Grateful and Gobsmacked – Couch-to-5K

Nobody could be more surprised than I am.

Until ten weeks ago, running for 30 minutes was so far out of reach as to be astral.

Couch-to-5k has been the answer for me, as it has been for many many people.  I’m so proud of myself.

And I never even got to the 5k… the most I did with a 30 minute run was 4k, but 4k is OK.

Now all right then, I am the world’s laziest exerciser and have to admit that I run on the machines at the gyms, which is much easier than road running… and I am running very slow, jogging in fact.  But no need to get technical.

It’s a start and what I say about exercise is… at least you’re doing something and any exercise at all is better than lying on the sofa eating chocolates… which is probably what I would have been doing otherwise.

You can read lots about the original Couch-to-5k program here.

There are lots of resources for running here... so I better get over there and get reading.

This healthy lifestyle is building a momentum. Where to next?

Quick jog to the fridge for a Friday night glass of vino bianco maybe?

So today I am grateful for running programs, legs to run on and fridges and glasses of wine too.

Have you done Couch-to-5k?  What did you do next?  Any advice for an old duck like me?




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Posted on: June 17, 2011


  • Reply June 17, 2011


    Good for you! That is a huge achievement.

    I love a good “plod”. No shame in it at all!

    I think a fun run might be on the cards for you.

    • Reply June 24, 2011


      A fun run! It’s a measure of my progress that I can see those two words can go together! Love your word ‘plod!’

  • Reply June 17, 2011


    Good on you. I need to have a closer look at that. I want to be a runner!

  • Reply June 18, 2011


    aah, momentum, it’s really what i love about these projects. it’s like hitting a stone on a hill and making an avalenche :o) congrats on the running, it really doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do something!

  • Reply June 18, 2011


    Oh, you’re singing my song! I’m a huge fan of the Couch To 5k – I love that people come and read it on my blog and get motivated to do it. It really works doesn’t it – and 10 weeks is nothing in the scheme of things to get you running. I have to admit with winter my running has dropped off, but I’ve replaced it by going to gym. I don’t enjoy running on the treadmill though, I’ve been spoilt by running on Beach Rd for too long, so I actually use the cross trainer. I find I’m working just as hard is if I’m running, and by pushing my heart rate to its maximum I’m guessing it will help with my running come the summer. Have you thought about entering any fun runs? That’s what I’m hoping to do once winter is over. x

    • Reply June 24, 2011


      Hi Shelley, I actually love the running machine and the fact it’s always a good temperature, never raining etc etc I’d like to try some road running but only have a bit of time and go to the gym as I can’t bear the thought of paying for it and not using it!

  • Reply June 18, 2011

    keepcatebusy (Cate)

    4km in 30 mins is outstanding for a novice!! That’s like 7min ks – WELL DONE you should be so proud of yourself 🙂
    have a great weekend

  • Reply June 18, 2011


    That is great!
    I am a couch-dweller myself.
    The idea of running 5km, well… might as well say “fly to the moon”
    So yay for you; I love to hear stories of people (like me) who actually do it??!!
    Gives me hope… so well done, you!

    from Simone @greatfun4kids via Maxabella’s linky

  • Reply June 18, 2011


    I’m definitely thinking of it. Just not sure about the knees…

  • Reply June 18, 2011


    Well done that’s fantastic, I’m up to week 5. where to now, join in a fun run. so much fun, I’m addicted.

  • Reply June 18, 2011


    Congratulations on getting off the couch and having some fun!

  • Reply June 18, 2011


    Good on you! I began running a few years back. 7kms – the first time was tough but it got easier. I loved it but found out I was pregnant for the first time when I was about 3 months into it. The doctor said that as I had not been a runner for long that it was best to try something a little lower impact. I have never got back to it but would love to. You should feel very proud of yourself! Gill xo

  • Reply June 18, 2011

    Jodi Gibson

    I have heard of this Couch to 5k phenomena. I think I might have to give it a shot….
    Oh yes, and big congrats of course. 4km in 30 minutes sounds awesome to me!

  • Reply June 18, 2011

    Jodie - Muddled Up Mumma

    Well done! I am thinking of C25K too…. glad to hear you have it in perspective and are still thankful for glasses of wine.

  • Reply June 18, 2011


    Congratulations! I am doing the c25k as well at the moment and am at the end of my third week. I’m really happy with my progress – my fitness is definitely increasing. Highly recommend it

    Visiting from drab to fab

  • Reply June 18, 2011


    Good on you! i am still only grateful for the vino, need to find the motivation for exercise… Think i’ll head over and read all about this couch to 5k business! Thanks for visiting me 🙂

  • Reply June 19, 2011


    Well done, Seana! Time for me to get my act together…! So impressed!

  • Reply June 20, 2011

    Mairi Stones

    Wow Seana, well done, I’m impressed. I went the other way running to couch in one quick move! Hopefully get back to a trot at some time. I always ran outside rain or shine and loved it. Great tip, if raining wear a baseball hat and it keeps the rain from running down your face.

  • Reply July 27, 2011

    Melanie Strang

    Well done- but what I like most from your blog is when you say “but 4k is ok”….what a great example of a mum being kind to herself instead of beating herself up for not reaching the goal- I love how you give yourself permisssion to be a bit less than perfect- which is really , what we ALL are.! … we are human, after all.

  • Reply September 7, 2012

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