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40 Days

Posted by walkinginthelight Apr 7, 2010

So it dawned on me today just how really close we are to race day, and how this program will soon be coming to an end.  I started thinking about these 8 weeks that we will be in training.  It really got me thinking. I mean really thinking deep.... DEEP!

Ok, so I’m training 5 days a week. That’s 5 times a week  for 8 weeks. That’s a total of  40 days.

40 days. 40. That’s’ it. 40. Will I be ready?  Can anything significant really be accomplished in just forty days? Can it?

40 days.  Just 40 days. Well, think about this for a moment….

Noah was on his ark when it rained for 40 days and nights when God decided to cleanse the earth from all evil (see “Genesis”)

Moses went up to the mountain top for 40 days, where God gave him the tablets for the ten commandments (see “Exodus”)

Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan ( see “Luke”)

There are 40 days of prayer and fasting during the Lenten season.

After Jesus’  resurrection, he was seen for 40 days, and spoke of the kingdom of God (“Acts”)

WOW! Yes, those are just a few POWERFUL THINGS that happened in JUST 40 DAYS!


I  went back and read some blogs from my “Team Walk It Off” team mates.  

Ruth stated she feels in control of her life and of her eating. She has lost at least 9 pounds, and is enjoying time with her 3 girls.  She is saying NO to her temptations!

Megan went to her own mountain top, so to speak, when she climbed to the top of Diamond Head in Hawaii, no small feat I might add!

Jason made his own version of his personal commandments , rules he will follow. He will not give up, he will not let you stand is his way, he will not go down without a fight!

To my team mates, I say “ I SALUTE YOU” .  You are each unique, incredible people, and I am honored to have had the privilege of getting to know you, and see what  you have accomplished in just 40 days!

Stay inspired, do not give in to your temptations. YOU CAN DO IT!  Just see WHAT FAITH CAN DO

I’d like to leave you with the words to one of my favorite songs. It’s by a Christian group called Kutless. I am going to try to attach their You Tube video, if it doesn’t work, please google search it. Below are the words.  Very powerful, and with our recent journey during this 40 day training program,  also very appropriate. 



What Faith Can Do by KUTLESS


Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining


I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do


It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try
Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright
Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing


I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do


Overcome the odds
When you don't have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can!


I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That's what faith can do!
Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise




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I dread the treadmill!!

Posted by mattscot Apr 6, 2010

To say the least, life has been crazy for me lately! Before I get started on telling you all about the running I've been up to, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate my sister and brother-in-law on the birth of their son, Graham. My wife and I made the trek up to Atlanta to be a part of this incredible experience. Although I wasn't actually there for the birth, I had the opportunity to witness how tough my sister truly was as she dealt with the labor pains. As I've been struggling to get motivated for a 35 minute run...that's nothing compared to her 34 hours in the hospital before giving birth! 



Driving up to Atlanta, I gave a lot of thought to when and where I would try to get my workouts in. But once again, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry! Figuring that there would be a lot of down time as we waited to hear the news, I thought I would have plenty of time to run. When we got there, the plans quickly changed. I didn't want to be too far from the phone so I wasn't too thrilled about going for a run around the neighborhood. And then my decision was made clear once I realized that they had these really steep things called hills! Now I know that hills are a great workout tool but for a Florida boy who is new to running, these hills were just too intimidating! Besides, the steepest part of the course for my upcoming Run For Water would be a speed bump. So I jumped on the treadmill in my parent's basement for my running days. It didn't take long before I started to dread another step on the treadmill.


I hear all these great benefits about using a treadmill for a great run. But running in place can get so boring! Even though I've only been running for a little while now, I've found that the benefits of running outside and enjoying the surroundings are so much better. Treadmills are often promoted for their convenience. "You can watch tv or read a book while you run!" YEAH, RIGHT! I flipped on the tv and had to crank up the volume to a ridiculous level just to slightly hear it as the sound of the motor on the treadmill drowned out the tv volume. Then there's this idea that you can read on the treadmill. Not if you actually want to run. With every step I took, the pages of my book or magazine would bounce around and I would easily lose my place. The only thing really convenient about the treadmill was the ability to end the run with the push of a button. The demands of running can be strenuous and the temptation to call it quits by simply pushing the STOP button before you complete your goal can just as easily hinder your efforts.


After our visit to Atlanta, my wife tells me now that she wants a treadmill! I think I'm going to have to find ways to convince her to put off that purchase for awhile. I know the downstairs neighbors in our apartment complex would certainly appreciate it if we waited until we find a place on the ground floor!

