Couch to 5K Virtual Program

Have you ever thought of becoming a runner but had no idea where to start?  Or maybe you knew that you could start, but then had fear that you wouldn’t finish, or that it might hurt too much, or that there is just no way you could ever be a runner?  Do you want to get from the couch to running a 5K in just 8 weeks?

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Me, right before running my first 5K.  In November 2009.  I trained for it with the wonderful ladies here at Shrinking Jeans.  I NEVER thought I could do it nor would do it, but I did.  The biggest reason for trying it(because let’s face it, I did. not. want. to. be. a. runner- too much work, sweat, and aches!  It turns out all the other times I tried to be a runner, I was pushing it too hard from the get-go instead of working up to it- duh).  Positive peer pressure can be a wonderful thing. And yes, I can be that goofy.

Have you heard of Couch to 5K?

It is a program that is designed to get from the couch to running a 5K in just 8 weeks (really 9 weeks).  It is based on the premise that you must ease into your running gradually, and the schedule does just that. You perform three workouts a week for nine weeks. You will alternate timed segments of walking with jogging, and will gradually add more jogging the farther into it you get.

Is this something that you would like to do, maybe with a little support and motivation from an online community that is designed to do just that? Then, please, join us in our Couch to 5K Virtual Program! What exactly does this mean?

  • First, you have to commit to following the Couch to 5K program (abbreviated to C25K for the rest of this post).
  • We will begin following the training program outlined by C25K the week of December 30th.  You choose what day you want to begin- Dec 30, Dec 31, or Jan 1.  You just have to start that week.
  • We will have weekly check-ins to see how everyone is doing.
  • You will have the support of those who have been through this already.  Remember, the majority of us runners didn’t just start running one day.  We had to work up to it, too.  A lot of us used C25K as our foundation to becoming a runner- our launching pad, if you will.
  • We want participation from YOU.  That means you have to comment on the posts, ask questions if you have a question, and show runner love to others.  A large part of the joy of running for me is the community aspect.  If you don’t join in, we won’t know who you are and when you need a little push, a huge nudge, and a hug of encouragement.  You are not alone on this journey.
  • I will be introducing to you a select group of runners who have agreed to mentor a newbie runner.  They will be there every step of the way to help you along the way as you make the journey to becoming a runner- answering questions, checking in with you, and more.  That means I looking for a few newbie runners who want to be mentored!
  • We will profile C25K participants that want to be profiled.  This is a great way to introduce yourself to our community, a way to be held accountable, and to get some exposure for your personal blog (if you have one and if it matters to you). Here is one success story from a few years back- it is one of our most viewed/popular posts E-V-E-R!

What do I need from you a today?

  • A comment down below, letting me know that you want to participate, join in on the fun and get started already with walking, jogging, wogging, and running!  Also, let me know if you want to be profiled on our site.
  • I also need to know who is interested in being considered for a mentee spot.  Raise your hand high in the air if you think that mentee spot has your name written all over it (that means say something in the comments).  Leave a valid email so that I can get in touch with you about next steps to securing those coveted mentee spots- we only have the capacity to take on a few mentees this time around.
  • Think about which day you want to start the c25K training- Dec 30, Dec 31, or Jan 1.

More details to come in future posts- be on the lookout.  So are you in for going from the couch to running a 5K in 8 weeks time?  Just say yes and comment already!

Ready, set, go!!!

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  • Angela Shaner

    I remember when I first started running 2 years ago. Although I was active, I never thought I could be a “runner.” Even in High school I had never ran farther than 1 mile. Long Distances were not for me I thought. But, I had determination and I kept on doing it. Pretty soon, I did my first 5k. It felt awesome to accomplish that. Since then I have done a handful of 5k’s, a couple of 10k’s. I hope to do a 1/2 sometime this year. I would love to mentor somebody to accomplish this goal. My email is sparklesandbugs@hotmail.com
    Thanks! :)

    • Lisa

      Angela, we have a small group of mentors already selected for this go-round but thank you SO much for volunteering. Assuming this goes well, we hope to do it again and would love your input. At the very least, please chime in on our C25K posts with your own experiences and words of encouragement!

