ANNOUNCEMENT: Couch to 5K Virtual Program to Begin Sunday!



Who wants to be a runner?!

Once again, we are launching a sisterhood version of the Couch to 5K program, a 9 week program geared towards getting you from the couch to running a 5K in 9 weeks.

Ya’ll know that we have a large, loving, supportive group of runners here and we want to add YOU to it. Maybe you have watched us from the sidelines month after month, as women who had never run before took on the challenge of building endurance and slashing mental hurdles to achieve their goals. You wondered if you had the fortitude to do it. You may have thought- Nope, I can’t do it, I’m not a runner. You wondered why people fell off the bandwagon week after week- was it really that hard? You saw check-ins from a faithful few. You saw them ask questions about form and weather and the fear of failure. You also saw comments and blog posts about joy, amazement and happiness that yes, indeed *I can run for 20 minutes without stopping and I. did. not die.*.

Are you ready?

Do you have want it takes?

When the training program gets hard and like you think you just  can’t possibly run for 5/10/20 minutes STRAIGHT, do you have the mental strength to get past the I can’t/I won’ts and JUST DO IT?

Bari and I will be your fearless leaders, helping to navigate your way to becoming a RUNNER and answering any questions you have along the way.


We love the Sisterhood, we love running, and we would LOVE to help YOU.

What do you need to do now?

  • Give a quick shout out on this post letting us know you are IN IN IN!
  • Join our *closed* Facebook group- Run the Hood C25K.  All check-ins will be done here so hurry up and join.  The group is closed meaning that while anyone can see who the members of the group are, ONLY MEMBERS can see the actual posts.  Support and motivation will be abundant.
  • Secure a pair of running shoes.
  • Get very familiar with the C25K training plan (Couch to 5K training plan).  Go ahead, click on that link and print that sucker out or get the mobile app!
  • Get your mental space in the right space and repeat after me- I CAN DO IT, I CAN DO IT, I CAN DO IT!
  • Watch for our Fall Run the ‘Hood Virtual 5K race announcement to be posted on Wednesday.
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  • Alishia S. Jones

    I’m in! It starts this coming Sunday? August 25th?

    • Bari_F

      Yep! Starting Sunday – so get out your calendar :) 3 runs a week and you can TOTALLY do it!!!

  • Melissa C

    I am ALL IN! I love this C25K app! I have yet to complete the program. I was doing great and “fell off the wagon” around July 4th. I’ve been struggling ever since to get back on track. Count me in!

  • Kayla

    count me IN! :)

  • Mel

    You know I’m in. I will be a week ahead, already so I hope that’s ok! :D

  • Selena Wood

    I can already go 5k, though I usually get lazy after mile 2! I want to use this to go the whole 5k as close to a 12 min mile as I can.

  • Heidi Shelton

    I am new to Shrinkingjeans. I am in. :-)

  • Gena B

    I’m going to join. Started this a few months ago and quit after week 4. This group will help motivate me. Thanks!

  • Nikki Walton

    Please count me in. :)

  • Danielle

    I want to do it but can’t start until the following week!

    • Lisa_ShrinkingJeans

      That’s fine!

  • Deb T

    I’m in! Need some motivation!

  • Misty Thompson

    I am in as long as it’s ok that I will miss a week of checking in
    I am going on a cruise end of Sept and won’t be able to check in

    • Lisa_ShrinkingJeans

      Of course it is OK. Just check in when you get back.

  • Teena Clark

    I am in!

  • mochamomof5

    I’m in!

  • megan

    I’m in! I have been stuck on week 3 for the past 3 weeks and would love to do this as a group! Maybe now I’ll get past week 3

  • Jessi Carrasco

    Allright, I’m in! Gotta get this booty movin’!

  • Ali McCollum

    IN IN IN

    & GLAD GLAD GLAD you are doing this! Perfect timing. I look forward to the support we can all give & get from doing this together.


