The Best Running Apps
April 7th marks World Health Day, an annual event that celebrates the founding of the World Heath Organization. In honour of the occasion, we wanted to highlight how the iPhone can contribute to an individual’s overall heath. With the Boston Marathon coming up later this month, we decided to compile a list of some the best running apps. Here’s what we came up with:
The App to Help you Get Off the Couch
Couch to 5K is exactly what it sounds like – it’s a program designed to gradually introduce you to distance running, even if you’re starting from nothing. The only thing that could make it any easier is a partner to run with.
There are a few different apps that are all highly rated, but they all follow the same basic premise. You can’t go wrong with any of these listed below, all you need to do is pick your favorite design, turn off Netflix, and you’re ready to run!
The App to Plan and Track Your Run
Once you’re off the couch and into a routine, you may appreciate a more powerful companion app.
RunKeeper is one of the most comprehensive runner’s apps available. It allows you to plan and/or track your route, all while providing a comprehensive set of statistics such as pace, speed, and calorie count. It syncs with many fitness tracker on the market to unlock even more possibilities.
RunKeeper is free in the app store, with a premium subscription option that unlocks features such as additional fitness plans and live sharing of your activity.
The App for the Big Race
If you’re gearing up for a marathon, like the upcoming Boston Marathon, your iPhone has your back there as well. Many big races have companion apps that provide all the information you’ll need to make your run a success. The Boston Marathon App includes a map, a participant tracker and leaderboard, news, and more. It’s always a good idea to see if your upcoming event has an app of its own!
The App for your Biggest Fans
RunKeeper requires a subscription for live updates, but if you want an easier and cheaper way to let your friends and loved one know where you are on the map, you could send them a Glympse. Glympse provides free, real-time location sharing only a few taps and doesn’t require others to have the app in order to take a look at where you are. While it’s mostly intended for car trips, the dead simple interface makes it a great solution for sharing your run progress.
How do you use your iPhone when running? Did we miss one of the best running apps? Let us know in the comments.