Sunday, September 18, 2011

Couch to 5K

Have you heard about the Couch to 5 K?


The idea of the program is to start with small steps to help you increase your endurance (and not burn out your interest) to becoming a runner and ultimately be able to run in a race if you so desire.

Looks like I'm going to learn to be best friends with these guys.

When I was in college (many many moons ago) my roommate and I tried running together. That didn't last very long. We both decided that the only good reason to run was 1. If fire was involved 2. If bodily harm would come to you if you didn't run. I guess those two points kind of go together. I haven't had too many occasions arise where that criteria was met and so I just don't run.

My goal in doing this program is to be one of those people that actually likes to run. Which might actually be a much more difficult goal then being able to compete in a 5k.

Running has just never been my exercise of choice. I'm so envious of those people that just pop awake extra early in the morning, tie on their running shoes and can speed around and look like they really are enjoying themselves. I pretty much have nothing in common with those people right now since I usually wake up at a time most people would never consider to be really early and I spend a lot more time in these shoes in shoes with laces.

So now that I have put this plan out on the internet it means I have to stick to it.

So are there any runners or new runners out there with some tips to help me succeed at this?



  1. I'm in a similar place. I love the idea of running, but definitely do not love the reality of it. I enjoy the card that says something like, "If I ever had to run for my life, I'd probably die."

    But I'm still trying... I use the C25K app on my iPod Touch and it's super helpful because it works with your playlists and gives you alerts when you need to walk/run. I also switched to barefoot shoes by Merrell, which I've found has given me much less stress/strain on my body while exercising. is also useful for planning routes.

    These posts from Elise are both good for motivation:

    Good luck, and happy running :)

  2. @Caiti

    Glad to know that we are in the same boat. Thank for all the good tips!

  3. oh ew, i HATE running!! with a passion. and i only will run in life or death situations. so kudos to you my dear, good luck!!!