  • Shannon Word

    I would love to do this and what a great way to start out the new year. Living in a small town it is hard to find people to help you sty motivated, because either they are already running or have no interest. Can’t wait to hear from you and I would love to be a mentee!!!
    Shannon
    sword@prestagefarms.com

  • Anne

    I would love to be a mentee! I am trying to get fit before 50. I will be starting the program in December in Kenya but returning to the US in January.
    Anne
    Anneinkenya@gmail.com

    • Jane Mastera

      I too am looking nifty fifty in the eyes, so congrats to us both!! :-)

  • Jane Mastera

    I too think the timing is perfect! I’ve been trying to become more active. I have a BIG birthday coming, and I want to be in the best shape ever! I would love a mentor to help me with my quest.
    Thank you for your wonderful blog!
    jmcountrymama@gmail.com

  • http://www.shrinkingjeans.net/ Karena @ Shrinking Jeans

    I can’t believe I’m typing this, but I’m in. And I’ve already found a race for March 3rd to hold me accountable. Gulp. I’m sure I can count on @girlsworld for Twitter-mentoring, so I’ll leave a mentee space open :) As for profiling me, if you think anyone might be interest in the bumbling, stumbling running tales of a forty year old house wife, have at it!

  • Tanya

    I am in too! I need to get back!

    • Lisa

      Tanya, please email at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net so that I can send you the mentee application. OK, that sounds really official but really, I just have a few questions for you to answer. Thanks! Lisa

  • Amy165

    I’m in. Amy.frame@ymail.com, December 30th

  • Jennifer

    I’m in! Thanks for giving us this challenge, I really need it.

    • Lisa

      Jennifer, please email at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net so that I can send you the mentee application. OK, that sounds really official but really, I just have a few questions for you to answer. Thanks! Lisa

  • Shannon

    Y’all are going to knock this out!! I started running last year on Jan. 1st using the couch25k. It’s so awesome. I’ve now run in LOTS of 5ks, 110k, and will run in my 1st half in February. :)

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

    • Lisa

      Woot woot! Please feel free to chime in on our C25K posts with words of encourgament and support!

  • Melissa

    I’ve always wanted to do this but have never followed through!! This is my time! I just turned 40 and feel like it’s now or never to get into shape!
    mjfevold(at)srt(dot)com

  • triciamb7212

    I’d love to do this :-) Although I live in CT, so if it starts to snow, I’d be forced to run laps around my rather cluttered basement. (It can be done, there’s just something that reminds me too much of “The Yellow Wallpaper”)
    Not sure if this needed, but my email is triciamb7212@gmail.com.

  • http://5kdare.wordpress.com/ Tami @ 5kDare

    I’m in. Interested in being a mentee.
    mymadakaja@gmail.com

  • Liz

    I’m in and brand new to running. Liz.solomon at gmail.com

  • Vicki

    I too am pushing 50. Count me in, I will start January 1, 2013. My email to be considered to be a mentee. 26.2by50@gmail.com

  • Michelle woods

    I would like to do the training. I have downloaded the mobile app already and will be starting 1/1/13. Email address for mentor is fatgirliam@yahoo.com

  • Debs daily Life

    This is wonderful!! I loved the C25K when I did it!!! Well, loved is pushing it!! But it was great guide!! Stick to it, you will be glad you did!!! Im going to join, and use the intervals it to increase my speed!

    • Lisa

      That is what I will be doing as well Deb! Feel free to join in on the C25K posts with your own running journey and words of encouragement!

  • sheri

    I want to run a 5K. I have always been afraid to. Life is too short. No longer afraid, just need guidance. Thank you!

    • Lisa

      Sheri, please email at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net so that I can send you the mentee application. OK, that sounds really official but really, I just have a few questions for you to answer. Thanks! Lisa

  • Christin

    I want to do it! I was already wanting to do the program on my own, but knowing so many others are going to do it at the same time will help keep me focused.

    • Lisa

      Christin, please email at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net so that I can send you the mentee application. OK, that sounds really official but really, I just have a few questions for you to answer. Thanks! Lisa

  • http://www.facebook.com/shari.feaster Shari Feaster

    I’d love to do this! I just finished Week 1 on my own but I would love to join an actual group and get additional support & encourage others as well! I would like to start Dec 31 – what better way to end a great year and begin a new one then by doing something awesome for myself?! Im also up for being featured!
    sleevedinthecity@yahoo.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/breanne.teplymelody BreAnne Teply Melody

    I would love too. Is it too late to start?

