Aug 7, 2020
The world we live in is a different place to the last podcast I recorded. Although COVID-19 was here when I finished up for maternity leave, times are certainly changing, and fast (although maybe not fast enough with some things). I wanted to record an update of how things have been going, something you requested upon my return, and then an update on what I have been learning and working on during this time. The first half of this podcast is solo, talking through the climate we are living in, and then I bring in Alison Desir for the second half of the episode.
Although Alison was only on the show a few months ago, for episode 182, we wanted to go deeper into the systemic racism and racist policies that have been holding black people back. I know you want to make changes and do what you can to dismantle racism, but are really unsure how, especially in terms of the running world. Alison and I discuss ways we can all help change things, beyond protesting out in the streets.
This episode is about as real as it comes, with both Alison and I recording with children on our laps, but as you know, for most of us, this time is just about doing the best we can with the situation we are in, and that's what we did.
Tune in to this update episode, and then we will spend the coming four episodes exploring some of the ways being a black runner has meant a totally different experience to being a white runner. I have tried to explore how being a person of color affects us in the past, bringing on guests to talk about this like Alysia Montano, Nellie Acevedo, Rosalie Fish, and Alison's previous episode, but over the coming episodes we will be going deeper.
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Thank you to Alison, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.