Free Course - Run Faster In 30 Days

Includes Secret Bonus (valued at $125)

This amazing email course will teach you how to avoid the most common training mistakes, become a stronger and more efficient runner, and target the right workouts to help you run faster! Plus...

  • Get invited to our exclusive webinars
  • Gain access to our 5 must-have calculations for runners
Start My Free Course Now

Interview with Lauren Fleshman: The Importance of Rest, Long-Term Thinking and the Story of Picky Bars

lauren fleshmen interviewLauren Fleshman is perhaps one of the most decorated US middle distance runners in the early part of this decade. Her list of accomplishments include two California State Championships, three NCAA titles and two US Championships in the 5,000 meters, three top-five finishes at NCAA cross country, multiple PAC-10 1500m titles, PRs of 14:58 for 5k and 2:37 for her debut marathon, and a 7th place finish at the 2011 World Championships…phew.

And she’s on our show today to discuss how she managed to be successful for so long, how she’s dealt with injuries, and how she’s continued to channel her passion for running and nutrition into her company Picky Bars.

Lauren is an inspiration to many female runners thanks to her honesty, her intelligence, and her fierce competitive desire and spirit. Lauren didn’t disappoint for this interview and brought her A game with some very impactful lessons. Here are a few tidbits:

  • How a long-term approach and patience enabled her to have success during the transition from high school to college when many other athletes typically falter. You’ll be surprised to learn that Lauren initially struggled to keep up with her training partners, but stayed positive by focusing on the small steps towards her goal.
  • The importance of rest and taking downtime and how that helped her make continued improvements year after year.
  • How she handles the issue of body image and distance running. Even elite runners like Lauren struggle with wanting to look thinner and be smaller, but Lauren stresses the importance of not taking shortcuts and being comfortable with your own body type.
  • How she turned a devastating injury into an opportunity to express her passions outside of running and actually come back stronger than before she was hurt.
  • Finally, we chat about her company Picky Bars and the importance whole foods and nutrition play in the diet of serious runners.

This was one of my favorite interviews to record as Lauren’s passion and intelligence are palpable throughout the show. I absolutely guarantee you’ll find tons of useful nuggets of training advice. Enjoy!

Watch this week’s show now

Download the podcast version here

Download directly to your iTunes podcast or directly to your Stitcher Radio app and take this interview on your next run

Links and resources mentioned in this interview:

Lauren’s website –

Picky Bars website

Oiselle women’s running apparel


Have a running friend who would love this? Share it...

Like What You've Read?

If so, join our newsletter and get access to our FREE Marathon Training eBook , which is a step-by-step guide to help you achieve a new PR at your next race and where we reveal the secrets of marathon training and nutrition, including:
  • 140 pages broken into 4 specific sections with specific marathon workouts, guidance on marathon nutrition, and how to master the taper.
  • Training tips, anecdotes, and lessons learned directly from the world's top marathon runners.
  • A detailed 16-week marathon training schedule so you can see the plan in action
Get My eBook Now!
Connect with Jeff Gaudette on Google+

One Response on “Interview with Lauren Fleshman: The Importance of Rest, Long-Term Thinking and the Story of Picky Bars

  1. Great interview. Her attitude is inspiring, even through injury. I love how her running experience has helped to shape her to be the well rounded person that she is. I’m looking forward to hearing about her new baby and trying Picky Bars!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>