  • Niki W

    I would love to join. I have recently lost a lot of weight and dream of being a runner. I also think i would benefit of being a mentee if you still have spots.
    Starting December 31st
    Nikiw714@me.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/breanne.teplymelody BreAnne Teply Melody

    And I would love to have a mentor or someone to make sure I run!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandi.mcclelland.7 Brandi McClelland

    I am ready to start running again. This is just what I needed to get started!

    • Lisa

      Brandi, please email at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net so that I can send you the mentee application. OK, that sounds really official but really, I just have a few questions for you to answer. Thanks! Lisa

  • http://www.facebook.com/rkwilliamson Rachel Williamson DeVaughn

    Yes count me in!! i will start on Tues Jan 1st! so my weekly running workouts will be Tues, THurs and Sat. every week. already printed off the calendar and ready to go! looking forward to this!! thanks!

    • Lisa

      Rachel, please email at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net so that I can send you the mentee application. OK, that sounds really official but really, I just have a few questions for you to answer. Thanks! Lisa

  • http://www.facebook.com/breanne.teplymelody BreAnne Teply Melody

    My emial is bmelody@iowatelecom.net. I would want to start Jan 1st if possible

  • Amber

    Count me in! Not sure on my start date yet as I’ll be on vacation still so it will depend what we are doing, but this is JUST what I need for the new year!!!

    • Lisa

      Amber, please email at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net so that I can send you the mentee application. OK, that sounds really official but really, I just have a few questions for you to answer. Thanks! Lisa

  • http://www.facebook.com/margieboz Jessica Tipton Bosman

    I used to post here and I used to do the C25K…then we moved and I have used every. single. excuse in the book why I haven’t done ANYTHING fitness related for the last 3 years. I want to get back to the me I was 40 pounds ago. I’m in. Would love to be a mentee if you’d have me :)

    • Lisa

      Jessica, please email at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net so that I can send you the mentee application. OK, that sounds really official but really, I just have a few questions for you to answer. Thanks! Lisa

  • http://twitter.com/didifs7 Didi Henry

    I was in tip top form until I lost my job and was forced to move back home. I need to be a mentee… Count me in starting on Jan 1st! Didi.Henry@gmail.com

  • Adah

    I’m just seeing this but I really want to join in! I was doing the c25k program when I hurt my foot long so long ago! Just never got back to it once my foot was better! Hoping this time it sticks. I’d love to have a mentor to push, prod or kick my butt when it’s needed.

    • Lisa

      Adah, please email at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net so that I can send you the mentee application. OK, that sounds really official but really, I just have a few questions for you to answer. Thanks! Lisa

  • BossyBookworm

    I so want to do this, but I am truly truly terrified. My bad ankles & knees are a problem that would be helped if I lose a chunk of this 230 pounds I am carrying around. Last April my best friend was taken by breast cancer, and I would love to walk in the Komen Walk next year in her memory. Starting is so difficult.

    • Lisa

      I am so sorry about your best friend- cancer sucks. Starting is difficult but even more difficult is sticking with it during your journey, especially when everything is achey and sore and screaming at you to stop. You could always modify the training plan- as in, when it says to *run*, you power walk, or just do something that is FASTER than your normal walking speed. Ann, one of our members here, has done the Komen walk several years now.

      • BossyBookworm

        I am determined to do it this time! Could use a little help though; may I be a mentee?

        • Lisa

          Since this is our first time doing the mentor program, we are keeping it small with only 5 mentees. Our deadline to apply for the program is tomorrow (Sat). Please email me at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net for info. However, we will still be posting here at Shrinking Jeans for all participants in the Virtual Program, supporting one another.

  • Misti

    I’ve wanted to do a 5K for so long, but I am terrified! I’ve never been a runner, been out of shape my whole life (even when I was skinny, I wasn’t fit) and I am lazy to boot. How do I overcome feeling like I am doomed to fail or give up before the miracle?!!! help!

