I became a graduate of the program on 12-3-2011. Time to reflect upon my journey.
For those of you who are friends with me on Facebook or Twitter, this article will not be much of a surprise to you. You are probably well aware of me posting status messages and tweets regarding this subject. Those who took the time to give me encouraging words and read my posts, I thank you very much. I became a graduate of the “Couch to 5K” running plan on 12-3-2011. I’m going to use this article to reflect upon my journey with the program.
I’ve already written several articles in the past regarding my history with running. For those who haven’t read those articles, I will post them at the end of this post. I am going to give a brief history again in this article, but I also encourage you to read the others I have written. I began running regularly in the year 2006. I started in May of 2006. By September of 2006, I was running 2 miles three to four times a week. I done this regularly up until the middle of 2009. I had some things happen in my life that caused me to slack off a bit on my running regimen. I was running every so often, but I wasn’t in the shape that I once was. During the summer of 2011, I was training to get back to my old self once again. I was attempting to reach the 3 mile mark on a regular basis. During this process I found myself over-training. By over-traing, I was doing more harm than good to reaching my goal. I found out about the Couch to 5K running program, and decided to give it a try.
Those who are familiar with a 5K run know that it’s 3.1 miles. The C25K program is designed to get those using it running 5K on a regular basis in just two months. It’s mainly designed for couch potatoes, but it’s also designed for runners trying to reach the 5K goal. I found me a website that had the podcasts and downloaded them. The program lasts 9 weeks in total. You run 3 times a week with a rest day in between each run. Every week had different time frame runs. The work that you put in is designed to get your ready for the last few weeks where the runs are much longer. You can see the Couch to 5K running plan at http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml. Since I already run on a regular basis, the first few weeks were extremely easy. These runs were very short, and it felt like there was more walking than running. However, by the time you get to the end of the 5th week, you have to run 20 minutes straight with no walking in between.