Couch to 5K

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This training program aims to prepare you slowly and painlessly to run a 5K race. Its secret is that it's a gentle introduction to getting the body moving, starting off alternating between walking and running small distances, and slowly building up until you're ready to run 5 kilometers or 30 minutes non-stop.

Program will include nutritional, strength training and stretching information. Couch to 5K shirt included! Ages 18+. Training will prepare you for the Lake Monona Run on Saturday May 3rd (Separate registration fee)

You should bring a flashlight or wear reflective clothing as it still will be dark the first couple of classes. Class time will start at 7:30 pm

Dates Days  Time  Location  Cost  Register 
Feb 25 - Apr 29 Mon 7:00 - 8:00 pm  Schluter Park $50   reg_now_green

Running Coach: Stefanie Spohn

I discovered my love for running four years after the loss of our son. I signed up for a couch to 5k program several months after my second daughter was born as a way to relieve stress, incorporate some exercise into my life, and lose that extra baby weight. What I was not expecting, was how positively running was going to impact my life. After my very first run, I felt a sense of accomplishment. As I continued throughout the program, I started to feel my overall mood and energy change. After a 12 week program, I completed my first 5k race. I had such a "runner's-high" after that race that I could not wait to sign up for another one. Fast forward three years later and I have completed seven 5ks, three 10ks, two 8ks, five half marathons, and four sprint triathlons. I'm not the fastest person on the course, but I am consistent with my training which has led to an improved running form and race times. I also believe this sets a great example for my two little girls, showing them they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. And wouldn't you know it; they have completed several races themselves at the young ages of 3 and 5.