Inspiring Stories of the 5
HAP is sponsoring a Couch to 5K program, which is designed to help non-runners ease into a running routine, until they are comfortable running a 5K (3.1 miles). A few weeks ago, we held a kick-off event for our members and have chosen to cover the stories of eight running teams and individuals to follow over the next several weeks. It all leads up to the big event on June 22nd.
Now meet our inspiring runners. Check back each week for updates on their stories, plus tips that you can use in your own training.
Diabetes has ravaged members of my family. I was diagnosed three years ago and recently stepped up to
insulin from oral medications. I've always wanted to become a runner and, running this 5k, I hope to gain a higher level of fitness and a healthier, happier life - with more energy. I'd also like a closer relationship with my daughter, Courtney. And as an elected official, I'd like to use my personal story to help my constituents.
- Commissioner Janet Jackson, Southfield
(Running with her daughter, Courtney)
Having recovered from a foot injury four years ago, I am ready to go! I'm doing this with my 18-year old
daughter, Sydney, to prove that with patience, hard work and persistence, all goals are attainable. I am hoping to achieve a new sense of awareness and a new level of energy! My daughter will be leaving for college in the fall to study pre-nursing and we're both feeling some anxiety with the upcoming departure. I think this will not only bring us together, but also help us cope with her upcoming move.
Clare and Sydney were featured in the Dearborn Press and Guide
- Clare Colleran, Dearborn
(Running with her daughter, Sydney Wright)
Update week 6:
It's hard work. If you have never ran before it is a lot of work. But, I don't have to lay down to button my jeans anymore.
I am getting close to hitting the two mile mark.
Loren and her husband were featured on fox 2, check out the full interview
- Loren Lide Latham, Detroit
(Running with her husband)
Update Week 8 of 9:
There will be times you think you can't do it or don't have the time, but if you think about it, it's just nine weeks in the grand scheme of your life.. And by the time you're done, you'll be so into it that you won't give up. At the beginning, I thought, How am I going to do this, but now I think, How did I ever go without?
Last night, I had the longest run I ever ran. When I got done, the reality set in: I really can do this - how did I ever doubt myself? It's realistic, and that's the thing - you really can do this. I feel amazing.
- Clare Shaw, Madison Heights
(Running with her fiancé, Shaun Marx)
It's TIME! I want to live a healthier lifestyle and be well. I have to lose 20 pounds or risk fighting diabetes. Plus I have four beautiful children who I am hoping to inspire to GET OFF THE COUCH and join me in exercise and healthier living! I want to get coaching and tips on running and losing weight. Plus be able to ward off chronic diseases that are ravaging my family - like diabetes, kidney failure and depression.
- Erica Ballard, Southfield
Cheryl, Claudia and myself are continuing to train, mostly walking the 5K. We are definitely still going to participate in the Detroit River Days 5K. We might be doing more walking than running, but we will be there!
- Brigette Murphy
(Running with Cheryl Walker and Claudia Rowland)
I have a 3-year old who I need to be active for in the future. I'm also fearful of the health conditions that run in my family - heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. And I've battled with obesity for over five years now and have a burning desire to lose weight and make exercise a part of my live on a daily basis. I'm looking to build my confidence and self-esteem and be happier in my own skin.
- LaKesshia Davis, Highland Park
I started on my path back to wellness in 2012 after going to physical therapy for my neck, shoulder and piriformis muscle. When I learned that the piriformis was over-worked because of sitting too much, I knew it was time to get moving again. I was an avid cycler before taking time off to care for my baby in 2005. It's time now for me to take care of me. I'm hoping to make exercise a natural part of my everyday life again, so that I can be around for my family.
- Claudia Winston-Cooper
(Running with her family members Patricia, Brenda, & Gina)
For more information on how to start your own couch to 5K training program, please visit coolrunning.com, the program that our member program is based on.*
*For most people, beginning a light, low intensity work out program is safe. However, if you are new to exercising, have been inactive for an extended period of time, have any medical issues or are looking to start an intense exercise program, you should speak to your doctor first.