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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 44 @WalktheWalk Half-Marathon Recap plus Compression Socks and Tarted Up Bras #sweatybetties 12

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 44

Featuring: Walking All Night in NYC, Tarting Up Maidenform Bras, Compression Socks and More

 

Bra

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Yesterday/last night I had a hell of a fun time with our friend Toni Church of Running Loving Living and her buddy Crystal as they walked their first marathon and I competed my first half marathon for breast cancer awareness—yay us!

The charity is called The Moon Walk/Walk the Walk and after many years of taking place in the U.K. they held their first overnight walk in the U.S. which started and ended at Randall’s Island. A place that in all of my 18 years living here have never been to and I still have no idea what they actually do there or why it even exists.

The actual walk began at 10:30 pm and the point was to walk by the moonlight for either a half or full marathon wearing a colorfully decorated bra to show support of breast cancer survivors. Having never run much less walked a half marathon before—this seemed like a daunting task.

However, Toni is a very convincing person and, of course, I signed up to join her team–Empire Blue Cross.

Overall the night was fun and fabulous though I could have done without the heat, humidity or the drunks on Second Avenue.

Though, I must say, many of them were sweet enough to offer high-fives along with an encouraging “Atta girl Sweetie!” And they say you can’t meet a decent guy in New York!

 

But let us start at the beginning…

 

The day started with Toni, Crystal and I meeting up at the Millennium hotel and modeling our tarted bras provided by Maidenform. I was going to glue stars all over mine but the glue gun I bought did not contain any glue (grrr) so I slapped on a bunch of stickers and called it a whimsical day.

 

Toni went a foxier route…

 

Toni and Me Walk the Night

Then we headed up to Randall’s Island to look for our VIP tent.

Randall's Island? Where the hell is that?

Randall’s Island? Where the hell is that?

Did I mention the VIP tent? Well this Paleo-loving gal was so happy to be on the Empire/Blue Cross team because we got to hang out in the fancy VIP tent and chow down on some top quality nosh along with water provided by Balance Spring Water which rocked my word.

 

Nom Nom!

Nom Nom!

Before leaving I was able to meet Ms. New York United States 2013 Stephanie Jill Chernick who is totally adorable and I plan to interview soon to talk about her love of teaching kids fitness and health.

She is the gorgeous blonde to the left of me. (Of course I am made to pose with a line of hot, skinny 20-something cheerleaders before I take off for a 4-hour sweaty workout!)

Cheerleaders

 

The walk itself was incredible (hoping to get more photos to post for you guys!) and though I was hoping to complete the whole marathon with Toni and Crystal—my knee gave out on me somewhere around the South Street Seaport and said TAKE ME HOME NOW!

 

So I did just that at the half-way mark. After bidding a fond farewell to my homies a sweet cop hailed me a cab to send me off into the night.

 

Here I am enjoying the ride home (ah—air conditioning!)

 

Jimmy Kimmel interviewing a totally bored (and boring) Bruce Willis.

Jimmy Kimmel interviewing a totally bored (and boring) Bruce Willis.

My cat Sarah greeted me when I finally got back to Brooklyn (about 2:30 am.)

 

Lights out now!

Lights out now!

And she meow-reminded me that I should wear my compression socks and knee brace to bed. So take a gander at this sexy shot fellas—you’re welcome!!

 

Try not to get too turned on looking at this.

Try not to get too turned on looking at this.

So those are my major walk highlights from my first half-marathon walk. Now on to my Vlog for this week! Here are the highlights:

 

 

Thanks for dropping by today! I will be back this week with my playlists and magazine reviews aplenty. So y’all come back, ya hear?

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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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

RUNNER’S WORLD TIPS FOR MARATHONS & HALF-MARATHONS

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.

THE DAYS BEFORE THE RACE

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!

RACE DAY

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.

AFTER THE RACE

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!)

 

Ox Ox,

BFC

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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…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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