football, basketball. Like those were my sports. I’ll play football until I can play football no more. You know, it was just something I really enjoy doing. But, uh, running is just one of those things I really had to, to grow [00:18:00] into it.

[00:18:00] And then what I’ll say, what kind of pushed me over the edge and, you know, inspired me to kind of start a run club. Cause I knew that I needed to do this with other people. Like if I was, if I was going to continue this journey, I needed other people to do this with me because you know, riding by yourself is just

[00:18:26] kinda awful running by yourself. So just one of those things where it was just like, I got to find a way to get other people to, to do this with me. So that’s kinda what inspired me to start the run club. 

[00:18:39] Kim: [00:18:39] So zone zone fitness is your training in this training. And then you added the run club once that, which is like separate, but.

[00:18:49] Similar, but separate, you know, and, um, you know, one of your members, Jasmine, she hit me up like a couple months ago and she said, you know, you got a, have she was singing your praises, you know, she’s like, you gotta have him on the [00:19:00] show. And, you know, she hit me up again recently and I was like, okay, I gotta, I gotta talk to this guy so I can, you know, get the low down on the Houston run scene.

[00:19:08] So what, what made you want to parlay and start the run club? I know you said running with other people, but, or running 

[00:19:17] Yancey: [00:19:17] with other people. And it’s crazy to think now, like, I’ll start it. You know, it was on fitness training, the personal training part of it back in 2012. Right. And I moved to a couple of cities.

[00:19:29] I lived in, I was in Houston. I was in DC. I was in Atlanta. And then I moved back to Houston and all of those cities, I did the personal training part of it in some way with Zift. Never did I think that the thing that will make. It’s all finished training. Most popular would be a run club. Last I thought, I thought I was going to be, you know, this trainer and I was going to have all these clients and they’re going to get results.

[00:19:57] And then the training aspect would be what [00:20:00] made the name for his own fitness training. And lo and behold, here we are now, most people know of his own fitness training through the run club. So it’s definitely one thing that I am glad that I started, but, um, like I said, what made me want to actually do it?

[00:20:15] Actually, I’ll take that back when I was living in Atlanta. That’s when I first got into the running, like, and that’s when I was doing my mile a mile and a quarter, um, I realized that I needed to do this with other people. So I found, or I was directed to a run club in Atlanta called movers and Pacers. I don’t know if you’ve heard of them before.

[00:20:37] So I was direct to a run club called movers and Pacers when I was in Atlanta. Um, You know, I know a girl, she was a part of it. Uh, her name is Sierra. Um, she was telling me about it, come out, come out, come out. You know how that is when you first start people telling you, and you’re like, I don’t want to run with other people.

[00:20:55] I’m just starting to stuff. But then I finally went out and [00:21:00] the, um, I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the vibe of it. I enjoy seeing other people that looked like me that were on this same journey. Cause you know, this is the thing that we see other people do, but it’s not, it’s not something that we take up.

[00:21:16] It’s not something that we, you know, get in and something that we enjoy, something that we do. So it was good to see that I wasn’t the only person, you know, on this, this, this path to get into a distance running. So it was good that, and then I liked the main thing that I liked is when you went there, They, uh, had routes.

[00:21:35] So depending on your fitness level, depending on what you want to do, you could run different mileage. So they, you know, they would, we ran through Midtown. We started at Atlantic station, ran through Midtown and they will say, if you want to run a mile, you you’ll turn right on fifth street and come back.

[00:21:49] If you want to run two miles, you’ll make a right on 10th street and come back. If you want to run three and you’ll turn on 15th and come back. So, you know, that kind of gave you something to aspire to do. [00:22:00] Maybe I’ll do, you know, a mile this time and see how I feel. And then if not, I’ll, you know, if I feel good, I’ll just keep working my way up to three miles.

[00:22:09] And then, uh, they also had long distance runners. Like they were run like six, seven miles at that time. That was crazy to me. So that was something I never thought I would do, but I liked the way that they had it set up. I liked the people. So right after I joined that, uh, movers and Pacers. I think maybe three, two to three months later, I ended up moving back to Houston.

[00:22:35] So it was one of those things where I was like, dang, I was getting into it. I was really enjoying these people and working my way up now moved to Houston. And I couldn’t find a run club like that. Everything I looked up, you know, before others, but I couldn’t really find something that was catered to us.

[00:22:54] So I remember talking to one of my buddies and I was telling him about it and how I want to continue to running, [00:23:00] but I didn’t know any run clubs. And he was just straight up. Like, you should start one. Like, if you want it, if you, this is what, something that you want, just start it. Cause I thought about it for probably about a month.

[00:23:13] And then I was like, Nope, you’re right. I got, I should start it. But at that time, like I said, I don’t even think I had ran a race by that. At that time. I don’t even think I even ran three miles at that time, but I just knew it was something. If I wanted it, I needed to start in. No, here we are almost four years 

[00:23:30] Kim: [00:23:30] later.

