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My "Practice" Race Day

Posted by walkinginthelight Apr 13, 2010

So I took Coach Jenny's advice, and today was my "practice race day" . I decided whatever happens... happens. And I'm glad it happened, because now  I know what I need to change before Sunday!

I got up at 6 a.m. (regular time) got dressed, put on my "race day" shirt and my Zumba yoga pants. (yeah.... still haven't bought a pair of running pants....) Put on a good pair of athletic socks, and laced up my ankle brace for my left ankle. Put the orthotics in the running shoes, pulled my hair back in an elastic hair band. Applied the triple action antipersperant/deodorant for the active person! (learned that one early one)

At 7 a.m.,I  drank my  slimfast "meal replacement" strawberries and cream protein shake. Grabbed my pedometer, a bottled water and then realized it was a school day! Where did I think I was going? Then  yelled "KIDS COME ONE, You're going to be late for school!!!!)

Yeah, hello, today was only Tuesday. Can't get a real good "simulated race" on a school day. SO......... piled everyone up in the car.... Drove the high schooler to school first, make a quick stop at the McDonalds drive thru since I hadn't made anyone breakfast. (yeah, I know.... bad mom, right? Too busy thinking about myself this a.m., kinda forgot I still needed to do my "mom duties"!

Got the first child dropped off at high school. Oops, the second one needs a school lunch. Quick stop back to the house. Made the lunch for the middle schooler. Fortunately, this was NOT my week to drive the carpool to the 2nd child's school, and I was just finishing putting pretzels in the lunch box when his ride showed up. WHEEWWW.

Ok, check the time. 8:30, time to get the 3rd child off to shool. OK, nice day outside, she wants to ride bikes to school. Yep, lets do it.! Get the third child at school and settled, and make my way back home. Put the bike in the gararage, check the time. 9 a.m.  RATS! I was supposed to eat something high carb two hours before race time at 10. Went to the internet, google searched high carb foods. Printed off the list. Checked to see what I had in the fridge. Checked the nutrition label on the bagel. 51 grams of carbs. WOW, no wonder I stopped eating bagels! Ok, I'll have one half of the bagel, with peanut butter on it. Double checked : do I have the pedometer? yep. Do I have the I-POD? yep. Sunglasses? yep. Shoes tied with double bows? Yep. OK, drink a little more water, one last visit to the bathroom, and drive to the South Loop trail, and stretch out and be ready to start at 10. So far so good, with the exception that I only had one hour not two to digest the "carbs".

Ok, parked the car. What do I do with this big wad of car keys? Can't leave the car unlocked, purse inside. HHmmm, ok, take  the door lock/unlock remote off the keychain and put it in a pocket. Oops, no pockets!!

Plan B? Hey, how about stringing it on to the pedometer? Unhook the safety clip from the pedometer, string the car remote on it, put the safety clip back on, and hook FIRMLY to my yoga pants. OK. Any other hurdles?

Oh, hey, what about a phone? No place to put it. Leave it in the car. Not going to run with it on Sunday anyway. Water bottle? Take one more sip, just a little one, and leave in the car for when I get back . Roll windows down in car so water isn't too hot.

Next? Ok what do I do with the i-pod? Again, "NO POCKETS!" HHmmm... Lets see, ear plugs go in the ears, L must be for left, R would then be for right. . Stick it in my waist band? Yeah, lets go with that.

Time to stretch. Bend, stretch, arm circles,  OOPS! There goes the ipod down my pants! OK, so waist band was NOT a good idea. Next thought? uh, yeah, lets try tucking it down my shirt, strategically placing it inside my sports bra. OK, little cold at first, but yes I can deal with this. Just shove all the cords in the bra too! Ok, almost 10 a.m. . Get a move on, get over to the starting line ( in this case.... a wooden pole that says "RED LOOP BEGINS HERE. Followed with another sign  " red loop 2.4 miles". Ok so, knowing the trail is marked every 1/2 mile, If I run the whole loop, and then continue on a second time around, going to the 1/2 mile marker and back, that would give me 3.4 miles total. Just short of the 3.7, but close enough for today.

