I love running apps.  I find them motivating and quite helpful if you’re gearing up for a big race.  When Marti Renaud-DiPaola, my running partner, and I were getting ready for the Diva Half Marathon this past year, we used an app called 13.1.  Every day, the app assigned a run for us.  There were days where we ran fast for 15 minutes then jogged for 20 and repeated that for almost two hours.  It certainly got us ready.  When we were a few weeks away, we downloaded the New York Road Runners free program on their website and used that one.  Toward the end of the training the 13.1 app became quite intense!

But I’ve tried others like:

  • Just Run Pro – which enables you to put in all your vitals and tells you were you should be in your training. I tried this one out a few times and found that it kept crashing on me. I’m not sure if it was because it was a free version or if it conflicted with other apps on my Samsung Galaxy 4S.
  • Personal Running Trainer – this one helps you get to either one mile or a full marathon.  There’s a running coach on the app who talks you through the run. Every day is a different run and they suggest training 3 – 5 days a week.
  • Nike Running – I use this one quite often. It doesn’t tell me what to do or how to run, but it does count my miles and shows me where I am in comparison to my friends and the Nike community.  When I reach milestones, it offers me rewards for my profile. I also like that I have a Nike SportsWatch and it integrates with the watch.  So if I forget
  • Map My Run – Is easy to use and will track your activity via GPS (similar to Nike Running) and then you can compete against your friends as well.  Brooks Running uses this app for contests and promotions. I have never used the Map My Run but I have used Map My Ride, which is for bicycle riding and it works great. You also get rewards for milestones met and it seems to me that many more people are on this app then on the Nike Running one, but I may be wrong.

When I asked a community on LinkedIn, I actually got a variety of answers.  The group liked:

  • runBSX (only available for iPhone at this time) – is different because they use an assessment run to quantify an athlete’s fitness capacity. They use this run to create five personalized running zones so that, when paired with a training plan from a real-life certified coach, the plan is tailored to your specific goals. runBSX is considered a coaching app, rather than a running app. – Ryan Stephens
  • RunKeeper — It tracks HR, speed, distance, GPS etc for any type of activity ie running, rowing, bike etc. It also allows automatic upload to the runkeeper website when a wifi network is available. On the website you can
    > review and compare your data in many ways,
    > plot routes you run and compare your times for that route. I have found the plotting of routes is useful when travelling, I can, in advance plot a route at my destination.
    > If so desired you can invite friends as added motivation to see what you are doing
    > set goals
    > join races, ie you can join, plot and add races to runkeeper  – Aravinda Mohan-Ram

Do you use a running app?  If so, which one do you like?