I’m doing the Couch to 5K this year – one of my New Year’s Resolutions this year was simple.
Become a runner.
Don’t know what Couch to 5K is? It’s basically a way to get yourself from being a fat slob on a sofa to being able to run 5 km in 8 weeks. The programme is incredibly easy to follow, and combines running and walking for various amounts of time to slowly increase your level of fitness.
I did Week 1, Day 2 last night, and I realised something.
Couch to 5K is essentially a knitting pattern
Don’t believe me? Here, I will write it out in a way you’ll understand, the way that I am doing it.
Couch to 5K knitting pattern
We1D1: 5m WU, *1m R, 1.5m W* rep from * to * 5 more times, 5m CD
We1D2: 5m WU, *1m R, 1.5m W* rep from * to * 7 more times, 5m CD
We1D3: 5m WU, *1m R, 1.5m W* rep from * to * 7 more times, 5m CD
We2D1: 5m WU, *1.5m R, 2m W* rep from * to * 3 more times, +1m R, 1m W+ rep from + to + once, 5m CD
We2D2: 5m WU, *1.5m R, 2m W* rep from * to * 3 more times, +1m R, 1m W+ rep from + to + once, 5m CD
We2D3: 5m WU, *1.5m R, 2m W* rep from * to * 5 more times, 5m CD
We3D1: 5m WU, 1.5m R, 1.5m W, *2.5m R, 2.5m W* rep from * to * once, 1.5m R, 1.5m W, 5m CD
We3D2: 5m WU, 1.5m R, 1.5m W, *2.5m R, 2.5m W* rep from * to * once, 1.5m R, 1.5m W, 5m CD
We3D3: 5m WU, 2m R, 2m W, *3m R, 3m W* rep from * to * once, 2m R, 2m W, 5m CD
We4D1: 5m WU, 3m R, 2m W, *4m R, 3m W* rep from * to * once, 3m R, 2m W, 5m CD
We4D2: 5m WU, 3m R, 2m W, *5m R, 3m W* rep from * to * once, 3m R, 2m W, 5m CD
We4D3: 5m WU, 3m R, 2m W, *5m R, 2m W* rep from * to * once, 3m R, 2m W, 5m CD
We5D1: 5m WU, 5m R, 3m W, 6m R, 3m W, 5m R, 5m CD
We5D2: 5m WU, 5m R, 3m W, 8m R, 3m W, 5m R, 5m CD
We5D3: 5m WU, 8m R, 5m W, 8m R, 5m CD
We6D1: 5m WU, 10m R, 5m W, 10m R, 5m CD
We6D2: 5m WU, 10m R, 3m W, 10m R, 5m CD
We6D3: 5m WU, 15m R, 3m W, 5m R, 5m CD
We7D1: 5m WU, 20m R, 5m CD
We7D2: 5m WU, 20m R, 5m CD
We7D3: 5m WU, 25m R, 5m CD
We8D1: 5m WU, 28m R, 5m CD
We8D1: 5m WU, 30m R, 5m CD
We8D1: 5m WU, 35m R, 5m CD
So, that’s it! This is recommended by the UK NHS – I’m not doing their programme, I have my own, which is what I’ve been written out – but this is a well known concept that apparently really works.
I feel great, and I would love it if you would join me if you feel like doing it. There is a group of us over on Ravelry who have just started, but don’t let being behind stop you – come over and join us.
Advice from Runners
I just want to share some advice I got when I bought my running shoes.
- Buy proper running shoes – especially if running on road. Running is a high impact sport that can have a strong effect on your joints, which can be mitigated with the proper equipment.
- Wait a day between each run. Your joints need a day to recuperate. When you are more experienced you can run everyday, but not at the beginning when you aren’t used to it.
- Always stretch before and after your run. The effect on your muscles will be reduced and you will hurt less!
- Make sure you rehydrate!
So, that’s it from me for now! Totally off-topic…until you remember that Couch to 5K is a knitting pattern!
Ha great idea!
That… is hilarious. :) Best of luck with your resolution!
Thank you!! Hopefully next year we won’t have a post of “remember that resolution? I’m reviving it…”
I did couch-to5k a few years back. I’m now training for a half marathon!
To your list, you might want to add “Buy a foam roller!” It’s an excellent way to massage out the sore muscles!
I’ve downloaded the app and am set to begin but by the time I return from barn chores, I’m whipped. Gaaaaaa
I have a 5K set for Memorial Day. I had better get set.