[00:23:32] so you started and what year?

[00:23:40] Yancey: [00:23:40] 18th weekend of 2017. 

[00:23:43] Kim: [00:23:43] So it’s interesting to hear you say that in Houston. Cause you know, there’s not a lot of black folks running period. I mean, you know, we discover each other eventually, you know, over time, but I thought that Houston was a city that was heavily, I [00:24:00] mean, I’m sure it is heavily populated with black people, but black people just not running in the city.

[00:24:05] Yancey: [00:24:05] Exactly. Yeah. There’s plenty of black people here. That’s definitely not the problem. It was just more so. Yeah, just not in that space, but since I’ve started the run club, I’ll start to find. Different run clubs. Like I, I probably about what two years after we started the run club, I found out about a black man run, which I know when I was looking for a run club.

[00:24:29] Okay. Bind it. But you know, now that we, uh, you know, we’re started up and we have a good relationship with them. Uh, one of the guys, Terry is a real good liaison that he runs with a C he’s a captain for them. So he kind of keeps that bridge between us and them. And then, you know, just finding out about these different run clubs.

[00:24:48] But like I said, when I first was trying to find a run club, Couldn’t find it. So that’s what led me to go ahead and start Zift run 

[00:24:56] Kim: [00:24:56] club. So I know you, you started the [00:25:00] club because they weren’t clubs, running clubs for people that look like you, but what is the makeup of your club now? Like race wise, gender wise, 

[00:25:09] Yancey: [00:25:09] 99%, 99.5%.

[00:25:15] African-American we do have, uh, we have, you know, like two, uh, white people that run with us, but they’re, you know, they’re real cool. But yeah, majority, like I said, 99.5% of our run club is African-American 

[00:25:31] Kim: [00:25:31] and you know what that is. Okay. When I was looking for run clubs, I found one black running club and all the other clubs are white.

[00:25:41] So if I joined their club, I would have been that 0.1, you know, Yeah. So, you know, that’s, that’s okay. And it’s good that you didn’t see didn’t have what you needed in your town and you created it because, you know, that’s the story of, I had someone asked me recently, you know, he [00:26:00] was looking at the wrong crew and he said, I wish I had this where I live.

[00:26:03] I said, create it. You know, you’re not the only person out there. There’s other people out there that are probably thinking the same way that you are. It only takes one person to run around the neighborhood for someone to say, can I run with you? You know? 

[00:26:16] Yancey: [00:26:16] And that’s pretty much what it was. It was just one of those things where it was just like, I tell people I didn’t have any, any experience with running like that.

[00:26:24] And then when I first started the run club, I pretty much just used the model. That movers and Pacers. So that was pretty serious. It’s like, I don’t really know what I’m doing. I know I like that. So other people may like that, you know, over time we’ve evolved and you know, we’re probably a totally different run club than they are now.

[00:26:43] But at that time, that’s all I knew. I didn’t no anything else. I was like, this is what got me into it. So hopefully this is something that other people, uh, would enjoy too. So that is that’s pretty much, you know, how we were in the beginning, just that. And then over time, it evolved to now where as a [00:27:00] club where running are, what fifth or six half marathon as a club and our last half marathon, which was in October, we actually ran the Houston half.

[00:27:12] And we had, um, about, I want to say 65 to 70 members run the actual 13.1 miles. And these are people that have never, most of these people didn’t play sports growing up. So they don’t even have an athletic background. And, you know, if you ask them a year ago, they never would have thought that they will be running 13.1 miles.

[00:27:35] But we were able to convince people, convince 65 people, black people at that to run a half marathon. And I think that is one of our, you know, I’ll say as of now one of our biggest accomplishments, like we actually, um, they actually do a trophy for the biggest team. So we actually ended up winning that trophy.

[00:27:58] And I remember when we first [00:28:00] ran that race in 2018, we’ve ran that race three times. The first time we ran it, we had six people from our run club run it. Right. And I remember we, you know, we joined, we had our little team, it was the little six of us. And I remember looking at the leader board because they have to ask this times and all that stuff.

[00:28:22] And I remember seeing these other run clubs, they had. 25 people, 30 people, 35 people entertain him. And I remember thinking to myself, how did they get 25 people to run this half marathon like it at the time? I just, cause I had to get these. It was six including me. So it was hard. Get these five people to run with me, let alone, I’m looking at this board and y’all have 45 people from your, from your run club that have ran that race.

[00:28:53] So every year we ran it, it just, we doubled our numbers. So like the next year we had about 15 [00:29:00] people that ran it and then the next half marathon we had about 25. And then just like every time we ran a half, we just doubled the numbers. Cause I think it was one of those things where people seem that it was possible.

[00:29:11] And they seen people that look like them actually achieve the goal because it’s easy for them to look at me and, you know, see that I came from this athletic background. I’ve been playing sports my whole life. But when they seen people that that was their same height and their saying building their same size and have their same experiences actually run it, that kind of inspired them.

