The Eat for Endurance Podcast

Athlete Nutrition Profile - Professional Distance Runner Stephanie Bruce

April 28, 2023 Claire Shorenstein, MS RD CSSD CDN with Stephanie Bruce Season 5 Episode 63
The Eat for Endurance Podcast
Athlete Nutrition Profile - Professional Distance Runner Stephanie Bruce
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Show Notes

Welcome to Episode 63 of the Eat for Endurance Podcast, featuring professional distance runner Stephanie Bruce. 

I’ve been a big fan of Steph’s for many years. I deeply admire how candid and open she is about her professional and personal experiences, whether it’s about race performances, her postpartum body, losing her mother to cancer, daily life with her husband and two young boys, navigating life with celiac disease and other food allergies, or her congenital heart condition. She puts it all out there and in doing so, she inspires so many others on their own journeys.

For anyone not familiar with Steph, she lives with her family in Flagstaff, AZ and runs for the HOKA NAZ elite team. She has been running professionally for over 12 years, and has placed 10th at NYC Marathon, 10th at the London marathon, 6th at Chicago and 12th at Boston. And she’s not shy about telling you that she wants to win! She won her first national title at the 2018 Peachtree Road Race and her third title at age 38 in 2022. She’s currently pregnant with her third child, but she’s ready to get back at it afterwards. 

We cover so much in this episode, including:

  • How her current pregnancy is going
  • The evolution of her diet as she became a collegiate and pro runner
  • Her long history of GI and other fueling issues
  • How she optimized her iron, B12 and folate status
  • What a typical day of eating looks like, and all her race nutrition favs
  • Co-founding energy bar company, Picky Bars
  • Body image
  • Her BAVD diagnosis
  • Professional goals post-pregnancy

Thank you Steph for spending time with me on the show and for sharing your nutrition story! 

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