71 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!

    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
    65: Night-Time Edition - Gift Ideas For Athletes, When To Have Kids, Scheduling Workouts, Angry Partners

    65: Night-Time Edition - Gift Ideas For Athletes, When To Have Kids, Scheduling Workouts, Angry Partners

    Around the holidays, everyone’s thinking about family, food, exercise, and work, and Lauren and Jesse answer your hard-hitting questions. Things like, what’s their favorite Thanksgiving food? And why are age-groupers peeing on the bike during triathlons? Plus, the Work, Play, Love duo talk about gift ideas for young athletes, how to fit in exercise in an already packed schedule, when to have kids, and how to work with a partner who has wildly different reactions to some situations than you do.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

Joseph Masters (UK) ,

A must listen for any into sport, whether you identify as an 'athlete' or not!

This is a must listen for absolutely anyone looking to make sport part of their life!

Thank you for sharing your passion and producing such a brilliant show.

I think you are both incredible, not just because you have been able to combine sporting successes with a healthy relationship, starting a family and growing a business, but also because you have chosen to share your journey with people around the world in an effort to help others get the most out of their lives.

I'm a budding triathlete in the UK and I occasionally worry that my enthusiasm for the sport sometimes borders on obsessive! I also worry that my dedication to triathlon is perhaps a bit of a selfish pursuit and that no-one else other than myself really benefits from all this training that I am doing. On both of these fronts, you two have become role-models for me. You have helped me realise that balance is a complex concept which need not always exist in your life for you to be happy and successful. You have also shown me that starting out as an athlete, there is plenty you can do to 'give back' and benefit your local community. Lauren, your work on the challenges facing female athletes has been terrific. Kudos. You have both inspired me to channel my passion for sport into motivating and bringing along the people around me! Whatever I am able to achieve myself through sharing my joy for sport, I want you both to know that you were, at least in part, key players in motivating me to help others succeed.

I'm sure your own journey is not without its own bumps (many of which you have been open enough to share -thank you) and I wish you all the best in working it all out!

Love from your biggest fan in the UK
Joseph Masters

PS: When is the dating group going to be launched?!?

agata1989 ,

Makes me smile and think

A brilliant podcast about sports, family and business. Thought provoking, never fails to make me smile and is always so interesting to hear about how athletes are thinking and what dilemmas come their way. Even better to hear answers to those quandaries :)

Grrr 35 ,

Not for me…

Given all the 5* reviews I’m clearly in the minority…

I persevered for several episodes but found the chat pretty dull (focused on a couple that I don’t know anything about) and uninteresting; I guess some people must like hearing about their couples’ therapy and Pinky Bars. Their advice to listeners’ questions to my mind was fairly shallow - overall a big miss for me.

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