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The last few days I've gotten plenty of emails , letters in the mail, and notes home from the kids schools and coaches with the updates on their Spring sporting events and other activities. Letting me know about practice schedules and game days.


Madeline, my almost 15 year old, currently has track practice 5 days a week, and her first "meet" is this Thursday. She is also an avid equestrian, and takes riding lessons, and just registered for two horse shows coming up in June. Additionally, she  competes in a "tetrathalon" with her horse, which is a two day event, consisting of four separate phases: she swims, she runs, she shoots an air pistol (target shooting), and she then rides her horse over a combination of 12 or so jumps. Swimming and shooting practices will be starting up soon, too! She also participates in Polocrosse, which is "LaCrosse on horseback". Yeah, its crazy!


Patrick, my almost 14 year old, currently has baseball practice every Friday, and has his first game this weekend. Once school gets out, practices get bumped up to 2 or 3 times per week. He also takes guitar, and starting in June, will begin football practice five days a week  for the freshmen high school team. He got so busy, he had to give up tennis.


Eloise, my 5 year old, has ballet/tap dance every Monday, Bible school every Wednesday, and Girl Scouts on Thursdays. And she is starting soccer, with her first practice this weekend, and games starting in two weeks!


So as I look at my calendar, and update  the days of each child's practices, games, lessons, etc. it reminded me of why I wanted to be an "" participant. I had written to Michelle that I was the chauffeur for my children, toting them  around to all their various activities, and also had the role of the " cheerleader"  on the side lines, yelling "You can do it!" "Good job!"  and "Way to go"!

My goal was to get active myself!  Not just sit on the side cheering, but "get in the game".

I feel now that the mission has been accomplished. I looked at the calendar and saw the entry for April 18th. It said "KIM" : Run for Water in Chicago.

It brought a smile to my face at the realization that "I'M" on the calander. Thats right, ME!  I HAVE AN EVENT TOO! And it will be great when my family will be at the finish line, this time, cheering for ME!


Thank you active .com for helping me reach my goal! I am getting off the sideline, and getting in the game!


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Well after being gone for a week on Spring Break, we had put our mail delivery on hold. So I went to the post office to receive a huge box of what I presumably thought would be "junk mail". I was so excited to be wrong!!Buried in the 2 foot stack of magazines, papers and letters, were several padded envelopes. One of which was my new Omron Pedometer!!! Hurray!!! It's here!!!' I was so excited!!!!  THANK YOU ACTIVE..COM!!!  I opened it up as fast as I could, read the instructions, inserted the battery, set my weight, calculated my stride, set the time, etc. and IT IS SO AWESOME! I love that is has the extra safety clip, that's a great feature. I've been walking all over with it, and it is so cool to see how many calories I have burned, and how many steps I have taken. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!

But to top it off, ALSO in the mail was the $100 gift certificate to the restaurant of my choice, AND the $100 gift certificate to the sports store!!! Prizes I had won for my blog posts from on of the earlier contests! WHAT A GREAT DAY! Can't wait to go get some real jazzy outfit to wear on 4/18 for the Run for Water in Chicago.  I can't believe its less that two weeks away now!! GO TEAM WALK IT OFF!!

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Wow, time flies when you're getting active, doesn't it?  It seems like only yesterday that we were all getting to know one another.  And look at you all now, moving regularly, losing weight in a healthy way and gearing up for your race in two weeks!  You've done a phenomenal job of weaving in healthy behaviors and waving goodbye to the not-so-healthy habits.  Your blog posts are also beginning to reflect those healthy changes as new habits.  Way to go Teams!  You are getting active for a lifetime!  This week is the perfect time to focus on race day.  Here are a few tips to guide you to the finish line with a smile on your face.


  • Go with what you know.  As the race draws near, it is wise to stay true to your habits as that is what has gotten you this far.  Sometimes race week ignites race nerves and can fuel the need to second guess yourself on what to eat, how to train and what to wear.  If you start to question what to do, chalk it up to race nerves and stick to what you've practiced the past six weeks. 


  • Eat familier foods that digest well race week.  It is tempting to  eat differently race week and making a few small tweaks is fine, but avoid drastically changing your foods as it can cause stomach upset race morning.  Stick with foods that you've eaten with low drama (gastric upset).  A traditional meal the night before is pasta, however you may boost your carbohydrate levels with rice, veggies and lean protein like chicken.  Race morning eat a small meal made of high carbohydrates, low fat and fiber and a little protein at least 2 hours prior to the start of the event.  This will give you enough time to digest the meal so it is not sitting in your stomach when the gun goes off.  If you wake up late, drink your meal with a sports drink. 


