Stephanie Pezzullo Wasn’t Much of a Runner Until She Turned Pro

Today I’m running a few easy miles with a runner that has grown accustomed to being at the front of the pack.

Stephanie Pezzulo

Stephanie Pezzulo

Stephanie “Pezz” Pezzullo is a former elite runner but she didn’t even start running competively until after her days as a soccer star at Penn State.

Career Competitor

Pezz had a very successful career as a professional runner. But after she decided to retire from running professionally, she knew she would never completely walk away from the sport.

Pezz still runs competitively, and she still wins her share of races.

She has had to come to terms, however, with the fact that her times now just aren’t as fast as they were earlier in her career.

The competitive mindset that Pezz enters each race with is still the same as it’s always been, and that will never change.

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Broaden Your Horizon

Pezz was a two-sport athlete growing up.

Part of her success when she began to focus specifically on running was having that athletic base.

As runners, we pretty much only run straight ahead.

As an athlete, Pezz had to start, stop, and change direction constantly.

That well-rounded fitness is something that a lot of us in the running community are lacking, and there is little doubt that in contributed to Pezz’s success.

If you want to become a better runner, one tip from Pezz (that I whole heartedly agree with) is simple: become a better athlete.

Stephanie Pezzullo, Racing XC

Stephanie Pezzullo, Racing XC

Check out Stephanie’s Website! See what she has going on.

Looking for another runner to follow? Head on over to Stephanie’s Instagram and Facebook!

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