Running for slowpokes

amannelin's picture

I envision this as a pretty casual workshop/running group that would follow the couch-5k training program together, share struggles and successes, and perhaps run a race, if the participants are interested. I am no expert, but I do have some resources and experience to share about the nuts and bolts of running and will likely have various "new runner" friends come by to share their stories and run with us. I think this workshop would be the best fit for woman-identified people ages 16 and up, but will certainly not turn anyone away. For maximum benefit, sign up with a buddy who lives in your neighborhood! Come to first class dressed in comfortable clothing, and the best athletic shoes you have. Have a light dinner or snack and a glass of water about an hour before. bring a water bottle if you like, but there are fountains in the park. We will likely not have a secure place for our valuables, so plan to only have your car or house key with you during class.

Facilitator email(s): 
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amannelin's picture

What is Couch-to-5k?

This web page covers all the bases:

but basically, it is a training schedule designed for beginning runners that eases you into running for 30 minutes at a time over 9 weeks using timed run/walk sessions.  The first week you only run for 60 seconds at a time! One minute? You can do that!  This is a popular program, and there are lots of podcasts available to do the work for you, or you can just use your watch.

we'll do one workout per week together as a group, to get you to week 6--where you will have a goal of running for 25 minutes without a break.  We will also dedicate time during the first session to forming partnerships or groups that can train together and support each other.

After the sixth session, we can decide whether we want to continue meeting as a group for the final three weeks, and maybe find a fall 5k to enter together! For the first week or two, I will provide music mixes for our workouts, with other participants being encouraged to create for the group after that--I'll provide a small speaker that will work with any mp3 player.


Powderhorn Park Building
3400 15th ave S East side of park
Minneapolis, MN 55407
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
I was one of those chubby, asthmatic kids who spent weeks anxiously dreading having to run "the mile" in PE class as part of the presidential fitness testing. No one ever taught me how to run, nor impressed upon me why I might actually WANT to do something that seemed like sheer torture, physically and psychologically. Fast-forward 15 years and I started feeling envious of the people I saw running around the lakes on a nice day, and thought maybe I could learn to do it too. A couple false starts later, I now have about a year of running under my belt and would love to support others in conquering an old nemesis, or just trying something new.
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Class times: 
Wed, 07/21/2010 - 18:00 - 19:30
Wed, 07/28/2010 - 18:00 - 19:30
Wed, 08/04/2010 - 18:00 - 19:30
Wed, 08/11/2010 - 18:00 - 19:30
Wed, 08/18/2010 - 18:00 - 19:30
Additional class time information: 
class time will be split between run/walk session and informal conversations about various topics. we may not always use entire class period
Powderhorn Park Building
3400 15th ave S East side of park
Minneapolis, MN 55407
United States
44° 56' 28.7844" N, 93° 15' 13.4568" W
Additional class location information: 
Meet outside main entrance--we will use the park as our classroom
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