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Get Off The Couch And Start Moving!

Hello there, my name is Mia, and I absolutely hate running. I've been on almost every diet you can imagine since the age of six and even went to fat camp...twice. You may be wondering then, why I created a podcast to go along with a running program. Well, I am a music lover first and a reluctant exercise participant second. Sometimes I don't even like walking. I do love to lose weight though and running is the best way to do that. I found out about the Couch to 5k program from a Weight Watchers message board about five years ago and decided to try it since anything with "couch" in the name appealed to me. I was a pack-a-day smoker with a love of Ramen noodles and tuna noodle casserole. As you can probably imagine, that combo made me really attractive.

I started out creating a running music playlist I had hoped would psych me up enough to continue the program. While the music was great, I had a hard time concentrating on it because I kept looking back at the treadmill to see when I could stop running. This made the program less fun to follow. I then searched high and low for a pre-made podcast, which I found thanks to a man named Robert Ullrey. While his podcasts were great in that I didn't have to think about when to walk and run, the music wasn't my cup of tea. Of course, this is when the giant light bulb appeared above my head. I can make my own podcast set to the music I choose (and have the rights to use).

My first time around, it took me more than nine weeks to complete the training, but I did it. I've found that the only thing stopping you from reaching your fitness goals is you. Keep your head up, your breathing in check and hit the road running.

Need encouragement? Want to be a part of a community or make a Couch to 5k team? Join our discussion group! Make sure you check back here for an upcoming 10k training podcast in the near future. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to drop me an email at mhorberg@tribune.com.

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