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By Emily Abbate
Join me, Emily Abbate, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a good time. Hurdle is a wellness-focused podcast where I sit down with inspiring individuals to talk about everything from their big wins to how they’ve gotten through life’s toughest moments. On the show, you a can expect vulnerability, motivation, and candid discussions with everyone from top athletes to aspiring entrepreneurs on what it really takes to follow your passions. My mission is simple: To inspire you to be your best self, move with intention — and have some fun along the way. Tell me: What's your #hurdlemoment?
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#HURDLEMOMENT: 3 Simple Tips That Will Help You Run Faster
Three. Simple. Tips. This is probably one of the questions that lands in my DMs and email inbox most often. On the heels of last week's mile time trial, I'm excited to offer you my biggest takeaways when it comes to finding your fast. And remember! "Fast" is interpretive. Be proud of yourself for showing up in the first place, and recognize that wanting to improve means that you care — period! SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Nike Pegasus 37 New Balance 890v8 Wolaco Biker Short Lululemon All the Right Places Crop #HURDLEMOMENT: Running My Fastest Mile Ever, a Recap OFFERS Beam | Go to BeamTLC.com and use code "HURDLE" at checkout for 15 percent off. Subscribe to the Weekly Hurdle here. JOIN: THE *Secret* FACEBOOK GROUP HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Book club will be on October 20 at 8 p.m. Register to join, here! First come, first serve, up to 100 attendees!
15:53
October 21, 2020
133. Gwen Jorgensen, Runner & Olympic Gold Medalist
When Gwen Jorgensen graduated from the University of Wisconsin, she had every intention of becoming a CPA. Within a year of working, she did her first triathlon, doing well enough to achieve elite status. Before she knew it, she had qualified for the 2012 London Olympics and life was never really the same. In episode 133, Gwen talks to me about the #hurdlemoment of navigating a flat tire in London, causing her to come in 38th place, and inspiring her to work harder than ever to make it back to the olympic stage in 2016. We talk about the big life decisions she had to make to follow that dream, including a move abroad and the relentless support of her partner Patrick, and what it was like to be the first woman to win Olympic gold in triathlon. Of course, we also get into her decision to leave triathlon for running full-time, what life’s like in Portland right now, and how motherhood and injury have both played big roles in her recent training. SOCIAL @gwenjorgensen @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate OFFERS LMNT | Head to DrinkLMNT.com/hurdle to check out my go-to electrolyte beverage today. My favorite flavor? Orange citrus is a MUST-TRY! Athletic Greens | Head to AthleticGreens.com/hurdle to get a year’s receive the FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase. Daily Harvest | Go to DailyHarvest.com and enter promo code “HURDLE25” at checkout to get $25 dollars off your first box. CHECK OUT: HURDLE SESSIONS All past Sessions are now available on the Hurdle website. New sessions will be announced soon! JOIN: THE *Secret* FACEBOOK GROUP HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Book club will be on October 20 at 8 p.m. Register to join, here! First come, first serve, up to 100 attendees!
1:12:25
October 19, 2020
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: F@!k Expectations
The mile itself was cool. Heck, it was effin' awesome. But one of the biggest highlights for me last week was the immense amount of love I felt from friends, family, and this community combined. In today's installment of 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I'm talking about how I've learned to implement gratitude and leave behind expectation (tough!), and how this practice has made a dramatic impact on how I feel in my day-to-day. SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE #HURDLEMOMENT: Running My Fastest Mile Ever CHECK OUT: Pizza to the Polls is a Thing LISTEN: Born or Made by Michael Chernow READ: This Post By Emily Infeld BUY: Nike Pegasus 37 Shield By You Sign up for the Weekly Hurdle! CHECK OUT: HURDLE SESSIONS All past Sessions are now available on the Hurdle website. New sessions will be announced soon! JOIN: THE *Secret* FACEBOOK GROUP HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Book club will be on October 20 at 8 p.m. Register to join, here! First come, first serve, up to 100 attendees!
13:17
October 16, 2020
#HURDLEMOMENT: Running My Fastest Mile EVER, A Recap
5:56. FIVE FIFTY-SIX! I'm still pinching myself. Last Friday, I ran a mile time trial with a friend with the goal to break 6:00. Well, I did it, and I have the Strava data to prove it. For #HURDLEMOMENT this week, I'm chatting about why the mile distance means so much to me and all the details surrounding the build-up to this particular effort. I offer up my pre-race routine, talk about my strategy going in, share the hardest part of the entire shebang, and how the entire experiment made me feel. (FYI: Super emotional TBH.) A huge, huge thanks to my teammates at Brooklyn Track Club for supporting me on race day, and to the friends, family, and Hurdlers who reached out! SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Episode One: Emily Abbate, Creator of Hurdle #HURDLEMOMENT: The Chicago Marathon, A Recap #HURDLEMOMENT: How to Deal With Injury OFFERS Goodr | Head on over to Goodr.com/Hurdle and use code "HURDLE" for $10 off your order. They've NEVER done a promotion like this, so it's a big deal (and only valid for the first 200 orders)! At that link you can peep all of my favorites! CHECK OUT: HURDLE SESSIONS All past Sessions are now available on the Hurdle website. Subscribe to the Weekly Hurdle newsletter. Check out the SECRET Hurdlers Facebook group. HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Book club will be on October 20 at 8 p.m. Register to join, here! First come, first serve, up to 100 attendees!
