Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Running To The Beat Of A Different Drum

One of the cool things that I discovered when investigating the C25K program is that there is a link on the website that connects to a free downloadable no-music podcast. It features only the audio cues necessary to stay on track with the timing of each week’s training.

I used this great tool and, with a little time and the help of some video editing software, was able to create my own personalized playlists with the cues playing over top of the music. I really thought this was an excellent alternative to using the tracks other people have put together as I am now able to listen to songs that I actually choose specifically to keep me motivated when jogging.

I have only created my own versions for the first and second weeks so far, but I am hoping to get the rest done soon. I thought it might be fun to showcase the random musical tastes that are uniquely mine, so I am posting the lists of songs below. Enjoy!

Week 1:
You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
With A Little Help From My Friends – Across The Universe Soundtrack
Days Like This – Van Morrison
Grace Kelly – Mika
It’s Raining Men – Martha Wash
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Twist And Shout - The Beatles
Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves – Xena Soundtrack
King Of Spain – Moxy Fruvous

Week 2:
All You Need Is Love – Across The Universe Soundtrack
Summer Of ‘69 – Bryan Adams
Love Shack – B-52’s
Goodbye Earl – Dixie Chicks
Patricia The Stripper – Chris De Burgh
Greased Lightning – Grease Soundtrack
Get Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith
Piece Of My Heart – Janis Joplin

- 10 glasses of water
- 1 1/2 cups canned pear halves
- 1 homemade mini pizza on a whole wheat pita wrap with garlic and basil pizza sauce, deli turkey beer sausage, grated part skim cheese, and mushrooms
- 3 1/2 cups spinach salad with shrimp, 1 light Laughing Cow cheese wedge, croutons, yellow pepper, green onion, dried cranberries, and calorie-wise Greek feta and oregano dressing
- 1 strawberry flavoured bran bar
- 1/2 piece homemade low fat, low calorie zucchini bread with margarine
- 3 miniature Mandarin oranges
- 2 cups Caesar salad with Parmesan cheese, croutons, dried cranberries, and fat free dressing
- 3/4 cup fat free black cherry yogurt with 1 cup almond and honey oats cereal

- 30 minute walk
- 30 minutes of the C25K program (Day 1 of Week 2)


  1. I'm trying the C25K...but not doing it enough! I wonder if there is a link that will drag me upstairs and put me on the treadmill? :) Just kidding...thanks for the info about the podcast link.

  2. Very cool & smart of you!!! Quite a variety of music there. I knew some & never heard of others! I guess you like all kinds of music! Great way to make it your own!

  3. Thats awesome that you can do that, the one that I found has awful house music..! I don't think I could figure that all out tho. Very smart!

  4. I'm really enjoying the C25K program and was thinking about making my own playlists also. I'll check out that link you put with the audio cues and NO music.

    I'm amazed how it really does get better over the weeks. I'm on week six and can't believe I am jogging 20 minutes now.

    Good luck!

  5. Very cool of you. I used podcasts to start and stop the timing and it really worked out well because I didn't need to wear a watch!

    Keep on keepin' on!

  6. I just love that I can make my own soundtracks for the program! F.Y.I. Greased Lightning has the best beat so far for matching my footfall while jogging.