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7 Best Running Apps for Every Runner

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Posted on May 09 2018

Best Running Apps


Whether you want to shed a few pounds or run a half marathon, tracking your progress can help you to stay motivated to accomplish your goals. And thanks to smartphone apps, this process has never been easier. Here’s our rundown (pun intended!) of the 7 best running apps for every type of runner:

Couch to 5K

Best for: Beginner runners

Couch to 5K is an excellent tool for beginner runners who want to ease into a manageable running routine. All you need to do is commit to 30 minutes per day, 3 days per week in just over 9 weeks!

Related: 7 running tips for beginners

Strava Running and Cycling 

Best For: Competitive Runners

Aside from being an impressive running tracker, Strava takes the idea of healthy competition to another level. This app records your speed, distance and even your route - so you can monitor your progress, and even “compete” against your friends.

We also love that it acts as a safety beacon that lets friends or family members track you during your run.


Best For: Bookworms

This well-known running app is ideal for those who like to like listen to audiobooks or podcasts. Runtastic’s Story Running features lets you download stories for $1 a piece and each track is roughly 40 minutes, about the same duration as a typical workout.  

Related: Best Podcasts to Listen to While Running: Health and Wellness Edition


Best For: Exploring New Routes

Route art is a growing trend where you can design, then map and run your own unique route. MapMyRun is also a top-notch tracker that allows you to sync data with popular devices like Fitbit, Jawbone and Under Armour.

Related: 10 Boredom busting tips for runners

Zombies, Run!

Best For: The Gamer in You

This app lets you pretend you’re being chased by zombies in an alternative reality. How’s that for switching things up a bit?!



Best For: Half-Marathon Hopefuls

Create a personalized training plan that will help you complete your first half marathon with this app. You can also use it to find a program that will help you:

1) build your mileage and endurance at a slow space to avoid injury

2) get excited about being race healthy

3) “train you to finish the race smiling and proud of your performance, not crawling across the line.”

This program requires a commitment of 4 days per week until you reach a peak of 27 miles per week.

Related: 10 Mistakes First-Time Half Marathoners Should Avoid

Charity Miles

Best For: Charitable runs

Charity Miles offers an easy way to turn your next run into a good deed. It tracks your distance and donates 25 cents to a charity of your choice for every mile you run.

Overall, apps are great options to map your route, track the number of miles you’ve run and calories burned to keep you motivated every step of the way.

Now that you’re ready to hit the road with these running apps, don’t forget to add compression gear to your list of running essentials to boost performance and speed up recovery!