    • Lisa

      The motivation comes from within. So cliche, huh?! I have to say that this very program (or something very similar to it) was what started me on my running journey back in September 2009. The ONLY reason I participated is because of the ladies here challenged me to do it, to at least try the program, saying that if I still hated it after finishing it, then I could then say *running just isn’t for me*. Well, as you can see, I am still running. The support and encouragement I have received from the very folks here- writers and members alike- have helped me through some very tough running times, physical as well as mental. It took me a while to actually believe how very powerful my mind is, just as important as my physical being. I could babble on and on. We can encourage and support you all day long, but ultimately it will be YOU experiencing and executing YOUR running journey. Join us?

  • More Than A Mom

    I’d really love to learn and I really need a motivator to push me!! Thanks so much for this great idea :)

    • Lisa

      Please email at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net so that I can send you the mentee application. OK, that sounds really official but really, I just have a few questions for you to answer. Thanks! Lisa

  • Laura

    I’ve made several attempts at C25K and have never been successful. I’d love to try again and I always have a lot of questions.

    • Lisa

      Laura, Please email at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net so that I can send you the mentee application. OK, that sounds really official but really, I just have a few questions for you to answer. Thanks! Lisa

  • Erica

    Sounds fun!

    • Lisa

      Erica, please email at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net so that I can send you the mentee application. OK, that sounds really official but really, I just have a few questions for you to answer. Thanks! Lisa

  • Amanda

    Me! I know I won’t follow through without a mentor though. :/ anevans81@gmail.com

  • Tanya

    I would love to do this but know I would need a mentor to help. I can start on the 31st.

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  • Margo

    I am in, this is my motivation to get started again. I live in Ontario and we are starting to get some snow so this should be an adventure.

  • babyboy3

    I did this a few years ago with the sisterhood and then got sidetracked by injuries. I was thinking of starting this on my own already but would love the accountability of a group. I do a boot camp once a week but running is not the same kind of workout. I am in.

  • Carmen T

    Jumping on the band wagon!!! For sure will be out on the 1st….maybe on the 31st, depending on what time we get back from NY!!!!

  • Lindsey R

    I am in!! Time to stop coming up with reasons not to!! I will start on the 31st

  • crystal

    I’m IN!! I have started and restarted the C25K plan SOOOO many times!! Hopefully this will be the time I finish it! I would love to get a mentor is that is still a possiblity!

  • Shelli

    I’d like to give this a try. I was doing pretty good with running and then I had to have surgery. Never had the motivation to find the time to pick it back up. Can we opt for treadmill when the weather is too cold???

    • Lisa

      Of course you can! Any way you can get it done!!!

      • Shelli

        Count me in, then!

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.madolekopp Melissa Madole-Kopp

    So I hate running, but I also hate my thighs recently so perhaps I should try this. I am in for the 31st.

  • http://www.facebook.com/april.kucera April Kucera

    I’m in! I have started C25K so many times. I’m hoping a group devoted to it might keep me through to finishing it. I would love to have a mentor if still possible. My email is leop74@gmail.com
    April

  • Carrie J

    I’d like to get in on this! Will start 30th/31st. Started and stopped so many times before getting to those final couple of weeks. carriej88@gmail.com Can’t wait for the group to get going!

  • EB

    I’ve been trying to do this for the last few months. I only reached the third stage. :( I’ll try this! I will start 1/1.

  • Dawn R

    It’s taken me a few days to make my decision. I had a hysterectomy July 2011 and have gained 30 pounds since the surgery so I am scared to do this. Scared because my weight is suffocating me and I’m afraid no weight will come off, which will discourage me. Any exercise I have done since the surgery doesn’t work like it used to. I started the C25K after the surgery, made it to week six and never finished, due to another small surgery on my forehead. I did try a 5K with my son’s junior high school last May. I walked/jogged the whole thing, but did finish it, so I know I can do it. I will start on the 31st.

  • JennD

    ok, I’m in. Need to get off my rear, am running a 5k in March for a dear friends cancer research. I don’t run. I tried the c25k a few years ago but kept making excuses why I was still on week 2 for several weeks, then it got cold, then it was Christmas, you get the idea… I like the idea of running, and this seems like a good plan for a good cause. I’ll get out there on the 1st.

  • Stacy J

    I have read about these programs for years but have never worked up the motivation to more than just read…I would love the opportunity to join in on this with you. I will be starting January 1st!!!

  • ashley

    I want to start the 30th! Just had my second baby, and I have a long way to go to get back in the shape I want to be in. I would also like to run my first race ever. I would love a mentor!