[00:29:32] So it was like every time we crossed that finish line, we have more people to join and, uh, you know, look into running at 13 miles. 

[00:29:42] Kim: [00:29:42] So Houston had an in-person race in 

[00:29:44] Yancey: [00:29:44] October. No. So with that, they did not. So what we did is we put on our own because we’ve started training for it. Um, I want to say it might’ve been in person or something like that, but they, you [00:30:00] know, quickly, they ended up, um, passionately or turning it into a virtual race.

[00:30:05] But by that time we had convinced all these people.

[00:30:11] So we was like, we got to give them an experience. We don’t want them to, you know, everybody to be trying to run this race by themselves and doing it on their own. So we literally, uh, Went to a park is a park that we ran, uh, that we run out a lot. It’s a very popular park here. It’s called Memorial park.

[00:30:28] And, um, here, the running trails all connected through the sea. So once you learn the trails, you can literally run those trails and run a marathon because they’re all connected. You just have to kind of learn them, but we run at different parks. And since they’re all connected, when we run the routes, we learn how to connect those trails to make longer mentally, you know, make the, the mileage longer.

[00:30:51] So we, uh, basically went to Memorial park. We hadn’t learned all the trails. We pretty much mapped out 13 miles. We had, um, [00:31:00] like we got a banner, we got a DJ out there. Like we literally like put on our own, uh, our own radius. So that way they can get, you know, some experience. Cause a lot of people that was their first time, you know, attempting at 13 miles.

[00:31:14] So we wanted to kind of be like, you know, something for them, you know, since they couldn’t experience a lap race, 

[00:31:21] Kim: [00:31:21] That’s dope because everything was canceled in 2020. So for you to be able to put that together and have people to come out to, you know, accomplish their goal and have something else to look forward to, because hopefully they can do that race this year, if it happens.

[00:31:35] Exactly. 

[00:31:36] Yancey: [00:31:36] So we’re trying to form a race now, which we’ll be running, uh, on May 2nd. We’re trying to find another half marathon. And as of now, and hopefully it’ll stay that way because of vaccines and stuff that are going out, it’s in person. So we have people in our run club that have ran two half marathons that have never ran one in person.

[00:31:57] Kim: [00:31:57] So now that’s [00:32:00] crazy because like, you, you, how did you do, did you have water stations set up or did he carry their own stuff? Like what 

[00:32:07] Yancey: [00:32:07] did you do? People, um, like, uh, some people, you know, they will come out and run with us, but they just weren’t ready to run. The 13th, so I’ll come out, I’ll volunteer, I’ll give people water.

[00:32:20] So we have people standing at certain points on the trail. We set up a table like at the halfway Mark. And we had people, like I said, Dan, at weren’t ready to run the 13. And uh, other people, their significant others came out like their husbands and wives, you know, people like that came out and kind of helped facilitate even on the trail would have people like parts where it got tricky.

[00:32:41] If you didn’t know where to go right or left, we’ll have people stand in there and they’ll cheer them on and tell them to go to the right and stuff like that. So it was just, you know, uh, Ron club members that didn’t run the race and people’s spouses and stuff came out and

[00:32:54] Kim: [00:32:54] about, and you know what? You set people up for success because if they doing a race, that’s [00:33:00] not put on by, you know, a race director and a whole crew.

[00:33:03] Once they have that experience and they’ll probably be hooked, then, you know, they’ll want to continue to do it over and over again. So, so what, what’s your structure of the clubs that you have, like captains coaches who lead your runs? Cause I know you can’t do it all. 

[00:33:19] Yancey: [00:33:19] Um, so I have half an exec board, so that, wasn’t my thing I had to learn early on.

[00:33:25] I was trying to be that person to do everything and all that. And then, you know, it was one of those things while I had to realize that you can’t do all this by yourself. So I put together an executive board. So, you know, when it comes to them speaking about their race, they were a big part of putting it together, you know, with our resources, with their people, with their time and all that type of stuff.

[00:33:47] They were a big part of us being able to put that on. But, um, yeah, they, you know, I make majority of the rods, I’d probably make 99% of the runs, but you know, like for instance, this [00:34:00] past weekend, when I went to Vegas, I had some of my exec board members, you know, lead the right lead, the runs and stuff that we had this weekend.

[00:34:07] Kim: [00:34:07] I was scrolling through your Instagram and it looks like for like most of the 20, 20, you guys were like, yeah, like I’m like, just stop. Is that all 2020? Like how did you, how did you motivate people and get them to come out? Like during a pandemic 

[00:34:25] Yancey: [00:34:25] actually COVID was probably one of the best things that happened to our run club, because what it did is it eliminated a lot of distractions that people had.

[00:34:34] They couldn’t go out and they couldn’t partner. They couldn’t click, you know, they couldn’t do a lot of things that they were used to doing. So a big way for them to get that social aspect was to come to the wrong club. Like a lot of people, like, like I said, we put in work, we run these races, we put in his miles, but we also have a lot of fun together.

