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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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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?

    110. Matt Taylor, CEO & Founder Tracksmith

    110. Matt Taylor, CEO & Founder Tracksmith

    Matt Taylor is super passionate about the sport of running, and TBH — it makes me pretty giddy. For episode 110, I chat with the Tracksmith CEO & founder about how he got to where he is today. He tells me about his aspirations of running professionally after growing up in Pittsburgh, running cross country in high school and then at collegiate level at Yale. He tells me that his times just weren’t cutting it, and that he pivoted to a few different jobs in the sports industry at places like IMG and Puma before launching Tracksmith. At the time, he says that he was frustrated with the appearance of almost all running gear, and after raising some money — kickstarted the brand with men’s apparel in 2014. Since then, they’ve introduced their magazine, METER, and rolled out a women’s apparel line as well. We chat about everything from the state of running right now and the shift of the 2020 Olympic games to what it was like to open the brand’s first brick and mortar store in Boston and his big hopes for the future of not just the company — but of running.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    5-MINUTE FRIDAY: The $45 Purchase That Changed My Life Forever

    5-MINUTE FRIDAY: The $45 Purchase That Changed My Life Forever

    This week for 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I'm sharing a story about a really special summer. Back in 2008, I was about halfway through my weight loss journey and about to embark on a new job as a programming director at a summer camp in Madison, Conn. Before I pulled up to 463 Summer Hill Road, I stopped to make a purchase that would change my life. The best part? It only cost me $45. 

    PROMPT: How have you invested in yourself recently?

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    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
    Episode One: Emily Abbate, Creator of Hurdle
    #HURDLEMOMENT: How to Start (and Stay) Running
    The Adidas Running App
    "The Last Dance”
    “Daddy Speaks” from Call Her Daddy
    Apple TV 4K
    Eddie Bauer Multiclava
    “The One Thing” by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan 

    Note: This week's 5-MINUTE FRIDAY topic (and a lot of feelings) was brought about by the news that Camp Laurelwood, like all other residential camps in Connecticut, won’t be allowed to open this year as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. There will be serious financial implications for Camp to not open this summer for the first time in Laurelwood’s 83-year history. Please, consider donating today.

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    • 12 min
    #HURDLEMOMENT: How to Become a Faster Runner

    #HURDLEMOMENT: How to Become a Faster Runner

    First and foremost: Fast is interpretive. When I started running back in college, I was running a half-mile in 14 minutes, trying to learn to love a sport that I was "never good at." Fast forward to now: I’ve run a 6:04 mile, a 1:44:39 half-marathon, and a 3:28:08 full. In today’s #HURDLEMOMENT, I’m sharing strategies on how to become a faster runner. From incorporating speed work into your regular running routine to finding the right gear to help you find your fast, these are all tips and tricks that have worked for me when it comes to picking up the pace.

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    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
    Men’s Health: How to Use Short Runs to Get Big Gains
    New Balance 1500x6
    New Balance 890
    Reebok Floatride Run Fast 2
    Episode One: Emily Abbate, Creator Hurdle
    Episode 100: Molly Seidel, Pro Runner
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    • 17 min
    109. Lo Bosworth, Founder & CEO Love Wellness

    109. Lo Bosworth, Founder & CEO Love Wellness

    Ready for a #TBT on a Monday? Today’s episode is with Lo Bosworth. Today she’s the CEO and founder of Love Wellness, but many of you may associate her with MTV classics like Laguna Beach or The Hills. In episode 109, we talk about everything from what life was like back then — dealing with some of the struggles that went along with being a college freshman and simultaneously on a hit TV show — to her decision to up and move to New York City post-college to feed her entrepreneurship bug. Lo takes to me about her stint in culinary school and the extreme health issues she struggled with that eventually lead her to founding Love Wellness. Just an FYI: We use big scary words like “vagina” in this episode. You’ve been warned.

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    • 59 min
    5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Are You The Only Thing Holding Yourself Back?

    5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Are You The Only Thing Holding Yourself Back?

    For the past couple years, I’ve been running with other journalists and members of the media on Thursday mornings out of Nike’s New York headquarters. When the coronavirus pandemic struck, the #mediamiles group was put on hold. But as May approached, we were presented with the challenge of logging 50 miles solo (and of course, at a safe social distance) on the Nike Run Club app. At first, dealing with injury, I felt scared. I was worried about not doing it to the "best of my ability," and missing out on this time with my friends that have come to feel like family. Today for 5-Minute Friday, I’m talking about the journey, and how I’m #betterforit.

    PROMPT: What’s one thing you don’t want to do this week that could positively impact you in the long run? What can you learn from checking a tough to-do off your list?

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    NYCWFF At-Home Cooking Events
    4. Michael Chernow, Restaurateur
    Radio Headspace
    Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor
    14. Deena Kastor, American Record Holder 


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    • 12 min
    #HURDLEMOMENT: This Is How (& What) I'm Really Doing in Quarantine — Unfiltered

    #HURDLEMOMENT: This Is How (& What) I'm Really Doing in Quarantine — Unfiltered

    It's been about two months of social distancing and face mask wearing, and TBH — this time in quarantine has been filled with a lot of lessons. For #hurdlemoment today, I'm giving you a *me* update: How I'm doing, what I'm doing, where my head's at, and being honest with some of the hurdles I'm facing as the days tick by. My feelings on the absence of physical touch, my thoughts on what life will be like in the post-COVID 19 era, how I'm taking care of my body, and my best advice to anyone else who has been going through this all solo. 

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    35. Ali Feller, Host Ali on the Run Show
    SELF.com: Social Distancing Alone Is Making Me Crave Physical Touch



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663 Ratings

moca29 ,

Absolutely Love This Podcast

Hey Emily,
Your podcast is wonderful! It’s stylish, informative and down right cool AF. I’ve found my passion for distance running, when I had convinced myself I was out of shape and unable to run beyond 2 miles. I’m so happy that I found this Podcast during my self-isolation-I found a cool friend who motivates me during this uncertain time. Thank you so much!

Camille M aka mo_ca____

brose2167 ,

Amazing

Just started listening to this fabulous podcast. Her interviews and #hurdlemoments are motivating and insightful. Everything she says resonates with me, especially during such uncertain times.

WonderGail2017 ,

Great pod for runners and non-runners alike

Emily is an upbeat, positive, motivating host and creates Hurdle content which somehow manages to have great content for avid runners, couch-to-5Kers, or non-runners alike. The different formats of the episodes are also great - nice mix of long and short episodes. Truly something for everyone.

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