  • justine

    I want to do it ill start on Jan 1!

  • JanetC

    I’m in!!

  • AnnieGoSloMo

    oh oh ohhhhhh I’m going to start on Dec 31st.. and PLEASE consider me as a mentee.. I’m 50.. a fatty.. and have never been able to do this kind of thing.. heck, I faked asthma when I was 12 to avoid the 1 mile run for Presidents Fitness award.. yeah.. a loooooong time ago.. I need a success.. I need accountability.. I need to work towards a goal and experience a success.. Mentor me!

    • Lisa

      Our deadline to apply for the mentee program is tomorrow (Sat). Please email me at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net for info.

  • Kelley

    This is the year I become unforgettable. Count me in as starting December 30th. And BOY do I need a mentor…I’ve already questioned if I want to commit to this just since I began typing! My email is hlpergirl@aim.com .
    Kelley

  • Shena

    im in

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.templinhill Rebecca Templin Hill

    I’m in! Can’t wait to start!

  • Beth F

    I’m in!

  • catherine

    I am in. I will start January 1st.

  • Myranda Gurley

    I am in and would also live to be considered for a mentee position!! I need to be held accountable!!! My email is mmgurley01@gmail.com

  • Fay T

    Ok… I am in

  • Nkschwartz

    I’m joining! Starting on the 30th :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/OneCrazyMamaof4 Kristin Wentz

    I am so down with this :-) can’t wait to get started….

  • Joanne S

    Yey! This sounds like fun!

  • Mindy G

    I’m in. Running a marathon is on my 30 before 30 list and I’m running out of time to get that crossed off my list!!

  • Robin

    Count me IN, please!

    • Robin

      If there’s room, I’ll volunteer to be a mentee. >;-)

      • Lisa

        Today is the last day to apply for the mentor program. Please email me at lisa@shrinkingjeans.net for more details.

  • Marisa

    I am in also!! I used to be more athletic prior to having kids.. in fact before my 8 year old son was born I was up to running 13 mies daily.. well that was 8 years ago and would love to start running marathons again I just have no idea where to start with training and such and for me to get to that level again I have no idea on where to start… I love motivating people and would love to be part of this group. :) I would start running the 31st :) So excited!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/teri.argo Teri Argo

    Became a runner by doing C25k three years ago. Since then I have ran 2 half-marathons. If you need a mentee, I would love to be one. It is such a great program.

  • Cat62

    I’m in! I’d like to lose weight but more importantly feel fit and healthy!

  • Cat62

    I’ll start on 1/1/13. Haven’t run in a seriously long time! andycat@twcny.rr.com

  • http://twitter.com/hloless Holly Loless

    I am in! I have wanted to do this for a long time but always chickened out. This is my year!

  • Kristi

    OK, I am in. I really need to make a change this year.

  • Niki

    Just found your blog and am SO excited! I was looking to start the C25K on the 1st, and now it will be so much better to accomplish this with others.

    Count me in to start on the 1st!

  • Lane

    I’m in!!! I am ready to get back to running, and this will be a good starting point….again. :)

  • Krise14

    I’m in!

  • Mallory Boyd

    I planned on restarting Jan. 1 anyway, count me in :)

  • Taylor

    Count me in! I’m a newbie I suppose you would say. I do not run… so far. BUT I do want to become one. I even got some amazing running shoes for Christmas. So sign me up; count me in. I want a mentor, the whole ordeal. My start date will be the 1st.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kris.h.horne Kris Hansen Horne

    Yes I would like to do this program!! I can start on the 1st as long as I can find a babysitter. Thank you!

  • momsau2fan

    Ive new to the online community thing and to running but why not???

  • Kristen

    I’m in… And so is my husband:-)

  • Kelli B.

    I’m in!!

  • TamiH

    I’ll do it. I always have excuses as to why I can’t workout, just like JennD. I’ve done a half marathon(walking) and the Warrior Dash(also walking) a couple times. I want to be able to run it next time dangit!! Plus losing some of this excess weight may make the rest of my 44 year old body feel better! I’m gonna need some motivatin’. I’ll start tomorrow!!

