Tomorrow is National App Day, which seems like a perfect time to share my five favorite running apps! These are the apps I use regularly to keep track of my training and running, and I don’t know where I would be without them.
Since I am a dedicated Garmin ForeRunner user (Yay, #LeagueOfGarmin), Garmin Connect is my go-to running app. This syncs with my FR235, tracking my miles and routes, and offering connections and challenegs. The Garmin Connect app handles all my stats, including pace data, steps, heart rate, and vo2max, and provides a fun social component to keep motivation going.
Strava is my backup to Garmin Connect. My Garmin data automatically syncs to the app, and I love how it is organized into daily, monthly, and annual reports. There is a social aspect to Strava, as well allowing users to connect, comment on each other’s workouts and even work out “together” via clubs and challenges. I get great use from the free platform, but there is a paid subscription as well, that opens up many more features and benefits.
Otherwise known as my LRS (Local Running Store). The 1st Place Sports app is perfect for registering for local races, looking up results, and shopping. It’s easy to use and keeps me in touch with the local running community. We also have a local Grand Prix challenge, and this app is perfect for tracking points and standings for the athletes involved.
Sometimes, we need a training refresher, and the Couch To 5K series of apps is where I turn first. There is also a 5K to 10K app, which is wonderful for when I am further along in training. I love the ease of use and set up of this particular Couch To 5K, and I appreciate how it tracks my progress and keeps me going through the weeks of the program. The “trainers” are fun, and the workouts are easy to follow. I keep this app for times when I need an extra training boost, and it’s always come through for me.
For when I venture to the trails, the All Trails is one of the best running apps for identifying the perfect ones to run. All Trails allows users to rate local trails, and this is such a valuable tool for every runner. I can get information on terrain, elevation, insects, and warnings, just by checking the app.
What are your favorite running apps?
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