This week’s Woman Crush Wednesday is brought to you by Lauren Fleshman, ex-pro runner, businesswoman and writer. There are many, many reasons that I’ve fallen for Lauren since discovering her less than a year ago, but here are the top two:
- She’s vocal in speaking out about the issues involved in high school, collegiate and even national team environments, including negative competition, bad self-image, and eating disorders. She most recently participated in a Running on Om podcast episode in which she had a very frank discussion about eating disorders in the sport. And not just a generic discussion about how eating disorders are bad – but a really grounded discussion about the steps that can be taken to prevent them; including when to implement these steps, who should be responsible for these outcomes, etc. etc. There were some really practical suggestions which I would love to see become reality.
- She’s co-author of the Believe Training Journal, which I’m currently using to plan and monitor my training process. I absolutely love this product, and will be writing a review on it soon. It takes a truly holistic approach to training and will hopefully help me to become a better athlete!
Here’s a video from her sponsors on her retirement from pro running. It’s truly inspirational stuff.
Here are some stats on Lauren:
- Her speciality was the 5000m, and she was the US champion in this distance in 2006 and 2010. Her personal best is 14:58.58.
- However she has also competed in distances from 1500m to the marathon- talk about variety!
- In her marathon debut (the New York City Marathon in 2011), she finished 12th with a time of 2:37:33
- She was part of the Oregon Track Club Elite, funded by Nike, until she joined Oiselle in 2012.
- She writes The Fast Life, a column for Runners World, which is insightful and witty in equal measure.
If I’m being honest, I need a bit of motivation myself, as I’m in an injury and exhaustion-induced training slump. Whilst things should be okay (I just need carbs, a massage and some sleep), I would really appreciate some old-school motivation! So are there any runners you think I should follow on social media? Or anything you do when you’re in a slump?
Lots of love,