OK, check the time again. 2 minutes til start time. Take a deep breath. I can do this . I CAN  do this. I CAN DO THIS!!!!!    And............ GO

Ok, I'm off! Right at 10 a.m.   Feeling good.  Tunes are playing, arms are swaying. yes, I'm doing it. THIS IS THE  "practice" REAL THING! ! GO KIM! Ok, encountering lady walking her dog. That dog better not sniff me. I hate when dogs sniff me. Ok, lady pulled dog off to side of trail. Thanks Lady!  Ok, man running really fast. Wow, he must be like a marathon guy. MORE POWER TO YOU MARATHON DUDE! Ouch, left ankle hurting a little bit. Ankle brace laced up too tight. Not going to stop to loosen and re-tie. Just deal with it. Try to ignore it. Maybe it will loosen on its own. Focus.

Ok, feeling pretty good. Weather is a little windy, getting blown around a little, but no too bad. Music is pumping, thinking I'm going to move up my pace from Fast Walk to Slow Jog. Here goes..... yep, slow jog, feeling good. Stepping in rythym with the songs my son put on the play list for me. Thanks PJ! You did a good job with the song choice! Black Eyed Peas are making me move!!! BOOM BOOM POW!  Uh, problem here.... yoga.... pants..... not....staying.... up !...... Pants... slipping.... down.... !!!   Down..... by.... my...... hips!!!!!!!....... Quick, pull them up, look around, make sure no body saw. Man smiling. Hi "Man". Hope you didn't see anything you weren't supposed to!!   Try again..... jog jog jog jog jog..... pants slipping down down down. Past the hips this time....... Slip the hand around the back side, try to figure out how much is hanging out...... OK, part of a "crack". Not good. OK, this is "race day" ..... Cant stop. Can't go back to the car. Can't go home and change. Press on, keep moving forward. You don't any of these people, hopefully no one has a camera.

How come all that is coming to mind is that song "Pants on the ground, Pants on the ground, Looking like a fool with your pants on the ground"? UH, thats because YEAH!!! I am looking really stupid  here, I'm approaching the 1/2 mile marker, and my pants are falling off!

Ok, now I shall digress. Part of me wants to be SO ECSTATIC that I've lost enough weight, that my clothes are literally slipping right off of me! Yet, the other part of me is thinking how am I going to finish this race while I'm holding my pants up? Especially since I am only at the 1/2 mile marker? Light bulb moment needed.... ok, you've got the pedometer, it has a clip. Fold 2 inches of the waist band over to one side, and clip it together with the pedometer. Nope, doesn't work. Too thick. Keep running while holding up your pants until you think of something. hhmmmmm. nothing else coming to me. Look way out in front. Anyone coming? No.

Turn around, anyone one behind you? Nope. Hey, how about this? There are actually TWO clips on the pedometer. One is the clip of the pedometer itself, then there is the leash attached to it, with its own safety clip.

Gather up the waist band.... put the safety clip on. Now stretch, stretch .....STRETCH!!  Clip the pedometer part  to the waist band as far away as possible, using the pedometer and the safety clasp as a belt!  This Just Might Work! Keep jogging. Big hill. Ok, walk. Flat path again, pick up the jogging. yes, made it to the 1 mile marker. Pants have drifted down a little bit, but not to the point where I am "mooning" anyone. Ok, keep going. Just keep going. Seeing the 1 and 1/2 mile marker.

OH, Hey! I'ts Marathon Man again! WOW, did he just do that whole loop? Very impressive. Starting to get tired. Ok, just focus. Try to keep jogging til you make it to that tree. Good. Now push on, try to make it to that bridge. Ok, keep breathing. Try to make it to grass land. ....... just can't go ..... any..... further!!!.... Tired. Need to walk. WALK. Its okay to walk. But walk faster. Brisk walk. OK, better. Experiencing "cotton mouth". No water. Left it in car. Would probably cramp up anyway. Breathing heavy through the mouth. Try to breath in through the nose. Not getting enough air. Back to "mouth breathing".

