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Running Out of Excuses with From the Couch to 5K

Running Out of Excuses with From the Couch to 5K

December 5, 2015

Photo by Corey Stark

By Nicole Aguiniga 

It’s time to get off the couch and start running. Not right away, of course. Marii Stark and Brenda Ruckman have created the Couch to 5K Program based on their experience with the Couch to 5K app. 

"The four of us planned to meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 6 a.m. at Legacy Park to follow the Couch to 5K app. The app takes you from a 20 minute walk/run workout to running a 5K in nine short weeks,” Stark said. “I used the program to start running seven years ago and Brenda followed it successfully one year ago.”

The idea for the program began when the Stark and Ruckman offered to help to newbies to the running world get started using the same program they had used. 

The official Facebook page launched last May was open to runners of all ages and experiences to join them at Legacy in June. 

“Some participants had done a little running previously but many were newbies," Stark said.  "Experienced runners from my Independence/Blue Springs/ Lee's Summit running group, "RUNbelievable" on Facebook, joined us each day."

The experienced runners shared their own running testimonies, before the run each morning, explaining how running impacted their lives for the better, such as weight loss, no longer needing certain medications, help with depression and addictions, and running beyond the 5K. 

Throughout the summer, the Facebook page became a support group for all who joined. They shared pictures of runs they did on vacations and in the Kansas City area to keep everyone encouraged. 

"The support group social atmosphere of the C25K program made it something to look forward to, even on days when the runs felt hard. My husband, Corey, came to many of our runs to catch photos of our fun and progress," Stark said. 

The program ended in early August when the C25K members participated in a 5K at Legacy Park. Runners were greeted with cheerleaders, signs, refreshments, and small medals at the finish line. 

According to Stark, the real message of the group is that it is never too late to start running. "I began running at age 45 and Brenda began at 57."

While the C25K group is currently closed on Facebook, RUNbelieveable is open to runners of all ages and experiences to help them on their running journey.

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