If you’re new to running or have taken a seasonal break (like me) and want to build up your miles, I recommend the Couch to 5K program. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but basically it can take you from a non-runner to being able to run a 5K in 8 weeks. Okay, I never personally followed it, but I know many who have and it really is an easy program to follow regardless of what shape you are in or what size you are.
I went for a run yesterday for the first time since October, thanks to an extremely cold and snowy Chicago winter, not to mention healing from my shoulder surgery. And while 3 miles may seem like a lot after not being out there for awhile, by staying in shape with my BeachBody programs in the basement (where it’s toasty warm) really helped me get through it without much difficulty.
Now I can’t say I will be claiming a first place finish in any of the upcoming races I plan to run this year, but it sure did feel good to get outside and some enjoy some fresh, brisk (30 degree) air. So if you’re coming off a hiatus from running or just starting to run, the Couch to 5K program can really be your friend.
One thing I really like about running, or the C25K program, is variety. I love to run! But not every day. Maybe 3-4 times a week at most. And on the alternating days, I can still get an awesome strength training workout like Les Mills Pump, Body Beast, or ChaLEAN Extreme.
If you need help with deciding a program that fits your lifestyle and schedule, let me know. Just fill out the form below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.