Eric: Over the last few years, I've used a handful of apps and websites during training. Whether it's a 10K in Central Park or a full-marathon in Seoul, I've always needed a reliable tool to measure my training mileage. There are a ton of useful resources out there for runners in training, but over the last few months I've mainly used Sports Tracker.
Sports Tracker is a free app available on Android and iOS that comes with a fairly accurate GPS tracker. Whenever I go for a run or a ride (yep, you can choose from a handful of exercise types), I turns on Sports Tracker to keep track of current mileage, pace, and calorie loss. After the workout is over I save and sync it, automatically storing it onto my Sports Tracker account that’s available online. It’s really cool to see how many miles I can record in a week, month, etc.!
Liam: As for me, apps have played a pretty minimal role in my running history. That said, Map My Run has been a consistent go-to website for pre/post-workout info. Map My Run allows you to, well, map your run. Simple, right? You can track mileage, discover loops that meet your thirst for distance or elevation, or search for user posted routes in your neighborhood. It's a great way to explore different options beyond the treadmill and avoid getting caught up with dead ends or wasted sessions.
While everyone has different preferences and expectations, there are apps for just about all styles. From 'laissez-faire' to in-your-ear motivation, and from mileage trackers to couch-to-5k training programs, a little searching and experimenting will help you find that new best friend for the pavement-pounding expeditions. Curious to learn more? Start here to learn about a few of the top apps in the running world.
Coach Liam and Eric