People all over the world have picked up running over the last few years. It is a great exercise to burn calories and workout the cardiovascular system. Not only that, but races like 5Ks and half marathons are increasing in popularity all around the world. Running apps are an excellent way to train with only the use of a smartphone. There is an app for everyone, from the professional runner to the those who say they will only run when being chased. Check out the top 4 running apps for every type of runner.
The Nike running app can record treadmill, track, trail and street running accurately. It tracks distance, total time, pace, route and calories burned for every run. It also saves your total mileage, average pace and number of runs taken. You can add friends to the app and see how your runs compare to theirs. Nike + allows for in app streaming of music with Spotify, so you never need to exit out of the app. When your run is over, share it on social media with just the click of a button.
Do you need motivation like someone chasing you to run? Then Zombies, Run! is for the app for you. The app doubles as a run tracker and an immersive story game. You play a runner during the zombie apocalypse who has to make their way to a zombie-free outpost. While running you collect supplies and save others. If a zombie starts to chase you, you must increase you speed. You can run outside or on a treadmill and the app syncs online to help you track your runs and share them with friends.
MapMyRun is one of the simplest running apps on the market. It uses your phone’s built in GPS and other features to track your pace, distance, routes and splits. It saves all of your workouts in a log giving you the opportunity to go back and see how you improve over time. Its Route Genius feature saves runs that have been completed near you and gives you the option to use those routes yourself. The app also offers sponsored challenges. Users can participate and compete against millions of other users to win prizes. Maybe the best feature of the app is its ability to connect and sync with other popular fitness apps and bands like Fitbit, Garmin, MyFitnessPal and Pact.
Strava is a running app for anyone who likes a little competition. It’s compare and compete feature tracks and ranks your effort against those who have run the same route before you. You also will always be able to see how you stack up against your friends and even strangers, as all running profiles are public. You can choose to participate in challenges and earn badges for completing Strava races. It is also great for traveling as it will give you the best places to run anywhere you end up.
No matter your reason for running, one of these top 4 running apps will meet your needs. Don’t see the app you use? Let us know in the comments below.