Happy National Running Day to you! Any big plans? Long run, short run or first run?
Remember how I celebrated in 2011? How about 2012? This year, I do plan to run–a little bit, on the treadmill at my gym after I lift weights. Hey–I’m still getting it in!
However you choose to celebrate, hopefully these apps will be of use to you. Compiled by my guest blogger Marcela De Vivo, she’s gone through and listed seven that are worth trying out!
7 Apps To Help Track Your Run
Whether you’re just starting to run or are a veteran runner with many miles under your belt, apps for your smartphone make it much easier to track distances, calories burned, train for particular goals and even track wear on your shoes.
The following apps have been popular in running circles because of their effectiveness in helping you train. Here are some of the top picks for the top 7 apps to help track your run:
1. Nike+ Running App
The Nike+ Running App maps your runs, tracks your progress and allows you to easily share your runs with friends and family through social media. It also tracks distance, pace, time and calories burned—at the end of a session, you can see your run mapped out with pace-based color.
To help you train, Nike+ Running App’s accelerometer will make sure you keep your speed constant. To help motivate you through a tough run, you can set up the app to get cheered on by your social media crowd, or play a “Powersong” for that extra push at the end of a run. Nike’s running app also tracks indoor vs. outdoor runs, as well as your performance in different weather. The app does not require any other accessories to work—just activate it and take your phone with you on your run.
One of the most popular running apps, RunKeeper enables GPS tracking, distance, speed monitoring, calories burned and an activity log for most sports, including cycling, hiking, skiing and swimming. This running app also allows you to share your progress with friends via social media. You can also sync and access all your data to RunKeeper’s website to monitor progress online.
Even though the name implies that this app is only tracking your running route, you can also use MapMyRun to record total distance, calories burned and elevation at which you ran. One of the stand out components of this app is that you can also log your caloric and nutritional intake for the day. As what we eat can affect our performance, knowing what you ate on a good-performance or bad-performance day can help you tweak your diet to improve your run.
4. Adidas MiCoach
The Adidas MiCoach offers more features, more structure and real-time feedback than Nike+, including ideas and plans on how to improve your run. As the name implies, you can use this app as a personal coach to build speed or endurance or both. With real-time coaching and training plans, MiCoach guides you through a workout designed to improve your overall running performance.
This app also tracks distance, pace, calorie output and heart rate, and your data is shareable in social media outlets. Added bonus: with the MiCoach Speed_Cell, the app will track your shoe wear and tear, and will alert you when it might be time to get a new pair.
5. Interval Run
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is all the rage in running and exercise enthusiast circles as it improves cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength faster than steady state exercise. This app helps you integrate interval training into your usual program with a voice that comes on to tell you when to change pace. It helps you start running (Couch to 5K), train for an event (Gateway to 8K) and Tabata (HIIT) programs are available for any level of runner.
Popular in Europe, Runtastic is a host of apps that provides fitness plans with voice coaching, and tracks speed, elevation, and distance data from outdoor activities, like running. It also includes motion-activated programs now for indoor exercises, like pushups and pull-ups.
With the launch of heart rate monitor with GPS watch, armband and chest strap and a fitness channel on YouTube, Runtastic helps you become a more well-rounded runner.
Endomondo allows you to create routes with tracking duration, distance, and speed. One of the most social running apps, not only can you challenge yourself using this program, but you can also nearby challenge friends—you can see other people’s times on routes and compare to your own. You also can cheer each other on through this app. Added bonus: you can track your levels of hydration, ensuring that you don’t dehydrate during an extended run.
Use these apps to either start a running program or improve your performance. Convenient, easy to use and beneficial, these running apps are a must-have for anyone interested in running.
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in Los Angeles whose writing covers everything from technology to health. She loves sharing her favorite tips for staying healthy and likes to keep up-to-date on her health and beauty tricks by reading different fitness and beauty blogs.