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10 Running Apps for 2013: Android, iPhone, Windows Phone

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10 Running Apps for 2013: Android, iPhone, Windows Phone

Update 2015:

Much has changed technologically-speaking since RunningShoesGuru last compiled lists of the best running apps on the market—Android development has taken off, iOS has experienced major changes with new features and capabilities, and the usefulness of running apps themselves have improved by leaps and bounds. As it stands today, most apps are available on Android, iOS, and most can be found on Windows Phone as well. Given the parity of the app market these days, we’ve brought together the best of the current crop of running-related apps—some that provide a GPS analysis of each workout, others that get would-be runners into fighting shape for their first 5k, and others that could even prove useful if the zombie uprising ever takes foot.

1. Runkeeper (Free): Android/iOS

RunkeeperWhen it comes to GPS, timing, and activity recording apps, Runkeeper remains the undisputed champion for most gadget-savvy runners. A burgeoning app back in 2011, Runkeeper has gone through numerous versions and has refined itself into a sleek, intuitive program that allows runners to map routes in progress, track current and average paces, distance logged, and compare previous runs in an online repository, as well as a quick-view on the mobile device itself. Users can also log goals (whether they are distance, speed, total miles, or weight loss) and track them throughout their progress. And if tracking goals wasn’t enough, users can add their friends and family within the app’s ecosphere, placing added incentive (or pressure) to be at peak performance.

2. Endomondo (Free version, Paid version: $4.99): Android/iOS/Windows Phone

EndomondoEndomondo remains a runner’s best friend, offering unparalleled exercise tracking, audio and visual updates during activities. What’s more, the app also offers the option to tag photos, videos, and other data on popular routes. When it comes to the social elements of exercise, Endomondo is a cut above the rest: users can keep tabs on their friends during activities, track overall progress, and measure up against personal bests on the Endomondo homepage and in the app itself. Additionally, Endomondo’s paid version offers audio coaching tools for runners looking to sharpen their workouts. It’s not all about competition, however, as the app also allows for pep talks to be sent to runners mid-activity, being read aloud by the app or stored as messages. Endomondo allows every run to be social, even during a solo workout.

3. Nike+ Running (Free): Android/iOS

Nike+Nike was one of the first pioneers in making running-related data and mobile coaching available to the masses. Guided on by piezoelectric shoe sensors before the widespread popularity of GPS-enabled mobile phones, the Nike+ system offered pedometer, distance, and speed information along with a catalogued record of previous runs. The mobile phone explosion led to the Nike+ Running app, which picks up where the older systems left off. Nike+ Running offers time, distance, and pace readouts during activities alongside a wealth of data and goal-setting capabilities on the app’s homepage. Not to be outdone by other upstart app developers, Nike+ offers robust social capabilities in the form of social data-sharing, real-time cheers whenever people post on events in progress, and the ability to track friends’ progress and activities. Choosing a “powersong” allows runners to gain the upper hand on difficult workouts, while goal-setting capabilities push athletes to new accomplishments, making Nike+ running a go-to app.

4. MapMyRun (Free): Android/iOS

MapMyRunSimilar to Nike+, MapMyRun is a running data stalwart that has offered mapping and activity diary capabilities for runners, cyclists, and walkers for years. Its roots stem from post-workout tracking on the MapMyRun homepage, lending itself well to a popular and feature-rich app with five-star ratings on Google Play and the iTunes App Store. MapMyRun offers GPS tracking, timekeeping, activity diary functionality, and can track nutrition and weight, among other features. One of the app’s best features is based off its website functionality, allowing runners to check out local routes uploaded by others. Through this feature, runners can try new courses, plan activities in unfamiliar areas, or recreate runs on popular race courses without toeing the line on race day. Social aspects are not lost on MapMyRun, either, as the app has a robust social element including a leaderboard which demonstrates the best, fastest, strongest, and most dedicated among the user base.

5. Strava (Free): Android/iOS

StravaWhere most of the apps listed in this article are tied to specific devices, the genius of Strava is that it can be used with GPS watches, mobile devices, or on the Strava homepage to log new activities. In addition to the Android and iOS apps, Strava is also compatible with the Garmin Forerunner and Garmin Edge devices—one of the few app ecospheres which reaches beyond the mobile phone market. The app offers the usual slew of features, including route tracking, pace readouts, and an extensive log of previous activities for comparison and benchmarking. Purchase of Strava Premium unlocks additional features, such as goals, coaching, data download capabilities, and more detailed workout reporting. Featuring a sleek, minimalist design, Strava is a feature-rich option for runners and cyclists alike.

