Hurdle

By Emily Abbate

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 Nov 11, 2021
Consistently great interviews and content around running and fitness!

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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 some of life’s toughest moments. On the show, you 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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5-MINUTE FRIDAY: What Are You Holding Onto That You Can Let Go?
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Aug 12, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: A Run Coach Answers Your Marathon Training Questions
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Well, two coaches, technically! Welcome my coach for the London Marathon, Rebeka Stowe, to the show! We're chatting about all things marathon training from choosing the right sneakers and socks to mixing up a training plan and finding balance. Expect insight into every single aspect of prepping for 26.2. Questions we answer:

Can I do two long runs close together?
How often should I be hydrating during a marathon or training run?
Do I need different sneakers for different runs?
How do you find motivation when it's waning?
Is there such thing as balance for social and personal life during training?
How often should I strength training during marathon training?
+ more!

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Aug 10, 2022
216. Case Kenny, Mindfulness Expert & Podcast Host
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Today on the show, we're welcoming Case Kenny! He’s a writer, host of the New Mindset, Who Dis? podcast, and a mindfulness expert. You may recognize him from his inspirational "post-it" notes and coffee cup sleeves seen reposted all over social media. I wanted to have him on the show because I love his no-B.S. take on all things mindfulness, it’s super relatable and empowering. Today, we talk about his journey to getting to this place, leaving a job as a senior sales director at a tech firm in 2021 to pursue his passion project, with the goal to help others live happier, more fulfilling lives by changing their mindsets in all areas of life. From self worth and empowerment to dating and relationships, career advice — this episode is full of gems that had me nodding my head in agreement basically the entire time.

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Aug 08, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Saying 'No' Feels Really Damn Good
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Aug 05, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: A Mindset Coach On How to Handle Hurdles With Grace (& Why They're Actually Good For You)
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What if I was to tell you that #hurdlemoments actually are good for you? That's right, the unknown and challenging moments are the ones that actually make us better, which is what mindset expert and 2-time Olympian Courtney Thompson is on the show to talk about today. She offers up resiliency strategies, and answers a slew of advice when it comes to showing up to tough moments and coming out on the other side stronger (and better for it).

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Aug 03, 2022
215. Annie Kunz, Heptathlete
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Welcome Annie to the show! Annie is a heptathlete who has faced her fair share of #hurdlemoments to get to this point. In today's episode, we talk about "being above average at a few things," (specifically seven) and how it felt for her to have to sit out of this year's World Champs. Plus, her excitement over her sponsorship deal with Omorpho, and how she feels about what's next (hint: the 2024 Paris Games).

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Aug 01, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: How Do You Make Other People Feel?
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Last weekend I took my first module of the certified professional coaching certificaton that I spoke about the other day. We learned all about some essential foundational principles, including: If you want love, you've got to give love. So, are you giving it? I talk about how that's playing out in my life right now.

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Jul 29, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: How to Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
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Today I’m re-upping my conversation with Michael Easter, author of the book The Comfort Crisis, Embrace Discomfort To Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self. He’s a contributing editor at Men’s Health, columnist for Outside magazine, and professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He's traveled the world researching the benefits of why it's important to get comfortable with the uncomfortable — going as far as trekking up to the Arctic to do just that. In today's episode, he shares his biggest takeaways from the other professors, adventurers, and researchers he spoke to along the way, helping us gain a better understanding of why we must break through the walls of our comfort zones and what to do if you get stuck along the way.

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Jul 27, 2022
214. Emma Bates, Pro Marathoner
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Emma Bates is familiar with hurdles. Within the last decade, she lost her father, went through a divorce, and uprooted her life to a new city to train with Team Boss. But through it all, she's perservered and chased her goals. In today's episode — recorded live at the World Athletic Championships — I sit down with Emma to talk about it all: Her backstory, how she persisted after the #hurdlemoment of her father's passing, and what it feels like to finally have solid female friendships and support for the first time in her life. We also recap her outstanding PR performance at the marathon in Eugene, what it feels like to be inspiring others, and what she's looking forward to next.

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Jul 25, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: The Power of Progress & Patience
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I've been taking a different approach to my workouts lately, and it's really paying off. Plus: Answering a listener question about how to get started with running.

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Jul 22, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: Are Your Hormones Out of Whack? An Expert on Hormone Imbalance & What You Need To Know
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Welcome Candace Burch, a Holistic Hormone Health Coach and founder of Your Hormone Balance to the show! In her practice, Candace helps women advocate for their hormonal health and get to the root of hidden imbalances behind their symptoms. For today's #hurdlemoment, we're talking about what symptoms of potential hormone imbalance might be, as well as what you can do to navigate PCOS, and how anxiety and stress can wreak havoc on our bodies.

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Jul 20, 2022
213. Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, Founder of Chillhouse
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The constant hustle and sacrifice of being an entrepreneur wasn't a surprise to Cyndi when she started Chillhouse. Her mom was an entrepreneur herself in the spa industry and Cyndi saw first-hand what it took to run your own business. After spending most of her 20s in the hospitality industry, Cyndi hit burnout and she was faced with a major roadblock in her life of what to do next. In episode 213, we talk about what how she moved forward, which eventually evolved into starting the new-age spa that is known as Chillhouse today. Cyndi shares how the company has pivoted, evolved, and grown since its conception, and she also gets real on how she approaches her own self-care as a social figure, entrepreneur, and new mom. SOCIAL @cyndiramirez @emilyabbate @hurdlepodcast MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Sonos x Chillhouse Chill Tips OFFERS Goodr | Head to Goodr.com/Hurdle and use "HURDLE15" for 15% off JOIN: THE *Secret* FACEBOOK GROUP SIGN UP: Weekly Hurdle Newsletter ASK ME A QUESTION: Leave me a voice message, ask me a question, and it could be featured in an upcoming episode! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hurdle/message
Jul 18, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Do What Feels Good
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You may be surprised how your perspective shifts when you say more yes to the things that fill you up. Plus: Style inspiration hacks. 

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Jul 15, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: A Registered Dietitian On Why Diets Don’t Work & How to Shift Your Focus to Long-Term Solutions
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Today I'm catching up with Vanessa Rissetto, RD, CEO + co-founder of @culinahealth. We're having an open and honest dialogue about how dieting may not lead to long-term weight loss, and chatting realistic ways to seek healthy lasting solutions.

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Jul 13, 2022
212. Kaisa Keranen, Fitness Coach & Co-Founder of Just Move
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Kaisa Keranen is a force. Today, she's built a massive business through social media encouraging individuals to move their body and start where they are. But, she hasn't always felt comfortable with her self or stepping in front of the camera. For episode 212, she talks about how her love for sport grew into an interest to learn more, and the singular bootcamp class that changed her entire life. Plus: Keranen gets honest about her battle with depression, a difficult time over the pandemic, and what she's looking forward to most in the months and years to come.

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Jul 11, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: My Season Of 'Yes'
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Reflecting on embracing a lot more "yes," and how it's been paying off for me in recent weeks. (Spoiler: It's been really, really good for me. And necessary. So necessary.)

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Jul 08, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: 4 Decision Disruptors That Can Mess With Your Self-Care
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Self-care is important, but it's easy to neglect it when life feels hectic. That's where Dr. Michelle Segar, an award-winning researcher at the University of Michigan and health coach with almost thirty years, comes into the picture. Michelle's talking to us about the four disruptors that can threaten your wellbeing, including temptation, rebellion, accommodation, and perfection. Plus: How to navigate these disruptors to better stick to a plan that works for you.

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Jul 06, 2022
211. Harper Watters, Soloist For The Houston Ballet
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I loved the opportunity to sit down with Harper earlier this month. As a gay, African-American ballet dancer, he’s really making waves. He says in today's episode that he’s really hoping to open doors for the next generation and inspire them to try whatever makes them excited. We talk about his upbringing, coming out to his parents at 14, and working hard to become a star within the world of ballet (and paving his way in the social media space). He also shares his journey, opens up about the fears and hurdles he’s faced along the way, and how that fear is good and helpful at times. In his opinion if you’re scared to face something head on  — it’s not something to run from. Instead, remember that fear can be your teacher.

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Jul 05, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Here We Go Again
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The beginning of another training cycle is here, and this one feels exciting, nerve-wracking, and especially special after not being able to show up and toe the London Marathon starting line last year. Talking about accepting where I am and working with what I've got in today's episode, and answering a listener question about if I'll always be a New York or Nowhere kind of woman.

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Jul 01, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: A Podiatrist Answers All Of Your Foot Questions
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Plantar fasciitis. Achilles pain. Strains. Sprains. Foot problems are the absolute worst, which is why today I'm talking with Dr. Emily Splichal, a New York City Podiatrist, Human Movement Specialist, and CEO of Naboso technology. We’re chatting about all of your hot foot questions, from what to do about plantar fasciitis and how to treat it (and even prevent it), plus rapping about achilles pain, stress fractures, bruised toenails, and so much more. Have more foot questions? Hit me with a listener question and get it answered in an upcoming 5-MINUTE FRIDAY episode.

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Jun 29, 2022
210. Nikki Hiltz, Professional Runner
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Today I’m talking with Nikki Hiltz, professional runner and recently named lululemon global ambassador! There’s so much to unpack with Nikki — their experience with ending a contract, which resulted in selling Track Club T-shirts, selecting their new sponsor and so much more. We dive into Nikki’s focus on having a sponsor that supports their next move - including the first ever in-person Pride 5K event.

We also talk through Nikki’s experience with coming out as gay in 2016 and transgender in 2021, including the different reactions that came with both experiences. I so appreciated Nikki’s openness and perspective, one that will help so many stepping into their truest selves and trust their gut during even the toughest #hurdlemoments

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Jun 27, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On The Importance Of Putting Yourself First
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I recently made a big decision, one that I'm sharing with y'all today on the show. TLDR; It isn't always easy to prioritize your wants and needs, but you'll never, ever regret doing it. 

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Jun 24, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: Tayshia Adams On How to Make Time For Health & Wellness With A Busy Schedule
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If there's anything that Tayshia Adams is familiar with, it's a hectic schedule. I'm catching up with the former Bachelorette today to chat about how she manages to find the time to prioritize her health and wellbeing. We talk about best-practice tips, from wardrobe to ~how~ you sweat, plus she sheds some light on what it was like for her to tackle her first marathon in 2021 as well as her excitement over her new ASICS campaign, Live Uplifted.

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Jun 22, 2022
209. Ty Haney, Founder of Outdoor Voices & Try Your Best
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Season TEN, what is going on! Excited to welcome Ty Haney to the show to kick things off. In 2013, she was a 24-year-old Parsons School of Design grad living in New York, pitching investors on the idea for her approachable activewear idea called Outdoor Voices. Quickly, the brand caught on and became way more than just apparel. It became a lifestyle choice of #doingthings. After 7+ years of building, the Colorado native stepped down, but it wasn't long before she was back to her entrepreneurial  roots with Try Your Best, a first of its kind, Web3 community platform where brands and fans build and win together. 

For episode 209, we're talking about it all: What it felt like to walk away from O.V., how movement is an imperative part to her creative process, and why we should ALL be thinking about Web 3. Plus: WHAT is Web 3 (in language that we can all understand), as well as the ins and outs of Joggy — a line of plant-based energetics aimed at offering that euphoric "runner's high" feeling on demand.

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Jun 21, 2022
RUNNING THROUGH: Deirdre Keane, Nurse Practitioner (As Seen On 'Humans of New York')
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Welcome to RUNNING THROUGH, a 5-day series on Hurdle showcasing stories of women who used running to get through tough life #hurdlemoments. You guys know the deal: Here on the show, I’m dedicated to bringing Hurdlers content that encompasses all aspects of wellness. Still, running holds a special place in my heart. While I originally leaned into running as a weight loss tool back in college, it’s turned into a passion of mine, helping me get through some of my biggest hurdle moments and connect on a deeper level with so many.

This week, in celebration of Global Running Day, we'll get vulnerable talking about tough topics like loss and grief, depression and postpartum depression, and how running and sport has helped them persevere, rediscover their self worth, and put on a brave face. For today’s episode I am chatting with Deirdre Keane. She became a low-key internet sensation after her life story was told on Humans of New York. Keane was 13 when her dad died, three years after being diagnosed with skin cancer. Years later with very little running experience, Keane signed up for two half marathons. Then came her first full marathon in honor of her father, which she finished in 3:52, and the rest is history. We talk about what running means to her, and her big exciting goal to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.

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Jun 03, 2022
RUNNING THROUGH: Erin Azar, 'Expert Struggle Runner'
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Welcome to RUNNING THROUGH, a 5-day series on Hurdle showcasing stories of women who used running to get through tough life #hurdlemoments. You guys know the deal: Here on the show, I’m dedicated to bringing Hurdlers content that encompasses all aspects of wellness. Still, running holds a special place in my heart. While I originally leaned into running as a weight loss tool back in college, it’s turned into a passion of mine, helping me get through some of my biggest hurdle moments and connect on a deeper level with so many.

This week, in celebration of Global Running Day, we'll get vulnerable talking about tough topics like loss and grief, depression and postpartum depression, and how running and sport has helped them persevere, rediscover their self worth, and put on a brave face. For today’s episode I am chatting with Erin Azar, a self-proclaimed "expert struggle runner," who became "Tik Tok famous" during the pandemic for sharing her story with the masses.

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Jun 02, 2022
RUNNING THROUGH: Tara Davis, Olympian & Long Jumper
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Welcome to RUNNING THROUGH, a 5-day series on Hurdle showcasing stories of women who used running to get through tough life #hurdlemoments. You guys know the deal: Here on the show, I’m dedicated to bringing Hurdlers content that encompasses all aspects of wellness. Still, running holds a special place in my heart. While I originally leaned into running as a weight loss tool back in college, it’s turned into a passion of mine, helping me get through some of my biggest hurdle moments and connect on a deeper level with so many.

This week, in celebration of Global Running Day, we'll get vulnerable talking about tough topics like loss and grief, depression and postpartum depression, and how running and sport has helped them persevere, rediscover their self worth, and put on a brave face. For today’s episode I am chatting with Tara Davis, Olympian, Long Jumper, and new Lululemon ambassador. She talks to me about her come up: How she got to where she is today, what it felt like to be a crowd favorite at the 2020 Olympic Trials, and how she navigates negative feedback. Plus: What it's like to have a fiance (Hey, Hunter) who is also a stellar athlete, and how she navigated depressive symptoms before making her first Olympic team.

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Jun 01, 2022
RUNNING THROUGH: Carrie Tollefson, Olympian & Host of 'C Tolle Run'
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Welcome to RUNNING THROUGH, a 5-day series on Hurdle showcasing stories of women who used running to get through tough life #hurdlemoments. You guys know the deal: Here on the show, I’m dedicated to bringing Hurdlers content that encompasses all aspects of wellness. Still, running holds a special place in my heart. While I originally leaned into running as a weight loss tool back in college, it’s turned into a passion of mine, helping me get through some of my biggest hurdle moments and connect on a deeper level with so many.

This week, in celebration of Global Running Day, we'll get vulnerable talking about tough topics like loss and grief, depression and postpartum depression, and how running and sport has helped them persevere, rediscover their self worth, and put on a brave face. For today’s episode I am chatting with Carrie Tollefson, olympian and host of the C Tolle Run podcast. Spending a lot of her weekends traveling to do on-camera race announcing, Carrie gets open and honest about the criticism and the feelings that can come hand in hand with that, and the concern and love she has for the sport and where it’s headed as this year marks the 50th anniversary of title nine’s passing.

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May 31, 2022
RUNNING THROUGH: Adrianne Haslet, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor
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Welcome to RUNNING THROUGH, a 5-day series on Hurdle showcasing stories of women who used running to get through tough life #hurdlemoments. You guys know the deal: Here on the show, I’m dedicated to bringing Hurdlers content that encompasses all aspects of wellness. Still, running holds a special place in my heart. While I originally leaned into running as a weight loss tool back in college, it’s turned into a passion of mine, helping me get through some of my biggest hurdle moments and connect on a deeper level with so many. 

