A couple of weeks ago I started the Couch to 5k program again — roughly six years after I completed it the first time.
Some may say it’s a step backwards, to have to start this program over again after running off and on for the past six years. For me, though, it’s a victory.
I have enjoyed running since my friend Summer encouraged me in 2010 to give it a try. I’ve completed countless 5ks, a few 10ks and two half marathons
But the past couple of years I’ve been plagued by a few injuries — my knees get sore, I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot, and I had a couple episodes of back pain. Thankfully, through it all, I haven’t stopped working out. I’ve been walking, swimming, spinning, dancing, doing yoga — I’ve been moving.
But I missed running. I missed the challenge of pushing my body, of feeling the wind on my face and the camaraderie of being with other runners.
Needless to say I was grateful when a coworker said he wanted to start a Couch to 5k program for the office. He shared his running and health story, and I immediately felt at home with him and the rest of the group. While they are all faster than me, they are supportive. And they hold me accountable — something I always need!
I’ve returned to Couch to 5k — and it feels good to be back!
I’ll keep you posted on my progress; we’re on week three now (for more information, see the training program here), and it’s getting a little easier with every run.
Have you ever tried Couch to 5k? If you haven’t tried running, what’s holding you back?