Controlling the Android C25K App

Just starting on the course and loving it, but I'd prefer to use it on my Android phone so I was happy to discover the Android App. It's not really very good though, is it? Firstly the countdown stops when my phone's screen turns off (so I was recovering for 90 seconds for 4 minutes before I figured it out) and it insists on playing *all* songs on my 'phone. Am I doing it very wrong?


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  • I downloaded the c25k as podcasts on my Android. It then plays them as if they are music tracks. The added bonus is after the cool down it goes on to the next music track if I am still a little way from home.

  • I've heard a lot of people have had problems with the app. I downloaded the podcasts from the website and find them excellent. (I now still alternate the three graduate podcasts for my three runs of the week.) I use my android phone to play them on and enjoy the music as I find it important to run to the beat.

  • I had the same problem yesterday. I will be downloading the podcasts for the next run, but I'm not sure that the music on them is my cup of tea! ! However it will be better than running for too long without realising!

  • Another option is to get a cheap MP3 player and download podcasts onto that from the NHS website. I don't bother with using apps for my phone and the MP3 player suits me down to the ground. Well done for starting the programme - you should start to feel some of the benefits of it very shortly. Good luck and best wishes.

  • You could always programme in each week into Runkeeper, (the details are on the pinned post, C25k wallchart) giving you the opportunity to play your own music, have notifications at set times or distances and reasonably accurate tracking. You won't have St Laura, of course and you will miss the agony that unites all the old school podcast brigade who suffered through the joys of "Julie". If you don't know "Julie", you really aren't a C25k runner.

  • So true! I still have flashbacks of "Julie" now when running without music - it's one of those ear worms!

  • I like Julie but only when running!

  • All right. I give up. Who is/was Julie ?

  • Certainly week nine but I believe also week seven or eight of the podcasts, "Julie" is one of the most annoyingly catchy tunes that you will ever hear, designed to make you run faster in the hope that it will soon be over. The things we endured in the name of C25k..........

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