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The best running apps: Tips for beginners and advanced

The best running apps: Tips for beginners and advanced

8. 2. 2022 5 min. reading

What is the best application for runners? We have great overview for you. Choose one, put your running shoes and headband on and run!

Strava

We start with great app from north. The name comes from the Swedish word sträva, which means effort and drive. You can track there running and also cycling. By the way, this is the most used application among cyclists. It offers a big amount of functions, for example miles, heart rate, elevation, or detailed statistics of individual exercise, to which you can return at any time.

Sports watch compatibility: Garmin, Apple Watch, Fitbit, Amazfit
Available for Android: yes
Available for iOS: yes
Price: 5 USD per month

Map my Run by Under Armour

You may know it as an Endomondo. One of the most used applications, which offered great features, was canceled at the end of 2020 and replaced by Map my Run. But still great one! You can track running, create running challenges or joy to existing ones. It is an easy-to-use and has extensive features so it is great app for beginners and advanced. The free version should be enough for runners, the only downside is the pop-up ads.

Sports watch compatibility: Garmin, Apple Watch, Suunto, Samsung
Available for Android: yes
Available for iOS: yes
Price: for free, Premium version 5.99 USD per month / 29.99 USD per year

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Runtastic

Running app from the adidas. You can track there running and also lot of other activities, such as cycling, skiing, walking, hiking or even dancing. Runtastic is not only about running, but works as a very complex sports tool. You can share your activities with friends and compete with them in various challenges. The application is very intuitive and easy-to-use. Are you a big fan? Subscribe to the Premium version, which also offers a more detailed overview of activities, creating your own training plan and an automatic pause when you stop during the activity.

Sports watch compatibility: Garmin, Apple Watch, Polar, Suunto
Available for Android: yes
Available for iOS: yes
Price: for free, Premium version 9.99 USD per month / 49.99 USD per year

Runkeeper

Another running tool you can use not only for running, but also for walking, cycling, hiking, etc. In addition to measurable data such as miles, elevation, number of steps you can define your own goals and challenges. Motivation guaranteed! So, are you ready for your running adventure? 

Sports watch compatibility: Garmin, Apple Watch, Fitbit
Available for Android: yes
Available for iOS: yes
Cena: for free

Nike Run club

Nike builds its brand image very strongly and in case of running application is no different. Iconic and sophisticated design is a must have! In the app you can measure miles, walking and you can find there summary and statistics after running. What are the differences there vs. in other apps? Huge dose of motivation. During the performance, an audio trainer talks to you and wakes you up to even better performances! Thanks to this motivational component, the Nike Run club is a suitable application for beginners. 

Tip: Are you thinking of buying a sports watch and the Nike brand is close to you? Buy the Apple Watch Nike edition. You can have all the features available directly in the watch, including the great Nike design.

Sports watch compatibility: Garmin, Apple Watch
Available for Android: yes
Available for iOS: yes
Price: for free

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Sportstracker

An app from Finland that offers more activities than running. Again! The intuitive, easy-to-use application, which is not so well known in public. Plan your routes, analyze your performance and track your progress! But okay, there is one disadvantage - sometimes the GPS fails. But overall, the pros definitely prevail! Thanks to its easy operation, we rank it among applications for completely newcomers.

Sports watch compatibility: Garmin, Apple Watch
Available for Android: yes
Available for iOS: yes
Price: for free

Pacer Pedometer & Step Tracker

Are you kind of tired of running for now? Walking is a great and effective alternative. Pacer Pedometer & Step Tracker is a step counting application where you can monitor how you are doing. You can count steps, miles and the number of burned kilocalories. You can also create an exercise plan and beat the challenges. An application for walking lovers. If you are one of them, you will have all the data in one place.

Sports watch compatibility: Garmin, Apple Watch, Fitbit
Available for Android: yes
Available for iOS: yes
Price: for free

It's up to you which app you choose. It is impossible to say which one is the best, because each person has different expectations and requirements. Whatever you choose, remember one important thing - movement is primarily about joy, not numbers. Put your favorite running shoes on, measure, compete, run, walk, but most of all, enjoy!