Couch to 5K

It’s Day 3 of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge, and the letter of the day is ‘C’. As a runner who started with the Couch to 5K programme, that seems like as good a topic as any for today.

If you’re reading this and you’re not a runner, you’re probably wondering what on earth Couch to 5K is.

Well, it’s not about making money while sitting on the couch; it’s a programme that enables just about anyone to transform themselves from a couch potato to a 5K runner in only nine weeks…

OK, in reality it takes a bit more than 9 weeks for most, but it is amazing how quickly and easily your body adapts once you get going.

5 Reasons to Start Running with Couch to 5K:

1. It’s free
Seriously. You don’t have to pay a penny. All you need is a pair of trainers, some light comfortable clothing to exercise in, and somewhere to run. There’s even an app that talks you through every workout, and that’s free too!

2. Each session only lasts 30 minutes
I know, I couldn’t run for 30 seconds never mind 30 minutes when I started, but that’s ok because you don’t actually run for a full 30 minutes until the end of the program. To start with you only run for short intervals at a time, with walk breaks in between to recover.

3. You get to rest for 4 days out of 7
Rest and recovery is really important when doing any exercise, so you don’t need to worry about over-doing it. Plus, if 3 days a week is too much for you or you can’t fit it in, you can always run 2 days and it won’t do any harm. As long as you train consistently and do all of the sessions, you will be fine.

4. It’s ok to repeat a session
If you are struggling or have to take a break for any reason, it’s fine to repeat a session or even a a whole week until you feel ready to move on to the next one. This is about your programme so you can adapt it to suit you and your lifestyle.

5. You will feel amazing
Maybe not at first (ok, the first few sessions will be tough if you’re not very active already), but after the first week you will start to notice a difference in your fitness and surprise yourself at how much longer you can run for in such a short space of time.

So, if you’re thinking of running or looking for a way to get fitter and more active. Check out Couch to 5K. You can click here for the NHS version, or just Google C25K and you’ll find similar programmes around the internet.

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to say hi and leave a comment.

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3 responses to “Couch to 5K”

  1. artisticsharon says :

    Hi Kirsten! I wholeheartedly agree – C25K was the program I used when I first started running and I’ve gone back to it several times after I’ve taken a break. It’s a great place to start for anyone who wants to get more exercise. Hope you’re doing well!!

  2. CeeJayKay says :

    With you! C25K is the BEST!

  3. See Sloth Run says :

    So happy to ready this. I am on week 3 and I am really starting to enjoy it. I can’t imagine running 10 minutes right now though, never mind 30!

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