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Why I Run: Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce

Pro marathoner, newlywed and entrepreneur Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce is feeling good and running fast.

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Pro marathoner, newlywed and entrepreneur Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce is feeling good and running fast. After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2010, she went gluten-free and is now performing better than ever with a speedy finish at the 2012 Olympic Track & Field Trials and a win at the Big Sur Half Marathon last fall.

Fast Start

“My earliest running memory is kind of an odd one. It’s of running laps around a cemetery and my dad timing me. I have no idea why we were running there, must have been a good distance or surface!”

Big Apple Girl

“New York City is my favorite place to race because that’s where I’m from, where my dad was from and I get energy from the city. One day, I would love to run and win the New York City Marathon!”

Inspiration

“The Sylvester Stallone Rocky films are my goofy inspiration. I love them! My favorite quote has to be ‘But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward—how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!’”

Fuel Up

“My go-to pre-race snacks are rice cakes with nut butter and jelly, coffee and a Smooth Caffeinator Picky Bar [Rothstein- Bruce cofounded the brand with fellow runner Lauren Fleshman]. Postrace, I go for a burger and fries!”

Fav Kicks

“Adidas Adizero Adios are my favorite shoes and must-have gear. I think they are the best racing flats around.”

Run Essentials

“I always carry an extra set of dry clothes—I have to change a sweaty sports bra right away—plus, a comfy sweatshirt, Picky Bars, Gatorade, sunscreen and lip gloss.”

Grateful

“I love running, love my job and get to spend lots of great time with my husband. Career ups and downs gave me the life perspective to know that this won’t last forever, so I enjoy every day. Yes, running defines me, but I’m more than a runner.”