The summer running season is just getting started and as I’m preparing to run my first 5K of the season this weekend I look back at the apps that I have used to get me ready. I will vouch for both of them, they are awesome.
Both apps also have great integrated music players and your running results can be posted to facebook or twitter so your friends can laugh at them. ;) So without further ado, here are the apps I use and highly recommend…
Couch 2 5K – This workout training coach will help you get into shape using the C25K system, a series of interval workouts, each about 30 minutes, spanning 9 weeks, culminating in your ability to run 5 km (3.1 miles) without stopping or walking.
This is a great app for beginners and for those like myself who practically stop running when the weather gets cold only to have to restart training in April. Start now and you could be running 5K’s too by August! $2.99 in the App Store.
Once you’ve mastered the 5k training you can move up to…
Nike+ GPS – Map your runs, track your progress and get the motivation you need to go even further. Hear mid-run cheers every time your friends like or comment on your run status, or outrun them in a game of Nike+ Tag.
Record your pace, distance and run route using the iPhone’s GPS and accelerometer technology so you can see your progress over time and push yourself to go even further. Of course this App is using GPS to track you so battery life is greatly decreased. I usually give the phone a full charge before a 5K.
If your under a 30% charge your phone might not last a whole race with GPS and your iPod running. The iPod touch doesn’t have GPS so you won’t have that problem but you also lose out on the apps capability to track your distance accurately.
This is a great app for the iPhone, not for the iPod touch. One day, when I become a marathon runner I’ll start recommending apps for expert runners. For now…
This app is free but only for a limited time. Grab it now for free while you can and I hope to hear from some of you that you’ve started running!