I don't use that kind of app, but I would suggest making sure your phone doesn't have the ringer on silent(if the toggle shows orange, switch it towards the screen). If someone sends you a text when listening to Reply All, can you hear that notification come through?
I start my podcast first, then I start C25K. But you have to keep the C25K app open; that is, keep that screen open so the countdown clock is showing. If I exit out of that screen, then I can't hear the lady.
As for gym idea, I think that sounds like a good plan! I know the gym here includes babysitting during certain times as part of what is included in your membership. I think its mostly Saturday and Sunday mornings, but you can drop off your kid and they play while you do a class. That way, it's not that expensive (ok, if you're planning on getting the membership anyway).
Ha! Reply All.
OK, I know that I have to open C25K after the podcast but maybe it's not staying open - will have to look into that.
Great suggestion about the gym, Sam! A gym close to us has multiple babysitting sessions each day and on the weekends.