I can't download C25K - any ideas?

I'm a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to new technology but really want to get going and get running so would value any help!

I've got an old(ish) phone which, although does in theory have internet access, isn't much use :-( so I downloaded the C25K onto my IPad listened to it and have done a few 'runs' for the first week. However it's not the same doing it by myself without the encouragement and I wondered if others have had the same problem.

Also, I'm sure I saw a link that was what we had to do each week, but can't find it now. If I'm not able to use the actual download, it would help to have the weeks listed, rather than downloading them each week and working out what I should be doing.

Thanks in anticipation!



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  • Hello,

    I think you definitely need the encouragements of Laura and the help of the motivating music to gee you on as you're running. I know what put me off ever starting running before was the idea I had to time myself doing complicated combinations of running and walking, but what's so brilliant about the podcasts is you don't need to worry about any of that as you just listen and do what it tells you to, when it tells you to!

    What I did, after I worked out that the internet connection round here was very dodgy and not worth relying on while I was out running, was I downloaded all the podcasts onto the laptop, then copied them over to my phone (onto the music files) a few at a time as and when I needed them.


    Hope you work it out and get going with the running soon.. you'll be hooked in no time!


  • Thanks, I think I agree about the encouragement of Laura, from what I've read on here she really seems to help. And it is a pain keep checking the stop watch to see if my time is up and I can start walking again…

    I've an IPod which I've only ever used for music or photographs before, so I might try your idea of copying the podcasts onto that - if I can work out how to that is ;-)

    I'm looking forward to being hooked - at the moment it seems hard work but I know I need to do it and I have a rather compulsive personality so once I get going I will continue!

    Thanks again


  • Hey, here is the link with the program on nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/...

    also consider buying a cheap or 2nd hand ipod. I have a shuffle that I bought about 4 years ago that was £40 at the time. I'm sure if you were to buy a 2nd hand 2010 Ipod, then it wouldn't cost you too much. If you are really stuck, then you can try converting them to usic files on your phone, of find a buddy who runs, and ask if they wouldn't mind training with you. They could cheer you on, or you could always borrow an ipod or mp3 player from a good friend as long as you are careful wilh it. I completed my first run on Monday, and am doing my 2nd tomorrow :).

  • Thanks, I might try and copy the podcasts onto my iPod, if I can't, I might have to resort to buying something else, though I'd rather not if I can help it.

    I just had a quick look at the program and I've been doing too much ;-) Feeling rather smug as my runs have been 30 mins so I'm either very slow (quite likely) or doing more than necessary! I'll do my 3rd run on Friday (I work long hours and as I live in the country with no pavements I prefer to run in daylight) and maybe start Week 2, Run 1 on Sunday.

    Have a fun run tomorrow :-)

  • Awesome, glad I could help you. I had trouble putting them on my ipod, and I realised that I needed to go onto my iPod in iTunes, and click sync podcasts. You should have been doing 8 60 second runs with 90 seconds of walking between each one. I am a student, so I go out about 6:45am as its almost fully light at that time. It will change as it gets further towards and into December. (I am also trying to keep it to myself until I'm more confident so my flatmates are asleep then, I will probably start going a bit later in the morning after a few weeks.) Also remember to do a 5 minute warm up and 'warm down' walk before and after. :) It doesn't matter how fast you run, just build up your general fitness and then work on speed. As Laura says, If you run too fast at first you can wear yourself out and get disheartened. Good luck and have fun running. :D

  • Hi, I had trouble with my iPod, it said it wasn't compatible with a touch iPod! Anyway, I remembered my husband had an old MP3, so after several hours getting that charged up and then finding out it wasn't compatible with my AppleMac I eventually managed to download it using an old Windows computer - it's good I never throw anything out! ;-)

    I had to work extra last week, so only managed a run on my own on Saturday and then with Laura this morning - a lovely frosty morning, perfect for a run! As I've not done much for a while I think I'll do another Week 1 and then start Week 2 at the end of the week.

    Thanks again for your help


  • If you struggle with your iPod I just bought a cheapo music player (only cost about £7!) purely for Laura. Works a treat and so simple to use. Happy running :)

  • Thanks, I did struggle with my iPod, but found an old MP3 player and (after lots of hassle) it now works perfectly!

    Thanks again :-)

  • Glad to hear you're all sorted :)

  • To find the downloadable wall chart click on the All Posts button on the left of the grey bar at the top of the page. This should bring up the Pinned Posts list on the right hand side of the page. Click on the grey show more button and you will find a post with a link to a downloadable wallchart. Good luck.

  • Thanks, I think I'll print it off and then tick off when I've done each week - now I've been able to download Laura it's not so critical, but I think it'll spur me on seeing how far I've come!

    Thanks again :-)

  • Thanks, I think I'll print it off and then tick off when I've done each week - now I've been able to download Laura it's not so critical, but I think it'll spur me on seeing how far I've come!

    Thanks again :-)

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