Brooklyn Fit Chick Interview with Jennifer Van Allen of Runner’s World @runnersworld #runchat #sweatybetties 0

Brooklyn Fit Chick Special Interview

Jennifer Van Allen

Special Projects Editor of Runner’s World and author of Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training

Runner's World August 2013

Runner’s World August 2013

Hey Gang!

I am planning on walking either my first marathon or half-marathon this coming Saturday with Walk the Walk NYC and decided that I needed the best of the best to advise me on how to train and what to expect for my big first—whatever it turns out to be. (Check out my latest Vlog where I go into my dilemma in more detail.)

So the good people at Runner’s World offered me a chance to interview their Special Projects Editor, Jennifer Van Allen who in turn gave me so much great information that I am posting this in two parts. Wee!

Today Jennifer advises gives us her best tips for handling your first marathon and half-marathon. Tomorrow will feature her advice for proper training techniques. Enjoy and happy running (or walking!)


Jennifer Van Allen/Special Projects Editor of Runner's World

Jennifer Van Allen/Special Projects Editor of Runner’s World


Even for seasoned racers, the days before a marathon or half-marathon can be stressful. With all the hope and hard work that you invested in your goal event, you want to arrive at the starting line feeling calm, healthy, and ready to run your best. Here are a few reminders to keep you on track in the critical days and hours before the starting gun fires, and to help you recover after you cross the finish line.


Don’t do anything new. Race day isn’t the time to try new shoes, new food or drinks, gear, or anything else you  haven’t used on several training runs. Stick with the routine that works for you.

Don’t overdo the expo. Pick up your race number, but give yourself a time limit and stick to it. Get off your feet and relax before the race.

Graze, don’t chow down. Rather than devouring a gigantic bowl of pasta the night before the race, which could upset your stomach, try eating carbs in small increments throughout the day before the race.

Put your hands on your bib and chip. The night before the race, put your chip on your shoes, and fasten your bib on to your clothes. Those are two supplies you must have at the starting line. Don’t show up without them!


Don’t overdress. It will probably be cool at the start, but don’t wear more clothing than you need. Dress for 20 degrees warmer than it is outside. To stay warm at the start, bring clothes that you can throw off after the first few miles.

Set at least two goals. Set one goal for a perfect race and another as a backup in case it’s hot, windy, or it’s just not your day. If something makes your first goal impossible halfway through the race, you’ll need another goal to motivate you to finish strong.

Fix it sooner, not later. If your shoelace is getting untied, or you start to chafe early in the race, take care of it before it becomes really painful later in the race.

Line up early. You don’t want to be rushing to the starting line, so don’t wait for the last call to get there.

Start slow, and stay even. Run the first 2 to 3 miles 10 to 15 seconds slower than goal pace, with the idea that you’ll finish strong. Don’t try to “bank” time by going out faster than your goal pace. If you do that, you risk burning out early. Try to keep an even pace throughout the race, and save your extra energy for the last few miles.


Keep moving. Get your medal and keep walking for at least 10 minutes to fend off stiffness and gradually bring your heart rate back to its resting state.

Refuel. Within 30 minutes of finishing, refuel with carbs and sources of lean protein. If you can’t eat post-race, pack a recovery drink in your gear bag. Within a few hours try to eat a regular healthy meal with carbs and protein.

Get warm. Change out of the clothes you ran in, and get into dry clothes as soon as possible. After you cross the finish line, your core temperature will start to drop fast, and keeping sweaty clothes on will keep you cold.

The next day, get going. As sore as you might feel the day after the marathon, it’s important to do some sort of nonimpact activity like swimming, cycling, or working out on the elliptical trainer. The movement will increase circulation to your sore muscles and help you bounce back sooner. Just keep the effort level easy.


That’s all for today! Be sure to come back tomorrow for the rest of Jennifer’s advice for training. (Thanks Jennifer!)


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 43 Featuring @Fitbloggin Goodie Bag, Maria Menounos’ Laugh and @Walk theWalk NYC 9

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 43

Featuring: A Fitbloggin’ Goodie Bag Giveaway, Maria Menounos’ Laugh Plus (Maybe) Walking My First Marathon


Enter to win this goodie but not the kitty cat. (She is high maintenance anyway!)

Enter to win this goodie but not the kitty cat. (She is high maintenance anyway!)

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!


How are you guys? I am posting a quick Blog post today because I was out in the sun having too much fun in Prospect Park with my Peeps and forgot to get something ready for my weekly Vlog—oops! So let me just say that you have until Monday, July 15th at Noon to enter to win my goodie bag from this year’s Fitbloggin. (Check the right hand side and look for episode 42 of my Vlog for the full details.)