20:58
October 14, 2020
132. Cody Rigsby, Cycling Director at Peloton
What’s GOOD, Season 4!? Excited to kick things off with Cody Rigsby, the Cycling Director at Peloton.  You know what I love most about Cody? He is so unapologetically himself. For episode 132, he chats with me about growing up in North Carolina and knowing from the first time that he visited New York City that he was meant to be here. We talk about everything from when he accepted he was gay and what it was like telling his mom, to working three different jobs at once just to make rent at his first New York apartment while following his goal to be a dancer. He also tells me about Peloton “falling in his lap,” and how the job has been one of the biggest blessings of his life. The inspiration in this episode? It is literally endless. I definitely wanted to start off the new season with a bang, and I’d say this convo definitely gets the job done. SOCIAL @codyrigsby @onepeloton @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate OFFERS Athletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get a year’s receive the FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase. Daily Harvest | Go to DailyHarvest.com and enter promo code “HURDLE25” at checkout to get $25 dollars off your first box. Beam | Go to BeamTLC.com and use code "HURDLE" at checkout for 15 percent off. Subscribe to the Weekly Hurdle here. JOIN: THE *Secret* FACEBOOK GROUP HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Book club will be on October 20 at 8 p.m. Register to join, here! First come, first serve, up to 100 attendees!
1:01:50
October 12, 2020
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: So, This Is Where I'm At
It's hard to believe that season 3 of the show is coming to a close today. What an unbelievable 12 weeks it's been, filled with amazing conversations, vulnerability, and learning. For 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I'm talking a little bit about where I'm at, what I'm looking forward to, and the hurdles I've been navigating lately. SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE DOUBLE-CHECK: Am I Registered to Vote? WATCH: An 89-Year-Old Pizza Delivery Guy Gets a $12,000 Tip LISTEN: Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend: Michelle Obama Returns READ (& WRITE): Heart Talk, The Journal: 52 Weeks of Self-Love, Self-Care, and Self-Discovery by Cleo Wade Sign up for the Weekly Hurdle! CHECK OUT: HURDLE SESSIONS All past Sessions are now available on the Hurdle website. Other upcoming sessions that I would love for you to be a part of: October Handling #HURDLEMOMENTS Workshop: 10/7 at 7:00 p.m. JOIN: THE *Secret* FACEBOOK GROUP HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Book club will be on October 20 at 8 p.m. Register to join, here! First come, first serve, up to 100 attendees!
12:15
October 2, 2020
#HURDLEMOMENT: Your Biggest Listener Questions, Answered
Have a lot of extra special guests on the show today! Thanks so much to everyone that submitted listener questions for this episode. I had a lot of fun putting it together and I'm looking forward to doing these more regularly — with your help. In today's episode, I'm chatting about everything from my morning routine and finding my fast to making money as a freelance journalist and how I'm navigating this pandemic (and life in general) as a single 30-something. SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Episode One: Emily Abbate, Creator of Hurdle Runner's World: In Defense of Walking More and Running Less 131. Emily Infeld, Olympic Runner #HURDLEMOMENT: The Chicago Marathon, A Recap OFFERS Goodr | Head on over to Goodr.com/Hurdle and use code "HURDLE" for $10 off your order. They've NEVER done a promotion like this, so it's a big deal (and only valid for the first 200 orders)! At that link you can peep all of my favorites! CHECK OUT: HURDLE SESSIONS All past Sessions are now available on the Hurdle website. Other upcoming sessions that I would love for you to be a part of: Media Strategy for Fitness Professionals, 9/30 at 7:00 p.m. October Handling #HURDLEMOMENTS Workshop: 10/7 at 7:00 p.m. Check out the SECRET Hurdlers Facebook group. HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Book club will be on October 20 at 8 p.m. Register to join, here! First come, first serve, up to 100 attendees! ALSO! Don’t forget about our One Million Miles for Justice team! This time around, a portion of the race proceeds will support the Children's Defense Fund, national child advocacy organization that works to uplift all children — especially poor children and children of color. Click the link above to join team “Hurdlers." First time joining? Use the code “HURDLERS5” for $5 off registration. If you participated previously, use “RETURNPHASE2” for a discount.
26:14
September 30, 2020
131. Emily Infeld, Olympic Runner
It's never easy to be on the injured list. Emily Infeld knows this well. These days, she's a middle-distance runner crushing 80+-mile weeks, but since turning pro after graduating from Georgetown, she's navigated a slew of injuries that have tested her confidence and will. In episode 131, we talk about the lessons that they've taught her, what it was like training alongside greats like Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher, the importance of good nutrition, and how she keeps negative self talk at bay when things feel out of her control. She also shares her recovery strategy (important when you're logging so many miles!) and what it was like to medal at World Championships and make it to an Olympic games.  SOCIAL @emilyinfeld @emilyabbate @hurdlepodcast OFFERS Athletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get a FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase. Four Sigmatic | Go to foursigmatic.com/HURDLE or enter code “HURDLE” at checkout to receive 10% off your order. CHECK OUT: HURDLE SESSIONS All past Sessions are now available on the Hurdle website. Other upcoming sessions that I would love for you to be a part of: Media Strategy for Fitness Professionals, 9/30 at 7:00 p.m. October Handling #HURDLEMOMENTS Workshop: 10/7 at 7:00 p.m. Check out the SECRET Hurdlers Facebook group. HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Book club will be on October 20 at 8 p.m. Register to join, here! First come, first serve, up to 100 attendees! ALSO! Don’t forget about our One Million Miles for Justice team! This time around, a portion of the race proceeds will support the Children's Defense Fund, national child advocacy organization that works to uplift all children — especially poor children and children of color. Click the link above to join team “Hurdlers." First time joining? Use the code “HURDLERS5” for $5 off registration. If you participated previously, use “RETURNPHASE2” for a discount.
