I cannot thank you enough for your encouragement. I never thought I could ever run 2 miles. I was the non-athletic kid in school that everyone made fun of - it took me forever to finish a mile in elementary school - everyone would be finished and waiting on me. Therefore, I learned to hate running. I would have never dreamed I could ever run a distance of 2 miles and last night I did it! And it was not bad at all! My parents cannot believe the change in me. I am finally starting to have confidence in myself. I am starting to believe in me. I cannot thank you enough for all you do. To be able to look in the mirror and believe in yourself is amazing. Thank you, thank you Danny.
I just wanted to let you know how you continue to inspire people through the Couch program.
Here is an excerpt from her email, which I hope you keep confidential since it is so personal:
And then the coolest thing happened--we sort of spread out into little packs, got separated a bit, and I found I was by myself running and Danny and this nice guy Geoff were on the side of the road watching and Danny shouts to me, "Great! You have GREAT form!
That was one of the things I had fretted over most, was if I'm going to do this, am I going to look bad? Will I end up looking like Dolly Parton out there and have two black eyes? The answers are NO and NO!
I know the program worked wonders for me: I am running my first marathon in June and was a team leader for the Illinois version of Couch, which just ended with a 7K - whodathunk??? Thanks for all the encouragement and keep up the good work. Jeff and I hope to be home for the Twilight Run; maybe we'll see you there. If not, definitely at Mercedes next year.
I owe you lots of thanks! I had a great run on Saturday. My goal was a 2:45 and my official time was 2:42:37! It was a fun experience that all started last March with the Couch to 5K. Your help has been invaluable, from your motivating e-mails to get me through my first 5K (which I never really actually believed would happen)....to your help in coaching me to get my time down in my second 5K at the Race to the Courthouse (40:55 at the Zoo Run to 36:28 at the Race to the Courthouse)....to your Sunday afternoon speedwork sessions....to your recommendation on a good 1/2 marathon, to your training plan....to your constant advice and encouragement on everything running.... It was all a huge!
While stretching and trying to warm-up immediately after the race, I stood around a bit watching more people come across the finish line.......and there were a bunch of them behind me! ...and many of them looked like they were in much better shape than myself. I actually spotted a few from my corral that took off ahead of me, I passed them later and the race, and they ended up a full 15 minutes behind me. One thing was for certain, thanks to all of your advice....I felt like I knew what I was doing. How to train, what to wear, where to line-up, how to hydrate, what to eat the morning of, where to run on the road, how to take the hills, how to "pace", etc., etc...I had no excuse on any of that. If anything, I had preparation on my side.
I know my running days are just beginning, and it's so good to have an active lifestyle. It's amazing how much Andrew picks up on it too. Even at two years old, he's well aware of the fact that I run and he always wants to run with me. I'm confident that my new lifestyle will trickle down to him. Man......that's enough to change the world isn't it?
Thanks again for all of your help! Your excitement for running is contageous.
I just wanted to share some good news. I am the one who dropped out last time to have heart test etc after 3 years of struggling with health problems. I have stayed with running even though I did not stay with the group. For 3 years with all that medical science could do for me I have never had a blood pressure reading that was normal. This past month my blood pressure has apparently dropped 40 points on average. We will have to see if it holds up etc. But I do know I would never have gotten this far is for the running.
Thanks for all you've done to inspire me to keep going. I know I've
As a recreational walker who has always yearned to be a runner, I just never thought I was "runner" material. I don't have an Olympic, "reed thin" physique. I was never chosen first for sports teams growing up, even though inside I had dreamed of what life as an athlete would be like. I tried to run on my own, but discouragement followed me every step of the way, as I would easily tire after just one block. Then some friends mentioned the Couch to 5K program, and it took all the courage I had to attend the informational meeting. I was thrilled to see that people of all ages, shapes, and sizes had also decided to sign up. And from that day forward, my life has changed forever.
After much hesitation and fear I joined Danny's couch to 5K program. We started Dec. 31 and I am proud to say that I ran the 5BE&K. I could not believe it - I had never ran any distance in my life and to suddenly - because time seemed to fly - run 5K was amazing. This is an organized and well planned program... all you need is the guts to sign up.. the rest is easy... and you will make lots of friends in the process.
I started the Couch Program with Danny one year ago in March and this weekend I am running my first Marathon. It is amazing how easy the program is to get one started in improving their overall health. The program instills self confidence with a set goal which the entire group desires to attain. The program literally gets you up walking and before you know it you are running distances which others cannot. It is a great social and motivational program which you the right plan, right distance, and the right timeframe to accomplish your goals. I recommend Danny's Couch Program to anyone without any reservations.
I went thru the couch group with Danny as the coach. I decide in August