Podcast: Episode 203 with Jinghuan Liu Tervalon

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“I have always seen myself as a writer, my husband is a writer, and I always thought I had a talent in writing and with words. I thought, ‘this is time to really put my talent to work,’ to not only advocate for AAPI runners, but also for all runners of color and those who do not see themselves as runners—to make running a more welcoming and inclusive space.” 

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Jinghuan Liu Tervalon is a mother and a runner from Southern California. She started running 14 years ago to deal with heartache and to do something for herself before she eventually found a community that she connected with and started training in earnest for races. She’s also a writer whose work has been published in Runner’s World and Women’s Running. In fact, last year she won a creative grant through the Brooks RunFulness Project to create a multimedia book project that showcases runners from the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. She serves on the board of Bras for Girls, and is an advocate for creating social change through running. Jinghuan is someone I’ve corresponded with over email for a few years now and in this conversation I got to learn more about her journey as a runner, and her work as a writer and an advocate. We also talked about identity, the role and importance of community, using her voice to tell stories and generate awareness, and a lot more. 

Jinghuan Liu Tervalon: Instagram | Twitter | Bras For Girls

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Mario Fraioli: Website | Strava

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Music and editing for this episode of the morning shakeout podcast by John Summerford.