Coming from a past that included getting injured because my knees couldn’t handle my body weight or because I started too fast, this time I decided to approach my running more sensibly. I did some research & figured that in order to run my first 5k, I needed to start slow. According to Runner’s World ” Runners Complete Guide to Running” I needed to begin by combining walking & runnin & eventually give into my ability to run. Several other sites had similar recommendations.
The only challenge behind combining running & walking is setting perfect times to start & stop running. This is where the Couch to 5k app come handy. The C25K app that I am using is a free app by Zen labs.
Things I love about C25K:
Week by week plan for running :With gradual increase in time for running, this app sets you up for success. I am now in week 2 & I have never felt so sure of being able to run my 5k.
Clear Instructions : Warm up , Start running , Start Walking , Cool Down & Half time completed are the only simple instructions given by the voice. No annoying horns & bells from your alarm.
Playlists: You can sync your playlists & hence match the tempo for your run or walk. I personally prefer Pandora’s cardio radio & C25K works perfectly well with that app as well.
Simplicity: I love the user interface. It tells you exactly what you need to know nothing less & nothing more. Simply perfect. The ads are unobtrusive.
What Desires to be Seen:
App Voice Volume: Even though the volume on my phone & the app itself is at the highest, I personally think that it gets hard to hear the instruction given. You may have to pull out your phone to see what was said.
Showing Extra Runs – Given that i fit the perfect picture of a couch potato, I had to do week one twice to get myself ready for week 2. Would love some acknowledgement for that
Tell me I did it – While running is such a personal thing, I would like some input from my coach on completing my first week or some points for staying on track for consecutive weeks
Let me Show Off – I moved! I did it for myself & I want to tell my friends about it . A social media Share option would be great .
And while there are many other cool integrations that I would like my running app to do, I love this app because “it delivers without complicating”, thereby allowing a new runner to focus on the most important thing – Running their first 5k.
Please feel free to share your experience with this app or let us know of any other app that you swear by.
To Download this app to your App Store or Play Store on your phones. You can get more information about this app on – http://c25kfree.com/