Couch to 5k to Become a Runner Again

I enjoy running outside. Well, I really enjoy the moment of finishing the run, and the feeling of accomplishment. But, I guess, that counts as enjoying running.

In the past, I was running regularly, but during the time that I packed on weight, I was hardly running.

Now that I am getting back into it, I’ve found it a lot more challenging than it used to be – not just the extra weight, but my stamina was killed.

So, I decided to start from scratch to rebuild my running by installing the Couch to 5k app. The app takes anybody on a nine week training course to take you from the couch to a 5k.

It requires about 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week, to complete the training and be ready for your first 5k (3.1 miles) race.

Currently, I am on week seven. I prefer running outdoors, but recent cold weather has pushed me onto the treadmill.

Too cold to run outside – treadmill it is

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That time goes a lot slower, so I am excited to see the cold days fading.

I’d highly recommend this app – when I started, I was struggling after a couple minutes, and my last run with it was for 22 minutes. The app provides encouragement and gives audio cues along the way.

I am looking forward to getting to a place where I am smiling during the races, like I am in the picture above. Notice how I’m having fun and the other people in the picture look miserable. I am almost back to smile running.

All that said, now I have to pick a 5k and sign up.

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