There are a lot of iPhone apps for runners and joggers available on the App Store. I suppose we could even include Pokemon GO in that list since I seem to have noticed a lot of people playing it while running. Running apps have been around for a while and there are some that are great, and some that still need some polishing. Even though summer’s almost over it’s still a great time to get outside and pound the pavement. In fact, there’s not a better or more beautiful time to go for a jog than during the fall. Here are a few of my favorites.
RunKeeper is one of the best iPhone apps for runners on the market. It’s no wonder that they claim to have 47 million users. The app lets you choose a playlist from Spotify (which has some great running playlists). And they have an Apple Watch version that’s tracks your heart rate, speed and distance. It’s a free but offers in-app purchases. You can check it out on the Apple Storehere.
Nike’s Run Club isn’t my favorite app on this list since the interface can get a little clogged but it’s the most popular running app on the app store so they’re doing something right. There are two great things about the app; firstly, it links up to your Nike shoes and tracks your run perfectly if you’ve got the chip. Secondly, it’s awesome if you have a lot of friends that are runners since it links to leader boards and lets you set challenges. If you’re looking to change up your routine, this app is definitely worth looking into. You can find it on the app store here.
Footpath is an app that lets you plan out your run before you hit the trail. I love it because I’m one of those people that needs an end goal in sight. It’s also incredibly easy to use, you just draw your intended path with your finger and you’re off! The satellite images are great and make it easy to tell where the trail is going to change. You can check it out on the App Store here.
Strava is one of my favorites because it’s really simple. While the other iPhone apps for runners might integrate a lot of different features, Strava’s platform is easy to use. It tracks your runs and gives you the key stats, but it keeps it pretty basic. The app also works with your social media accounts so that you can see what your friends are running. The premium version offers a leaderboard that’s perfect for runners with a competitive edge. Check it out at the App store here.
Zombies, Run! is a running app that feels more like a game than an app. The game has a variety of missions in which your basic goal is outrun zombies, you collect ammo and health. The app doesn’t have all the run tracking features of the other apps but it does let you play your own music and integrates it into the story which is great. You can check it out on the app store here.
Map My Run is an app that constantly gives you feedback on your progress. There’s a handy little “routes” feature that shows you the best trails around you and lets you save your favorite routes. You can set goals and review previous workouts. The app is free but the MVP feature is definitely worth checking out if you’re a serious runner since it allows you to track your heart rate and cuts out the ads (which can get a bit pesky). You can check it out on the Apple Store here.
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