Top 10 Running Apps

 

Whether you’re new to running or training for a marathon, we have the perfect app for you! Not too long ago you needed a single purpose peripheral to track your running, but now smartphone apps make it easier than ever. You have a lot of choices on both iPhone, Android, Windows, and Blackberry. Now you can lace up your sneakers, program your running app, and start running the road or trail. With today’s mobile apps, anyone can get a challenge each time they hit the pavement. Whether it’s a built-in GPS tracker, getting encouragement from friends, or running away from a horde of zombies, these Top 10 running apps have it all. Running has never been this easy — or this fun.

1. MapMyRun (Free)

Available for: iPhone, Android, Windows

Mapmyrun.com has long been one of our favorite apps to track your running habits, and it’s clearly still one of the most popular. An extension of the popular website mapmyrun.com, this app enables GPS tracking, distance, speed monitoring, provides feedback as users run, logging workouts, and integrating with social profiles such as Facebook and Twitter. But the real star of the app is its integration to the MapMyRun website. There, users can log food intake, keep a daily progress journal, check out running routes others have created in the area.

2. RunKeeper (Free)

Available for: iPhone, Android

Runkeeper.com is one of the most popular and efficient running apps out there. It’s a feature-rich app that enables GPS tracking, distance, speed monitoring, caloric output, and activity history. You can use it just for running or in multiple other sports, including cycling, hiking, skiing, and swimming. Once your workout is complete, the data can be synced to your account on Runkeeper.com to keep track of your vital stats. Want to stir up a little competition between friends? Post your results to Facebook and Twitter!

3. Nike+Plus (Free)

Available for: iPhone, Android

We really liked Nike+Plus simple and clean display. We found it to be the easiest to use out of the 10 running apps. We love the simplicity of the display. The large mileage display is easy to read at a quick glance while you’re huffing it. The current pace and elapsed time are also shown. However, we wish we could see the average pace, which would have been useful for making sure you’re on track for your overall goals for the run. Also, the map view is easily accessible. Another nice feature is the lock icon, which turns off touch input while keeping the display on, so you can read your stats without accidental button presses.

4. Endomondo (Free)

Available for: iPhone, Android, Windows, Blackberry

Whether your training for a marathon or your first 5K, Endomondo lets you personalize your workout by setting a specific goal, even if it’s beating a friend’s personal best by connecting via Facebook or your contact list. You can even ‘Compete on Route’ where ‘New York Marathon’ is the very first option. After completing each workout, you can review your map, data, and splits, and you can always go to endomondo.com for more analysis, competitions, and live tracking of friends. Heads up: Your phone needs internal GPS for this app to work.

5. Strava (Free)

Available for: iPhone, Android

Strava is one of the newer apps to track your running habits, and it’s clearly becoming one of the more popular. Strava run will not only keep track of your run, but also those of others using the app on the same run, building up details of who performs best. We are already addicted, using it to try to beat the time of your friends or someone you have never met. Once you have input your weight, age and height, it will come up with calories burnt, average speeds and elements such as elevation, all mapped out in easy-to-read graphs. Runs you have completed can be posted direct to Twitter or Facebook.

6. Adidas Mi Coach (Free)

Available for: iPhone, Android

Adidas miCoach is a free GPS phone app that provides time, distance, and training log features, plus audible coaching prompts. It is paired with a well-done Adidas miCoach website, which lets you store, analyze, display, and share your workouts, races, etc. The miCoach app works for running, walking, cycling, and other outdoor activities. Audible coaching cues are highly customizable, and the default settings read off your mile times, total distance, pace, and total calorie burn. Overall, the Adidas miCoach app and companion website are well-done training aids, especially at the price of free.

7. SmartRunner (Free)

Available for: iPhone, Android

SmartRunner allows you to record your run, biking trip, hike, walk, or any other outdoor activity and publish them via the life forum on SmartRunner’s homepage. You can tailor your workouts by defining a time, distance, pace or number of calories you want to burn. You can even snap a photo during your run and the app will save it within that specific route and pinpoint exactly where you were on the map. SmartRunner is a basic, easy-to-use alternative to more complicated running apps that help you train for race day.

8. iSmoothRun (Free)

Available for: iPhone

iSmoothRun.com will export to the following sites: Runkeeper, Garmin Connect, Daily Mile, Running Free Online, TrainingPeaks, TribeSports, Strava, Nike+, 2PEAK, Drop Box, Email, Facebook, Twitter. iSmoothRun has the ability to overlay a metronome sound over your music. It has Custom Interval Workouts. The best is that it does Shoe Tracking to cycle through 3-4 different pairs of shoes depending on weather, trail/road or how I feel. iSmooth Run will track the mileage i’ve put on my shoes in order to buy new ones. There are several other small nice things it offers (switches to accelerometer automatically if it looses GPS signal).

9. Personal Running Trainer (Free)

Available for: iPhone, Android

PersonalRunningTrainer.com is your own personal running coach! Just choose your distance; 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon or Marathon and listen to professional coaching instructions voice-over your own music to guide you through each workout to your goal. The app schedules the workouts automatically and your coach lets you know when to run, when to change pace and when to rest. It’s easy and it works! It has a built-in music player allows you to easily control and edit your playlist during a run. It shares your workouts with friends via Facebook / Twitter / email and it automatically saves your workout history

 

10. CardioTrainer (Free)

Available for: Android

CardioTrainer can be used to track running, walking, skiing, hiking, and similar activities where one would have the phone in a holster or other device on the body. In addition to common outdoor activities, CardioTrainer can track swimming, and indoor treadmill and elliptical exercising. CardioTrainer allows the user to see an overlay of the route on Google Maps. Also, this running app can be synced to play with your music library.

11. Other Favorable Mentions are:

      RunMeter, Zombies Run!, Couch-to-5k, Runtastic

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