Lauren Fleshman has had an incredible running career, winning five NCAA titles while at Stanford and twice winning the U.S. championships in the 5,000-meter run as a pro. She also placed seventh in that event at the 2011 IAAF World Championships and posted competitive PRs from the 1,500m (4:05.62) to the 5,000m (14:58.58), not to mention adding a solid 2:37:23, 12th-place effort in the 2011 New York City Marathon. In the meantime, she’s also become one of the biggest personalities in running, an accomplished entrepreneur as one of the co-founders of Picky Bars and a successful writer as the co-author of the “Believe Training Journal” (VeloPress, 2014). (Fleshman and co-author Ro McGettigan-Dumas will be releasing the “Believe Logbook” and the “Compete Training Journal” this fall.) In this video posted by Oiselle, the 34-year-old Fleshman offers a heartfelt thank you to her supporters as she explains her decision to retire from competitive racing while offering thoughts as to what’s next.