Ladies and gentlemen, I did it. I successfully completed (read: survived) Week 1, Day 1 of the Couch to 5K programme.
What is the Couch to 5k (“C25K”) programme?
C25K is a training programme designed for people with little-to-no fitness to start running. The theory is, that in about 2 months any Average Joe can ready to start running, and properly training for, 5km races (approx 2 miles).
The programme has been around for a while, and many of my friends – all from completely different walks of life – have tried it with promising results. They all recommend it (though, some more than others).
Like all forms of training you get out of it what you put in. The programme’s just the framework – you still have to do the hard work.
If you’re curious, you can find out more here.
What did I think of the first session?
Great. I already knew roughly what to expect, so there were no unwelcome surprises.
There programme’s built around intervals of walking and jogging, which I found extremely helpful. I could never have run/jogged the full 26 minutes, but of course that’s the whole point – if you could run it, you wouldn’t be following the programme!
Hate to think what I looked like, but stuff it – it felt great, and that’s all that matters, right?
Will I keep going?
Definitely! Okay, so it’s only early days, but the endorphins released already have me hooked.
I’m sticking with this programme, and I’m going to give it my all while I’m at it.
What resources am I using?
To guide me through the programme, I’m using the Ease into 5K iPhone app from Bluefin Software.
The app leads you through the sessions with voice prompts and vibrate alerts when it’s time to switch between walking and jogging. It also keeps you updated on your progress, telling you when you’re halfway and on the last running interval.
It works well with the music on my phone, too. I can easily select the playlist I want to listen to from within the app, and the only interference with the music is the voice overs when it’s time to switch from running to walking, and vice versa.
Initially I chose this app over the others because it was the one recommended to me by one of my friends, and because it was one of the cheaper options (accountant, remember?). I can’t say I’m questioning my choice in the slightest and I have no intention of checking the other apps out there at the moment – I’m quite happy with this one.
Would I recommend it? It’s probably too soon to give a whole-hearted recommendation, but from what I’ve seen so far… yes, I probably would.
So, back to you -
- So what about you – have you done the C25K programme?
- Have you any advice? Sage words of wisdom?
- Would you rather I change my spelling of ‘programme’ to ‘program’ to keep the American spell-check happy?