Couch to 5K program to be offered through St. Mary’s

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LEWISTON — HealthSteps will offer a Couch to 5K program from Feb. 24 to April 25, meeting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting at 6:05 a.m. at the Bates College Merrill Gymnasium indoor track. Each session will take 20 to 30 minutes. Optional group warm-up, cool-down and strengthening is available.

Have you ever thought about participating in a 5K or have you ever wondered what one is?

First, a 5K is approximately 3.1 miles. For those who break into a sweat just thinking about having to run, the thought of jogging a 5K might seem unattainable. The truth is it’s easier than one might think.

The key is start slow and gradually progress. The issue most could-be runners face is they start out too fast and go too far, leaving them sore and feeling less than motivated in the days to come.

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The session will provide a doable program in which participants can gradually progress their distance, alternating between walking and jogging, where they don’t have to worry about speed.

In just nine short weeks, participants could be ready for their first 5K. For those who might feel the need to repeat a week of the training program, an extra week has been built into the schedule.

If those days aren’t convenient, people can still participate in the program at the indoor track on Tuesday and Thursday mornings any time between 6:05 and 6:55 a.m.

The program costs $55. Register by calling 777-8898. HealthSteps is part of the Prevention & Wellness Services offered through St. Mary’s Health System.

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