Couch to 5k Training Information 

What

The Waxahachie Running Club (WRC) is hosting a Couch to 5k (c25k) training group for new runners or people getting back into the swing of things.  This training group is open to all training levels.  Any pace is acceptable. This is a “No one left behind” group.  The training program will take you from the "Couch to 5K" in just 9 short weeks.  

When

Stay tuned for more details!  We usually meet Sunday, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Try to show up 10-15 minutes early so you can have time to park, meet people, and get ready. Then we can start right at 6:30.  We should be done by 7:30 each day.  If you’re not able to make one of these times you can do the training on your own.  But, please try to make at least one group run per week.  

Where

The group will meet at Getzendaner Park Trail Head, aka Mile Marker 0, which is located at 400 S. Grand Avenue, Waxahachie, TX 75165. We will be utilizing The Hike and Bike Trail for our training.

Why

The ultimate goal is to complete a full 5k (3.1 miles) without stopping!

How

We start on Week 1 Day 1 doing a 5 minute warm-up walk, then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Then we'll cool down and learn some strengthening and stretching exercises to help prevent injury.

We follow a smart phone app. call "Couch to 5k". It is available for $1.99 on the iPhone or Android.  More information can be found here: http://www.active.com/mobile/c25k.htm .  Please download and install this so you can follow along on your own and track your progress. 

Be sure to bring some water and maybe a towel to sit on the ground and stretch.

It's gonna be AWESOME and don't be nervous - you'll do great!

Check here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WRCC25k for more details and to RSVP under the Events tab.

Questions:

Q:  I need new shoes.  What should I look for?

A:  There's no one pair of perfect shoes that fits and is right for everybody.  Each person's foot, body and running mechanics are different and require a different style of shoe.  What works and feels good for your friend might not be the best for you.  I suggest you go to a good running store like Luke's Locker or RunOn try on several brands and styles of shoes.  Get the sales person to watch you walk around in them and/or run on a treadmill in the store.  Both stores mentioned will allow you to buy the shoe, wear them for up to a month and return them if they don't feel right.  Here's an article with tips on buying running shoes:  http://running.competitor.com/2014/05/video/video-three-tips-buying-running-shoes_101935

Q:  I'm slow and can't run very far.  Is that ok?

A:  Yes - that's what this group is design for.  Don’t worry about what speed you’re running - in fact to start with, the slower you run the better. This gives your body the time to adjust to running and will help avoid injuries. The golden rule is that if you can’t talk to the person next to you then you are running too fast.