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Couch to 5k program: complete

Let me start by saying that I’ve never been a jogger. I was never great at running the mile in school. In fact, I was always one of the last five or so students to finish every time my class had to run the mile in PE.

I was relieved, when, I moved high schools and learned I wouldn’t be required to run the 4 miles every freshman was required to in the new school. “Thank goodness,” I thought, “there’s no way I’d be able to run 4 miles in two hours.” (I COULD have done it of course, but my self at the time thought it was impossible.)

In college I tried to improve my jogging skills for a short period of time. I remember running on the track and timing myself to see how long it took me to run a mile. I don’t remember how long that lasted or how successful it was but it clearly didn’t last long enough to create a habit.

Fast forward to June. I decided I wanted to take up jogging. I hadn’t been exercising steadily for the past year and I was FINALLY ready to try again. I talked to one of my best friends about my idea and she mentioned the Couch to 5K program. I put it on my phone and the next Monday morning I got up early and started the program.

It was difficult. I got cramps for a long time. Heck, sometimes I still get cramps. The first day, after running for less than 30 seconds, I got a cramp. It was embarrassing. Thank goodness no one was there to see me clutch my side. But one day, the cramps never came. And I began to have more and more of those days to now where I rarely have one.

Then there was the day I had to jog for 20 minutes straight for the first time. I was scared. But I did it. After that I just had to get used to the idea for running for longer periods of time.

Today, I finished the Couch to 5K program. I jogged for 30 minutes straight, and although I only ran 2.8 miles instead of the 3.1 miles that make up a 5k, I am still proud of myself and consider myself successful. I plan on continuing to jog every morning and improve my speed and stamina. I don’t think I’ll run for 30 minutes, but I’ll run for at least 15. I think it’s a great way to start my day and as long as it’s not cold, I like being up earlier, it’s pretty in the morning.

I’m really glad I began this program and I’m really glad I finished it. If you were thinking about doing it, I support the decision. Although the program seemed to increase in difficulty faster than I thought it should, it actually worked pretty dang well.

Thanks Couch to 5K for teaching me my body IS capable of jogging. I actually kind of enjoy it!

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