This week, in celebration of Global Running Day, we'll get vulnerable talking about tough topics like loss and grief, depression and postpartum depression, and how running and sport has helped them persevere, rediscover their self worth, and put on a brave face. For today's episode I'm chatting with Adrianne Haslet, Boston Marathon Bombing survivor. 

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May 30, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Take a Second To Breathe Where You Are
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This has been a tough week. After taking Wednesday off publishing new content to the feed, I wanted to bring a useful phrase to the Hurdlers that was shared with me during a yoga class yesterday. Make sure to do what you need to do for you, and remember: Nothing changes if nothing changes.

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May 27, 2022
208. Manoj Dias, Co-Founder & Vice President of Mindfulness at Open
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Manoj Dias had a panic attack working a corporate job that changed his life forever. Born in Sri Lanka and raised in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, the then-marketing manager of a large financial institution walked out of work upon coming to terms with his overwhelming anxiety, and embarked on a journey of self-discovery that ultimately lead him to Open. For episode 208, we're chatting about his backstory; plus — how to adopt a regular mindfulness practice, the importance of small joys, the beauty of community, and so much more. The takeaways here? You're going to want to have your "Notes" app at the ready.

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May 23, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: If You Want to Be a Part of the Play, You Have to Start By Lacing Up Your Shoes
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Huge week out in Los Angeles joining Nike for their #Future50ForHer event. Loved the opportunity to be around so many inspiring women like Joan Benoit Samuelson, Chloe Kim, Lisa Leslie, Tunde Oyeneyin, and so many more. Sharing a great takeaway from a panel discussion with basketball legend Lisa Leslie in today's episode, and challenging you to step outside of your comfort zone.

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May 20, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: What Is Intuitive Eating & Is It Good For You?
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For today's installment of #HURDLEMOMENT, I'm talking with Michelle Pillepich, MPH, RD, CPT about all things intuitive eating. What is it, what do you need to know about it, what are the potential pros and cons, is it "good" for you, and how can someone start this practice safely if they are interested. 

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May 18, 2022
207. Louisa Nicola, Neuroscientist & High-Performance Coach
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When Australian-born entrepreneur Louisa Nicola founded her company Neuro Athletics, she dreamed of doing the work she's doing today. Working with top athletes in the MLB, NFL, and NBA as well as finance professionals, her goal is to help those in high-stress roles perform at their best, implementing years of schooling studying the brain. For episode 207, she tells me how she got to this point: From the trip to Los Angeles that turned into a stint in New York, and the kindness from new friends that helped her get established in a new city. She sheds some light on her client process: Which includes everything from brain scans to neurological drills, plus offers up insight on how to stay calm in high-pressure situations, talks about her Neuro Experience podcast, and what she's most excited about in the next few years. 

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May 16, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Making a Hard Call That Felt Really, Really Right
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It's never easy when you've gotta pull a race entry (she says after doing it just last year for the London Marathon). Excited to be on the sidelines cheering next weekend in Brooklyn; talking about the "why" in today's 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, plus answering a skincare question from Ash in Virginia.

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May 13, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: An Expert On The Glymphatic System: What Is It & What Does It Do?
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The glymphatic system is essential to your everyday function, but most people don't know what it is. Enter Louisa Nicola, a neuroscientist, high performance coach, and founder of the Neuro Athletics — an expert on all things brain. She works with some of the top athletes in the NFL and NBA, as well as some of the most high-performing women and men on Wall Street, and she's here to give us the 4-1-1. We're answering how the glymphatic system works, how we can activate it, and what we can do on the days where it ~seems~ as though things are off. 

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May 11, 2022
206. Jacky Hunt-Broersma, Ultra Runner & Amputee Who Conquered 104 Marathons In 104 Days
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Jacky Hunt-Broersma picked up running after her left leg was amputated below the knee after being diagnosed with cancer (Ewing sarcoma) in 2001. On April 30th, she finished her 104th marathon in 104 days, raising more than $192,000 funds for Amputee Blade Runners along the way. For today's episode, we're talking about the why: Why she went after this goal and why this organization means so much to her. Plus: How she had to adjust her original target of 100 marathons on day 86 when she learned that UK runner Kate Jayden recently finished 101 marathons. We also talk about how to tune out negative thoughts, what her recovery practice looks like, what she hopes others will take from her journey, and her next big goal of the Moab 240.

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May 09, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: A Nice Inconvenience
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The elevator's been out in my building for a few days now. I don't mind it, and I'm probably one of the only people who feels that way. 

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May 06, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: How to Manage Burnout & 'Break the Matrix'
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Nick Dio has a job today that he only dreamed out when he was younger: Vice President of relationships for Gary Vee. As one could imagine, Nick's days can be hectic, featuring a never-ending list of action items and A LOT of meetings. An old friend of mine, Nick and I recently sat down to talk about his best-practice tips for navigating physical and emotional burnout. We talk about how to "Break the Matrix,"  his strategy for fighting the mundane and making life more exciting, and his recommendations for tackling that to-do list with a better attitude. 

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May 04, 2022
205. Tunde Oyeneyin, Peloton Instructor
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Welcome Tunde Oyeneyin back to Hurdle! So excited to welcome my friend back for her third Hurdle appearance, here to talk about how things have been going over the past 365 plus, a very exciting new chapter (literally): Her upcoming book! Speak: Find Your Voice, Trust Your Gut, and Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be comes out this week on May 3, and she's giving us the rundown of what we can expect from it. Plus: What happens when passion and purpose intersect, how manifestation works (in her experience), and how to channel a winning mindset when going through tough times.

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May 02, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Are You Lying to Yourself?
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Guten Morgen! Greetings from Germany. Today, I'm talking about why this trip to Adidas Global Headquarters is a special full-circle moment, and sharing some thoughts on separating fact versus fiction.

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Apr 29, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: How to Navigate the Anxiety Trap
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Today I'm chatting with Dr. Allison Gabriel, organizational psychologist and professor of management and organizations at University of Arizona, about the anxiety trap. what is it? How do we combat regular anxiety? How do we know it's ~just~ anxiety, versus something else? Plus: Strategies to reel it in over the long haul, and who could be the right person to chat with about your circumstance. 

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Apr 27, 2022
204. Scout Bassett, Paralympian
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Born in Nanjing, China, Scout Bassett was abandoned after losing her leg in a fire when she was around 18 months old. She spent the next seven years in an orphanage, living through difficult conditions until she was adopted at age 7 by a family from the United States. She obtained her first running prosthetic at age 14, and then went on to run competitively at UCLA and would be recruited by a head performance director for U.S. Paralympics. In today's episode, we dive into all of this, plus talk about her time competing as a triathlete until she quit her full-time job in 2015, sleeping on couches and inside her car as she trained for the Paralympics. Scout talks about the lessons she's learned through her #hurdlemoments about resilience, her time hosting the Paralympic coverage for NBC, and offers up tips on how to chin up when life feels impossible.

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Apr 25, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On Breaking Things Up Into Little Doables
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This morning, I had to pivot and I was better for it. Today, I'm talking about accepting the shift, and how the lesson from my morning workout carries over into a lot of aspects of my life.

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Apr 22, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: Two Pro Runners Reveal Their Beginner Marathon Tips & Tricks
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Welcome Dakotah Lindwurm and Annie Frisbie, professional runners with Puma, to the show! I sat down with these two ladies up at the Run Puma House Boston Marathon week, and we dove into their top tricks and tips for lacing up for 26.2. From fueling and clothing to stress-beating strategies and top-notch advice, we're leaving no stone unturned with this one. Have more questions? Leave me a voice message!

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Apr 20, 2022
203. LIVE With Des Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon Champion & 50K World Record Holder
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I wanted to throw 2X Olympian into the title, too, but I think it started to get a little long. Happy Boston Marathon Day, the perfect day to welcome DES LINDEN back to the show! Had the honor of sitting down with Des live in Boston on Saturday night, and excited to bring this conversation to the feed for episode 203. The whiskey fan's third time on the show, Des and I chat about everything from her new role as Brooks Running's Chief Running Advisor to her goals for the sport going forward. Plus: How she's so "good" at keeping her blinders on and ignoring the haters, plus how she's conquered big hurdles in her career like injury and coming up short.

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Apr 18, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On The Opportunity Of Making New Memories
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I won't front: I haven't had the best memories in Boston. Between a pretty rough weather day when I ran the Marathon in 2018 and getting out of my last relationship after a trip here a few months before that, I'd say it hasn't exactly treated me kindly. On today's episode, I'm talking about the opportunity to reframe and make new memories during my week here leading up to the 2022 Boston Marathon.

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Apr 15, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: An Expert On How to Navigate Grief
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Today I am chatting with Rebecca Soffer, she’s the co-founder of Modern Loss, a website offering candid content, resources and community on loss and grief, also author of the upcoming book The Modern Loss Handbook: An Interactive Guide to Moving Through Grief and Building Your Resilience. I know the topic isn’t the most sexy, but it’s important. We’re talking about grief.  I cite a statistic in today’s episode that 57% of Americans reported experiencing a major loss over the last three years. And as Rebecca says —, that can be death, sure. But, grief can also be a byproduct of dissolving relationships, whether they’re platonic or something more intimate. She shares her personal story of losing b th of her parents in her mid 30s, how she came to create a space to help individuals process their own grief, and then some best-practice tips for navigating it — ranging from journaling and specific thought prompts to movement and talk therapy.

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Apr 13, 2022
202. Sally McRae, Ultra Runner
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Welcome Sally McRae AKA Yellow Runner to Hurdle! This conversation is truly very, very special. Sally's journey is one that's been filled with #hurdlemoments, from growing up in an emotionally and physically abusive household and losing her mom to cancer to working multiple jobs. We have an important conversation about boundaries and navigating negative body image. Plus, her proudest career accomplishments (which may not be what you expect) and what it's been like for her coming into sport as a professional later in life. Also, what she'd change about her win at Badwater 135, what she's excited about going forward — including her upcoming memoir.

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Apr 11, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On Owning Your 'No' & Healthy Boundaries
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It's really empowering to stand firm in your "no." Today, I'm talking about my gratitude for healthy boundaries amidst a busy work schedule, and answering a listener question about how to manage socializing and drinking with performance goals.

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Apr 08, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: An Expert's Top Tips On Budgeting & Monitoring Your Financial Wellness
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Welcome Jamila Souffrant to Hurdle! As a money coach and host of the Journey to Launch podcast, Jamila knows a thing or two about smart saving. On today's episode, we're talking about all things budgeting (a big topic request after I had Kumiko Love, The Budget Mom, on the show!). She talks us through tips on how to make (and keep!) one, plus how to make your earnings really work for you and whether or not you should take on a side hustle. Plus: What is financial independence and how to find it. 

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Apr 06, 2022
201. Sasha DiGiulian, Pro Climber
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A long time coming, I'm pumped to finally share my conversation with pro and world champion climber Sasha DiGiulian. We don’t waste any time diving right into so many important topics. Starting with a conversation about goals and sharing them out with the world, making sure to hit on Sasha’s upbringing and journey to her first love that is climbing, and also touch on topics like disordered eating and bullying. Sasha also gets vulnerable as she talks through navigating injury and her progression through recovering from hip surgery during the pandemic, which she admits produced some pretty isolating and dark feelings along the way.

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Apr 04, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Who Helps Shape Your Perspective?
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Leave it to someone else pointing out the silver linings to provide a legit dose of perspective when life feels hard. Willy Valderrama, this one's for you. 

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Apr 01, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: How to Navigate Emotional Eating & Embrace Mindfulness With Food
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There are a lot of different reasons we reach for food. For sustenance, sure. But oftentimes, it has a lot to do with what's happening in life. Specifically, what's happening with our emotions. I'm bringing in Stevie Lyn Smith today to talk about how to approach a more mindful approach with what we put into our bodies. We talk about why do we do it, how can we be more cognizant of it, when can it be a good thing (and yes, that’s possible) and other ways to add some mindfulness into what we put into our bodies.

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Mar 30, 2022
200. Kara Goucher, World-Renowned Runner & 2X Olympian
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Episode. 200. WHEN did we get here?! Honored to have Kara Goucher joining Hurdle for this milestone! We kick things off in episode 200 by talking about Kara’s recent diagnosis of runner’s dystonia, what that means, and how it’s affecting her emotionally and mentally. We also bring it back to talk about how she fell in love with the sport in the first place with the help of her late grandfather and what it was like losing him to COVID during the pandemic. Plus: Her journey to self acceptance and navigating disordered eating as a college athlete, and the hard work that went into both of Olympic experiences — first as an athlete and then as a commentator for NBC. We cap things off by chatting about the recent campaign for Altra that we were both a part of, highlighting that if you have a body — regardless of size — you are an athlete. I’m so grateful for Kara’s openness, and oh-so-amped to photobomb her Boston Marathon coverage. (I’m kidding, sort of …)

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Mar 28, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: You Are Strong, You Are Capable, You've Got This
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Cutest listener call-in ever? Maybe. This week I'm talking about my fun experience running the NYC Half, plus how I'm all about abundance and manifestation lately. The name of the game: Letting go of the things you can't control and focusing on the things that you can. Plus: A listener question about how to channel a positive mindset during hard efforts.

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Mar 25, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: An Expert Talks Training Based on Menstrual Cycle
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Dr. Stacy Sims – a leading researcher and author who specializes in female physiology – joins me today to talk about training (and performance) and our menstrual cycle. We answer questions like: How does your menstrual cycle impact your training? Why are recoveries typically better during your period? Best-practice for training mid-flow? And — we talk about cycle-syncing workouts and nutrition.

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Mar 23, 2022
199. Kendall Toole, Peloton Instructor
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Now THIS is a conversation that’s been a long-time requested from the hurdlers! Welcome Kendall Toole to the Hurdle fam! Of note: We do talk about sensitive topics within this episode including self-harm and depression, as Kendall opens up about her struggles with both OCD and depression through her teenage years. We talk about the life-changing #hurdlemoment that involved suicidal thoughts, and her choice to moved home from college and seek therapy. She offers a lot of great advice for anyone who is navigating negative self talk, as well as some helpful tips for any ~fellow~ single 30-something woman who may be having a hard time finding happiness single. Overall, this conversation is filled with so much vulnerability and joy — it was definitely worth the wait.

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Mar 21, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Are You Really Paying Attention?
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If you look closely, you may just find more good around you than you even realized existed.

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Mar 18, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: An Expert On How to Handle Wellbeing Shaming At Work
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Wellbeing shaming: What is it? Is it happening to you? How do you navigate it without making things awkward? For this week's episode, I'm bringing in Melissa Doman, organizational psychologist, former Clinical Mental Health Therapist, and mental health at work specialist. She's also the author of Yes, You Can Talk About Mental Health at Work...Here's Why (And How To Do It Really Well). We talk about how to make the most of an uncomfortable scenario, and how to stick up for your own personal boundaries during your 9-to-5.

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Mar 16, 2022
198. Jaclyn Johnson, Founder of Create & Cultivate, Entrepreneur & Investor
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Multi-hyphenate: A person with several professions or skills. In other words, look up the definition of "multi-hyphenate" in the dictionary, and you may just find a photo of episode 198 guest Jaclyn Johnson. Welcome the entrepreneur, investor, best-selling author, and founder to Hurdle! You may know her as the founder of Create and Cultivate, a cult-favorite brand and media company that’s rooted in conversations, resources, events, and community for female millennial entrepreneurs and small business owners. We recently chatted on the heels of the launch of her newest adventure, New Money Ventures, a venture capital firm and brand incubator.

