This week, we have a special guest, Lauren Fleshman. Lauren is a modern day polymath, excelling as a runner, activists, entrepreneurs, business owner, and of course, a coach. In this episode, we dive into Lauren’s coaching. We can’t thank Lauren enough for bringing a fresh perspective and valuable insight to the podcast. My notebook is filled with gems from this conversation. And more importantly, with actionable takeaways that I will utilize in my own coaching. Some of the notes include:

  • On the myth of the magic training schedule: “It’s not the program that was magical…it’s the program applied to me in that moment.” (20min into the conversation)
  • On giving feedback: “Tune into the athlete right in front of me, in this moment.” (26 minutes)
  • On the requirements of an athlete: “Show up, get the assignment, get it done, leave.” (34 minutes)
  • On the mental game: “Just because it’s in the mind, we don’t have to make it a huge deal…treat it like we would a strained hamstring.” (37 minutes)

Other topics covered include

  • How she navigated the transition from elite athlete to elite coach.
  • What was it like running for Vin Lannana, Mark Rowland, and Terrance Mahon?
  • How did she decide what lessons to keep and what to discard from the world-class coaches she trained under?
  • How the “believe in yourself” mentality is a cop out for the coach.
  • The mixture of Art, Science, and what Lauren calls “woo-woo.”
  • How to deal with an athlete who is struggling with pressure, expectations, and stress.

Resources mentioned during this episode:

Endure by Alex Hutchinson

Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor

Lauren’s website

PickyBars- Lauren’s Company

 

 

Thanks for listening, for more  thoughts on coaching, follow us on social media:

High-Performance West

Steve: Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube

Jon: Twitter and Instagram

Ways to Listen and Subscribe to the Podcast:

 iTunes

Stitcher

via E-mail

Youtube

Like the content? Join 10,000 others to receive it in your inbox!

* indicates required
Episode #65-Interview with Lauren Fleshman On Coaching
Tagged on:

Leave a Reply

Time to learn how to be a faster runner! Enjoy your free lecture series.
Enter your information below to receive your free training Video. It’s an hour long lecture on the details behind running fast from 800 meters to the marathon!

 

There is nothing more gratifying or fulfilling than setting a goal on the outer boundaries of what we think is possible and then systematically pursuing it.

That’s what the Peak Performance Newsletter is all about: How to pursue our goals in every aspect of life. Sign up for our twice a month newsletters that are based on  real science, not bro science!