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By Rochelle Williams

For many people the thought of running more than a block’s distance is the last thing they choose or even want to do.

For others, the idea of becoming an avid runner is very appealing.

So what does it take to convince someone considering it …what would it take for you

What if I don’t like it?
What if I’m a terrible runner?
What if I don’t know what I’m doing?
How do I even start?

Maybe it will take someone to help give them a little nudge in the right direction. If you have a friend who routinely signs up for 5Ks or other fitness events – chances are that might help persuade you to give it a try. Surrounding yourself with knowledgeable and supportive friends are more likely to have success and continue running, than those who start strong but go it alone.

Too many people have been turned off of running simply by trying to start off too fast. Their bodies rebel, and they wind up miserable, wondering why anyone would possibly want to run in the first place. You should ease into your 5K training plan gradually. In fact, many “couch to 5k” programs are less of a running regimen and more of a walking/jogging program to get people started and comfortable with the increased activity level.

The idea is to transform you from A “couch potato” to runner. More specifically the program’s goal is to be able to get a person running 3.1miles regularly in just two short months.

Couch to 5k programs give you step by step instructions on how to work your way up to adding more time running and less time walking/jogging. It’s easy to get impatient, and you may feel tempted to skip ahead in the program, but hold yourself back. Don’t try to do more, even if you feel you can. If, on the other hand, you find the program too strenuous, just stretch it out. Don’t feel pressured to continue faster than you’re able.


Start slow , go slow and move ahead only when you feel you’re ready.

There is no doubt Americans have started to take their overall health and wellness more seriously. With many joining fitness centers, eating better and partaking in events that range from a 5k to even a full marathon. Many organizations are leading the health and wellness initiatives by supporting programs and events to get their employees and citizens moving again and leading a healthier lifestyle.

Here is a link to the Grant Regional – Couch to 5k |7-week Training Guide

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