6. iSmoothRun (Free version, Paid version $4.99): iOS only

iSmoothRuniSmoothRun may not have the name recognition of some other apps on our list, but what it may lack in ubiquity it more than makes up for in features. Allowing runners to post activities from the app to a warehouse of different tracking sites, athletes can track their activities on the page of their choice while using the iSmoothRun app independently. If that’s not enticing enough, the app allows for treadmill activity tracking alongside other customizable options. Cadence tracking, for one, allows runners to pay heed to their footfall patterns. But these bells and whistles do not detract from the creature comforts runners are used to in their apps, as iSmoothRun also offers standard GPS tracking, data analysis, and workout scheduling. At the moment, the app is iOS only, but the developer has indicated that an Android version is forthcoming.

7. Couch-to-5k (Free): Android/iOS

Couch to 5kEveryone needs to start somewhere when they begin running, which is the inherent philosophy behind Couch-to-5k. The app is based off of the popular beginner’s program for running, getting people in 5k shape by gradually incorporating longer running lengths in between walking periods. Bringing these workouts to runners in a portable, user-friendly app, Couch-to-5k offers timed workouts and audiovisual coaching cues to help newbies get race-ready for their first 3.1. Not to be outdone, the app also features quirky training tools such as zombie training and a virtual dog which accompanies runners during their workouts.

8. Zombies, Run! ($3.99): Android/iOS

ZombiesRunFor those who need a little extra incentive (or, perhaps, a bit of a distraction) during their workouts, Zombies, Run! offers a running-fueled story of escape from a global zombie takeover. To advance in the story, participants have to run certain distances filled with perilous zombie attacks in the form of audiovisual cues from the app. Zombies, Run! is, at its core, interval training with the fear of impending doom interspersed with bursts of speed. Activities and miles account for supplies and rations in a virtual village, which expands as the runner successfully completes missions in the virtual world—and runs in the real world. Additionally, Zombies, Run! offers an immersive online community, allowing the narrative to stretch further by including information on friends and fellow survivors as they look to survive the zombie hordes at the gate.

9. Lose It! (Free): Android/iOS

LoseItOutside the realm of running-specific apps are the go-to picks when it comes to weight loss, weight maintenance, or ancillary concerns for athletes and newcomers to running alike. Lose It! provides unparalleled support when it comes to calorie tracking, weight maintenance, and overall health tracking. Users can track calories on the go, measure basics of health and weight, and received detailed analyses on the app’s homepage. Additionally, the homepage provides more specific feedback regarding food choices, daily weight assessment, weekly progress summaries, and a plethora of graphs designed to help users gain a better sense of their overall well-being.

10. Lookout (Free version, Paid version $2.99/month): Android/iOS

LookoutThough Lookout wasn’t made for the runner specifically, this security suite is a can’t-miss download for anyone with a smartphone and a sense of adventure. Lookout offers mobile security through GPS location, data security if stolen, and a lockdown mode if a device is lost or taken. One of its best features is the “signal flare” capability which allows the app to send out one last ping of the phone’s location before the battery dies. Any runner who has lost their phone while trail running, or during a long run far from home, having data on its last-known whereabouts can be the difference between device retrieval and finding a costly replacement. As any runner will tell you, it’s best to be prepared before you hit the trail—making Lookout an excellent download for any mobile user on the go.

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  • I’m a RunMeter fan myself. I especially like how it seamlessly integrates with Dailymile.

    • I completely agree Yuri. I’m actually shocked it’s not listed. If it wasn’t an iOS specific app, it would easily be the best running across the board. You can get so much information an manipulate how your data appears. If there was one criticism it would be the abundance of data available. I love it. The only other running app I use is Nike and that’s just for treadmill runs.

  • Adidas micoach missing :)

  • The app I use alot is called Log My Training which is a running log that works for cycling and other sports. It connects with Garmin Connect and other fitness sites to gather your data in one spot.

  • Also Nokia’s Sports-tracker is an app worth checking out. One of the better I’ve tried actually. Otherwise, I’m a fan of Strava even though I think it lacks a few features.

