88 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

    • Sports
    • 4.9 • 1.2K 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!

    87: Picky Bars and Laird Superfood Update, Racing Stress-Dreams, Sha’Carri Richardson, Diet Culture Lingo, Injured-Partner Activities

    87: Picky Bars and Laird Superfood Update, Racing Stress-Dreams, Sha’Carri Richardson, Diet Culture Lingo, Injured-Partner Activities

    It’s been a while, and just *a few* things have happened since our last episode. Jesse and Lauren jump on the mic to talk about Laird Superfood acquiring Picky Bars and answer some of your burnin’ Work Play Love questions. They talk about racing stress-dreams, what activities you can do with an injured partner (when you’re sick of watching movies), diet-culture lingo, WADA and Sha’Carri Richardson, and more.

    • 1 hr
    86: Counting Calories, The Return Of Race Season, Spontaneous vs. Responsive Desire, Achieving The “Perfect Weight”

    86: Counting Calories, The Return Of Race Season, Spontaneous vs. Responsive Desire, Achieving The “Perfect Weight”

    Spring has sprung and race season is starting up again. Everyone's ready to get back outside, and the Work Play Love duo sits down to answer your questions about it. They discuss counting calories, how to properly wear running shorts (with or without undies?!), and how to best prepare for an upcoming race. Plus, they hear from a listener who’s struggling to achieve their “perfect” weight, they talk about spontaneous vs. responsive desire, and they get a follow up about the benefits of a bidet.

    • 1 hr
    85: Depression and Communication, Pregnancy and Body Image, Moving In Together, Primary Parenting Strategy, New Business Advice

    85: Depression and Communication, Pregnancy and Body Image, Moving In Together, Primary Parenting Strategy, New Business Advice

    You know it, we know it, vegetable lasagna knows it—communication is a huge help when seeking balance in work, play, and love. Lauren and Jesse answer questions about how to communicate about depression in a relationship, how to find comfort with your changing body during pregnancy, what to think about when moving in with your partner, how to develop a primary parenting strategy, and more. Plus, talk about how they like their eggs, and answer the most important question of all: Red Vines or Twizzlers?

    • 46 min
    84: Not Caring About Speed, Hard Conversations, Short-Term Gains vs. Long-Term Impact, Finding Time for Big Projects

    84: Not Caring About Speed, Hard Conversations, Short-Term Gains vs. Long-Term Impact, Finding Time for Big Projects

    Finding that sweet spot between work play and love means checking your relationships with each one! When it comes to sport, how do you balance performance gains vs. your future relationship with the sport. In relationships, how do you handle the hard stuff when your approach to conflict is different from your partner’s? And in work, how can you fit in big creative projects when you already have a full plate? Lauren and Jesse answer these questions, plus they talk hydration, bidets, and Strava-crown glory.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    83: Valentine's Day Interrupted, Lauren and Jesse Catch Up, Partner's Body Noises, Awkward Dates, V-Day Stories

    83: Valentine's Day Interrupted, Lauren and Jesse Catch Up, Partner's Body Noises, Awkward Dates, V-Day Stories

    It's been a while, folks! But Lauren and Jesse reach through the cobwebs in the mic closet and sit down for a (very belated, very special) Valentine's Day episode. Catch up with the WPL duo in everyone's favorite section: What's Going On, where Lauren gives and update on her book, and Jesse gives an update on his hernia. Plus, they answer tasty bites about couple stuff: you know, like dream vacations, how to compromise on a road trip, and which of your partner's bodily noises really gets under your skin.  

    • 31 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

smitemw ,

Love it

New to the podcast after a couple years of recommendation from friends. So glad I started to listen! Great tips, I’m a big fan of picky bars and I just bought a pair of jay birds!! Thanks so much for keeping it going!

CMM202181 ,

Super fun

Feels like a conversation with friends!

spacerocketmm ,

1000th review done! What were the Lauren’s promise?

The best 1 hr running friend!

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