There is the two mile marker. That means just 4/10 ths of a mile to go to finish the  2.4 mile loop. Start jogging. Pretend its a finish line. Thats it. Pretend you see people cheering you on. Listen to the Black Eyed Peas singing.  OOO WHHOOO. TONIGHTS GONNA BE A GOOD NIGHT! Yes, cross the finish line!!! (ok, again, just a wooden pole that says Red Loop ends here) Now turn around, Start on the Blue loop, go out 1/2 mile, then come back. Do whatever you can. Walk a few steps..... start jogging...... yeah, try to keep going...... nope, going back to the brisk walk. Ok. Push it! Stop being a wimp. JOG! yes, JOG! OK. Started jogging. still jogging, still jogging. Seeing the .5 mile marker. Wow, that means actually 2.9. Keep going, turn around, now finish strong. Jog this whole last 1/2 mile. Jog. Thats it. I want to quit. NO! Look, theres your husband! There's your daughter! They are cheering for you (yes, this is just in my mind.... but they will be there on Sunday)  Look! There's a camera crew ! They are filming this for the evening news! Pull your pants up, keep breathing, keep moving foward. Don't worry that Marathon Man has just blown by you again. There is the finish! You can do it! Keep Going KIM!!!!!!!    YES!!!!!   YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Three point four miles. 3.4 yep 3.4 Quick, check the pedometer. Time? 46 minutes! Wow? Is that good? Who knows. Who cares? Does the time really matter? Isn't what's important that I finished!!!!! YES I FINISHED!

My goal for this Sunday's Run for Water  is to finish the 3.7 in under 60 minutes, and based on my trial run today, I think I can do it! Just keep smiling, and thinking about that song Pants on the Ground. Mainly, just keep smiling!

 

 

 

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Got injury resistance?

Posted by Jessi Stensland Apr 1, 2010

Hello team!!  Love being here with you all!!  What a cool journey and camraderie you’ve got going. Super inspiring.

 

I’m here to offer up something that I hope may add something to your understanding of how to drastically reduce, if not completely eliminate chronic injury in your sport and your life.  I know it did for me.  I've been free of chronic pain and injury since 2004.  It’s nothing new.  It’s something that’s so simple, yet so overlooked.  The end result of which is…how about this:

 

“...the ability to avoid acts that injure"


and, my favorite, smile more.  : )

 

It’s called being “injury resistant.”  I’ve heard all too often that people are quick to blame everything but themselves for their injuries.  When the reality is YOU can and should, be in control of your body.

 

Think about it this way:

 

Imagine you have to carry around a long, sharp knife all day long. But you zone out, don’t think about it and go along with your day.  You brush your teeth, pick up your child, drive the car, shake some hands, do your job, etc.  There has to be a one in a google’s chance that you won’t “injure yourself” (and someone else for that matter.)  But lets say that instead, that you don’t want to get injured (just a guess…) and you decide you will do all you can to avoid getting injured all day long.  You decide to control the knife, or, more precisely, you use your brain to control the muscles in your arm that are controlling the knife.  You make decisions all day long about how to move so that you wouldn’t get injured.  That way, you drastically reduce, if not completely eliminate the possibility of “injuring yourself.”

 

Now, you have all set a performance goal…the race at the end of this journey.  The not-so-new newsflash:  You can’t even get to the start line, let alone the finish line, if you’re injured.  You could, of course, compete with pain or injury, however it may be a very unpleasant experience.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t run to add something unpleasant to my life!

 

The good news for all of us is that the same choices and training elements that will keep us injury-free are also the same things that will keep us running most efficient and fast (and smiley!) and even better…as we simply LIVE the rest of our life.  You’ve heard them all before:  flexibility, mobility, strength, elasticity (might be a new one – think plyometrics,) stability, and cardio capacity.  (Nutrition and sleep are additional factors, among others, but I’ll stick to the body and its biomechanics here…)

 

Now often this is when people zone out from what I’m saying for two reasons:

 

1.  They have no more time in their day to spend on “this stuff” and/or

2.  They don’t truly grasp how paramount each is to their running experience every running stride.

 

I can prove to you right now that there is something you can do increase your control over your body and its injury resistance while spending no more time in your day…

 

Question: How’s your posture right now?

