There are numerous running apps that can map your route, track your speed, distance traveled and calories burned. Many running apps also provide different training plans, challenges, and storylines.
If you're getting ready to run your first 5k, move closer to your fitness goals, diversify your running routine or simply start moving, then you'll definitely have to check up the list of the best apps for runners.
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Strava is a great app for runners that like to have a detailed analysis of their running performance. It has a user-friendly interface that shows all the necessary data such as pace, time, speed, elevation, and heart rate. Also, Strava is well-known for its great community of athletes that you can follow and compete with.
One more benefit of Strava is that it is also a good tool for cross-training activities such as cycling, swimming, Crossfit, gym workouts, and many other sports.
The standard version of Strava offers all the necessary features for free. However, the Premium account opens some more features, including customizable training plans.
MapMyRun is a similar app to Strava and supports tracking pace, distance, speed, time, elevation, etc. But what’s cool about this app is the possibility to track unlimited mapped routes and create your own routes. You can choose the length and terrain to create the route that fits your running goals and fitness level.
If you upgrade to a Premium MVP subscription, you’ll also enjoy Route Genius. You just put in the distance, and it will suggest a route for your next run. Another Premium feature that you’ll love is audio coaching which motivates and help reach your running goals faster.
Nike Run Club is an app designed for runners of all levels that want to improve their speed and endurance. You can track all the details, including distance, pace, elevation, and heart-rate. This app gives a great source of motivation and support via audio guidance from Nike coach and athletes, and in-run cheers from friends.
Just like Strava and MapMyRun, Nike Run Club offers regular challenges and allows competing with other athletes. There are also personalized training plans that can help you bring your running performance to the next levels. In other words, Nike Run Club is a great tool for every runner, offering different features and detailed stats at no cost.
This program got me into running and will always hold a special place in my heart. I started the program in May 2012 and have since run 3 marathons! It’s easy enough that anyone who can walk CAN run a 5K in just a few months! Simply invest 20-30 minutes, 3 times a week, and, in less than 3 months, you’ll be ready to cross your first finish line.
RunKeeper is one of the best apps for runners. From the very first day, I started running, I’ve been using RunKeeper. It tracks your current pace and location and, once your run is over, you can see your elevation and split times. I also love using Runkeeper when I’m out hiking and have a tendency to get lost. With the map, I can always see exactly where I’m at and where I need to go! Also, watching your miles pile up every week is really motivating.
For runners who like to listen to music as they run, this app lets you select songs based on your target pace! You know how that perfect up-tempo song helps put a pep in your step? Well, this app helps turn your entire playlist into your “power song!”
From the charity miles website: “Simply turn on the app, choose a charity, and press start. As you exercise, we’ll track your distance and the money earned. When you’re finished, accept your sponsorship, spread the word, and we’ll send you a note confirming your good work.” Really – doing good AND getting fit. Win-win!
For those who joke that the only time you’d run is if your life was in danger, this is the app for you! In its 3rd year, Zombies, Run! is just as intense as it was in its debut. With over 160 missions and “zombie chase” interval training courses, this app will help you become a stronger runner as audio cues motivate you by describing the brain-thirsty zombies chasing you. Their tagline: Get fit. Escape Zombies. Become a hero.
Whenever I run, I always like to make sure someone knows where I am, and installing a GPS tracker has been an easy way to do that. Before my run, I’ll turn it on and let my husband know what time to expect me back by. If the expected time has passed and he gets worried, he can see my exact location and either drive by and see what’s up or prepare a warm hearty breakfast for my return. Either way, it’s great in case of emergencies.
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