Yesterday I posted this healthunlocked.com/couchto5... to celebrate the fact that 100,000 people had registered on this forum, which is an amazing feat in its own right, but it dawned on me that many of you may not know the history of Couch to 5k and perhaps do not realise that you are in fact part of a C25k family that is way, way larger than the numbers on this site.
In 1996, way back in the last millennium, so the story goes, Josh Clark, an American, wanted to encourage his fifty year old mother to get more exercise, so he wrote the Couch to 5k plan. The programme worked for his mum and soon spread worldwide, being delivered by a host of different podcasts and apps with variations on the theme, including the NHS version that this forum is primarily devoted to.
So the 100,000 who came here for support and advice are just the tip of the iceberg. We know that many do the plan without ever coming to this site and that many running clubs around the world use C25k for beginners. Over the last 24 years there have been countless thousands, if not millions, of runners who cut their running teeth with this amazing plan and consequently changed their lives for good.
I believe that many of you would agree that learning to run is one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself and we all know that the best way to do that is to follow the incredibly simple and proven training plan that Josh Clark gave to the world all those years ago.
If you want to know more about Josh’s philosophy behind C25k, then read this article bigmedium.com/ideas/c25k.html
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY