About Stephanie


Running has been a big part of my life since high school, where I was first introduced to racing. In college I raced both cross country and nordic skiing at Northern Michigan University where I was a two-time All American. As a student, I continued my passion for endurance sports by studying Exercise Science. I received a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Montana State University and am currently working on my dissertation for a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Oregon State University. The combination of personal experience along with scientific expertise gives me greater credibility and allows me to approach coaching from a unique perspective. I have a passion for sharing my knowledge of the body and how it responds to exercise,  in both improving athletic performance and improving health and quality of life. I believe physical activity is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle and want to inspire people to engage in endurance sports as an athlete or as part of an active lifestyle. 

Along with my background in Exercise Physiology, I draw upon many years of personal experience as an athlete. Currently, I am an elite runner on The North Face running team. Over the past two years I have expanded my racing career to include ultra-distance events along with marathon, half-marathon, and shorter road races. In addition, I continue to race other endurance sports including nordic ski races, the Pole Pedal Paddle, adventure races, cycling races, etc. Some race highlights include: 3-time Pole, Pedal, Paddle champion, 4-time Mt. Ashland Hill Climb Half-marathon Champion, USATF 50k National Champion, top American finisher at 2011 Norwegian Birkibeiner, new course record at SOB 50 mile in 7h34min, Runner-up 2012 North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile Championship.




Recent Race Highlights

  • 2013 Races:

    9/28/2013, Ultra Race of Champions, 100k, TBD

    8/11/2013, Sierre-Zinal, 30k, 3:24, 8th

    7/27/2013, Speedgoat 50k, 6:17, 1st, *New CR

    6/27/2013, Montrail 6k Uphill Challenge, 33:10, 1st 

    6/2/2013, Heaven Can Wait 5k, 18:32, 1st 

    3/25/2013, Gorge Waterfalls 50k, 3:49, 1st, *New CR

    3/16/2013 USSSA Snowshoe National Championship, 10k, 1st

    3/3/2013 WillRace Snowshoe Qualifier, 10k, 1st

    2/2/2013 Boulder Mountain Tour Skate Race, 30k, 10th

    2012 Races:

    1/22/2012 Cascade Crest Skate Race, 30k, 2nd

    3/17/2012 Great Nordeen Skate Race, 30k, 1st

    3/25/2012 Gorge Waterfalls 50k, 4:07, 1st

    4/15/2012 Lake Sonoma 50 miler, 8:11, 3rd

    5/5/2012 Salmon Run Trail 10k, 39:28, 1st

    5/19/2012 Pole, Pedal, Paddle, 1st women’s elite

    6/10/2012 USATF Half Marathon Trail National Championships, 3rd 1:26

    6/30/2012 The North Face Ecuador 50 mile trail race, 3rd

    7/14/2012 SOB 50 mile, Ashland, OR, 1st 7:34 new course record

    8/4/2012 Mt. Ashland Hill Climb Half-Marathon, 1st *4-time champion

    8/14-8/19 TransRockies Run, 120 miles in 6 days, 1st open mixed division

    9/29/2012 Pilot Butte Challenge, 1st, 8:33 *new course record*

    10/21/2012 SD Down & Dirty Trail Half-Marathon, 2nd, 1:28

    11/3/2012 USATF Trail Marathon Championships, 5th

    12/1/2012 The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile Championships, 2nd, 6:40

    2011 Races

    2/5/2011 Boulder Mountain Tour, 32K,1:17:06, 5th

    Gatineau Ski Marathon World Loppett, 52K, 1st

    3/13/2011 Engadin Ski Marathon, 42k skate, 43rd 

    3/19/2011 Norwegian Birkibeiner, 54k classic,17th, Top American finisher

    4/02/2011 Great Nordeen 30k ski race 2nd

    5/7/2011 Salmon Run 10k, 38:54, 1st 

    5/21/2011 Pole, Pedal, Paddle, 1st ,women’s elite

    6/5/2011 Heaven Can Wait 5K, 2nd

    6/25/2011 Pacific Crest Half Marathon, 1:23:12, 3rd

    7/4/2011 Spark Your Heart 5K, 18:55,1st

    7/16/2011 McCubbins Gulch Scramble 1st

    8/6/2011 Mt. Ashland Hill Climb 1/2 marathon, 2:11,1st

    8/21-8/26 TransRockies 120 mile stage race, 3rd Open Mixed Division

    9/3/2011 Sunrise to Summit Mountain run, 2nd

    9/24/2011 USATF 50k Trail Nationals,4:19,1st

    10/22/2011 Beaver Classic Invitational (OSU), 6k Cross Country, 21:30, 4th

    11/5/2011 USATF Marathon Trail Nationals, 3rd, 3:07

    12/10/2011 USATF Club Cross Country Nationals 6k, 21:49, 75th

    12/18/2011 MBSEF Classic Ski Race, 30k, 1st

    2010 Races

    Salmon Run 10K, 2nd, 38:52

    US Bank Pole, Pedal, Paddle, 1st, elite division

    Spring Flaming Chicken Adventure Race, 1st

    USATF Trail Half-marathon Nationals, 4th, 1:30

    Deschutes Dash 10k, 1st 38:40

    Mt. Ashland Hill Climb Half-marathon, 1st, 2:12

    9/13/2010 XTERRA Half-Marathon National Championships, 6th

    9/20/2010 USATF 50k Trail Nationals, 2nd

    2009 Races

    Mt. Ashland Hill Climb Half-Marathon, 1st

    Great NW Mountain Running Championships, 1st

    Flaming Chicken 12-hour Adventure race

    XTERAA Half-marathong Trail Nationals, 5th

    Big Foot 10k, 1st




Curriculum Vitea

Academic Degrees

PhD. Exercise Physiology, Oregon State University, Current

M.S. Exercise Physiology, Montana State University, 2008                  

B.S.  Health & Fitness Management, Northern Michigan University, 2006                     

Professional Experience

2011-2013 Graduate Instructor, Nutrition & Exercise Sciences                                                                          Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