1:05:08
September 28, 2020
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Stop Worrying About Being 'Good Enough'
At the end of last year, I almost avoided signing up for something that — these days — brings me a lot of joy. In today's installment of 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I talk about letting go of worry and embracing uncertainty in favor of growth, and how sometimes that first hurdle is really the most difficult part of the whole shebang (even what sprinting is involved).  PROMPT: When was the last time you needed to give yourself a pep talk? What was it about, and how did you feel after? SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE WATCH: The Atlantic & Land Rover Present: John Mayer Goes Outside READ: What Your Favorite Teen Heartthrobs Look Like Now LISTEN: Masego Sign up for the Weekly Hurdle! CHECK OUT: HURDLE SESSIONS All past Sessions are now available on the Hurdle website. Other upcoming sessions that I would love for you to be a part of: Media Strategy for Fitness Professionals, 9/30 at 7:00 p.m. October Handling #HURDLEMOMENTS Workshop: 10/7 at 7:00 p.m. JOIN: THE *Secret* FACEBOOK GROUP HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Book club will be on October 20 at 8 p.m. Register to join, here! First come, first serve, up to 100 attendees! ALSO! Don’t forget about our One Million Miles for Justice team! This time around, a portion of the race proceeds will support the Children's Defense Fund, a national child advocacy organization that works to uplift all children — especially poor children and children of color. Click the link above to join team “Hurdlers” (or — make sure to enter the team name at checkout). First time joining in the fun? Use the code “HURDLERS5” for $5 off registration. If you participated previously, use “RETURNPHASE2” for a discount.
12:16
September 25, 2020
#HURDLEMOMENT: Essential Lessons in Self Confidence with a Master Certified Life Coach
Meet Kara Loewentheil, master certified life coach and host of the wildly popular UnF*ck Your Brain podcast. Today, I'm chatting with her all about strategies for building self confidence. From the importance of positive self talk and neutral thoughts to Loewentheil's stance on affirmations and mantras, this conversation is g-o-l-d. We're definitely not holding anything back.  SOCIAL @karaloewentheil @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate OFFERS Goodr | Head on over to Goodr.com/Hurdle and use code "HURDLE" for $10 off your order. They've NEVER done a promotion like this, so it's a big deal (and only valid for the first 200 orders)! At that link you can peep all of my favorites!  CHECK OUT: HURDLE SESSIONS All past Sessions are now available on the Hurdle website. Other upcoming sessions that I would love for you to be a part of: Building a Social Media Presence, 9/23 at 7:00 p.m. Media Strategy for Fitness Professionals, 9/30 at 7:00 p.m. October Handling #HURDLEMOMENTS Workshop: 10/7 at 7:00 p.m. Check out the SECRET Hurdlers Facebook group. HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Book club will be on October 20 at 8 p.m. Register to join, here! First come, first serve, up to 100 attendees! ALSO! Don’t forget about our One Million Miles for Justice team! This time around, a portion of the race proceeds will support the Children's Defense Fund, national child advocacy organization that works to uplift all children — especially poor children and children of color. Click the link above to join team “Hurdlers." First time joining? Use the code “HURDLERS5” for $5 off registration. If you participated previously, use “RETURNPHASE2” for a discount.
36:06
September 23, 2020
130. Miles Chamley-Watson, Olympic Fencer
Miles Chamley-Watson never wanted to blend in with the crowd. Moving to the United States from London at a young age, he picked up fencing to deal with the criticisms he faced from his classmates when it came to "fitting in." That decision changed his life, excelling at the sport early on and eventually becoming world champion as well as a two-time Olympian. In episode 130, I chat with the Red Bull-sponsored athlete about how he got to where he is today, fending off the naysayers and staying the course to do what he loves, despite "not looking like anyone in his sport." He talks to me about the ins and outs of sponsorships, his lofty goal to be the first-ever fencer to make $1 million, and how he navigates the newfound fame that comes with success. Plus: How he's been managing the pandemic (including his big decision to move to the west coast) and what it was like to sit next to Madonna at the Met Gala. SOCIAL @fencer @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate OFFERS Athletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get a year’s receive the FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase. Thrive Market | Go to thrivemarket.com/hurdle and join today and you’ll get a FREE gift of your choosing, up to $22 dollars in value. Daily Harvest | Go to DailyHarvest.com and enter promo code “HURDLE25” at checkout to get $25 dollars off your first box. CHECK OUT: HURDLE SESSIONS All past Sessions are now available on the Hurdle website. Other upcoming sessions that I would love for you to be a part of: Building a Social Media Presence, 9/23 at 7:00 p.m. Media Strategy for Fitness Professionals, 9/30 at 7:00 p.m. October Handling #HURDLEMOMENTS Workshop: 10/7 at 7:00 p.m. Check out the SECRET Hurdlers Facebook group. HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Book club will be on October 20 at 8 p.m. Register to join, here! First come, first serve, up to 100 attendees! ALSO! Don’t forget about our One Million Miles for Justice team! This time around, a portion of the race proceeds will support the Children's Defense Fund, national child advocacy organization that works to uplift all children — especially poor children and children of color. Click the link above to join team “Hurdlers." First time joining? Use the code “HURDLERS5” for $5 off registration. If you participated previously, use “RETURNPHASE2” for a discount.
