Running – There’s an App for That!

Update – I submitted this post as one of my biweekly posts for the Marquette Educator on April 26th, 2013.

 

I have (yet another) confession to make.  I’m not the most tech-savvy person out there.  Yes, I have a blog, other social media accounts, and multiple Apple products, but I’m more, um, tech-comfortable.  With that, I recently started using two apps that are the BEST.

(1) Endomondo – I’m probably really late to the Endomondo party.  As someone who is pining over a Garmin Forerunner 10, this is the perfect placeholder until I save up that $130!  Using your phones GPS system, it tracks your mileage, pace, and time.  My favorite feature is that at every mile marker, it quiets your music and tells you the mile #, total time, and lap time.  AND, at the end of the run, it keeps a record of your lap times so you can see which was slowest and which was fastest.  *SWOON*  I’m a huge data nerd.  In addition, if you upgrade to Endomondo Premium, it will also track your heart rate.

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Screen shot from my last run. Via my iPhone.

Something that I’m not super confident about is the calories burned portion.  It calculates that based off of information you input – including gender, weight, and height.  Since I haven’t (and probably won’t unless free!) upgraded to premium, I’ll just have to use the calories burned as a general guide.  Endomondo is available on multiple platforms (including iOS, Android, HTC, and Blackberry) and also connects to My Fitness Pal.

(2) What Should I Wear Running– I recently heard about this from Allie on Twitter.  But, I still waited a week or so to try it out for myself.  I really like it!  It gives you a general sense of what to wear on a run depending on the weather and whether or not you like to be warm, cool or in-between.

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Via iPhone Screenshot

For someone that’s been “seriously running” for almost 18 months, I’m still really clueless about what to wear depending on weather and distance.  “What Should I Wear Running?” is available for iOS and Android (for sure).

What kind of running apps do you use?  Which ones are your favorite?

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3 thoughts on “Running – There’s an App for That!

  1. I started running with the Active.com training apps, which were wonderful until my goals outgrew them. Currently I do all my GPS type tracking with Nike+ (free) on my phone, and all the rest on dailymile. I have to confess, I have a gadget wanna – a Fuleband! But until I save up that $150, I’m glad there’s an app for that!

    • I use DailyMile as well, but I’ve found that Endomondo is much more accurate. I totally still use DM to track the workouts, but now I feel more confident about the mileage I’m inputting. I’ve heard great things about the Fuelband! If you get one, I can’t wait to hear about it!

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