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The Easiest Running Approach - Couch to 21km

Learn to run your first half marathon using the running easy approach for beginners.

The Easiest Running Approach - Couch to 21km

Learn to run your first half marathon using the running easy approach for beginners.
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This section covers the vital Running Easy principles that will be applied throughout your training

Running is the most tried-and-tested, scientifically proven, and effective approach to enabling people to lose weight, stay healthy, look good, and feel great. Humans are designed to run – yet sadly, the approach that worked for thousands of years has been lost. It’s been lost in competition, “trying harder”, “no pain no gain” approaches. An overwhelming amount of scientific research is proving that the lost art of running easy is the ultimate approach to a healthy, energized, and long life. It’s time to discover this life-changing approach once again.

10 Reasons to start this course today

If you want to lose weight, get fit, stay healthy, and feel great, then you need to listen to science. Science has proven that running is the most effective way to:

  1. Lose weight (burn 15% more calories in the 48 hours after a run)
  2. Be healthier with less risk of colds and flu
  3. Reduce the risk of death from all significant causes by 70%
  4. Live longer with less disability in old age
  5. Improve bone density and reduce the risk of arthritis in old age by 50%
  6. Improve memory and brainpower
  7. Increase productivity by over 15% per day
  8. Boost concentration and treat ADHD
  9. Increase overall happiness
  10. Live a fuller, more rewarding lifestyle.

What will you learn in this course?

  • Running Easy approach - only four training days a week
  • You will achieve your goal of running a 21km/13mi half marathon
  • You will learn from two experienced, ordinary people like you
  • You will get a guy and girls perspective on how to run and achieve your goal
  • You will experience the unique, scientifically supported Running Easy approach to running
  • You will be guided week-by-week as to what to do and how to train
  • You will be shown how to run efficiently
  • You will be given lots of vital fundamentals that will keep you safe and enjoy your runs
  • You will be inspired to achieve something that will change your life forever
  • You will achieve your bucket list item – running a half marathon!

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for non-runners and those with some basic running fitness. So, whether you have never run before, or if you have some basic fitness but have always dreamed of running a half marathon, this is the most comprehensive, easy-to-follow course available.

Who are we?

Join Craig and Nicky, as we take you on a journey that will change your life (literally) forever, as we train you to run (with a smile) your first half marathon (21km/13mi).

So, who are we, and why do you want us to guide you on this exciting journey? Well, quite simply because we are ordinary people – like you. We have not won any Olympic medals. We don’t hold any world records. You may be wondering why then we should be your coaches on this exciting journey. Well, it’s because we are just like you – but we have achieved extraordinary things. We’ve run over 100 marathons (42km/26mi), over 20 Comrades ultra-marathons (90km/56mi), and many more other ultra-marathons. And yet, despite all this, we are just ordinary people – ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary things. And that is what we want to help you also achieve. 

All too often running programs are designed by top athletes, Olympic medal holders. However, their bodies and their approaches are not suitable for most people. They follow what we refer to as the “try harder”, the “no sweat, no gain” approach. While these approaches may win those skilled enough, a medal, they seldom become lifestyle approaches for the rest of us. Our approach, which is based on years of experience, and training (ordinary) people from all around the world, is called the running easy approach. 

The Running Easy approach is a unique, scientifically supported, tried-and-tested approach to running. Rather than try harder, it shows you how to run effectively by trying easier. Rather than pain, it’s about enjoying. Rather than faster times, it’s about fun times. We will show you how to run in a way that not only allows you to achieve your amazing goal but is so enjoyable it will make running part of your life. 


While this course takes a "running easy" approach, it nonetheless can be demanding on your body. So, if you are unsure of your current health, please check with your doctor before commencing the training.


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This section covers the vital Running Easy principles that will be applied throughout your training

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There are many great courses, many great teachers online - but how many build their courses around a research-backed, digital-age, teaching approach? 


Activated Academy courses are developed around the teaching approaches (called pedagogies in teacher talk) of the Activated Classroom Teaching (ACT) model. These highly effective approaches, developed by Activated Academy's founder, Dr. Craig Blewett, are the result of years of research.

Activated Academy courses are unique. They are a blend of the best modern teaching approach, the best teachers, and the best content. Our motto is to ensure that while you're learning, you're also laughing and loving it!


Dr. Craig Blewett is a dynamic international speaker who has been involved in business, I.T. and education for over 20 years. With a PhD in IT and learning, he has taught and inspired everyone from politicians to corporate leaders, from parents to children, all around the world. In addition he work on how to teach effectively has been featured widely in international media, TV, research journals and books. This all means that Activated Academy courses are the highest quality, most engaging learning experiences available!

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