Stephanie Howe, PhD

Ultra Marathoner, Coach and Sports Nutritionist
San Rafael, California

stephanie violett portrait ambassadorHi, I’m Stephanie. Running has always been a big part of my life, whether I liked it or not. When I was young I didn’t love to run. In fact, I hated running. I was a good athlete, but didn’t appreciate the gift I had.

As I grew up, I realized that I was built to run. I finally accepted that I was an endurance athlete and not a star softball player. I joined the cross country team my freshman year and found a family in the cross county kids. They instantly accepted me, a skinny 14 year old with braces…who loved to run.

The Gazelle was born.

In college, I raced both Nordic skiing and cross country at Northern Michigan University, where I was a two-time All-American. I was still working on my relationship with running; I liked it and had some success racing, but wanted to pursue Nordic skiing. The thing is, I’m not a skier. I’m a gazelle, and that means I run.

It wasn’t until after college that I really fell in love with running on the trails. I studied Exercise Physiology at Montana State University, where I earned my Master’s degree. Bozeman is a place that shaped me. I fell in love with the rugged, primitive beauty. Montana will forever be a part of my roots.

After a few years, I moved further west, to Oregon, to pursue a doctoral program. I first began my life in Eugene, studying Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. After a year in the valley, I longed for the mountains and trails, and decided to move to Bend.

I began teaching as an adjunct professor at the community college, and after a year or so decided to finish what I started: earn my PhD. So once again, I packed up and moved to Corvallis, Oregon to pursue a doctoral program in Nutrition & Exercise Science. Simultaneously, I began running more seriously, got married, and started my own nutrition business. I never do things the easy way.

Fast-forward a couple years, and I’m now Dr. Stephanie Howe, living in California, working as a coach and sports nutritionist, still running in the mountains and now a new Mom to my son, Julian. My life is rich.

I’m thrilled to partner with NOW® because as a sports nutritionist and athlete, how I fuel my body is important. I strongly believe that quality matters, both for my body and for the environment. I know NOW’s values align with mine. Choosing food with integrity is one of the most important things we can do to ensure we are doing our part to protect the earth and benefit our bodies.

Eating Real Food to Fuel Performance - Stephanie Violett, PhD.

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stephanie violett ambassador trail runAthletic:

Western States 100, 2014 Champion
Western States 100, 2015 3rd Place
Western States 100, 2018 6th Place
Lake Sonoma 50mi, 2015 Champion, *Course Record
USATF 2017 100k trail national champion
Bandera 100k, 2017 Champion (overall), *Course Record
Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc, 2015, 8th
Elk Kings Traverse 50k, 2016 Champion, *Course Record holder


PhD. Nutrition & Exercise Science, 2015, Oregon State University
Active member of American College Sports Medicine, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Society for Nutrition
OC Sports Nutrition Accreditation Diploma (current)

Current publications in Exercise & Sports Nutrition:

  • Howe, S. M., Hand, T. M., Larson-Meyer, D. E., Austin, K.J. Alexander, B.M., Manore, M.M. (2016) No effect of exercise intensity on appetite in highly-trained endurance females. Nutrients, 2016, 8(4), 223.
  • Howe, S. M. (2015). Exercise and appetite: the influence of exercise intensity on appetite in endurance trained women. (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from Oregon State University database.
  • Howe, S. M., Hand, T. M., Manore, M.M. Exercise-Trained Men and Women: Role of Exercise and Diet on Appetite and Energy Intake. Nutrients, 2014, 6(11), 4935-4960.