Ali on the Run Show Episode 105: Emily Abbate, Fitness Writer & Host of the Hurdle Podcast

“I had already gotten so far, and I just wasn’t willing to look back. That involved pushing my comfort zone and doing something I maybe wasn’t the best at.” —Emily Abbate

Emily Abbate is a freelance writer, editor, and content creator, a certified personal trainer, a marathoner, and the host of the Hurdle podcast. On this episode, Emily talks about her own #hurdlemoment, and what it took for her to lose 70 pounds — no quick fixes or fad diets included. She talks about her impressive journalism career, and shares how she rebounded after being laid off — twice. Plus, she opens up about confidence and failure, and dishes out life lessons galore.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Was this the life young Emily Abbate saw for herself? (2:15)
  • Emily shares her own hurdle moment, and opens up about how she lost 70 pounds and learned to love running (4:00)
  • How Emily became a super successful journalist and magazine editor (13:00)
  • Whether Emily sees herself as a risk taker (18:00)
  • Emily’s journey through the publishing industry, including being laid off — twice — and how she’s developed her confidence (19:00)
  • How Emily ended up freelancing, and the hustle it requires (31:30)
  • What a day in the life of Emily Abbate looks like (37:50)
  • Emily’s best advice for aspiring journalists (48:15)

What we mention on this episode:

Café Mom


University of Connecticut

The Hartford Courant

Liz Plosser on Episode 72 of the Ali on the Run Show

Emily’s meditation book: Journey to the Heart

Athletic Greens

Lyons Den Power Yoga

TCS New York City Marathon

Lululemon Run All Day Backpack

Kuju Coffee Packs


Ali on the Run Show LIVE in San Diego

R&Co. Dry Shampoo

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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