  • The Running Club App for iPhone is one of the best (and most fun) apps we’ve seen, since it lets you run live against your friends and family across the country. Great social experience and very motivational.

  • What about MyTracks or Cardio Trainer?

  • Also for android for safety. Set it up so one or two people can check on where you are if needed. Good to know someone you trust will find you if something were to happen on a run where you couldn’t respond to a call.

  • I’d definitely check out TempoRun as well. It takes all the music on your phone and categorizes it by tempo so you can always run to the beat of your music!

  • I am using Runtastic for iOS and Android which is not bad I think.


  • How can you not mention the Strava Challenges and the Segments. That’s the whole reason I use Strava (and other people should, cuz the more people competing for bragging rights on a segment the more fun it is)

  • I use Caledos Runner on Windows Phone: it enable the Runkeeper platform on Nokia devices and IMHO is much better of the Original Runkeeper available on iOS. If you have a Windows Phone have a look!

  • is good too – nike+ for me its gps tracker not that good
    my top apps for android would be
    1 runkeeper
    2 micoach Adidas
    3 endomondo – loving the website too

  • Since 2014 I use Run Practice (only available for iPhone I think).
    This App works like this: Record a Track (by Running). Then you are ready to “Challenge” yourself by running the same track again. When you go running the 3th time, you can race against two “Ghosts” and then against 3, 4, 5…
    On the web page they say it is easy possible to record 200 ghost and more for one track. This must be very funny. I try to reach that until the end of 2014 :-)
    Remember the game “Lemmings”? :-)


  • Your #1 pick, Run Keeper, crashes my phone on almost every run, took me a bit to figure out it was that app but that is the cause. Which when running alone could be dangerous if one needs to make an emergency call. The app completely shuts my phone down until I can plug it in. It will have battery life but needs that power boost to start it back up again. Makes no sense. Never had it happen with anything else, so needless to say I’m on the hunt for a new app.

  • I am using “Run Practice” for iOS where I can challenge myself which is very motivating. Used Run Keeper before which was not bad too.

  • I’m using Catchme for Windows Phone. With Catchme I can run a race against a ghost. The ghost is either one of my previous runs or I can enter some average speed for the ghost. It’s amazing and it it’s much more fun to run :) And it automatically records my runs on RunKeeper.

    • Give Run Practice a try. With this App you can run against an unlimited amount of ghosts :-)

  • I’m using Catchme for Windows Phone. With Catchme I can run a race against a ghost. The ghost is either one of my previous runs or I can enter some average speed for the ghost. It’s amazing and it it’s much more fun to run :) And it automatically records my runs on RunKeeper.

  • This is not a useful survey for many. I have tested 1 app now, and will test another one. But what I miss in this survey is whether you have speech or voice remarks while running like 200 meter, 400 meter, a mile or whatever. The disadvantage mostoften is watching your smartphone while you are running so the headphone is the only communicating possibility while you are running. If you know you have to run like 3 min. every 400 meter then that information is necessary. Accumulated. A good app survey shows that information. If an app has that capability then it’s valuable too, and worth some money, but this survey does not really explain why one app distinguishes from the other.

  • Great list of running apps. We’ve listed some of the best running apps over at Check them out at the following link:

  • Another new free iPhone app you might want to check out is Run the World. You can challenge yourself to run the distance between two cities and track your progress. It’s pretty motivational for me! You can download it here

  • The title say “Androïd – iPhone and Windows Phone”… only ONE app is windows phone compatible… well, I was expecting some more to be honest…

  • An app to track your run with (precise) elevation variations – new version 1.10

    I couldn’t get my hands on a free android app that properly accounts for altitude variations (gps is quite lame for that). So I wrote my own and I would really like to get some feedback from other runners. The app is free. It shows your track on a map like many other apps out there but it is simple to use and it calculates your elevation variations with very good precision so you can have a real idea of of many meters/feet you climbed up and down. Exporting kml or gpx is simple to do.

    Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!

    Get it at…om.isonix.keeptracks

  • I spend most of my time traveling. I’m looking for an app that will let me run in real-time with friends in other parts of the world. Anyone have any ideas? I’ve seen Yog which looks great but I need something that will run on both iOS and Android (

  • Great list of running apps. I agree those are the essentials. To further your list see below:

  • Runkeeper crashed on my iPhone 4S too!

  • Interesting list, I will try some of these out next time I go for a run with my phone thanks!

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