Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Guest Post: Best Apps for Runners

Hey Everyone! Today, I have a great guest post to share with all of you!

Bridget Sandorford, a freelance writer, researcher for and Eat. Host. Run. Style. reader, recently approached me about writing a guest post. She had a great topic idea, so of course I had to say yes. So, without further rambling from me, let's hear from Bridget!

Running is a pretty low-key sport. You don't need much: A pair of sneakers and your will. However, there are some tools that can make it a little easier on you to meet your goals. A good running belt can keep you stocked with snacks and water, a good pair of running tights can help you stay warm, and a few good apps can help you monitor your progress and meet your running goals.

There are many apps available to runners, designed to meet a variety of needs. Here are some of our favorites:

Run Keeper
Use this free app to track your runs, including your distance, time and pace. You can use it to track your progress and to plan for and reach future fitness goals. The app provides coaching through your headphones with audio cues and provides detailed fitness plans. Get notified when you reach milestones.

Map My Run
Use this app and the GPS on your phone to map your route. You can find out precisely how long the route is and get information on your pace (even split by mile). The app turns your phone into a fancy running monitor - for free. You can also connect with friends and participate in fun competitions. 

Couch to 5K
If you're new to running, this app can take you from couch potato to competitor in no time. Get training programs to complete your first 5K and track your progress. There are audio cues to guide you through each workout, and there is support for treadmill workouts. You can even get discounts to register for your first 5K.

Ghost Race
No, you aren't training for a race against ghosts - you're competing with a race against yourself. With this app, you set the distance and pace you want to achieve and then monitor all your work towards beating that goal. You can monitor your routes (with GPS support), calculate calories, speed and pace, get a countdown and more. 

Running can start to be tedious when you run the same route every day and when you've hit a plateau in your training. This app offers a welcome diversion. Turn your workouts into a fun game that involves running from the undead in the zombie apocalypse. There are 33 missions and over 45 runs that are pumped through your headphones to spice up your workouts and push you to complete new fitness goals. You even collect items like medicine, batteries and ammo while running (metaphorically) in order to help you on your mission. You'll shake off the dull routine of your runs and maybe even prep for the real zombie invasion.

Do you use any other apps for your running? Share your favorites in the comments!

About the Author:
Bridget Sandorford is a freelance writer and researcher for, where recently she’s been researching culinary school in France. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.


  1. I use the Nike Plus app. I started using it on my iPod Nano and it transitioned nicely to my iPhone. Nike has a nice website for viewing the uploaded data. I also use the Map My Run website to log non-running workouts and it has a nice interface to grab the Nike Plus data.

    Another app I love is "Stretch Guru: Run" for iPhone. I always use it after running. It has a nice variety of stretches with pre-programmed routines and the ability to design your own routine.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Cathy! I've heard good things about Nike Plus so I'll have to check it out. I'm super intrigued by the Stretch Guru app - sounds like a perfect way to add a bit of variety to a routine!

  2. I love running apps and that zombie sounds kind of awesome!

  3. I agree, I'm intrigued by the Zombie one, too. Let me know if you end up trying it!

  4. How fun! I have been wanting to try that zombie app.

    "maybe even prep for the real zombie invasion." yikes! Sun, you're so fast, you'll definitely outrun the zombies :D

    1. Alex, have you heard about the Zombie races? I think it might be fun to sign up to run as a one of the Zombies and chase people!