Hate running? Couch to 5K could be the answer

I never thought I could be a runner and at 37 I thought I was probably too old to try something new. I had knackered knees, I was overweight, I didn’t think I had the time, and I was probably a little intimidated by who I thought a runner was.

Couch to 5k changed so watch this vlog or scroll on down to find out more.

What is Couch to 5K?

Couch to 5k is a course that will take almost anyone from being sedentary on their sofa to being able to run for 30 minutes non-stop and be prepared to run 5km (3.1 miles) in less that 10 weeks. It’s as simple as that.

Why is Couch to 5K so popular?

Couch to 5k is popular because it works. I could end there but here are some other reasons.

  • It’s free – Yes there are some clubs who will charge for it, but there are many who offer free sessions, and you can always take the course for free by using one of the many apps available.
  • It only takes 9 weeks – Each week generally has three training sessions and initially start with intervals of 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking for example. Over the weeks the running will increase and you will take less walking breaks until you are solidly running.
  • It fits around you – The sessions are 30 minutes long, so you can run before work, in your lunch break, or even in the evenings.
  • It’s achievable – 5km isn’t too daunting….okay well it can be if you’ve never run, but we’re not asking you to run a marathon.
  • You feel great at the end – When you complete Couch to 5k you will feel an amazing sense of achievement.

A caveat

I found Couch to 5k amazing and it really has changed my life. I love running and having completed several half marathons I will be running a full marathon in April 2020, two years after graduated from Couch to 5k.

This will not be the case for everyone… and neither should it be. Everyone is different. Some will keep 5km as their maximum distance and being able to run that far should never be joined by the words ‘only’ or ‘just’. 5km is good run.

Some people will never like running and it just isn’t something for them. But I would say “give it a go” and try Couch to 5k for a few weeks.

If you stick with it then that’s amazing.

If you decide it’s not for you then that’s fine too, but at least you gave it a go, and can go and try something new.

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