[00:34:52] You know,

[00:34:56] a lot of people have made friends like really good [00:35:00] friends through our run club. So even though it is a run club, it is also, you know, part of the part social club as well. So, you know, that was kind of a social outlet for a lot of people. And then, you know, we, we set a standard. We, we say it, but we don’t really say it.

[00:35:16] It’s like, no run, no fun. So that’s kinda like our model, like, you know, we, we’re going to turn out, we’re going to have a lot of fun. We’re going to party. We go, you know, I don’t drink, but they’re going to drain, you know, they’re going to do whatever they want to do. We’ll have a lot of fun together, but you have to earn it.

[00:35:32] You know, you can’t just come around when we’re having fun. And then when we’re out grinding and sweating and, you know, contemplating life with these runs, you know where to be found. And so with that, I, I felt like that in turn built our bond, it made the wrong club stronger and it made people buy into what we were doing.

[00:35:56] And then they also would invite their friends once they were able to buy into what [00:36:00] we were doing. So I’ll say, like I said, COVID was actually one of the best things. That could happen for us because it slowed everything down. And, you know, with us still being active at Drake pool, it, a lot of people in our direction 

[00:36:16] Kim: [00:36:16] now having a personal trainer as the clubs, founder has to be beneficial to your members.

[00:36:22] So how do you incorporate your training expertise into your, you know, your group workouts? Do your members benefit from you being a personal trainer? 

[00:36:33] Yancey: [00:36:33] Oh yeah, for sure. So that is one thing that I stressed to them, you know, a lot. And you know, it’s one thing that you don’t really know, uh, when you first start running that strength training is just as important as the running, because you know, with the run is stressful, it is stressful on your body and in a lot of ways.

[00:36:53] So if your body is adorable, You know, you’ll break down. Like you you’ll get these injuries and all [00:37:00] that type of stuff. So, you know, a lot of them, they experienced these things and I’m able to help them, but I’m also able to follow a lot of the run club members into my strength training program. And when they do that, I mean, exponential growth that they, you know, they were running for a year with knee pain.

[00:37:19] And when they started training with me, the pain is gone. So now it’s one of those things they’re telling other people, they’re like, Hey, you got to start training with gassy because my knee used to be hurting me every time we would run six miles or more, my knee would be throbbing ever since I’ve been training with him.

[00:37:35] Like I literally, and you know, with that, it makes their experience with running so much better. Like it makes them want to do it more because now they’re not dealing with pain. Now they can get through a six mile run and not feel like their body is about to fall apart. So it’s just one of those things.

[00:37:52] I stress it. Uh, not only strength training, but also recovery. When it comes like, they’ll tell you, I give them the spiel after [00:38:00] every run foam, roll, stretch ice, make sure you shrimp training at least twice a week, especially with your lower body at the, every run. I give them that spiel. And you know, it takes some of them longer than others to, to take heed to what I’m saying.

[00:38:16] But once they do it makes the experience so much better and that makes them want to be upon it. The structuring, the program, 

[00:38:22] Kim: [00:38:22] you know what? I can’t stand foam rolling. And I don’t know if it’s because my foam roller is like a torture device. It’s not one of those smooth ones. It has like the bumps in it.

[00:38:34] Yeah. It hurts 

[00:38:36] Yancey: [00:38:36] now. Just like, I mean, look at it like running light when you first ran two miles, it hurt. Right? Tremendously. It was like a woman to me. You know what I mean? So foam rolling is the same thing initially. It’s going to be, I remember the first time I did it. I think I might’ve cried. I think some tears might’ve came, but now [00:39:00] it’s my best friend.

[00:39:01] Like I call him roll every day, but it’s just, once you hear the tightness and all that type of stuff, it feels a lot better. 

[00:39:10] Kim: [00:39:10] Yes. Like I don’t want to work out after I work out. Cause foam roll is like another workout. Right? You gotta sit dancer there for like another 10 to 15 minutes. And like, I’m done. I don’t want a foam roll.

[00:39:20] Yup. 

[00:39:21] Yancey: [00:39:21] Nah, you got to get that phone. Like I said, once you get over that, over that hump and it probably takes about two weeks if you do it consistently, but by the second week, it won’t, it won’t be as painful as it is. And then, like I said, you’ll start noticing that your body just feels better. So I would definitely encourage you to, to fight through those two weeks and get passed at home.

[00:39:45] Kim: [00:39:45] Well, maybe I’ll dust it off and give it a try. Exactly.

[00:39:53] So you started a, um, zone fitness in Dallas. 

[00:39:58] Yancey: [00:39:58] When did that happen? [00:40:00] There’s another thing that happened during 2020, so two weeks ago, the last weekend in March, we actually celebrated third one year anniversary. So that started, uh, yeah, February, March. Uh, we can’t, we couldn’t pinpoint the exact week that it started, so we just chose March 27th as their anniversary.

