The 8 Best Running Apps You Should Try

Whether you’re looking for new running routes, track your runs, or participate in your first 5K, there’s an app for that—or more like a hundred.

Today’s running apps offer a dazzling number of features, all designed to help you maximize every mile.

That’s why your smartphone is the ideal place for keeping tabs on your running, frequency, distance and in some cases, even sleep quality and heart rate.

In today’s article, I’ve sorted through the best running apps available and come up with the best ones.

1. MapMyRun

Whether you’re a complete newbie or an experienced runner, this app can help reach your full potential.

MapMyRun, as the name, suggests, first debuted as an app for tracking running routes, but the latest version provides runners with so many awesome features.

Some of these include :

  • Tracking workout stats, such as distance, pace, elevation, and calories burned.
  • Offering feedback on your stats so that you can improve your performance.
  • Getting responsive and ‘smart’ training plans that adapt to you as you progress.
  • Finding new running routines locally or in new cities
  • Tracking shoe mileage and giving notification on when it’s time to get a new pair.
  • Syncing with more than 400 devices, from smart shoes to Apple and Garmin watches.
  • Joining a community of roughly 40 million people, helping connect with new runners.

The Free Version – Works great for beginner and intermediate runners. (Get it Here)

The Paid Version – Goes for $5.99 per month or $29.99 per year.  It has all the features you’ll ever need then some more.

2. RunKeeper

This is another great running app that boasts more than 50 million active users. RunKeeper tops the rankings for its wide range of useful features, as well as ease of use and accuracy.

Some of the main features include :

  • Setting and tracking goals, such as pace, distance, weight, etc.
  • Using GPS to track distance, pace and overall time.
  • Discovering new routes by following one of the RunKeepers pre-created routes.
  • Scoring weekly workouts that are tailored to your progress and fitness skill.
  • Tracking your non-running activities, like biking or fitness walking.
  • Personalized training programs for serious racers, with constant reminders to keep you on track.
  • Can be used with Android Wear, Garmin Watches, and other Bluetooth wearables, but doesn’t require a wearable.
  • Giving you the option to post your runs and progress on social media (if that you’re that type of a runner).

The Free Version – Some training plans are free. Provides basic stats such as calories burned, pace, running time, distance, etc. (Get it Here)

The Paid Version –The premium version costs $9.99 per month. This version offers more detailed data, customized weekly workout schedules tailored to the user, progress insights, live tracking on social media, and so much more.

3. Couch to 5K

If you’re looking to run your very first 5K—or 3.1-mile race— Couch to 5K is your ticket to the finish line.

The app offers your pre-designed training program that guides you through three sessions a week so you can be able to run a 5K in just eight weeks or less.

The training program kicks off with a mix of running and walking, slowly building up your stamina and endurance so that you can turn your running into a habit without much trouble.

This app is also awesome if you want to start running and have no intention to race—but having a race goal should help.

The Free Version. Has enough to get you started but a lot of ads. Get it Here.

The Paid Version. Upgrade for $2.99 a month for an ad-free experience and more features.

4. Runtastic

This is, undoubtedly, one of the greatest apps for runners to use while running.

Don’t believe me?

Check the 4.5-star ratings of more than one million votes. That tells a lot.

This app can do anything you need it to do. It’s one of the most feature-rich running apps out there.

Here are a few of the main perks:

  • Monitoring time, speed, distance
  • Plotting your running routes in real time
  • Review the stats and metrics once you’re done running
  • The option to share your run stats over social media if you prefer.
  • Support for various wearables and other apps.
  • Podcast-style stories from different genres, including travel, adventure, etc.
  • Offering a wide variety of preparation plans
  • Sharing location so you can receive support message from other runners to motivate you to push further.
  • Linking to Google Earth so that you can see your run in Google Earth.
  • Ability to track other activities such as walking, skiing, hiking, and cycling.

The Free version. Has enough features to get you started. Get it Here.

