I should have included links and more info on this in my post yesterday. I meant to but I think I ran out of steam.
So for those who were asking, you can find info on the program here.
There’s a chart that tells you what to do for each workout, three times a week. But even as I start a workout plan, I admit that I’m, at heart, lazy and I want it to be as easy as possible. And keeping track of the time segments seemed like work to me, so I was glad when Sarah mentioned podcasts and then sent me a link. I did some further research on my own and came up with a couple of different sites that offer podcasts.
I also found one site that tells you how to make your own–which I did actually try my hand at last night, just to see if I could make one. It was time consuming but not too difficult. I think the main thing is that each podcast is only good for one week of exercising, so if you’re making your own, you could use the same song playlist for each week and just go into the audacity project and move the countdown/timer marks each week. That means you only outlay the major part of your time once, changing the time markers would only take about 5 minutes after that. Or, you could download this podcast and lay it over top of yours. Because this podcast has no music, only the audio cues for changing. I think I’ll try using this to do that. Cool. That would make making your own go a lot more quickly. (ETA: this isn’t going to work, sadly. Imported the mp3 and the time markers are way off. Dang it, that stinks).
Suz’s Couch to 5k podcasts (this is the one Sarah shared with me)
Nicole’s Couch to 5k podcasts (I’m going to try this one next, I think)
Podrunner: Intervals by DJ Steve Boy (this is the one I used yesterday, but it’s techno so if you don’t like techno at all, it won’t really suit you. I liked it for the beat) This link also has podcasts for other interval training sessions.
Chubby Jones’ Couch to 5k podcasts
To answer a question from the comments in my last post, some of these are available on iTunes, yes. The best way I found to do it was to just search the iTunes store for the name of the podcasts or Couch to 5k, and I found what I needed.
Last, this site is a really good resource for articles, etc about the Couch to 5k program. If you’re interested in the program, check it out. But I did notice in searching around that if you search Couch to 5k, there are a couple of communities out there designed to offer support/convo about this program, if that’s something that inspires you.