  • Lady Bren

    I am so nervous about doing this
    Found this group just today when I learned that my Weight watcher blog posts were being gloriously shared by Mel. Guess there’s a reason for that huh

    • Lisa_ShrinkingJeans

      We love Mel and love WW. Glad to have you!

  • MissyD

    I am in!

  • Cindy Woiderski

    I want to try this. Count me in.

  • crystal parks

    I’m in :). Hoping to stick with it and complete it this time. The hundredth times the charm, right?

  • Sarah Orf

    I’m in … really need the motivation. I have started and stopped the C25K several times!

  • Bree Bunting

    I’m in!

  • Marin Turner

    I’m in in in! YAY!!! I have been wanting to do this for a while. I can’t wait!

  • Naturalista7114

    I am up for the challenge, just found this site about 2 weeks ago and fell in love! Been trying to get myself up for running,already got the c25k app on my phone so no time better to start than with shrinkingjeans!

  • MamaPhan

    I am soooo in! (Does it matter if I’m building on my (kind of) existing c25k? I started again last week, but having partners/a cheering section will be totally awesome.

    • Lisa_ShrinkingJeans

      Of course you may join us!

  • Rc05

    im in :)

  • Courtny

    I’m in.

  • Allison

    I’m in!

  • Kristah

    I am in!!

  • isawjess

    Setting my calender up and getting myself ready. It’s time to do this!

  • Steph


  • Michelle


  • dailey mom

    I am so IN IN IN
    cant wait !!!
    I have never done a challenge here – will I get emails?

    • Lisa_ShrinkingJeans

      Just check the FB group- that is where we will do all check-in’s, motivate and support one another!

  • Nikki

    I am in but I an already do a 5k but I am injured so I will have to start over again. I will need to start the following Monday. I hope that is ok because I really want to do it.

  • Mel

    I’m in! This is great!

  • Lisa

    I am in!

  • Sherry

    I’m In :)

  • nne911

    I’m in! I just started the program anyway so why not do it with this crowd?? :)

    BTW…anyone else have this issue at the beginning of the program? bruising, bruising, bruising!

  • Karen

    I am in. I have stopped and started many times, but I really want to complete the entire Couch to 5K. I am ready!

  • Jamie Stroupe

    I am so in!

  • Victoria James

    I’m in! I’ve fallen off the wagon a few times, never gotten past Week 2. Would love some support!

  • misty

    I am going to give this a try. Downloaded an app, created a playlist and have my shoes ready!

  • Krap

    The 5k I am doing is in 6 weeks, I am in.

  • Erica Burton Mosley

    I am in!

  • joycce

    Im in. Just in time too as i havent done any kind of running for years…at least since ’86… and i signed up for a 5k to motivate me to amp up my workouts. I have until october to train.

  • Debra Lee

    I’m 48 and have never exercised, I am definitely going to do this!

  • deelicon

    I’m in too. Thanks for doing this. I’ve been thinking about trying the app but now this gives me a reason to stop thinking and start doing. The most I’ve been able to do is 2 miles on the elliptical so this will be different and a challenge. I look forward to the support and the check ins.

  • Karena @ Shrinking Jeans

    You know what? I’ve been itching for a few weeks to start running again, but the prospect of starting all over again, from scratch, all by myself, was daunting. I’m in again!

  • Lena Lemon

    I’m in :-)

  • Eden Michelle Schneider

    I’m in!!

  • Lauren Keife Scandurro

    I’m in! (Oh, what am I getting myself into????)

  • Lexi Jones


  • SimoneWithFive

    I’m in. Ran two 5Ks earlier this year but fell off the bandwagon. This will help me get back on the road again. Thanks!

  • Andy Drouin

    Count me in, I need the motivation to get running!

  • April Miller

    I’m in! I’ve actually had the app for months but never had the guts to try it. Hopefully this will give me the encouragement I need to get started!

  • Laura Grantham

    I’m in!! Timing couldn’t be better.

  • Ann

    I am ready!

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