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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?

    #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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    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!

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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
    122. Mary Cain, Runner

    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.

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    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

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    110. Matt Taylor, Founder & CEO Tracksmith

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    • 1 hr 33 min
    5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Are You Overlooking The Most Important Part?

    5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Are You Overlooking The Most Important Part?

    The moments before the run are big. Monumental, even. I argue, the most important part. They're slightly anxious, a little excited, and often hesitant. During those give-or-take 30 seconds where you’re debating initiating the actual effort, oftentimes you encounter some sort of minuscule annoyance, like the fact that your watch isn’t picking up a GPS signal or perhaps a wonky, unsettled feeling in your right knee. In these moments, you make the valuable, conscious decision to do something for you. To believe in your own potential. You accept whatever comes with the miles and minutes that follow. It’s a bold act, to open yourself up to the beauty that can come hand-in-hand with wanting to take this time for yourself. I'm talking about this for today's 5-MINUTE FRIDAY.

    PROMPT: What was the last time you had to psych yourself up to do something? How did it feel once that big to-do was done?

    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
    WATCH: FRIENDS with Nick Dio
    BUY: The Perfect Bike Shorts
    Lululemon Align 6-inch ($58), Athleta Elation Short ($59), Under Armour Meridian ($60), Nike One Bike Short ($40)
    LISTEN: “Catching Up With Chris Heuisler” on the “Ali on the Run Show”
    DONATE: Rest Up Tommy, We’ll See You Soon on GoFundMe

    GIVEAWAY: WHOOP + 6-Month Membership
    Last week’s Season 3 premiere giveaway winner Haylee graciously offered to split up her winnings and donate the WHOOP to another lucky Hurdler. FYI: I wear my WHOOP, a wrist-worn heart rate monitor, religiously, to track everything from my sleep quality and patterns to activity and recovery.
    So! We’re back for more! Want your very own WHOOP? Comment on this post with the answer to this week’s prompt above. I’ll announce the winner in next Friday’s Weekly Hurdle (7/31).

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    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 on August 4 is “How to Start (and Stay!) Running.” Each Hurdle Session includes downloadable materials and a charitable donation.


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    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

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806 Ratings

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Amazing Podcast

This podcast is super informative and thought provoking. I love Emily's interview style and her way with words keeps me inspired and motivated.

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Outstanding content AND delivery

Cannot recommend this podcast ENOUGH!!!

Emily is smart, thoughtful, funny, and she does her homework.

She actually *listens* to her guests and their responses and then asks follow ups in the moment, instead of simply moving on to her next question.

A real journalist combined w authentic commitment to subject of growth + health + wellness + being human. THANK YOU Emily!!!

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Honest, Fun and Informative

I have been a loyal listener to this podcast for at least a year. I love the honesty and realness of Emily, she shares personal insights and experiences that I find very relatable even though I am much older and a California native. 🤷‍♀️
Great guests that are knowledgeable and entertaining. I also love the addition of 5 minute Friday 😃

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