Today I am excited to be logging a few easy miles with a runner that has definitely been bitten hard by the endurance sports bug.
Steph Whitmore has definitely turned the hobby of ultra running into a lifestyle.
”I’m Addicted Now”
Steph was an athlete throughout her early life but always had a negative opinion of running.
It wasn’t until she won the first 5k she had ever entered that Steph’s idea of the sport started to change.
Moving from long distance to even longer distance, Steph became hooked on racing.
She completed her first Ironman in less than 12 hours, and she felt like she could have done another one that day. It was at that moment when Steph became intrigued with the potential of the human body.
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Getting Her Fix
Living in Iowa presents a unique challenge to a runner that loves running hills and steep inclines.
In order to get her fix of inclines and mountains, Steph regularly travels to locales with a substantial change in elevation. When she can’t get out of Iowa, she just hits the treadmill and cranks up the incline.
Seeing the sights, however, is not the driving factor for Steph’s fascination with the mountains. She loves the strategy and difficulty that comes with running at elevation.
That same love for a challenge has pushed Steph to constantly test her limits by progressing her distance at an almost ridiculous pace.
Thinking Outside of Your Box
Steph attributes her success to her ability to continuously adapt and become a student of life.
“The geek” in Steph has led her to research more into self-exploration, which includes reading books by Tesla, Hawking, and Einstein.
The questions they ask force you to question and consider your potential. And that leads to unlocking yourself because of your introspection.
Nutrition is Key
Nutrition is very important when it comes to running your best race.
Running is a lifestyle, and that includes your daily diet. Only eating healthy on race day is not going to help you as much as regularly eating healthy foods.
Steph believes that you should “look at food as fuel and not as entertainment”. Once you grasp this concept, your outlook on food completely changes.
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