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8 Running Apps to Help You Train for Your Next Race (1 of 2)

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

8 Running Apps to Help You Train for Your Next Race


1. Couch to 5K

Best for: Beginning runners

Cool features: This app from Active.com will make finishing 3.1 miles a breeze after you complete the nine-week training plan, running just three days a week. You'll pick from one of five different "virtual coaches" to guide you through each workout, plus the app tracks your distance, pace, and routes, and it even shares your progress on Facebook (if you so desire).

2. Proof!

Best for: Runners who like a little friendly competition

Cool features: Hold yourself accountable for every mile with Proof, which lets users "compete" with Facebook friends or contacts in your smartphone to achieve fitness goals—or anything, really. Anyone can post a status that they just finished an 18-miler, but this app requires "proof" of completion—i.e. a photo or video. To keep things interesting, the app has a real-time leader board where users make bets, offer words of encouragement, or talk smack to fuel the competition.

3. WalkJogRun

Best for: Runners who prefer outdoor training

Cool features: With a database of more than 1.7 million user-contributed routes, filtered by distance and time, the WalkJogRun app takes the monotony out of race training. Choose a "training diary" from the app's pre-set plans or create your own for any distance goal. It's a bit pricier than many running apps, but the incredibly accurate GPS tracking system eliminates any chance for surprises on race day (Are you really running an eight-minute mile?).

4. Upbeat Workouts for Runners

Best for: Any runner in need of musical motivation

Cool features: We've all been there: You're logging miles like a pro with up-tempo tunes to help you keep the pace, when all of a sudden that 90s ballad comes on and totally ruins your stride. The Upbeat Workouts for Runners app uses beats per minute, BPM, to match your cadence with songs from your music library. So your run will never be interrupted by Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" again!

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PDQ1203 5/11/2013 9:10AM

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LINDAKAY228 5/7/2013 4:57PM

    Those are all really cool. I love Runkeeper too, and it lets me create my own interval workout. I use it all the time. The other app that I also use is called CharityMiles. It's also a free app and has a number of different charities to choose from. For each mile I walk or run they have sponsors who donate 25 cents to the charity I chose. For bicycling they donate ten cents per mile. Today I did 7 miles of a lot of walking and some running and so it donated $1.75 to the charity I selected. Doesn't sound like that much but over the course of a year it adds up. One of my favorite to donate to is the Wounded Warriors Project, but they have charities for cancer, hunger, education, autism, and lots of other things. So just going out and doing what I do helps others without me having to do anything but start the app, and accept the sponsorship at the end. It doesn't really help you train, except that it does motivate me to move more and get more miles to help others. I'm looking forward to the next part of this. Great blog!!

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    thanks for the info!!! emoticon emoticon

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RITEEBEE 5/7/2013 2:15PM

    These all sound great!!

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