Running is a great way to stay in shape and get those exercise endorphins flowing. While it may be a bit awkward to run with your iPad in hand, there are still plenty of apps in the App Store that you can use before or after to keep track of your runs, get navigational advice, and to plan out your training. If you’re a runner, make sure to take a look at these apps.
WalkJogRun Running ($4.99) – With this app you can plan out your running routes from a database of more than one million routes, or create your own unique route. You can plot where you want to run on the map before you head out, so you know exactly where to go and how long it will take to get there. The app also comes equipped with 23 different training plans for both runners and walkers, and you’ll also find training plans for 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon runs. Routes are in more than 6.9 million cities, and you don’t need an account to use the app.
Navy SEAL Fitness ($1.99) – Running will keep you in shape, but it’s also important to exercise other parts of your body to stay healthy. Most runners are health conscious people, and this app is the ultimate in total body physical fitness. It uses a combination of muscular strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness to keep you in shape. This app contains exercise information from the official Navy SEAL training guide, and comes with 220 exercises, more than 90 movies, and 20 different calculators. If you want to improve your health and improve your running, this is the app to download.
Livestrong Calorie Tracker ($2.99) – If you run to stay in shape or to lose weight, this calorie counting app is indispensable. Even if you don’t, running can be intensive, and it’s important to get the right amount of nutrients each day. With this app you can track your daily caloric, fat, carbohydrate, and protein intake, all with the tap of a button. The app connects to the MyPlate feature at Livestrong.com, which has a comprehensive nutritional database of more than 1.3 million food and restaurant items. It takes just seconds to enter your meals each day, and you can also add in exercises.
Relax Melodies HD (Free) – This is a white noise ambience app designed for sleep, meditation, and yoga. Getting a good night’s sleep and relaxing is important for everyone, but more so for runners – especially those training for marathons and triathlons. This app is great for getting rid of tension and helping you to clear your mind, with more than 46 high quality ambient sounds and two binaural beat frequencies. You can mix your favorite sounds together to create something completely customized, which will have you drifting off to dreamland in no time at all.
iRunner (Free) – Though I assumed that most of you probably don’t run with your iPad in hand, if you do, this is a great app to download. It is a running, jogging, and walking GPS tracker and heart rate monitor that works with a slew of other apps and devices like Fitbit and DailyMile. With this app you can map your runs with GPS, recording time, distance, and speed. The app offers voice feedback, customizable splits, and online access to all of your workouts. This app also tracks your weight, blood pressure, and sleep information so you have the total healthcare package in one easily accessible place.
Runner’s World ($4.99 per issue) – Runner’s World is the world’s number one running magazine, and now you can download it right onto your iPad. Each month you can get in-depth features, training tips, nutritional information like recipes, injury prevention advice, and gear reviews. In the October issue, which is currently available, you’ll find tips on slimming down at the grocery store, info on pre-run snacks, and the do’s and don’ts of racing. Each issue is $4.99, but you can also et a yearly subscription for $19.99.
For even more great running apps, check out Emily’s list of apps for cycling and running, which we ran last month.