Spotlight of the month: Couch to 5K Participant

To mark the start of 2020, this month we are spotlighting one of our Couch to 5K participants, Rosie Dowen. Rosie took part in our autumn 2019 Couch to 5K programme. We hear about her experience with running and why she decided to take the plunge and sign up to the programme.

How did you first hear about the Couch to 5K programme?GOGAspotlight

I was originally interested in the GOGA lunchtime run club but didn’t feel as if I would be a strong enough runner to get involved. The Couch to 5K programme was mentioned in a WhatsApp group I was in, for people interested in the lunchtime run club, and I knew that it would be much more suited to me.

What encouraged you to sign up?

I was keen to improve my running skills and then signed up to the programme with a friend so that we could keep each other motivated.

What did you most enjoy about the Couch to 5K programme?

It has allowed me to meet new people from campus and get to know them. The programme created a lovely, friendly community of people who were all at the same running level, wanting to improve.

Do you feel that you learnt anything new through being involved in the programme? 

I learnt the importance of sticking to something, persevering and knowing that I can improve through practice.

What are your physical activity plans now that you have finished the programme?

I am still maintaining two runs a week and doing parkruns every Saturday – this weekend I’ll be doing my first parkrun abroad in Berlin! I also did a parkrun on Christmas Day this year and am now aiming to do the Abbey Dash 10km run at Kirkstall Abbey in October.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking part in the programme?

Do it and bring a friend or two!

Do you have any last comments that you would like to make about the programme?

One other great part of the programme I appreciated was the EvenSplits graduation event at the end; I found it motivating to have a target to work towards.

Our next Couch to 5K programme begins on 4th February and is fully booked. We will share news about our next programme on our website.

If you’re interested in running, the GOGA run club meets weekly on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes at 12.05pm at Cromer Terrace. There is no need to sign up in advance, just turn up on the day and join in. We cover distances between 3-7km during the run club.