Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Couch to 5K

I am not a persuasive person, nor do I have a bone in my body that is good at selling. However, I happened to, by the grace of God I am sure, convince one of my co-workers to start a couch to 5k training program. ‘Couch to 5k?’ I hear you questioning what that phrase means…….let me share. An individual that is interested in art the art of running and possibility becoming a runner themselves needs to start somewhere. The fastest way to get someone to run, literally, in the opposite direction of any running program is to start them out too fast. There are some people that function best by just being tossed out there with the sharks and learning to swim. However it has been seen over and over again if you do that with ‘couch potatoes’ the sharks will get them and they will never see a running trail again. So the key is gradual.

Lindsay came to me and said, “I want to shed a few lbs and get in better shape can you help?” I said “heck ya!” I typed her up a workout program that she was going to take to the gym with her and her goal would be accomplished in no time flat. That is what I thought, but some people are not gym maniacs like me; Lindsay was going to need a bit more supervision on my part to reach her goal, which is where my nonexistent persuasive skills kicked in. Next thing I knew we were lacing up our running shoes and hitting the pavement. She has already come such a long way; I can’t wait to cheer her on in her first 5k race!!!

Coach J

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