Contents of this here goodie bag are:


Anyhoo—back to this week’s Vlog post (which I filmed after getting in waaaaaaay too much sun) where I talk about the following things:

  • My nest reviews which include Fitness and Women’s Health magazines.
  • Maria Menounos and her distinct laugh.
  • Walking my first marathon Walk the Walk America
  • My upcoming interview with Jennifer Van Allen of Runners World magazine



Thanks for coming back and I will be back here next week after (possibly) walking my first marathon. (Guess I should have trained more for it?)


Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick “Ventura Highway” Playlist featuring Robin Thicke, Jake Bugg, Jamie N Commons and Bowie! 5


“Ventura Highway”

50-Minute Intervals Ride




Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Recently I found a playlist a colleague of mine left behind at the gym and found a plethora of new tunes that I needed to check out right away.

Sooooo—today’s list is a 50-minute interval ride with more flat roads at high speeds than heavy resistance climbing. It starts off with a remix of a mellow 70s songs that I love to death and finishes with a favorite “Babooey” tune. So let’s get to it!!

  • Ventura Highway(Deepsky’s Blizzard Remix): America

This song is a new favorite discovery for me. It’s just so light and sweet and makes me want to wear a poncho and sit by a campfire.



  • Rumble and Sway: Jamie N Commons

“Don’t you give me no truth I want all of your lies—whoo hoo!” (Tell me this doesn’t make your butt wiggle a bit!)


  • Short Skirt/Long Jacket: Cake

The video for this one always makes me smile.



  • Once in a Lifetime: Talking Heads

I usually play the live version because it rocks too freaking hard!



  • I Am One: The Smashing Pumpkins

Back in the day I would play this song at full volume tearing down the California highway. (Good times…)


  • Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke

Here comes the dirty video!!!


  • Lightning Bolt:  Jake Bugg

No this is not Bob Dylan but rather a teenager from England–really!



  • Just Like a Pill: P!nk

Love, love, love this song to death.



  • Heroes: David Bowie

The second climb of the ride is a long, windy one and features this tune by one of my favorite artists of all time.



  • Snow (Hey Oh): Red Hot Chili Peppers

I know all of their songs sound the same but they also all sound good IMHO.



  • My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark: Fall Out Boy

This has to be my favorite tune of the summer of 2013.



  • Helen Wheels: Paul McCartney & Wings

My favorite Beatle performs this (one more before we cool down) ditty. (Seriously, how cute is he?)



  • Baker Street: Gerry Rafferty

Okay Howard Stern fans—when you hear the sax sing “Ba Ba Ba ba booooooooey!”


So what do you think of my list? Remember to send me your favorite tunes in the comments below.


Until next time…


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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with @JillianMichaels on the Cover! 10

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape: July/August 2013

Jillian Michaels photographed by Don Flood

Jillian Michaels photographed by Don Flood


Shape Cover Star for July/August:

Jillian Michaels is on the cover and looking mighty fit in a bikini. Jillian a busy mother of two young kids and knows how hard it is to fit in a workout—even just 30 minutes. Here she gives advice for staying healthy while heading out on the open road for summer vacation.

Shape also has an exclusive body sculpting routine in this issue which you can see here.


Jillian Michaels 001


So what else is inside the July/August Shape?

“Hit Your Stride”

Do you have a Cybex machine at your gym and are not sure how to get the best workout in your lunch hour? Try out the advice here given by Angela Corcoran, director of education for Cybex.

Cybex 001


“Biceps Curl”

Jay Cardiello ( offers three types of bicep curls to get you strong and toned.

 Biceps 001


“2013 Shape Snack Awards”

Shape found the best “good-for-you noshes” that you can find at your local grocery store.

Shape food awards 001


“In the Swim”

Ooh, a pool sounds so refreshing right now—doesn’t it?  Here we get advice from Olympian Natalie Coughlin.

Swim stuff 001


“Take a Seat”

Pull up a seat for your next workout created by Melissa Chiz of Zumba (this looks fun!)

Zumba Senato moves 001

“Surf’s Up!”

Jessica Bellofatto of KamaDeva Yoga in East Hampton, NY combines yoga moves with her love of surfing with the poses you see here.

