University of Kentucky flyer Chloe Abbott has a lot on her plate. As well as a blossoming track career in the 400m, she is chasing her ambitions in music, acting and modeling. Focus locked and eyes on the prize, watch her sprint to success.
Chloe – why running, and how did you get started? I was one of five siblings. I was the one that never played sports. Instead, I danced and sang and did Broadway camps during the summers. My dad was a high jumper at Eastern University and in high school I naturally excelled at that. Freshman year, I was a 100m and 200m runner, but then my coach said: “You’re too long and skinny for 100m. Let’s try the 400.” Every year after my sophomore year, I continued to improve. Running is the place that makes me feel like myself. It’s a true love-hate relationship at times, because there are ups and downs that occur on the journey. But without track and field in my life, I wouldn’t be who I am today.
When you don’t feel like training, what inspires you to get out there? Every athlete has those days. For me to snap out of my tired energy, I think about my goals and the work I need to put in to achieve them. I know my competition is putting in hard work as well. So that’s a surefire way to get me out there!
Can you tell us about a race you’d like to relive? In 2018, I ran my fastest indoor 400m time of 52.4. I’ve always struggled to run well indoors. I had issues applying what I did in practice to race day. But that day, I felt so relaxed and so confident. Nothing could stop me from running fast that day. I remember how relaxed I was the night before, how focused I was on the bus to the track meet. I remember the way I warmed up, and I remember how focused I was on myself and nobody else. That day, I learned how to prepare for a great race day. When I focus on myself, and the preparation I’ve done, I’m able to unlock the Chloe that knows her pace and knows what to do in a race.
Do you have a special pre-race ritual? Getting excited to race and talking to my coach about our strategy is the closest thing I have to a ritual. I understand every day is different. So I just go with the flow of race day instead of trying to recreate something that worked on one day but maybe won’t work on another day.
Is nutrition a big focus? What’s your go-to meal after a tough run? Yes. I’m snacking all the time. Sometimes it a raw bell pepper, or sometimes it’s Cheeto puffs. It really depends on what my body tells me. But I always make sure to get in a good breakfast and take my supplements.
My meals range from a quick chipotle bowl with extra rice for dinner or, if I’m feeling like a chef, I’ll make pasta with a yummy pesto or meaty marinara sauce. I eat a lot.
What are your top tips for a speedy recovery after training? I stretch every morning and night, and of course after every sprint day or heavy, long running day. I’ve found that my body reacts well when I do some active recovery while I watch TV, listen to music or talk on the phone. Making sure I refuel properly helps as well. I drink so much water after a running workout, and I eat a lot of carbs.
Who is your ‘team’? God, my prayer group, my mother and father, all four of my siblings, my very supportive boyfriend and all of his family. There’s also Rolando Green (college coach) Eugene Thomas (high-school coach), Tim Maynor (music manager), my two agents (Anass and Dwight), and all my friends who lend an ear. These people are the reason I am who I am. I’m forever grateful for the support, guidance and love they provide.
What’s the best running advice you’ve received? “Delay does not mean denial. God will honor your hard work.” I heard these words from my coach during my sophomore year. Later, I found the specific scriptures in the Bible. I live by these words to this day.
On race day, if I don’t get the result I’m looking for, it’s easy to get discouraged. Once my coach saw that doubt in me, he reassured me by reminding me that it will come. As long as I continue to keep my head down, work hard in practice, and do what my coach says, God will honor that hard work in due time.
What’s your favorite On gear?
I love running in The Cloudflyer. It’s such a soft shoe and it conformed to my foot as soon as I put it on. I’m also a big fan of The Cloudrock Edge Raw, The ROGER Centre Court and The Cloud Hi Monochrome. The Waterproof Anorak is sleek and neutral, and the Merino Beanie is literally the perfectly simple yet bold beanie.
How did you get into the music industry? My passion has always been to perform. Whether it be singing in front of thousands of people, acting in front of a camera on set, or running in front of hundreds of people. I sang every chance I got. I'd take voice lessons, audition for plays, sing national anthems and teach myself how to play songs I loved on the piano by ear.
During the pandemic, I got into writing my own music. I was able to get into the studio and work with well-rounded, successful producers. They taught me how to get in the right head space to write music. Since March 2020, I've been writing music about everything I feel physically and emotionally.
How do you balance careers in athletics and music? It’s extremely hard. You have to have the right people in your corner, the ability to be transparent, and proper communication skills. My coach, agents and music manager must all be on the same page for us to have a successful journey.
Finally, why On? Because this company has so much to offer not just in the athletic world, but also the world of art and high fashion.
On is more than a shoe/apparel brand. It’s looking to represent a running culture that is unique, fresh and fast. I want to be the athlete and the artist that will show who On is in the sprint world and the arts and entertainment industry.