As part of my latest endeavor going from the couch to running a 5k race I’m using one of the many podcasts that are available on the subject. Most of these podcasts are based on the Couch to 5K running program from Coolrunning.com.
I think the first one that I heard of, and still extremely popular, is Podcasts for Running by Robert Ullrey. This was the podcast that I used previously on my last effort to start running. I blamed my failure on the aggressiveness of this podcast when it was probably my weight along with my poor running technique that caused my knee injury and dropping the running. These podcasts were produced in 2006 and are truly timeless.
This time I am expanding my musical horizons with Suz’s Couch to 5K program. She was inspired by Podcasts for Running and uses the same program. Instead of the wordless techno of the Ullrey podcasts, Suz uses hip-hop and 80’s music. I’ve completed week 1 and just did the first week 2 run and I learned a couple things on week 2. Kanye West shared “Now I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger, but she ain’t messin’ wit no broke niggaz.” and I learned via The Black Eyed Peas that I need to “get retarded”. Very enlightening.
Another popular version was created by DJ Steve Boyett over at Podrunner.com. He calls his First Day to 5K and it’s part of his Podrunner Intervals series. There are also two follow up programs called Gateway to 8K and Freeway to 10K. Unlike the previous two, the Podrunner podcasts don’t contain any voices. The cues are ascending and descending tones to let you know when to kick it up or slow it down. As Steve explained, this was to make the podcasts compatible with non-English speaking countries. Good idea.
One last one that just came to my attention is being produced right now at Runningmatemedia.com. When I first tweeted about starting my C25K program again, I received a reply to check it out. I have not listened to these completely yet, and will definitely do so in trying to mix up my running. These are currently being produced and can be found over at Podomatic.
That’s it for now.