Review: Couch to 5k

To say I’m not in to fitness and exercise would be a huge understatement. The only form of PE I enjoyed was when ‘fat group’ got to play rounder’s or dodgeball – so the thought of me running 5k was, and still is, laughable. However, after foolishly downloading the Couch to 5k app (after deciding on a whim that I’d done enough of the couch portion) I became a slow jogging tomato, three times a week.

So if you’re also toying with the idea of starting to run, here’s what you should know before you start the Couch to 5k program.


  • It gently eases you into running (you only run for 60 seconds before you get a break in the first week!)
  • Plans your runs for you
  • Can play your own music through the app – it quietens it when it needs to give you instructions
  • You run and walk and run and walk which is apparently a good way to build up stamina


  • It gently eases you into running (first few weeks are pretty easy, giving you false hope that you are in fact an Olympian)
  • I didn’t know it was possible to feel patronised by an app, but couch to 5k manages it week after week
  • No prompts for stretching, only has a 5 minute warm up walk

I have re-started the Couch to 5k programme three times now, and so far I’ve never gotten to the end. I think the main problem is boredom, which may be caused by the fact that I only have 4 songs saved on my phone.

However, I’ve heard about a zombie running app which I think I’m going to try next. I hate being chased so maybe the thought of being pursued by zombies will help to give me nightmares be more encouraged to run.

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