Stephanie Ormond is an avid runner, completing over 13 half marathons and 6 marathons. She has gained thousands of Instagram fans by sharing her cross training schedule, runs and enduring sense of humor.
Tell Us about yourself, how you sweat and what you do when you’re not sweating.
I live in Clovis with my husband, AO and our fur baby, Gunther. I work as a dental hygienist 4 days per week. When we’re not sweating, my husband and I enjoy traveling & eating. It’s a real treat when I can sweat on vacation ie. Destination races. We were both born and raised in Idaho so we travel back and forth to visit family quite often as well.
The year I turned 30 was all about making changes. It took 3.1 miles, 2 walk breaks and 2 weeks of being so sore I was unable to roll over in bed to convince me it was time to change my sedentary adult lifestyle.
How did you get started? How has it evolved?
Running is my passion. I picked it back up just over five years ago following a humbling 5k. I ran track [way] back in high school but, due to nerves and doing it only because of a natural talent with no real passion, that’s where I left it.
The year I turned 30 was all about making changes. It took 3.1 miles, 2 walk breaks and 2 weeks of being so sore I was unable to roll over in bed to convince me it was time to change my sedentary adult lifestyle. So I started training for my next 5k to be followed by a half later that same year.
When I started out, I was focused only on running and, like every new runner, I wanted to run all the time and I only wanted to run fast! Over the years, I’ve learned to trust the experience of others. The Central Valley offers a lot of helpful veterans who have made mistakes for you and are wonderful at offering up advice!
Having now trained for 13 half marathons and 6 full marathons, I’m zeroing in on what I need to be successful. 40-50miles per week and cross training keeps me race ready and most importantly, injury free! I run 3-4 times per week and cross train 6-8 times per week doing double workouts most days. I enjoy the variety and find that swim, spin & circuit training provide me the most benefit.
Friday happy hour is now a spin or kettlebell class…no more cocktails the night before a long run.
What changes have you made to excel in this?
Constant changes have been made and are made daily. I’ve increased the number of workouts I do per week to be able to cut my mileage back since anything over 40-50 miles per week just land me with an injury.
Friday happy hour is now a spin or kettlebell class…no more cocktails the night before a long run. 4am alarm clock everyday. Most of my workouts start at 5am. Getting up at 4 allows me time to fuel and prepare for the rest of my day, whether that’s packing a gym bag for after work or making sure my orthotics are in the shoes I plan to run in.
Also, Sunday meal prep. With workouts at both ends of the day, there is little time during the week for much else and proper fueling is so important. This prevents me from scrambling and making unwise food choices…because, Taco Bell isn’t great before a run.
How do you balance it with the rest of your life?
Lucky for me, I have a very supportive husband who picks up the slack when I’m training (which is almost always). He makes dinner every night, keeps me on schedule for my grandma bedtime and is a great race sherpa. My favorite thing about running is that it packs so easily. If we need to visit family or spend a weekend out of town I just pack my shoes and get some miles in before everyone else wakes up.
What is your healthy living philosophy?
The things that will get me to my next goal, dictate how I live my life. I don’t diet but I focus on fueling my body properly. Eating quality and for me, moderation. Also, I never skip dessert. Whether it’s an apple & almond butter or chocolate lava cake. I don’t work this hard to miss out on anything.
You will find there are a bunch of other super rad people that share your interest and we can all geek out and compare notes.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently training for the Boston Marathon. Six weeks later I’m running Mountains 2 Beach Marathon. Two weeks after that I’m running the Shadow of the Giants 50k trail run and I’ll be spending the summer hiking Mt Whitney and training for the Berlin Marathon in September.
What advice will you offer to someone interested in getting into or advancing in this?
Find a group.
You will find there are a bunch of other super rad people that share your interest and we can all geek out and compare notes. I would love to be a resource. I excel at making my own mistakes to learn from as opposed to learning from others. There are so many great running/training groups in the area. I would love to help point you in the right direction. Also, start. This wasn’t always my passion and prior to running, I hated running…you never know until you try.