Tracking your running in terms of time and speed is nothing new. In the pre-smart phone years, people used stopwatches and wristwatches to see how fast they were going, how long it took them to run a certain distance and how they could improve on their time. But you couldn’t really measure your heart rate while running – unless you did it the old-fashioned way of two fingers on the wrist. And you couldn’t track the amount of calories you burned during your workout, and you couldn’t share your times and achievements in an instant like you do today. You had to phone everybody to tell them.
I started running a little more seriously last year and although I haven’t participated in any races, except for Park Runs, I still like to track my performance ad that is why having a personal trainer in my pocket is so amazing. I have always used the Nike + app, but since upgrading my operating system, I’m having endless problems with it, so I tried a few other apps to see how they compare.
What I like: the coach, the powersongs, the encouraging voice. This is the benchmark for me when it comes to running apps, as it was the first one I used and I love it. I am used to all the buttons and things, so this is my favourite.
What I don’t like: the encouraging voice, the inaccurate tracking.
The Nike app allows you to ‘upload’ your shoes and see how much mileage they have performed. It also has a coach option, which coaches you to run certain distances, depending on your preference. The app is also available on a number of operating systems, including Android and Windows. This is the only app of the four that tracks you while you are on a treadmill, just choose the indoor option.
It is a lot like the Nike app, but you can pair it with a heart rate monitor, if you have one. It also has an Elite option where you can access all training plans for free and some rewards programme that I am not yet familiar with, because I haven’t run far enough with it yet. You can add your reason for running and what motivates you to run.
What I like: It’s like the Nike app, but has a more interactive interface.
What I don’t like: The voice wants to make me kill myself, could have more enthusiasm.
What I like: that it is like the Nike Running app in terms of measuring running distance, calories and time.
What I don’t like: the interface, the user-friendliness is not that great, the colours, lacks in tech department.
I think this app is better suited for cyclists than runners. It is also subscription based, which I understand, as companies need to make money, but I feel that it excludes a large audience. It also features a Segment Explorer, showing you what sort of running or cycling activities is in your region, as well as give you the option to plan your route. You need access to a desktop for this though.
What I like: it’s pink and pretty!
What I don’t like: I dont know how tracking is done, especially on the bike. My music stops when I open the app and doesnt fade when a voice over is playing. It also doesn’t have the indoor tracking option Nike app has, so when you run on a treadmill, your map shows that you have run up and down.
If you are a fan of the clothing range and love all things girly and pink, then this app is for you. It’s like getting a cupcake every time you exercise, without the bad side effects 😉