 

Could you be sitting or standing up taller?  Could your left and right side symmetry be better, i.e. are your hips, knees and ankles in alignment on each leg (i.e. no legs crossed if your sitting down!) feet flat on the floor, toes facing forwards and not at an angle?

 

Injuries rely upon weaknesses, imbalances and compensation patterns to rear their ugly heads.  Don’t let em have it.

 

Let me tell you, your knees likes to stay in line with your hip and ankle, but they have no say in the matter.  The knee itself is just a joint and can only react to what the muscles controlling it do, or fail to do.  You can have control over that when you’re running, just as you did in your posture right now.   That thing called Runner’s Knee?  There’s no such thing.  It’s called “glute weakness.”  Proper, strong posture (i.e. the ability to stabilize and protect the spine) is the “backbone” of being able to control the movement of our arms and our legs and get the most out of them.

 

Posture never used to be as big of a problem, why?  Because 1) We never sat around so much and 2) We used to run for a reason (life or death or to kill to eat) and not just to get from point A to point B, plodding along if we want.  When I start the running movement session of my MovementU workshops I first have everyone run 15 yards like their life depended on it.  That they have to get to that spot as quick as possible or someone’s going to die.  I tell you what, their posture changes, their knees drive upward and they are NOT heel striking.  Try it! [Note: Unless you’re dealing with a current injury, don’t worry about getting injured.]  That’s how we were born to run.  Nothing’s changed mechanically, and we can tone down the intensity for distance and time, but now we have to use our brains to re-create habits that allow us do the same thing, with those same, purposeful mechanics.

 

A commitment to challenging your functional movement, strength and stability training is important to your running.  They aren’t “extras” to be done in addition to running miles.  They are the foundation and should be incorporated into the time you have to spend on your running training.   Resources like CorePerformance.com and TRX Suspension training at FitnessAnywhere.com for example are couple great examples of being efficient and fun with your running fitness.

 

This is all food for thought, but your action step is this:

 

At the very least, sit or stand taller and more symmetrical more often throughout the day.  If it feels hard, it will become easier the more you do it, and this is where functional strength training also comes in.  When you challenge yourself and increase your strength and stability, you’ll find simply sitting or standing properly, with no added weight, becomes much easier, and it will also increase your ability to withstand those additional forces as you hit the ground running, allowing you to maintain proper posture longer during your runs.

 

When running, do the same thing, starting now.   Make it a priority to think tall and strong, as often as you can, and then aim to increase the time you’re able to spend doing it.  It will make a bigger difference than you think!

 

 

I look forward to seeing your journey unfold...

 

Be great and move well!!

 

Jessi Stensland

 

Professional Triathlete / www.gojessi.com

Movement Specialist / Creator of MovementU / www.movementu.com

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Hey everyone,

It's time for another blogging contest! This time I am adding a few new categories and I am excited to see how creative everyone gets. The contest starts today and runs through Sunday April 11. Awards will be handed out for the following:

  • Best true story posted about motivating another person to get Active. For example: "I motivated my lazy dad/cousin/friend to go running with me when he/she was visiting. They only made it around the neighborhood once but it's the first time in 15 years they have put on running shoes..."
  • Best training photo of yourself--have fun with this!
  • Most inspirational comment on another person's post
  • Most creative post--think video, photos, creative writing, etc.

 

Here is a post from last year to help get your creative juices flowing:)

http://community.active.com/blogs/get-active-first-marathon/2009/03/01/training-update

 

Finally I am going to extend the "most people at a workout" challenge to be part of this contest period. Take a photo with your group at the workout and post it in the blog.

Good luck and keep up the great work!