45:23
September 21, 2020
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Getting Unstuck
This was one of those weeks where I felt like I was staring at my computer for far too long without doing anything. After day two of experiencing minimal wins at my desk, I made the conscious decision to do something about it and step away. In today's episode, I'm talking about how I got unstuck, and the lessons I learned along the way. TLDR; There is always something that you can do to move forward from a hurdle (even if it's slower than you'd like). SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE LISTEN: The Tim Ferriss Show: #462: Guy Raz — Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs, The Story of ‘How I Built This,’ Overcoming Anxiety and Depression, and More EAT: Kaari Foods Dips WATCH: Certified Young Person Paul Rudd Wants You to Wear a Mask BALL OUT: Book the Original House from The Fresh Prince SEND: Sugarwish SUPPORT THE SPONSORS: For a complete list of Hurdle’s sponsors and discount codes — click here. Check out the SECRET Hurdlers Facebook group. CHECK OUT: HURDLE SESSIONS All past Sessions are now available on the Hurdle website. Other upcoming sessions that I would love for you to be a part of: Building a Social Media Presence, 9/23 at 7:00 p.m. Media Strategy for Fitness Professionals, 9/30 at 7:00 p.m. October Handling #HURDLEMOMENTS Workshop: 10/7 at 7:00 p.m. HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Book club will be on October 20 at 8 p.m. Register to join, here! First come, first serve, up to 100 attendees! ALSO! Don’t forget about our One Million Miles for Justice team! This time around, a portion of the race proceeds will support the Children's Defense Fund, national child advocacy organization that works to uplift all children — especially poor children and children of color. Click the link above to join team “Hurdlers." First time joining? Use the code “HURDLERS5” for $5 off registration. If you participated previously, use “RETURNPHASE2” for a discount.
10:36
September 18, 2020
#HURDLEMOMENT: An Honest Mental Health Check-In & 5 Strategies for Boosting It
Man, the last six-or-so months have been a rollercoaster, eh? In today's episode, I'm getting candid about where I'm at — the good and the bad. Opening up about some challenges I've dealt with, especially lately, and how I'm reframing my perspective to get the most out of every day despite uncertainty. After my real-talk check-in, I'm offering up the strategies that can help you boost your own mental health and bring about more positivity into your routine. TLDR; mental health is just as important as physical health, and if you're not looking at it that way — you're making a major mistake.  SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE We're Not Really Strangers SUPPORT THE SPONSORS: For a complete list of Hurdle’s sponsors, their respective vanity URLs, and discount codes — click here. CHECK OUT: HURDLE SESSIONS All past Sessions are now available on the Hurdle website. September 23: Building a Social Media Presence September 30: Media Strategy for Fitness Professionals
18:44
September 16, 2020
129. Briohny Smyth, Yoga Teacher
Briohny Smyth knows a thing or two about overcoming hurdles. In fact, today’s conversation is full of so many hurdles, that at one point I was sitting next to my microphone literally holding my hands over my heart. Today, she’s an Alo Moves instructor, yoga teacher, and mother of two based in Los Angeles. But growing up, Smyth was actually a young pop star in Thailand, creating 10 albums in 10 years. For episode 129, she tells me all about the challenges that came hand-in-hand with fame at a young age, battling drug abuse and disordered eating while trying to keep it all together, create music, and perform. Smyth talks to me about how she first tried yoga in India during a work trip, and how that experience ultimately changed her life forever. We also chat the hardships of divorce, figuring out how to make a living doing what you love, and the scary side of pivoting during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m telling you, this is an episode you don’t want to miss. SOCIAL @yogawithbriohny @alomoves @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate Please note: There are some sensitive topics discussed in this episode. If you or someone you love is struggling from disordered eating or drug abuse, you are certainly not alone. National Eating Disorder Association national helpline: 1 (800) 931-2237 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration national helpline: 1 (800) 662-HELP (4357) OFFERS Athletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get a FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase. Beam | Go to BeamTLC.com and use code "HURDLE" at checkout for 15 percent off. Subscribe to the Weekly Hurdle here.
1:08:07
September 14, 2020
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Different Is NOT a Bad Thing
This week, I've been reflecting on 2020 versus 2019. Let's be real: The pandemic has thrown us a lot of curveballs. And while a lot of things are different, different isn't necessarily a bad thing. Chatting on this topic today for 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, triggered by Hurdle's book club pick — Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Ph.D.  PROMPT: What’s one thing that happened in this month you didn’t expect — but are better for? SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE LISTEN: Ali on the Run 279. Justin Grunewald SIGN UP: One Million Miles for Justice LISTEN: “Dynamite” by BTS OFFERS Beam | Go to BeamTLC.com and use code "HURDLE" at checkout for 15 percent off. SUPPORT THE SPONSORS: For a complete list of Hurdle’s sponsors, their respective vanity URLs, and discount codes — click here. CHECK OUT: HURDLE SESSIONS All past Sessions are now available on the Hurdle website. I’ll be releasing some information on new, upcoming Sessions very, very soon! HURDLE BOOK CLUB Now taking all suggestions for the next Hurdle book club! Drop your recs in an email to me, at emily@hurdle.us. Subscribe to the Weekly Hurdle here.
