The bridegroom came forth into the porch With, 'Let us look at the sky, And question what of the night to be, Stranger, you and I.' The woodbine leaves littered the yard, The woodbine berries were blue, Autumn, yes, winter was in the wind; 'Stranger, I wish I knew.'
Within, the bride in the dusk alone Bent over the open fire, Her face rose-red with the glowing coal And the thought of the heart's desire.
The bridegroom looked at the weary road, Yet saw but her within, And wished her heart in a case of gold And pinned with a silver pin.
The bridegroom thought it little to give A dole of bread, a purse, A heartfelt prayer for the poor of God, Or for the rich a curse;
But whether or not a man was asked To mar the love of two By harboring woe in the bridal house, The bridegroom wished he knew.
- Robert Frost
If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re interested in starting running and the Couch to 5K (C25K) training program. You may be feeling a bit intimidated or nervous about walking out the door for your first run. I’ll tell you now: don’t be. Running is simple; all it takes is getting started and the rest will come naturally.
What is C25K?
The Couch to 5K program was created by Josh Clark in 1996. It has grown immensely in popularity over the years but it remains true to its original purpose: to get absolute beginners from couch potatoes to running 5K in nine weeks. C25K is not a high-intensity training program, but you should expect to be running for 30 minutes straight by the end of week 6. It’s designed so that anyone can complete it with minimal risk of injury or burnout given reasonable effort and adherence to the program.
C25K provides a good balance of difficulty so that anyone can complete it without killing themselves in training. Workouts are typically short and occur every other day on non-consecutive days of the week. You can run more frequently if you wish, but it isn’t necessary. If you’re feeling tired or sore at any point in your training, simply take a rest day or cut back on the length of your workout.