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Changing up the routine

Posted by mattscot Mar 25, 2010

I've been forced to change up my routine this week. I've been running the same route around my apartment complex since the start of this program. It's made it easy as it was a great way to gauge my progress. The loop around the complex was exactly 1/2 mile. It was close to home and I could easily keep track of my pace. But, for the past two weeks, the roads have been getting repaved. So I've been venturing out and exploring new routes. Depending on the time length of the run, I've been running in one direction for the first half and turning around at the midpoint to try and get back in the same amount of time. I've had no idea how far I actually ran until afterwards. I've seen success in meeting the challenge of maintaining the same pace for the second half of the run. Unfortunately, the pace has been slower because I've been apprehensive about going out to far in fear that I won't make it back in time. I've gone from about 8: 35 per mile to 10:00 per mile!

 

As far as the cross training goes, I'll be getting more than my fair share in the near future. I'm going to be working for the Pittsburgh Pirates new minor league team as their mascot. It's been awhile since I've put a costume on, so I'm looking forward to getting back out there. The sweating should help with my weight loss. I've just got to be careful to keep the diet going and not fall back on ball park fare.

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Race Day Count Down!

Posted by walkinginthelight Mar 18, 2010

OK fellow "who wants to get active 2010" participants!! Do you know what today is! Thats right, its MARCH 18!!!

That means we have ONE MONTH until our Run for Water Races! Keep up the training! You are all doing GREAT!

One month in to this program, and I feel so energized! My clothes are fitting better, I've got a spring to my step, and someone even told me that "my face looks smaller!" (which I am going to take as a wierd compliment??!)

I know today was a "rest" day, but I was out in the yard this afternoon with my husband, son, and daughter, and we actually played soccer for about a half hour or so! The weather is getting so nice, I just want to be outside ALL THE TIME!! I might actually purchase a pair of shorts sometime soon! My legs are getting so much excercise now, then don't look like tree trunks so much anymore! And I might actually seem some definition from where my calf ends, and my ankle begins! It won't be a "cankle" anymore!  Oh, Dare to Dream, huh?

Well, I will be at the CHICAGO race one month from TODAY! Give a shout out! Where will YOU be??

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In honor of making it nearly halfway through the program, I present you with the Halfway There Training Challenge. I want to see who can get the most people to join them for a single training session. Show the people in your life how exciting it is to be active! Invite your family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, even your entire congregation to join you for one of your workouts. You must take a photo for evidence and post it in the blog. You have until Monday the 29th to post the photo. And yes, there will be a prize.

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Learning Lessons the hard way

Posted by mattscot Mar 14, 2010

This was just not my week for training. My entire body is aching!

 

I didn't go as hard as I would have liked because of the blisters I got from ice skating. They weren't terrible, just big enough to be slightly irritating for Monday's run. But it turned out that blisters would be the least of my concerns this week.

 

Before this week, if I had been asked about my take on stretching, it would have sounded much like NBA basketball player Allen Iverson and his take on practice. Yeah, sure it's a good idea, but it isn't always necessary! And when I did stretch it was only for about a minute or two total. But my body has been screaming with aches and pains for my neglecting any sort of stretching this week.

 

On Friday morning, I woke up with very little desire to get out of bed. That was partly due to my aching lower body after some cross-training sessions with a trainer at my gym. He thought it would be a good idea to put me through a boot-camp style workout focused on resistance training. Who knew some giant rubber bands could inflict that much pain! I've found muscles that I never knew existed!

 

The other reason I didn't want to move from my pillow was the realization that I had symptoms of a head cold. My nose has done more running in 48 hours than I've done with my legs all week! I didn't want to neglect the schedule so I stuck with my Saturday run. But I was hesitant because I wasn't sure how to handle running with nasal congestion. Then I remembered that Mark Remy had the remedy for such a situation in his book, The Runner's Rule Book. The book is a humorous read on all the un-written rules about running. In rule 1.18, he describes the Farmer's Blow, a technique to clear mucus from the nostrils while on the run. This may be a little too graphic for some, but I thought it would be appropriate to share his technique:

 

1. Breathe in through your mouth, like your gasping.

2. Lay a forefinger against one nostril and compress firmly.

3. Purse your lips.

4. Turn your head slightly in the direction of the open nostril and exhale forcefully through your nose.

5. Repeat with other nostril, if needed.

 

Let's just say I didn't have beginner's luck on my first attempt at the Farmer's Blow. I didn't take into account that I was running into the wind!

