72 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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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!

    71: Valentine’s Day, Ironman Training, Running And Social Life, Sport And Libido

    71: Valentine’s Day, Ironman Training, Running And Social Life, Sport And Libido

    It’s easy to fall in love with chasing athletic goals. But what happens when your love of sport affects your love life? Jesse and Lauren celebrate Valentine’s Day by answering questions about the intersection of love, intimacy, and sport. They dish the dirt on what happens to your libido when you’re training for a triathlon. They give advice on cultivating a healthy sex life amidst work, training, and family. Plus, they help a high school student who feels lonely in pursuing her athletic goals.

    • 1 hr
    70: Ultra-Endurance Events, Racing vs. Vacationing, Constructive Fatigue vs. Overtraining, Speed Work, Wedding Planning

    70: Ultra-Endurance Events, Racing vs. Vacationing, Constructive Fatigue vs. Overtraining, Speed Work, Wedding Planning

    Jesse and Lauren consider whether ultra-endurance events are “good for you” or not, they discuss signs of overtraining vs. constructive fatigue, they offer some advice on how to mix up speed-work training, and they consider what to do when your partner suggests a vacation ahead of your “A” race. Plus, they talk wedding planning, Picky Bars and braces, and more.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    69: Competitive Partners, Staying Motivated Without A Coach, Training Strengths vs. Weaknesses, “Retiring” As An Amateur

    69: Competitive Partners, Staying Motivated Without A Coach, Training Strengths vs. Weaknesses, “Retiring” As An Amateur

    Lauren’s got an announcement about a new partnership and Jesse’s got updates about the Picky Bars Co-exist campaign, the all-new AmBADASSador program, and his knee (is it an injury after all!?). The duo also answers questions about what to do when your partner is super focused on competing, how to get motivated when you don’t have a coach, and how to “retire” as an avid runner. Plus, they offer advice about strength training exercises, running cadence, working on your strengths vs. weaknesses, and

    • 1 hr 3 min
    68: What Now? 2020, Mary Cain, Nike, And Your Team

    68: What Now? 2020, Mary Cain, Nike, And Your Team

    Lauren are Jesse are BACK with all the 2020 vibes to answer your questions about work, play, and love. But first?! Rewind. In November '19, New York Times published Mary Cain's op-ed about the culture of body shaming and abuse in Nike’s Project Oregon. Lauren and Jesse dedicated an episode (WPL 63) to discuss the article, eating disorders, RED-S, and body shaming. Now they answer more questions about Cain’s story, and offer advice for cultivating health and positivity for yourself and your communities.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    67: Asking Your Coach For Help, Standing Up To Aggression, Screen Time And Kids, Alcoholism

    67: Asking Your Coach For Help, Standing Up To Aggression, Screen Time And Kids, Alcoholism

    Advocating for yourself can be challenging and intimidating—especially in the workplace, with family, or in a competitive team environment. And for many of us, setting boundaries isn’t the most well-honed skill. Lauren and Jesse answer questions about asking a coach for more support, how to not feel like a pushover in the workplace, and what boundaries you can model for your kids around time spent with devices and technology. Plus, Lauren shares her experience growing up with alcoholism in her family,

    • 1 hr 4 min
    66: Building A Healthy Relationship With Food, Family Dynamics and Sport, Playing Music, Training While Sick, Training “The Right Way”

    66: Building A Healthy Relationship With Food, Family Dynamics and Sport, Playing Music, Training While Sick, Training “The Right Way”

    The holiday season is in full swing and your favorite Work, Play, Love hosts are going bananas with packed schedules for Picky Bars, sport, and family. Lauren and Jesse catch up and then talk meditation, visualization, training while sick, and sponsorships. Plus, the Work, Play Love duo goes deep on developing a healthy relationship with food, dealing with a sibling taking over the title of “runner of the family,” fitting music into your life, training and information overload, and much more.

    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

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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