Now that the nights are a little lighter and the air is a little warmer, there’s no excuse not to ditch your spin class, gym session and Netflix addiction in favour of a run. Of course, getting into the habit of putting on your kit, pounding the pavement and dodging cyclists can be daunting to even the most fit and enthusiastic of us, so we recommend downloading an app or two to help you track your workouts, monitor your performance over time and get a much-needed dose of motivation.
If you get really into it you can invest in a wearable specially geared up for running, but until then we’ve collected together our top 10 running apps of all time and whether you’re a complete beginner or laugh in the face of a rain-soaked 10K, we’ve got you covered.
Many of these options offer similar real-time stats and feedback prompts, so we’d recommend you take one or two of the apps that appeal to you most out for a test
drive run to see which you find most useful. Because that annoying audio voiceover, bright interface and complicated map might look cool now, but we guarantee it won’t be as appealing when you’re sweating on a park bench somewhere.
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Whenever anyone asks us which running app they should download Nike+ Running is my go-to suggestion. It's great because it's ideal for everyone from beginners to advanced, super competitive runners.
It uses your iPhone's GPS capabilities and accelerometer to feed you real-time information about your workouts, like the distance you've covered, your pace and the route you've taken.
It also now comes with Nike+ Coach, a feature that acts like a personal trainer in your pocket, providing you with training programmes, coaching advice and tailored workouts.
If you like to show off about how fit and awesome you are, then you can join the Nike community and compete with others or just use the app's sharing options to brag about your achievements"https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/nike+-running/id387771637?mt=8">iTunes for free.