I’m Matt Johnson, host of the #1 rated running podcast Runner Academy Podcast.  Congratulations on your decision to become a runner and complete a Couch To 5K Training Program.

The Couch to 5K Training program represents the first step towards you new healthy active lifestyle and becoming a runner.  When you are first starting out, you need all of the motivation, inspiration and running information you can find to get off on the right foot.  

It can be overwhelming with so much conflicting information, much of it vague and generalized for the masses.  

I’ve been running for over 15 years and done it all – 5Ks, 10Ks, Half-Marathons, Marathons and consistently place among the top 25% of finishers or better in the races I run.   I believe in hard work, challenging goals and constant improvement – all things you will need as a new runner.

I’d like to personally invite you to listen to the FREE Runner Academy Podcast while you complete your Couch To 5K Training.  

On the podcast you will hear motivational and inspirational stories, tips and training advice you can immediately use in your own running regardless of your current ability today. I also share my top training tips and advice from over 15 years of running and also interview some of the biggest names in running who graciously share their expert running knowledge with you.

It is completely free and you can take it with you when you go running or when you are working out at the gym, or even on your commute.  

I receive feedback from runners every day how the podcast is bringing out the best in them, keeping them on track, accountable and improving their running.  Runners find it so valuable, that they have rated the show highly, and it is among the top running podcasts available.


While you are on your Couch to 5K journey, it will be challenging at times.  There will be times you are on top of the world, and times you feel defeated wondering if you’ll be able to finish or why you are even doing this in the first place.

Take us along during your Couch to 5K journey.  Having listened to the podcast when you cross the finish line of your 5K, you’ll already be thinking about what is next for you as a runner.  You’ll have the confidence to set goals that were once thought to be unattainable.  

With so many other runners using Runner Academy Podcast to their advantage, why aren’t you?  Here are some of the recent reviews of the show from runners that find value in it and are achieving their own running goals.

  • Brian Sterr  
    After smoking two packs a day for most my adult life. I stopped nine months ago and started running. Never felt better. This podcast offers inspiration and great tips. A Top-Notch podcast. Keep up the good work.
  • Kimiko Black Gilmore  
    Thank you for your podcast! I discovered it two days ago when I was trying to find a podcast to keep me motivated.  I love the content overall. You are so encouraging and you make even beginners like me feel like I can do anything!!!! Thank you!!! You are exactly what I needed at the exact right time!!!
  • Kristina Podnar  
    Very sincere in my comments for your podcast: I find the program to be engaging, inspiring, and valuable. There is something for everyone, from very novice runners, to those running their 20th ultra marathon. The mix of practical tips and fun interviews make for a great show to listen to while running. In fact, sometimes I wish that it was a daily show – I would listen every day!
  • Stephanie Beck  
    I’ve listened to all the running podcasts and deleted all of them except this one.  The show is always upbeat, motivational and has so much useful information.  It inspires me to get out there and crush it!
  • Scott Gentry  
    Great podcast last night! Made getting up for my run at 4:30 that much easier. I remembered Dean saying "just get out the door" and of course your signature sign-off "Go crush it!" Makes me feel great to know about others like myself that have decided to commit, train, achieve...
Change your life, become inspired and achieve your running goals. That is what Runner Academy Podcast is all about.

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