If you're more into endless runners than running endlessly, maybe it's about time you got up off the couch and and put your bottom in gear.
Ok, so nobody said it was going to be easy, and no tool in the world can provide the blood, sweat, tears, and determination you need to hit the ground running. Keeping tabs on your workouts, nutrition, safety, and life can be challenging.
But your iPhone's built-in GPS and motion sensors, combined with the excellent running apps on the market today, can track your speed, distance traveled, calories burned and even map your route. From high-end exercise apps with dedicated training plans to fun, gamified tools, check out our 10 favorite running apps below.
Runtastic will help you establish and set really effective training sessions. You can input the type of activity you do, and set yourself some personal goals (distance, time, calories), appropriate to your training needs, of course.
Runtastic also offers a well developed plan for marathons, pre-prepared by experts. You can choose from: a 3.5 hour marathon, a 4 hour marathon, a 4.5 hour marathon or a complete one, for which at least 16 weeks of training is needed.
Runners are still massive fans of the Strava app, and it’s clear to see why. Whether you're competing with yourself for a new personal best, or vying against strangers who are quicker than you, Strava brings the competition home. A great interface and strong community make this app truly worth it. GPS and mapping are super accurate, and it also supports Bluetooth and ANT devices, such as heart rate monitors.
Couch to 5K is the flagship app from Active.com, designed to encourage new runners to get their asses up off the couch, and across the finish line. By following the pre-set plan of running 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week, for nine weeks, the app claims it'll have you ready to finish your first 5K (3.1-mile) race without the need for paramedics.
If you tend to get stuck on where to go when you are running, RunGo helps you to find new places to go, see cities on a "tour," and even run more difficult courses by directing you which way to turn.
This app really does work well, allowing you to discover new places each time you run, moving you through suburban, urban, and even rural areas with ease. The voice is calming, not annoying, and it works in conjunction with your music.
Fitso Running & Fitness App helps you do just that - start (or continue) running, lose weight, and set your fitness goals. You get access to personal plans, workout videos, and even social features to keep you on track.
Completely free, this fitness all-rounder will help you plan your runs, track your calorie intake and weight loss, and progressively work you up to big runs. And if you like to participate in challenges, there are tons of them on there to keep you motivated.
While it lacks come of the options offered by Strava and Runtastic, the Nike+ Running app is free and you’ll never be prompted to upgrade the app. What you get is an easy to use app for recording you runs which syncs up for free with the Nike+ website.
Spotify Premium users can link up with the Nike+ Running app to generate a personalized mix of songs called a “Pace Station.” The beat and rhythm of the mix will differ depending on the running pace entered.
Map My Walk combines distance, fitness and nutrition data with an active GPS Pedometer that tracks your steps and so much more. Plan your routes, track your progress and share your milestones with friends.
It's a great way to measure distance and calories burned. The accuracy of the different features is spot on and adds to the app's usability. For an app of this size, it loads up quickly and is nimble.
Check Runcast before your run to decide how long to run, what to wear, and even when to wait a bit or do your workout inside. It doesn't just tell you when the rain will stop, but rather when the pavement will be dry enough to run safely.
Endomondo lets you set up training sessions and adjust them in line with your needs, but what we love most about it is that it also takes care of you too. Endomondo pays attention to how many steps you've taken, and it'll let you know if you need to get some water in you.
Charity Miles combines two of the things you always say you'll do, but never find the time to: going out for a run and helping a charity.
With this creative app, it's impossible not to be motivated. Think about it: every mile you run will turn into money for a charity. Kudos to the developers and the sponsor companies for taking part in this amazing initiative - and a pat on the back to you too.