What’s Your Workout? – Tonja Couch

Name: Tonja Couch

Age: 33

Residence: Seymour

Occupation: Executive director of Jackson County United Way

What is your workout schedule?

“Morning runs at 5:45 a.m.”

What is your favorite workout to do and why?

“Group runs are my favorite. They are conversational-paced and keep me moving at a quicker pace than I run by myself. They also make long runs seem shorter because of the great company.”

Where do you work out, and what do you like about that place?

“I run on the roads or trails. I’m thrifty. It’s free.”

What do you eat or avoid eating to be healthy?

“I mostly stick to the basics — veggies, fruits, meat and nuts. I try to avoid refined sugars and grains.”

What are your fitness goals?

“My goal for 2016 is to run or walk 2,016 miles. As of March 30, I’ve run 273 miles in 2016 so far. I’m looking forward to warmer weather when my daughters can join me and we can add back in family walks before bedtime.”

What are some fitness goals that you are proud to have achieved?

“Just moving. I did my first 5K last year. It was the Leadership Jackson County ValenTimes run in February. Since then, I’ve made a priority to get out of bed before my family is awake to exercise so I don’t take time away from them.”

Are you currently training for any type of event, such as a marathon, triathlon, etc.? If so, what does your training or routine involve?

“I plan to run five half-marathons in 2016 as a part of my overall mileage goal. I participated in my first 15-plus trail run on Feb. 6 in Louisville with a group from the Seymour MultiSport Club and the Seymour Run Group. I’m registered for the Seymour Half-Marathon and am looking into the final three to get on my calendar.”

How does exercising make you feel?

“I have more energy throughout the day when I get my morning run in. I am also more motivated to eat right so I have the right energy to get a long run in.”

What is your advice to encourage others to exercise?

“Start somewhere. Join the Seymour MultiSport Club and Seymour Run Group on Facebook. There are others out there that are starting where you are. Join up with them or just ask. We welcome all paces with the Seymour Run Group at 5:45 a.m. at the Seymour High School parking lot. Tuesdays are fast workout days, and Thursdays are about three-mile runs.”

At a glance

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