Lauren Fleshman

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I’ve been a runner since I was 13 years old and 78 pounds of scrawny, scrappy tomboy. I’ve won state championships, NCAA titles, USA Championships and finished as high as 7th in the World so far. My plan is to compete professionally through the 2016 Olympics, beat a bunch of people, try to set PR’s from 800m up to the marathon, and have a hell of a good time doing it and writing about it. What you see above is a graphical history of my running career through 2013. I’ve achieved a lot of great stuff, but look at how it happened! When you dream big, the line to success is far from straight, peppered with injuries, screw ups, and plain old bad luck. You just keep fighting, learning, and adapting, and victories come. Things don’t always turn out the way you imagined, but take it from me, the journey is worth it.

Ask Lauren Fleshman

Dream, do the work, let it be.

I don’t say “my athletes make me proud” for two reasons. One, they aren’t mine. Two, that’s not their fucking job.  When I watch them walk past me and step out onto the track, their dreams as exposed as their
Author: Lauren
Posted: June 30, 2017, 9:48 pm
Go easy with self-criticism. Do intervals with aspiration. Go long with forgiveness. Freeze time at the viewpoints.
Author: Lauren
Posted: February 20, 2017, 6:25 pm
I expected that retiring from pro running would be followed by some disorientation, but I didn’t foresee needing a total break from it all. This is the story of transition, of how a shift in what you do can lead to feeling like a stranger to yourself, and how I used a sabbatical to sort some things out. Special thanks to the Gilmore Girls for helping me through the final push.
Author: Lauren
Posted: February 7, 2017, 10:30 pm