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Embeeous

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  1. I've reached out to Zen Labs directly on this one but so far the answers are not helpful. At the end of a workout, I am first presented with a "Rate this App" screen, which I can easily cancel out of. After that screen, however, I am presented with a post to social media request (i.e. tell all your friends on Facebook, Twitter and the like about your workout). Sorry, posting about my workouts is not my style. I've seen plenty of other apps suggest that you post to social media for one thing or another, but it's as simple as a close or no button to get out of the request. Unless I'm missing something, the ONLY two ways of getting out of the C25K ioS app request to post to social media is 1.) literally close the app down completely (i.e. double click then slide up to close the app), or 2.) post your workout to social media. In this day and age, I cannot believe that a company or its application would force me to post information about myself, my workout details, or anything to social media for that matter. Not everyone uses social media to talk about themselves, sorry. This most definitely should not be a requirement for using the C25K in order to successfully complete a workout session. At worst it should be an OPTION, that I can easily get out of. Please tell me that I am missing something. The app is GREAT, don't get me wrong, I love it, but this one "feature" has got to go. PS I have completely turned OFF location services for C25K and it works just fine. Big time battery drain with "while app is running" or "always" permissions given, even when I'm done with the workout, especially if I forget to totally close the app down. I can see it right on the Power section usage area on my iPhone. UPDATE - I have discovered that the toolbar at the base of the workout screen covers a "Done" or "Close" option for the Share to Social Media option, so I can click out of that screen at the end of a workout. That being said, after I say no enough times, shouldn't that option stop presenting itself? Just a thought...
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    GOTR Race in May

    Hello everyone: I am a 50 year old father of an 8 year old daughter who is shooting for her second Girls on the Run race this May. Last year she ran with her mother, but this year, her mother will be with her son at another event, and lucky ME gets to run with her. I am currently about 270 pounds, roughly 45 pounds over my target weight. I am by no means a couch potato, I am active, outdoorsy, lots of walks hikes chores and the like, just not exercise per se. I've struggled with several health issues over the past 2-3 years, but over the past 6 months I have been focused and slowly but surely making progress towards losing the weight. Flashback to high school and I was a cross country runner, ran early into college but that was about it. Many years later and plenty of food without enough exercise, coupled with an ever slowing metabolism and never ending list of things to do besides exercise, and the excuses go on and on and on. I've been waiting for a reason besides the obvious to really kick it into gear, and now I've got one. I've got to run a 5K in May! How am I gonna do that?? Well, it turns out that the GOTR program promotes the Couch to 5K (C25K) program, and it didn't take me long to find the iOS app to go along with that program. So I am now finished with DAY ONE, holy cow that was an awesome first workout! I am very excited and pumped about getting back into shape, losing the weight, getting back into running, and running a 5K with my daughter. I look forward to this program, the app, and making new relationships with folks in similar boats through these forums. Thank you.
  3. Brand new to C25K and the iOS app, absolutely LOVE the program and the iPhone application. The app actively advertises and promotes other Zen Labs and other providers' apps, but at least for music, that's where it seems to end. There isn't a very tight integration between C25K and say RockMyRun, which is heavily advertised within the C25K iOS app. There is literally a button for RockMyRun as an option within C25K, but when you click on it, it's just an advertisement to go download the app. Which I did, but when you click on it after you've downloaded it, it just pops up with the advertisement to download again. I tried using RockMyRun and C25K at the same time, it's a little flukey, lots of toggling back and forth, both apps want to run GPS at the same time, big time battery drain and much too complicated when I'm really trying to focus on running for the first time in years. I need a simple, basic, integrated music solution that works well with C25K. For now, I'm going the obvious route - building my own playlists in iTunes and playing them directly through the C25K app. But it would be nice if one of the several music apps promoted through C25K were actually integrated with that app instead of just promoted. Any other ides for the best possible "sister" music app solutions to C25K?
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    Fitbit or jawbone?

    I started out with a Misfit, a dynamite simple little tracker with a fantastic user interface, but a very limited iOS app. I next moved to the Jawbone 24 I believe, returned it within a week, both the device and app were flaky and unusable imho. I finally spent the big bucks and got the Fitbit Charge HR, love it, no complaints - comfortable, easy to use, spectacular performance, great battery life, and tight integration with the Fitbit iOS app. I actually liked the Fitbit app before they decided to "improve" it but it's still solid. Usually the comparison I hear is between an Apple Watch vs. a Fitbit Charge or Surge, really no contest in terms of Jawbone vs. Fitbit imo. Get the most Fitibit that you can afford, they are all great devices.
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    Best Wireless Earphones for Running?

    I spent a huge amount of time and money on this very question, and tried out many wireless headphones and earbuds. In my personal opinion, the Photive PH-BTE70 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds are the best sounding and most comfortable fitting solution out there, and they are very reasonably priced. I would go further and suggest replacing the actual earbud foams provided with the Photives, with comfort foam inserts that fit your particular ear canal size. This is an over the ear lightweight wireless design, and the sound quality is really good for the size and price of these earbuds. Good treble response, crisp mids and very good bass when you make sure that the earbuds are actually in your ears And the over the ear hanging adapters are very pliable and easy to customize to your particular ear shape. No issues with cutting out and/or wireless connectivity like other earbuds. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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