  • Review your logbook.  Your recipe for success is already well documented in your logbooks.  If a moment of fear pops into your head, take a look at how far you've come.  The sum of all the miles you've covered and changes made are more than enough to fuel your race day performance.  You are ready for the race!


  • Develop a dress rehearsal.  Set up a race simulation this weekend and run/walk at the same time as the race.  Set out your clothes the night before and practice your meal the night before and the pre-race breakfast.  This will give you an idea of how things will go on race morning and calm race nerves.  Set up an out-and-back course and pace yourself slightly slower for the first half and pick up the pace in the second half.  Pacing wisely in the early miles will help you run or walk strong through the finish line and your photo will look much better too!


  • Race wisely.  Line up according to your planned pace.  If you are out to win it, toe-the-line, otherwise position yourself by your pace to avoid getting sucked into a void of faster paced participants and going out too fast.  They may have pace signs indicating where to line up, but if not place yourself in front of mid-pack if you're at 9-minute per mile or faster, middle of the pack for 9-12:00, or in the last quarter of the pack for 12:00+ pace.  This will help you better pace yourself on the course and finish strong!  Run/walk the tangents at the corners (a straight line just outside the turn) rather than the long way around every corner.  This is what the pro runners do so they don't add mileage to the race!  Finally, perform a head-to-toe inventory at every mile on the course to keep in touch with how your body is moving.  When fatigue sets in it is easy to slip into inefficient form and waste energy along the way.

    • Keep your head focused forward
    • Relax the shoulders
    • Hands relaxed and arms swinging like a pendulum from the shoulders
    • Chest tall and hips under the shoulders
    • Shorter, quick strides landing under the hips



Have a wonderful week!


Coach Jenny Hadfield

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3rd Goal MET!!

Posted by walkinginthelight Apr 5, 2010

So today was weigh in day.  I decided to break the  "who wants to get active" challenge into four 2-week personal challenges. Not missing a training day, remembering to blog, encouraging team mates, and losing weight. The first two weeks "reward" was to get a pedicure, which was great. My second two week reward was a massage. I got that when I was in North Carolina for Spring Break. We went to a spa, and I had a Volcanic Stone Massage. It was absolutely the most fantastic massage every. Hot stones rubbed all over your body. Oh, it felt so good! Too bad it was only for 50 minutes!

So today was the conclusion of the 3rd two week challenge. I have lost an additional 5 pounds, bringing my overall total in the past 6 weeks to 14 pounds!!!!! I AM SO HAPPY! I am rewarding myself with some new clothes! I was going to get a new pair of jeans, but since the weather is getting so nice, I'm getting a couple pairs of shorts instead. I am now two whole sizes smaller! and my legs look decent enough to be seen!

Now we are down to the final two weeks of the program! I can't believe its going by so fast!  I"m registerd for the race, and my 14 year old daughter is going to walk/run  with me. Going to really push for these last two weeks and finish strong.

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So I am still trying to play around with the whole "adding pictures and video" concept, so bear with my while I am still learning!


Yesterday we enjoyed a lovely afternoon with my in-laws, celebrating Easter. Church in the morning, followed by a huge Easter meal of ham and leg of lamb. My mother-in-law is hands down the best cook I know. The meal was complete with sweet potatoes, asparagus , au gratin potatoes, fresh fruit and whole grain rolls. And of course the hard boiled eggs!

Planning ahead, I brought a change of clothes along, and after the meal changed into a pair of sweat pants and sweat shirt. I suggested we all go for an after dinner walk, and everyone agreed! Photos below include my daughter, husband, and both in-laws. It was great to be back out in the fresh air, and a great way to walk off our calories. ( I did still watch what I ate, and made sure to have small portions) I do confess that I did have a couple of malted milk eggs and jelly beans, but not too many!




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My promise

Posted by ilived Apr 5, 2010

I will not give up and be another statistic,

I will not fall into the status quoa,

I will not be considered a loser,

I will not be told that I am not some body,

I will not let you stand in my way,

I will not accept something because it is more convenient,

                                                                                                                                                                            I will not go down without a fight,

                                                                                                                                                                         I will be a leader and not a follower,

                                                                                                                                                           I will lead an active life style and not be a Fat boy anymore!