Surf Up Yoga Athletica 001

And now the rest of the best of this issue of Shape:

  • “Give Your Beach Bag a Checkup” Shape offers advice on how to what to pack in your tote for a fun day in the sun.
  • “At-Home Solutions” Lotions and potions that will make you even more gorgeous than you already are (how is THAT possible?)
  • “A Lifetime of Good Skin” What you need to do in your 20s, 30s and 40s to keep your complexion in top shape.

Follow Shape magazine online at:

Overall Grade:

A  Lots of workouts featured here and informative article aplenty. This made me happy!


Have you read the July/August Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 42 Featuring @Fitbloggin Goodie Bag Giveaway! @Reebok @attunefoods 28

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 42

Featuring: My Super-Duper Fitbloggin’ Goodie Bag Giveaway

You can enter to win everything except the cat. She stays with me.

You can enter to win everything except the cat. She stays with me.


 Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am back and self-hosted ladies and gents! That’s right—Brooklyn Fit Chick is now its own thing and I could not be more thrilled—freedom!!! So in the next few weeks you might see some bumps and bruises of this little site exposed to the whole world but I am learning the ropes as I go along. Please forgive any typos or technological hiccups you see along the way. It should like spiffy and clean very soon.

A BIG thank you to Janice Luke-Smith of Borden Lane Solutions who helped me out on a moment’s notice and got me up and running in TWO DAYS—thank you Janice! Seriously, if any of you need help with your web pages—I say check her out first. You will be glad you did!

I also want to give a big shot out to Shelton Koskie of EightyGrit who talked me off the ledge when my old site had issues. He is an expert with WordPress and really knows how to maximize a site’s marketing potential. Thank you Shlton!!

Today I want to offer part of my goodie bag from Fitbloggin as my official giveaway this week. Whoo hoo!

In this goodie bag you could enter to win:


This week’s Blog post:

 Link here to the You Tube clip:



Okay—got that? So if you want to win this goodie bag you must do the following to be in consideration.

That’s it! I will pick one winner next Monday, July 15th (Continental U.S. only please!) and contact them via e-mail. Good luck!


Until next time…

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My Super Amazing Fitbloggin Post! @Fitbloggin @DietsInReview @DubyaWife @LisaJohnson #fitbloggin 12

Brooklyn Fit Chick /Fitbloggin’ 2013 Highlights

The City of Portland, Giving Speeches, Chloe Sevigny’s Arm, Paleo Food Trucks and

Experiencing the Joy of  Multiple Hugs


Party night

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I am back from Portland and slowly getting back to my “real life” as just little old me versus “Brooklyn Fit Chick”—it’s a tough transition.

When I was in Portland I felt as if I could just be myself all of the time and not hold back on giving someone a hug or being a total goofball. It was such a wonderful time and if I were a better writer I would be able to express how grateful I am each year to have a place where all of my personality quirks are fine and no one cares what size I wear or how much money I make. My goal is to bring more of this into my life. More joy, more laughs and certainly—more hugs.

First day was kind of a wash because my flights on Virgin airlines were so behind schedule that I was had to fly through Los Angeles instead of San Francisco and did not get in until almost midnight (sheesh!)

However, this turned out to be kind of a cool diversion because sitting right in front of me the way to Los Angeles was none other than actress Chloe Sevigny who was quiet and very sweet.

I took a quick picture of her delicate arm (hope she doesn’t mind!)


Chloe Sevigny


In the first class section sat Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker star Patty Stanger but since I have been warned that Patty is made of snakes (a nod to the fabulous Julie Klausner) I kept my distance from her.

At the hotel (The Nines which provided the best guest experience I have ever had) I was greeted by my amazing roommate Christine of Dubya Wife who had good enough manners to ignore my calls to room service for glasses of wine at midnight and my lack of any initiative for early morning workouts (hmm—are those two things related?)

Christine is my sister/friend and I am SO grateful she is in my life. Thank you Christine! (And see you at Mardis Gras 2015!)

BFC and Dubya's Wife--look out y'all!

BFC and Dubya’s Wife–look out y’all!


This was the first year at Fitbloggin where we had a fashion show (created by the insanely lovely Emmie Ho Sandford of Skinny Emmie) and it featured just about all of my favorite people in the world including Carla Birnberg Miz Fit Online,  Jennifer Mitchell of Comeback Momma and Tamara Grand of Fit Knit Chick.


Fashion Show


Me and Emmie catching up. (Love her to pieces!)

Emmie me


On Friday I faced a big fear of mine and actually gave a speech in public—yikes! Very happy to report the Writing the Perfect Pitch workshop I co-presented along with Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams of and Jamie Walker of “Sweat Pink/Fit Approach” (they are all sublime women) went over so well—big whew!

