This week’s NOVA Featured Runner is Stephanie Lundeby. As one of the speedsters on the NOVA team, Stephanie put together a string of fantastic performances, most recently finishing the Philly Marathon in 3:07:56. In addition to her superb performances with NOVA, Stephanie is also part of the Elite Snapple Triathlon team and took home a 1st place AG win earlier this year in the Colonial Beach International Triathlon.
From Coach Jerry:
Stephanie has been an outstanding addition to NOVA. She’s got excellent range, having run very strong performances during her time with NOVA from 5k to the marathon, all while she was also putting in significant time in the pool and on the bike. Steph is one of the toughest athletes I’ve ever coached, and it was clear to me from the first time I met her that my job would be to get her to train smarter, not harder, as her tendency is to always do more, and faster, when it might be advantageous to do less, and slower. Steph has taken that advice to heart (well, most of the time!), and it has shown in her results. She’s got a sub 3 hour marathon in her, and I’m looking forward to her continued success.
1) What are your PRs (5k, 10K, Half, Full, any others?)
2) Goal race(s) for this year? Other races planned?
Philly pretty much wrapped up a very full and long year of training for me. My two big goal races were Philly and Age Group Worlds for the Olympic distance in Chicago held in September. Boston was supposed to be my early in the year goal race until sickness struck and didn’t want to vacate in time.
3) What do you consider your best race performance to date?
Both the 2014 Alexandria Turkey Trot and Philly. Both races I felt I had a big breakthrough in my physical performance and mental racing confidence.
4) How did you find NOVA, and what do you like best about the team?
Lisa McNichols recruited me at my first local race after moving here last year. I ran the St. Rita’s 5k in with co-worker and team mate, Larry Hutchinson, who coaches with Lisa.
5) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from Coach Jerry?
Besides saving me from myself, the best piece of advice came the final track practice before Philly. After I told him I wasn’t sure if I could run a 7:00/mile pace marathon. Jerry told me, “unless you believe you can, you won’t.” I don’t know why but that statement really stuck with me leading up to the marathon. Any time I had a moment of down town I would mentally chant, “I know I can do this.” Slowly, I began to believe myself.
6) What thoughts do you have on your recent PR performance at the Philly Marathon?
I was so happy to finally run a marathon that felt good (relatively speaking). Outside of the wind giving me a challenge miles 13-20 I felt amazingly strong and light on my feet. Even though I ended up having to slow my pace to compensate for the higher efforts being used due to the head winds, I still hit two major goals I had set out for myself. One was to run well under 3:10 and the other was to earn back the household marathon PR. My husband and I like to have friendly debates about who’s faster. Overall, Philly was a great experience and surprisingly left me wanting to do another marathon instead of never wanting to run one ever again.
7) What non-running fitness related (or other) activities do you enjoy?
Why would I do anything else in my free time other than run and train? (J/K). I love to be outdoors. Hiking and camping with my family and our two dogs is something that I wish we were able to do more of. I also really love traveling, exploring new places, getting together with friends, and hosting parties.