  • Lav

    I am in!!! I am not much of a runner but want to start!!! I just signed up for a 5 mile run/walk on January 1 in Hamilton, NJ. I would love for you to find me a partner if possible!!! Anyone who is interested in doing this with me, please email me kimlavin7@yahoo.com!!! Happy losing ladies!!! Drop the excuses along with the big jeans!!!

  • Brittany I

    I’m in!

  • Rachel A

    I’m joining in the fun. Will start on Jan.1 along with the weight loss challenge

  • K

    Count me in for January 1!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1234213858 facebook-1234213858

    I’m in.

  • Shellie E

    I am in, I have walked a few 5k’s but would love to run them!

  • Christina H

    Newbie to running would and I would like to participate.

  • Robin A.

    I would love to participate in this. I have never been a smooth runner but would like to learn the right way and lose some extra pounds

  • Amy B.

    I’m in. Fit before 40. That’s my goal. I used to run well, then, well… you know how it goes. I’m in for the challenge!!

  • Mari Rago

    Hi I am very EXCITED about C25K, I use to be a runner and would run 5 miles 3x a week and once a month long runs often close to 10 miles, now I am unsure if I could run one mile without stopping (I think I can) Anyhoo, I am EXCITED, I NEED this! I will begin today, December 30.

  • Kathie R.

    Count me in please. I also would be up for a mentor too if I’m selected :)

  • ChrisG

    I’m in. I’ve always wanted to try this and keep making excuses. Looking forward to the support from all. I’ll start on the 1st.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SpunforEwe Stephanie Antwine Powers

    I’m in! Started this past fall, then holidays hit, got sidetracked, ready to get back to it! Jan 1 is my start day.

  • JJ

    I have done the c25k a couple of times, but never made it to a 5k! This time will be different! I am in!!!

  • amanda a

    I would like to try this. I have always secretly wanted to be a runner. I will start on Jan 1

  • Rachel

    I wanna do it!

  • Michelle

    Count me in for the 1st!!! I have always wanted to be a runner, but I am the queen of excuses…..so I would love to be a mentee!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bev.nicholas.71 Bev Nicholas

    Count me in to start on the 1st. I can’t wait..so excited to do this!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/SchneidMommy Heather Schneider

    I’m in…will start on NYE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brooke.bateman.77 Brooke Bateman

    HI! My name is Brooke. This summer I found that I love to jog! But I went away for a few weeks and completely fell out of my routine of jogging. My eating is out of control and I am overweight so I want to ease back into jogging (I was up to 3 miles) But would love to be able to do a 5k run. I need help and accountability! How do I keep in touch with you? I am afraid to post my email here lol.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brooke.bateman.77 Brooke Bateman

      I would want to start on the 31st!

  • Jodi H

    I’m going to try. Everyone I know is into running and I feel like I need to be doing something as well to help lose weight. Have a family thing in April and want to look my best. I will start on the 31st.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jen.marin.9 Jen Marin

    I’m so in! My son bought me a pair of running shoes for Christmas. It would be a waste not to run in them! What do I need to do to get started today?

  • Amy K

    I’m in for Jan 1
    ajk1178@yahoo.com

  • rennzlette

    1/1/13 – would like to do the c25k with my sister, she has already signed up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/minda.graham Minda Graham

    I’m totally ready to get back on track! Ready to start the 31st!!

  • JDub

    I am in. I started this in September and only made it through week two. Would love to make it through and lose weight in the process! I will start either today or on the 1st. …okay, on the 1st.

  • LauraL

    I’m in. I need to do something, but I have been so scared of trying this in the past. I feel too overweight, to be honest. I’m going to make the effort for me and my goals — I’d like to start January 1st!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/junogrrl Keni Lynn Campbell

    I’m in! I’ve been running a little bit the past few months, mostly outdoors, but I live in Juneau, Alaska where it’s either snowing or raining most of the year, and while I love running outdoors best, I need something that will motivate me with indoor running, which I do not particularly like. I don’t really want to run in a race or anything as a goal… I just want to be able to run for longer times and for greater distances, so that I can begin to reap the benefits. I like the idea behind running as daily fitness, being that you can do it anywhere as long as you bring the right shoes. I will start on Dec 31.

  • Guest

    I’m in. January 1.

  • http://www.facebook.com/krisdekker Kris Bowman Dekker

    Been wanting to for a while, so here I go…January 1 it is.