Jaclyn and I get into some of the nitty gritty when it comes to investing lingo, and in telling her story, she offers up a lot of practical career advice for everything from navigating lay-offs and contracting work to making a big pivot. Speaking of pivots, she also sheds some light on what it was like to pivot an experiential marketing brand during the pandemic, and reflects on the concept of work-life balance — AKA, if it can REALLY be achieved. I loved having Jaclyn — such a massively successful strong woman — on the show to dive into the ins and outs of all things business, and now I'm feeling mega-inspired to boss up and get to it!

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Mar 14, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Reframing, A Mental Trick That May Just Change Everything
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"Reframing" is my word of the week, and man has it been really helpful for me. Talking you through a helpful exercise that I've been leaning into when I journal in the morning, and recognizing that although in the moment it can be hard to zoom out — doing so can be the ultimate game-changer.

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Mar 11, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: How to Be More Disciplined
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Discipline: It’s not always easy, but it can be a game-changer. Today, I’m bringing in Les Alfred, host of Balanced Black Girl podcast and certified yoga teacher, to chat all about it. (Spoiler: Her voice is perhaps the most calming thing I’ve listened to in months next to my 3-minute Headspace meditations.) For today’s #hurdlemoment, we’ll talk about how to have it, when to let go, and tools to harness when it feels like your discipline is waning. We also talk about where we can both be more disciplined in our own lives, and where discipline has made a major difference. For me? That’s within my mornings.

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Mar 09, 2022
197. Ali Krieger, Pro Soccer Player
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Season NINE, what's good? To kick things off (pun intended) for episode 197, I'm bringing in Ali Krieger, a pro soccer player and two-time Women's World Cup winner with the USWNT. We talk about her outstanding soccer career spanning 16 years, including the tough hurdles along the way involving injury and essentially being fired from the USWNT for about two years. She also shares the joy she felt returning to the team in 2019, and the elation that came with getting her 100th cap, which in soccer lingo is how many international matches a player has partaken in. 

We also talk about her being a huge advocate for the LGBTQ community, something she’s super passionate about alongside her now wife and teammate Ashlyn Harris. She shares what it was like coming out to their teammates and coaches, a little bit about her hesitancy at first, and her best advice for anyone who may be feeling some kind of way about coming out, too.

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Mar 07, 2022
BONUS EPISODE: Emily's Story — How I Lost 70 Pounds, Fell In Love With Running & Finally Invested In Myself
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I've been thinking about re-recording this with some fresh perspective for some time. And, thanks to a season break, here we are with some extra time to do just that. Especially after hearing all of your awesome listener questions last week, I wanted to bring my story back to the feed — four years after recording it for the first time. On this special bonus episode, I'm sparing no details — talking about my journey to self love through weight loss, therapy, and learning to love running. Plus: How I got to starting this podcast and the important lessons I've learned along the way.

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Mar 04, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: When Was the Last Time You Asked For Help?
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Had a special moment this week when I reached out to the community and said "hey, I need you." It reminded me of how important it is to reach out when times feel tough.

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Feb 25, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: 16 Very ~Different~ Listener Questions, Answered
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You all SHOWED up with the questions for this season's installment of listener questions. Today, I'm answering a bunch! (And I PROMISE, those that didn't make the show this week will be answered, SOON.) Today's include:

"I feel super self conscious running outside. What should I do?"
"What is it like to live alone? What do you do with your free time?"
"Can we talk about investing? What are you doing?"
"What online workouts do you like right now?"
"Did you envision doing this in your career?"
"What's your nighttime routine like?"
"How do I get started journaling?"
"How are you, really?"

... And more!

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Feb 23, 2022
196. Keira D'Amato, Pro Runner & American Record Holder In the Marathon
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Welcome this new record holder (also, my new BFF) to the show! For episode 196, Keira's talking about how she got here: From post-college running to the injury that had her taking a step back. She talks about having children, getting married, and diving head-first into her career as a realtor only to come back to running as a "hobby," — knowing that it was a big risk that could go well or set her up for disappointment. It wasn't long until she started taking her hobby to new heights, setting fresh goals, and aiming to go after Deena Kastor's American record — set in 2006 back in London. We cover it all: From what it felt like in Houston, how she feels about doing things "differently" than other pros, her favorite Oreo flavors, and what's next.

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Feb 21, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: How Do You Balance Dating & Being a Morning Person?
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This question came in earlier this week, and I decided I'd break my I-don't-talk-about-dating-on-the-show rule and weigh in with my two cents. Plus! Some big news about upcoming Hurdler hangouts!

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Feb 18, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: How To Make Yourself a Morning Person
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Mornings are pretty polarizing, right? Either you love them and fully embrace the phrase “the early bird gets the worm,” or you’re more of a snooze button enthusiast. If you’re the latter, you may want to reconsider your daily kickoff, and here’s why: Research shows that morning people are more proactive, happier, and more consistent with their workout routines. In today’s episode, I’m answering the most popular question I see in my DMs: How do I become a morning person, too? Good news! I'm giving you the insights on my early days, and offering seven tips you need to become a morning person, too. You're going to need a fresh notebook and some willpower (a sweat-friendly playlist won’t hurt, either).

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Feb 16, 2022
195. Chrissy King, Writer, Fitness Coach & Creator of The Body Liberation Project
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Today I am chatting with Chrissy King. She’s a writer, speaker, and educator, with a passion for creating a diverse and inclusive wellness industry. She is also the creator of The Body Liberation Project, through which she empowers individuals to stop shrinking, start taking up space, and use their energy to create their specific magic in the world. What I thought was special about Chrissy is that we both started getting into fitness with a desire to lose weight, but found so much more within this world beyond the physical. For episode 195, she talks to me about how that shift happened — finding love in power lifting, competing on a national level, and steering her inner dialogue toward body positivity and what that looks like for her in practice. She talks openly about her breaking point, a #hurdlemoment that affirmed there’s so much more to life than being small. She also talks to me about the diversity and inclusion work that she’s been doing in the wellness industry and how a business coach really helped her find her voice and home in on growing her brand. My favorite thing about the New York-based entrepreneur? Her passion to empower others from all backgrounds to be celebrated and feel seen.

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Feb 14, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Do Actually Feel Seen & Heard?
549

I shared something yesterday that got a response I wasn't expecting ... and I loved it. The question: Are you listening to respond? Or listening to give someone the space that they crave?

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Feb 11, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: How to Fuel For Better Performance With Nutrition Coach Lottie Bildirici
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Welcome Lottie Bildirici, new author behind the cookbook Running On Veggies: Plant Powered Recipes for Fueling and Feeling Your Best to the show! Appropriately, Lottie's talking to us about fueling for better performance, from what you should be eating before a workout to what the threshold is for fueling during one — and post-sweat nourishment too. Plus, why hydration needs vary from person to person, and what are the staples that we should all be keeping within our pantries, fridges, and freezers, regardless of dietary restrictions.

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Feb 09, 2022
194. Nneka Ogwumike, WNBA Player for the Los Angeles Sparks
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If you're not motivated to work hard and be a good human after listening to this conversation with WNBA great Nneka Ogwumike, loaded with so many gem one-liners and inspirational highlights, then you weren’t really listening. For episode 194, we talk about what it was like for her to grow up in an active family, going to Stanford, and traveling to play basketball overseas. She also shares the unconventional way she became the president of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (“WNBPA”), and how it felt when they passed the collective bargaining agreement — abbreviated as the CBA. Plus, she talks about the hard lessons she learned navigating a knee injury last year when it comes to accepting help from others, and lets us in on her attitude, gratitude, magnitude journaling practice.

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Feb 07, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On Finally Living My Life & Telling My Anxiety To GTFO
481

After one-too-many weeks of spending all of my time cooped up in my apartment, I made the decision: I'm done. Talking about navigating my pandemic-related anxiety for today's 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, and how I've decided to continue going forward. My mental health is better for it. 

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Feb 04, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: An Expert On How To Let Go Of Relationships
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This is a really important conversation. It's a difficult conversation, too. Sometimes it's a friendship you've outgrown. Other times, it's a romantic relationship that just wasn't the thing. I'm calling in self-healing expert and mental health advocate Yasmine Cheyenne to give us the intel on how to navigate these tough moments with grace. We cover it all: How to know when to walk away, how to navigate the aftermath, the importance of grace and kindness, plus how to handle a situation where you may or may not run into each other.

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Feb 02, 2022
193. MyKayla Skinner, Gymnast & Olympic Silver Medalist
2642

MyKayla Skinner has had a tough few years, and she has managed to come out on top. For episode 193, I catch up with the Olympian about her road to Tokyo and what it was really like when Simone Biles had to take a back seat in 2021. We also talk about the physical and emotional toll that comes with being an elite athlete and how she focuses on what she can control to grow as an athlete and person. Her perspective on letting go of outside perspectives and uncontrollable circumstances is such a good reminder.

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Jan 31, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On Letting Go Of The Plan & Letting Yourself Feel
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Life feels heavy lately. I walked more than 5 miles this morning. And on that walk, this is what I thought about. TLDR: Feelings are important, and if you live your life trying to strategically not ~feel~ them — it will catch up to you.

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Jan 28, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: Essential Financial Tips For 2022 With 'The Budget Mom' Kumiko Love
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Money can feel a little awkward to talk about. But at the turn of a new year, it's a great time to take a step back and look at your finances. This week, I'm bringing Kumiko Love, AFC, better known to her massive social media following as "The Budget Mom," back on the show to give us her top tricks! Love talks me through her best-practice tips for better financial health, from tracking your spending and creating a budget to planning for retirement and maximizing your earning potential. A huge congrats to her, as her new book My Money, My Way comes out next week!

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Jan 26, 2022
192. Dr. Robin Berzin, Founder of Parsley Health
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I am enamored by Dr. Robin Berzin. I chatted with the Parsley Health founder for episode 192 — a holistic medical practice available digitally nationwide and in-person in New York and LA. We talk about her backstory and how she came to found Parsley after graduating from Columbia, and then get into the nitty gritty on what it was like to work from an entrepreneurial mindset. We commsserate about the current state of healthcare in America, and really dive into what holistic medicine is and WHY we should all want to know more. Plus, Dr. Berzin sheds some light on the things that we can do in our everyday life to live better that don't involve prescriptions. And! She shares all about her new book, State Change. 

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Jan 24, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: What the Hell Are You Waiting For?
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I did it. I crossed something off of my to-do list that I've wanted to do for-ev-er (Sandlot style) — even though I knew it would be different than I had hoped. But who's to say that different means bad, right? 

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Jan 21, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: On The Importance of Making Time for Self-Care With Natasha Hastings
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Self-care isn't something that you automatically excel at. For many, it can be super challenging, despite its importance. Thats what I'm talking about today with Natasha Hastings, Gold medalist athlete-turned entrepreneur (and, past Hurdle guest!). We're talking about how the single mom makes time for herself, plus how she's learned to give herself grace when life gets hectic and things don't go as planned. Plus, she offers up some of her best-practice strategies to maintaining her peace, and some of the most helpful takeaways that she's learned from her therapist. 

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Jan 19, 2022
191. Gabi Butler, Cheerleader & 'Cheer' Star
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“You be you, because at the end of the day you will only always have you.” Damn. What a statement from today’s Hurdle guest Gabi Butler. Gabi is a cheerleader and star of the NETFLIX series Cheer, which debuted its second season just a few days ago. We talk about it all: Her early days in cheer and Navarro, her work ethic and how much she appreciates coach Monica and the Navraro family, as well as her newfound relationship with God and how it helped her through the darkest months of the pandemic. Gabi brings such a positive and grateful attitude toward all of her experiences — good or bad. Her sentiments are a great reminder of how to look at your passion as a stepping stone in life to better let go of roadblocks and appreciate successes.

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Jan 18, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: How I Finally Started Strength Training — Regularly
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Sometimes you've just gotta get out of your own damn way. Small victory: I'm finally strength training regularly. That's a sentence I haven't been able to say since ... 2016? 2015? Today I'm talking about how I made this a regular habit, ridding myself of excuses, and saddling up to a challenge.  

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Jan 14, 2022
#HURDLEMOMENT: An Expert On Smarter Nutrition In 2022
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This episode has nothing to do with restriction (except that we talk about how it can be majorly detrimental). I call in Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CDN, author of The Core 3 Healthy Eating Plan and the CEO of NY Nutrition Group, to talk about the types of resolutions and goals we should be making in 2022 when it comes to nourishing our bodies. Think things you should be adding in instead of getting rid of, nourishment beyond just food (content, energy), thinking about the "three B's", and choosing alcohol wisely (including my big $ idea).

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Jan 12, 2022
190. Lexi duPont, Pro Skier
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I have a massive crush on Lexi Dupont. There, I said it. The pro skier is one of the most down-to-earth, fun women I've had the pleasure of talking with in some time, and for episode 190, you'll find out why. We talk about Lexi getting into skiing and sport at a young age, and how she learned to conquer her fear of heights to go on crazy adventures, from skiing some of the world's most gnarly terrain to hiking up Kilimanjaro. We also talk about her new title — pilot (!) — and her excitement for the upcoming Freeride World Tour. Plus: The benefits of working with a sport psychologist to get out of her own way, and what she's looking forward to in the new year. 

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Jan 10, 2022
TURNING THE PAGE: Mindy Grossman On Defining Your Purpose
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The final episode of the Turning the Page series with the only and only Mindy Grossman, CEO and President of WW.  She shares her reasoning behind her intention to write a letter to herself at the end of each year, why we all need a "to-don’t" list, and setting your priorities and focus on the right things for where you are in life. Her word for 2021: Perseverance.

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Jan 07, 2022
TURNING THE PAGE: Alex Silver-Fagan On Presence
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Welcome to episode 4 of the Turning the Page series! Today, I'm bringing back one of the most listened guests of 2021: Alex Silver Fagan. I — and so many of you — was inspired by Alex’s story and raw vulnerability with her journey of mental health and checking herself into a mental health facility. Her reflection on her last 365 is equally as inspiring and she couldn’t have picked a better word for her 2021: Presence. BONUS: She even lets us in on her word for the new year.

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Jan 06, 2022
TURNING THE PAGE: Aly Orady On Finding Strength In Tough Moments
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Episode three of the "Turning the Page" series features my friend Aly Orady, CEO and founder of Tonal. The company grew at rapid speed in 2021, which sparked his word of the year: Strength. The strength it takes to pivot in difficult times, sure, but also the agility needed to proceed in a different way than originally expected. Aly talks to me about managing supply chain issues, I offer him one of my favorite book picks of 2021, and he tells me the advice he'd give to himself a year ago, knowing what he knows now.

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Jan 05, 2022
TURNING THE PAGE: Becs Gentry On The Roller Coaster That Was 2021
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Day two of TURNING THE PAGE brings you Becs Gentry, who many of you know as the inspirational and always positive peloton instructor that she is. She’s had quite the year, including the opportunity to make it back home to the UK to race in the 2021 Olympic Trials. Bec’s 2021 word perfectly describes her last 365: Roller coaster.

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Jan 04, 2022
TURNING THE PAGE: Trent Shelton On Perseverance
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Another year, conquered. And just like that a new year is here, with big new goals and aspirations. This week, I am releasing five back-to-back episodes as part of the Turning the Page series, which will involve chatting with some of your favorite guests from 2021 to hear how they are getting ready for 2022. Each guest will offer up a word that describes their last 365 and how they are taking what they learned in 2021 into the next 52 weeks of the new year.

First up Trent Shelton, former NFL player turned entrepreneur. His word is the perfect summary for what Trent admits was one of his hardest years: Perseverance. He is seriously such a light and takes us through how he is turning the page in 2022.

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Jan 03, 2022
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: You Don't Need to Set Goals To Zero In On What You Want
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On thinking bigger and doing more in the new year. Oh, and happy fourth birthday, Hurdle. I would be lost without all of you.

