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10/9/11 7:59 P

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My Garmin (305, I think) has a little timer thingie on it. I'm usually too lazy to set it, though, so I just look at the numbers like MOBYCARP does! I'm a low tech girl in a high tech world!! LOL!!

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9/30/11 9:28 A

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Everyone is so high tech! I have a 25 year old timex watch, a reliable thing with a digital display. I wait till I'm on the minute to start the workout, and look at it periodically during my 1 minute walk. Then I make a game of guessing how far the run will travel, and try not to look at the watch too early. I've overshot by 7 or 8 seconds a couple times, but more often I'm surprised that it's less time than I thought.


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9/28/11 6:26 A

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There's a good free app on the iphone called Stopwatch. Does what it says on the tin. You can programme it to beep after the 1 min walk, and then beep again for when you should run and stop running. And it runs in the background of my Nike App, which tracks my distance and plays my music. So, perfect really.
But if you're on the treadmill, just keep an eye on the timer.

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9/25/11 11:02 P

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I've never known how to get itunes to cut a minute out of a song, but what I did was download a power hour creator (just google power hour maker) and it selects a minute out of songs of your choice. Each power hour is 60 minutes/60 songs so I've made several and now have lots of song segments that are a minute long. I just pick what songs I want to hear each day totaling the amount of time I plan on running/walking. This way I don't have to keep looking at a watch, just switch when the music changes.

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8/8/11 3:03 P

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I have a cheap timex watch that times my intervals - it works fine. Having said that, a friend of mine used to take her digital kitchen timer with her! :o) Just goes to show you don't have to be high tech!

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8/7/11 12:16 A

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My cell phone has interval alarms that I can set, so I did one for week one of the walk/jog: I just name the interval and the length and it will go on until the end. Then I set it to vibrate, put it in my pocket and get my mp3 player with my favorite tunes. When the interval is up the cell phone vibrates, and so I take it out of the pocket, press next and then i''m off to the next interval. The system isn't perfect, but it works. I wish I had a cellphone that didn't use special headphones so I could listen to music AND the timer on the same gadget...

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7/31/11 12:51 P

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I've just been using a treadmill at the gym and watching the time elapse and do my intervals manually.

I LOVE the idea of making a playlist with songs that time out the intervals and looking forward to trying that! Great idea. I've never heard of 5k training podcasts before, that is good to know about and I'll try that too.

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7/28/11 7:59 A

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I started out with podcasts, but found that making my own playlists worked better. Now I use a Garmin watch - 1 minute songs were pretty hard to find. Though with iTunes, you can actually use a 1-minute segment of a song in a playlist.

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7/28/11 1:06 A

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I started looking into 5k training podcasts, but then I came up with the miraculous idea... make my own. I sorted all of my itunes songs by time and then chose upbeat songs around 3 minutes (I'm on week 1) and slower 1 minute interval songs. At the beginning and end I put warm up and cool down music. I did it for the first time yesterday and it worked pretty well!

Maybe when I have more time to choose a podcast I like I will try that too.

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7/27/11 5:37 P

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Does the treadmill you're running on give you the time elapsed? If so, you can use that....

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7/27/11 12:52 P

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http://www.online-stopwatch.com/
I found this handy little website to help time your runs or just about anything to the chicken in the stove! i made me a run walk interval timer and saved it so i can set it up before i run to time it :)you can find just about anything u want on the web these days lol happy running!

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7/27/11 10:49 A

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I'm not actually at the point where I do intervals yet, but I did read about what I thought was a great idea. Someone made a playlist on there phone that consisted of slow songs and fast songs. He ran slow for the slow ones, and sped up with the fast songs. I'm gonna try this plan when I'm ready!

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7/27/11 9:09 A

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I'm in Texas & have 2 smaller children.. so running outside atm is harder because of the weather and the kiddos, so im stuck on my treadmill for this for now.. how do you time your intervals? do you use a stop-watch or just a watch or.. id like some ideas :) thanks!

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