(Cover photo: Joanna Hufhand. Credit: Kaitlyn Yockey)
Every week, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network highlights a local woman by asking her six questions about her health and fitness routine. Sponsored by Baptist Health Sports Medicine, this week’s guest is Joanna Hufhand. If there is a woman you’d like us to feature, email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell Us a Little About Yourself
I’m currently a personal trainer in the Louisville area. As a trainer my job is to teach, encourage, and empower. My intent with every client is to give them the knowledge they need to empower them to accomplish more than they thought possible and to encourage them to impact others in the same way.
Training has always been a passion of mine, whether I was training myself or someone else. I grew up being home schooled in a small town and due to certain circumstances I wasn’t able to participate in school sports, but I could train with the teams. From that point on I was hooked. I loved the drills, the team work, and the sense of accomplishment.
I grew up playing tennis, running, and riding horses, all of which I still greatly enjoy, but running is focus right now with my second marathon right around the corner and the dream of running Boston as my motivation. Follow me @inspiretojouney for motivation and training tips.
Six Questions About Your Fitness & Health
1) What is your weekly training/exercise routine?
I’m currently training for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, which happens in two weeks! I’ve done a couple different marathon training programs, which is important because it keeps your mind and body fresh and challenged.
Right now, I’m running four days a week: two days ranging 3-5 miles and the other two days I do longer runs ranging from 8-20 miles. I usually strength train once or twice a week, which consists of some light strength training, biking, swimming, or rowing- which is my favorite. Swimming has been the most beneficial in the recovery process though, but I don’t always have access to a pool. Yoga has also been a beneficial practice that I’ve incorporated into my training program. It keeps my body strong and flexible, which helps prevents injury and allows my body to have a better range of motion during runs.
2) How do you prepare for a workout?
It’s important to me to do agility drills and some light stretching before every run to make sure my muscles are warm and ready to go. The warm-up time helps me to mentally prepare for my training session too. I focus on my body movement- arm position, how/where my foot hits the ground, running tall, light feet, strong core, and my gaze. I know that might seem a little extensive to some people because I’m “just” running, but to me the little things matter. The little things are what make big things happen.
3) What do you eat, drink or do for quick energy?
During my long runs I use GU Energy Gels plus water, which I rotate with Gatorade.
Nutrition has always been an up-and-down area with me, mainly because I have a very active lifestyle and I’m lazy. I like to joke with my family that I’m the busiest lazy person you will ever meet. Cereal and sandwiches are my quick-fix meals, which aren’t the worst for you, but definitely don’t have all the nutrients your body needs. I think it’s important to listen to your body, because it will tell you what it’s lacking, so listen to it. I think I’ve been most successful with a balanced diet when I prep meals at the beginning of the week, so I can grab-and-go actual meals instead of granola bars, Snickers (I tell myself those are healthy because they have peanuts in them. Don’t worry I know the truth) or whatever else I can grab fast.
5) What do you snack on between meals when training?
My friends make fun of me because I always have food in my purse- granola bars, peanut butter crackers, trail mix, bananas, apples, etc.
6) What are your fitness & health goals?
Presently I am training with the intent to qualify for the Boston City Marathon with my cousin. Eight-minute miles with a 3:30 finishing time is my hope for my upcoming marathon. I’ve faced some recent injury setbacks, which has been a challenge mentally and physically, but the hope is still there. One day at time.