Welcome to Who Wants to Get Active 2010! My name is Coach Jenny Hadfield and I will be your guide and coach along the way. This program is close to my heart because I stumbled into racing along my journey and it changed my life. I was 35 pounds overweight, out of shape and unable to even make it down my block. My co-workers challenged me to train for and participate in a local 5K. At first I told them they were nuts -- but little by little we trained together at lunch and my body and mind began to adapt. Soon I was able to tackle 3 miles without whining! I drummed up the courage to participate in that 5K and reached the finish line! It didn't even matter that I was almost last and beaten by a 72-year old man (and they announced it over the microphone). Crossing that finish line changed my life forever. I fell in love with the process of training with a group and reaching for challenging goals.
Training to run and walk it off with a social network is a fun, and highly effective strategy for learning to get active and stay active. The key to making it part of your lifestyle is to integrate the program into your lifestyle. That begins by starting with a program that closely matches your activity level. That is why we have three teams (Run It Off, Walk It Off, Bye, Bye Baby Weight) and programs to get you to that finish line. Getting to where you want to go is a lot easier when you make small changes on the route to reaching the finish line. Research has shown consistently that major lifestyle changes are difficult to maintain and don't last. The destination is to lose weight, however the journey is to make activity a part of your every day lifestyle. Because when you do so, everything else falls into place.
Review your training program and let me know if you have questions along the way. We can all learn from one another, even if we are on competing teams! Every training program includes 3-4 run, run-walk or walking workouts every week. You'll also notice, every week includes rest days and cross-training days as well. We grow stronger when we rest in response to the demands (stress) of running and walking. Cross-training activities like cycling, swimming and rock climbing are wonderful compliments to your training regimen and allow your muscles a break from the impact of running and walking. Cross-training also keeps your program fresh and you're never doing the same workout every day!
The programs gradually progress throughout the next two months and prepare you to tackle the race distance this spring. Remember, the key to getting where you want to go is by starting with where you are. The goal of the first few weeks is to perform just enough activity so when you finish, you have a smile on your face and you look forward to the next session. That means keeping the intensity at a conversational effort and one where you can talk while you are moving. Find your happy pace and you'll find the key to reaching your goals.
Make time for the workouts by planning them ahead of schedule. The great thing about training for an event is you know what you need to do now for the next tow months. Plug it into the most convenient time of day and stick with it. Every workout is a piece of the puzzle that will prepare you for race day.
Although you will have to take every step on your own, you have a team and a coach every step of the way to support you. Over the next few weeks I'll provide you tips and tools needed for reaching your goals to run it off, walk it off and say goodbye to the baby weight. You'll learn how to go farther and faster, how to eat to lose weight and perform stronger, tips for staying motivated and ways to prevent getting hurt. I will share with you my three golden rules for racing and how to stay active for a lifetime.
I'll be posting notes for each team in my weekly blog, but if you have any additional, specific or general questions, don't be shy. Take this week to plug your training days into your lifestyle and let your body and mind adapt to the rhythm of training. There's something magical about training for a race. Every workout is purposeful and milestones are reached almost weekly. It's a very exciting journey and I'm excited to be your guide. Giddy up!