Steph Brewer


You might know Steph from the track workouts, the Monday night runs and/or the Saturday morning runs. Once you meet Steph, you will never forget her wonderful smile, positive attitude and sense of humor … and she is a heck of a runner as well!


How did you get started running?

When I was going to grad school at East Stroudsburg University in PA in 2006, I had a professor who was a big marathoner. She convinced me and a classmate to run the first ever Pocono Mountain Marathon. Neither of us had ever run a race, let alone run consistently unless it was for sports.


What do you like most about running?

I've always been a competitive person. I played soccer, basketball and softball in high school and college. When I was done school, it was tough for me to find leagues to continue playing these sports. Once I starting running, I found myself just wanting to do more and better myself each time. It is so addicting! And nothing is more rewarding then the way you feel when you finish a run!


What is your favorite type(s) of run (trails, group runs, long runs, speed workouts)?

I love the group runs with Coastal. You can always find someone that'll be running your pace or distance and the conversations make the runs fly by. I do enjoy track as well, its a good change of pace for the week and of course, my favorite track workout is hills!


What is your favorite race (if you like to race)?

Distance wise, I love half marathons. Just enough training involved so that it doesn't consume your life. I always like to be half marathon ready. My favorite one is the Seacoast half, but Wallis Sands is a close second.


What do you like to do outside of running?

I love Portsmouth, so anytime I have a chance, we are finding something to do downtown. I also like spending time at the beach, doing yoga, weight lifting, skiing and baking (but I don't bake that often because I tend to eat it all).


What was your most rewarding running experience?

I'd have to say completing my first marathon, especially considering it was my first race ever. I had no concept of the distance, so I think that helped me get through. I had no idea what I was getting myself into! I still remember the way I felt when I crossed the finish line and realized what I had just done. It has taken me 6 years, but I'm going to give it a try again at Chicago this Oct! It's been such a great experience training with all the Coastal members. I don't think I could do it alone!