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Top 5 Free Running Apps

March 25, 2016
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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).

  1. Map My Fitness (Map My Ride/Run/Walk/etc.)love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger foodie top five free running apps Fitbit Charity Miles Couch to 5K Map my fitness Pandora

    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.

  2. Charity Mileslove you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger foodie top five free running apps Fitbit Charity Miles Couch to 5K Map my fitness Pandora

    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.love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger foodie top five free running apps Fitbit Charity Miles Couch to 5K Map my fitness Pandora

  3. Fitbitfitbit

    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.love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger foodie top five free running apps Fitbit Charity Miles Couch to 5K Map my fitness Pandora

  4. PandoraPandora-App-Icon

    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.

  5. C25Klove you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger foodie top five free running apps Fitbit Charity Miles Couch to 5K Map my fitness Pandora

    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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8 Comments

  • Reply Mai Lyn March 25, 2016 at 8:24 am

    The charity miles is really unique. Ive never heard of it before but will definitely look into it. Im not a big runner myself, but this should be a great help. Surprised to see that Nike Running Club isnt on here though! That’s such a big one I constantly hear about.

    • Reply Jessica March 25, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Charity Miles is wonderful. It’s fun seeing the money add up as the year goes on. I’m glad you haven’t heard of it, because I was hoping to bring to light a couple of new apps for people. 🙂

      I hear about Nike Running Club from others too. I have never used it because I don’t want to keep track of another app. Haha.

  • Reply Jill @ RunEatSnap March 25, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Charity miles is very cool! I use Nike+ running app to track my distance when I am running. I tried Map My Fitness because Nike+ doesn’t work with my HR monitor but I didn’t love MMF.

    • Reply Jessica March 25, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      I need to try it and see. I am a creature of habit and have years worth of runs saved on MMF. 😉

  • Reply Neely (@Neelykins) March 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I do C25K a few times a year its a great program to follow!

    • Reply Jessica March 25, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Yes! The 2-3 nights a year my husband runs he uses it. 🙂

  • Reply Kim M March 26, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Charity Miles is my Jam! Every little bit helps and if Im gonna be walking or running anyways…

    • Reply Jessica March 27, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Yes! Agreed.

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