Let’s face it. Running is one of the most accessible ways to maintain fitness and build a strong, healthy body for whatever other challenges you’re signing up for. Whilst keeping track of your pace and fitness data is easy enough when you’re sweating it out on the treadmill, doing the same when running in the great outdoors can slow you down.
Smartphone apps are a great way to track performance, whilst training, to make sure you’re smashing those PBs. Track your speed, distance travelled and calories burned whilst even mapping your route or pumping out your favourite tunes to the rhythm of your running pace. If you need a running app with a dedicated training plan or want to track all your fitness activities in one place, we’ve rounded up our top six running apps for Android and iOS devices that’ll get you out there.
1.) MapMyRun - best for social
Its community of over 300 million members makes this app a good one for competing against friends to keep you moving and improving. Besides tracking fitness parameters, like pace, route, distance and calories, you can take up challenges to climb the leaderboard and win prizes.
There’s a great functional ‘Routes’ feature if you want to mix up your training. Locate new routes and share them with friends so you can compare paces and times. Who doesn’t love a healthy bit of competition?
2.) RunGO - best for maps & navigation
Running whilst you’re travelling for work or keeping your fitness up whilst chilling out on holiday can be difficult when you don’t know the area. If you’re new to a city, or want to test yourself with a new route at home, RunGo suggests the best routes where you are with real-time voice directions so you don’t have to keep stopping to check the map. Great for tracking your true pace, undisturbed.
You can even download your favourite runs to your phone so you can access them offline if you’re heading out to areas without great signal.
3.) Strava - best for goal tracking
For the serious runner, Strava lets you compete, set new PBs and take up challenges. Whether you’re looking to improve your interval timing or pace distribution, you can set a time, distance, power or segment goal. There’s also a live activity map which tracks pace distribution across sections of your run.
And if that’s not enough to push you, you can compare your routes and pace with your friends’ data so you know which pal you’ll be hedging your bets against in your next half-marathon.
4.) Runtastic - best for different activities
If you’re into skiing, snowboarding or biking, Runtastic is a nifty app for tracking every performance in one place. As well as running, obviously. Whilst tracking in real-time, it records a detailed log of every workout so you can smash those PBs and follow your progress over time.
And if you need your own drill sergeant yelling motivational sweet nothings into your earphones, you’ll like the built-in audio coach that keeps you hitting your targets.
5.) Runkeeper - best for training plans
Training for a race? Whether you’re up for a 5K or a 50K, Runkeeper is used by professional runners and athletes so you know you’ll be training with the best. Use the integrated advanced training plans designed by professional fitness coaches so you can improve your performance ready for the big day.
To help keep you pumped up, its compatibility with Spotify or iTunes allows you to seamlessly sync your pace to your music. No more stopping to skip that slow dance.
6.) Zombies, Run! - best for fun!
Because running shouldn’t be a chore. If you’re into gaming or just need a little motivation behind you (literally), try this app to gamify your running. Through the app, you’ll become Runner Five, racing to save your life and the people of Abel Township from, yes, zombies. This one might have you falling over yourself.
Whichever app you choose, make sure your kit works as hard as you with our activewear designed to boost your performance.