Here is the low down on the digital helpers who ask for no financial investment, yet give you everything you need to enjoy your run, by Radhika Meganathan
Running Apps are a dime a dozen but if you want to seriously map your progress then it is vital that you choose the right app for yourself. Here is a selection of tried and tested apps used popularly by amateur and seasoned runners to track their runners.
- Nike+ RUN
Nike+ does more than a basic app that tracks distance, routes and pace. It also helps you share your runs, add photos, and establish Nike+ Challenges against friends. Latest features include personalised coaching plans based on clocked miles, and a new leaderboard that helps you compete against other Nike+ runners.
Best for: Runners who need a comprehensive, one-stop running app
- Sports Tracker
Sports Tracker is not just a fitness app but is also equipped to support running, cycling, walking, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, or other sports. For runners, this tracker helps you to set weekly goals, compare previous progress date with current stats and has a diary mode through which you can keep track of your training hours, heart rate or speed.
Best for: Runners who also indulge in other sports and want to track their diet
When you like to run alternating between well-worn and unexplored routes, you need a reliable app that gives you right, accurate results. Using this app, you can map your routes, save favourites and benefit from new route recommendations. The routes that you’ve already mapped will sync up to your smartphone, if you are currently training for a marathon, check out the MapMyRun Trainer app which helps users find training plans for races of distances between 5K and a 50K.
Best for: Runners who want to discover new routes
- Couch to 5k
There are many versions of this legendary training program for beginner runners, and for a good reason – it’s such a simple yet effective plan to get you from sedentary to marathon that most amateurs prefer starting from here. The app gives you pre-planned schedules with all the walks and runs you need to train yourself to breaking that a 5km threshold.
Best for: Newbie runners and couch potatoes
Let’s admit, music is a god-sent gift for runners! RockMyRun is a music app that works with the world’s best DJs to create mixes and playlists that react to your body. You can track your workout as you listen to the best music for your pace, rhythm and mood.
Best for: Runners who love to pace their runs with music
6. Treadmill Trails
So you don’t run outside. That’s no reason to miss out on beautiful scenery! Thanks to this app which has 22 great trail videos, with two new ones added every month, you can now feast on terrific trail scenery while pounding the treadmill. The videos are made with a Steadicam for a smooth run, walk or ride and their narration and soundtracks eliminate the need for separate music.
Best for: Indoor runners who miss the scenery
Safety comes first, especially when you are an adventurous runner who likes discovering new routes. In emergency situations, this app enables you to you to signal for help without delay. It has a one-button set up that, when clicked, turns your phone into a siren, alerting authorities. It also records video of your current situation and informs your contacts of your GPS location.
Best for: Anybody who wants to be prepared for emergencies while indulging in their passion
So which app is your favourite?