Run away from the couch

Couch to 5k plan helps ease the pain for would-be runners

There are two types of people in this world—those who enjoy running, and those who don’t. Many people who formerly found themselves in the latter category have transformed into runners (or at least joggers) with the Couch to 5K program, which promises to prepare even the most sedentary spud for a 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) run in about nine weeks. The plan, which gently gets the body moving and progresses incrementally, can be found on several websites for free, with multiple apps readily available. A good place to start is