Whether you’re training for the City to Surf, half marathon or just starting out on your first run, there is an app to boost your performance. Click through for Olympian, Australian 10,000m record holder and City Mile Dash ambassador, Ben St Lawrence’s top picks.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a jogger or an elite marathon runner, Map My Run is for all fitness levels. You can track running pace, distance, calories burnt, and time as well as nutrition, food, diet and weight. Real-time stats (avg/min/max pace, distance, time, etc) during your workout can help keep your motivation levels up if you’re reaching a particular goal. Other features include GPS Route Mapping, elevation profile and social media sharing tools. Price: FREE.
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Endomondo is the highest rated app of its kind on Android and ideal for running, walking and any other distance-based activity. Not only does it track duration, distance, speed and calories, but it includes a customised audio coach that gives you audio feedback to help you reach your time and calorie goals. Set a previous workout as your goal and the audio coach will help you perform better this time. It also provides graphs with your lap times, heart right, speed and altitude during the workout. Price: $4.99.
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Just staring to take up running? This app is for you. It promises to make you a 5 K runner in 9 weeks if you commit to just 30 minutes a day, three days a week. You can choose from five different motivating virtual coaches—Constance, Billie, Sergeant Block, Johnny Dead and Pumpkin to guide you through each run. Price: $2.86.
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While not exactly a running app, My Fitness Pal is a comprehensive tool that can track your run and your other workout and fitness goals such as strength training, including sets, reps, and weights. It’s also a great app if you want to lose weight with the largest food database of any Android calorie counter (over 2,000,000 foods). Price: Free.
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If you’re looking for more than just tracking your distance and time, this advanced app will give you maps, graphs, splits, intervals, laps, announcements, zones, training plans and more. You can also summarise your statistics by day, week, month, year, and overall. For serious runners, this app allows you to compete against your previous workouts along a route. It also lets you see your virtual competition on a map and in graphs. Price: Free.
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