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Meet Coach Jenny Hadfield

Take a moment to meet one of our Horizon Fitness expert bloggers, Coach Jenny Hadfield!

Coach Jenny is a published author (her books include Marathoning for Mortals, Running for Mortals, and Training for Mortals), a coach, public speaker and endurance athlete. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and is a certified coach and personal trainer. She is a columnist for, and has written for Women’s Running Magazine, Cooking Light, HEALTH, and Women’s Health. She was also recently recognized as one of Greatist’s 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness.

An avid runner, Coach Jenny has competed in hundreds of running and adventure races all over the world, including the Boston Marathon, Eco-Challenge in Borneo, New Zealand, and Fiji, and the Inca Trail and Antarctica Marathons. Her unique coaching style draws from her struggles to get started in running to crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Read more on her website.

We recently caught up with her (in-between her many running adventures) to ask a few questions:

How long have you been doing what you do? 

CJ: My career in running and fitness has been evolving for over 22 years.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone who wants to become healthier?

CJ: Surround yourself with a community of healthy people. Whether online, in a group at your local running store or gym or one-on-one with a friend, healthy living is contagious. You’ll learn their tips, receive support, establish camaraderie and have a built in source for accountability.

How would you describe your coaching/training style?

CJ: One word, flow. Everyone is unique, and what I most enjoy is helping people learn how to run their best lives. My philosophy is all about making your workouts and healthy habits flow with your life. 

Check out Coach Jenny’s most popular articles:

How to Start Running

Treadmill Workouts to Keep Workout Fresh

What to Do the Night Before a 5K Race

New to Running

Seven Benefits of Fitness Trackers

Easy Workouts While Traveling


Sofa to 5K Challenge Winner

Photo credit: Henrik Olson Photography

A huge high five goes out to all of our Sofa to 5K Challenge participants this year — especially to Lisa, the grand prize winner of a Horizon Fitness product! Keep on scrolling to read her inspiring story (that turned out to be a little more extreme than a 5k), or visit the Horizon Fitness Facebook page to view the online Sofa to 5K Challenge gallery.

Lisa’s story:

This is my second year taking part in the Sofa to 5K Challenge, so this year I took on the personal challenge of “endurance” which included having a mind set of: “if I put my mind to it, I can achieve something a bit on the CRAZY side.” So when I received the invite this year to participate in the Sofa to 5K challenge I thought…this is the perfect motivation to keep me focused and on track to achieve my goal. So what did I do? I signed up for the “Fat Ass Trail Run” (the “Bad Ass” to be exact.)

The Bad Ass is a 6-hour trail run that travels from the bottom of a ski hill, up the front trail of the ski hill to the crest, then travels along the beautiful top of the hill through the woods, down the backside of the hill (treacherous, if I do say so myself), along the side of a power field, into the woods to dodge some fallen trees, a visit to the aid station (that featured amazing volunteers, chocolate candies, pretzels, etc.), back into the woods again to go up a smaller hill, along an old rail bed, back into the woods only to find the biggest hill I have ever gone up in my life. Needless to say, I had to walk up and even stop to adjust my heart rate. This hill (more like a mountain after a 6K) was the backside of the ski hill.

After sidestepping down the front of the ski hill, it was time for a quick break to recharge with some super juice and bananas then head out for another loop, then another, and another and so on. I didn’t care that other people were faster than me and passed me (some of them more than once) or that the weather was chilly. On my last loop, I was coming up the hill and I heard the coolest thing: it was a woodpecker pecking away in a tree making a heck of a racket. It was the perfect ending to a day in the woods. It made me forget–almost–the last grueling incline and charged me up. I did it! I challenged myself to do something that very few people chose to do and I accomplished my goal. It took so much dedication, time and training my mind to do what I thought a year ago would be impossible. The mind and body are crazy things.

I was encouraged daily by my fellow Sofa to 5K challengers and by Coach Jenny Hadfield with the weekly challenges for some cross training. I followed the walk/run intervals but for longer periods of time to build up the endurance that I needed to reach my time goals weekly. Sometimes it was difficult to get out of bed and run for 4 hours alone one day, then 2 hours the next, but when I put my mind to it the time eventually started to fly by and the scenery was always worth it. I cannot thank the encouraging Sofa to 5K team enough!!


Visit the Horizon Fitness Facebook page to view the online gallery and read more Sofa to 5K Challenge stories.


Join the Sofa to 5K Challenge


Have you ever wanted to run a 5K race? Well now is your chance! In just 10 short weeks, Coach Jenny will have you up and running — and well on your way to completing your first 5K.

The easy-to-follow, 10-week Sofa-to-5K training program begins Monday, September 15, 2014 and ends with running a community 5K by Sunday, November 30, 2014.

When you sign up, you will receive weekly email updates from Coach Jenny during your training, including workouts and helpful tips to completing your first 5K. We also invite you to join the Horizon Fitness Sofa-to-5K Challenge Facebook group for even more exclusive help from Coach Jenny, including real-time answers to your questions.

Once you complete your race, visit the Sofa to 5K Challenge Facebook page to upload your race photo and story of how the Challenge changed you and you will be entered to win a Horizon Fitness treadmill, elliptical or exercise bike . All participants will also receive a custom Sofa to 5K t-shirt!

First things first: sign up by visiting the Sofa to 5K website. You’ll also find a welcome video by Coach Jenny, a sample training plan and the official contest rules. Also don’t forget to sign up for the challenge group – a great way to find support and motivation during the program. Join us here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]