Juggling work-life balance can be a real three-ring circus, which Lauren & Jesse know first hand. Led by listener questions, the Work, Play, Love Podcast is all about sports, biz, and family. [ASK YOUR QUESTION]
You want tips about work play and love? We got tips. Whether you’re wondering about the best way to fuel after a workout, how to handle all-consuming “Mom Guilt”, how to navigate whether you should date a teammate, or how to race your best in the heat, Lauren and Jesse offer up a healthy dose of advice on what’s worked for them. Plus, the Flomas duo talk about cool vacation spots for active couples, where to go swimming in Bend, and exercise resources for postpartum diastasis recti.
Watch out, y’all. Jesse’s getting fancy with some new apparel from Descent. And brace yourselves: it’s got a collar! In today’s fancy what’s goin’ on, Jesse gives a behind the scenes update on how he’s thinking about the open National Sales Manager role at Picky Bars and gets pumped up about finally being able to stand on his injured foot.
Meanwhile, Lauren talks about the challenging intersection between your own nature as an individual and where your kids are in their development. Sometimes they don’t line up! Maybe you want to work on a deep connection with your kid while they’re fighting you for independence. Maybe the opposite is true, and your desire to have freedom to explore new creative outlets is hindered by the needs of your infant. Lauren talks about this challenge and about her need to go on more vision quests.
13:00 - What are the best honeymoon spots for athletes, or the best vacation spots for couples who are into running, hiking, biking, adventuring, and relaxing?
Jesse and Lauren went to Interlaken Switzerland for their honeymoon and had a blast (except a bike ride that nearly doomed their relationship). They spent their time in the Jungfrau region where there’s tons of hiking, biking, skiing, and plenty of gorgeous views to soak up while you relax. They even hiked to a bed and breakfast only accessible by foot!
17:55 - Where can you do open-water swimming in Bend, OR?
20:18 - What can you do postpartum to prevent diastasis recti and keep your strong abdominals?
If you can, see a postpartum specialist at a physical therapy clinic. It’s great to have someone in your corner who can help identify the right exercises for your needs.
Steph Bruce also wrote a great article about DR with some exercises that Lauren found helpful.
21:45 - Do professional runners chafe, too?!
Yes! Everyone’s body is different and some pros absolutely chafe.
22:32 - What’s that Jaybird discount code again?
Ok, so the Jaybird discount rollout wasn’t as smooth as Smooth Caffeinator. We get it, and we worked with Jaybird to make it easier for you! The discount code is: workplaylove
Enter that code at checkout when buying a pair of Jaybird Run XT headphones, and get 20% off your purchase.
23:33 - Lauren, how did you feel about Jesse doing the underwear run in Kona for multiple years while you're at home single parenting
She’s pretty cool with it. Though she wishes he would consider running in something other than oversized tighty whities.
13:00 - What’s the best way to fuel after a workout?
We’re not nutrition scientists or doctors, but we’ve worked with them a bunch. Here’s what we think:
It’s important to get about 200-250 calories within 30 minutes of your workout. This should be a good balance of carbs, fats, and proteins. Some folks might have you believe that protein protein protein is important after a workout, but when it comes to endurance sports, you really need carbohydrates in the 30-60-90 minutes after your exercise to refill your glycogen stores. Picky Bars were created with this in mind! It’s the perfect post-workout snack.
Should I be stretching immediately after my workout instead of waiting? Is it more important to stretch first or eat first?
There have been some conflicting studies around stretching. In the latest research, there hasn’t been a lot of conclusive evidence that stretching will reduce your risk of injury. As a result, stretching isn’t necessarily the most important thing to do after a workout. However, stretching is a great diagnostic tool and can help you identify imbalances in the left and right-hand sides of your body. So it’s a good idea to stretch, and then hit the roller, which can be more effective in loosening your muscles.
Resource: Erin Taylor’s Hit Reset:Revolutionary Yoga for Athletes
33:07 - Any tips for squashing Mom Guilt while also balancing life duties and training?
Lauren and Jesse dive into this tough topic. When you’re a parent, there are always going to be trade-offs. It’s hard strike a balance. You’re either going to feel guilty about spending “too much time” away from your family, pursuing things like your career or personal goals, or you may feel guilty because even though you’re spending the “perfect” amount of time with your kids, your exhaustion reduces the quality of that time spent. This is a complicated issue with no right answer, but the Flomas philosophy is that you should take the time to do fulfilling things for you so you can bring your best, happiest self to the time you spend with your kids and family.
40:06 - What do you think about dating your teammates?
Go for it! Your team is a really natural place to make a great connection with someone else. And dating your teammate can be an awesome experience. A few things to watch out for:
46:47 - I sweat a lot and I’m racing Kona this year. Any tips for racing in the heat?
Tips for the race in general:
Tips to combat cramping:
Tips for calorie-dense pre-workout or pre-race fuel:
Tips for keeping your running shoes dry:
A listener writes in with a follow-up to Episode 46. They recommend Lindsey Hein’s I’ll Have Another as a great podcast to listen to while working out.
Another listener writes in with a follow-up about pre-race sleep. They recommend that you get as much rest and sleep as you can TWO nights before the race. You’ll get all the benefits of a great night’s rest, plus it can help reduce the anxiety you feel about not getting as much sleep the night before.
As always, submit your work/play/love question at pickybars.com/workplaylove - Thanks for listening!
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