Virtual Couch to 5k

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Start Date: 18th October 2021

Couch to 5k is back, but with a difference! A virtual programme has been organised so that everyone can join in and WALK, JOG, or RUN at their leisure.

Taking up running can seem like a scary prospect, especially if you feel out of shape or unfit.

The concept of Couch to 5k is simple and suitable for recreational runners who need a little extra encouragement and advice on how to get back into or starting running. Couch to 5K works because it starts with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina. The programme is suitable for all ages, no matter the level of competency.

Commencing on 18th October, a qualified instructor will virtually guide you through the eight week programme to be completed 3 times per week and will be on hand to share their skills, knowledge and expertise. Each week participants will receive an email with their training programme for the upcoming week meaning you can run a time and place convenient to you.

By the end of the 8 week programme, participants will be able to complete a 5km Parkrun.

So, grab your trainers and sign up for the programme.

FAQ's

What is the Virtual Couch to 5k programme?

Couch to 5K is a running plan developed to help absolute beginners get into running. The programme involves three runs per week, with a day of rest in between. There is a different schedule for each of the eight weeks.

Each week, participants will receive an email with their training programme for the week ahead and will have access to support from a qualified instructor.

The programme is progressive in nature, starting with a mix of running and walking at a gentle pace. Week 1 involves just 1 minute of running at a time, creating realistic expectations and making the challenge feel achievable.

The 8 week programme will culminate in a virtual 5km run or Parkrun which all participants will be capable of achieving if the programme is followed.

Perhaps you could buddy up with a family member or friend to support one another throughout.

Perhaps you could buddy up with a family member or friend and encourage them to sign up to support one another throughout.

Who is Virtual Couch to 5k for?

The Virtual Couch to 5K is for everyone. Whether you’ve never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active, Couch to 5K is an easy way of getting fitter and healthier. If you have any health concerns about beginning an exercise regime such as Couch to 5K, make an appointment to see your GP and discuss it with them first.

What does the programme involve?

The Virtual Couch 2 5k programme will commence on Monday 18th October and will take place for 8 weeks.

Each week, participants will receive an email with their training programme for the upcoming week and will have access to a qualified instructor. The programme involves 3 runs per week which can be carried out a time and place convenient to yourself.

The 8 week programme will culminate in a virtual 5km run or Parkrun which everyone will be capable of achieving if the programme is followed.

What are the benefits?

There are plenty of benefits from getting into running. For starters, it’s an easy way of improving your physical health. Running requires little equipment, but a good pair of running shoes that suit your foot type may help improve comfort.

Running regularly will improve the health of your heart and lungs. It can also help you lose weight, especially if combined with a healthy diet. There’s evidence it may help increase bone density in some people, which can help protect against bone diseases like osteoporosis.

There are also mental benefits of running. Taking on the challenge of Couch to 5K can help boost your confidence and self-belief, as you prove to yourself that you can set yourself a target and achieve a goal.

Running regularly can also be a great stress reliever and has even been shown to combat depression.

Health & Safety Considerations to plan for before your run?

These sessions are completed at your own risk please take into consideration the location you choose to run at in certain weather conditions at this time of year. If you have any health concerns about beginning an exercise programme, make an appointment to see your GP and discuss it with them first.

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