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100,000 C25kers PART TWO

IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

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

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Couchpotato2
Couchpotato2Graduate

Very interesting to read about it. I’ve been a firm advocate of C25k and HU and so much so that unbeknownst to me my 73-year old mum announced a few weeks ago that she’d just complete week 2 of it. She’s today done run 2 of week 6. She said, she’s not going to be defeated by it. I believe her and I’m very proud of her. She loves it too!

Wow good for her! It just goes to show wherever we are in life we can still try new things and improve our fitness, please pass on my congratulations to her

Couchpotato2
Couchpotato2Graduate
in reply to Workingathome

I think she’d kill me if she knew I’d mentioned it here.. ;-) I’ll have to do it in a more general way ... thank you

😂

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate

A very interesting post from you IannodaTruffe on the history of C25K, both Josh Clark and Paul Sinton-Hewitt should get medals for starting C25K and Parkruns, many folk who have started their running with C25K go on to run at parkruns then if they wish further distances.

Laura played a big part for many of us too lannodaTruffe !😉 (wink) with the podcasts...

🌷xxx

GoogleMe
GoogleMeGraduate
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Laura St Quinn, aka St Laura! Most people won't realise that she brought the plan to the NHS after doing it herself and used to participate in this forum.

I've had some problems with being able to play Week 8 and I am 'missing' Julie!

IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator
in reply to GoogleMe

I missed Julie by using my watch................

GoogleMe
GoogleMeGraduate
in reply to IannodaTruffe

Me too. But I feel I won't be getting the authentic experience if I don't listen to 'Julie' at least once (although there was an earlier offering from the same singer/group which I 'enjoyed')

IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator
in reply to GoogleMe

I will grudgingly admit, GoogleMe that I didn't find the music quite as annoying this time around.....which probably says more about declining critical faculties associated with advancing and mellowing age, rather than the fact that the music has lasting appeal.

I didn't miss missing Julie...........

limberlou
limberlouAmbassador
in reply to GoogleMe

You can find it on YouTube. It’s called Chained up Melody

GoogleMe
GoogleMeGraduate
in reply to limberlou

I did get a couple of Julies in Week 9 (not as ghastly as remembered) but sacked off Laura and Julie for Melissa Harrison's nature podcast The Stubborn Light of Things for my graduation run. Good to know where to go for a fix if I need one!

limberlou
limberlouAmbassador
in reply to GoogleMe

You can find it on YouTube. It’s called Chained up Melody

Just to tell you I’m on week 4 run 1 a bit harder but ok.ive never been a runner.in the mid Cheshire cross country team at school but never got far.never thought at the age of 53 thinking of being a runner.It feels good and boasts my confidence.Glad I’ve joined your group.

Thanks for sharing the article it is an interesting read

Hello, thank you so much for the post 🙂 I’m proudly part of the family and this forum is amazing, loads of support all the time 💚

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

A huge thank you to everyone in this amazing community!!! ❤️❤️❤️

IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator
in reply to roseabi

Thanks for the pic...........you are so good at that stuff!

Thanks Iannoda for the tip re. Compression socks. I've used them twice and so far only experienced slight tightening of the calf. I will continue taking it slowly.

I just read your profile and wish you good luck with the treatment.

Cheers

Bob.

IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator
in reply to 1981london

Thanks for letting me know and keep me posted about how it goes in the future.

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