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Dec 31, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: Best Advice of 2021
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It's time for the Best Of! Loving these takeaways from some of Hurdle's 2021 guests (OK, I slipped in one from 2020), sure to help you navigate the tough spots to come 2022 and beyond. Who do you want to hear from in the new year? OR! Have a takeaway that really resonated with you? Share it with us on social and tag the show!

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158. Hilary Allen, Endurance Athlete
#HURDLEMOMENT: Essential Financial Wellness Tips With 'The Budget Mom'
182. Willy Valderrama, Runner
186. Emma Coburn, Pro Runner & 3X Olympian
143. Becs Gentry, Peloton Instructor
#HURDLEMOMENT: How to Own your Morning To Unlock Your Big Potential
178. Taryn Toomey, CEO & Founder of The Class
183. Shalane Flanagan, Live at the New York City Marathon

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Dec 29, 2021
189. Kirsten Ferguson, Peloton Instructor
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Kirsten Ferguson has conquered a whole lotta hurdles in the last decade. From struggling to have children and navigating multiple miscarriages to dealing with divorce, she's learned time and time again the power of faith and resilience. For episode 189, she talks to me about how she got into fitness — eventually teaching Spin from home during the pandemic — and the beautiful way that Peloton came into her life when she needed it most. I cannot say thank you enough to her for her openness, and as she says in our chat, acknowledging that speaking out — specifically about miscarriage — will help make other women feel less alone on their journey.

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Dec 27, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: The One Thing I've Never Felt Good About Doing Alone
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In today's episode of 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I'm talking about where my head's at with an upcoming hurdle; a reminder that just because you've conquered similar #hurdlemoments in the past doesn't mean that you won't feel uneasy about new ones as they come.

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Dec 24, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: 2022's Health & Fitness Trends, Revealed
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Today I'm connected with Kate Spies! She’s the general manager at Well+Good, and she’s here to talk to me all about their 2022 wellness trends. To find them, their editorial team asked experts, dug into the data, and scoured the market. And now, they've called it: These are the biggest trends and most groundbreaking innovations that will dominate the wellness conversation — and your well-being — in 2022.

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Dec 22, 2021
188. Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy, 'Dancing With the Stars' Pro
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For Season 30 of Dancing With the Stars, Jenna Johnson Chmerkovskiy made history with partner Jojo Siwa as the first same sex couple in the show’s history. Today, I’m chatting with the DWTS vet about that and so much more, including how she got to be a pro on the show in the first place — growing up dancing competitively and winning international titles — plus her gateway to TV competing on So You Think You Can Dance. We also talk about her decision to move to LA at 18 and the difficulties she faced as she gained a following on social media — especially how troubling it was when other people started to vocalize how THEY felt about her body. Cue conversations around body dysmorphia, weight loss, and the creative outlet aside from dance that helped her come into her own and cope with various mental health battles. Plus, we rap about her husband Val and what’s on deck for her now that season 30 is over.

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Dec 20, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On Paying It Forward
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All year long, a little bit of kindness can go a long way. But around the holidays, there's something special about seeing people do good. For today's episode of 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I'm chatting about how I'm seeing it in my life — from the listeners and their feedback to in my neighborhood. Plus, answering a listener question about what I'm up to now with my workouts.

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Dec 17, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: An Expert On How to Maintain Weight Loss
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Today I'm connecting with Dr. Gary Foster, Chief Science Officer at WW, a psychologist and obesity investigator. Statistics show that weight loss maintenance is extremely difficult, so much so that a majority of people who lose weight gain some (or all) of it back. After losing 70 pounds in college and keeping a majority of it off myself, I was excited about the opportunity to offer up what worked for me with some expert feedback in today's episode. Of note: This is NOT me suggesting that anyone needs to lose weight. Rather, having Dr. Foster weigh in on how to upkeep weight loss for those that are interested.

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Dec 15, 2021
187. Courtney Dauwalter, Ultra Runner
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Today I sit down with arguably the best female ultra runner in the world, Courtney Dauwalter. You may recognize her name from her most recent dominant performance at Ultra-Trail Cape Town, finishing in first place with a time of 11:20:04, and for those who don’t know, that's a 100K (62+ -mile!) trail race. Superwoman is an understatement here. She has a slew of other medals under her belt, which we talk about in this episode, but we also dig into so much more. From the ins and outs of all things trail running, to Courtney’s journey into the sport, to how it’s never too late to pivot and follow your passion. (Courtney’s professional running career started at 32-years-old.) Plus: Her advice for anyone going through a tough hurdle of their own and her go-to pre- and post-run eats (hint: pancakes are involved). 

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Dec 13, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Life's Too Short To Stay Unhappy
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Two very different examples to exemplify ~why~ this has been top of mind this week. Moral: We get to choose what happens next, so stop doing things because you feel like you "should" and start doing things that bring you joy. Also! Answering a listener question about what to do when the new person you're seeing flakes — but you really, really liked them.

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Dec 10, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: An Expert On How to Say No Without Shame or Guilt
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No can be one of the most powerful words in your vocabulary. But! It's not always easy to say it. Today, I'm connecting with Dr. Jeff Gardere, a medical advisor for Ro Mind, board-certified clinical psychologist, and Associate Professor and Course Director at Touro College. We talk about how to say no and protect your boundaries, plus the right verse wrong way to turn something (or someone) down.

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Dec 08, 2021
186. Emma Coburn, 3X Olympian & Pro Runner
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Season Eight! What’s up!? This week, Emma Coburn, three-time Olympian & 2017 steeplechase World Champion, joins me for episode 186. We had the chance to catch up when she was in town recently over NYC Marathon Weekend, and got into it all from her backstory to her recent trip to the Tokyo games. Emma tells me that she didn’t truly love running at first, what changed her attitude toward the sport, and the impact that team has had on her training and life. We also unpack what it’s like to train with all of her best friends in Colorado on Team Boss and be married to your coach. Plus, we talk about some tough stuff: Despite being favorited to come back home with a medal this year at the Olympics, Emma came up short. We talk about the ~why~ plus how she navigated the emotions of that. Emma also opens up about how she’s been doing since her mom was diagnosed with cancer in December 2019, and shares a beautiful perspective about consciously choosing optimism and happiness even when life’s hurdles get you down.

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Dec 06, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Don't Let Comparison Steal Your Joy
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The last episode in season 7! HOW? When!? Time is flying. Today, I'm talking about a lesson that hit home for me today at the Pequot Runners' Turkey Trot. I've been running this race for four years, and for the past three years — I ran a faster time each one. For 5-MINUTE FRIDAY this week, I'm talking about why it's OK not to continue that trend. 

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Nov 26, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: Your Dental Health Questions Answered With Dr. Staci Whitman
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I have wanted to chat with a dentist about dental health on the show for a WHILE, and I'm so happy this expert is Dr. Staci Whitman. Dr. Whitman is a functional and holistic dentist based in Portland, and WOW did this conversation blow my mind. We talk about it all: The things you MUST be doing to take care of your oral health aside from regular brushing, the major mistakes you may be making regularly, and what common occurrences — like gum bleeding — could mean for your overall wellness. This one is a must-listen.

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Nov 24, 2021
185. Jordan Chiles, Gymnast & Olympic Silver Medalist
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In 2021, millions learned Jordan Chiles name. The 20-year-old made waves at this year’s summer games by stepping in for best friend and teammate Simone Biles after Biles withdrew from the team competition following a shaky showing on the vault. For episode 185, we talk all about that moment in Tokyo, what it felt like to get that silver medal, and the necessary conversation that team USA gymnastics sparked about the prioritization of mental health. Plus, we learn about Jordan’s beginnings in Texas, how she unwillingly went to her first-ever gymnastics practice, how she navigated verbal abuse early in her gymnastics career and the impact it's had on her. Plus — her big career aspirations beyond the mat. This conversation is fun, honest, and I’m thankful that Jordan was able to squeeze me in finishing up the Gold Over America Tour.

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Nov 22, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On Recognizing Your Past To Really Appreciate Your Present
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The other day I had a little midday field trip that took me down Memory Lane. Today, I'm talking about focusing on the future instead of dwelling on the past, and finding the silver linings.

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Nov 19, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: Tips To Navigate Injury From Olympian & Pro Runner Emily Sisson
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It was amazing to watch Emily Sisson, a pro runner for New Balance, crush the 10K at the Olympic trials and make her way to the 2020 Olympics. But little did we know that heading into the Tokyo Games, she was navigating a debilitating knee injury. In today's installment of #HURDLEMOMENT, her and I chat all about it — unpacking how we've struggled with injury over 2021. She gives her tips on how to navigate the emotional struggle that goes hand-in-hand with the physical, the importance of having a stellar support squad, and the necessary perspective shift that helped her get through the toughest days. Plus: What's next!

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Nov 17, 2021
184. DiDi Richards, WNBA Player
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On October 24, 2020, DiDi Richards' life changed forever. In a freak accident scrimmaging on the court at Baylor, Richards ended up temporarily paralyzed. For episode 184, she tells me the entire story: What happened, the road to recovery, the longterm emotional and mental anguish, and exactly how she was back on the court 38 days later (and in the WNBA within a year). We also chat about the state of women in sports, her thoughts on social media (and when it's useful versus not), and what's next — beyond basketball.

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Nov 15, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On Setting (& Maintaining!) Boundaries With Zero Guilt
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Last week I made a lot of deliberate choices reinforcing my boundaries, setting myself up in the best way possible to both run the marathon and interview a slew of women I admire. This week for 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I'm talking about how that felt and how I got to a place where I'm executing on my boundaries with zero guilt.

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Nov 12, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: The New York City Marathon, A Recap
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3:42:53, what a time. For today's #hurdlemoment, I'm diving into the play-by-play. What happened mile-by-mile, how I feel about my time, the moments that meant the world, and how I managed everything from my nutrition to my attitude. The biggest thank you to everyone who showed up for me, both in-person and via texts, DMs, and emails. Your support means the world to me.

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Nov 10, 2021
183. Shalane Flanagan, Live at the New York City Marathon
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As a runner, to get advice from 4-time Olympian (and silver medalist!) Shalane Flanagan the day before running the New York City Marathon is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But as the host of this show? It was unbelievable to sit down with her LIVE and in-person at the culmination of Project Eclipse, a 6-marathon journey over 42 days in which Shalane taught us all that sport is for life. We chat about it all: From how she got started with running (fun fact: her mom once held the world record in the marathon!) and what it was like being a collegiate athlete to the sacrifices she made along the way to make a name for herself. We laugh over stories from her world travels and marathons past (Boston 2018, anyone), and she tells me what it means to her to be the 2017 New York City Marathon champion. We also chat big, hairy, audacious goals, why she decided to go after the back-to-back six world marathon majors this year, and what it's like for to wear the Coach hat with the Bowerman Track Club. Plus: Advice for new runners, how to get out of your own way when anxiety takes over, and fueling and nutrition tips in the wake of the release of her new New York Times bestselling cookbook, Rise and Run

A huge thanks to my sponsor at InsideTracker for connecting us! 

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Nov 09, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Whatever Happens, Happens — Then, Learn From It
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Well, here we are. Reflecting on the bigger picture heading into NYC Marathon weekend, with a lot of fun stuff on deck (aside from, ya know, the marathon). I didn't come this far to only come this far, and I'm grateful that you're all along for the ride.

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Nov 05, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: Goal Setting 101 With Dr. Cheyenne Bryant
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Goal setting can be super intimidating, and you're not alone if you're not entirely sure where to start. Today, I'm connecting with Dr. Cheyenne Bryant, a psychology expert and life coach who knows a thing or two about going after big things. We get into what you ~need~ to do before you set a goal, the important list you should make when writing yours down, and tap into the real purpose of them — finding happiness. Plus: How to know when to walk away from a goal, what to do if you hit a hurdle mid-pursuit, and the important must-do thing for once you've conquered your big to-do.

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Nov 03, 2021
182. Will Valderrama, Runner
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On May 7, 2021, Will Valderrama (called Willy by some of his friends) found out that he has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). On May 10, while at in-person treatment at Weill Cornell, he signed up for a marathon. At the time, he was in a wheel chair — unable to walk in a straight line. Fast forward five months and a lot of difficult moments: On October 16, not only did he run that marathon — but he conquered it, racing through Atlantic City, New Jersey in 4 hours, 22 minutes. When I saw the video of him crossing the finish line, I knew I needed to have him on the show to tell his story. 

Today, we get into it all, from what it was like to start experiencing MS symptoms and getting a diagnosis to training while symptomatic. Plus: How he had to change his day-to-day, the debate of whether or not to move from his Brooklyn home, and a complete rundown of race day. This was truly an honor, to hear from Willy and to be able to share his vulnerability with the Hurdle community. I am more empathetic because of this conversation, and I'm forever inspired by his story of grit and determination.

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Nov 01, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On Not Judging Your Beginnings Too Harshly
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This week has been a whirlwind, eh? Welcome, to all of the new Hurdlers listening to the show! On the 5-MINUTE FRIDAY segment, I typically just share a story from my week, then answer a listener question. This week, I'm talking about ~finally~ getting back into journaling, and navigating the holidays when you've got a little bit of family turbulence. 

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Oct 29, 2021
HURDLE LIVE! NYC Marathon Pep Talk & Answering Your Running Questions With Matt James, Cheryl Donald, Tim West & Melody Westen
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We all navigate hurdles on the run. In this live conversation inside of Hub Seventeen at lululemon on Fifth Avenue, I break down how to navigate them with some fellow members of the New York running community leading up to the New York Marathon on November 7. From fueling and safety to navigating getting involved in a run crew and how to set smart goals — this conversation is full of laughs and leaves no stone unturned. A huge thanks to:

Matt James, lululemon ambassador
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Tim West, founder of Bandit Running
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Oct 28, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: Harley Pasternak On Tips To Stay Healthy While Traveling
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First things first: Let me reiterate that both Harley and myself agree that travel is to be enjoyed. Indulgent! You don't need to spend your time away entirely focused on your health and wellness routine — however there are small tweaks you can make to your day-to-day that can help you find balance on the move, and maybe even better enjoy your travels. 

Harley Pasternak is a wellness expert, bestselling author, and past Hurdle guest who knows a thing or two about staying healthy on the road — traveling often for his partnerships with the Four Seasons (and, keeping some of your favorite A-listers in shape!). Today, we're talking healthy travel habits from the plane to the hotel. Plus: What we both bring with us on the road to feel our best (teeny equipment, supplements), and why it's important NOT to freak out over vacation weight gain. Also: Shout out to Harley's new offering at the Four Seasons Resort & Residences Los Cabos at Costa Palmas: Baja Body Reset by Harley Pasternak.

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Oct 27, 2021
181. Carissa Moore, Pro Surfer & Olympic Gold Medalist
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Surfing made its debut at the 2020 Olympics, and at 29 years old, Carissa Moore became the sport’s first-ever gold medalist. I’m catching up with the Hawaiian native and 5-time world champion for today’s episode, and let me tell you — she’s one of the kindest, brightest humans. We talk all about her backstory, how she started surfing with her dad at age 5, and the sacrifices she’s made along the way to make a name for herself in her sport. Plus: The #hurdlemoments she’s braved, including a 3-year low point where she needed to re-articulate her why, how she navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, and what an average week of workouts looks like when she’s training full-time.

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Oct 25, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Is This Listener Flirting With Me?
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A little diddy about gratitude, remembering not to focus on the crappy stuff, and a legit question about a voicemail I got recently.

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Oct 22, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: How To Get Out Of a Funk
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There are a zillion different types of funks. A funk of not eating well. A funk of not going on any dates (raises hand). A funk of not wanting to exercise. A funk of straying away from your journaling practice (the list goes on). For today's #HURDLEMOMENT, I'm offering up actionable steps to get out of yours — whatever it may be.