12:21
September 11, 2020
#HURDLEMOMENT: Feeling Overwhelmed? Listen to This, ASAP
I find that September is a time that everything happens at once. Summer is winding down, everyone is trying to get on top of their to-do list, and life feels hard to catch up with. Which — can be exciting! However, it can also be mega overwhelming. In today's #HURDLEMOMENT, I'm chatting my five strategies for beating the anxiety-ridden feeling of overwhelm when the going gets tough. Remember: You are not alone in ever feeling this way, and beating it starts by recognizing and admitting that feeling. SOCIAL @emilyabbate @hurdlepodcast OFFERS Thrive Market | Go to thrivemarket.com/hurdle and join today and you’ll get a FREE gift of your choosing, up to $22 dollars in value. HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Want to get in on our recap chat tonight, 9/9? Register, here.  Subscribe to the Weekly Hurdle here.
12:30
September 9, 2020
128. Olivia Perez, Entrepreneur & Host of 'Friend of a Friend'
At 26, Olivia Perez (called Livv by her friends) is motivated as all hell, and it's invigorating. For episode 128, I chat with the serial entrepreneur, co-founder of System of Service, Forbes contributor, and host of the 'Friend of a Friend' podcast about her journey thus far — from her first-ever internship at Teen Vogue to her partnerships with big-name brands like Coach and Tory Burch (plus, all the fun stuff in between). She also shares what it was like to grow up as a serious dancer, how she navigates life today "with blinders on," and the ways she's had to pivot during the pandemic. Olivia's got a no-BS attitude that I'm on board with, and this conversation felt like a breath of fresh air. SOCIAL @livvperez @systemofservice @emilyabbate @hurdlepodcast OFFERS UCAN | Head to ucan.co and save 20% on your order with code "HURDLE" Athletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get a FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE 50. Joe Holder, Wellness Consultant & Nike Master Trainer 27. Kirsty Godso, Nike Master Trainer HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Want to get in on our recap chat Wednesday, September 9? Fill out this Google Form. Subscribe to the Weekly Hurdle here.
1:01:16
September 8, 2020
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: What's ONE Thing You Can Do For Someone Else Today?
This week had its fair share of small, annoying instances. (Don't they all?) The intercom/buzzer in my building went out, and I didn't know. This caused a slew of packages to be returned to sender. Funnily enough, the technician that came to fix it actually gave me an important reminder, which I'm sharing today on 5-MINUTE FRIDAY. PROMPT: What’s one thing you can do for someone else today? Why did you choose this person? SOCIAL @emilyabbate @hurdlepodcast MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE SEND: A Piñatagram READ: From Vanity Fair: On Witness and Respair: A Personal Tragedy Followed By Pandemic LISTEN: Diet Starts Tomorrow: Is the F-Factor Backlash Deserved? WATCH: Tenet PLAY: We’re Not Really Strangers SUPPORT THE SPONSORS: For a complete list of Hurdle’s sponsors, their respective vanity URLs, and discount codes — click here. CHECK OUT: HURDLE SESSIONS All past Sessions are now available on the Hurdle website. I’ll be releasing some information on new, upcoming Sessions this coming Monday, 9/7. HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. The Book Club will be meeting next Wednesday night at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Come prepared for small group discussions. Want to join? Fill out this Google Form, and I’ll email you the Zoom link Wednesday morning.
09:15
September 4, 2020
#HURDLEMOMENT: So, I Did a Virtual Race — Here's What I Learned
I told myself for months and months now that virtual racing was NOT something I was on board with. Then, my curiosity got the best of me. Last week, I ran a half-marathon PR doing the Seawheeze Virtual Half, and this week — I'm talking all about it for #HURDLEMOMENT. In today's episode, I'm offering up my five best-practice tips if you too want to tackle a virtual race, and get real honest about how the effort made me feel. Today's real MVP is Brett Williams, who was my safe-and-socially-distanced rabbit for the adventure. Thanks, Bud, for pushing me to a new personal best! SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Want to get in on our recap chat come September? Fill out this Google Form. SIGN UP: HURDLE SESSIONS Handling #HURDLEMOMENTS — Wednesday, September 2
12:24
September 2, 2020
127. Aisha Praught-Leer, Pro Runner
There's something about this conversation with Aisha Praught-Leer that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Sure, she may be married and an Olympian, but it felt like we were just two women in our thirties rapping about life and our similar struggles. In episode 127, the steeplechase athlete-turned-middle-distance runner talks to me about hitting her stride in her sport within the last 5 years, and what it was like to pivot on the track. We also chat about her fueling strategy, navigating injury, the newfound appreciation she has for her body and fluctuations in-season versus off-season, and what life's like in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. We also connect on the importance of good friendships (and how to form deep connections) later on in life, and how hers inspire her to be a better human — on and off the track. A big thank you to her sponsor at CamelBak for helping to set us up! SOCIAL @aishapraughtleer @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate OFFERS Athletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get a FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase. Thrive Market | Go to thrivemarket.com/hurdle and join today and you’ll get a FREE gift of your choosing, up to $22 dollars in value. Beam | Go to BeamTLC.com and use code "HURDLE" at checkout for 15 percent off. HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Want to get in on our recap chat come September? Fill out this Google Form. SIGN UP: HURDLE SESSIONS Handling #HURDLEMOMENTS — Wednesday, September 2 Subscribe to the Weekly Hurdle here.
