Daughter of Distance of the Week: Stephanie Eldore

 

One of my goals this year is to support more women in endurance and help them connect to each other. There are so many of us out there, grinding out those miles and sometimes feeling alone in our awesomeness.

I thought: What better way to promote female athletes than to feature one Daughter of Distance each week? These will be women who love and embrace endurance sports of all kinds. They are not necessarily elites, though they can be. The majority of them are “regular” moms and wives and girlfriends and friends, balancing work and kids and training.

This week’s Daughter of Distance is: Stephanie Eldore!

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Who Is Stephanie?

I am a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teacher at a beautiful little rural school, Priest Lake Elementary, in North Idaho. I have been teaching here full time since 1999, and I love it. Being able to positively impact the lives of children every day is an incredible occupation to have, and I never forget that. Having the opportunity to teach in an ideal location like Priest Lake is icing on the cake!

When I’m not teaching I am always engaged in some sort of outdoor activity. I love to ski, mountain bike, hike, camp, swim, wakeboard, and run. Most of my free time is spent running distance. It is my chance to set my mind free, and let go of the pain, stress, and worry that creeps into every day.

My life changed dramatically when I first discovered the healing benefits of running after completing my first marathon 20 years ago. In 2010 I ran my first ultra, and now there’s no turning back. I’ve now run 82 marathons and ultras, and have a long list of adventures that I’m looking forward to in the years ahead.

My greatest joy is my family. I have an incredible 6-year-old little girl named Abigail who brings sunshine and happiness into every day. My husband Ken is also a great source of joy in my life. We go on lots of amazing family adventures together (many of them revolving around a challenging race in a fun location). Abby has been at the finish line of so many races that we’re pretty certain that she’ll be outrunning both of us very soon. Life is good!

What is your most memorable endurance experience?

My most memorable endurance experience was the Javelina Jundred last year. It was my 2nd 100-miler, and I was lucky enough to have my family there to cheer me on. I encountered the normal obstacles that one encounters when running that far, but I felt a lot stronger and more mentally focused than I did during my first 100. I wrote a little blog about my thoughts during that race. Here is the link: http://ultraaltrasteph.com/blog/what-i-think-about-while-running-100-miles

Tell me about some of your goals and plans for 2016.

I have already completed one goal by running the Black Canyon 100K. I also have the Yakima Skyline 50K, Sun Mountain 50 miler, Priest Lake 50K, Lookout Lake 30K, Volcanic 50, Spokane Marathon, and Javelina Jundred on my race calendar so far… and I’ll probably add a couple more!

You can connect with Stephanie any of the following ways:

Facebook: Stephanie Rogers Eldore

Instagram: @stepheldore

Blog: ultraaltrasteph.com

 

What does it mean to be a female in endurance sports?

This series is inspired by my book: Daughters of Distance: Stories of Women in Endurance Sport. Here, hundreds of women open up about their realities as athletes, wives, girlfriends and mothers. From the intimacy of the bedroom to the community of competition, some of these stories will encourage and uplift. Others will surprise and infuriate. Welcome to the beautiful and complicated world of strong women.

Check out the Amazon reviews and purchase at tinyurl.com/daughtersofdistance

Will you be our next Daughter of Distance? 

Interested in being featured as a Daughter of Distance? Shoot me an email at vanessaruns@gmail.com.

This is a project to feature one woman in endurance each week on social media. The goal is to connect strong women across sports and across the world in celebration and appreciation. Each Daughter of Distance will receive a copy of my book, Daughters of Distance: Stories of Women in Endurance Sports.

And don’t forget to tag your photos and stories with #daughtersofdistance to connect to this awesome community.

See you on the singletrack!

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