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From Couch to 5K


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I'm starting this program I found on http://coolrunning.com called From Couch to 5K.  I then found on itunes a podcast where a guy has created podcasts with the music and he tells you when it's time to run, time to brisk walk, etc.  I'm on week 2 and really enjoying it.  Anyone else try this program?

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There are lots of people here doing it... I'm starting around September when the weather starts getting warmer here (Chile). Until that, I'll stick to the treadmill =)

Thanks; so far so good...the program seems great and the podcasts only help more. 

I stopped running for a while and used to get myself back on track. I also know a lot of people in another forum who have had great success with it

spirochete's vote: five out of five squats

Love it! I started the program in January, and now run 5K 3 times a week. I'm still working on my endurance right now. Next month, I'm planning to work on upping my speed twice a week, and my distance once a week.


I'm the girl who always said she hated running. But really, I had never tried! Laughing I'm kinda hooked now.

I just found out about the program yesterday.  I downloaded the podcasts onto my Blackberry last night and I plan on starting Day 1 tonight.  I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it.  I've never liked running, but I think it's because I'm so out of shape.  I've always enjoyed the thought of running.  Hopefully this program will get me to where I actually enjoy the running part!

I had done it once before about a year and a half ago and LOVED it!  I took the following year and a half off and now just started up again and did week 2 day 1 last night.  It really is an amazing program.  It's truly made for people who haven't run one bit but are curious about it.  If you dive in to running full steam for 20 minutes without any background in running, you'll be so miserable followed by days of pain and soreness that you'll give up thinking running is not for you.  But this program gently breaks in your body that's not used to it and shows you what you're actually capable of.  It's great!

What I would like to know more about are the podcasts.  They actually come with music?  Is it good music (I know that's based on individual preference - I guess I mean is it modern, catchy with great rythym)?  Do you download one run at a time or is it all in one package and you just pause it between runs?

Thanks everyone!

To get the podcast, go to itunes and put "running" in the search.  It was the second podcast provided.  The music is fine.  Each podcast takes each week at a time. 

i actually started this today and i'm doing it with my boyfriend. i honestly didn't realise HOW unfit i actually am, haha.

this might sound like a silly question, but where are you supposed to start running (if anywhere)? i did it on a lumpy field, but wasn't sure if you were supposed to start on flat ground or whatever.

i know that i find it much easier to run on flatter ground, but i sort of wanted to push myself a bit more. i didn't think it would make so much difference!

I finally restarted this program!  I did a couple weeks last year but I am so overweight and my muscles weren't strong enough to support my knees.  I've been doing a lot of strength training over the winter and restarted the program this morning.

I don't think I'll be able to do it on the normal schedule, at least not initially, since I have a teething baby that keeps me awake and so I'm going to try REALLY hard to not push myself to breaking by waking up at 5:30 after I've been up all night with the baby just to go run before the toddler wakes up.  We'll see how it goes. 

I really did love it... all my life I thought I hated running but when I realized I needed to LEARN and started to try, I was amazed at how much I liked it :)

I think it's probably better to run on a flat surface.  I have been running on sidewalks around town or on  a nice track.  The track is great and I don't mind the repetition since I can focus.  I think if you run too much on an uneven or hilly surface you might find that a little hard or could twist an ankle, etc. initially.

I am in week 3 of this program and I LOVE it! I also was never a runner, but this is perfect to set realistic goals. My husband and I are having fun talking about our days during the walk time. I unfortunately have developed shin splints and have to delay the program, which is annoying because it's not like i'm out of breath and can't run!

Anyone who gets pain in your shins, DON'T try to run through it! This is a typical novice runner problem and must be taken seriously so you don't fracture your tibia.

Otherwise, I hope to reach my goal of running a 5k with my husband and father in june!

I don't understand how to get the podcasts.  I found it, but it is week 9.  How do I get the first week?  How frustrating!!!!!!

When you find it on itunes, you should be able to subscribe to it and then you hit the diffent episodes to download.  When you subscribe, it will download the last one which would be week 8 or 9 but it should pull up the other weeks for you to download.  If not, go to the page from the itunes store after you search "running" and just hit each episode to download.

I loved it as far as I was able to get... I had to stop after two months, but I got a great sense of achievement from running longer each week and watching it get a little easier each time. I was very disappointed that I wasn't able to continue, but my knees couldn't take it at my weight.

I ran tonight with my dog...it was great!  We did the week 2 portion.  Running with man's best friend is a lot of fun!

I am having a hard time finding the app for my blackberry.  How did you find it?

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I have always heard great things about couch to fivek but have never tried. I am starting today and in week 3.  I run a little now and don't want it to feel to easy because I am the type of person where if I am not challenged then I will not do it. I love the i tunes music! It will make it much easier to do because I don't have to think. I am all about mindless physical activity!

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