Back for its third installment is the Couch to 5K Training program. And here’s why you should not immediately think this isn’t for you and stop reading: it is designed for people who are not currently physically active. Again: your activity level to start this program is really zilch! It’s okay if you have physical activity built into your routine right now too, but it really focuses on
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A brief overview, so you know what you’re getting into
Couch to 5K is a program that includes gradual increases in physical activity over the course of 8 weeks. It culminates with the Winter Flakes 5K Race on February 27, 2021. It begins on December 30, 2020, but the commitment those first few days isn’t substantial. In fact, the gradual increases make much of the training program very pleasant, and you’ll be amazed at how your endurance and strength improves throughout the training.
One key element in all of this is accountability. We don’t just throw you to the wolves with a training schedule and a smile. Nope! We will actually…gather! Don’t worry. It is perfectly safe because we’ll be meeting outside in the artic! Well, it will likely feel like the artic some days because it is a training program that runs through January and February, but don’t let that deter you. We have had Winter Haters participate and complete the program without issue. (We’ll give you tips for surviving the chilly weather too.)
Not only will you go through this experience with a group, but you’ll have fearless leaders too. Victoria and Megan will send reminders each day, along with some tips, recipes, and other goodies. They’ll also schedule the gatherings each week, which will vary depending on weather and schedules. Most of the time, we try to meet on Saturdays at Walther Park. This is good because it allows us to train on the same course that the race will follow.
Now, if you aren’t a runner, that’s okay too. This is for people who want to give it a try and for those who have fallen off the running wagon, so to speak. This is your chance to experience running, meet new people, try to lose your 15 from COVID-19, and strive to reach new health goals in 2021, which is something everyone is looking forward to doing!
In fact, if 2020 has taught us nothing, we should have learned by now that we need to take better care of ourselves!
The Couch to 5K program costs $45 and includes the Winter Flakes 5K registration and t-shirt. Participants will receive a stylish accessory and other participation prizes along the way! The weekly gatherings will be weather permitting, but it is the Winter Flakes Race! Youth must have parental consent.
All proceeds benefit Get Healthy DeSoto programming, including trail development, Walking School Bus, community gardens, and more. Ready to register? Complete the form below or register online.
*As always, please consult with your healthcare provider before starting any nutritional or physical programs if you have any previous, current or possible medical conditions. These guidelines, recommendations and suggestions are not stated to cure, treat or prevent any diseases or conditions.
Brought to you by Get Healthy De Soto and the Jefferson County Health Department…working together for better health.