Tell us a little bit about yourself, who is Stephanie aka Run Tri Mom?
I am truly the simplest girl who dreams big and follows her passion and heart. I am an Ultrarunner, Marathoner, will be doing my first triathlon in May, and a Half Ironman in July. I am a mom to two beautiful little boys first and foremost. They are my world and keep me on my toes daily! I love to cook, bake, paint, and am learning to play the guitar! I have a deep yoga and meditation practice daily. I do what I love and love what I do!
Being a parent is tough enough, what tips would you give the working parent or individual when it comes to getting in their exercise?
The number one question I get asked is how do I have the time. My answer is always the same, I make it. If it is a priority and you want it, you will find a way. I cut my cable so don’t spend time watching TV. I meal prep at nights for the following day. I make my breakfast, post-workout shake, and lay out my snacks. I prep my children’s lunches too. I find the more planning and prep I do the easier it is to fit everything in…from training to playing tag at the park.
What are you currently training for?
I just finished my first 50k Ultramarathon! It was amazing! That was my focus for the first of the year and while training for that I used my cross-training days to learn to swim and bike. So now I am flipping gears for the next 4 months to triathlon training. I am doing Racine 70.3 Half Ironman in July and couldn’t be more excited for this new adventure! I am doing the Berlin Germany Marathon this fall as well with one of my best friends who lives in Scotland. That will be an adventure and race of a lifetime.
Have you always been an athlete? If so what sports did you grow up playing?
Does a high school cheerleader and gymnast count? Haha! I was never an organized sports girl, which is probably why I am drawn to endurance sports and yoga. It’s more individual based. I’m highly social but when it comes to athletics I guess you could say I would rather run alone or with just one close friend.
What is the biggest hurdle that you face when it comes to maintaining your training?
Maintaining my energy. Getting enough sleep and the proper nutrition to keep me going. As soon as I feel my training is interfering with me being the best mother I can be, I back it off, rest, and reevaluate my training plan. It’s a constant work in progress.
Do you have any routines that you follow during the week?
I am a creature of routine. From my meal prep to my workouts. I find time for meditation daily and at the minimum my Sunday morning yoga class. I meet with my mentor at the pool Tuesday/Thursday. And I always schedule my long trainings for the weekend. And then being a mom, I have a million other daily routines. I thrive on routine, schedules, and planning.
What is your favorite thing about endurance training?
It’s humbling. I have never been so humbled as when I am on the last few miles of a long run. You have to dig deep and get to your core, your spirit, and heart. You really find out who you are and what you are made of on the pavement. I personally found my strength and courage during my marathon trainings.
Is there anything that you dislike doing when it comes to training? How do you overcome those hurdles?
I honestly love training. Maybe that sounds too optimistic but I really would train all day long if I could. It is my hobby, my passion, and my heart. I wouldn’t spend another second doing what I do if it wasn’t true to my mantra…follow your heart.
If someone is apprehensive about starting to exercise or maybe even signing up for their first endurance race what advice would you give them?
Just sign up! Commit. Once you do, find a training plan and grab a friend to do it too. If you don’t have a friend, find a support person or group that can help motivate you when it isn’t easy. Everyone starts somewhere and nobody else will be paying attention to what you are doing. So take a chance on YOU and have faith that you are truly strong enough.
You have been practicing yoga for many years, what are some of the benefits that you have seen in your life?
This is a loaded question for me, haha! The benefits are endless. Yoga nurtures not only my physical body but my mind and spirit too. You lose your ego on your yoga mat and find your soul. I believe yoga has kept me injury free. It has given me the gift of meditation, which in return, has given me the mental strength to compete in endurance sports.
If I were to go into your fridge and cabinets in your kitchen right now what would I find?
Peanut butter! Oh the jars upon jars I have of this deliciousness. I eat peanut butter at least 2 times a day and my kids eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day too. Chobani Greek Yogurt is a delicious and high protein night time “dessert”. Prepped quinoa and chicken. Fresh fruit and veggies for the kids and I. Half and Half because I like my coffee with REAL cream, haha! I always have a lot of pasta, applesauce and goldfish for the kids! I am going to experiment with Vega the next 4 months for my Ironman training so I am fully stocked on that right now.
What are some of your favorite pre,during and post workout foods?
I workout in the mornings and eat a banana with peanut butter and drink my coffee every single day for breakfast. During my workout I use Cocogo for hydration, Clif Shots, and Clif Bars.Post workout I always have a protein shake with a lot of fruit in it. Or in a pinch I carry a Clif Bar at all times. Like I said above, I am going to be using Vega Recovery the next few months as well.
Lastly how can people get in touch with you and follow along with what you are doing? I am on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook under RUNTRIMOM.My website is runtrimom.com and keeps up with my training, race recaps, product reviews, and anything else I think of! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I try to answer within 3-5 days.