Carrie interviews elite runner Stephanie Bruce! They chat about balancing training with family life, coaching, doping scandals, and Steph’s strategy going into the TCS New York City Marathon.
Recorded October 16, 2017 Photo Credit: Sarah Cotten
A graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara, Stephanie was a two-time All American, a multiple-time conference Champion in cross country and track and was the Big West Athlete of the year in 2006. She still holds the school record for 10,000 meters at 33:23.33. Stephanie’s marathon career includes her 2:29:35 personal best set at the Chevron Houston Marathon in 2011 where she finished third, as well as a 15th place at the 2013 Boston Marathon and third place at the 2012 Honolulu Marathon. She’s been runner-up at the U.S. 20k Championships and 10k Championships (2013) and her 1:10:53 at the 2013 New York City Half Marathon earned her top American honors at that event. She started a family in 2014, having two children before returning to racing in 2016 with a runner-up finish at the USATF 15k Championships and a 32:14 10k PR at the Stanford Invitational. She then ended the year on a huge note by finishing second at the California International Marathon in 2:32:36, her first marathon since 2013. Stephanie’s kicked off 2017 with a 7th place finish at the USATF Cross Country Championships, a win at the Gasparilla Distance Classic Half Marathon, a 22nd place finish at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and a new 10,000 meter PR of 31:59.88 at the Stanford Invitational.