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Elite marathon runner Stephanie Bruce is a busy woman who is a professional runner, a business woman, a wife, and the mother of her three and four-year-old sons on paper like a superhuman person appears. Bruce is intimidated by hard workouts and needs a lot of recovery time to keep up with her intense training schedule.
"I was lucky enough to have this training block as a partner of BedGear," she says. As for sleep, as a marathon runner and mother I have to wake up with energy every day, having to have breakfast [the boys] and get out the door. "
BedGear, bedding like mattresses and bedding The Hoka One One runner explained that the cushions played a crucial role in their recovery: "Some people are side sleepers, others have fallen asleep again, some people prefer different temperatures," she says. You're getting ready for your running shoes – why not for your bedding?
Boy, she needs all the rest she can get. Between big workouts and balancing the mother's everyday life with her husband Ben Bruce, Stephanie is a vocal advocate of body acceptance for all shapes and sizes in the running community.
When Bruce returned to the running world after visiting his children, he encountered some criticism of her body for the baby. After having her sons born, she has a bit more skin in her stomach, causing confusion and unnecessary criticism among online followers, who were not familiar with the usual changes that a woman's body undergoes during and after pregnancy. "So much is said about the body image, but people do not talk about what our body does for us."
The hashtag that gets under your skin? #Strongnotskinny. "I would like to see a shift to what my body does, regardless of weight, and many runners are skinny, and that happens when you walk 120 miles a week," she explains. "I want girls in high school [lean body types] and strive to train as hard as you can, and if your body leans out in a healthy way, that's great, but if it does not, it's great. "
The Bruce's body can do a lot – so much – The Power Mom won the US 10K championship at the Peachtree Road Race in Georgia last spring, and this award – and her recent awards – reflects years of hard work to get back into It may not be the most refreshing when it comes to her previous pre-mom training style or race times.
"It took me so long to get back to the plane where I was born I pushed myself physically, "she muses. "The first two years were survival mode and training without hurting me. After overcoming this hump, not to get hurt [I wanted to see] how far and how much I can walk.
Just like any new mom who restarts a fitness routine, Bruce needed time to familiarize herself with her new body. "I would say to the mothers that they should take their time and not compare their old self with their self after the baby," she says. "You're a different person both physically and emotionally, and whatever you reach for a baby is amazing in and of itself."
And while Bruce squats down before the competition day, she focuses on her "why" about her instability. Feeds about her mantra of "sand". She took some important souvenirs from the book Grit: Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.
"Duckworth defined sand as a reluctant complacency – for me [that translated to] why I pursue those goals and invite all those miles," she shares in. "The reason is simple: it haunts to track and see how well This is the only way in my life that I can control, and what I get going is what I get out of it. "
In that case, we feel like she much to get the marathon out this Sunday.