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Oct 20, 2021
180. Kira Stokes, Trainer & Founder of The Stoked Method
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This week I’m chatting with Kira Stokes, celebrity trainer and founder of both the Stoked Method and the KiraStokesFit app. Kira’s a health and wellness expert based in New York City, with over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry. After graduating from Boston College with a degree in psychology and a minor in health sciences, she went on to become obsessed with the beauty of movement — ultimately becoming a personal trainer (with almost too many certifications to count) and group fitness coach. Her clients (past and present) include Shay Mitchell, Ashley Graham, Norah O'Donnell, and Nastia Liukin — among others. 

In today’s episode, she talks to me about how she first got into the fitness industry in college and how different things were back then — training at one point up to 12 people in one day to now, coaching thousands via her KiraStokes Fit App. We talk living a life you want versus the one that may be expected of you, and how trusting her gut helped her navigate some major professional hurdles as well as the COVID pandemic. Plus: Her best advice for anyone who wants a career in the fitness industry.

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Oct 18, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: How Can I Help When Things Feel Hard?
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It was a special opportunity, to stand at the 40K marker at last weekend's Chicago Marathon. Today, I'm talking about that special experience and the important lesson it reminded me of.

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Oct 15, 2021
HURDLE LIVE! Answering ~All~ Of Your Running Questions
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HOLY WOW it felt good to be back in person! Loved this conversation from last weekend in Chicago at the Tracksmith pop-up, leading up to Sunday's marathon. I chat with trainers and nutrition experts Ciara Lucas and Phoenix Alazam to answer all of your running questions, from how to start to what to eat, wear, and think before you lace up. Plus: We laugh about some of our biggest running fails, and swap stories about what it was like to be true beginners. 

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Oct 13, 2021
179. Jordan Larson, Pro Volleyball Player & 3-Time Olympic Medalist
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This week I’m chatting with Jordan Larson, a professional volleyball player and 3-time Olympic medalist including a gold from this year’s games in Tokyo. For episode 179, she gives me the rundown of how she got here, growing up in a super small town guided by both of her parents to pursue and love sport. She  talks to me about going overseas for volleyball, playing in Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey and China, and what it was like to land on her first Olympic team. We also talk about the hurdles she’s faced along the way including divorce, and — in all of that international travel —navigating loneliness and learning how to be comfortable spending more time alone while pursuing her passions. We also chat about what’s next, and she actually takes over the interviewing role for a bit and asks me a few questions.

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Oct 11, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On the Courage & Vulnerability It Takes To Travel Alone
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Italy and Paris, you've been a dream. Today concludes an 11-day international trip (and, I head to Chicago!). This week, I'm talking about the courage something like this required, and my hope for everyone else when it comes to finding the thing that empowers them to sit in stillness and take an inventory of self.

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Oct 08, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: What Is Mental Fitness? An Expert On How To Better Exercise Your Brain
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Meet Marc Champagne: A new author (check out his book Personal Socrates, out mid-October!) and mental fitness expert. For today's episode, he talks to us about what mental fitness is, and how we can be better about "working out" our mind to perform better in our day-to-day tasks. We talk about the timing of these "workouts," and the different types. Plus: The benefits of flow state and the importance of asking good questions (and what makes a stellar one!).

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Oct 06, 2021
178. Taryn Toomey, CEO & Founder Of The Class
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The Class, which is often described as a workout for your emotions, really helped me through some tough times — specifically during the pandemic. Today, I'm chatting with its founder and CEO Taryn Toomey. Truthfully, the first time I went to The Class, I thought it was bizarre. But as Taryn and I talk about in episode 178, I wasn't really ready to surrender just yet to what it had to offer. In methodology, it's kind of like a combination of cardio and Pilates. But really, it's so much more than that. Taryn tells me how she developed this style of workout, and details how she herself leaned into fitness and yoga in her early years in New York to navigate some tough times. Plus: The benefit of putting down technology to come back to center, how to have a healthy relationship with movement when it's your emotional outlet, and where The Class is going in the future.

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Oct 04, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: How I Fixed the Fear of Spending Money on Myself
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I've had anxiety for a really long time about investing in myself. Over the last few years, though, I've learned the importance of giving back to me. You don't have to make gobs of money to do this, either. Today, I talk about the strategies I use to invest wisely, and also answer a listener question about how I manage big disappointments. 

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Oct 01, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: How To Have a More Compassionate Relationship With Your Body
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Everyone’s a little bit confused and a little stressed about their bodies - you’re not alone! But which thoughts are worth paying attention to and which are just causing extra stress? This episode is full of helpful insights, tips, and tricks from my friend, writer, editor and new author Casey Gueren. We talk about why we feel stressed about our bodies, the weird fluctuations that happen on a weekly basis (FYI: they are usually nothing to worry about!) and how to "come back to calm" when a new bodily worry arises and threatens to derail your day.

Bonus: Casey’s new book It’s Probably Nothing: The Stress-less Guide to Dealing with Health Anxiety, Wellness Fads, and Overhyped Headlines is out October 5th!

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Sep 29, 2021
177. Aly Orady, CEO & Founder Of Tonal
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On the morning after Christmas in 2013, Aly Orady decided to change his life. Prior to this #hurdlemoment, the then-child prodigy had graduated high school at 15 and college at 19, then worked at a series of tech companies including Hewlett-Packard and computer startup Pano Logic where physical fitness was the last thing on his priority list. In today’s episode, he details this turning point which lead him to losing 70 pounds and creating TONAL. Of course, we get into all of the Tonal specifics today: what it is, how it has evolved, and how it works. But what I find so inspiring about this conversation is learning about Aly as a leader and the hard work that went into building this company from the ground up, Including relentless self-belief and loads of lessons along the way. We also talk about what’s to come for the company in the future. Let me just say: The day before Aly and I sat down to record this IRL in the studio, I stopped into their new showroom on Fifth Avenue in New York, and I was blown away. 

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Sep 27, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On Withdrawing From the Marathon & Acceptance
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I'm honestly in a really good place right now, making limoncello out of lemons. Today, I'm talking about the positive progress I've made in the last week re: the injury update, my new travel plans, and the simple comparison that came to me on my first run back the other day. Appreciation for the little things, on high.

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Sep 24, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: Everything a Beginner Cyclist Needs to Know With Pro Alison Tetrick
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This episode is jam-packed with every ounce of information I wish someone told me right off the bat when I was ready to get in the saddle. From the importance of a bike fit and what gear you need to get started to the importance of fuel and how much you should be drinking on the ride, pro cyclist Alison Tetrick is buzzing with helpful information. Plus: We talk about a major #hurdlemoment in her life that left her with a traumatic brain injury, and the good that she's doing with her platform to give back to the cycling community. 

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Sep 22, 2021
176. Gretchen Rubin, Best-Selling Author
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This was an honor. Welcome Gretchen Rubin to the Hurdle family. Gretchen's known to many as the author of The Happiness Project, one of her many best-selling titles. She's also a member of Oprah’s Super Soul 100, was named one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. For episode 176, we talk about how she walked away from clerking for Sandra Day O'Connor in Washington D.C. to pursue her dream of becoming an author, and how she became the authority on all things happiness (and habits!). She answers some of your questions about how to best make a career pivot, as well as touches on other hot topics like how people can take steps to be happier in this new "normal," the power of asking tough questions, and how to give up sugar (she would know, she's done it!). 

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Sep 20, 2021
20-MINUTE FRIDAY: So. I'm Injured.
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I've been keeping this from the community for a minute, because I needed some time to process. To answer your top question: I'm not entirely sure what's going to happen with my marathon plans. But, I've always been pretty open and honest with the Hurdlers, and I thought it was important to bring a dose of perspective (and some honesty) to the feed. It could be a muscle strain. It could be a hernia (that word frightens me, TBH). But, I'm keeping perspective, taking this one day at a time, seeing all of the experts, and doing my PT exercises. You want vulnerability? Well, here it is. Tears, optimism, and a promise to do what's best for my body in the longterm — included. One thing I know: This is just another hurdle for me to conquer. We can do it together.

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Sep 17, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: How to Set Boundaries (& Keep Them) With Self-Healing Expert Yasmine Cheyenne
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I needed this conversation. My hope is that maybe you do, too. Today I'm chatting with Yasmine Cheyenne, a teacher and advocate for mental health and spiritual wellness as well as host of The Sugar Jar Podcast. We're connecting on all things boundaries: what are they, how to set them, how to not feel guilty about having them, and how to have productive conversations about them. 

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Sep 15, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: Emily Answers Your Listener Questions
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What do I do to manage burnout? How do I know whether to keep pushing or take a rest from my weekly workout routine? What do you see when ~you~ look in the mirror? So many great questions have been coming in recently from the Hurdle community, and I'm answering them today in a special season premiere week bonus episode! Want to ask me a new question? Leave a voice message, and I'll tackle it in an upcoming episode!

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Sep 14, 2021
175. Adrian Williams, Peloton Instructor
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Season. Seven. WHAT IS GOOD! I'm beyond excited to kickstart a new season of the show with Adrian Williams, Peloton instructor and all-around wonderful human. For episode 175, we learn all about his backstory. Born and raised in the Bronx, Adrian tells me about the two distinct #hurdlemoments that shaped him into the man he is today, dealing with devastating loss. We rap about the importance of family, movement, and therapy — all critical tools in his toolbox so that he can regularly show up for millions of members in the Peloton community.

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Sep 13, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Finding Calm In a Hurricane
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Definitely didn't expect to get caught in the remnants of Hurricane Ida over here in New York on Wednesday, but alas, I did. Telling that story on the show today, and offering up a beautiful silver lining that came from the chaos.

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Sep 03, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: How to Own Your Morning Routine To Unlock Your Big Potential
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So excited to welcome Liz Plosser back to the show! Liz is a dear friend of mine, the Editor-in-Chief of Women's Health, and the new author of Own Your Morning: Reset Your A.M. Routine To Unlock Your Potential. In honor of the book's release on September 7, Liz filled me in on a slew of expert-backed tips and tricks she learned reporting the title. 

So often, I'm getting messages asking me about my morning routine. And although there are science-backed benefits of getting a sweat in first thing in the day, Liz reiterates that what's most important is that your first waking hours revolve around what's important to you — and more specifically, your values. We also chat about the importance of a stellar nighttime routine for a better a.m., and dissect how light, nutrition, and mindfulness can make a big impact on the day. So many laughs together — IRL, too! Thanks, Liz, for being my first official IN-STUDIO guest!

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Sep 01, 2021
174. Devon Still, Former NFL Player & Advocate for Childhood Cancer Awareness
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Wow. I probably say that word at least 15 times in today's episode with Devon Still, former NFL player, author, speaker, and advocate for childhood cancer awareness. In 2014, Devon's world was turned upside down when his then 4-year-old daughter Leah was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in 2014 and given a 50-50 chance to survive. In today's episode, he talks me through all of it — from feeling powerless at her bedside to how he learned to embrace vulnerability. A huge thank you to United Therapeutics for setting up this conversation, as Devon recently partnered with them on a new "Braving NeuroBLASToma" campaign.

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Aug 30, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: A Morning With Zero Anxiety That Made Me Rethink ... Everything
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Tuesday was monumental for me in the most special of ways. Talking about that and a few big lessons for this week's 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, which feels a lot more unfiltered than normal.

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Aug 27, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: Everything You Should Know About Trail Running With Mirna Valerio
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Summer is one of my favorite times to get out in nature, so what better time to talk about all things trail running than right now. Bringing on an expert today: Meet Mirna Valerio. She's an endurance athlete, author, speaker, and Merrell ambassador! You may recognize her name because she's been on the show before! Today, she's back to school us in tackling the trails. From what you need to know about trail running sneakers to safety precautions to take and what apps you can use to help map out your route — this endurance athlete has the 4-1-1.

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Aug 25, 2021
173. Tara Stiles, Founder of Stråla Yoga
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Tara Stiles is a global yoga, movement, wellness, and mindfulness expert, author and founder of Stråla Yoga. For episode 173, we talk about how dance was actually the gateway for her practice, opening up a world of freedom and joy that she didn’t know was possible. We talk about her first few classes at Crunch, the instructors that shaped her practice, and the frenzy that came hand in hand with opening her own space. Plus: The whirlwind that was getting featured in The New York Times and how earning the nickname "yoga rebel" changed everything for her. Tara and OI also rap about teaching during covid, what it’s been like for her shifting to digital, and how she keeps her head on straight with hundreds of thousands of people practicing with her online.

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Aug 23, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Choosing Kindness As Currency
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Navigating customer service in a pinch can be the ultimate nightmare (especially when it comes to technology!). This week, I witnessed some of the best ever, and it helped me come back to appreciate just how far a little kindness can go. 

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Aug 20, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: An OBGYN Answers Your Feminine Wellness Questions
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VAGINA VAGINA VAGINA. There, now you're a little more used to hearing that (via your own voice inside your head, anyway). Today on the show, I'm catering to the ladies with an episode all about feminine wellness with Dr. Jackie, a board-certified OBGYN from Atlanta. Let's face it: Maintaining your vaginal health and feminine wellness is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. We're getting into all of the nitty gritty, answering questions like:

Is it normal to have irregular periods when training?
What are some irregularities that should have us scheduling a doctor visit?
What is considered normal color and amount of discharge?
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Underwear: Are there certain fabrics/styles that we should look for or avoid?

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Aug 18, 2021
172. James Lawrence, Endurance Athlete Known As 'The Iron Cowboy'
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Father-of-five James Lawrence made headlines earlier this summer by doing something he called the Conquer 100, which involved him completing 101 Ironman distance triathlons (2.4 mile/3.9km swim, 112 mile/180.2km bike, 26.2 mile/42km run) in 101 consecutive days — raising money for a local charity, Operation Underground Railroad. This wasn't the first time he did something this intense. The Utah native's been breaking World Records for years now. Back in 2015, he completed 50 triathlons in 50 days — in 50 different states (all while averaging less than 5 hours of sleep per night). However, back in 2008, life was a completely different story. In 2008, his family lost everything in the recession including their house, and to make ends meet the seven of them moved into a small one-bedroom apartment. He talks to me about how sport helped him overcome this devastation, how he preps for these challenges today, what his team looks like, how he recovers, and so much more. There’s no doubting that the through-line here is that with determination and grit, anything is possible.

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Aug 16, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: 4 Million Downloads & A Few Really Important Lessons
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It's hard for me to fathom that this show has been listened to 4 million times. But! Here we are! This week, we (as a community because this is impossible without you!) celebrated a huge milestone. For 5-MINUTE FRIDAY this week, I'm talking about how it all makes me feel and a couple of the important lessons I've learned. Grateful for every single Hurdler!

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Aug 13, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: An Expert On How to Eat for Better Brain Function
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If I were to tell you that the things you consume could help you think more clearly and function at a higher level, would you make some changes to your diet? Enter Dr. Uma Naidoo, a Harvard trained nutritional psychiatrist, professional chef and nutrition specialist who penned the recent book, This is Your Brain on Food. She gives us the lowdown on how to eat smarter to scratch brain fog, including what should be in your morning mug (hint: it's not coffee) and how spices can make a major difference. Also: We chat strategies to beat emotional eating and the importance of removing the judgement from one small "slip up."

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Aug 11, 2021
171. Molly Seidel, 2020 Olympic Medalist in the Marathon
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I STILL HAVE CHILLS. It was a no-brainer for me to bring my 2020 conversation with Molly Seidel back to the feed today, mostly because WOW listening to this interview now gives me so many feels. This was originally episode 100 of the show, and the last episode I recorded with a guest before the pandemic. Molly earned the third-ever medal in the Olympic marathon for an American woman over the weekend in an unbelievable performance of grit, showcasing so much hard work. Fun facts: It was the third-ever full marathon for the Notre Dame graduate, and she qualified for the Olympics in her first-ever marathon back at the 2020 Olympic Trials. In episode 171, she tells me all about the hurdles she faced to get here (and there were many). From detailing her battles with obsessive compulsive disorder and injury to seeking treatment for disordered eating — Molly's perspective is both special and enlightening. So many takeaways here, and certainly a few tears — too. So excited for you, Molly. Thanks for being a part of the Hurdle community. 

