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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Runner Spotlights #97

Happy Sunday everyone! How's everyone's weekend been so far? Mine has been fun! My other sister is in town this weekend so I've had lots of sister time with my two sisters and it's been great! All our kids have had a blast playing together too!

It's time for another runner favorite time of the week! I love reading other runners' stories about their running journey! If you are interested in being spotlighted on my blog please email me at! I'd love to spotlight you! You don't have to have a blog to be just have to be a runner! ;-) And I'm running low on spotlights so now's your time to shine!!!

Today I'm spotlighting Stephanie from Run Steph Run 26_2! Stephanie fuel with a Paleo diet and uses the run/walk method for training and racing! Keep reading to learn more about her and her running journey!

Name: Stephanie Garrett
State: Minnesota

When and why did you start running? I started running in January of 2011 to lose weight. My husband and I had grown comfortably close to one another on the couch. To lose weight we read a lot of articles about learning to run and started a couch to 5k program.

What is your favorite race and race distance? My favorite race is the Team Ortho Monster Dash in late October and my favorite distance is the half marathon.

What is your race day routine? My race day routine starts the night before – making sure that all of my race day gear is laid out in our workout room everything from my race day outfit, race bib, shoes, and Garmin. Then I usually only get 4-5 hours of sleep because I am so excited for the next day. Morning of the race usually consists of making sure my three beagles are ready for their day: a walk and food. Then it is prepping my breakfast of a protein shake and getting my race belt ready: smart water, GU gels, my phone and iPod.

What is your most favorite piece of running gear? My Lululemon Run:Dash & Dart Shorts. I have two pairs and absolutely love how long they are on my legs and these shorts have a zipper back pocket and side pockets to hold my GU gels.

Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running? My husband and I adapted the Paleo lifestyle in the beginning of 2012; teaching our bodies to burn fats instead of grain based carbohydrates. At first I was very resistant to the change but I have run 4 half marathons, 2 – 10 mile races, 2 – 15ks and 1 full marathon following the Paleo lifestyle. I am also starting to use Generation UCan to enhance fat utilization as I begin adding weight lifting to the routine as well as running.

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running? That running is not as easy as it looks and the run/walk method – I run all training runs and races using this method. I was not introduced to the run/walk method until 8 months after I started running and we chose to attend running clinics to help learn more about how to run.

What is your fondest running memory? Crossing the finish line of the Twin Cities Marathon last year on October 6th, 2013.

What is one thing that most people do not know about you? That I am in the October 2013 issue of Minnesota Monthly magazine as 1 of 8 featured runners for the TC Marathon (I am the first timer) and I am the featured runner for the TC Marathon 30 minute Marathon special filmed by Fox Sports North and now on You Tube. For the marathon special a Fox Sports North film crew followed me on my first marathon journey and the film crew followed my husband, my sorority sister and her husband on the course also as they cheered me through all 26.2 miles.

Here are all the different ways you can connect with Stephanie!

Instagram: @RunStephRun26_2

Thanks so much for sharing with us Stephanie!!!

QOTD: What did you do this weekend? Did anyone race?



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