From the Little Acorn to the Big Apple

friends, food, and fitness

A vacation from running? I think not! March 26, 2009

Filed under: Allison,Heart Rate Monitors,Joanna,Vacations — flavprice @ 3:54 pm

While training (or just trying to maintain an active / healthy lifestyle) it is a good idea to try and run / exercise while on vacation.  Obviously, if you don’t who cares – it’s vacation! But, if you feel like sticking to your training schedule we have some helpful tips.

1. If you are picking a hotel try and find one with a fitness center – or better yet an indoor or outdoor pool.  Swimming is a great way to cross-train.  Sometimes local gyms offer 1-week visitor passes. Look into that too!

2. If you are in a warm climate do a google search for trails or hikes you can walk or run on.

3. If you are going to the beach running on the sand is difficult but great for strengthening and toning. You can also run on the boardwalk which makes it easy to not get lost!

A great tool we use is : You can put in your current location or vacation destination and map out your own runs and tailor it to your needs. You can also search for specific routes and mileage posted by others.

With Joanna’s Garmin HRM she can use it to track distance if she doesn’t feel like mapping it out ahead of time. Pretty sweet.

Allison recently completed work outs in her resort gym in Mexico and Joanna plans on going on several beach runs in San Diego. Here’s to healthy travelling!


Shots? Beans? Gels? March 13, 2009

Filed under: Allison,Joanna,Long Run,Quick Fuel — flavprice @ 2:16 pm

That sounds kind of weird….we have been discussing what types of quick sugar we take with us when we go on a long run. By long run we usually mean 7 + miles.

Allison has had success with the following:

Clif  Shot Bloks (pic via: )


And also Luna Moons (pic via: fitsugar)


Joanna has tried gels….and her gag reflex kicked in (that’s not hard to do, she will gag at the drop of a hat)….she has found more success in regular old jelly beans! (pic source)


We put them in our pockets (or in a baggie in our sports bra) and usually eat them about halfway through our run. Or if you are like Allison you can eat them at your desk at work…like a fruit snack. Sort of.


<3 Rate Monitors

Filed under: Allison,Heart Rate Monitors,Joanna,Uncategorized — flavprice @ 1:38 pm

We have both recently purchased heart rate monitors.  Looking back our runs were fine without them…but WOW have they made a difference in training.

Here are some reviews of HRMs :

Joanna has the Garmin Forerunner305 and Allison has the Polar F11.

Using these we are both able to track our heart rate levels throughout the run, and also calories burned.  There is also a timer function to see how long you ran.

Joanna’s favorite feature on the Garmin is the GPS.  It tracks her distance via satellites and when she gets home she plugs it into the computer and it outlines the actual route that she ran = pretty amazing. She can save all her runs and even compete against her previous times.

Allison really likes the size of her polar. It is small and less bulky, so it looks like a normal sport watch.


Hello Blogosphere! March 4, 2009

Filed under: Allison,Joanna,Welcome — flavprice @ 3:41 pm

Allison & Joanna here. Welcome to our health/fitness/food blog. Thanks for reading! We have been thinking of starting this for a really long time…and for some reason today it all clicked! We have been inspired by the many, many, many foodie/fitness blogs out there. Since we are currently training together for our first half marathon (on April 26, 2009) we wanted to share our training experience and fuel (aka FOOD) choices with you all.

I hope you like the name! Here is our history: we both went to Elon University in NC. We joined the same sorority, but were only together for a year when Joanna decided to quit. It was okay though, because we had barely known each other anyway, so no hard feelings . But, as fate would have it Joanna moved up to NYC in Sept. ’07 and Allison followed in the summer of ’08. Allison ended up being interviewed by Joanna for her current job! Needless to say Allison was hired, and the rest is history.

But, back to the name…”Elon” means “acorn” and was a very important symbol throughout our years in college. And of course, you all know the Big Apple is the great NYC….so there you have it: “From the Little Acorn to the Big Apple”!


This is Joanna and her husband Andrew:



And this is Allison and her beautiful niece, Emma.