It is a simple program to ease you gradually into running. Most folks start off with too quickly and end up getting injured and back on the couch to recover which defeats the purpose of starting a new exercise regime. It’s easy to want to speed through the course. Hold yourself back if possible. The rest days are there to help your muscles recover. A rest day does wonders for the body and you are back on the tarmac in better shape than the day before. The couch to 5km is a running for time program. You will work your way up to 5 km or 3 miles by the end of the 9 weeks.
Why should you care about reading my blog? Simply to answer this burning question that I know you are thinking right now- What happens if you rush ahead?
Well that’s what this blog is about. I rushed ahead. I was determined to finish the course in 30 days instead of 9 weeks. This would mean no rest days and sometimes running twice a day to get my body to endure more. I will tell you about the pain and the victories. I know I did it wrong. Yes I read up all the blogs, the precautions and the dangers and I went ahead anyway. There was tremendous pain, I sometimes lay in bed for 3-4 hours in agony until I cut back to 1 run per day instead of two and a couple of rest days per week. In 4 weeks I got to week 7 comfortably. I am now able to run 25 minutes continuously at a slow jog with a usual distance of 2.5 miles.
The other question is can you really go from Couch to 5km? Can you go from fat, lethargic and with almost no motivation to a runner in 30 days with C25k?
Yes yes yes, you can. I went from out-of-shape and no exercise whatsoever to running 25 minutes non-stop in 28 days. Yes you can go from tired on the couch to dancing to Hannah Montana’s boisterous music with the kids in the back yard. And you know what? You’ll never get out of breath again. Somewhere around Week 2, there is a bounce in your step. You breathe in deeper and life looks rosier. I wish I were making this up, but that’s what the experience did for me. Me, a woman who thought all was lost finally had a little hope, that things were going to get better.