  • maggie

    I’m in..starting jan 1

  • http://www.facebook.com/nira.k.manville Nira Kochavi Manville

    I am in! Starting Jan 1st.

  • Great Momo

    I am in… Looking forward to getting back what I lost working in a cubicle 9-6 mon-fri. 5 years ago I was running 35 miles a week, thin and healthy with loads of energy and encouragement for everyone. Now I feel defeated.. I need this change more than anyone can know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sylviash Sylvia Harrington

    I want in!! Can I be in even if I will be starting week 4 next week? I started the program and have a 5K I’m determined to run on Feb. 9th (day after my 36th b-day). I love the idea of being profiled (feels like that would keep me going) and being a mentee. I’m hoping that’s possible? My email: sylviasweeps@live.com. Thanks!!

  • Danielle

    Want to do this. Committed to do this. What do I do next? Jan 1.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sherry.pinterkaelber Sherry Pinter Kaelber

    I am in..

  • http://www.facebook.com/usflindsey Lindsey Young

    I’m in. I’ve ran in a few 5k’s in the past 2 years with my best time at 36:00. I want to run a half marathon by mid November :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joann.whitmorestroud Joann Whitmore Stroud

    I am in . . . here we go . . . !!!!

  • Diane W

    Count me in. This will be great motivation to follow through with learning to run. I plan to start running on Monday December 31st.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachelle.murphy1 Rachelle Murphy

    I’m in…starting on January 1st!

  • Meghann Stansberry

    I’m in! I will start January 1!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tessa.wood.16 Tessa Ann

    I’m going to do it!I will start on the first! :-D

  • http://www.facebook.com/B.J.S.Wingard Bobbi Sharp Wingard

    I’m in! I did my first run this morning.

  • amaniaci

    i’ve never joined anything before. i’d like to join this though. maybe it will help keep me going.

  • MelissaUK

    Yes can I start on the 1st please!!

  • Nicole Daly

    Ndalyrn@yahoo.com. I’m going to try this but have never liked running. This challenge WILL get me moving. I can do this!

  • Angela galashan

    Hello, I get your email updates and love the support and motivation that you give. I’m currently walking a mile a day but it was been a wish of mine to run a 5k. I think it’s time to put that wish into action! Count me in to start today, the 31st.

  • Latisha

    This is awesome, I am in! I have tried to start running before and failed miserably, because I tried to do too much too fast. I’m hoping to be able to start out slowly this time and work up to running. I am doing a Dirty Girl Mud Run in April and I want to get in shape and just get healthy this year.

  • http://twitter.com/stuntunicorns Mary L

    Count me in! I will start today and *hopefully* get my walking buddy here to join me. I used to run religiously and when I stopped the 20lbs I lost came right back. I miss the way I looked/felt. This program is incredibly motivating and I look forward to starting over.

  • Diane

    I’m in. I did the C25K program several years ago and was in the best shape of my adult life. I got lazy and I’m back on the couch. No more!

  • Tricia Joyce

    I’m in to start on New Years Day!! I’ve been wanting to try this program for a while now…but I need some support!!

  • Moriah

    I’m in! i will start today. december 31st

  • Aisha

    I’m super late with this, but I’d love to do it starting tomorrow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.paro Kelly Trimble Cupples

    I’m in! Always wanted to run, but too scared to ever start!
    Kellydparo@gmail.com

  • angien

    I am In…starting today Jan. 1

  • http://www.facebook.com/belinda.k.riley Belinda Riley

    I am registered for the 18th Annual Komen Southern Nevada Race for the Cure to be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013. This will be my second 5K and I am in desperate need of training.

  • Gin

    Ok..starting tomorrow..1/2. I have committed to a 5k with my son and his wife in early March. Very excited to do this..my husband is also running. We are both going to train via a couch to 5k program we found.

  • cecileymcnair

    Count me in!

  • jenn.penn

    I have never been able to enjoy running, but I would love to change all that. I’d like to someday run a 1/2 marathon, but for now my goal is to get through a 5K and to do so without being completely miserable. I’d love to be menteed if there are spots available. My email address is jxk405@yahoo.com and I’ll be starting today!

