29 episodes

Conversations that probe how running can be used as a conduit for change in 2020 and beyond.

Let‘s_Get_Uncomfortable Ines Bebea, Jamie Chien and Nathan Schiller

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    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Conversations that probe how running can be used as a conduit for change in 2020 and beyond.

    Episode 29: Davon Culley talks track to ultras and how he builds representation

    Episode 29: Davon Culley talks track to ultras and how he builds representation

    With nearly 40 marathons under his belt, Davon Culley has spent the last three decades running and being part of the running boom, from the track to ultramarathons and everything in between. Encouraged by the growth of Black runners, as well as the significant number of races by Black race directors, Davon joins the show to discuss his hopes of true diversity and inclusion in running, and how his leadership roles give him a seat at the table to bring change.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 28: Nacho Valle, founder of Snake Run and Achilles volunteer, on blending art and running into an inclusive space

    Episode 28: Nacho Valle, founder of Snake Run and Achilles volunteer, on blending art and running into an inclusive space

    Art and running have a lot in common. Depending on your social connections or access to the outdoors, they can both be exclusive clubs. For Nacho Valle, the founder of Snake Run and volunteer/coach with Achilles International, art and running are about inclusion. On the latest episode of Let’s Get Uncomfortable, the Valencia, Spain, native shares his love for art and how it changed his perception of the world while growing up in an art gallery thanks to his father. That same passion for color, beauty, and heartbreak then led him to running and exploring the world. From being a guide for runners with disabilities in Spain, London and now New York, it’s all part of his master plan to blend all his passions, and ultimately open doors for others.

    • 43 min
    Episode 27: Jean Bell, Coach and founder of Jeuness Track Club, on building Black Girl Magic

    Episode 27: Jean Bell, Coach and founder of Jeuness Track Club, on building Black Girl Magic

    Jean Bell, a judge for New York State and former college track runner, has been coaching girls in Brooklyn through Jeuness Track Club, the grassroots organization she founded in 1985. Jeuness athletes, ages 5-17, learn not only how to train for athletic excellence, routinely competing in national and world championships, but how to become dedicated students with the goal, often attained, of earning a college scholarship. Join us for Episode 27 of the Let’s Get Uncomfortable running podcast to hear how Jean Bell has overcome barriers of personal and institution doubt to become an inspiration to thousands of young girl runners in Brooklyn—and how she feels about the acclaimed Netflix documentary Sisters on Track, featuring three of Jeuness Track Club's runners.

    • 57 min
    Episode 26: Kim Rodrigues on using running to manage depression and stay in touch with herself

    Episode 26: Kim Rodrigues on using running to manage depression and stay in touch with herself

    While attending Tilden High School in Brooklyn, Kim Rodrigues ran the 600-, 800-, and 1,200-meter dashes, and the 400-meter hurdles, mainly to stay out of trouble. Years later, as she celebrates her 57th birthday with 15 marathons under her belt and more to come, she reflects on how running not only set her on the right path in fitness, but also helped her manage bouts of depression. Kim has become a premier fixture in the New York City group running scene, but she continues to find solace in the internal nature of the sport. Join us to hear how Kim is redefining expectations for master’s runners—and doing it with an unmatched sense of style—on the first 2022 episode of the Let’s Get Uncomfortable running podcast.

    • 47 min
    Episode 25: Boogie Down Bronx Runners on building a vibrant running community from scratch and cheering at mile 20 of the New York City Marathon

    Episode 25: Boogie Down Bronx Runners on building a vibrant running community from scratch and cheering at mile 20 of the New York City Marathon

    When Lenny Grullon and Jean Paul (JP) Fontana, former basketball players from the Bronx, founded the Boogie Down Bronx Runners in 2017, they were their group’s only members. It took a few tries, but soon a few people showed up, including Chris Guzman, who wanted to get healthy and model an active lifestyle for his son. Today, the three of them lead well over 100 members, including 50 marathoners, throughout the Bronx, going beyond Van Cortlandt Park to Pelham Bay Park and down to the South Bronx. Their runs are inclusive by design, so that beginners feel welcome alongside experienced racers, and embrace the community, showing that running is happening in the Bronx, and not just with fast white guys. With a budding partnership with Nike and a raucous cheering section at mile 20 of the New York City Marathon, which returns this Sunday for its 50th anniversary after a pandemic hiatus, the Boogie Down Bronx runners show how investing in your community takes time, effort, dedication, and love — and pays off big time. Join Lenny, Chris, and JP for an inside look at how it happened and where it’s going, on the first episode of season two of Let’s Get Uncomfortable. (Note: JP had to leave the live recording but chimed back in for the hot mic segment.)

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 24: Mitchell Silver ”The People‘s Commissioner” on running, diversifying outdoor spaces, and never buying his wife flowers

    Episode 24: Mitchell Silver ”The People‘s Commissioner” on running, diversifying outdoor spaces, and never buying his wife flowers

    Mitchell Silver’s drive and determination is the kind of story that inspires generations. The kid from Brooklyn who dropped out of high school after just two years, made his way back to earn degrees in architecture and urban planning, the first black president of the American Planning Association to then become New York City Parks Commissioner. His road had many turns and valleys, and deeply marked by the his mother's death at a young age, and the death of his brother and best friend Sam as an adult. His legacy as a runner and Parks and Recreations Commissioner will be felt for generations to come. His goal at the helm of the agency was to make public spaces more equitable. His decision to rename the Central Park loop after Ted Corbitt, the co-founder of New York Road Runners and its first and only black president is one of the many outdoor spaces he renamed under his tenure. Silver is training for the Chicago and New York City marathons in 2021, and memories of running with Harlem Run and the diverse NYC running community is what keeps him going.

    • 1 hr 13 min

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Dragon Denis ,

Familiar faces

As a runner in NYC - so great to hear these convos! Can’t wait for more

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Learned a lot. Great listen

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Great listen. I’m learning a lot.