Here is my list of the Top 10 iPhone apps for runners, in no particular order.
Let me know if I’ve missed any gems.
There’s a huge array of GPS apps available and I have been guilty of writing them off as pointless battery drainers. I’m not sure if its the software that’s improved or the iPhone itself but I’ve been seriously impressed with Runmeter. In fact I often leave the Garmin Forerunner at home now and choose to run solely with Runmeter.
It is such an accomplished piece of software. It does the standard route recording as expected but has so many other intuitive extras.
- Compare times against previous runs on the same route
- Audible Pace or Interval reminders
- Route following – download gpx from web, open via email and then follow the trail
- Detailed analysis charts
2. VIA – Firebird Creative
This is a fairly new contender and I have recently reviewed VIA.
It is best described as an audible sat nav for runners (or walkers). It’s quite a novel app and with the latest update it has proved to be a really useful route planner. It was initially launched as a tool to get from A to C via B but now you can add so many via points that you can plot A to A circular routes via no end of twists and turns (well 15 at the moment).
3. Athlete’s Diary – Stevens Creek Software
Athlete’s Diary was on my original list and I think it’s one of those apps that rewards loyalty as it builds up a huge database of my sporting history.
On the face of it, Athlete’s Diary is a very simple training log. It’s not a GPS unit or step counter its just a training log. Some people will download this and feel a bit cheated, especially as its expensive but I’m a big fan. It rewards a little effort in set up and is incredibly customisable.
I’ve set up a number of keywords such as MaxHR, Weight, Shoe type etc so that I can filter by sport, event and then keyword. To me it has the feel of paper based training log with the benefits of a neat database so I can rapidly select all the entries for the Great North Run and see how my weight fluctuated for each or see all my times for the Bushy Park run.
It’s import and export features have meant I’ve been able to keep track of every run since I started in 2005 by selective imports from each and every system I’ve used to record runs in over the years.
4. Zombies, Run! – Six to Start
This is brilliant! If you run, you must get this.
I’m a huge a scaredy cat but there is nothing like the breath of a pack of half-deads to make you run faster.
Absolutely ace fun.
I posted a Zombies, Run! review in more eloquent detail earlier in the year.
5. LogMyTraining – F.M. Industries, Inc.
This used to be called HRM Log FM.
I use this for one reason only and that is to access detailed run stats from Garmin Connect. It syncs effortlessly and then I can view the garmin map, the lap by lap stats such HR and pace and display them all on custom charts.
6. RUNNING PACE CALCULATOR – Andrew Wayman
This is another simple app but it does its job better than most.
It’s a straight forward pace convertor and race time predictor.
You enter your time for a race or a custom distance and the app returns a screen with pace and speed conversions in metric and imperial and then on another screen it displays projected race times on the basis of your entry. It also provides a series of recommended training paces.
7. Mirror’s Edge™ – Electronic Arts
This is a bit of fun for rest days.
Probably the best running game I’ve come across and translates beautifully to the iPad or iPhone screen. For those who fancy themselves as urban runners.
8. AudioFuel Running Music + GPS Run Tracker – AudioFuel
The Audiofuel Running App offers something different to the standard GPS offerings. Audiofuel prepare running tracks that are perfectly suited to your running needs, providing a range of beats that target a specific cadence range.
Within the app you can select your skill range – beginner, intermediate and advanced which loosely equate to jogging, running and fast running and from there you can select either timed, interval or marathon sessions.
I’ve downloaded a selection of the shorter programs which are ideally suited to my mid week runs and my particular favourite so far is the Pyramid 180 interval training session which includes coaching – it’s a killer program but the beat and voice over is so inspiring that you can’t help picking up the intensity.
9. miCoach – adidas AG
This is one of the few apps that focuses on training plans. It’s a GPS recorder again but it’s selling point is it’s integration with the miCoach website that enables you to draw up detailed pace or heart rate specific training plans.
10. Nike+ Running – Nike, Inc.
Nike+ doesn’t need much of an introduction. This to me is all about social interaction and Nike just get it.
It’s simple, records you run, plays your music, keeps you motivated and lets you brag online.
I rarely use it but if you’ve invested in your social network you’ll probably love it.