There are plenty of apps that track your running mileage and stats such as pace, distance and time. After a lot of running miles last year and a slow start into the new year I need that little bit of extra motivation. Like a new running buddy that is always available when I am. My New Year’s resolution is to run one new marathon and two more half marathons. So, some professional training advice would be helpful.
9 Great Running Apps
I’m a member of a local running club and I have (human) running buddies. But for my solo runs I went on the search for a virtual running coach and that little extra motivation. So here are nine great running apps that I looked into. The list includes apps that seasoned runners have tried and tested. Along with other app that are brand new and have the potential to spice up your routine.
Instructor-led Audio Workouts
For me, this is a great running coach app and I’m an active subscriber. It features cool playlists and a wide variety of “workouts”. What I love most about Aaptiv is that it does not only have running workouts. They also offer yoga, mediation, indoor cycling, rowing and many other workout programs. Plus, I can play it on my Apple Watch.A note though, this is purely an audio coaching app, it does not have any tracking functionality.
Runtastic does not only track runs but a variety of other workouts such as cycling and skiing. It provides all the basic stats such as distance, duration, speed, pace and calories burned. But also boasts some great graphs on your pace, elevation gain and heart rate. For social aspects, it has a leaderboard and a Runtastic News feed. Helping you to keep up with your fitness-minded friends. Also, you can create a group of friends and engage in a little friendly competition.
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The basic free version serves as a great running tracking app. Offering cool features like live tracking, goal setting and voice feedback. As for music you can select a playlist from iTunes and Powersong, an integrated music player.
The pro version offers training plans, an auto-pause function, statistics and Runtastic Story Running. An international team of storytellers, musicians and sound technicians created the stores for Runtastic. They provide interval training “using a story and music that you can listen to while tracking your run. The storyline and music indicate when it’s time to run faster or slower without you even realizing it.”
Currently, the app is only available on iPhones and Apple Watches and integrates with Apple Health. It is completely subscription-based at $14.99/month or $99.99/ year. I would try this out but I just can’t justify an app solely for a treadmill. I avoid the “dreadmill” as much as I can and prefer the outdoors.
Running Apps with Audio Cues
Endomondo calls itself “the personal trainer in your pocket” and their goal is “to make fitness fun”. It’s a great running app. It comes with the basic features of miles logged, speed, and calories burned. With the basic, free version, you can set yourself goals and the app will give you real-time audio feedback. Also, you can set friendly competitions with friends and the Endomondo community. They also offer a variety of other workouts like mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking. It can be paired with wearables and connects with Apps Health.
The app is free but the real value of this app is the personal training plan. Tailored to your goals and this requires a fee for its premium version ($5.99/ month or $29.99/ year).
Runkeeper started out in 2008 and with a community of 50 million runners. It is simply a great running app with a lot of value-adding features (even in its free version). I like the app because it covers all sorts of running workouts. Including long runs, interval training and some training plans. It’s a very social app. It offers challenges, running groups, friends feed and leaderboard. One feature I like is that on the website I can map out my runs and then follow them on the app.
As the app’s name indicates this running app was specially designed for weight loss programs. Combining exercising and healthy eating goals, the app is a great weight loss tool. They also offer healthy recipes and meal plans!
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It integrates with Apple Health, Fitbit, Runkeeper and MayMyRun. It is a freemium app. For a variety of training plans, audio coaches, meal plans, the running playlists and no ads, the premium subscription is $9.99/ month or $39.99/ year.
As one of the earlier fitness apps, Strava prides itself as the “world’s best tracking app” […] that turns every iPhone and Android into a sophisticated running and cycling computer”. As most of the running apps, Strava offers activities such as swimming, skiing, and surfing. However, the app is renowned for its running and cycling trail and route network as well as its accuracy. This app has almost become a social network. A user can “follow” each other, give “kudos” and be grouped together. There is one thing to note while being a part of a social network for runners is very cool. I’ve read that it is advisable to take a look at the privacy settings. To make sure you set them so you’re comfortable sharing your running activity.
The premium version offers personalized coaching. Including goal-setting training plans, live feedback and real-time tracking.
What works for you?
Have you tried any of these apps? What works best for you? Let me know in the comments.
I list and review apps here that I have come across, read about and most of them tested for my search for extra motivation on my weekly runs. I’m not endorsing any apps and it’s just my personal opinion.
About the author
Hey, I’m Anna. I have been more or less a regular runner for 13 years. About 6 years ago I started to run in races (not competitively though, just to compete with myself and to set myself some goals). Running for me is still the simplest cardio exercise. You can almost run anywhere, you don’t need much – a pair of good running shoes and some water and protein afterward. I have run 3 marathons and plenty of half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, on the road and on trails. Similar to nearly every amateur runner, I dream of running the NYC and Boston marathons as well as the Berlin marathon one day.