How do you time the runs?

Hi there, I've successfully finished W5R1 yesterday - I'm running on my treadmill for now, reason being 1. I like seeing the numbers in front of me and 2. by the time I get to exercise in the evening it's dark and I'm scared on my own. But as the days are getting longer I can't wait to give outside run a go (even registered for parkrun)- my question is, how do you time how long you run/walk for? Do you set the alarms? Or check watch continuously?

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  • Most people use the c25k app or the podcasts.

    nhs.uk/LiveWell/c25k/Pages/...

  • Use the podcasts - you will meet Laura and she's a wonderful-sounding lady who tells you when you can walk and when to run! Personally I prefer the podcasts to the C25K app, they are simple and you can run them on your phone or even on the cheapest of MP3 players.

  • If you've got a phone you can download the Gymboss app and programme in the run/walk intervals you need to do and it will beep at you at every change in pace.

  • There's nothing quite like going for a run with Laura. Download the podcasts from the website and off you go 😊

    She'll talk you through your warm up and warm down, tell you when to walk and when to run and give you pep talks and advice along the way.

    Her taste in music is sometimes questionable though😂

  • Couldn't agree more - a great big YES to Laura and distinct questions about the music, but then I'm still at the stage where I get too exhausted to really notice towards the end.

  • I started with the podcasts last time around but switched to the old app and my own music after week 3. I don't like the new app so it's all the way to the end of W9R3 with the podcasts for me. Just completed week 4 and already I see I have missed out on some truly questionable songs! Hahaha!!

  • Thanks everyone. I didn't know there was an app - should have done my homework. I also never listened to the podcasts - can't run without music, and my taste is rather questionable too (I doubt Laura has Prodigy, Shostakovich's waltz and Dolly Parton played from vinyl on wrong rpm setting on the same playlist lol). But I'll give her a go tonight, don't want to miss out on experience

  • The app I use allows you to play whatever music you wish and Laura interrupts to tell you what to do when!

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