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Posted by epeaslee Apr 5, 2010

Oh I had such a nice weekend. Friday was a half day at work so I spent Friday night at Barnsley Gardens with my family. It was so nice and relaxing and fun. The best thing was I went canoeing. I had never canoed(this may or may not be a word) myself. Last time my Dad paddeled me around( I was pregnant so cut me some slack) but this time I was an active participant. I would strongly suggest this for anyone stressing out, it is so relaxing. Its a good arm work out too. The wind was blowing and we had to keep paddeling or it would blow us into reeds which scared the poor turtles who were sunning themselves. I gave myself the weekend off from my diet. I'm glad I did because when I got to my room the fairy god mother, you heard right they have a fairy god mother, left me an adorable smore kit with a note saying "Have s'more fun". Check I did that I also indulged in the free wine and cheese reception. I tried to eat a piece of chicken but it was gross, I'm really not having any problem giving up meat I don't even like it. I do like cheese, that is the hardest for me. Milk isn't a problem because I can use almond milk in my cereal and I didn't like milk to start with. Butter isn't a problem because I use Earth Balance sticks when I cook and I never buttered anything usually. Cheese is a whole other issue I LOVE it vegetarians and vegans are liars don't listen to them their "cheese" isn't even close It try to eat it and it makes me mad.


I'm hiking like every other day. I usually hike the same couple of places which is cool because I can see a big improvment in my endurance. I'm probably going again today, but I might switch it up and bike, stationary I don't know how to ride a bike or swim or skate. I'm plannning on learning how to bike and soon It wont be pretty I have no balance!


I'm not sure if I have lost any weight I usually do my weekly weigh in on Monday morning, but I'm waiting until tomorrow so I lose the wine bloat. I feel smaller and I think that should count = ) 


So two weeks to go until race day. I'm ready I feel good about it. I hope everyone else is feeling confident too!  

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Aloha y'all

Posted by mekani Apr 4, 2010

Hey everybody!  Missed being in touch with you.  Was in Hawaii last week for a quick vacation sick!  You know when you're working, taking care of your family, trying to meet all of your obligations, etc. and you finally get a moment to be still?  That's when your body seizes the opportunity to get sick.  I soldiered on and took every opportunity to get my exercise in though and make the most of our few days away.


We took a hike to the top of Diamond Head and I remembered to take my beautiful pedometer from Active and if memory serves it was 2600 steps and that was all up hill!   Took a shot at the top of it with my trusty pedometer for Michelle!   Our plan was to go snorkeling after we got down the mountain but the whole time we were in Hawaii, it was super windy and the conditions weren't great for being in the water.   I easily managed to log 7500 to 10,000 steps every day I was there.  Whether it was just shopping or walking for sightseeing, walking to dinner, it was really easy to get in a lot of walking.


On our last day we hiked to Manoa Falls which is about a 3 mile hike round trip.  I've attached a video to share the beautiful forest we went through.  Please forgive my sniffling in the background.

On the food side of our trip, while I ate all of my favorite hometown foods, we really only ended eating a couple of times a day and all the walking we did took care of anything we indulged in.  Malasadas (kind of like big Portuguese doughnut holes), poke (raw fish cut in small pieces mixed with oil or soy sauce, etc.), lau laus (pork, or chicken and taro steamed in a ti leaf) pipi kaula (kinda like reaalllly good beef jerky).  We were both kind of surprised how little alcohol we drank all week.  Just didn't need it to unwind, we had one evening of cocktails to celebrate being on vacation, but that was really it.


I hope you all are working it out and staying tough.  Even though I'm on the last little bit of this cold, I'm refreshed and ready to start a fresh week!


(Fingers crossed that my pictures and video all attach correctly and you all can see them!)  Mahalo! A hui hou!

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Well, I am back home to the Windy City, after spending a week in North Carolina visiting with family.  If I could sum up the week, I would say it was "VICTORIOUS!". Each day brought new adventures, challenges and SUCCESSES! The weather was gorgeous and we spent as much time out doors as we possibly could. The week was filled with daily walks for me, and bike rides for the kids as they tagged along behind me. We visited several different local parks and forest preserves. and one day even went hiking and climbing where we saw some awesome waterfalls!


