Until I actually started running, I hated it. You could not pay me to go outside and run for exercise. Now, that I have gotten in to it, I have been devastated that I have had to slow down because of my ankle. There are several free running apps I use every time I run (and a couple of others).
Map My Fitness (Map My Ride/Run/Walk/etc.)
Although some of the other apps “track your mileage”, Map My Fitness is the most accurate. I love that it keeps track of a live map of your run (this is helpful when running in a new place, if you tend to get lost like me). I have runs from all of the places we have traveled saved in my training log and it is so fun to look back.
With Charity Miles, every step you take, money goes to a charity (25 cents a mile). I know that doesn’t seem like very much, but it adds up. There are many charities that you can pick from covering a wide range of interests. All you have to do to donate is choose a charity, then walk or run. That’s it! The app keeps track for you and everything.
Fitbit syncs up with your wristband and gives you great info afterwards. This one is not one you need to have up while running (although if you don’t have a Fitbit, the app records your steps through your phone). All you have to do is hit the record button on your Fitbit and after each run, you can look at your stats (heart rate, calories, time, etc.) on a beautiful graph.
Good music is essential to running for me. If you don’t use a paid music subscription, Pandora is a great option. Confession: I listen to 90s pop, musical soundtracks, Hip Hop BBQ, and 2000s and today hit music on shuffle while running. The beauty of Pandora is you can choose whatever you want. You are limited on the number of skips for nonpaid subscriptions and have to listen to 2 commercials during an hour run, but it is worth it.
C25K is great for beginner runners. It has a built in timer and pacer to get you from the couch (aka never running) to running 3 miles in 8 weeks. Once you reach your 5K, you can begin 10K training with just a click of a button.
Get out there and run (or walk) and enjoy these apps! You will be glad you did. What’s your favorite running app? Leave me a comment.
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