1:21:18
August 31, 2020
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: You Deserve to Be Appreciated
For years now, I've made it a priority to tell the people that I care about I appreciate them. "I appreciate you." In today's episode of 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I'm chatting about "friend dating" and how this phrase feels particularly important right now. I'm also chatting about the importance of vulnerability when it comes to establishing solid, deep relationships, and how I'm willing to get uncomfortable when it comes to making some new connections. PROMPT: Are you willing to show up and be seen when you can’t control the outcome? If not, what’s stopping you? SOCIAL @emilyabbate @hurdlepodcast MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE LISTEN: Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations: Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability READ: Jerry Seinfeld: So You Think New York Is Dead LISTEN: Chapter 2 by Juke Ross DONATE: Justice for Jacob Blake Read all about what’s going on in Kenosha, here. SIGN UP: HURDLE SESSIONS Handling #HURDLEMOMENTS — Wednesday, September 2 HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Want to get in on our recap chat come September? Fill out this Google Form. OFFERS UCAN | Head to ucan.co and save 20 percent on your order with code "HURDLEUCAN” at checkout.
10:49
August 28, 2020
#HURDLEMOMENT: How to Figure Out Your Perfect Running Pace
Finding the "right" pace can be super confusing. For this week's #HURDLEMOMENT, I'm chatting with Coach Sam Tooley on how to zero in on your ideal 1-mile, 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon pace and beyond. We chat about how often you should be running at goal pace (spoiler: it's less than you might think), how to pick up the pace, and his best tips for all runners while racing IRL is off the table. SOCIAL @coach.samtooley @emilyabbate @hurdlepodcast OFFERS UCAN | Head to ucan.co and save 20% on your order with code "HURDLE" Subscribe to the Weekly Hurdle, here.
27:38
August 26, 2020
126. Allyson Felix, Sprinter & 6x Olympic Gold Medalist
Man, was I excited for this one. Allyson Felix is officially a hurdler! (Just, not at the actual track.) She's also a total legend. For episode 126, I'm chatting with the most decorated female athlete in track and field history. Felix realized her Olympic dreams early on at age 18, and has been unstoppable ever since. In today's episode, we talk about all of it. She tells me about what it was like to succeed in her sport at a young age, and what it was like to fall short of her goal in back-to-back Games. She tells me about simultaneously tackling college while thriving in her sport, the evolution of emotions through four different Olympic Games, and how she feels about the shift to 2021. We also chat about her exciting new chapter — becoming a mom — and how that has been both the best and scariest challenge of her life. She tells me about her new collection with Athleta, and how she's excited to finally feel like she has value to a sponsor beyond her racing times. A huge, huge thank you to the Athleta team for finally connecting me with one of my original "dream" guests. SOCIAL @af85 @emilyabbate @hurdlepodcast MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Allyson Felix x Athleta Collection OFFERS Athletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get a FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase. Four Sigmatic | Go to foursigmatic.com/HURDLE or enter code “HURDLE” at checkout to receive 10% off your order.
1:05:14
August 24, 2020
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: So, I Threw Out My Scale
I've been on a tear lately of throwing out things. A lot of things. I came back from vacation a few weeks ago and had this impulse to upgrade and declutter. In today's episode of 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I'm chatting about how it feels, and the unexpected choice I made to ditch the scale I've had for 12 years.  PROMPT: What's one thing you could get rid of today that would make you feel lighter? SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE LISTEN: NPR’s Life Kit: How to Vote By Mail: A Guide ORDER: Long Distance ($48) WATCH: Selling Sunset CHECK OUT: Thrive Market SUBSCRIBE, RATE, AND REVIEW HURDLE We’re now over 800 reviews in the iTunes store! BIG GOAL: Get to 1,000 by August 31. Go on, get after it. iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Anchor SUPPORT THE SPONSORS: For a complete list of Hurdle’s sponsors, their respective vanity URLs, and discount codes — click here. HURDLE SESSIONS Handling #HURDLEMOMENTS HURDLE BOOK CLUB This month, we’re reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Want to get in on our recap chat come September? Fill out this Google Form.
11:42
August 21, 2020
#HURDLEMOMENT: Beat Loneliness With These Essential Tips
Over the past 7-or-so months, we've had our fair share of challenges. One of the biggest? Dealing with loneliness while adjusting to a completely new routine. Whether you're in a relationship or flying solo, everyone deals with feeling lonely at times. In this week's #HURDLEMOMENT, I'm chatting essential strategies to get through the tough times, embrace alone time, and keep your chin up. Like what you're listening to? For more insight, check out this week's Hurdle Session: Finding Your Power Alone. SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate OFFERS Thrive Market | Go to thrivemarket.com/hurdle and join today and you’ll get a FREE gift of your choosing, up to $22 dollars in value.  Subscribe to the Weekly Hurdle, here. SUPPORT THE SPONSORS: For a complete list of Hurdle’s sponsors, their respective vanity URLs, and discount codes — click here.
17:24
August 19, 2020
125. Mirna Valerio, Runner, Speaker & Author
In 2008, Mirna Valerio thought she had a heart attack. It actually turned out to be an anxiety attack behind the wheel of her car — something she never thought would happen to her. At the time, her cardiologist told her that if she didn't make some major lifestyle changes, she wouldn't be around long enough to watch her son grow up. Fast forward to today, she's an avid marathoner and ultramarathoner, known to her rapid social media following as "the Mirnavator." For episode 125, we chat about everything from her backstory to what it was like running both her first 5K and the Javelina 100. We also talk about navigating injury and adjusting expectations, what it's like to be a sponsored athlete when your body is your business, and the profound impact her community has left on her life. Mirna's positivity for life is contagious. You've been warned.  SOCIAL @themirnavator @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate OFFERS Athletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get a FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase. Daily Harvest | Go to DailyHarvest.com and enter promo code “HURDLE25” at checkout to get $25 dollars off your first box.