[00:40:21] But, uh, I think it might’ve started a few weeks earlier than that, but, uh, yeah, that started in 2020. And what happened with that is, um, it was a guy that, uh, was a real big, we call him, he was like a recruiter and I, he, he was one of the big reasons that a lot of people. Uh, came out to the running club cause he was a real personal guy and his name is bill real personal guy.

[00:40:43] Well guy, people loved them, you know, just a real big personality. And he was able to get a lot of people to come out. So what happened is, um, he ended up getting a job and getting a new job that relocated him to Dallas. So [00:41:00] him having to move up there, you know, uh, there was one of those things he wanted to continue to run it as well.

[00:41:06] Kind of similar to my story. Uh, he wanted to continue writing as well. He got up there, I think with COVID a lot of the run clubs out there were shut down. Weren’t really doing things. So, um, you know, he, he up and was just like, man, I think this’ll be a good opportunity for us to start a run club up here.

[00:41:24] We can pretty much follow the same blueprint that you know, used in Houston. So we talked about it, we got some stuff together and then he just, he hit the ground. You hit the ground and, you know, got people and it just grew, it just grew, it just grew. And it was really good for him and the Dallas club, because Dallas really has a good running community up there, more so than Houston.

[00:41:52] Like it was, you know, it was a lot of when we were looking into the different run clubs, it was a lot of them, not just for white people, but [00:42:00] it was a lot of black runs. 

[00:42:01] Kim: [00:42:01] Oh yeah. I ran a race in Dallas, 

[00:42:05] Yancey: [00:42:05] running community was great. So what benefited him is that a lot of those run clubs weren’t running. So those people want it, you know, they, they itching.

[00:42:14] They want to get out. So when he started, you know, Zift Dallas, that we kinda, you know, free agents and brought him in and they came in, you know, when you, like I said, we use the same structure, the same setup that we have here in Houston. And, um, it worked, it worked and they’ve grown tremendously over the last last year.

[00:42:35] I want to say they’re almost at a hundred members as of now and, and just, uh, just a year. And that’s what I would run clubs. 

[00:42:45] Kim: [00:42:45] How far is Houston from Dallas? 

[00:42:46] Yancey: [00:42:46] Uh, like three and a half hours. Four hours, depending on how you dress. 

[00:42:50] Kim: [00:42:50] Oh, that’s not so bad. 

[00:42:52] Yancey: [00:42:52] It’s not, it’s not boring at all. Like I said, we, um, we, we made it with them, especially during our [00:43:00] training seasons.

[00:43:01] So we try to run two half marathons a year. So during those seasons, we call them train and seasons. We’ll try to run with each other at some point and we call them the Zift invitations. So like that come down here and we do assessment runs throughout the trainers. So we’ll do a 5k assessment just as you know, we’ll start with a 5k assessment.

[00:43:22] We’ll train for a few weeks. We’ll do another one. Uh, just to see, you know, people’s improvement and we try to do those with each other. So we’ll invite them down to Houston and we’ll all do that 5k assessment together. Then we’ll train for a few more weeks and then we’ll do a TennCare assessment. Then we’ll go up to Dallas and run with them and then we’ll run a half marathon together.

[00:43:42] So, uh, you know, we run with them. It’s literally like a big family. They know us, we know down, uh, we party together, all that good stuff, but you know, their run club has its own personality, but all, you know, all in all, we’re like a big. Just a big family. [00:44:00] So it was one of those things where, like I said, 2020 definitely helped with, uh, not only growing the Houston chapter, but we are able to start a whole nother chapter in Dallas and it’s going to grown tremendously as well.

[00:44:14] Kim: [00:44:14] So how would you categorize the club? Are you like a social club? Do you have your competitive fast runners? Are you a mixture for both or walkers welcome? Who is the zone running? 

[00:44:28] Yancey: [00:44:28] It is every pace like that is honestly our, one of our slogans and what we know when we tell people, especially new people is run your own race.

[00:44:39] We’re going to have super fast people that can run 20 minute, five Ks. And then we’re going to have people that take 45 minutes, but the way we have it set up is we make it comfortable for everyone. Because no matter if you’re a fast runner or if you’re a slow runner, we all finished together. So we all start at the same spot.

[00:44:59] We all [00:45:00] end at the same spot. And if it takes me 20 minutes to run a 5k and it takes you 45 minutes, I’m going to wait 25 minutes for you to finish. And we’re going to clap you in at the end and we’re going to make sure everybody stretches together and all that good stuff. So I think that’s the thing that kind of helps, you know, people that aren’t, uh, athletic or don’t come from a background of running.

[00:45:22] It makes them feel comfortable. Cause they’re like, no matter how long it takes me, they’re going to sit here and wait for me and they’re going to cheer me in and motivate me and all that good stuff. So yeah. Zift is a mixture of runners, um, you know, mixture of personalities. I’ll say it’s amazing personalities.

