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Joanna: Whaaaa happened??? June 8, 2009

Filed under: Fuel,Joanna — flavprice @ 12:54 am

It’s been waaay too long since anyone has written on this blog.  I think it is time to update people on our lives post-half-marathon.  The week after the half I did ZERO exercise. Not even a long walk.  I sat at my desk all day and then went home at night and sat on the couch.  Even though I wasn’t sore, I was burnt out and decided my body deserved to rest.  After that week I was itching to exercise, but still not excited about running yet.  I went on about 3, hour long, power walks to ease back into things.  After that week I started running 2 miles about 3 times a week and have since raised it to 3, but stopped there.  My joints (knees and hips gave me trouble during training) feel great! They really, truly needed to take it easy! I am glad I’ve been listening to my body.  

I also bought rollerblades!!! They are AWESOME! I have been doing some great cross-training cardio with them and loving it. So that’s it – a few short runs 3 times a week or switch it up with some ‘blading.  I like this laid back exercise routine…however…I knew it wouldn’t be long before I was craving a race again…I am actually running in 2 this week. One is the JPM Corporate Challenge (3.5 miles in Central Park, with Allison again) on Thursday and the other is a 5k to support the Valerie Fund, on Saturday – in NJ. Aaaaaaaaaand I’m back in the game 🙂

A weird thing that occurred while training: I gained weight, yet Allison lost weight. Have you ever heard of anyone gaining weight while running ridiculously high mileage every week? Well, after some research it is apparently more common than you think.  It could be muscle, but it’s mostly water weight and glycogen storage in your muscles – to fuel you for your long runs.  I have lost most of it (without trying) which makes me think my body was just naturally preparing me for the race by storing lots of good stuff to keep me fueled – crazy right???

Anyway…I leave you with these fun pictures of late:


That’s me and Allison yukkin’ it up at the Beer Garden in Astoria.


That’s me and hub, Andrew, at a wedding. He looks…happy???! April 28, 2009

Filed under: Allison,Carbs,Fuel,Joanna — flavprice @ 7:31 pm

Pictures will come shortly.

We survived!!! This is Joanna now –  I am sure Allison will recap on the experience as well.

Personally, I felt the race was an awesome, fulfilling, rewarding accomplishment.  I slept great the night before – went to bed at 10:30 and woke up at 6, completely uninterrupted.  Well, Andrew said that at 1 am some motor cycle gang woke up the neighborhood, but I must have been too far into REM to notice. 

For dinner the night before I contemplated pasta, but settled on smoked turkey and hummus on whole wheat.  I had a few chips and salsa and a little ice cream too (wanted to eat a lot of carb calories!)  Upon waking I had 1 1/2 slices of bread topped with PB and a sliced banana. It was the perfect balance of carbs, fat, and protein to get me through 13.1 miles. 

Allison and I met outside of our subway stop and walked to the start. We had a lot of nervous energy and just couldn’t believe the day had finally come. We got so antsy waiting in line…we just wanted to start…once that gun went off we were so excited…it was surreal.

The first 3 miles went sooo slow. Being that it was 90 ish degrees, the full-marathon was cancelled.  Those marathoners joined us, making our race about 10,000 participants. That’s a lot of women! When we finally got in the groove the race went quickly! It ended up being 2 laps around central park plus an additional 1.1 miles.  There were hoses being sprayed throughout to cool us down, and plenty of water stops.  We walked through every station and I drank 2 cups each time – and I was still PURPLY RED from the heat.

Allison and I stuck together for most of it, and let me tell you it was awesome having her support.  We pushed each other and encouraged each other. I could not have done it without her. I even let her have half of my energy gel! I took two of those throughout the race, one at mile 5 and one at mile 10. They taste nasty, but boy did they help!  All of a sudden at mile 10 I was cruising….I started doing negative splits – it was so bizarre.  But, it was at mile 11 that the heat got to me. I felt queasy and wanted to stop.  But I didn’t! I kept up my pace and finished strong! I was so proud of myself.  Andrew was right behind the finish in the thick of it all (when you have an expensive camera it acts as a free backstage pass – no questions asked!)

My family was at the finish too – with an adorable sign made by my little sister. It made me feel so loved and supported.

I ate a bagel immediately upon finishing.  I thought it would settle my stomach. It actually didn’t and I felt pretty nauseous for a few hours – I couldn’t even enjoy lunch with the fam 😦 But, when I got home hunger struck hard and I pretty much ate my apartment.

Surprisingly, I was barely sore at all the next day! I am definitely tight, but I am walking fine and feel great. I am even thinking of doing another one in the future 🙂 We shall see!


