Best Smartphone Apps for Runners

How hard can it be to start running?  All you need is a little time and a good fitting pair of tennis shoes, right? It isn’t that simple anymore. The sport of running has moved into the 21st century, with some high-tech apps out there to help get you up and running, keep you going, and motivate you to take your running to the next level.

There is a plethora of running apps out there to choose from. But like everything else in life, some work better than others. Here are a few that have risen to the top of the pack:

  1. RunKeeper

This app has been on the top of many favorite running app lists for quite some time, and it continues to be one of the most popular. It includes a lot of features, including different options for tracking runs, jogs or cycling. You can even share your accomplishments with your friends and family via Facebook if you want.

RunKeeper keeps track of statistical data so you can gauge your level of improvement, keep track of your pacing, and get a better overall understanding of your progress and where you need to up your game. You can back up all your information to their website, too, so you don’t have to worry about losing data if your phone is damaged or lost.

  1. Endomondo

This is a social-oriented running app that makes it easy to track your running statistics, such as duration of your run, the distance you’ve traveled, and the speed you’re achieving. You can create customized routes to challenge your endurance and times. There’s an included audio coach if you want that motivational device. This feature-rich app lets you track hydration levels, prop up your friends with a pep talk, and even see other people’s times on the same routes. If you like to combine socializing with your running, this may be the app you’ve been looking for.

  1. Nike+ Running

This app gives you all the standard features, such as multiple stats, your running history, and the ability to share your information with friends and family via social media. Nike+ has added its own flair to the app, as well. Like to hear the cheer of a crowd to urge you on?  Nike+ has included a real time crowd to give you that boost. It lets you finish off your run with a powersong playing to urge you on. You can even keep track of how you’re doing in different types of weather. This app works independently of the many Nike accessories so running with just a phone is not a problem.

  1. Zombies, Run!

Why not put the obsession with zombies to good use?  Whether your phone is running on iOS or Android or Windows, you can run from zombies every morning. This app is for those who may be a little quirky, or who need an extra jolt of adrenaline to get you motivated in the morning. Don’t just run; turn it into a fight for survival!  You can track your run, like any other app, but you also get to build your cache of supplies and let a horde of hungry zombies motivate you to pick up the pace a bit. For something a little different, this is probably the app for you.