4. Garmin Connect
Free for iOS and Android
For owners of a Garmin running watch, Garmin Connect allows you to create custom workouts, compete against yourself and your friends, and build your own courses. Garmin Connect also allows you to earn badges for achievements and compete against your personal records by keeping track of steps, distance and pace.
You can keep track of your daily health through the My Day page and analyze all of your activities. Garmin Connect also features a recovery advisor, to provide support even after you finish a run.
Download Garmin Connect: iOS and Android
5. Nike Run Club
Free for iOS and Android
Attention, Nike lovers. The Nike Run Club app creates nonstop motivation by allowing users to form their own distance challenges. Throughout these challenges, Nike provides support through personalized coaching plans, which include audio-guided runs from different coaches, athletes and entertainers.
The distance leaderboard allows you to compete against friends and yourself, while in-run cheers allow you to hear personalized words of motivation on your run from your friends. Nike+ Run Club also easily connects to Apple Watches, so you can track your performance right from your wrist.
Download Nike Run Club: iOS and Android
Basic version is free for iOS and Android; upgrade to AllTrails Pro for $2.50/month or $29.99/year
Featuring 75,000+ trails, AllTrails allows you to review your trails, as well as share pictures of the path. You can also filter trails based on dog, kid and wheelchair friendliness. In AllTrails, you can add your favorite trails and share your workouts with Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and other social media sites.
With the ability to download trails for offline use and off-trail warning features, AllTrails helps increase your safety throughout your workout. Along with this, AllTrails features Lifeline, where you can assign safety contacts who can track your progress during a run and make sure you’re staying safe.
Download AllTrails: iOS and Android
Basic version is free for iOS and Android; upgrade to Runkeeper Go for $9.99/month or $39.99/year)
By allowing you to decide and set your own personal goal, RunKeeper features personalized plans to help keep you on track. The ASICS app provides audio that keeps you updated on your progress throughout your run, so you don’t have to constantly check in, and there are in-app challenges, exercise rewards and virtual running groups, which helps you stay committed to your goal.
Runkeeper syncs to many different Bluetooth devices as well as other apps, so you can maximize utility even when you’re not on your phone. To get more out of Runkeeper, Runkeeper Go is a paid premium update that includes prescribed workouts, live tracking and progress insights.
Download Runkeeper: iOS and Android
8. Running Distance Tracker Pro
Basic version is free for iOS and Android; upgrades to premium versions starts at $9.99
With some of the most accurate distance and time tracking available, Running Distance Tracker Pro is guaranteed to motivate any runner. You can see your running history and improvements right in the app, as well as track your pace, calories burned and heart rate during your runs.
With customizable voice feedback, Running Distance Tracker keeps you on track for reaching your goals. This app also integrates with Apple Health so you can ensure every aspect of your workout is documented.
Download Running Distance Tracker Pro: iOS and Android
Now that you’ve got the best running app for you, go out and start using it!
By Laura Held. Laura is studying marketing and Spanish at Lehigh University and is a digital intern at Fleet Feet.