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 Brooke Vernon. 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 am a marathon runner, lululemon ambassador, and instructor/trainer at B.You Fitness. I graduated college with a nursing degree and worked as a cardiology nurse for many years before I retired to be a full-time mother and approach my love for fitness.
Representing lululemon, I have been blessed with the opportunity to help women of all abilities achieve their running goals. I played many types of competitive sports in my younger days, but settled into gymnastics and cheerleading. I consider myself a “latecomer” to the sport of running. What started as a means to relieve stress soon became an addiction to marathon running. I have completed 14 marathons, including the Boston Marathon six times.
Six Questions About Your Fitness & Health
1) What is your weekly training/exercise routine?
Currently, I am training for the Carmel Marathon in April, so my weekly mileage ranges from 40-55 miles of running various paces/intervals each week. I also am a huge proponent of barre. Did I say HUGE proponent?! When I am not teaching, you can find me at the studio taking a variety of classes that range from cardio to yoga. I also strength train three times per week, with focus on the core.
2) How do you prepare for a workout?
I consider myself pretty OCD [obsessive compulsive disorder] when it comes to planning! I have an old-fashioned planner that I enter all of my weekly runs into so that I know what to expect that week. I begin my mornings at 4:45 a.m. so that I have time to foam roll, gather my gear, and get started at 5 a.m. I always lay out my clothes, shoes, energy gels, and flashlight the night before so that it is easier to get out the door.
3) What do you eat, drink or do for quick energy?
I am currently obsessed with Honey Stinger Chews during tough workouts. They taste like gummy bears and give me an extra push! I also am a coffee lover, but only allow myself one cup per day, except on Fridays, where I reward my week of training with two cups of Joe. Sometimes if I’m feeling “blah”, I will simply put my headphones in and go for a 15-minute walk to reset.
4) What is your daily nutritional meal plan when training?
Wow, this is a tough question. During intense marathon training, my body craves food all of the time! I have recently began prepping my meals on Sunday for the week ahead. This forces me to get the nutrients that my body needs in order to maintain my energy levels. I eat three meals per day, but allow myself lots of healthy snacks in between. And, not to forget lots and lots of water consumption every day. I keep a water bottle with me at all times. There are some pleasures in life that I can’t give up: french fries and red wine (only in moderation, of course).
5) What do you snack on between meals when training?
I snack a lot during the day. Currently, I am obsessed with almonds, dark chocolate morsels, and dried cranberries in little snack bags. I also keep Quest bars in my purse, in my car, and in my gym bag. My favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough.
6) What are your fitness & health goals?
I would love to start a running group that focuses more on camaraderie rather than on training and racing. Eventually, when time permits, I would love to train for and complete a triathlon. I also want to expand my diet to include various spices and herbs that I have been terrified to incorporate into my cooking.
Being a lululemon ambassador has made a tremendous impact in my life, so I am hoping to somehow be a lifelong ambassador. I had the privilege of running the lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon last summer, and my goal is to go back this year as a pacer. Even though I have many goals, I also want to focus on continuing to inspire women in our fitness community. All in all, I want to be a well-rounded athlete that is a role model for the Louisville fitness community!