Fitness: Cool Running…Couch to 5k, in just 9 weeks!

Anouska Russell tests the Couch to 5k running app: Read her thoughts, and check it out for yourself here.


 

It was a Sunday evening and there was still another twelve hours until I could watch the season finale of Breaking Bad. In these hours of twilight, the gaps to be filled between the next episode, my ideas to quell my boredom were running thin. I’d heard of people ‘exercising’ as an evening activity before and had once thought about doing so myself. In fact – tonight I was going to jump on that bandwagon of fitness freaks.

Unemployed, single and out of shape one of these things was going to change tonight with a little help from an app called – From couch to 5K.

The last time I tried to go for a run I ended up running to the nearest bench, walking home and eating some cake. I feared that this would be the outcome yet again but this time it was different.

‘Greatness comes from within’ the app tells me as a picture of an attractive woman appears, running gleefully along the waterfront, I actually believe that soon this will also be me. The premise of the app makes running seem doable:

The 5k runner programme will take you from not running, all the way to 5k in 8 weeks. The programme is built for beginner runners and gradual consistent and fun, taking you through successive steps and achievements as you go.

I was sceptical to say the least as my idea of fun is not feeling like I am taking my final breaths as my legs fail and my heart explodes. But seeing as the only thing I had to lose was weight – I thought I’d give it go. Slow and steady the tortoise said to the hare and that’s exactly what makes this app great – you run for a minute, then walk for a minute. Doable for almost everyone.

The intervals are timed to perfection, just as you feel like you can’t go on running, you are told to slow down. And before you know it, you’ve been on actual run! I felt like I’d been pushed but not to the point of exhaustion. So for all you couch potatoes like me out there surprise yourself and give it a go. I’ve now been on my second run and although my legs seize up every time I sit down, I actually want to go for a run again.

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