[00:45:42] It’s a mixture of work. It’s a mixture of fun. It’s just a, it’s just a really good space for. Black people to be in. And when it comes to our health and our fitness, it makes that, that space safe. [00:46:00] That’s the best way that I can describe it. When it comes to fitness, you don’t really have to worry about, you know, where you are, because if you want to get better, we’re going to give you all the tools, all the motivation, all the education to get better.

[00:46:12] If you really want to do it. But if you don’t, we not going to drag, you know, we’re not going kicking and screaming either, but whenever you’re ready, our doors are always going to be open. Our homes are always going to be ready to receive you. And like I said, whether you’re an elite runner or a novice runner, you have a place in CFT.

[00:46:34] Kim: [00:46:34] So if I’m in the Houston or Dallas area, how do I link up with zone fitness? I could get my runs in 

[00:46:41] Yancey: [00:46:41] meat. That really depends on if we’re in season or not. So in season we meet more often, so we meet three times a week and we try to spread it out. So we, uh, try to put it on Instagram and we could actually do a better job at that.

[00:46:57] But, um, yeah, just, you know, [00:47:00] a lot of people, when they’re in town, they just DM us and we have a couple people looking at those, the ums and stuff, trying to, you know, answer back with people as fast as they can. Um, so yeah, most of the time people are DM and, or they’re being invited out by somebody that either knows about zone fitness training.

[00:47:18] They may not even run his own fitness, but if, you know, somebody says that they want to get a run in somebody most likely will say, Hey, you should. You should check out a CMT and run with them. I’m pretty sure that they’re going to be running sometime this weekend. So Instagram was probably the best way to figure out, you know, where we are, what we’re doing, get in touch with us.

[00:47:39] Kim: [00:47:39] Okay. So I want it to finish up by you telling me about your Xone awards. So I saw you post about that and I was like, Oh, this is cool. So what made you want to do, tell us, tell me what it is and what made you want to start this? So 

[00:47:57] Yancey: [00:47:57] do you watch the office, please send me yes. [00:48:00] No. Oh 

[00:48:00] Kim: [00:48:00] my goodness. I have my weird friends that watch it though.

[00:48:03] And they talk about it all the time. 

[00:48:06] Yancey: [00:48:06] Listen, I’m just going 

[00:48:09] Kim: [00:48:09] to put that, 

[00:48:11] Yancey: [00:48:11] but I will say this the office, you have to watch it from the beginning. You can’t come in or you can’t come in on a random episode. Cause it’s, it’s not gonna make sense, but if we started from the beginning, I, you know, it was one of those shows that you’ll grow to love, but the zonings were inspired by, uh, an award show that they did on the office.

[00:48:32] And they worked for a company called Dunder Mifflin. So they had an award they’ll call it. That’s one thing that wasn’t there. And it was, it was, it was an award show where it awarded things that were like unconventional. You know what I mean? It wasn’t like the best worker or. Uh, you know, best attendance or most sales, it was just funny stuff like, you know, the best red hair and ran a [00:49:00] hand in the door.

[00:49:01] You know what I mean? It was just like silly little things where y’all can come together and kind of celebrate each other. But it wasn’t this thing where we’re all fighting to be this one, you know, to be the MVP or this type of thing. So we put it together and it would like say it was just a way to celebrate the stuff that we’ve done over the years.

[00:49:20] Um, you know, celebrate people that, you know, bought into what we were doing and, uh, you know, improve, uh, people that committed themselves to Zift. Cause you know, I have people that have come in and out, but y’all people that, that are there every run. So, you know, kind of want to, just to, you know, find a way to kind of just recognize these people and let them know that and CMT appreciate it because without our members.

[00:49:47] I mean we’re, we’re nothing. So the first year we put it together and we had, you know, we had silly categories, like, uh, I know one of them was, uh, the glass house award. And that was like the person that [00:50:00] stayed hurt all the time, you know, like stuff like that. And, um, we had other ones, like, no, we have an MVP award.

[00:50:08] We have like the biggest comeback award. And we also have an award called the GPS award. It’s like the person that gets lost on every run.

[00:50:20] Yeah. You’re out where they are because they don’t got lost on the trail. So I was just, you know, stuff like that. And we have, uh, the members vote on, we put like a Google doc in there with, uh, you know, where people can vote and we have everybody vote on it. And then we give people plaques and metals and stuff like that.

[00:50:38] If they win. So it was just a fun way. Like I said, to end the year we do it in December. We always do a race like the second weekend December. And we do the zone use that night to kind of close out the year. 

[00:50:51] Kim: [00:50:51] Well, it sounds 

[00:50:52] Yancey: [00:50:52] like fun. Try to make it fun. We try to be different and innovative to kind of make it, you know, so it’s not [00:51:00] redundant, it’s not repetitive.

[00:51:02] And you know, we’re not going through the motions. So, you know, we do, we also started another thing. We actually did it this, this year we have, uh, a relay race that we run and that was something that we started this year. So we, you know, we kinda grouped the teams together depending on fat, fast, and slow people to make them even, and we do a, we call it, we call it the winter relays and the summer relays.