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Aug 09, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: What Are Your Emojis?
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A little social experiment had me rethink how I'm viewing the day to day grind. 

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Aug 06, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: How to Fuel Your Body Best During Marathon Training
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As a 9x marathoner (training for No. 10 and 11) — I get asked about this constantly: "What am I supposed to eat when I'm training?" Today I'm bringing in a Ashley Reaver, RD, Lead Nutrition Scientist at InsideTracker, to give us all of the intel. From why electrolytes are important to what you should eat before, during, and after your workout — she's got the info you need to train smart and take care of your body when it needs you most.

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Aug 04, 2021
170. Aditi Shah, Peloton Instructor
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Welcome Aditi Shah to the Hurdle fam! Today, she teaches yoga and meditation to millions of people via the Peloton platform. Despite learning about both practices from a young age, it wasn't until college in New Jersey that she truly immersed herself in one of her own. For episode 170, she talks to me about moving back to India after graduation, and followed by a stint in Mumbai, and then coming to New York where she ultimately made the permanent move — on a whim. She gives advice for anyone else who wants to move to a big city — or adopt a meditation practice. She also tells me about the DM from her now-colleague Denis Morton that changed everything, and what it’s been like teaching during the pandemic. Plus: Some insight on how her parents and family are doing in India, and a few of her favorite meditations to date so that you can go seek them out in the Peloton app.

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Aug 02, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Well, This Is Awkward
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So. Remember when I told you about "red flags" guy? I ran by him on the street today. Well, I thought I did. Then, I texted him, and learned that I made a MAJOR mistake. Listen, and see what I mean.

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5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Handling Unexpected Turbulence With Grace

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Jul 30, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: 5 Important Lessons I Learned Training for 9 Marathons
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It's hard for me to believe that this fall, I'll be running my tenth and eleventh marathons (London and New York). For today's #HURDLEMOMENT, I'm chatting about the lessons I've learned training for the past nine — all of which apply to everyday life. Applicable for runners and non-runners alike, too! Have a question that I don't answer in today's episode? Click "leave a voice message" below! 

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Jul 28, 2021
169. Sgt. Samantha Schultz, Modern Pentathlete
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A few weeks back I spent time in Colorado getting to know Sgt. Samantha Schultz, better known to her friends and family as Sammy. Sammy’s heading to Tokyo this week to compete in the modern pentathlon (!!) which comprises five different events: fencing, freestyle swimming, equestrian show jumping, and a final combined event with pistol shooting and cross country running. As someone whose had the privilege of interviewing a slew of athletes in her day, I have to say that Sammy’s unlike anyone I’ve spoken with before. Sure, she’s got the tenacity and diligence of many she’ll compete alongside. But — she’s also a Soldier in the Army.

For episode 169, Sammy is telling me all about the Army’s World Class Athlete program and what it's like to be a Soldier-athlete. She also shares how she got into this unique sport, what her weakest skill is, how she manages the opportunity cost of training, and what her hopes and dreams are for the future. TBH; she's opened my eyes to a world I knew nothing about. Proud to be part of your support squad as she gears up to compete on August 5 and 6! Of note: This episode is a paid partnership with the Army. 

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Jul 26, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Reminder — You Choose How You React to the Little Voice In Your Head
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Today I'm chatting about a successful debate I had with my inner dialogue that was really, really rewarding. Also, answering a listener question about how to navigate pesky blisters!

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#HURDLEMOMENT: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Running Sneakers
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Jul 23, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: Everything You Need to Know About Solo Travel
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You asked, we're answering! Today I'm bringing in Jeannette Ceja, a travel journalist who has been to 60+ countries, to talk all about solo travel. What you need to know before you book, how you can be more safe on your journey, navigating eating alone (this seems to be a huge concern!), and so many other tips and tricks.

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#HURDLEMOMENT: How To Be Alone & Be OK With It

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Jul 21, 2021
168. Carli Lloyd, Pro Soccer Player
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Today is a seriously cool moment as I am sitting down to talk with women’s soccer icon Carli Lloyd. I played soccer growing up, so I’ve admired Carli as an athlete for so long. I get the chills remembering all the times I watched her and the USWNT in awe. For episode 168, we talk about everything from how she deals with unsolicited feedback and the haters to the way she’s managed her recovery from a tough knee injury a few years back. She also offers advice on the importance of self belief, gives us some insight into her mostly organic diet — we were actually connected by her sponsor at Gone Rogue Protein Snacks — AND can’t forget her stellar book and podcast recommendations.

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Jul 19, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: You Are NOT The Only Person On the Struggle Bus
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I got a DM earlier last week that asked me if there are "some days that running just a mile feels impossible." HA! I give my answer in today's 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, and some words of wisdom to those who feel as though they're currently (and constantly!) on the struggle bus.

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Jul 16, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: Expert-Backed Tips To Deal With Burnout That Really Work
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Today I'm talking about burnout with Victoria Albina, a Certified Life Coach, UCSF-trained family nurse practitioner and breath work meditation guide. We define it, address how to know you're struggling with it, and then offer up some actionable things that you can do to handle it and come out stronger for it.

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Jul 14, 2021
167. Katrina Scott, Co-Founder of Tone It Up
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Welcome Katrina Scott to the Hurdle fam! For episode 167, I'm chatting with the Tone It Up founder about everything from how she got into fitness to her recent fertility struggles. Katrina shares the funny way she first approached her co-founder Karena Dawn, and talks about how the brand had to pivot during the COVID pandemic (read: There was a lot of IG live to go around). Plus: What she's excited for in the coming months, the details surrounding her new program 6:40, and the interesting backstory as to why butterflies have such a strong, symbolic meaning in her life. 

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Jul 12, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Navigating Unexpected Turbulence With Grace
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Got on a plane Tuesday night that never took off. Talking about that on this week's 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, and learning to accept the things that we have no control over.

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Jul 09, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: 4 Simple, Expert-Backed Hacks to Level-Up Your Health
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What if I told you there were simple things you could do TODAY to get healthier that require little-to-no effort? I get it, change can be tough. But thanks to Dr. Jonathan Leary, CEO and founder of Remedy Place, we have insight into some of the must-try techniques to level-up your health. From hydration strategies to breathing techniques, the goal is to integrate new practices into your routine that you can UPKEEP. 

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Jul 07, 2021
166. Alli Webb, Co-Founder of Drybar & Serial Entrepreneur
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Alli Webb is a powerhouse. There's no two ways around it. This is an interview I dreamt of for some time, and I couldn't be more elated to bring it to the feed this week. For episode 166, Alli and I chat about the why and how: Why she cared so deeply about building a concept that revolved around self-care, and how she made it happen from the ground up. We also talk about the challenges that came hand-in-hand with her divorce, and what it's like building (still!) with her ex-husband. Plus: the hype behind her newest ventures including Okay Humans, Beckett & Quill, and the Girlfiends & Business podcast. Plus: Endless career advice, how she pivoted during COVID, and what it means to be Alli 2.0. 

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Jul 06, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On Taking Up Space & Shooting Your Shot
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My heart is full. Los Angeles has been good to me, specifically because I got a chance to meet up with a slew of great Hurdlers and also, record WITH my favorite podcasters over at Group Chat. In today's 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I'm talking to you about how I got on their podcast, shooting my shot and going outside of my comfort zone to make a big ask! 

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73. Dee Murthy, CEO & Co-Founder of Young & Reckless

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Jul 02, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: The Biggest Mistakes We Make When Looking for a Relationship
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Oh man. If you listen to the show, you know I am the ~most~ awkward when it comes to talking about dating. But fact is, your personal relationships are a big part of your overall wellness, so for today's episode I'm bringing in the backup. Meet Rainie Howard, an award-winning author, lifestyle strategist and relationship expert who helps others evolve through lessons of love, health, and entrepreneurship. We're unpacking the biggest mistakes women make when looking for a relationship, including if we should even be "looking" in the first place. Obviously, A LOT of different views on seeking out love — from how soon is too soon to get intimate to how you should show up for a first date. Loved this convo and bringing it to the feed!

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Jun 30, 2021
165. Kai Lightner, Pro Climber
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Kai Lightner, is a professional climber — arguably one of the best in the world — from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Since first walking into the climbing gym at age 6, Kai has earned 12 national championship titles, but his story goes so much deeper than championships.

We talk about it all, from the why behind how he started in the sport, dealing with ADHD as a young kid, looking for an outlet to channel that energy, and how he feels being the only person of color in climbing. Kai talks about his relatively new nonprofit Climbing 4 Change, which aims to help with that by connecting underserved communities with individuals and organizations that seek to increase minority participation in rock climbing and the outdoor adventure industry.

He also gets super open and honest about a massive hurdle he spoke out about publicly last year, dealing with an eating disorder as a result of the pressure he felt to be the best, and how deciding to take time off of the sport to go to college helped him get in the right mindset.

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Jun 28, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: I Have a Confession
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I've been hesitating on a staple in my regular routine, one that typically makes me feel like ~me~ but lately has been giving me anxiety. Today, I'm owning up to what's really going on.

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Jun 25, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: An Expert On How to Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
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Today I’m chatting with Michael Easter, author of the new book The Comfort Crisis, Embrace Discomfort To Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self. He’s a contributing editor at Men’s Health magazine, columnist for Outside magazine, and professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He's traveled the world researching the benefits of why it's important to get comfortable with the uncomfortable — going as far as trekking up to the Arctic to do just that. In today's episode, he shares his biggest takeaways from the other professors, adventurers, and researchers he spoke to along the way, helping us gain a better understanding of why we must break through the walls of our comfort zones and what to do if you get stuck along the way. 

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Jun 23, 2021
164. Bob Abbate, AKA Dad
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With Father's Day yesterday, I feel like now Is as good of a time as ever to bring my Dad, Bob, onto the show. For episode 164, we talk everything from his proudest and scariest moments as a father to his best advice for me as I continue to grow my business. I think it’s cool because you really get some insight into where I got this entrepreneurial bug from. My dad — aside from being my best friend — has been one himself since after college when he opened his first audio equipment store and then after that, multiple marketing agencies. We also talk about his earliest memories, his hopes for me in my new Brooklyn chapter, and his advice for all of you when the hurdles happen. I know that for some Father’s Day (and Mother’s Day) can be tough, but I’m happy to share my dad with you, and I’m here if you need someone to talk to.

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Jun 21, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: What Excites You Right Now?
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This is a question I ask a lot of guests, but today I'm answering it myself. Looking forward to a lot at the moment, but this one big release is going to make a world of difference. 

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Jun 18, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: How To Pick A Therapist & What To Know Before You Go
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Going to therapy, especially for the first time, can be mega intimidating. I'm connecting with Dr. Amanda Fialk of The Dorm to answer your frequently asked questions, including:

What are the different types of therapists?
What do the letters after someone's name mean?
What should you know before you go?
How often should you go to therapy?
How much does it cost?
Are there different methods?

... and so much more!

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Jun 16, 2021
163. Iskra Lawrence, Model & Body Acceptance Advocate
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Today, Iskra Lawrence is a household name in the modeling industry. She got into it at 13 in England where she grew up, and for years she struggled with being told she wasn’t “small enough” to land jobs. At 21, after years of crash dieting and exercising, she finally heard about plus size modeling for the first time - which seemed like it could be the perfect fit — until she was turned away time and time again because she was “big enough.”

Iskra decided to stop basing how she felt about herself and her body based on others opinions, and it was then that she found Aerie. Now one of their #aeriereal role models, she has made herself a career championing self-love and challenging the modeling industry to include women of diverse shapes, sizes and abilities. In today’s episode, we talk about the hardships and hurdles she’s faced along the way, especially throughout the COVID pandemic and with the launch of her new brand. We also talk about life as a new mom and she offers up her best advice for anyone struggling with body acceptance.

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Jun 14, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Forget About How Things 'Should' Be
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I missed all of the feels that I get in hot yoga and my first class in 14 months DELIVERED those, plus a really, really special reminder.

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Jun 11, 2021
162. Samantha Gash, Endurance Athlete & Social Impact Entrepreneur
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To say that Sam Gash is inspiring is the understatement of the year. But before I tell you more about her, what I want to make sure I mention right off the bat is that this weekend — June 11 through June 13, 2021 — Sam is helping to put together an awesome event called Relief Run to benefit World Vision Australia’s India COVID-19 appeal, which will see funding provide more beds, oxygen machines and medical supplies in hospitals in some of the worst hit districts. While things are feeling more normal here, the state of affairs over in India is frightening. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 49 residents have been infected, with a total of more than 27 million cases. If Relief Run sounds familiar, that’s because last year’s installment raised more than $1 million in support of Australian bushfire relief efforts. To participate, register at ReliefRun.com.au/ and then walk or run a  all over the world to run or walk 5K, 10K, or half-marathon at a location and time that suits you. 

I’m doing it, and I hope you will too. 

Now, a little more on Sam. Sam is a social entrepreneur and former Survivor contestant, as we mention in todays episode we actually met on an unbelievable trip to ibiza which feels like both forever ago and just yesterday. To say that sam has done a helluva lot of good in this worlds would be the biggest understatement. She has turned her passion for running into a vehicle for social change, completing events like Run India in 2016 —a 3,200K run from the west to the east of India in an effort to raise funds for World Vision education initiatives — to a 222K non-stop foot race across the Himalayas at 6,000 meters above sea level — an event that had only been completed previously by one man. She’s truly a one-of-a-kind individual. And, of note, Sam was actually a corporate lawyer with zero athletic background until she decided to make her endurance activity part of her life's work. I am blown away by her, and I know you will be, too.

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Jun 09, 2021
161. Caleb Marshall, 'The Fitness Marshall'
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What do you get when you combine camo pants, a fiery passion for dance, sweat, and a good time? Meet Caleb Marshall, known to his 3.25 million (and growing) YouTube subscribers as The Fitness Marshall. For episode 161, I talk to Caleb all about his journey to becoming a top YouTube creator, where he uses his platform to spread joy, self-love, and confidence to as many people as he can through his one-of-a-kind — as he calls them — ”fitertainment” routines. We also chat about what it was like for him to come out as gay to his family and friends as a teenager, and his hopes for other members of the LGBTQ community if they struggle to do the same.  

There are so many things I love about this episode, but really it’s Caleb's vibe that no matter your age, size ability, color, gender expression — everyone has a place, period.

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Jun 07, 2021
RUN WEEK: On Run Culture & Crews With Knox Robinson
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When I laid out the content for this week, there was no doubt in my mind that I A. Wanted to talk about run culture and B. Would need to do that with Knox Robinson. For his second appearance on the show, I'm chatting with the runner and writer about how run crews came to be and what he took into account when co-founding Black Roses NYC. We also chat about how runners around the country can get more involved locally, the difference between run crews/collectives and training groups (hint: culture), and discuss that even in groups — it really starts with the individual.

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Jun 04, 2021
RUN WEEK: How to Start Running Today With Jess King
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Once a week, I get a message or email from a listener asking me "how do I start?" Today, I'm addressing this with Jess King of Peloton, an old friend of mine and a newer Tread instructor. We're chatting about everything from the importance of buying the right gear and finding community to the value of a run/walk approach (and more!). 

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Jun 03, 2021
RUN WEEK: My Biggest Lessons From 13 Years of Running (& 9 Marathons)
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Time flies when you're on the move. Today for Run Week, I'm sharing the biggest takeaways that I've learned from 13 years (!) of running, from the importance of the right gear to the good things about the bad days — and so much more.

