Best Running Apps - Why You Need One Right Now

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We all have our own motivations for running. My mother used to ask me and fellow runners, ‘what are you running away from?’

It’s not something that I can explain to non-runners, but I can say that we all, those of us who run, would like to run better, faster, and reduce the risk of injury.

And that’s why I’m telling you, as a fellow runner, that you need a running app for your android or iPhone right now. A good motivator to expand your current running workout routine or to get started; check out these top apps for runners to see what you’re missing out on!

Couch to 5k

Not a runner and you accidently stumbled upon this article? Don’t stop now! Couch to 5k is a great way to get into a running routine if you have just started or are thinking about running for a healthier lifestyle. Preparing you for a 5k in as little as two months or so, different audio coaches will guide you, play different sets of music, and keep track of your progress for feedback. Paired up with Active.com, you can keep in touch with other runners for encouragement and tips.

RunKeeper

RunKeeper is one of the most popular and top rated apps for runners. The features include GPS tracking, distance, speed monitoring, caloric output, and an activity history for all the workouts you’ve done. This app is really about streamlining your training plan in order to improve your running form, fitness, or technique; perfect if you like to stay organized. Data is synced to their website full of cumulative stats and for accessible social media sharing of your training plan. Especially if you enjoy running off of the beaten track at different parks and routes or want to run while you travel to different cities, this app could be ideal for you.

Cruise Control: Run

This Cruise Control app provides some uncanny adjustments to your running playlist by synchronizing the beats of your music collection with your footsteps. For audiophile runners, who can’t imagine hitting the pavement without their tunes, there’s something about this app that rejuvenates your same old training routine. When the tempo of your songs automatically adjusts to your running cadence, you feel like the hero of your own blockbuster film.

Fun Run Trainer

Many mobile apps make it easy to track all of your steps in a day, while running, walking up the stairs at work, or jogging on the treadmill. But if you’re looking to spice up your treadmill workouts, the Fun Run Trainer offers the most excitement. You can choose to run anywhere in the world – along famous routes, roads, beaches – or create your own nostalgic, custom route via Google maps. Then you can follow the route with a satellite map and feel the elevation change in real time. The Fun Run Trainer app appeals to treadmill users of all types, from casual walkers to marathon trainers.

Nike+

The Nike+ Running app offers a rather inspirational user interface, prompting users to log-in with their goal. There are also encouraging voices of elite athletes, like Lance Armstrong and Paula Radcliffe, built into the app, along with a button to queue up your ‘power song’ when you’re feeling a lack of energy. But the post-run analysis feature of this app is its real selling point. At this stage you can play with different graphs and see how close you are to achieving your overall workout goals.

Nike Training Club

Another great app for runners that also includes cross-training workouts is the Nike Training Club app that provides full body workouts to motivate you and help you reach another level of fitness. With over a hundred workouts and audio training from professional athletes such as sprinter Carmelita Jeter, runner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and trainer Marie Purvis you’ll be able to push yourself to whole other fitness level.

A running app is a great way to change up your running workout or try something new. Maybe you are just trying out running for the first time and need some guidance and motivation or you have been running for years. Whether you want to find new running routes, try out interval training, improve your endurance, or just lose a bit more weight, runners of all different levels can rejuvenate their trainings with these running apps. And most apps can be used indoors and outdoors and can support your training on treadmills, while cycling, hiking, and other activities. Explore the options and you’ll certainly find a way to get the most out of your workouts.

The problem is that there are

The problem is that there are just so many apps to choose from and knowing which one has all the features you require.

Best Runnung App

I use Runkeeper app which is very useful to track my daily activities, I've not used other suggestions.

Runtastic is another great app

Great post Ashley! I wanted to throw out one other app I just started using: Runtastic. They have a cool feature with Google map integration so you can plan out your route. Check it out!

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