[00:51:25] So I said, wait, you kind of meet people that you don’t normally talk to. And y’all have to become a team and try to beat other people. So it’s just different little things. We try to put together to make people comfortable with each other, but also, uh, like make it fun. 

[00:51:43] Kim: [00:51:43] So tell everyone where they can find you on social so they can follow you, hit you up if they’re in the Houston or Dallas area to run or train with them.

[00:51:55] Yancey: [00:51:55] Yeah. So the best way is Instagram for us. So it’d be, uh, [00:52:00] Exxon fitness training, um, zone Z O N E fitness, L I T N E S S and then training. So that’d be the best way. Um, we also have Facebook and all those things, but you know, Facebook is kinda, you know, Isn’t that the second 

[00:52:17] Kim: [00:52:17] person that said that

[00:52:22] Yancey: [00:52:22] the banner, when it was just for college burgers, but you know,

[00:52:29] Kim: [00:52:29] everybody’s playing Facebook now. 

[00:52:31] Yancey: [00:52:31] Wow. Instagram would probably be the best place to see majority of, you know, what we do, what we offer our members and races and all that type of stuff. And you can also send us an email and S a zone fitness So between those two, somebody should be able to respond and send you in the right direction.

[00:52:57] And that’s, you know, if you’re in Houston or if [00:53:00] you’re in Dallas, 

[00:53:01] Kim: [00:53:01] So, how do you communicate with your, your members? 

[00:53:04] Yancey: [00:53:04] So we have a group meet, so we have a group chat. So I’m glad that you asked that. So with their group chat, that’s another thing, no run, no fun. Right? If you do a lot of her coordinating and events and stuff in that group, me, so people that are part of that group, me, they know about everything that we’re doing firsthand.

[00:53:25] So with that, we actually just did this. I think the Dallas club did it a couple of days ago and we did ours yesterday. We do purchase, right. So if you, if you’re not coming out, 

[00:53:38] Kim: [00:53:38] we kicked out, 

[00:53:39] Yancey: [00:53:39] kicked out. Uh, you know, when we try to, but that’s, it’s not a no, it’s not to discourage people or to tell people that they’re not doing what they’re supposed to do.

[00:53:50] It’s just more so a thing. Cause like I said, we do do a lot of fun things. And if we allow those people to sit in there and we found it that they won’t come to any runs, [00:54:00] but if we do a party, if we do a, you know, I 

[00:54:04] Kim: [00:54:04] got those people too know, I know what you’re 

[00:54:06] Yancey: [00:54:06] talking about. So it was one of those things, like I said, to reinforce our no run, no fun, uh, models, one of those things, like if you’re not coming out and it’s not even that you have to come out, it’s just one of those things.

[00:54:21] Like, you just have to be active. Like if you want to do we have members that literally do every run, they train for the half marathons and do every run by themselves. Right. That they posted in the group. They come in and they say, good morning. Every once in a while, you know, not saying that you got to talk in a group, meet a lot, not saying that you have to come to every run, not even say that you have to run a half marathon.

[00:54:44] It’s just. We need to know, you know, we want to know who you are. We want to, you know, we want to meet you. We want to make you a part of the family. So like I said, members are a part of the run club. I mean the run club group me, but you have to come to a run to get added to that group. [00:55:00] So once you come out to around one time, we add you to the group.

[00:55:03] Me now you part of the family, 

[00:55:05] Kim: [00:55:05] see, my club is the same way we have an unofficial group chat. Right? You can’t, you can’t get in the chat unless you know, someone in the chat who knows the founder of the chats that you in the chat. Oh yeah.

[00:55:22] Yancey: [00:55:22] You’ve got to come out and you come out to a run that at the end of our runs, you know, we asked our new people, you know, if this is your first time coming, tell us where you from. You know how you know, who invited you out and then we’ll add them to the new group chat. But if that’s the only time they come out,

[00:55:43] so it’s not a race, it’s not to discourage people or to call people out. It’s more so just a motivating factor because people will know that it’s a family. They know that we are getting better and more aspects than just fitness. You know, we talk about relationships. We talk [00:56:00] about finances. I mean, we talk about it all, but like I said, we also are a social club in a sense.

[00:56:06] So people want to be a part of that because it really is a good thing. It’s just that some people, it takes them longer to grasp that it is a run club first. Right? I know we do all these other things and we, you know, but at the end of the day, the basis of this, this, you know, this group, what his family is running.

[00:56:27] So it takes some people a little bit longer to grasp that aspect. But once they get it. And I, you know, they really jumped in and not one foot in, not one foot out, but they really dive in and try to get better with the running. I think that makes the overall experience for everybody better. 

[00:56:42] Kim: [00:56:42] Yancey’s like, yeah, y’all going to get these miles and first.