1:13:46
August 17, 2020
5-MINUTE-FRIDAY: The Best Date That Never Happened
I never really talk about dating or my personal life on the feed. This week's 5-MINUTE FRIDAY touches on a date I almost went on, so it feels like safe territory. The date never happened that helped give me the confidence boost I needed to embrace my full self.  PROMPT: What’s one personality trait you love about yourself? What is one trait about yourself you would like to change? SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Almost 30: Baring It All with The Birds Papaya Lindsey Simcik: Founder, Almost 30 Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Hurdle Book Club Sign-Up Form Bells Up Level 1: 5-Week Breathing, Bodyweight, and Bells Course for Beginners Disclosure: Some of the items above are hyperlinked to an affiliate program. I am a (new!) participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
10:47
August 14, 2020
#HURDLEMOMENT: Everything You Need to Know About Adaptogens
I've included adaptogens — non-toxic plants that help the body resist stressors of all kinds — in my regular diet for over 2 years now. I know why I like them: They make me feel more capable, sort of like meditation. My stress feels more at bay, and although I may not be able to attribute that all to the herbs — I swear they help. I wanted to dive into this topic, because a lot of the products I talk about on the show include them. That's where Danielle Ryan Broida comes in, the national educator for Four Sigmatic, a registered herbalist, and holistic nutritionist. In today's #HURDLEMOMENT, we talk about adaptogen basics: What are they, what are popular types, how much is the right amount, who is safe to take them, and a few other hot questions.  SOCIAL @danielleryanbroida @foursigmatic @emilyabbate @hurdlepodcast MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Herbalists! Cali Leola, www.holimamma.com, email: Cali.Leola@clinicalherbalism.com (Boulder, CO) Clare Kritter, www.clarekritter.com; IG: @winters.sister.herbals (Portland, OR based) Heather Saba, www.heathersaba.com; email: heather.saba@clinicalherbalism.com (Boulder, CO) OFFERS Four Sigmatic | Go to foursigmatic.com/HURDLE or enter code “HURDLE” at checkout to receive 15% off your order.
34:37
August 12, 2020
124. Jesse Israel, Founder of The Big Quiet
The first time I heard Jesse Israel tell his story inside the Guggenheim at The Big Quiet, I knew I wanted to know more. The second I knew more, I knew I needed to share his story with the hurdlers. Now the brains behind the mass meditation movement, Israel went to NYU and started his career doing something entirely different — heading up a record label. After signing multi-platinum artists like MGMT, the Los Angeles native started battling crippling anxiety and panic attacks. So, he took a step away from the music industry, and eventually found his way into the meditation space.  In episode 124, we chat about his journey between the two, and how he used his experience touring with big bands to concept all that The Big Quiet would become. We also talk about what it was like to host events in some of the country’s most iconic venues (including Madison Square Garden), his best-practice tips for incorporating mediation into your regular routine, and how it felt to go on tour with Oprah (!) at the beginning of this year. SOCIAL @jesseisrael @thebigquiet @mediclubmediclub @emilyabbate @hurdlepodcast MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE The Big Quiet’s 101 3-Part Meditation Series OFFERS Athletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get a FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase.  Four Sigmatic | Go to foursigmatic.com/HURDLE or enter code “HURDLE” at checkout to receive 15% off your order. SIGN UP Hurdle Sessions Weekly Hurdle newsletter
1:17:47
August 10, 2020
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: What Have You Done For Yourself Lately?
A friend sent me a really interesting prompt last week that I'm sharing with you all today, one that I thought a lot about on my morning 5K time trial this morning. Spoiler alert: If you're not doing things for YOU, then what's the point? PROMPT: What do you do because it matters to you? And what do you do because you want to signal something to other people? SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK LISTEN: Zach to the Future WATCH: Uncorked on Netflix READ: Systemic Racism Can’t Be Fixed Without Tackling It Within Cycling from Bicycling DOWNLOAD: Haha BUY: WHOOP Subscribe to the Weekly Hurdle, here. SUPPORT THE SPONSORS: For a complete list of Hurdle’s sponsors, their respective vanity URLs, and discount codes — click here. REGISTER: Hurdle Sessions This month I launched Hurdle Sessions: New online seminar programming, aiming to provide Hurdlers with education surrounding topics I’m well-versed in as a veteran journalist, entrepreneur, and run coach. This week, we covered “How to Start (and Stay!) Running,” which is now available for purchase on the Hurdle website. Coming up next week on August 11 is “How to Turn Your Side Hustle into Your Main Gig.” Each Hurdle Session includes downloadable materials and a charitable donation.
