Ask Lauren Fleshman is a monthly series on Running On Om, where Lauren Fleshman, professional runner, coach, mother, business owner, and writer, answers listeners questions on all things that pop up when living an athletic life— motivation, injuries, relationship issues, nutrition, body image, you name it.
In this episode, Garrett Heath, professional runner for Brooks, discusses the power of following your own path in running. Garrett reflects on his various coaching experiences, from being self-coached to recently joining the Brooks Beasts Track Club in Seattle.
“In life, almost more than anything else, I like the feeling of getting to the start line or getting somewhere and having no idea of what’s going to come next. And that feeling of apprehensive anticipation, where you know that you have the skills to deal with what’s going to come, but you don’t know what its going to be.” * In this episode, Loren Newman, accomplished runner and student of public policy, tells the story of his lifelong passion for running. Loren explains how he discovered his strength in longer distance trail running after not making the team at Stanford University. He reflects on his experience working at Google and the vibrant running community there. Loren shares insight on overcoming fear in running through his stories of traveling the globe for a year, including a life-changing run in New Zealand. He discusses the power of the November Project Boston community during his time studying public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Loren provides insight on how he overcomes the mental challenges of running. Lastly, Loren recounts his Western States experience and the lessons he learned.
“There is something noble about just going out and starting and putting yourself out there in races even when your not in your top shape.” – Kate Grace *This podcast is part of the #ROORises Series: please share the podcast by posting a picture on Instagram of your listening experience and tag @runningon0m and @fastkate!* In this episode, Kate Grace, professional runner for the Oiselle Team, shares the story of how she began running in high school in preparation for soccer season. She discusses the importance of taking ownership over her running as professional. Kate recounts one of her most memorable races of her collegiate career at Yale University. She reflects on the power of the Oiselle community and her Little Wing teammates. Kate provides insight on strength training for runners and reveals her own strength program. She offers advice on overcoming and dealing with injury. Lastly, Kate shares her perspective on discovering her legacy as a runner and whats ahead for 2015.
In this episode, Joe Holder, health and wellness coach, creator of the Ocho System, and community manager for Health Warrior, discusses his background in athletics, from playing track, football, and basketball in his youth to focusing solely on football during his time at the University of Pennsylvania. Joe reflects on how the Ocho System’s wellness philosophy was born out of his experience healing two injuries during college. He offers advice on how to overcome mental barriers in changing one’s relationship to exercise. Joe explains his role as the Community Manager of Health Warrior and the importance of traveling in his work-life balance. He reveals how he unplugs from his busy schedule and provides insight on eating healthy on a budget. Lastly, he shares details on his own training and exciting developments for 2015.
In this episode, Ann Gaffigan, former American Record Holder in the Steeple Chase, Co-Founder of Women Talk Sports, and business owner, discusses her background in athletics from balancing competitive soccer and running throughout high school to the transition from high school to collegiate running. She reflects on being apart of history as she ran the steeple chase the first year the NCAA had it as a women’s event. Ann reveals the power of mental strength in her 2004 Olympic Trials Race, in which she set the former American Record. She describes how she turned the disappointment of her 2008 Olympic Trials Race to constructive action as she has helped raise awareness for gender equality in women’s athletics. Ann explains how Women Talk Sports is changing the face of women’s athletics. She offers advice on how to balance motherhood, training, and work. Lastly, Ann previews upcoming projects for her web development business, Gazelle Incorporated.