Skip navigation

1 2 Previous Next

Who Wants to Get Active? 2010

19 Posts tagged with the jenny_hadfield tag

So yesterday the weather was fairly nice (about 48) and I decided to go to this new park area that was supposed to have a 2.4 mile south loop, and a 1.4 mile north loop. I figured, if I could do them both, it would give me a pretty good idea of what my time will be in the 3.7 (6K) on 4/18. I was so excited to be in this new area and try out these new trails!

I parked the car, looked at the map that was posted at the beginning of the south loop trail, stretched out for a few, and was off!

It was fabulous! I LOVED the south loop.

I started with a 5 minute walk, then jogged for 15 minutes, then a 4 minute walk, then jogged the final 8 minutes til I crossed the finish line. So, a 2.4 in 32 minutes. I was very happy.

And the trail was really pretty, so lots to look at as I was training. Nice ponds, some soccer fields, pretty wild grass fields , a wetland area and a natural prairie restoration area.There were several other people out on the trail. A happy "hello" was said every time you encountered someone.  And the best part,  all along the way, there were mile markers. Well, actually  ever 1/2 mile. So I could tell how much I had gone, and how much further I still had left.

When I finished, I stopped back at my car, and  logged the time  and distance on a sheet of paper,. I was really warm by now, so I shed some layers, left the heavy jacket behind, the cell phone, the water bottle, etc. Then I  checked the trail map again, and went across the street to what I assumed was the north loop. Although I did find it odd that nothing was marked like it had been on the south loop. But it would only make sense that the South loop was on the south side of the road, and the north loop would be on the north side of the road. Right?

So, figuring I did the 2.4 in 32 minutes, I could certainly knock out another 1.4 in the same time or less, allowing me plenty of time to get my 5 year old picked up from kindergarten.  So , off I set!

I was "power walking" on the trail, and it began up a hill, then past some soccer fields, then took me past some corn fields, hmmm... I thought.... this should be curving back at some point soon. Still, I pressed on. Huh, don't see any homes in sight. Don't see any people. No bikes, no dogs. Where exactly is this trail taking me? Up a big hill, winding around, now down the hill. Ok, this is getting kinda scary.I checked my watch. I've been walking for 30 minutes already. Shouldn't I been done? But I've been going north this whole time! OH NO! I'm starting to panic. I will never make it back to my car in time to get Eloise from school. Now I'm getting cold because I had left my jacket in the car. I couldn't call the school to let them know I was going to be late, I left my phone in the car. Fear is setting in. Where am I? Ok, calm down. I am coming up to some kind of building.  There are two buildings down there at the bottom of this hill.  What are they? Oh my gosh, it is an  Animal Control Building, and the other one is a Water Treatment Plant! I am definitely NOT on the 1.4 mile "north trail". I don't know where I am, ok, I see a subdivision off in the distance. Maybe the trail goes through that housing area, loops around and brings me back to my original starting place. NOPE!  All of a sudden, the trail ended. Just stopped!  Just like that!  Boom- DONE!. It ended in the parking lot between the two buildings.  Boy this is a stupid trail. I hate this trail. I will never take this trail again. Ever. I am now standing just a few feet from a  two lane road ( which fortunately had guard rails) and some train tracks. Ok, get your bearings.

Then a train came by. A train. OK. What route does that train take? THINK. THINK! OK. Got it!  I know where I am now.WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING WAY OVER HERE? I AM NO WHERE NEAR MY CAR! Ok, calm down.  I just need to head East, and I can pick up this one road and go south, and I can get back to my car. This was a very scary moment. I was jogging again at this point, knowing I was pressed for time. I was going to be down to the wire to pick up my daughter. The "Panic Mode" kicked in. Although I was so sore and tired I had been out for over an hour and a half, it seemed like  I had the adrenaline to be able to keep pushing, knowing I had to get back! It was nerve racking to say the least, to have to be running along side of the road. But I finally made it to my car, and drove like a bat of of you-know-where  to my daughter's school. My fingers were frozen, my face was sweaty and  purple (from running). My heart was still  racing. Everything ached. My ankles, my calves, my thighs, even my rear. So much for this nice little 1.4 mile "North loop". I hated that "trail" or whatever the heck that was. Maybe it had been part of a bike path at one time, who knows. But it is the "trail that leads to no where!" now.

