I genuinely used to really enjoy Citius Mag. Chris did a nice job and asked more sincere questions.
A few years later, Citius Mag is mid at best. Very intentional with pushing woke ideas and they're other hosts (specifically David Melly) are so bad that they shouldn't be considered journalists. David is racist too (throwback to the sub 4 piece).
Lastly, they bash other news outlets specifically LRC and that doesn't sit well with me.
I appreciated Chris's writing through the years. I tried to listen to the podcast but it almost always got into woke identity politics so I haven't listened now in about a year. I get enough of that kind of talk in everyday life without subjecting myself to it when I am following my favorite sport.
not sure what you mean by “sub-elite prior competitors.” Chavez would be the first to admit he is a journalist who happens to run for general fitness, whereas some of the other contributors such as Merber and Fleet were bona fide elite athletes in their primes. Regardless, one doesn’t need to be a former pro to give insightful takes or ask meaningful questions of elites.
I really enjoy the citius mag RUNNING content but ya the last two years I am constantly weeding out the woke propaganda episodes. It is free so I can’t complain but damn people need to get off that bandwagon. Anyone can run. It is the most accessible sport in the world, please stop forcing it
Any CM podcast is almost unlistenable to me. They are so pretentious and like to have on pretentious interviewees. The tone is very NPRish in a way that portrays an athletes opinion on local beers the most insightful and important opinion in the world.
LR podcasts meanwhile is very unpretentious, they regularly poke fun at themselves and each other, and aren't pushing some sort of self-importance tone. Like I wouldn't mind sitting at a bar chatting track if it felt like the LR podcast. The CM podcast would be wildly annoying.
I can usually put-up with a lot if I’m really interested in the guest. The episode with Molly Seidel (after NY marathon) and having David Melly as a co-host was unlistenable. It was half fan-boying and half creepy flirting. MSNBC/Huffpo have better standards than this.