“I want every runner when they listen to this show to be reminded that regardless of your pace, your distance, how often you run, when you run — you’re a runner. I want you to know that even if you don’t see yourself in every episode, in every conversation — I see you. I see you in this community. I value you. I couldn’t do this without you. I will do my very best to make sure these conversations remain inclusive in every way possible.”
In 2020, I released 126 episodes of the Ali on the Run Show with 133 different guests. I welcomed five new sponsors (goodr, Tracksmith, Athletic Greens, Gatorade Endurance, and Atlanta Track Club), and maintained a strong partnership with longtime sponsors (AfterShokz, UCAN, and New Balance). In addition to the Thursday conversations, there was a steady stream of fun series options to choose from: Love on the Run, On the Job, Feel-Good Fridays, Ali & the Experts, What’s New With You, and On the Record. I launched a Patreon page, built a community there, and happily hosted three live shows, one of which was virtual. With more than 2.5 million downloads, 2020 was a good year for this show, at least by the numbers.
But it wasn’t easy. The state of the world forced me to do a lot of reflection, and to commit to serious changes on the show. I acknowledged — uncomfortably at times! — my own role in the running industry’s problems with racism and representation. I wrestled with how to pivot the show and these conversations once the pandemic hit.
On this episode, I’m taking a look back at the last year for the Ali on the Run Show, including sharing some key takeaways from last month’s podcast listener survey. And, ultimately, I’m looking forward so I can continue to do my best to make the Ali on the Run Show a place where all runners are seen, heard, welcomed, and represented.
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What you’ll get on this episode:
- Reflecting on the Ali on the Run Show in 2020, by the numbers (3:00)
- The Ali on the Run Show in 2020, beyond the numbers (15:30)
- On navigating how to talk about a pandemic on the podcast last March (21:00)
- On addressing systemic racism and Black Lives Matter on the Ali on the Run Show in 2020 (24:45)
- 2020 on the personal front (30:00)
- Looking back at my 2020 goals and how they played out (35:00)
- Sharing responses from the Ali on the Run Show Listener Survey (41:50)
- Looking forward to 2021 (1:00:31)
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- Like the Facebook page
- Join the Facebook group
- Twitter @aliontherun1
- Support on Patreon
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