20 Questions with Lauren Fleshman

Next up answering 20 Questions is Lauren Fleshman!

Lauren is an American Pro Athlete with Oiselle. A competitor on the world stage, Lauren is a Two-time USA Outdoor 5,000m champion, a Three-time NCAA 5,000m Outdoor Champion and a 15-time NCAA All-American.

She is the also the co-founder of Picky Bars with her husband, fellow Standford alumni and pro triathlete Jesse Thomas and friend, fellow Oiselle athlete Steph Rothstein.

Plus to top it off, she’s also a Mum to boot.

Check out Lauren’s answers below!

Lauren Fleshman, Oiselle, Running,


  • Who was your inspiration in running growing up? Paula Radcliffe and Deena Kastor


  • Favourite Place to Run? Bend, OR on the Deschutes River Trail


  • What is your greatest achievement, running or otherwise? Building my family. In running, finishing 7th in the World in 2011 in the 5k.


  • Do you have any pre-race superstitions? My whole race day is scheduled to a tee, and I’m not a scheduled person!


  • What’s the one piece of advice you would give to a novice runner? More isn’t always better.


  • How long have you been running? 20 years.


  • Best running memory? Mall of college with my Stanford teammates.


  • Favourite/Least Favourite distance? Favorite 5k. Least favorite 800.


  • What shoes do you run in? I run in lots of different shoes. Neutral fairly light weight trainers.


  • What’s your next aim? Reach a world standard in the 5k.


  • Favourite time of the day to run? 10am


  • Favourite/ Least Favourite thing about been a runner? Favourite is the release. Least favourite is an injury.


  • If you weren’t a runner, what would you be doing? Writing young adult fiction books.




  • What’s playing on your iPod before a race? Alt-J


  • What’s in your Netflix queue? Kill Bill


  • Last Book you read? Wool Omnibus


  • If you could be anywhere else in the world right now, where would you be? Swiss Alps with Jesse


  • Words to Live by? When you realise failing doesn’t make you a failure, you give yourself permission to try all sorts of things.





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