If you have checked out my Daily Mile widget lately, yes–you read it right. I haven’t run or exercised since last Sunday. I am being a good little runner and taking it VERY easy, so I can recover as quickly as possible and get back into half marathon training. The insane frustration I initially felt is starting to morph into acceptance and the realization that I have to just stop and rest if I want to stay healthy and running.
So, while I am
busy not exercising, I decided to compile a list of the best iPhone apps for running and cross-training (in no particular order):
- Runkeeper— A free app that uses GPS technology to track your run. You also have the option of manually entering a run if you have to run on the treadmill. Workouts logged on the Runkeeper app can be uploaded to the Runkeeper website. This app also allows you to share run details with friends on Facebook and Twitter. With regards to music, you can listen to your playlists and change tracks while still in the RunKeeper app. You can create interval workouts and set a target pace (complete with audio cues).
- Map My Run— Another free app (with a paid upgrade option) that provides GPS-enabled tracking of your runs. You can get all the relevant stats for your workout: pace, distance, calories, live route map (see yourself moving on the map!), elevations, and heart rate (with purchase of accessory). Map My Run also provides voice prompts and the ability to share workouts on social media. The paid upgrade is ad-free and provides integration with your iPod and a GPS camera (not sure exactly what this is–if anyone knows, feel free to chime in).
- Runners World Smart Coach— There is a free and paid version of this app. The program prompts you to answer a few questions about your training, and then it provides you with a training plan for your race distance. The paid upgrade is ad-free and allows you to e-mail and print your training plan.
- Nike+ GPS— A paid app that uses the iPhone’s GPS and acceleromoter to track your route and pace. When you run your fastest workout or longest distance, you can hear motivational messages from well-known Nike sponsored athletes. You can receive audio cues with this app and upload runs to Nikeplus.com. Options also include selecting a Power Song for extra motivation and social sharing of workouts.
- Strava— Strava my new favorite tracking app. It’s free, but there is a premium version that offers additional features. I love that my Garmin Forerunner 225 data automatically syncs with Strava. I can also follow other runners to see their routes and training. Additional features including tracking personal records at different distances on on your regular running routes, tracking mileage on shoes, and viewing your training log or calendar formats.
Do you use apps for running? What’s your favorite?