Stephanie Wattenbarger Keeps Getting Faster With Age
Today on the show, I’m going a few easy miles with Stephanie Wattenbarger.
Like me, Stephanie has a goal to travel the country and run a race in every state. She’s definitely ahead of me at this point, so I’ve got some catching up to do ASAP!
Stephanie started running in her mid-40s, and she is determined to buck the conventional wisdom that says that after a certain age you can’t get any faster. She keeps improving her times, both in the half and full marathons, and continues to shoot for new PRs.
And after qualifying for Boston in 2014, there’s no reason to suggest that she’s going to slow down any time soon!
Here are some of the highlights of our chat.
- The differences between training and racing half marathons vs full marathons
- Another runner that got her start as the result of peer pressure
- Sage advice at the race expo of what was supposed to be her first 13.1 from friend of the show Dane Rauschenberg.
- The importance of continuing to learn in both running and in life
- The areas of her life/training that she can improve upon to continue to get faster
- The importance of setting big goals and seeing what you can do
- Using running as a “drug”
- Her experience of running Boston in 2015
- Running an ultra and setting her sights to go even farther
- Future goals and bucket list races
Check out Stephanie’s blog, and connect with her on Twitter.
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interesting that she also has had success using a marathon to train for a goal marathon
Further evidence that there’s a legitimate reason to run farther than 20 miles building up to a marathon!
Stephanie also encouraged me to start running again five years ago, using the Jeff Galloway method, and improved my marathon times, but at 52 I’m now starting over again with 5Ks to make my longer distances faster so I can qualify for Boston, too! Way to go, Stephanie!
Awesome Bruce! I’m working on Boston as well. Keep making progress, and you’ll be there for sure!