Folks, this is it ! TODAY is THE day! We are kicking off our Couch to 5K Virtual Program TODAY!
It is time for you embark on your journey to become a runner. That means lacing up the shoes and heading out the door, or hoping on the treadmill. Oh Happy Easter to those celebrating the holiday! Things may be a bit hectic for you today then. Never fear, you CAN join in tomorrow. Either way, the important thing is that you JUST DO IT!
We know many of you have heard about this program before. It is a very popular method of transitioning from walking to running over a period of time by following a set plan that shows you how to build upon your successes week after week. It’s all laid out for you! No guess work involved! What could be better than that? You can read about our introduction to the Couch to 5k Virtual Program in Lisa’s post. Dang, that girl is on fire!! She started out with the Couch to 5K back in 2009 and has then raced all sorts of races since then. She started out thinking she couldn’t do it, couldn’t be a runner. Guess what? Same for me! Nope people like me don’t become runners – I have pounds to lose, I lack the discipline and mental focus. That is all what I thought and I am here to tell you it is B.S.!! Here is my proof:
Sprinting for the finish in a local 5k in 2011. If I can do this, YOU can do this!
YOU can do this! There is no ‘ideal’ runner. The ideal runner is YOU! Bit by bit, week after week, you will come to realize this. When I first started the Couch to 5k a few years ago, I could not make it for 60 consecutive seconds without feeling like someone kicked me in the gut, leaving me gasping for air. But over time those 60 seconds became 2 minutes, 5 minutes and more. Even if I had to repeat a week or even if I fell behind on the schedule, I did not give up. Do not let the couch pull you like a magnet. You are so much better than that. Your body CRAVES so much more than that. It craves the air in your lungs and the endorphins you can only obtain by challenging yourself. I am now training for my first half marathon. None of this would have happened without Couch to 5k!
Here’s what is on tap for Week 1:
Week 1- Days 1, 2, and 3
Brisk warm-up walk of five minutes. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
Consider asking a friend to join you. You would be amazed at how much faster the time goes by when you have someone to talk with while you are hitting the pavement. It is a great time to gossip, catch up or talk about the latest episode of the Real Housewives of Anywhere.
I promise you this. And I don’t use the word promise often. YOU CAN DO THIS. Yes, YOU! Take a deep breath, give your fears the heave- ho and join us. We are here to support and encourage you. And that encouragement and support will make you feel good, but it is NOTHING compared to how good, and strong, you will feel when you see the progress you are making week after week.
We can’t wait to see you at our first check in!
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