OK, I am at the school. Yes! Eloise was still there!,  The teacher looked a little irked like "Don't you realize I need to each lunch, lady?"  or  "The afternoon class is probably already on their way! " "Can you please pick your kid up on time ??!"  I didn't bother explaining to her that I had been foolish enough to go out running  alone, on an unmarked, unfamiliar trail, with no jacket, no water, no phone. I was just glad to be back home, with my daughter safe in tow. Several safety lessons learned that day!!!  (And I still never found the north loop!)

730 Views 8 Comments Permalink Tags: active, walking, beginning_runner, who_wants_to_get_active, jenny_hadfield, whowantstogetactive

The start of something new is always filled with excitement. Your first day of school, first car and let's not forget that first date. But that is a very different blog. The good news is you can harness the power of that excitement and use it to ease into your training program to create healthy new habits in your lifestyle. The key is to start that first walk, run or run-walk at an effort level (pace) where at the end of the session, you could go a little farther and still feel strong. Less is more. That is a mantra I will repeat over and over again. Going at the right effort level (pace) has a domino effect in leading to maintaining the excitement to the second session, and third, and so on. I realize the title of this program has an "It Off" theme, but in order to keep "It Off," you've got to first create the healthy habits you can maintain for a lifetime.

 

Weight loss for a lifetime happens when you balance your "In vs. Out Inventory". That is, balancing what goes in your body with how many calories you expend each day. Although there is a population of people that struggle with metabolic disorders, the vast majority of us mortals can lose weight and keep it off by making a few lifestyle changes and sticking with them. Think small, and begin to remove your trigger foods from sight. If you can see it, you can eat it. If you lose control when you're around chocolate, now is the time to remove it from easy access.

 

Your homework for the week focuses on creating an In Vs. Out Inventory

 

  1. Keep a log of the foods you eat on a daily basis for the next three weeks. There are a number of free online logs like Fitday.com where you can track your calories in and review the breakdown of fat, protein and carbohydrates. It's a little like being in debt financially and taking a long, hard look into your finances to begin to pay off the debt. The only way to truly make a plan of action is to take an honest look at what you're taking in. In many cases, this results in tweaking portions of salad dressing, sugary drinks and other calorically high, nutritionally low foods.
  2. The most effective way to reduce your caloric debt (weight), is to burn about 250-300 calories per day in exercise and reduce your caloric intake (food) by 250-300 calories per day. That way, the combined total of 500-600 calories contributes to paying off your total caloric debt resulting in weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week. Keep track of your calories in and your activity every day. This is a fantastic way to get a jump start on your program and stay motivated to get out of debt!
  3. Replace two trigger foods this week with two healthy alternatives. For example, replacing chips and dip with hummus and pita chips or veggies like carrots. Set a goal to replace 1-2 trigger foods every week with healthier choices.

 

Happy Trails, Coach Jenny

582 Views 0 Comments Permalink Tags: training, fitness, nutrition, who_wants_to_get_active, jenny_hadfield

Hi Everyone!

 

My name is Cal Vincent and I live in Olympia, WA.  I meet my wife Nancy here in Olympia, retired from the Military and decided this was a great place to start a family.  We have 3 children at home Jennifer 18, Marshall & Matthew (twins) 15.  I have significantly gained weight since retirement and tip the scales at 300 lbs. My goal is to get back down to 195 lbs. within this next year.  I would like to be in great shape by summer 2011 and climb Mt. Rainier with my two boy's.  They both among others have been riding me hard to loose weight.

 

This is a great way of getting started and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.  My wife is will be supporting me by walking, exercising and meal planning with me.  I  recently got involved in fishing with Marshall and love to go out and explore the area for good fishing.  Being overweight has limited what I can do outdoors I actually fell down a couple times fishing.  So, now's the time to get out of the easy chair, get started and enjoy the outdoors without fear of getting hurt.  105 lbs to loose

 

Cal

555 Views 4 Comments Permalink Tags: training, running, walking, jenny_hadfield

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!


Happy Trails,

 

Coach Jenny

612 Views 3 Comments Permalink Tags: training, running, fitness, walking, endurance, racing, jenny_hadfield
1 2 Previous Next