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Jun 02, 2021
RUN WEEK: Getting Through The Tough Runs With Aisha Praught-Leer
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Welcome to Run Week on Hurdle! In celebration of global running day on Wednesday, June 2, I’m bringing five back-to-back episodes dedicated to the sport that changed my life. For today’s episode, I’m chatting with Aisha Praught-Leer, she’s a professional middle-distance runner for Puma, a world finalist, and olympian, and seriously one of the kindest, most down to earth interviews. She’s been on the show before,  but this time around we’re chatting about the bad runs. That’s right — the days where your head’s just not in the game. We cover how to navigate that icky feeling and when to call it quits. Aisha shares so many actionable tips that I found myself using during Sunday nights Orchard Street Runners race. Hope everyone had an excellent Memorial Day weekend!

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Jun 01, 2021
RUN WEEK: Everything You Need to Know About The Long Run With Coach Jess Movold
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Welcome to Run Week on Hurdle! In celebration of Global Running Day on Wednesday, June 2, I’m bringing five back-to-back episodes dedicated to the sport that changed my life. That’s not an exaggeration. As many of you know, I started running back in college with a half-mile every single day for a summer. Over the years, that half mile became a mile, that mile became a 5K, and well — now I’m a nine-time marathoner and certified run coach via the United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy. I know we have a lot of runners in the Hurdle community, and I made it pretty clear at the start of season 6 that my goal is to cover all areas of wellness. But, I couldn’t let this week go by without doing something special. 

I’m super amped about the line-up of guests this week kicking off with Jess Movold. She’s known by many as a coach for Runner’s World, based here in New York, and a long-time friend of mine. Today we are chatting about the long run, what it is and how it can differ in length depending on your goals, how to do it better, strategies that you can implement on this particular workout to better slay your next race, and so much more. She’s also got a pretty rough first marathon story to share with all of you, which includes and unfortunate incident with some white shorts (you may be able to guess where this one is going.)

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May 31, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On Getting Stuck In the Pouring Rain
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I went to my first fitness class in something like 14 months on Wednesday night, and it just so happened to pour rain on me. Fun fact: It was amazing — and an essential reminder that sometimes you can't control everything and that's OK.

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May 28, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: Answering Your Listener Questions!
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You asked, I answered. Popping in today to answer a slew of listener questions, talking about marathon training, working alone (and how to stave off loneliness), nutrition myths, running shoes, and so much more.

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May 26, 2021
160. Lori Harder, Self-Love Specialist, Author & Founder of Lite Pink
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Today I’m talking with Lori Harder. She’s a self-love specialist, host of the Forbes top-rated podcast Earn Your Happy,” founder of the bliss project, author of A Tribe Called Bliss, founder of Lite Pink, a new spiked seltzer company — yeah, she does a lot. Her story is super inspiring — raised in a very small town with an extremely restrictive religion, she struggled with depression, obesity, and being bullied by the other kids. As she came into her own, she decided to go after what excited her: Fitness. Thus she began competing in fitness competitions, striving to win top honors and land major magazine covers. After years in a destructive industry, she made a massive pivot into the self-love arena, working with women to help them harness and appreciate their big potential. In today's episode, we talk about everything from how she grew her multiple businesses to her biggest tips to coming into your own power.

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May 24, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: On Returning Back to 'Normal'
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Things are opening. Life is happening. Masks are less frequent. (You get the idea.) For today's episode of #HURDLEMOMENT, I'm offering up my best-practice tips for easing back into the swing of things at your pace. 

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May 19, 2021
159. Victoria Garrick, Mental Health Advocate & Podcaster
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Excited to welcome Victoria Garrick to the show today, host of Real Pod, former D1 volleyball player at USC, mental health advocate (the list goes on!). Garrick went viral after she gave a Ted Talk as a junior, highlighting the mental struggles many college athletes go through — labeling these as the “hidden opponent." In today's episode, she talks me through how she navigated her mental health journey, at times battling disordered eating, deep depression, and a packed schedule leaving little-to-no time for herself. We also address some helpful resources for anyone struggling to prioritize theirs — including inspiring professionals including psychologists and psychiatrists offering up free tools for the masses — as well as what it was like for Garrick to go on anti-depressants (and then, come off of them). Plus: How she navigates being someone that others look to for advice, and how she squashes negative self-talk. 

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May 17, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Manhattan, It's Been Real
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I never thought that I'd move to Brooklyn. Ever. But, here we are. I've never been more sure of something in my life, but that doesn't mean I'm not scared and experiencing ALL of the feels. In today's episode, I'm talking you through a teary-eyed run I had on Thursday, and sharing where my head's at going into a huge transition.

PROMPT: When was the last time you felt equal parts scared and excited?

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May 14, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: How To Make Friends As An Adult
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This is probably one of the most popular topics I get DMs and emails about. I totally get it, because making friends as you get older is tough stuff! I'm calling in my dear friend Kristina Rodulfo to chat about this: She's the beauty director at Women's Health (and your new BFF!). We rap about tips for making friends and best-practice strategies that have worked for both of us. We also talk about the importance of not having surface-level relationships, and how to know when you should walk away from a budding friendship that may not be serving you. Plus: Things to remember about your friends who ~may~ be in relationships, and how to navigate being friend dumped. 

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May 12, 2021
158. Hillary Allen, Ultra Runner
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It was a no-brainer for me to kick off season six (!) with Hillary Allen, an ultra runner who survived a near-fatal #hurdlemoment in 2017. During a skyrace in Norway — which is essentially a run that involves massive vertical gain and direct ascents over steep, technical terrain — she slipped and fell from a ridge. Cue a 50-foot free fall followed by a nasty tumble, more than 100 feet further down jagged rocks.

In today's episode, she talks to us about how she got to that point — born in Colorado and falling in love the outdoors from a young age, then trail running while working on her masters degree. That hobby turned into a full-blown career, leading her to become one of the best mountain ultra runners in the world. She talks us through the details of that accident, bracing for impact and landing in a hospital with 14 broken bones. She gets honest about the road to recovery, which was more than just physical, admitting that there were times in the months that followed where she didn’t want to live. Grateful that Hillary, new author of Out And Back, is here with us to tell us this story. Bonus: trail running advice for newbies and a great perspective on the “right” way to get over any hurdle.

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May 10, 2021
MOTHERHOOD IN FOCUS: Emily's Mom Deena Abbate On the Importance of Cherishing Every Day
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It's Mother's Day, so what better time than now to bring a conversation with my mom to the feed. Part of this week's MOTHERHOOD IN FOCUS series, I'm grateful for the opportunity to finally sit down with my mom and a microphone to hear more about her story. We talk about a bunch of stuff, from what life was like for her before having me, what it was like to move back and forth between the two coasts and wind up in Connecticut, how she felt going back to work after having my brother and me, and where she hopes to see me in the next 10 years. Also: Her proudest moments, minor parenting mishaps, and how she feels about me being a "public" person.

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May 09, 2021
MOTHERHOOD IN FOCUS: Annie Thorisdottir On Body Acceptance & Handling Negative Feedback
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Leading up to Mother's Day, I'm chatting with six extraordinary women. Some moms. Some not. But, each has a story to tell, forever shaped by the women that came before them.

Today on the show I’m talking to Annie Thorisdottir, CrossFit’s 2x Fittest Woman on Earth. The Reebok-sponsored athlete is, like Sarah Larson Levey who I spoke with earlier this week, a new mom of a pandemic-born baby. We talk about how Annie navigated critical feedback on her workouts during pregnancy as well as her timeline to getting back in the swing of things after having her baby Freya. She also shares the one thing that could make her withdraw from the 2021 CrossFit Games and she offers up essential advice to any new mom just trying to make it from day to day.

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May 07, 2021
MOTHERHOOD IN FOCUS: Stephanie Bruce On Humility & The Importance Of A Stellar Support System
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Leading up to Mother's Day, I'm chatting with six extraordinary women. Some moms. Some not. But, each has a story to tell, forever shaped by the women that came before them.

Ten years. That's how long Steph Bruce has been chasing her Olympic dreams. During that time, she had two sons within a 15-month period (not planned), has dealt with injuries, launched a successful business (what's up, Picky Bars), and so much more. In today's episode, she explains how — how she's stayed so steadfast on her goals, how she's recovered after a difficult labor while managing diastasis recti, and how proud she is of the children she's raising. She also confesses a shameful moment, and unpacks the importance of a great support system, believing in yourself, and working with people (and companies) that believe in your big potential.

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May 06, 2021
MOTHERHOOD IN FOCUS: Tunde Oyeneyin On Life After Loss & Her Mother's Legacy
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Leading up to Mother's Day, I'm chatting with six extraordinary women. Some moms. Some not. But, each has a story to tell, forever shaped by the women that came before them.

To say that I am better for having the opportunity to chat with Peloton's Tunde Oyeneyin is an understatement. Today, she's back on the show (listen to our first conversation here) to celebrate her late mother. In our conversation, she talks about what it was like to lose three family members within a 6-year span and how she's navigated the grief that comes with such trauma. Her everything-happens-for-a-reason perspective is inspiring, as is her advice on navigating Mother's Day (and the days without your loved ones). Grateful to Tunde for her vulnerability, and I have no doubt that her story will inspire others to keep pushing forward when the hurdles keep coming. 

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May 05, 2021
MOTHERHOOD IN FOCUS: Sarah Larson Levey On Fresh Beginnings For Both Her Family & Y7 Studio
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This week, I'm hosting six conversations as part of a special series on motherhood here on Hurdle. Although I'm not a mom just yet, my talks with Hurdlers over the years have taught me so much about this life chapter. I've learned that motherhood itself is both beautiful and challenging, exhausting and rewarding. Whether or not children are in the cards for you, it's safe to say that we've all been dramatically impacted by a mother — whether it be our own or another — in our lives.  So, leading up to Mother's Day, I'm chatting with six extraordinary women. Some moms. Some not. But, each has a story to tell, forever shaped by the women that came before them.

The year 2020 was a one of drastic change for Y7 Studio’s Sarah Larson Levey. Between the shuttering of all of the company’s studios because of the pandemic, having a baby boy in June, and moving to Austin from New York — it’s been an emotional whirlwind. In today’s episode, Sarah and I chat navigating coming back to her body after the baby, moving in a way that feels right for her, and agree that there’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight if you’re uncomfortable in yours — as long as that’s not purely based on a number on the scale. She also mentions how motherhood has taught her the importance of patience and staying calm, both which have helped her while working to studios (Chicago just did so this week!). We agree that back to “normal” is going to be a social adjustment for sure,  but we’re both excited for the opportunity to connect again.

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May 04, 2021
MOTHERHOOD IN FOCUS: Rachel Nicks On Choosing Joy & Supporting Black Mothers
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Over the next seven days, I'm hosting six conversations as part of a special week of content on motherhood here on Hurdle. Although I'm not a mom just yet, my talks with Hurdlers over the years have taught me so much about this life chapter. I've learned that motherhood itself is both beautiful and challenging, exhausting and rewarding. Whether or not children are in the cards for you, it's safe to say that we've all been dramatically impacted by a mother — whether it be our own or another — in our lives.  So, leading up to Mother's Day, I'm chatting with six extraordinary women. Some moms. Some not. But, each has a story to tell, forever shaped by the women that came before them. 

Today I'm chatting with Rachel Nicks, Founder of Birth Queen, Lululemon ambassador, founding MIRROR trainer, actress, doula, and lactation consultant (plus, mother of two!). A lot of takeaways with Rachel, my biggest are that joy is so so important, and we have the conscious choice to choose it each and every day. For Rachel, choosing joy empowers her to be a better mother and be more present with her boys. It also empowers her to show up at home and at work. Rachel also discusses the struggles that she faces as a Black mother, sharing some alarming statistics that encouraged her to become a doula and lactation consultant as well as found Birth Queen, which aims to educates, supports, and empowers Black women and parents, enriching the Black birth experience and saving lives.

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May 03, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Escaping the Comparison Trap
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Earlier this week I had a difficult battle with the comparison trap at the track. I'm talking about it for this week's 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, and how to pull yourself out of a rut and refocus when things are going south. 

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Apr 30, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: How To Use Meditation for Better Sleep
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Today, I'm bringing Eve Lewis Prieto, Director of Meditation and mindfulness teacher at Headspace, onto the show to chat about the benefits of meditation when it comes to our sleep. It's a perfect time to connect as we head into Global Stress Awareness Month and today marks the premiere of "Headspace Guide to Sleep" (Eve narrates the series). She offers up her best-practice tips for meditating for improved ZzZs, talks about when you should be doing it, and sheds some light on an important question: Are there different meditations for different predicaments, like stress versus food anxiety versus pandemic versus (you get the picture).

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Apr 28, 2021
157. Alex Silver-Fagan, Trainer & Creator of Flow Into Strong
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When Alex and I recorded together for episode two of the show back in 2017, she had no idea of the hurdles that lay ahead in her journey. My first-ever guest back in 2017, we recently agreed that it was time to have her back for round II. For episode 157, the New York-based trainer and "human" (listen to find out where that's coming from) is getting really vulnerable about the bumps in the road over the last few years, including falling in love (and then ending an engagement), leaving her job, and checking herself into a mental health facility at the end of 2020 — emerging from treatment with a new lease on life. She offers up her tips for anyone who can share in her struggle, we talk about the importance of having good relationships in life and how to set boundaries, and navigating spending time alone. 

The stuff we get into today is serious. I can't stress enough that this was a conversation we talked a lot about before having it, and our hope is that it opens up important discussions within our communities. I'm grateful to Alex for opening up, and I want to reiterate that if you struggle with your mental health – you are not alone. Some helpful resources:  
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Apr 26, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: On Not Running From the Unexpected & Dancing In the Rain
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Thanks so much to everyone who hit me up with feedback last week about 5-MINUTE FRIDAY. This week, I'm explaining what I've learned from all of your emails and explaining why I'm thankful that I got caught in the rain (literally) on Wednesday. 

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Apr 23, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: CBD 101: An Expert Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions About CBD
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An estimated 64 million Americans have tried CBD in the last 24 months. So, today I'm having an expert come in to answer your CBD-related questions, appropriate for the week of 4/20. Meet Max Poling, the Director of Innovation at Beam. We talk about what is CBD, what are the benefits, what happens when you use it topically versus ingest it, what some of the biggest CBD myths are, and how much a standard serving size is (+ more!).

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Apr 21, 2021
156. Renée Rouleau, Celebrity Esthetician & Skincare Expert
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Renée Rouleau is a pink-haired warrior. You may recognize her name from an episode we did a few weeks back, answering your biggest skincare questions. I was really excited to record this with her as well because man, this woman has had her fair share of hurdles — personally and professionally — especially over the last few years. For episode 156, Renée explains how she got into the skincare industry and the challenges she conquered becoming a direct-to-consumer business and ultimately shifting her operations from Dallas to Austin. She explains why she decided to become an esthetician over a dermatologist, and how that decision has paid off. She also talks openly about the loss of her late husband Florian to cancer in 2018, who was the Chief Operating Officer at her company as well as her best friend and partner in life. She shares what life’s been like since then, and how she’s managed to move on and find happiness with her new normal. We also joke about Dr. Pimple Popper, she tells me why she's excited about Clubhouse, and explains the difference between blackheads and whiteheads. 

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Apr 19, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: A Life-Changing Move (& A Lot Of Emotions)
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The last week was a lot. I finally found my next home, an apartment in Brooklyn after almost a month of looking and a hole lot of "maybe" options. Today for 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I'm telling you a story about how much my new home means to me, and detailing what apartment hunting (and applying!) was like. 

