The best running app for mobile

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 4th, 2015

Running is one of the cheapest forms of exercise out there, as all it requires is the great outdoors and a pair of running shoes.

Oh, and some enthusiasm.

While no iOS app can force you outdoors, they can provide some encouragement. We take a look at the best app to get you running.


The best

Runkeeper—GPS Running Tracker

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
Released: 2009-01-14 :: Category: Game

FREE!

Runkeeper offers a little bit of everything. It tracks your runs, calculating your pace, distance, elevation, and how many calories you’ve burned.

There are pre-planned routes to follow, training plans, and it’ll sync with your Bluetooth heart rate monitor, as well as play music from Spotify or your iTunes library.

It’s a veritable swiss army knife for the keen and not so keen runner.

The rest

Run 5k (GPS & Pedometer) - Couch to 5k plan

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
Released: 2012-07-03 :: Category: Game

FREE!

Are you a new runner in need of a good plan to get you started? Run 5k is that ideal beginning.

Utilizing the well known Couch to 5k ideology, it gives you a structured plan so that you can gradually work your way up from intermittently running to running for 5k straight.

It’s not easy, but it is extremely rewarding. Full running history and statistics seal the deal.

Strava: Run, Ride, Swim

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
Released: 2011-03-24 :: Category: Game

FREE!

An alternative to Runkeeper, Strava loves to make running or cycling social. With leaderboards, monthly challenges, and the ability to find friends to follow, its philosophy is that you’ll motivate each other.

A premium subscription adds on even more statistics, training videos, as well as detailed heart rate analysis.

Zombies, Run!

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
Released: 2012-02-27 :: Category: Game

FREE!

The most productive form of running is when you’re trying to get away from something.Zombies, Run! gives you that sensation without actually, you know, having you run away from zombies.

It's an audio adventure, so you’ll be keen to hear what unfolds next, and it offers custom playlists, and plenty of information on how your run went to boot.

What running app gets your heart racing? Let us know what you'd recommend in the comments!

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