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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?

Hurdle Emily Abbate

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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?

    124. Jesse Israel, Founder of The Big Quiet

    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.

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    The Big Quiet’s 101 3-Part Meditation Series

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    5-MINUTE FRIDAY: What Have You Done For Yourself Lately?

    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?

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    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
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    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.


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    • 10 min
    #HURDLEMOMENT: What to Eat Before, During & After A Workout

    #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.

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    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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    • 26 min
    123. Nichelle Hines, Actor, Activist & CRO at Cycle House

    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.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    5-MINUTE FRIDAY: A Long Overdue Apology

    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?

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    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!

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    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.


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    • 16 min
    #HURDLEMOMENT: Essential Lessons I Learned As A New Cyclist, Part II

    #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.

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    #HURDLEMOMENT: 6 Tips to Make Summer Running More Enjoyable

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    • 11 min

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812 Ratings

JMRF1994 ,

My go to motivational podcast!

I’ve been listening to Hurdle since the beginning and have loved seeing Emily grow it over the years. Hurdle inspires and motivates me when I’m out running or to get me out the door when I need an extra push. I love the variety and diversity of interviews. I’ve especially loved the short episodes on Fridays - I look forward to the reflection question at the end of the week! Thank you for bringing such joy and enthusiasm to the podcast and running community!

JennaM8965 ,

Love Hurdle

This is always number one on my go-to podcast favorites. I listen on the run, while I’m driving, or even when I’m painting a room as I found myself doing last weekend. 🤗 Thanks for the great content, Emily!

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Favorite podcast

I heard about the Hurdle earlier this year. Since then I’ve listened to every episode in order! Listening to Emily and her guests is like hearing two friends talk. I finish each episode with great tips about how to bring wellness and balance into my daily life. This podcast is a very bright spot in a crazy year

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