Observations of life, creativity, drive, and transition from a once-professional athlete and now-aspiring lifelong athletic human who gives a shit.

Journal

Thoughts on Run Gum suing USOC/USATF

Run Gum, an emerging business co-founded by track and field star Nick Symmonds, has filed a lawsuit after being denied the ability to have athletes wearing Run Gum uniforms at the Olympic Trials. When I heard about it, to be

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Ask Lauren Fleshman Goes Audio

When I started this website in 2009 I had three goals. 1. To create an online home for my career. 2. To tell the elite athlete story in a way that isn’t normally told. 3. To field questions from runners

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USATF Annual Meeting Wrap Up

When I came to Houston last weekend for the USATF Annual Meeting, I came with a specific purpose. To work within the system we have, with the people we have, to influence change. I had nine goals for the meeting.

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A Space of Our Own: A Proposal to Make a Living

With help and support from many people, I’ve put forth a Resolution for the USATF Annual Meeting on behalf of the AAC that is designed to tackle a simple problem faced by professional track and field athletes (and athletes from

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Why Athletes Don’t Speak Out About Doping

The sport of track and field is in total crisis. There is no other way to put it. The news is exposing crimes and corruption that exceed the depth and breadth of even the wildest whisperings of our sports biggest

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Discussing “Equality” in NCAA Cross Country

There’s some discussion going on about equality in collegiate cross country that was sparked by the recent IAAF decision to unify the distance for professionals. On the professional level, where women used to race 8k and men 12k, (and before

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Ode to Cross Country and the Greasy Spoon

They won. We flew. In a plane. Two planes actually. One from Rhodes Island carrying Ro McGettigan, and the other carrying me from Bend Oregon. Both of us were deposited in Detroit simultaneously after 10pm, where we rented a lemon

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Today My Son

upon finishing his dinner hatched a plan for us i would push his high chair into the next room and he would watch me play guitar while he sang and as he explained it his eyes showing me the way

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Six Weeks of the Couch Life: An Update

  The scar from my heel surgery is looking good, the contours of the heel bone beneath are smooth, the achilles tendon is nice and mobile. 95% of the time I feel zero pain. I’ve spent six weeks as a

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