The Numbers: Stephanie Howe

WE HAVE 100 RANDOM QUESTIONS, ALL OF WHICH ARE UNBEKNOWNST TO OUR VICTIMS. THEY'VE PICKED 20 RANDOM NUMBERS FROM 1 – 100, WE SEND BACK THOSE QUESTIONS & TOPICS TO ANSWER BASED ON THEIR CHOSEN NUMBERS. THERE ARE SO MANY VARIOUS QUESTIONS AND TOPICS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER - YOU GET WHAT YOU GET. 

OUR NEXT RUNNER UP IS 2014 WESTERN STATES CHAMPION & NUMBER 3 ULTRA RUNNER OF THE YEAR, STEPHANIE HOWE.


 

GPS or no GPS?
GPS. I currently use a Garmin 910XT. I love the idea of just running free without a watch, but most of the time I have my GPS on. I’m not crazy about technology, but I do like to see my progression.

 

What would be your ideal weekend?
My ideal weekend would include back-to-back long runs in the mountains with lots of sunshine, vertical, and friends. The weekend would end with an outdoor bbq, beers, and ice cream.

 

How many black toenails do you currently have?
None! I’ve been lucky and actually never lost a toenail. 

 

Who do you enjoy travelling with?
I can be a bit of an introvert at times, so I don’t mind traveling solo. Otherwise my favorite traveling partners are my husband Zach and my dog Riley. All three of us can’t sit still long and keep life  on the road interesting.

 

If you could go run for an hour with anyone, whom would it be with?  
That’s a tough one. There are some spectacular people in Bend who I’m lucky enough to run with on a regular basis. However, there are three women in our sport that I really look up to: Kami Semick, Nikki Kimball, and Meghan Arboghast. I’d be excited to run with any of them!

 

How do you define success in life?
To me, success is about being happy with who you are and finding joy in your day-to-day life. I had an "aha moment" a few months ago when I was driving my car past the local grocery store. The billboard out front had the Powerball jackpot for the week, which was estimated at $400 million. I had two thoughts: 1) I can’t even comprehend how much money $400 million is. What would someone ever do with that much? I don’t even know what I would do with $1 million. 2) if I won, what in my life would I change? Hmmmm, well, nothing really. I am doing exactly what I want to be doing. I feel pretty lucky to have found joy in my daily life. So many people are searching for an elusive ‘happiness’. Truly, success is something that money can’t buy. It has to do with attitude and appreciating what you are able to accomplish in the present.

 

Tell us 2 truths and a lie:
I got hit by a car while riding my bike and fractured my hip. = Truth
I’ve finished on the podium of every ultra I’ve raced. = Truth
I ran cross-country and track in college. 

 

Gels or Bars?
Both. Gels when I race, bars when I train. My favorite flavor gel is Clif shot vanilla. I think it tastes like vanilla frosting. My favorite flavor bar is Clif Bar Blueberry Crisp. I get tired of chocolate and nuts, so blueberry is a nice change of pace.

 

What is the strangest running gadget you have ever purchased?
Yesterday I purchased a 100 sheet metal screws to put in the bottom of my shoes for winter running. That’s probably up there for weird running gadgets. Other odd purchases I’ve made for running purposes include: hand warmers in bulk, 2 liters of sprite, a big tube a Vaseline, and lots of safety pins.

 

Text messages, or phone calls?  
I prefer to talk In person. I think so much of communicating is lost over technology. I sometimes think it’s sad that we never really communicate. I love going camping off the grid and having no cell phone or internet access. It’s so refreshing. I digress. To answer the question I think phone calls are better, but texting is easier. Generally I tend to text more than I call. I’m really bad about checking my voicemail (I think my mailbox has been full for weeks), so texting is probably a better way to get a hold of me :)

 

What was the last book you read?
I’m in a book club that helps me diversify my reading choices. Over the last 2-3 years I’ve been reading mostly exercise physiology and nutrition textbooks or journals, but I’m trying to squeeze in more pleasure reading as of lately. The last book I read for book club was “Where’d you go Burnadette?” Next up on our reading list is “The things they carried”. My all time favorite book is “Where the Red Fern Grows” I haven’t read it for a long time, but as a kid I read it over and over again.

 

Showering: Bar soap, loofah-liqui combo, or just use the shampoo?
Boring old bar soap. Nothing fancy.

 

Have you ever used an alias for any reason?
Not as a name, but I have a job alias I use for when I go out. I don’t like telling people I’m a sports nutritionist and athlete, because I get a gazillion questions about the paleo diet or running barefoot. Or worse yet, people give me nutrition lesson about eating gluten free. It makes me want to bang my head on a wall repeatedly. So, instead I tell people I work as an accountant. No further questions. Phew!

 

What would the title of your first book be?
"Adventures in Running". It’s the title of my blog (check it out: http://stephaniemariehowe.blogspot.com) My book will be a collection of stories about my experiences running, traveling, cooking, and living. It’s already on my to-do list. I just need to get a few more adventures under my belt :)

 

One word that you overuse:
On runs with my dog I am constantly yelling out “Riley come!” or “Riley heel!” when my dog is off- leash. I get tired of hearing myself yell “Riley”, so yeah I think it’s safe to say I overuse that word. 

 

Meat or veggies?
Veggies. My favorite vegetables are kale, avocado (yes, I know it’s technically a fruit), brussel sprouts, and carrots.

 

Metal, rap or country?
Country! 

 

If you could have any car in the world, what would it be?
My favorite mode of transportation is my cruiser bike. I usually ride my bike for most of my commuting around Bend. I own a Honda CR-V, but I only drive it when I’m heading out to the mountains or on road trips. If I could choose any vehicle, I’d pick a Toyota truck or a Sprinter van. 

 

What is the last song that played on your phone/computer?
Happy Ending by MIKA

 

What would you be doing for a career if you weren’t doing what you are now?
I’d be a full-time tenured-track professor at a large university teaching and researching exercise physiology and nutrition. I’d probably be a lot less cool too!