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Who is Laura?

Sorry if this is a bit of a daft question, but I have been reading through quite a few posts and many people mention Laura. Who is she? And why don't I know her?? I have the BBC app downloaded to my phone which I use to guide me through my walk/jogs (not really running yet!) and the voice in my ear comes from Jo Whiley, but I checked my app and there's no Laura! I feel like I'm missing something.

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nhs.uk/livewell/c25k/pages/... On this page you will see a link to each week. Underneath it has a link to download podcasts from itunes. I did try the podcasts that you had, but much preferred the ones with Laura. Its just a matter of taste really. I've found that she gives you information about how long you have been running, just when you need it to motivate you to go on.

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Thank you Africanali. I'm an African too, despite the Italian name!!

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Laura is on the Nhs podcasts which are the original way to do the programme. She gives you lots of tips and encouragement along the way usually at exactly the right time. You will hate her at times but by the end you love her!!

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If you do the podcast version, that comes with its own music, the bearability of which is often a subject of much discussion here but it is tailored to the activity and means you are not sitting on your couch fiddling to achieve the perfect playlist when you could be out running. It's a kind of rite of passage.

And Laura is the coaching voice... and the merit of Laura is that she has done the programme (I don't know about the 'celebrity' voices used for the app - they may have) and at one time was a participant in this forum.

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Ah, the lovely, sometimes annoying Laura. And let's not forget her pal Julie...........now with Julie it is definitely a love or hate thing. Yes the music can annoy some but I actually quite liked it.

Once I had graduated I used my own music sometimes, sometimes replay week 9 with Laura etc. I also use the 5k+ podcasts occasionally, again with the lovely Laura.

Whatever you listen to, happy running🏃🏼‍♀️😃🏃🏼‍♀️😃🏃🏼‍♀️

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I like Julie and love Laura! Off for a run in battersea park now and am taking them both with me!

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Nice! Those two get around a bit. They have been all over the place with me this summer. And with others! Running tourism is really good🏃🏻‍♀️😀

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I took them to Paris and the dordogne earlier this year too!

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Lol i had jo whiley too its the oneyou app isnt it, Jo was quite pleasant, i did try Sarah Millican i think it is but she was a bit annoying x

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I love Sarah millican on mine. hate music when I am out, don't wear headphones like to hear the birds and the trees. just need told when to run and when to walk.

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The app I use is one I found on the app store on my windows phone. It literally just prompts me to "run" or "walk" or tells me "halfway" "cooldown" and "complete". It's brilliant for me. I think the idea of Laura telling me I'm doing great etc would annoy me! byut everyone is different, a friend of mine thinks I'm mad to just have demands told to me in my ear instead of music etc. So we are all different. I don't like music when I run or do any work outs to be honest, even though I listen to music a lot. There are quite a few different C25K apps out there :)

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I first 'met' Laura through the NHS Choices Strength and Flexibility exercises podcasts, which she does as well as Couch to 5K. When I took up C25K I didn't realise that the apps were different from the podcasts, so I just carried on with her. I'd definitely recommend the podcasts/her. Although the music used wouldn't be my natural first choice, I've grown to like it and find it quite motivational. I think if I just has silence or had to organise my own stuff I'd be less likely to do it.

And I look forward to 'meeting' Julie. I didn't know about her! (I've just done W1R3.)

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Few weeks to go before Julie appears then . Happy running😀🏃🏻‍♀️👍🏼

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Kneel before Laura!

Laura is the goddess to be worshipped on the NHS C25K podcasts. She is truly up there along with the jammy dodgers. The only greater deity is Julie. It is purely the knowledge of her future arrival that keeps the early weeks worth the challenge. Also follow the great Laura on the Strength and Flex podcasts - soon you'll be doing press ups, squats, bench dips and more as you follow the weekly podcasts.

Kneel before Laura!

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I am in awe of her wonderfulness. Thank you for enlightening me :-)

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Oh it's all true. Laura and Julie are almost deities😀

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Dozzer!!! Where have you been??!! We've missed you. Please hang around. Many of us "oldies" are still here and you now need to introduce your crazy fantastic posts to the new generation!

poppypug , AncientMum , misswobble , Ullyrunner , aliboo70 , GoogleMe dozzer's back!!!

Apologies for hijacking your post Allegravivace but this person is a legend hereabouts 🤗

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Eeeeeek dozzer19!! I have actual tears in my eyes because I'm so happy. My daughter is demanding to know why I'm whooping up a storm in the kitchen and spilling tea on my lap. Quick break out the jammy dodgers, spark up the ocarina, Dozzers back in town :) :) :)

Edit: also double eeeK BoPeep9009 look who just appeared :)

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Woweeee! Where's Pops, she'll be beside herself :-) and AM, mind that step please whilst you're skip a doodling around in that there dangerous kitchen!!! :-)

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No apology needed, I'm glad I got the legend that is dozzer to re-emerge from wherever she/he has been hiding.

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Like, like like like like like like!! Good to hear from you again my friend, you've been sorely missed. :)

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Nice to see you back Dozzer! hope you'll hang around and give us some of your special posts! :)

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Welcome back Dozz, good to see you on here again, my friend .

Ah the Summer of 2014, complete madness, but I wouldn't change it for the world ! :-D xxx

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Dozzer - where have you been? Are you still running? Are you still living in that crazy parallel universe?

Tell all - not that I'll understand a word probably!

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My running buddy is Julie, in real life as well as on the podcasts. Love Laura so much!

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Truly, i've had enough of you and Julie, we're hardly ever on our own 😀 Ah happy memories of doing C25k with the lovely Laura ☺

I am laughing my head off at "double eek!" 😂

On my run yesters I was reminiscing about the ocarina youtube Doz tribute 😃

I still snort when I recall Dozzer's Lego horse face down in that chocolate cake 😂

Are you back Doz? Hope so! Jammy dodgers all round then

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Ocarina youtube tribute? I seem o have missed that one - can you enlighten me please?

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Aah, summer of 2014. Look up Chariots of fireish on YouTube - make sure you spell fireish properly - a true, honest, dodgery tribute to a graduate

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Oh my God! How ever did I miss that at the time? Thank you Dozz , that's made my day!

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So rude of me! Hello Allegra! Sorry to have hijacked your post. Welcome to the nut house!

Sorry you missed that one Curly! Where to find it? Hmmm ? not sure now

Mum might know!

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Chariots of fireish on YouTube (my finest creation for the finest of graduates)

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Did you do that? All the pics and music and all? Excellent stuff!

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Thank you, Sarah *Am blushes furiously*, nothing but the best for our Dozz :)

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Off to go and have a listen 😊

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Why did you guys have to mention Julie!! I was just about to go to sleep, now she is going to be stuck with me all night. 😖

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Who is Julie?? I've run with Laura a few times now but haven't come across Julie! 😀

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It's only a matter of time... (But only if you're using the podcasts, not the app)

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