  • RachelA

    Finished day one today. I’ve started this program a few times. Hoping with the love and support of the everyone here I will finish it and run a real race : )

  • Lori

    I’m ready for it to get back into shape! I’ve done a 5k in the past and loved it, but I fell out of my routine and now it’s over a year later and I’m in desperate need of motivation! If there’s still spots available, I’d love to be menteed! Misslofly@hotmail.com

  • DebM

    ok, I am in! I have never liked running but really want to get started and enjoy it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.walton.121 Heather Walton

    Are you guys using the C25K program app? For this… Since I think its too late to as for a mentor….

  • Zuna

    I’m in. Did day 1 of C25K today. Looking forward to a stronger me. There’s a mini marathon in my area in May, and I’d love to participate!

  • http://www.facebook.com/beckyjorge.soto Becky-Jorge Soto

    If I can still get in I would like to. I jogged/walked 3.5 miles today in 40min. I would like a mentee slit if still available. My email is becky_and_jorge@verizon.net. My name is Becky

  • Tori H

    I would love to do this! I have always wanted to become a runner but it has always seemed impossible for me… I would also like to be profiled! :) I will start today, the 1st.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.h.mills Jessica Henderson Mills

    I just discovered this challenge today, so I am a little late, but I will be joining the c25k!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nakashima.kumiko Kat Webb

    I have decided that this year I WILL lose weight. I’m tired of being stuck in the body I’ve had for years. I used to love running and would love to do so again.
    Count me in.
    I would also love a mentee spot if they’re still available and feel free to profile me.

  • Rikki B.

    Is it too late to join?

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  • Ibcookin

    I want in! I work out three mornings a week but it is not getting rid of the bulge! Started weight watchers a week ago and this mind is ready!

  • Siyen

    My 8 year old daughter wants to be a runner…so by default…I am committed to learning to like running. Looking forward to the health benefits and mother daughter bonding time!

  • Erin

    I am mid-way through the C2K5 and could really use the advice of others. I am IN!!

  • Shannon

    I completed Day 2 today – so can I please join as well?
    I’d really like to ask one of the mentors a question about the program as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/taniak3 Tania Bullis Klanica

    Hi, I just found this post through Pinterest and I would love some support and encouragement! I have started the c25k program on and off, but started it again this past week! I will be started Week 2 on Monday! Can I still join you? I have committed to running a 5K on March 16th. A friend of mine is doing a mudrun on that day and to help encourage support her, I committed to this! :)

  • Ahbk

    Too late?

    • shrinkingjeans

      Go ahead and join in! We’re just a support group for C25K, so there isn’t anything special you need to do.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/maureenablad Maureen Bladen

    Well I just found this and am joining whether it is too late or not:) I would defiantly love the encouragement and advice. One of my goals this year is to run a 5K and I had no idea where to start so this is amazingly helpful.

  • Louisa

    I’d love to join this journey if not to late. I’ve started the C25k but would enjoy the company and support of others. Love to run but I need to be more consistent and I’m hoping to lose a few extra lbs along the way and make this become a resolution for good health and fitness. Looking forward to this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/susie.a.18 Susie A

    I am late starting, but that is not going to stop me. :) I am going to tag along and learn from you all. I will begin tomorrow. Drag me along.

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  • Geilys

    I am a 23 year old with 2 baby girls oldest is 13 month youngest is only 7 weeks. I have never in my life diet or exercise AT ALL…. Well after two babies so close together i have no strength left i feel like i can’t do anything, after an afternnon talk with my mom who is 43 and runs everyday i had a great idea ( if she can do it i can too)sooo i decided to start running in order to get back in shape and to gain some energy. We are both signed up for a 5k and only have 19 days to prepare for it…. NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET!!!!!

  • Kilara Dietrich

    OK so I know I’m way far behind but I couldn’t do this in Dec. because of knee surgery. I’m only 20 but my Dr. wont do another surgery to fix my knee completely because in his words “I’m not active” just because I’m a bit overweight for a girl. Which sucks for me because I AM active, I climb, I camp, I bike, but mostly I run. I have run a great deal of races including 5k. I ran Cross County in high school. I was by no means the fastest, or even very fast at all but I’m still a runner and I NEED to get back to it. So I’m gonna follow this on my own with one of my friends so I can prove that Dr. wrong. ;) Thanks!
    -Kilara

  • Lorij

    When can I start?