(Also a BIG “thank you” to my friend Martin who helped me put the presentation together—I owe you big, my friend.)

It was a particular thrill for me to meet the Williams sisters as I have been following them for years but I was not smart enough to remember to take a picture with them (dammit!)

Instead, here is a photo of me looking up to Kymberly as she gave a kick ass speech.


Thanks to Fitbloggin' for the photo!

Thanks to Fitbloggin’ for the photo!

After our workshop I felt the need to go for a walk and explore the city a bit which is when I discovered how cool Portland truly is. What a wonderful city filled with smart, interesting and NICE people.


Portland 3

My mission was to try and find the food truck I read about in Paleo magazine called Cultered Caveman. Holy smokes! First of all— I got to meet the owner Joe Ban who is not only a cool guy that can cook a mean Brazilian chicken but he also looks like Matt Damon—score!! Needless to say I went back Saturday as well to try out their mini-meatballs and brussel sprouts & broccoli mash (sooooo good.)


Why yes, people do tell me I look like Matt Damon!

Why yes, people do tell me I look like Matt Damon!


Friday night we had the annual “Ignite” presentation where fellow Fitbloggers talked from the heart about where they are in their lives and how they want to use their situation to help others. Two of my favorites that night were Sue of Mrs. Fatass and my roomie Christine.

Here is a photo of Sue.


Mrs Fatass


This is a quick clip of Christine’s presentation.


Saturday morning I met up with Brandi Koskie of Diets in Review as well as her husband and daughter to check out the Saturday outdoor market in Portland. This is located by the main campus of Portland State University and I was completely blown away by the beautiful homes surrounding the market.


Here is the Simon Benson house.

Simon Benson House


The Portland market entrance.

Portland Veggie market


This is Paisley—say hello to the world baby girl!


Saturday afternoon (after I explored every single booth at the Portland Saturday Market downtown) I came back to the hotel to witness my first in-person flash mob. Margo of This is Not Your Momma’s Blog put the whole thing together and let me tell you it was a BIG hit with the crowd. (Yay for Margo power!)

Link to the Flash Mob clip:



Two Margos hugging.



Saturday night was filled with hugs, drinking and more hugs with a few more terrific people I want to mention before I need to lie down and just think about Fitbloggin some more.


Shelton, Brandi and the gorgeous Lisa Johnson of Lisa Johnson Fitness.


Shelton Brandi Lisa


Me and fellow Sweaty Betty Valerie Kirkland of Livefit Journey




Alicia of Poise in Parma (love this gal!)

Alicia and Me


Me, Suzanne of Workout Nirvana and Tamara Grand.


Me Suzanne Tamara

Sometime on Saturday night the music started blaring and then this started to happen…


Chef Jason Roberts cutting a rug.

Chef dancing


Gangnam Style!

Party night


I needed to part ways sometime when the karaoke started (never been a fan—sorry!) My flight to NYC was leaving Portland at 6:30 am so I needed some shut eye time and was fully intending on going straight to bed when Lifetime TV had to put on the Anna Nicole Smith movie. Sheesh! Am I only human, people!


Anna nicole

So this is my last image from Portland. I think it captures the movie quite well, don’t you?

That is all for now. My next post will feature my exclusive “Fitbloggin Goodie Bag Giveaway” so y’all come back now ya hear?

Ox Ox,


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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 41 Mentions of @Fitbloggin @FitBottomedGirl and More! 6

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 41

Featuring: Fitbloggin Prep, The Friends I will Miss this Week, Fit Bottomed Girls & Reggie Bush, My New Take on the Movie “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

 Plus a Tuxedo Cat Appearance



Dirty hair and alll...

Dirty hair and alll…

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This week I am super busy with my preparations for this year’s Fitbloggin and need to keep the Blog posting at bay for a few more days. Whilst at the conference you can (as always) follow on me on Facebook, on Twitter @BrooklynFitChik and on Instagram for all of my goings on in the fine city of Portland. (Never been there before—most excited to check it out!)

Do not worry as I will be back and raring to go next week and will even plan to start bringing back the giveaways—whoo hoo! So in the meantime—please enjoy my latest Vlog post and I will see you all soon!

Notes for this week’s Blog post:

  • I talk about my newest article you can find on Fit Bottomed Girls where I talk about working out with the Detroit Lions Reggie Bush!
  • Shout outs and mentions to my peeps who will not make it this year (major frownie face!)
  • My new take on the 1992 classic film Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (“I’m right on top of that Rose!”)
  • Tennessee the Tuxedo cat photo bombs us for a bit!

