Ali on the Run Show Episode 140: Carolyn Su, Creator of @diversewerun

“Take assessment of who you feel more comfortable making eye contact with.”

Carolyn Su is the creator of the @diversewerun Instagram account, where she shares inspiring stories from runners from all backgrounds. Carolyn, who is a Taiwanese-American daughter of immigrant parents and was born and raised in Texas, is a strong voice advocating for more diversity and representation within the running community. On this episode, Carolyn — who is a mom of two living with her husband and kids in Boston, MA — talks about her foray into running and how having an eating disorder in high school and college factored into her running journey. She also talks about how we can all advocate for more diversity and inclusion within the running community. A must-listen!

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Carolyn became a runner — and how an eating disorder factored in (7:10)
  • Carolyn’s road to recovery from her eating disorder (13:30)
  • Why Carolyn ran her first marathon (16:40)
  • Did Carolyn’s family support her running? (22:20)
  • What it was like growing up as an Asian-American daughter of immigrants in Houston, TX (25:41)
  • Why Carolyn started the @diversewerun Instagram account (35:44)
  • What can I — a basic white girl with a community — do to encourage more diversity in running and amplify these voices from men and women of color? (46:00)
  • Carolyn’s advice for modeling good behavior for our kids, and how to teach young people about race (53:45)

What we mention on this episode:

Women Behind the Mic LIVE in Boston

Chris Mosier on Episode 13 of the Ali on the Run Show

Keep the conversation going: 

I asked Carolyn for some of her favorite resources and accounts that help broaden the scope of the running community and of our own social constructs. She recommended @theconsciouskid, @teachandtransform, @diversityinadventure, @indigenoustrail, and @melaninbasecamp. Check them out!

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2 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for stepping up to do this fantastic podcast. This is such an important topic to our running community and is a must listen! Great interview!!!

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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