I’ve been a runner since I was 13 years old and 78 pounds of scrawny, scrappy tomboy. I’ve won state championships, NCAA titles, USA Championships and finished as high as 7th in the World so far. My plan is to compete professionally through the 2016 Olympics, beat a bunch of people, try to set PR’s from 800m up to the marathon, and have a hell of a good time doing it and writing about it. What you see above is a graphical history of my running career through 2013. I’ve achieved a lot of great stuff, but look at how it happened! When you dream big, the line to success is far from straight, peppered with injuries, screw ups, and plain old bad luck. You just keep fighting, learning, and adapting, and victories come. Things don’t always turn out the way you imagined, but take it from me, the journey is worth it.

Lauren Fleshman

Facts N’ Stats


800 2:05
1500 4:05
Mile 4:23 c
3k 8:42
3k Steeple 9:54
5k 14:58
10k road 33:45
Marathon 2:37

Favorite Accomplishments

  • 7th in the World Championships 5k 2011 (highest American finish in history)
  • 6 World Championship Teams (3 Cross Country, 3 Track)
  • Led USA to team bronze medal in Cross Country with 11th place finish
  • 2x USA Track and Field Champion for 5k (2006 and 2010)
  • 5x NCAA Champion (3x5k) and 15x All American while at Stanford
  • Cumulative NCAA Cross Country score of 23 points in 4 years
  • Never missed an All-American in every NCAA performance for all three seasons, all four years
  • California HS State Champion in Cross Country (team and individual) and Track (3200)
  • Runner up at Footlocker XC Nationals senior year. 14th Junior Year
  • CIF Finals Southern Section: Won the “impossible triple” (800, 1600, 3200)