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Apr 16, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: Essential Financial Wellness Tips With 'The Budget Mom' Kumiko Love
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Money can feel a little awkward to talk about sometimes. So, I'm calling in the reinforcements! Just because Tax Day got the scoot from April 15 to May 17 doesn't mean we can't start talking $ now. This week for #HURDLEMOMENT, I'm chatting with Kumiko Love, AFC, better known to her massive social media following as "The Budget Mom." Love talks me through her best-practice tips for better financial health, from tracking your spending and creating a budget to planning for retirement and maximizing your earning potential. TRUST ME, this is one episode you don't want to miss.  

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Apr 14, 2021
155. Akin Akman, Coach & Co-Founder AARMY
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Akin Akman may be a fitness coach, but he's really aiming to make an impact on your mind. The now-Chief Fitness Officer and co-founder at AARMY learned about the importance of movement and mindset from a young age. At 7, he was training to become one of the top players on the tennis court at IMG Academy. His coach, Nick Bollettieri, told him that he had the potential to be the best and go pro — until, he got injured. Devastated at first, Akman reflects on that #hurdlemoment today with gratitude because it put him on the path to where he is now.

In episode 155, Akin shares the details surrounding the first Spin class he ever taught in Miami, and how he ended up moving to New York and joining the team at Soul Cycle, selling out 30+ classes each week within minutes. He talks about how "Akin’s Army" came to be, and the challenges that came hand-in-hand with launching AARMY shortly before a global pandemic. Plus: His take on a champion’s mindset, how he defines purpose, and what he’s looking forward to in the year to come.

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140. Angela Manuel-Davis, Co-Founder AARMY

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Apr 12, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Are You 'Good' At Being Alone?
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I was recording an episode yesterday with a friend who happens to be a well-known yoga instructor. She said something during our session that stuck with me. “You, out of almost anyone I know, are the best at being alone.” She expanded a little more on the subject. As she did, I felt tears well up behind my eyeballs. Tears that I fought back as I took a deep breath and continued on with our discussion. Once she was done with her thought, I thanked her for the compliment. Then I told her my truth (which I'm sharing with you in today's 5-MINUTE FRIDAY).

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32. Ryan Flaherty, Senior Director of Performance at Nike
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Apr 09, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: Answering Your Questions About My 70-Pound Weight Loss
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Between Spring 2007 and Spring 2010, I lost 70 pounds. I was in college, and before the night that changed everything (you'll have to listen to hear exactly what happened), I felt uncomfortable and unhappy in my body. For today's #HURDLEMOMENT, I'm talking you through how I got to the place where I was ready to make some forever lifestyle changes, and answer your questions about this chapter: Almost 12 years later, how do you keep it off? What was the hardest part? What did you eat? Did you count macros? (Plus, so many more.) 

Note: I am not a registered dietitian or a nutritionist. The feedback and lessons I've learned, I share them with hopes to help someone else. If you are interested in losing weight, I recommend you talk to an expert one-on-one about your body. And of course: Have some grace with yourself.

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Apr 07, 2021
154. Massy Arias, Trainer & Wellness Coach
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Massy Arias knew she was destined to do big things from a young age. Coming into her own after arriving in the U.S. from the Dominican Republic at 13, she braved #hurdlemoment after #hurdlemoment, including a stage IV cancer diagnosis for her brother, abusive relationships, and devastating depression. For eight months, she barely left her Brooklyn bedroom, feeling entirely lost. An intervention with her family and friends led to her embracing a more active lifestyle, with trips to the gym (+ time on the elliptical) resulting in a more dedicated, consistent fitness routine. Through the discovery of bodybuilding — which she said contributed to severe body dysmorphia — she learned that her big goal was to help find a healthy approach to fitness, empowering others to find happiness through movement.

And so, she began to construct her empire — diving into certifications and social media. Fast forward to today, the new mom offers up fitness plans and inspiration to her millions of Instagram followers and works with well-known clientele, all pieces to the puzzle of building her brand. Amped to finally bring this conversation to the feed.

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Apr 05, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Focusing on One Thing At A Time (& One Thing Only)
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I used to pride myself on being a high-caliber multitasker. It made me feel mentally agile, like a modern-day Superwoman. The catch? It’s not exactly desirable to be good at giving multiple things a fraction of your attention. For today's episode of 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I'm talking about #hurdlemoment I had earlier this week that reminded me of the importance of giving one thing (and one thing only) my attention. Trust me: It's an exercise that can help you destress and better tackle whatever the day throws your way.

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Apr 02, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: How To Combat Negative Self-Talk
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You can't do this. You're not good enough. This isn't for you. We've all had negative thoughts, but when was the last time you took ownership over them? Today I'm chatting with Dr. Amy Cirbus Ph.D, LMHC, LPC, Director of Clinical Content at Talkspace all about this. Why do we have negative self-talk, who is more prone to it, and how can we better deal with the effects of it — flipping the script and adopting a more positive mindset.

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Mar 31, 2021
153. Emily DiDonato, Model & Co-Founder of Covey
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Beyond being my personal style inspiration and a model, Emily DiDonato is also the founder of a new skincare brand called Covey and a body positivity advocate. For episode 153, we chat about her journey to self acceptance and the rollercoaster that was becoming a model after being scouted in a Connecticut Mall. She talks to me about struggling with her size early on in her career, spending hours on end at the gym and eating apples trying to be the “right fit.” She details one #hurdlemoment with a makeup artist and stylist on set that changed everything, empowering her to do away with restrictive behavior and embrace her body — encouraging others to do the same. She also opens up about the evolution of her career, including big opportunities with companies from Maybelline to Chanel and Giorgio Armani, and how she got into the skincare game (she’s absolutely loving being an entrepreneur). We also talk content creation, New York City living, her go-to fitness routine, and so much more.

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Mar 29, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Stop Settling for Less & Own Your Worth
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Life has been a lot lately. In between the work calls and running around, I've been having a lot of conversations with friends about worth — the importance of owning it and sticking up for yourself. For today's episode of 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I'm talking about the importance of being your own advocate. When you do, you may just be pleasantly surprised the next time you’re going after what you want.

PROMPT: When was the last time you sold yourself short? Why do you think you do that? What can you change to better handle a similar situation the next time?

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Mar 26, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: An Expert Answers Your Frequently Asked Questions About Fitness & Pregnancy
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Will I ever be able to run/walk/squat again without peeing myself? How soon is too soon to exercise post-baby? What's the deal with pelvic floor and diastasis recti? Over the years, I've received handfuls of questions from the Hurdle community and today I'm calling on my friend Bree Koegel, FitOn trainer and pre- and post-natal certified trainer to give us some answers. Whether or not you're a mom, this episode is loaded with helpful insight to help us all get stronger and gain a better understanding of what the female body goes through when there's a baby on board. 

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Mar 24, 2021
152. Emily Skye, Fitness Trainer & Expert @EmilySkyeFit
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Emily Skye wants women everywhere to know that they are not alone in their struggles. Today, I’m catching up with the fitness trainer who reaches 14 million via her app (and more than 2.5 million on Instagram) for the show. The Australian-born mom-of-two talks to me about her upbringing and the #hurdlemoments that came in her teenage years resulting in anxiety and depression. She details a few abusive relationships that made her question her value, and gets honest about trying to end her life around age 18. She talks about how that experience made her determined to help those with similar struggles, eventually inspiring her journey into the fitness industry and the creation of her online programming.

With her outstanding reach, being such a public person comes with a fair amount of criticism. We chat about that today and how she manages unsolicited feedback. Plus: The individuals who inspire HER to be better so that she can be more present, both online and with her family. We also talk about life as a mom (just nine months ago she had her second baby on her bathroom floor!) and what she’s looking forward to in the coming months including the recent launch of her fit post-pregnancy program.

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Mar 22, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: The Difference Between 'I Can't' & 'I Don't Want To'
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Yesterday morning I was reminded of the important difference between "I can't," and "I don't." I didn't want to get out of bed to work out before an early flight. But then, I started. I laced up my sneakers. I made my way to the treadmill, and couldn't have been more grateful that I made that "me" time a priority. Maybe it’s with a work out. Maybe it’s with your job. Maybe it’s a tough conversation with a friend.

Whatever hurdle you have on deck in the coming weeks, I encourage you to remember this: You can.

PROMPT: What’s one thing that you can do to give back to you (and your body!) in the next 72 hours?

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Mar 19, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: A Beginner's Guide To Breathwork
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On Monday, I had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Michael Gervais and we touched on the power of breath. So, for #HURDLEMOMENT this week, I decided to bring in an expert to explain the essentials. Meet Joy Dushey, a spiritual and holistic life guide, intuitive energy healer, breathwork facilitator, and host of The Methodology podcast. We talk about everything from the benefits of the practice to how to execute and the difference between breathwork and meditation. Also: How breathwork helped Dushey deal with past trauma, so much so that she made teaching it a part of her life’s work.

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Mar 17, 2021
151. Dr. Michael Gervais, High Performance Psychologist
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Top athletes. Actors. CEOs. Dr. Michael Gervais is a high performance psychologist who has worked with some of the best to help them master their mind and better their craft. For episode 151, we talk about how he got to where he is today. The Finding Mastery podcast host and author chats with me about how his experience surfing growing up actually lead him to getting more interested in the mind, and the memorable #hurdlemoment that taught him how to navigate hard times and get brave in front of large crowds. He also details how we can decipher our purpose, articulate our philosophy, and separate the two different types of thoughts. 

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Mar 15, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: 4 Big Takeaways From the Pandemic Year None of Us Expected
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365 days. Wow. This week, I’m reflecting on the year that no one expected, but — I’d argue — everyone needed. Of course, I don’t say this to downplay the tragedy of what has happened in our country and across the globe. The immense amount of loss is heartbreaking. Life has been forever changed. However, this difficult year has taught me a lot of lessons (and reinforced some, too). I'm sharing those in this week's episode of 5MF.

PROMPT: What’s your biggest takeaway from the past year?

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Mar 12, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: 5 Different Types of Runs to Add to Your Routine With Colleen Quigley
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Base pace. Long. Tempo. Intervals. Recovery. If you’re new to running or a veteran at this point, all of these have a place in your routine, regardless of your overall goals. For today’s installment of #HURDLEMOMENT, I’m breaking it all down with Colleen Quigley, Olympian and professional runner. We talk about the specifics on each, what your Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) should be mid-stride, and how often you should be incorporating them throughout a typical week. Plus: We reveal our favorites and Colleen gives us an update on what she’s up to now that she’s left the Bowerman Track Club.

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30. Colleen Quigley, Pro Runner, Olympian

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Mar 10, 2021
150. Megan Roup, Founder of The Sculpt Society
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By now you’ve probably heard of The Sculpt Society, a dance-based fitness method with a cult-like following. Over the pandemic, it grew astronomically — more than 700 percent (!) — as many of us leaned into at-home fitness. Today on the show, I’m chatting with The Sculpt Society founder Megan Roup. Growing up in California, Megan started dancing at a young age and went through her fair share of hurdles on her way to New York University's Tisch School of The Arts.

In episode 150, we talk about the pressures that came hand in hand with trying to make it as a dancer, including struggling with disordered eating and getting to a place where she felt truly comfortable in her body. We also chat about her stint as a Brooklyn Nets dancer and how her love for dance-based fitness actually started as a side hustle when she was running around New York auditioning for new opportunities. Megan also shares what 2020 was like for her, an eventful year in her personal life as well with a wedding, a baby on the way, and more. We also cover what the uptick in The Sculpt Society users taught her about herself as an entrepreneur and the need to prioritize self care.

Spoiler: We both cry in this episode, so yeah … that doesn’t happen often on the show. BUT, in this case it doesn’t surprise me. There’s a lot of emotions that happen when two passionate people sit down to talk about their why.

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Mar 08, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Is Your Perspective Your Power or Your Prison?
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The last year has been difficult for most everyone. How many times back in March, April, and May of 2020 did you or someone you know say “2020 was supposed to be my year.” I felt that way, for sure. In today's episode, I'm discussing the power of perspective and letting go of the anger about how things "could be." Huge thanks to Trent Shelton (check out our conversation here) for the inspiration for this week's topic. 

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Mar 05, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: Chef Dan Churchill Answers Your Plant-Based Diet Questions
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Excited to chat about this popular topic with my friend Dan Churchill, a performance chef, host of The Epic Table podcast, and owner of Charley St. here in New York. On today’s episode, we dive into all of the plant-based diet questions, from the benefits and how to go about eating this way to exactly how plant-based fans get their protein and what a typical day of eating could look like. Plus: Dan talks about the benefits of seaweed, gushes over all things gut health, and I giggle at least 12 times about how he says different words with his heavy Australian accent.

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12. Dan Churchill, Chef

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Mar 03, 2021
149. Alexi Pappas, Runner, Olympian, Actor & Author
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Alexi has conquered a lot of hurdles her life, from navigating her mother’s suicide at a young age to battling depression herself after running for Greece at the 2016 Olympic games. It’s no wonder why her triumphant story has inspired so many, recently told within the pages of Pappas’ first book, Bravey. For episode 149, I’m chatting with the multi-hyphenate about everything from her upbringing in California to her mental health struggles. On the heels of a slew of press for her new book, I made it a point to ask her what haven’t you been talking about? She also answers a lot of tough questions, like how to pull yourself out of a dark place, how does someone get better at self-care when they have no established practice, and what she really sees when she looks at herself in the mirror.

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Mar 01, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: I’m a Morning Workout Person. Here’s How I Make It Happen (Almost) Every Time.
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Yesterday morning was the first time in a long time I debated skipping my morning workout. Of course, I take rest days during the week. But, this was not intended to be one of those. For today's episode of 5-MINUTE FRIDAY, I'm talking you through what went through my head, and how I've put in a place a fool-proof routine to keep me on track when it comes to my a.m. sweat. Plus: Offering up my five best-practice tips.

PROMPT: What's one thing you can add to your morning routine that'll make your day better?

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MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
LISTEN:
Renegades: Born in the USA
READ: “Why I Decided to Cut My Hair Short for the First Time Ever” by Sophia Roe for Vogue
SWEAT: Bells Up TV
LISTEN:
John Legend’s playlist on Headspace

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Feb 26, 2021
#HURDLEMOMENT: Your Biggest Skincare Questions Answered With Renee Rouleau
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Confession: I have been struggling with establishing a steady skincare routine for years. Today, I’m tackling the topic of skincare (and, skin health!) with esthetician and CEO and founder of Renee Rouleau Skincare, Renee Rouleau. We really dive into the nitty gritty, from the absolute basics to make up a routine and how to deal with the dreaded “maskne” to what’s the deal with collagen. Plus: Unpacking SPF best-practices, the sweat bumps on your forehead that feel like they never go away (is this just me?), and if there are certain foods you should nix from your diet for clearer, brighter skin.

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MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
Renee’s Skincare Blog
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Feb 24, 2021
148. Trent Shelton, Motivational Speaker & Former NFL Player
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Prepare to be inspired AF. Trent Shelton dreamed of being a professional football player from the time he was 5 years old. He bounced between three different NFL teams after playing at Baylor, and then made the decision to move onward and pursue a different path — battling hard emotions in the process. That career pivot lead him to motivational speaking and ultimately founding Rehab Time, a non-profit organization aimed at empowering struggling individuals to find their voice, passion, and purpose. For episode 148, the father-of-three talks to me about what it’s like to have a devoted social following including 2.1 million on Instagram, and how he’s grateful for the extra time he’s had to spend with his family over the past pandemic year. He also offers up his best advice on how to come into your power, what it really means to “do the work,” and how to make more confident decisions.

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This month, we’re reading Alexi Pappas’ new book Bravey, which I’m amped on. Book Club will be Tuesday, February 23, at 8 p.m. ET. Please, only register if you know you can make it — as the Zoom is limited to 100 attendees!

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Feb 22, 2021
5-MINUTE FRIDAY: Progress Is Rarely Linear
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