- Running is a relatively straight-forward sport, but apps like these can help take you to the next level.
- These can do everything from route-planning and run-tracking to coaching and motivating.
Though running can be a minimalist sport, if you’re trying to take your fitness to a new level or hit another personal best, these apps can help with everything from pacing and motivation to coaching and injury prevention.
Runners know that the right beat can help turbocharge a run, but this app takes it a step further by syncing the tempo of music to your pace and compiling playlists of upbeat music to fuel you through your run. The app costs $5 a month but offers a weeklong free trial.
If you’re struggling with motivation to get out the door, Charity Miles is a free app where you can choose a charity, pledge a certain amount of money to donate for every mile, and earn money for your chosen charity while you’re logging miles.
This is a simple app that allows you to plot and save routes around the neighborhood. While the app is free, many features are hidden behind a $6/month paywall.
Injuries from overuse are common for runners, and yoga can be invaluable for strengthening, toning, and increasing flexibility, which can reduce your risk of injury and make you a faster runner without even lacing up your shoes. This app has hundreds of yoga and meditation classes, daily yoga poses, and a social platform to connect you with a community of yogis.
This creative app turns running into an immersive game where runners play as a character that runs to complete missions, collect supplies, and escape from zombies. You can listen to audio narrations of the story interspersed with your own music, and the app offers interval training options and virtual races. The app costs $40 a year, though it’s free to download.
Strava is an app that’s widely used by athletes and that allows you to connect with millions of other runners and cyclists, record your routes, and compare your times with others.
Like other apps, Nike + Run Club can track your runs and connect you with a community of other app users, but some of its best features include its guided runs that coach and motivate you through your workouts; training plans for distances from 5Ks to marathons; and challenges to run a certain number of miles each month. The app offers a weeklong free trial, and you can subscribe for $15 a month.