10:34
August 7, 2020
#HURDLEMOMENT: What to Eat Before, During & After A Workout
You asked, and McKenzie Flinchum answers. Today, I'm catching up with the RD and CPT to get the lowdown on how to properly fuel before, during, and after your workouts. We talk the ever-popular carb:protein ratio, when you should be drinking H20 versus electrolytes, what's the most important post-sweat macronutrient, and so much more. Spoiler alert: Stop. Ignoring. Carbs. SOCIAL @mckenziegracefit @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate Subscribe to the Weekly Hurdle, here. SUPPORT THE SPONSORS: For a complete list of Hurdle’s sponsors, their respective vanity URLs, and discount codes — click here. REGISTER: Hurdle Sessions This month I launched Hurdle Sessions: New online seminar programming, aiming to provide Hurdlers with education surrounding topics I’m well-versed in as a veteran journalist, entrepreneur, and run coach. This week, we covered "How to Start (and Stay!) Running." Next week Is "How to Turn Your Side Hustle Into Your Main Gig." Each Hurdle Session includes downloadable materials and a charitable donation.t
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August 5, 2020
123. Nichelle Hines, Actor, Activist & CRO at Cycle House
Be prepared to be ridiculously inspired. This week, I’m sitting down one-on-one with Nichelle Hines, an actor, activist, and CRO at Cycle House, an LA-based cycling studio. Her passion is wild. In episode 123, she gives me her entire backstory, talking me through a college weight gain (and the loss that followed), then moving to LA from San Francisco to follow her dream to acting. She talks about a tough #hurdlemoment in her career — the writers’ strike in 2007 — which caused her to take on odd jobs including a catering gig at Chateau Marmont. And of course, we chat about how she got into cycling. Other highlights: Her insane story about teaching her first Spin class without any formal training, how she landed at Cycle House, and the special way she’s showing up in the fight for racial justice. SOCIAL @nichelle @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate OFFERS Athletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get a year’s receive the FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase. Green Chef  | Head to GreenChef.com/hurdle80 to get $80 off your first month plus free shipping on your first box! Use code “hurdle80” to at checkout. SIGN UP Hurdle Sessions Weekly Hurdle newsletter
1:10:38
August 3, 2020
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: A Long Overdue Apology
Laterpology (noun): A regretful acknowledgment of an offense or failure well after the fact. For today's 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I'm talking about how valuable they can be and one I offered recently.  PROMPT: Is there anyone you'd offer a laterpology to, and why? SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE LISTEN: The Michelle Obama Podcast LISTEN: Making Oprah from WBEZ COOK: Cheeseburger Chopped Salad with Dill Pickle Vinaigrette from How Sweet Eats BUY: My Cycling Kit Lululemon City to Summit Cycling Jersey ($69 on sale), Lululemon City to Summit Bib Short ($129), Bombas Cycling Socks ($48), S Works Prevail II Helmet ($250), S-Works 7 Road Shoes ($400) WINNER: WHOOP! Congrats, Jen Butler! Subscribe to the Weekly Hurdle, here. SUPPORT THE SPONSORS: For a complete list of Hurdle’s sponsors, their respective vanity URLs, and discount codes — click here. REGISTER: Hurdle Sessions This month I launched Hurdle Sessions: New online seminar programming, aiming to provide Hurdlers with education surrounding topics I’m well-versed in as a veteran journalist, entrepreneur, and run coach. This week, we covered “Intro to Freelance Writing,” which is now available for purchase on the Hurdle website and raised $750 (!) for The Loveland Foundation. Coming up next week on August 4 is “How to Start (and Stay!) Running.” Each Hurdle Session includes downloadable materials and a charitable donation.
16:01
July 31, 2020
#HURDLEMOMENT: Essential Lessons I Learned As A New Cyclist, Part II
I'm out in Rhode Island this week, and yesterday I took the morning off from work to ride 50 miles to and from Newport. My thoughts were consumed by the fact that there are so many things no one tells you about when you decide to pick up road cycling (and don't even get me started on mountain biking).  So, on the tails of the #HURDLEMOMENT on 8 Essential Lessons I Learned As A New Cyclist, I'm back with some more takeways. This time, I'm talking about bike-friendly roads (and some not-so-bike-friendly roads), the importance of SPF (ow), and the beauty that comes with not having all the answers and enjoying yourself anyway. If you too are a new biker, hit me up! Veterans, too! I love learning about this new hobby of mine. SOCIAL @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE #HURDLEMOMENT: 6 Tips to Make Summer Running More Enjoyable SIGN UP Hurdle Sessions Weekly Hurdle newsletter
11:47
July 29, 2020
122. Mary Cain, Runner
Mary Cain believes that her legacy in sport will have nothing to do with medals. Rather, it will be about the conversation she had on a very public stage last November. For episode 122, I’m chatting with the runner about everything from her early-on success — being the youngest athlete to ever make a World Championships final at age 17 back in 2013 — to her op-ed in The New York Times at the end of 2019. The 4:24 PR miler (!) talks to me about sharing her truth, speaking out about the emotional and physical abuse she endured during her time working with Alberto Salazar and the Nike Oregon Project, what it was like during her darkest moments, and how she came out stronger and more confident on the other side. We also chat about her newest role as the New York community manager for Tracksmith, and what excites her these days about lacing up and getting out. SOCIAL @runmarycain @hurdlepodcast @emilyabbate Note: Today’s episode covers some sensitive topics. If you or someone you know is struggling with self-harm or disordered eating, here are some helpful links: Crisis Text Line The Trevor Project 24/7 Hotline: 1 (866) 488-7386 National Eating Disorders Hotline (800) 931-2237 MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE 110. Matt Taylor, Founder & CEO Tracksmith OFFERS Athletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get 20 free travel packs ($79 value) with your first purchase, no code necessary. Four Sigmatic | Go to foursigmatic.com/HURDLE or enter code “HURDLE” at checkout to receive 15% off your order. SIGN UP Hurdle Sessions Weekly Hurdle newsletter
1:33:58
July 27, 2020