83 episodes

Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas are world class professional endurance athletes, authors, speakers, and co-own a nationally distributed food products business called Picky Bars. They also happen to be married, still, and are raising two small children. They use their experience, stories, writing, and humor to answer to answer listener questions about sports, family, business, and the balance between all three! It's a circus, but hey, we're all in it together!

Work, Play, Love with Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thoma‪s‬ Lauren Fleshman & Jesse Thomas

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    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas are world class professional endurance athletes, authors, speakers, and co-own a nationally distributed food products business called Picky Bars. They also happen to be married, still, and are raising two small children. They use their experience, stories, writing, and humor to answer to answer listener questions about sports, family, business, and the balance between all three! It's a circus, but hey, we're all in it together!

    82: Good Riddance, 2020.

    82: Good Riddance, 2020.

    Let's face it. 2020 was a really hard year. If it was a Picky Bars flavor, it might be called "Am I Still Eating This?!" Lauren and Jesse sit down to unpack 2020. They answer questions about their biggest athletic accomplishments of the year, depression, pandemic parenting, and more. Plus they talk about the upsides of the year, like the great awakening to the need for racial justice, Picky Bars having a strong year, and somehow finding more balance with Work, Play, and Love than either of them expected.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    81: Team vs. Individual Training, Intuitive Eating, Kids and Sports

    81: Team vs. Individual Training, Intuitive Eating, Kids and Sports

    In another “late night” edition of the pod, Lauren and Jesse dive into the important things in life: what's the dumbest thing fight they’ve had in quarantine? When do you wear race medals in a socially distanced world? What would each of them most likely get arrested for? Is holding hands while running…a thing? Plus, Lauren and Jesse answer your questions about intuitive eating, how to navigate team training when your training style is different from your team mates, and balancing family life with s

    • 49 min
    80: Training Time Vs. Family Time, Primary Parent Responsibilities, Coaching During COVID, Couples And Exercise

    80: Training Time Vs. Family Time, Primary Parent Responsibilities, Coaching During COVID, Couples And Exercise

    You all asked for it, and Lauren and Jesse answer: just what does a “primary parent” do? The Work, Play, Love duo share how they divvy up household responsibilities and answer questions about how to balance training vs. family time, what to do if your partner doesn’t share your values around exercise, and Lauren offers some tips for coaching during a pandemic. Plus, Lauren talks about recent meetings at Oiselle and gives a book update, and Jesse gives a preview of a new Picky product.

    • 57 min
    79: Eating While Injured, Partner Pace Differences, Marriage Advice, Social Media And Antiracism

    79: Eating While Injured, Partner Pace Differences, Marriage Advice, Social Media And Antiracism

    Jesse and Lauren dust off the microphones and share what they’ve been up to this summer. Lauren’s busy coaching and writing her book, and Jesse’s enjoying his new role as “primary parent." Now they’re back to answer your questions about work, sport, and relationships. They discuss how eating habits can change while injured, they offer advice to a married couple to be, they help a couple that have different paces during their run date, and they talk about the intersection of anti-racism and social

    • 1 hr 6 min
    78: Retirement, Dream Days, Managing Stress, Privilege, Fueling For Hard Workouts

    78: Retirement, Dream Days, Managing Stress, Privilege, Fueling For Hard Workouts

    Lauren and Jesse are finally getting used to balancing Work, Play, and Love in…is it year 9 of stay-at-home? They catch up about family life during the pandemic, Jesse’s retirement as a triathlete and Lauren’s first race in over a year. They also answer questions about how to deal with high-stress situations, how to fuel when you’re burning a ton of calories, what is Lauren’s “dream” day, and how much does effort vs. luck (and privilege) play into where Jesse and Lauren are today.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    77. Recovering From Injuries, Moving In Together, Eating Post-Exercise, Side Hustles

    77. Recovering From Injuries, Moving In Together, Eating Post-Exercise, Side Hustles

    Quarantine is dragging on and Lauren and Jesse are busy schooling their kids, having blow-ups about injuries, setting up a campground in the back yard, and dealing with the headaches of bed time. And they're not alone! Being cooped up is working for some folks, and is a major challenge for others. Lauren and Jesse  hear from listeners who are frustrated and recovering from injury, a couple who thinks "hey this isn't so bad," and are considering moving in together, a couple who have more time to get a side hustle going, and from an athlete who wants some post-workout nutrition advice. 

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Melbourne Trying to Tri ,

Personal advice 😊

It’s like having 2 friends with me on every run! Everything seems relatable and gives a great sense of being part of a bigger running family. Just love these two

Saahsee8 ,

Great podcast!

Just ripped through every episode of this podcast so far, as someone busy trying to balance many aspects of life including training, I find this very honest and helpful.

Cuey17 ,

All the important things

Fantastic podcast for aspiring young couples balancing sport/lifestyle pursuits, work and family. Love it.

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