Wanna take a guess at what Stephanie Rothstein’s birthday wish might be when she toes the line on January 14th–the same day she turns 28? Rothstein represented the USA at the World Half Marathon Championships in 2010, and finished 3rd place at the 2011 Houston Marathon clocking a 2:29:35. This young woman is a legitimate contender for a spot on the 2012 Olympic Marathon team and at Runners Feed we hope her birthday wish comes true–whatever that may be? Rothstein is co-founder of the ever-popular gluten-free Picky Bars, alongside elite American 5,000 meter specialist, Lauren Fleshmen. Rothstein struggled with training and her happiness prior to being diagnosed with celiac disease. Once getting her diet under control things really started looking up for this marathon stud!
Runners Feed: Take us through a typical day of your life…
Stephanie Rothstein: Typical day is fairly simple- Wake up between 6:30 and 7, eat bowl of cereal and coffee. Check email and The Today show online. Roll on my Trigger Point roller before practice, meet the team at 8:30 at varying locations depending on workout for the day. Practice lasts 90 mins to 2 hours, eat a Picky Bar and carb drink post run within 30 mins always. Head home, shower and make lunch. The next few hours consists of leisure reading, working on Picky Bars (co-founder of Gluten/Dairy free energy bar company), run errands. Head to gym for exercises, core work around 3:30, 4 and 2nd run after gym. Snack after run and head home for dinner. Post dinner do some self massage, pop in a movie and bed between 9:30 and 10:30- Glamorous life I know:) Get up next day and do it all over again.
RF: Do you work full or part-time while training? If so, what do you do? If not, what has kept you afloat while you pursue your dream?
SR: I am a full time professional runner for Adidas. They have provided the support to allow me to train full time. Training is not a solo effort as I rely on several support systems in my life- My group Team USA AZ supports me with massage, health insurance assistance. Hypo2 run by Sean Anthony and Mike Smith give us facility access in Flagstaff and make our lives that much easier. My primary ART chiro John Ball of Maximum Mobility is the sole reason I am healthy day in and day out.
RF: Who introduced you to the sport of running? And what about running do you think has kept you coming back for more?
My father introduced me to running when I was little and he passed away while I was on a run my senior year of high school so he will always hold a special presence and influence in my running. My mom has been my #1 supporter for the last 10 years of my life and encourages me beyond reason sometimes.
RF: Sock or no socks?
SR: Socks for sure
RF: Breakfast the day of the race?
SR: Gluten free oatmeal with as many extra ingredients I can sneak in