Have you ever set a goal so lofty, you really didn’t expect to achieve it?
That was me. I just completed the 5K runner app – which means I ran (albeit slowly) for 35 minutes straight. 3 miles. Totally not a blog-worthy accomplishment for anyone who exercises but for me? It’s a shocking achievement. I wanted to quit after 30 seconds when I first started.
Chugging, out of breath, hot, grumpy, but refusing to quit, I made it through the first thirty minutes.
And once I finished the first thirty minutes without collapsing, it was time for step two. Here’s why a couch-to-5k works: once you complete something that seems like absolute hell like running for 10 minutes straight, your previous hell of five minutes straight seems like a breeze. And you keep going.
These are the apps that kept me going –
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5K Runner App
This is not the first couch-to-5k app I have downloaded and attempted, but this is the only one I’ve completed. This simple and clear app is the best one I tried – the clean design makes it easy to see how much walking / run time is left, tracks your calories, your distance with GPS, and time. The peppy lady announcer prompts you to run or slow down and walk. Throughout your run, you can easily glance at your phone to see how much time is left in your run/walk segment and how much time is left overall.
Download 5K runner app on iTunes
I listened to Harry Potter, Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, part of a 40 lecture series on the history of the United States… listening to Audible books for entertainment or to learn something new is an easy way to get through a thirty minute run. Download your favorites on Amazon, and they magically appear in the Audible app.
Download Audible App on iTunes
The Homecoming podcast is so intense, it made me forget I was running because I was so curious about what was about to happen next. A star-studded cast includes Katherine Keener, Amy Pohler, and David Schwimmer takes you through a mysterious military scandal with enough twists-and-turns to keep you distracted from your pain.
2-Year-Old Champion in a BOB Stroller
Finally, not an app – but my biggest champion and running companion was my 2 year old daughter who cheered “You can do it!” when I’d breathlessly ask, “do you think I can do it?” while eating veggie straws and pretzels, strapped into her Bob Stroller. She was with me the whole way.