What is the “Couch to 5k” program? Is it worth a try? Read guest fit mom blogger, Hillary Jones’, opinion of the Couch to 5k program.
I used to run all the time. I loved it! I hit a point about a month ago where I hadn’t run in a while and I have been seriously missing it. I always wanted to try and run a 5K and eventually do a half marathon (I’m not ambitious enough for a full marathon just yet, but maybe someday!). I’m a very competitive person and I have found that competition keeps me striving towards physical exercise. Since I haven’t run in some time, I decided to do a Couch to 5K program that is 8 weeks long. It is a very easy program and easy to stick to. Here are the basics about it:
- You run 3 days a week for about 25-35 minutes.
- Each week changes the amount of running and walking until you reach week 8 where you can run the full 5K.
- Begin each session with a 5 minute warm- up (brisk walk, jumping jacks, walking lunges, etc., whatever gets you warmed up and your heart rate going) and finish with a 5 min cool down and stretching. Drink plenty of water!!
|Week||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3|
|1||1 minute run, 1.5 minute walk- repeat 6 times||1 minute run, 1.5 minute walk- repeat 8 times||Repeat day 2|
|2||1.5minute run, 2m walk, repeat 4 times,1 minute run, 1 minute walk, repeat 2 times||Repeat day 1||1.5 minute run, 2 minute walk- repeat 6 times|
|3||1.5 minute run, 1.5 minute walk2.5 minute run, 2.5 minute walk- repeat 2 times1.5 minute run, 1.5 minute walk||Repeat day 1||2 minute run, 2 minute walk3 minute run, 3 minute walk – repeat 2 times2 minute run, 2 minute walk|
|4||3 minute run, 2 minute walk4 minute run, 3 minute walk- repeat 2 times3 minute run, 2 minute walk||3 minute run, minute walk5 minute run, 3 minute walk – repeat 2 times3 minute run, 2 minute walk||Repeat day 2|
|5||5 minute run, 3 minute walk6 minute run, 3 minute walk5 minute run||5 minute run, 3 minute walk8 minute run, 5 minute walk5 minute run||8 minute run, 5 minute walk8 minute run|
|6||10 minute run, 5 minute walk10 minute run||10 minute run, 3 minute walk10 minute run||15 minute run, 3 minute walk5 minute run5 minute cool down|
|7||20 minute run||20 minute run||25 minute run|
|8||28 minute run||30 minute run||35 minute run|
I actually have an app ($2.99 for the full version on iTunes- worth every penny) that is great for the Couch to 5k program because it lets you play music and interrupts the songs to tell you when to run or walk. I’m starting week 4 this week and in addition to running these 3 days, I’m going to add in some gym time and some of Amanda’s amazing Backyard Boot Camps. (Have you done any yet? Seriously… I was sore for THREE DAYS after the first one I did!! I didn’t even do it 5 rounds like she suggested! They’re amazing- kinda like her). I hope to be a running machine in 4 weeks time! I hope you find some inner strength to get out there and enjoy this beautiful summer and make it some wonderful memories! As always, thank you Amanda for your encouragement and fitness information. You are changing more lives than you realize!