Running is famous for being a low-maintenance sport. Just lace up your shoes and head out the door. While this is true, there are a few apps we love to have with us on our run!
Top 5 Running Apps
RunKeeper - We use this app at the studio for our training groups. We love it because you can set intervals of distance or time, which make track workout days so much more accessible when there isn’t a track close by. We also love the community feel of it, and that you can see other people’s runs even when you’re not running together. You can also earn badges of distance and speed records which makes seeing your progress that much more fun (it’s like a virtual high five!).
Strava - This one is lower on our list simply because there isn’t an interval option. We love it for many of the same reasons we love RunKeeper - the community, the personal record notifications. Strava has a few bonus features in its Premium app like Runner Tracking. This is great for both safety and sharing your run with friends or family - you can send a tracking notification to up to three contacts and a little blue dot (you) will move along their map!
Motigo - Sprenkel used this app during her summer marathon and it totally changed the game. Friends and family can find your account under a specific race and leave you up to 30 second long messages of support, jokes, love and cheers. (Her dad even said a few curse words for her in those final miles; he’s done a marathon or two and knew exactly what she was feeling). We would not recommend running a marathon or your first half marathon without it. It made miles fly by, and the messages are saved forever!
Spotify - our favorite choice for music! You can create your own playlists or use one of Spotify’s pre-made playlists. Plus, they’re downloadable right to your phone so you don’t have to worry about music streaming taking up too much data.
Relive - this one is just for fun but it’s a great way to see how much ground you cover on training runs and races! It syncs with your GPS watch or Strava and will draw a map over a satellite version of your route so you can see how much of the town you explored.
Even when you add a phone to the mix, running is still a pretty low-key sport and that’s one reason we love it so much. Did we miss any running apps that you can’t live without?
Our Spring training groups begin officially in January! We will have beginner 5k, intermediate 5k and half marathon groups training Tues/Th at 5:30 am and pm and Saturday mornings!