 

If there was one thing that saved me on my runs this week, it was the purchase of the greatest product for those runners with thicker thighs. If you're like me, I would highly recommend an investment into an anti-chafing stick. When I was walking this week, I was a little slow because of stiff muscles. But thanks to this product, I was happy to not look like I just got off a horse!

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Building a base

Posted by davedunham Mar 2, 2010

Building a base is the most important part of the beginning of any program.  Two of the biggest mistakes made are doing too much early on in the build-up phase and running too fast.

 

The object of building a base is to slowly build up your aerobic conditioning.  If this is done too quickly you will likely end up injured.  Most newcomers make the mistake of overdoing it early on and never recover.

 

At the very beginning all running should be done at conversation pace.  If you cannot speak coherently (assuming you could while not running) while running you are going too fast.  Slow down and enjoy the run.  Typically this would be about 60-75% of your maximum heart rate, but if you don’t have a heart-rate monitor or don’t want to be constantly checking your pulse the easiest thing to do is the talk test.  If you cannot talk you are going too fast.  The time for speed-work will come later in the program, right now your focus should be to get time on your feet running.

 

I’m not sure how long your program is and if you are starting from “scratch” but the base building should take about 3 months.  You should increase your mileage each week by 10% during the building phase.  That can be done by either increasing each of your runs, or if you are only running 3-4 times a week the easiest way to increase is to add an additional day of running.  You should discuss your mileage with your coach and be careful to adjust as injury/illness/life changes your plans.

 

Good luck and be careful out there!

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What A Week!

Posted by mattscot Feb 27, 2010

With all the excitement of the Winter Olympics, I've been really excited about training. Yeah, I know a native Floridian of my age and ability has as much of a chance of one day making the Winter Olympics as a snowball's chance in he--, but it certainly helps to motivate when you see people living out their dreams on the world's biggest stage.

 

I've been running occassionally before the start of this program, but my first run under this program suprised me. I managed to run 2.5 miles in 20:42! I felt a ton of energy and even thought about going a little further. But with the understanding that there's a method to the madness of this training process, I held back.

 

 

On Tuesday, the wife treated me to an early birthday present. We went to the specialty running store and I got new shoes! The store experience was incredible. They took a blueprint of my foot to see where I put the most pressure and to look at my arch. Then they put me in a neutral shoe and had me run on the treadmill where they conducted a video-taped gait analysis. Up until now, I always went with the lightweight shoe. I thought that since I was already carrying more body weight than I needed to, the last thing I needed was to lace up with bricks on my feet. But from all the stuff they put me through, I found out that when I run, I pronate- meaning that when my foot lands, it does so on the outside of the foot and rolls inward. The solution was to put me in a shoe that provides stability when my foot strikes the ground.

Thinking that the community pool at my apartment complex was heated, I chose swimming for my cross training. NOT the best idea I've ever had! Turns out the pool isn't heated and central Florida was in the midst of a cold front. So I followed up my polar bear like training with a few minutes of relaxation in the hot tub!

 

On Wednesday, I learned just how old I am. It was a hectic day with lots of stuff going on. I almost forgot about my training. At 11:30 that night, I laced up my brand new shoes for the first time and headed out. I didn't want to mess with the training schedule in the first week.  The results were nothing like the Monday run! I was running into the wind and trying to break in new shoes that weighed significantly more than I'm accustomed to. But at least, I looked good doing it. Near the end, my legs felt like twigs about to snap. Maybe it was the heavier shoe, or running into the wind, or that extra slice of birthday cake, but I was much slower with a time of 20:24 for a total of 2.25 miles.

 

On Friday, I went up to Tampa to check out the scene of a health and fitness expo for the Gasparilla Distance Classic- Tampa's biggest marathon event. I figured that if I'm going to do one of these one day, I wanted to see what all the excitement was about. I can only imagine what standing at the starting line in April is going to feel like, but if it's anything like the excitement surrounding the anticipation of the event this weekend, I can't wait!

