SAU Buzz

Couch Potato To Running A 5K

by Erin Schillinger
Posted on Apr 27, 2017

The last day of classes is right around the corner and before you know it the rain jackets and umbrellas will be traded for shorts and sandals. Hopefully you’ve been preparing your “summer body,” but if not, I’ve got you covered.

I’ve always been active in the gym and my current workout regimen consists of about 5 days a week. I love lifting weights and have completely taught myself how to do so watching different YouTube videos. However, I’ve recently found that running has completely sped up my process of trying to lean out for the summer.

By no means am I a good runner. I actually really struggle with it, but I do know that I always feel good about it when I’m done. A friend of mine suggested a running app called C25K, or Couch To 5K. This app has completely changed my outlook on running. I now look forward to running, something I never would have thought possible.

With little or no running background whatsoever, Couch to 5K will transform you from couch potato to regular runner—one that can even exceed 3.1 miles—in just two months,” C25K says. Couch To 5K sets up a workout plan of just three required running days a week. It trains the runner by interval training.

“Interval training is simply alternating bursts of intense activity with intervals of lighter activity,” says Mayo Clinic. Week one the app starts with a five minute walking warm up followed by alternating 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 21 minutes. By week two after the five minute walking warm up, the app has the runner alternating 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes. By the end of this app, during week 8, the runner is able to run three miles.

The app also has a timer that updates you along the way, telling you how much time you have remaining. It also makes a noise when it’s time to start running again, or when it’s time to slow down to walk. This makes it very easy to run outside or on the treadmill, because you don’t have to constantly look at your phone.

I love running because managing all of my classes, work, and a social life can create a lot of stress, but you can escape it all when you turn on your favorite song and run a couple miles,” Sophia Maciolek, an SAU senior, said.

According to Mayo clinic, physical activity like running can really help improve your health and stress management.

Regular exercise can increase self-confidence, it can relax you, and it can lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise can also improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All of these exercise benefits can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life,” Mayo Clinic says.

C25K is great because not only can it help you relax, but also it is completely free. So, as finals approach and your stress levels rise, or if you’re ready to get in shape for the summer, take a break and get outside for a quick run.