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Ali on the Run Show Episode 161: Lauren Fleshman & Jesse Thomas


Recommended for a long easy pace run, recovery run or downtime doing chores, driving etc.

Podcast Info

In this episode Ali interviews Lauren Fleshman (US 5K Champion in 2006 & 2010 and marathoner) and Jesse Thomas (NCAA 3K Steeplechase All-American, six-time Wildflower Triathlon Champion and winner of the 2014 Mont Tremblant 70.3). They are married, have two young children and run a startup business together – Picky Bars.

This conversation is less about training, strategy, recovery, mindset… and more about a topic many runners, triathletes and other endurance athletes struggle with – balancing a marriage, children and a business with athletic goals and identity.

Lauren and Jesse talk candidly about the following topics:

  • How having a baby affected her body and set back her running career
  • Finding ways to communicate your needs and frustrations to your partner
  • Figuring out how to balance childcare responsibilities and traditional gender roles
  • The stress of running a business together while also raising small children
  • Peaks and valleys of child-rearing, times it was tough and when it feels easier
  • The evolution of a romantic relationship
  • What they love and admire about each other

It’s a great conversation to listen to if you have kids, work/life balance challenges; and if you run or are thinking of starting a business.

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