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August 15, 2010

C25K: day -1

Inspired by my dear friend Kristy and dance-mom ‘A’ (and getting the kind-of-go-ahead from my physical therapist), I’ve decided to give the Couch-to-5K program.

It looks like a great plan — not too much too early, there are forums where I can go for support, and even a facebook page!  Like anything new, it’s great to have a community and proof of someone where it worked.  Plus, since I know some people individually, I can go to them for support, too, if I need it.  It doesn’t hurt that one of my St. Louis people is a Real Runner, so she’ll be good for peer pressure.  🙂

One problem I did run into, though, was where to run and how to keep track of what I should be doing.  We’re in the middle of the second hottest sum

mer record here in St. Louis, so running outside is a non-starter for a novice like me.  That means a treadmill, but I don’t really want to be super focused on having to do math of minutes into seconds and get my mind all frustrated. The solution?  Podcasts!

The only problem was that I wasn’t that interested in the music people have already worked on.  As a life-long DIYer, I decided to make my own.  “It’ll be simple!” I thought.  “No problem!”

For once, I was right!

I got the verbal cues (run…walk…run…walk) from here.  And then I went on to tackle Mac’s GarageBand.

Step 1:  Get your tracks.

Then it's as easy as click and drag!

Step 2:  Make sure everything is in the right place and record if you need to.

To record, just click the red radio button.  To stop recording, click the button again.

To get playback, click the triangle play button.  To stop playback, click the button again.  (easy, right?!)

Since I didn't want computer voice to give me my cues, I recorded my own voice. Here, the purple on the bottom and the red up top is what and where it is recording.

Step 3:  Check your playback to make sure it’s what you want.

Step 4:  Export to iTunes.  (I always think of this kind of being like Willy Wonka sends ch

ocolate to the TV.)

Hint — You don’t have to “record” the final track.  Everything you have playing will be put into one file.

Just click "Share" and you're all set!

And last, but not least, be sure that it actually went to iTunes correctly.

And it made it!

And now I have an at least tolerable podcast for my C25K this week!  woohoo!

In case you’re wondering, it’s a selection of songs from Grey’s Anatomy Season 1 soundtrack.

So this is Week 1:

Warmup:  5 min. brisk W

Workout:  *60 sec R, 90 sec W recovery* rep * to * for 20 min.

Cool down:  5 min brisk W

Rep from beg 3 x