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5k plus podcasts: Laura, we need more!

I'm finding the 5k graduate podcasts Really useful but there are only 3. why on earth doesn't the NHS produce more for this demographic. I'd happily play a (modest) annual subscription or one-off charge for access to a complete programme, and developers would probably do the work for a cut of the sales and a free plug for their other products.

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Which one do you like best? I like Stepping Stones and Speed, but I haven't had a go at Stamina yet. Have you see the Bridge to 10K programme? That might be a way forward if you want to extend your distance.

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stamina is my 'favourite'! no not seen bridge to 10k. thanks!

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I agree, they're really useful, though being a new graduate I've only used the Stepping Stones and plan to use this for the whole of Nov until I feel secure with a 5k run. However, even at the speeds suggested I only get to about 4.3k so use the 5 min warm down section to continue running then add another 5 min walk once I hit 5k.

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Hear hear ! I'd love more.

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'cos it is the National Health Service is why not... if we're running continuously for 30 minutes on a regular basis, that's job done in terms of health.

There are loads and loads and loads of commercially produced resources to take us beyond beginner level if we want. Perhaps we could share what we use?

I have access to various training plans via Runkeeper and I have done one of the free ones (for Weight Loss) and you can subscribe for more. Lots of people use the Sami Murphy Bridge to 10K podcasts (I just worked my way up). There's also Audiofuel - if you like the NHS C25K+ podcasts I think you'll like their offerings. I like their Pyramid 180 interval session - good for when you only have a short period of time.

The NHS do also have a Strength and Flexibility podcast programme - Laura again!

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just thought it would be a nice little earner for them. And it's important people don't lose the running 'bug' once they've got to 5k and don't have any further ambition on that front.

thanks for the recommendations.

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The NHS is free at the point of delivery . Thats what most people wish to maintain. I believe you are suggesting a service that would be better served by the private sector as it would fit with their core function. There are many real health issues that the NHS are struggling to fund, I doubt further podcasts would get to the top of the pile. I wouldnt want money to be used for further podcasts rather than cancer services for example.

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I agree, some more would be brilliant, You could always buy some music from Audiofuel, they are the people who made the music for C25K. I tried one at the weekend, it's coached but not too much, and the music was brilliant, not at all cheesey like some of Laura's music, it was really good. xx

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cool thanks. i could start on the transition to 10k, but i don't really want to run 10k - just be better at 5k! though perhaps training for 10k is the best way to achieve that.

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