[00:56:45] Yeah. And then we go a party later,

[00:56:51] Yancey: [00:56:51] no matter what she’s doing, you know, outside of that brunch in and party, you know, we do all of that as well, but, uh, you gotta [00:57:00] run, go. We are a run club perse 

[00:57:04] Kim: [00:57:04] that, uh, Bryce, I’m going to thank you, Nancy, for being on The Run Wave Podcast. I will leave all of your socials, your email, all of that in the show notes.

[00:57:14] So people can follow you. They can come out to a run if I ever get to Houston. Yeah.

[00:57:23] As well. So I could get my, um, cha-cha what did y’all do down here? Yeah, those lines, the answer is not going to, I know like two of them, those differentiated ones with the new steps, I can’t do that. So I’m happy. What 

[00:57:41] Yancey: [00:57:41] is the name of your rock cloak? I don’t think I. 

[00:57:44] Kim: [00:57:44] I’m a member of Adidas. Runners. Yeah. So they’re like a, uh, a global run club, but 

[00:57:52] Yancey: [00:57:52] it was running app.

[00:57:53] That’s actually the app that we used as well. Yeah. We actually used the Adidas running out, so I’ve seen it on there. And [00:58:00] what is the, what chapter or what club is it or area? 

[00:58:04] Kim: [00:58:04] Well, I’m a member of the New York city club and the state they only have in New York city and LA. Gotcha. And then they have, you know, global all over the world.

[00:58:14] Also Europe you’ll find an Adidas runners group, you know, in whatever city you go to. But right now in this stage, just New York city and LA. So that’s w we haven’t Moran in over a year anyway. So I don’t know. I’m still in the club. 

[00:58:27] Yancey: [00:58:27] Yeah.

[00:58:30] They’re not taking them chances. They

[00:58:36] Yeah. That’s definitely understandable. 

[00:58:39] Kim: [00:58:39] Yeah. So I last group run was like in March last year. Yeah. Before, right before COVID hit. So wait, wait, they’re slowly trying to come back. So hopefully in the next few months they’ll get something going. 

[00:58:52] Yancey: [00:58:52] Yeah. So whenever y’all come back, uh, I definitely I’ll make a trip to new to New York just to run.

[00:58:58] I mean, I want to go back to [00:59:00] New York anyway. I’ve only been once. So I went and I want to come into the summer. I came into winter. Oh my God. 

[00:59:08] Kim: [00:59:08] Well, you know what for like running, you either come in may for the Brooklyn half marathon, which is not happening this year, or you come in November for the New York city marathon, because that we, we have like, we run, but we partied.

[00:59:23] So, you know, big stuff on those two occasions. So if the New York city marathon happens this year, which I don’t think it will, but people are trying to stay optimistic. Then that November is like, it’s not called yet. Cause it’s just like the beginning of November. So it’s, it’s comfortable still, although we might get hit with a snow storm out of the blue, but that happens once in a while, you know?

[00:59:42] No, but yeah, I came 

[00:59:45] Yancey: [00:59:45] to celebrate new year’s. 

[00:59:47] Kim: [00:59:47] Oh, no.

[00:59:54] Yancey: [00:59:54] I want to come back when it’s a little warmer. So. No, I can get a run in as well. And you 

[00:59:59] Kim: [00:59:59] don’t want to come into summer [01:00:00] Eva cause it gets hot in New York and stuff like that. Houston high with that. Yeah. All them 

[01:00:06] Yancey: [01:00:06] buildings and concrete up 

[01:00:08] Kim: [01:00:08] there. Uh, the summer is like, and we have to train for our marathon and they’re saying rather in the summer, so it’s like torture, but yeah, I would say early fall or for the New York city marathon is a great time to come that you’ll have a enjoy your running community in New York.

[01:00:25] It’ll be 

[01:00:25] good. 

[01:00:25] Yancey: [01:00:25] Okay. Yeah. I definitely tried to get up there for that. And if I do, I will be sure to shout you out. 

[01:00:32] Kim: [01:00:32] Of course, I would love to take you on a run around the city and, you know, show you how we do things up North. 

[01:00:39] Yancey: [01:00:39] That’d be, that’d be dope. 

[01:00:42] Kim: [01:00:42] All right. So thank you again for being on the show. Of course, right?

[01:00:49] I hope you enjoy the interview with Yancy, a Zone Fitness Training Run Club. They are in the Houston and Dallas, Texas area. So [01:01:00] if you are in those areas and you’re looking for a crew to run with it, definitely check them out. If you’re visiting the areas, hit them up on Instagram, I will have all of their details down below.

[01:01:12] So while you’re on the road, you have someone to run with. And that’s why I am enjoying bringing this run crew Sierra to you because we are just making connections all over, you know, the United States and the world. So when we travel, when we’re in another state, when we are away from home, we have someone that we can run with.

[01:01:33] So thank you again for tuning in to this episode of The Run Wave Podcast. Be sure to come back next week while I have a brand new run crews story to tell you. And I will catch up on the next one later. Thank you so much for tuning into the show. Be sure to subscribe to The Run Wave on your favorite podcast app and leave us a review of the [01:02:00] show on Apple podcasts.

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