Book helps nonrunners prepare for 5K

SHEPHERD — Fitness, muscle and running magazines have, since their inception, presented lean, cut, ripped bodies on their covers as the people to be adored and emulated. Truthfully, the majority of people look a lot different than those individuals, and local author, teacher, coach and reformed “couch potato” Martin Brock believes that, for many, that comparison is negative to improving health.

Some people are never going to look like a cover model, but in his new book, “Couch Potato on the Run: How to Run a 5K Even Without a Marathoner’s Body,” Brock gives real insight and inspiration on how to improve health, physically and spiritually, through personally tried and tested 5K training.

Everything from shoes, to clothes, to stretching, to easing into a 5K quest is outlined thoroughly in “Couch Potato on the Run.”

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Brock has been a teacher and coach at Shepherd Public Schools in Shepherd for more than three decades. Following many years of a mainly sedentary lifestyle, he prepared for and ran his first 5K at age 48. Six years later, he has continued to maintain his health by alternate-day jogging and continuing to complete 5K road runs.

He and his wife, Pamela, both teach and live in Shepherd.

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