Our favorite park by far was located in Summerfield, and it had EVERYTHING that the outdoor enthusiast could possibly want. Bike trails, walking paths, big open areas for flying kites (which we did!) , a fishing pond, playground equipment and even EXCERCISE EQUIPMENT!  I have never seen a park that had an "outdoor gym!". What a blast! Not only was I able to do my walking training, but use the "equipment" too, for that "complete workout " experience! I've attached some photos (and I'll try to attach video too)


Dining out for lunch and dinner every day was not as hard as I thought it was going to be. I made the best decisions I could for meals, opting for water to drink (instead of the calorie laced "sweet tea", and ordered fresh fruit plates as often as possible. One of the most rewarding days came at the end of the week, when I needed to borrow clothes from my cousin. Since I had only packed  "cool weather clothes", the 84 degree day took me by suprise, and my long sleeve shirts and jeans just weren't going to cut it. When I was able to fit into my cousins shorts, (which were TWO SIZES smaller than the size I wore!!)Then I knew that all my training was paying off! But the best part of the the trip, is the fact that nobody asked "what are we going to do today?" They had all been conditioned by then, they knew we were headed to the park to excercise. It was more like "which one do you want to go to today?"


We got home last night, and yes it was great to sleep in my own bed again. This morning I stepped on the scale and I was ecstatic to find I was down 2 and half pounds!!!!! I was hoping just not to gain any weight, but

actually losing weight was incredible. Sweet sweet victory!



Enjoy the photos!!


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Fresh Start...

Posted by ilived Apr 3, 2010

This time of year always brings a lot of reflections for me but it is also the time of "Fresh starts"  and new beginnings!  We all have the same goals of losing weight, looking better and feeling better.  And we are all taking the right steps in making at least one part of our life better.  This usually makes our general well being better.  I love where I am at right now but want to continue and strive to do better.  I hope all have a Happy Easter and a great day!! 



Rock on team "Walk it off"!



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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 and TRX Suspension training at 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 /

Movement Specialist / Creator of MovementU /

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LiFe LiFe LiFe...

Posted by Roxychic87 Apr 1, 2010

Hello my amazing active friends,


I just looked at my calendar today and realized we are already in April. My birthday is two months from today. This past week has been a bit crazy for me. I realized so much about myself and about others. One of my good friends who I can hang out with all the time realized suffers from depression. It is something that is common now with people because of work, school, kids, spouse (boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife), money issues, etc. It really had me thinking this past weekend.


This is the same friend that pushed me to go outside and pushed me to work hard. I did the same to him to this week (somewhat). He was not motivated nor did he want to work out. I will admit (I did not want to either). We ended up just walking around the block for a good thirty minutes talking about things, laughing at jokes, and had a good time. It was nice. I realized at that point sometimes just taking a nice stroll around the block helps ease your mind.


Especially for me, school and work is so stressful. I went on the elliptical this morning (I will admit it is my favorite machine); the stair master and I are still NOT friends. I went on and started thinking about my life, my goals, my dreams, and everything. It really helps out. I know I am just rambling on and on but with so much stress in my life just being on the elliptical (yes I was not pushing myself) but just being there for thirty minutes really eased my mind. I would have been at home instead crying and eating cup cakes.


I am doing well with my running. I am taking it slow with my knee. I am trying to stretch out as much as possible. I cannot run for a constant speed of thirty minutes. I can jog/walk for thirty minutes. I am trying to boost that up though.

My goals this week include:

*Sleeping 8 hours a night

*Lose two pounds

*Run for an extra minute before going to a slower jog speed

This week is spring break for me. (FINALLY). I thought I could use this time to catch up on studying, sleeping, grading papers, homework, etc. I feel like I am busier than ever!!!!!

Thank you everyone,


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Posted by Shana99 Apr 1, 2010

My little boy loves going to Sonic for lunch.  Since I have started this program, we have been going to Subway or eating at home.  I've been doing really well, eating lots of fruits and veggies.  Yesterday, Mason made a special request that we eat at Sonic for lunch.  I was really hungry for the tater tots with chili and cheese.  They are one of my favorite menu items.  I checked out the nutritional info on line and decided that I would allow myself a small tater tots with chili and cheese.  I took one bite and couldn't believe I use to like these.  There was nothing wrong with the food........ it was just so heavy, greasy and yuck!!  I ate about 4 bites and threw the rest in the trash. I felt bad the rest of the day.  I had no energy and my stomach was not happy.  I even had a really hard time running last night!!!   I'm back to my fruits and veggies.  I couldn't believe the huge difference 4 bites of yuck could make me feel.  I use to eat that type of food all the time.......guess that is why I was 30 pounds heavier.  

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