 

As far as my dieting goes, I'm seeing some great results. A couple of weeks before, my wife and I started on the South Beach Diet. As I weighed in this morning, I am down 24 lbs. from what I weighed in at on New Year's Day!

 

With all of the temptations and distractions, this week, it's been hard to find consistency with my schedule and diet. I'm sure that over time I will find ways to handle these issues a little better. With that being said, it's hard to find a reason to complain, because the results I've seen so far have been incredible.

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Chasing a Dream

Posted by mattscot Feb 4, 2010

I recently saw a bumper sticker proclaiming that "running is cheaper than therapy." And therapy is something I could really use these days. This past year has been a roller coaster of ups and downs as I experience some major life changes.

 

In April of last year, I lost my dream job. Every little boy dreams of playing professional sports. My dream job was a little more unconventional. It still involved professional sports. But I had the privilege for three years to fulfill my dream and portray the team mascot. . When I would tell people what I did for a living, one of their first comments  was usually, "You must lose a lot of weight with all that sweating." In the course of a game I would typically lose about 6-8 pounds, but it was all water weight. And it didn't take long for me to gain the weight back. I would often join my coworkers at the bar for a post-game celebration, or as was usually the case with my team, we would drown our disappointments in another frustrating loss and stare into the bottom of our frosty mugs.  With that said, it was a great job and I had a lot of really great times because of it. But professional mascot jobs are few and far between. So I've been applying for jobs trying to transition into a more conventional career path in marketing. But there aren't a lot of companies out there that want to hire a guy who used to dress up in a furry costume and make a fool of himself to get people's attention for a living. So now that that dream job is over, I'll continue searching for a new job opportunity and meanwhile I've come up with a new dream that isn't necessarily career-minded.

 

And I'm going to fulfill this new dream with the support of my new bride. I got married to my incredible wife, Kristen, back in July. Marriage has been a wonderful experience thus far and she is an awesome support system for me. Back in December, we were overjoyed to learn that Kristen was pregnant. We had a great time over the holidays telling our closest family and friends about our news. As I began to think about my future as a father, I knew that I wanted to be an example for my child and not follow the "Do as I say, not as I do" philosophy. So I began to think about my fitness level. And visiting my sister was a "big" (pun intended) clue that something needed to change. As I stood next to my pregnant sister ( who is due in March) I noticed that my belly was farther along than her pregnant one.

 

While we were visiting my family, I came across an article that promoted a website where I could take an in-depth questionnaire to find out my life expectancy based on my current lifestyle. I took the quiz and found out that at the age of 30 (soon to be 31) I should be in the midst of a mid-life crisis. I thought I had another decade before that happened, but this quiz told me that I would live to the age of 66.3, if I continued to keep up this lifestyle.  Ultimately, this led me to decide that a drastic change was needed. So I came up with this new dream.

 

That dream is to one day complete an ultramarathon. I realize that this might seem to be a lofty goal for a fat guy. But I don't do things on a small scale (see my belly for that proof!). When I say ultramarathon, I'm not talking in terms of Forrest Gump-like distances, but with my track record, that isn't something that is out of the question. As a kid, I was a scrawny little punk that could run up and down the soccer field all day. But a knee injury as a pre-teen slowed me down to the point where I would rather lounge in front of the TV then get out and run around with friends. So now that I've come to the realization that that wasn't the best decision, I chose running to get back into shape. I made this decision because I really enjoyed the freedom of running, I experienced as a kid.

 

Shortly into the new year, I ran into my first hurdle. Just as Kristen and I were planning for our new arrival, we experienced a miscarriage. After this unfortunate event, it was hard to think about running at all. But as time has passed, and with the idea that running is cheap therapy, I realized that chasing my dream and going for a run is much better than lounging on the couch and constantly asking "Why?". Besides, as slow as I am, it gives me a lot of time to think.

 

By being a part of this training program, it is my hope that I gain the knowledge and the necessary tools to help me as I begin the pursuit of my ultimate dream to complete an ultramarathon.

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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

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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

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