186: Ask Lauren Fleshman on Falling in Love With Your Running, Work, and Life


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“I think it is really important to allow yourself that developmental age in whatever sport or activity you pick up, no matter what age you pick it up. It is valuable to let yourself chip away at goals in a more organic way and fall in love, step by step, race by race with the sport.”

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, Lauren answers listeners questions on the following topics:

  • What is the role of innate, genetic potential in running?
  • How do goal oriented athletes in relationship support one another emotionally during the highs and lows of their training and racing journeys?
  • How do you decide what takes priority— pursuing your dream job in a city or living in place that has a connection to the outdoors?
  • Why Lauren loves Bend, Oregon?
  • Overcoming hypothalamic amenorrhea through nutrition and how professional runners handle intense training without losing their fertility
  • How the growth of online running coverage sites creates unrealistic expectations for younger athletes
  • And how do you deal with the disappointment that comes with injury and not allow it to determine your self-worth?

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