The Fly Entertainment artiste shares how a health scare nine years ago led her to discover a love for running.
You might have spotted Stephanie Carrington at our recent Shape Run, where she did the 10km race.
The Fly Entertainment artiste, who clocked 55 minutes and 45 seconds for her run, looked like she barely broke a sweat when we caught up with her.
Stephanie’s on a roll, having completed her first marathon in Tokyo earlier this year with an impressive timing of 4 hours and 17 minutes. Next on her bucket list: Berlin Marathon in September.
“I’m aiming to do it in 4 hours, hopefully under 3 hours and 45 minutes so I can qualify for the Boston Marathon,” she says, chuckling.
[UPDATE: Stephanie completed the Berlin Marathon in 4 hours and 34 minutes – not too shabby considering that her period came in the midst of the race, and she also had to battle the wet, windy and muddy conditions.]
It is Stephanie’s goal to one day complete the World Marathon Majors, which consists of the six most renowned marathons in the world: Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York.
With these grand plans in the works, it’s hard to believe that Stephanie hated running before.
She says: “I didn’t really enjoy running when I was younger. In fact, I dreaded it, especially when we were forced to do it in school.”
The turning point
A health scare nine years ago prompted her to become more health- and fitness-conscious.
Stephanie recalls: “I was 26 and on my honeymoon in Greece. Towards the end of the trip, I started having massive headaches and a fever. I would be super hot and sweaty one moment, and shivering the next. The symptoms sounded like malaria. After a check-up, the doctor said I had a crack in my skull which caused my spinal fluid to leak.
“I was put on antibiotics and bedridden for a month. I couldn’t even lie on a pillow because my head would hurt. The pain lasted so long, I thought I was going to die.”
Till today, she is unsure what caused the crack in her skull.
That episode motivated Stephanie to work out regularly. She cycled, did high-intensity interval training, and exercised on the elliptical machine.
Eventually, she found running, thanks to her dog Cobey.
“I’d take him for walks and we’d jog in the evenings when it wasn’t too hot. Slowly, I got into running and now I’m addicted!”
Even her husband runs now
Her enthusiasm was so contagious that her husband, Kiran, decided to take part in the upcoming Berlin Marathon with her.
He says: “I’ve never been into running, but when I saw the look of euphoria on her [Stephanie’s] face when she crossed the finishing line at the Tokyo Marathon, that really inspired me.”
The couple currently trains together, with Stephanie giving pointers on how to run better.
In the lead-up to the marathon, Stephanie runs four times a week. In between, she does high-intensity interval training as well as core- and knee-strengthening exercises.
“My knees hurt for a week after my first marathon, so I’m focusing on strengthening them through exercises like squats, wall sits and leg extensions using the resistance band,” she shares.