The paid version. The pro version costs $4.99. It gives you all the above the features then some. Additional training programs can be bought separately.

5. Zombies! Run

Downloaded by over a million runners, Zombies Run is one of the most successful smartphone fitness games ever.

Zombies run is an entertaining app that guides through an 8-week training plan while also prepping you to survive through a post-apocalyptic world infested with the walking dead.

While mixing your running routine with a zombie-themed audio story in which you rescue survivors, gather supplies and fend your territory off to ensure the survival of humankind.

Think of it as C25K with zombies.

The premise is simple. Once you put your earbuds on, the app will provide with clear instructions on when to walk, run, or sprint as if your life depended on it

The deeper you venture into this world, the more of the story you unlock.

The Free Version. The first four missions are free, and you’ll need to upgrade to unlock more stories. Get it Here.

The paid Version. You get all the stories along with some extra features. That include roughly 200 story missions. That should cover you for a while (4$ to $7)

6. Strava

Just like the two previous apps, this app crafts routes, make recording runs, but what sets it apart from the rest is its post-run analysis.

If the competitive and social aspect of running is what intrigues you the most, then Strava got you covered.

Here are some of the main features

  • Allowing you to compare times with other members of the Strava community or with your own group of training buddies to increase your motivation.
  • You can see also how you stack up against other runners, especially if you run a popular location.
  • You can also analyze and assess how your times compare to your previous runs.
  • Compared with other apps, Strava trails maps are far superior, making the go-to app for many trail runners.

The Free Version. The free option has all the basic features, which is enough to get you started. Get it Here.

The Paid version.  You’ll need to upgrade to make the most out Strava. There are three subscriptions planed referred to as Summit packs: Training pack ($2 monthly), safety pack ($2 monthly), and analysis pack (($2 monthly). You can also get the three-pack option ($5 monthly).

7. Charity Miles

Charity miles allows you to log in more miles while you donate to good causes. Win-Win.

The more miles you log in, the more money goes toward the charity of your choice form the corporate sponsor pools, or sponsorships form your own contacts.

Corporates sponsors, such as Johnson & Johnson, Del Monte Fresh, Brooks Running, Blueprint for Athletes and others, vow to donate a few centers for mile logged in, and in exchange, they display special offers in the app for more exposure for their brands.

There’s also an abundance of charities to help out.

The app features roughly 40 charity partners—including World Wildlife Fund, Habitat for Humanity, ASPCA, Nature Conservancy,  the National Park Foundation, ASPCA, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, the World Food Program,  The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and more.

According to the website, roughly 100,000 runners have logged in enough miles to run the moon and back three times, while earning 350000 for charitable organizations.

The app is simple to use. Just open it, pick a charity, and you’ll start raising money with each mile you walk, run, or bike.

All Free. Get it Here

8. Rock My Run

A fan of listening to music while running? Rock my Run is for you.

RockMyRun is my favorite app for listening to music while running. I use it all the time.

Whether it’s the classic rock that gets your legs moving, or something more melodic, Rock My Run has got it all—whatever rocks your world.

You can find playlist from top DJs, and you can choose how many beats-per-minute for any anger you like from classic rock to metal music, hip-hop, pop, and power badlands.

You can pick various playlists based on a beat you like, connect the app to your heart rate monitor, and synch your footfalls with the music.

The playlist varies in length, from 10-minute warm-up to playlist for 60 minutes or longer.

Free Version. Has enough 45-minute playlists to get you covered. Get it Here.

Paid Version. Upgrade for the premium version for uninterrupted listening and additional playlists and features.  A monthly ROCKSTAR Membership is $4.99/month.

To Conclude

Now your turn, what are your favorite running apps? Can you tell me about any other apps that you think they should have been included in this list and that are very useful?

Give me your feedback and share it with the rest of Runners Blueprint Readers, to that, all of us can discover the best apps for running.

In the meantime, thank you for reading my post.

Keep Running Strong.

David D.