2009 ­- 2013 Adjunct Instructor, Health & Human Performance,                                                                                   Central Oregon Community College, Bend, OR

2008 – 2009 Graduate Teaching Assistant, HPHY Department University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

2007 – 2010 NWACSM Regional Student Representative, NWACSM Executive Committee                                                            

2006 – 2008 Graduate Teaching Assistant, HHD Department, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT                                                          

2005 – 2006 Teaching Assistant, Physical Well Being, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI                                                       

2005 – 2006 Marquette General Hospital, Committed to Kids, Weight loss program, Marquette, MI

Professional Skills

Current American Red Cross, CPR/First Aid Certified.

Completed research assessing the impact of exercise on appetite, effect of exercise on blood pressure, health & fitness testing, product testing for the Navy, research involving the use of accelerometers to predict energy expenditure and reliability of the pedometer function in Actical monitors, VO2MAX and lactate testing for elite Nordic skiers.

Working knowledge of metabolic analysis systems, lactate analysis, body composition testing, treadmills, spirometer, and cycle ergometers.

Nordic Ski Coach Assistant, AMXC Fall Camp, Bend, OR

Junior Nordic Ski Coach, Bridger Ski Foundation, Bozeman, MT

Elite Junior Endurance Summer Program Coach, Minneapolis Ski Club, Minneapolis, MN

Papers and Presentations

Heil, D.P., Howe S.M., Jacobson E.A. (2012). “Influence of an Alkalizing Supplement on Markers of Endurance Performance Using a Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Design”. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 9:8, 2012.

Howe, S.M., Heil, D.P. (2009). “The Influence of Bout Interruptions on Physical Activity During Treadmill Walking and Running”. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, May 2009.

Howe, S.M., Heil, D.P. (2009). “The Influence of Bout Interruptions on Physical Activity During Treadmill Walking and Running”. Northwest American College of Sports (NWACSM) Conference, Seattle, WA, February 2009.

Howe, S.M., Heil, D.P. (2008). “The Influence of Bout Interruptions on Activity Energy Expenditure on Overground Walking and Running”. Northwest American College of Sports (NWACSM) Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2008.

Howe, S.M., Camenisch, K., Dock, M. M., Jacobson, E.A., Pickels, R.J., Webster, M.D., Danevski, D., Heil, D.P. (2008). “Predicting Maximal Oxygen Uptake in Nordic Skiers”. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, 2008. 

Howe, S.M., Dock, M., Camenisch, K., Heil, D.P. (2007). “Reliability of Accelerometry-based activity monitor output during indoor & outdoor walking trials”. International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting, Oslo, Norway, June 2007. 

Howe, S.M., Dock, M., Camenisch, K., Heil, D.P. (2007). “Reliability of Accelerometry-based activity monitor output during treadmill walking”. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, May 2007.

Howe, S.M., Dock, M., Camenisch, K., Heil, D.P. (2007). “Reliability of Accelerometry-based activity monitor output during treadmill walking”. Northwest American College of Sports Medicine (NWACSM) Conference, Seattle, WA, February 2007. 

Howe, S.M. Problem Solving Competition for undergraduate health majors. American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (AAHPERD) Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 2006.

Hogan, P.I., Clemins, A., Hahn, L., Howe, S., McCutcheon, M., & Olivia, M. (2005, November.) “Promoting Intellectual Fitness via Health Literacy in Undergraduate Students Using Critical Thinking”, Michigan Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (MAAHPERD) Conference, Traverse City, MI, November 2005.

Professional Development

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, member since 2013

NWACSM Regional Student Representative, 2008 – 2010. 

ACSM Annual Meeting, 2007-2009, 2012

NWACSM Annual Meeting, 2007-2010.

ISBNPA Annual Meeting, Oslo, Norway, June 2007.

AAHPERD Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 2006.

MAAHPERD Conference, Traverse City, MI, November 2005. 

NWACSM, member since 2006

ACSM, member since 2006

Awards and Grants

Ursula Moshberger Scholarship                                June 2009, U of Oregon

NWACSM top 3 Master’s student presentation         February 2008, Seattle, WA

Outstanding Graduate Student                                May 2006, Montana State University

NWACSM top 3 Master’s student presentation         March 2008, Seattle, WA 

NWACSM top 3 Master’s student presentation         February 2007, Seattle, WA          

GLIAC graduate student-athlete scholarship           2006, GLIAC                                   

Outstanding Graduating Senior                               2006, NMU

Academic Athlete Award                                         2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, NMU

Academic Athlete of the Month                               9/2003, 10/2004, NMU

All-American in Cross Country Running                  2004, 2005, NCAA

All-Conference First Team, GLIAC Conference         2004, 2005, NCAA

Most Valuable Runner in GLIAC Conference             2004, NCAA

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