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The reality of high-level sports for female athletes is that it is rarely equal, even 50 years after the passage of Title IV.

And Lauren Fleshman is here to tell us why.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Lauren’s incredibly vulnerable true story with all the highs and lows
  • How Lauren stood up to Nike well before she was famous, and
  • She’ll share her best advice for those still competing today

Lauren is one of the most decorated American distance runners of all time, having won five NCAA championships at Stanford and two national championships as a professional. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and Runner’s World. She is the brand strategy advisor for Oiselle, a fitness apparel company for women, and the co-founder of Picky Bars, a natural food company. 

In her new book, Good for a Girl, Lauren shares an intimate look at what it took to become a champion in an industry designed and funded by men and how she nearly destroyed her own body and career.  It is so gripping that it reads like fiction.

Welcome to the Planted Runner.  I’m Coach Claire Bartholic and my mission is to help you improve your running, your mindset, and your life with science-backed training and plant-based nutrition.

I have to say that I think this conversation was one of the most powerful I have ever recorded and I know you will come away from this inspired.

Don’t forget to stay tuned all the way to the end for another Mental Strength Minute.  Fortify your mind in 60 seconds or less. 


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I just recently recovered from a rare medical condition, that was cured from long treatment and a tough surgery about 6 months ago. I ran my first half last November, and prepping for next training cycle for first full in April. You have a wonderful way of presenting excellent information and sharing your thoughts on running and nutrition. Getting into running, I’ve listened to almost every running podcast lol 😂 and found your podcast to be excellent! I don’t find myself picking and choosing topics to listen to on your podcast…I enjoy each one! Fantastic job connecting to all levels of runners! Alan

Run831 via Apple Podcasts ·United States of America ·12/17/2022

 Excellent listening


Really enjoying the content and interviews. As a runner returning to the sport after serious mental injury, this podcast is informative, yet light hearted and has helped remind me running should be fun. Smile and flow 🏃‍♂️😊🏃‍♀️

jamie729 via Apple Podcasts ·Great Britain ·12/01/2022

Just Started Listening


I’m still within the first year of my running adventure. I’ve enjoyed 6 of the Planted Runner’s podcast so far. The editing is good, I enjoy the music and the content is valuable. Love using this podcast to keep running on my mind.


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