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629. Run Your Way with Chloe Abbott

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“You go out there, and you have to trust that you’re going to do what you’ve trained to do. Your body is ready to race. But if your mind isn’t? It does not matter.”

Chloe Abbott is an On Running-sponsored professional runner who specializes in the 400m and trains with renowned coach Bobby Kersee and the Formula Kersee team in L.A. (which includes Sydney McLaughlin, Athing Mu, and Jenna Prandini). Most recently, Chloe took her talents off the track and competed on The Voice! In this conversation, Chloe talks about the benefits of being a singer and a runner, and how her passions work in tandem. She gives all the behind-the-scenes scoop about what it’s like being on a reality singing competition — including whether or not she got to keep the clothes, and why it was important to her to have her coach there in the wings. Plus, she shares the lessons she learned from former teammate Allyson Felix, dishes on her big dreams on the track and onstage, and talks about what it’s like training with world-class athletes every day.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Chloe reflects on her experience on The Voice (2:35)
  • The road to The Voice (4:45)
  • All about the blind auditions, and what it was like performing on the Voice stage (17:45)
  • On being coachable, and finding that flow state onstage and on the run (24:30)
  • What it’s like working with coach Bobby Kersee (29:40)
  • On asking Bobby to be at Chloe’s audition for The Voice (37:00)
  • How being on The Voice has changed Chloe’s life and her running (43:00)
  • Chloe’s outlook for her next race: a 4×4 at Mount Sac next weekend (54:50)
  • Chloe’s greatest takeaways from her time training with Allyson Felix (57:40)
  • All about the Formula Kersee team vibe (1:03:45)
  • What’s on Chloe’s “watch me do this” list? (1:07:30)
  • What does it mean to run the Chloe Abbott way? (1:10:00)

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