That’s it for me this week folks. Talk to you all next week!!

Ox Ox,


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What Did We Learn This Month? @MensHealthMag @MensFitness @MensJournal 6

What Are the “Men’s” Teaching Us This Month?

Recaps of Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal

Hi Gang!

It’s been ages since I devoted this space to just the “Men’s” titles so why the hell not break it out again today? If you are ready—I am ready.

Let’s get to this thing!

Hugh Jackman photographed by Ben Watts

Hugh Jackman photographed by Ben Watts

Men’s Fitness: June 2013

  •  Hugh Jackman: Wolverine!! The buff actor follows the “8-Hour Diet” plan which means he eats up to 6000 calories per day in an 8-hour window of time and works out like a madman to get into A-Lister shape.  Honestly—is there anyone more charming than Hugh Jackman? No. Such. Thing.
  • “10 Diets We Won’t Be Trying This Summer” I love how snarky the “men’s” magazines can be and this page made me crack up. For example, about “The Air Diet” –Perfect for guys who love cooking but hate the annoying eating part that inevitably follows… Well done Men’s Fitness!
  • “Fitlandia” Portland, Oregon is declared by Men’s Fitness as the “Fittest City” for men. See how your city ranked here.  (El Paso, TX is the fattest by the way.)
  • “7 Ultimate Guy Getaways” Ideas for dudes who want to take the average week off and make it the experience of a lifetime.
  • “The Fascia and the Furious” If you own a foam roller (and if not, why the hell not?) then you know how important it is to keep your fascia (the tight band around the outside of your legs) in top shape.
  • “6 Week Slimdown” A workout you can take to the outdoors to get in the best shape of your life.
  • “The Wolverine Workout” Hugh Jackman’s trainer David Kingsbury offers his classic strength-building workout. Wolverine!!!!

You can check out Men’s Fitness:

Chris Pine photographed by Ture Lillegraven

Chris Pine photographed by Ture Lillegraven

Men’s Health: June 2013

  • Chris Pine: Kirk!  Chris Pine has survived tough reviews of his work (being called a “chia pet” by one critic for his work in Princess Diaries 2—ouch!) and he is now a hot, in-demand actor who happens to play one of the most famous Captains in history. You can try out his personal workout which is featured in the magazine. (FYI-I would probably have sex with him if he was obliging.)
  • Ed Helms: One of my favorite comedic actors is also a bluegrass musician (who knew?) and is about to embark on a whole new stage of his life after The Office and The Hangover.
  • “Her Sex Lies Exposed” Three women were asked questions while hooked to a polygraph (which are total nonsense by the way) and asked how they really feel about sex and stuff.
  • “Bar Exam” The latest health bars are rated here for best snacking potential that is also healthy.
  • “How to do Everything Better” Men’s Health talks about how to do a whole bunch of things “better” including waging a water balloon wars and getting critters out of your home.
  • “Be a Pop Star” Awwww, here we get advice on men can bet better father’s to their children based on the age and development level of the child.
  • “Win the War in Your Gut” Having fought the “gut” battle in the past—I can personally attest to how important it is to pay attention to the good& bacteria in your belly.

Check out Men’s Health online:

Keith Richards photographed by Peter Lindbergh

Keith Richards photographed by Peter Lindbergh

Men’s Journal: July 2013

  • Keith Richards: True story—once when I was teenager my mother called me into the living room yelling “you need to see this!” Turns out Keith Richards was being interviewed on television and she could not understand “how the dead can talk.” Well Keith is STILL alive and kicking thankyouverymuchmom and he is rather sanguine about getting older and still rockin’.
  • “Attack on Everest” Holy sh*t! Sherpas are starting to attack climbers on Mount Everest. The topic of overcrowding in the famous mountain is explored here.
  • “How to Blow $100 on Fireworks” This is NOT an article you would find in a woman’s magazine!
  • “The Complex Truth About Low Testosterone” Hormone replacement is being talked about with greater frequency in the media as a wonder cure—but there still isn’t any consensus on who actually needs to use it and when.
  • “Paleo Converts” More and more distance athletes are trying out the Paleo meal plan to gain an edge in competitions. But do they actually work?
  • “50 Great American Places” Looking for vacation ideas? Try one of these groovy spots you can find in the good old U.S.A.

Check out Men’s Journal online



That’s all she wrote for today folks. Be sure to check back for more recaps soon.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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