C25K? What is this, some kind of secret code? It looks like it could be Pastor Whipple’s computer password!
C25K is short for “Couch-to-5K,” a 15-week program to train as a group to run a 5 kilometer road race. After reading the book Every Body Matters by Gary Thomas last year, it made me think about the importance of being in good physical condition in order to serve God in the best possible way and what role the church might play in this. From this was born the idea of a group Couch-to-5K program, with the goal of building fellowship within our church, improving health and fitness, and reaching out to others.
The C25K will begin with a non-running kick-off meeting on Saturday, April 12, 8-10am at the church. We will continue to meet each week for gently increasing group runs, running tips, and devotion time. During our weekly meetings you will learn about proper shoe selection, the prevention and care of blisters, hydration and refueling, race etiquette, and the importance of stretching and cross training. We have a wide variety of professionals (nurses, trainers, dietitians,etc) from our church involved in the planning and excited to share their expertise with you. In addition, there will be a time of devotion or Bible study each week as we learn how our spiritual and physical bodies are connected.
Q: I don’t do metrics, how far is 5 kilometers?
A: 3.1 miles
Q: I’m a slowpoke. Will I be embarrassed?
A: I’m a slowpoke, too! We can stick together! Runners and walkers of all speeds and all ages are welcome and encouraged to join.
Q: I can’t be at all the meetings. Is that okay?
A: I can’t be at all the meetings either! None of us can. Come as much as you can, and for the weeks you have conflicts, you can do the runs on your own.
Q: Will I have to miss a week to attend the Strategic Assessment meeting on April 26 or May 3?
A: Yes, but so will I. So we decided to make those two weeks duplicate weeks for the topics and training - attend CommonVision@Kossuth one week and the C25K the other, and you won’t miss out on either one!
Q: I’m too old.
A: No you’re not! If you can walk, you can do this!
Q: Is this going to be hard?
A: Yes, probably a little bit, especially if you’ve never run before. But it will be more fun than hard, and you will have really accomplished something when you are done. You even make some new friends along the way!
Q: Can I bring a friend? Can I bring my mom, sister, neighbor, daughter, co-worker?
A: Yes! Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes! That is one of the goals of the program: outreach to others.
Q: Why did you call it Every Body Matters C25K?
A: Because every body matters! Everybody, as in every individual person and every body, as in each person’s physical body.
Q: I have more questions!
A: I have more answers, but this was all the space Drew would give me! [Editor's note: The previous statement is false.] Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 219-819-2001, or Facebook.