This is a continuation in our Couch to 5K series, leading up to Community VNA’s 17th annual 5K Run/Walk to Remember. As a reminder, registration is now open, and we welcome walkers of all abilities to participate. We hope to see you on Sunday, August 4, 2019 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Week 1 was all about being “On your mark.” And, “Getting set.”

Now, it’s really time to “Go!” But first, a question,…

How did the first week go?  It can be difficult beginning any training regimen. Remember to be patient. Our Couch to 5K is designed to help you ease into things.

For Week 2, we’d like to start by offering a few tips:

  • Remember to hydrate before and after your runs, especially as the weather gets warmer
  • Consider using sunscreen and wearing sunglasses and a hat.

Now for this week’s schedule:

  • Once again, you’ll do 3 runs in Week 2
  • For each, start with a brisk 5 minute walk, then alternate 1 ½ minutes of running with 2 minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes. 

Easy, right?

Good luck, and happy running!

Dr. Mark Young is a family medicine physician and member of the medical staff of Sturdy Memorial Associates of Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, Massachusetts, and Sturdy Memorial Associates, Plainville, Massachusetts.

Dr. Young received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, completed his family medicine training at the Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and is board certified in family medicine.

An avid runner and member of the local Wampanoag Running Club, Dr. Young has, for the past 16 years, taken a leadership role in organizing Community VNA’s annual 5K Run/Walk to Remember (previously the Runaways Runaround Road Race). Under his co-direction, the annual event has raised more than $50,000 for Community VNA Hospice.