I’m Back! April 12, 2009

Filed under: Fuel,Joanna,Vacations — flavprice @ 12:58 am

Hi, it’s Joanna. My trip to San Diego was AWESOME! It was filled with friends, food, fitness, and RELAXATION. Seriously, the sun, beach, and 70 degree weather was like heaven to me. I keep asking myself why I live in NY – the land of endless winter?!

Here is a recap my training while I was there (7 days – 2 of which were on an airplane)…I biked for an hour on two days, ran 4 miles on one day, and ran 10 on another. It wasn’t the most strenuous of exercise, but it felt GREAT to run in the warm sun!

Here are some pics: that first pic is before we left, andrew eating 4 servings / half a box of oatmeal squares! wow. there is some fun food in SD, a green smoothie (spinach, vanilla SILK soy yogurt, water, half banana, small apple), and me strolling in Cali!


“Harder, better, faster, stronger” -Kanye March 22, 2009

Filed under: Carbs,Fuel,Joanna,Long Run — flavprice @ 2:12 am

Hi, Joanna here. I went on my first double digit run today! Before today my longest distance was 9.3 miles (15k) that I ran in a race last fall. My 52 year old dad smoked me…but that’s  neither here nor there. athankyou.

When I woke up I had some Kashi Mighty Bites cereal with skim milk, and half a banana. Since I didn’t leave for another 2 hours i had a spoonful of peanut butter and some OJ…to make sure I had enough fuel for this long run. I also slipped some jelly beans in my pocket – I am so glad that I did! The run was great actually…I averaged about 9:15 min. miles and finished just under 1:35:00.  This is perfect b/c I hope my half is in 2 hours or less. The only time I ever felt weird was when I stopped to eat my jelly beans, after mile 5. I got dizzy and woozy when I stopped, but once the sugar kicked in I was back in the groove. It was so cool to see how far I could go!

I had a great playlist going on my iPod. Two stand out songs were: “Stronger” by Kanye and “Jerusalem” by Matisyahu (random!) I also discovered that I enjoy a mix of songs when I run, which surprised me b/c I thought I only like fast, upbeat songs while exercising.  But, I rocked out to some Kings of Leon and Snow Patrol to change things up too.

When I got home I.WAS.STARVING. Seriously I thought I was going to pass out or dry heave or something. So I made the fastest thing I could think of, a smoothie. It was a great way to replenish my 1,000 calorie deficit, and hydrate too. I ate a lot of other things through out the day as well. Below is a picture of the dinner I made:

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie (wheat biscuits instead of pie crust)




This was easy, delicious, and nutritious. Perfect for a runner after a looooong, active day. Andrew liked it too 🙂


Homemade Pumpkin Spice Donuts March 10, 2009

Filed under: Carbs,Donuts,Fuel,Joanna — flavprice @ 1:26 pm
What a Beauty!

What a Beauty!

As most people know runners need a LOT of carbs – 70% to 75% of a runner’s diet should be made up of carbs – whoa! We are always looking for healthy carbs to eat either before our runs or to refuel afterwards. This donut recipe was great for both – and so delicious!
Here is what you will need:
Cooking Spray
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. canned pumpkin puree (you can find this in any grocery store)
1/2 c. skim milk (I used vanilla soy)
1 large egg
1 Tbsp. fat free margarine (I used reg. marg.)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. powdered sugar (I didn’t have so left out, but can see how it would be great!)
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a doughnut mold or mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
2. Beat the brown sugar, pumpkin puree, skim milk, egg white, margarine, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Add the flour, soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix well. The batter will be thick and sticky.
3. Squeeze the batter into a pastry bag or gallon sized plastic bag and cut off the edges. Squeeze into the mold or tin.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Turn out and cool. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy.
For another healthy twist, you can try zucchini puree, squash puree, or any other vegetable that you have pureed in a blender. If you prefer, you can also use splenda, although for me, that creates a strange after taste.

Best Foods for Runners March 6, 2009

Filed under: Carbs,Fuel — flavprice @ 8:05 pm

Allison found this link on the one and only,

Here are the top 15 foods for runners to eat:

1. Raw almonds

2. Eggs

3. Sweet potatoes

4. Whole grain cereal w/ protein

5. Oranges

6. Canned black beans

7. Mixed salad greens

8. Salmon

9. Whole grain bread

10. Frozen sir-fry veggies

11. Whole grain pasta

12. Chicken

13. Frozen mixed berries

14. Dark chocolate

15. Low-fat yogurt