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Though running may not be the most exhilarating of exercises, it remains the foundation of countless activities in the athletic community — whether talking soccer, Frisbee, or football. Moreover, it’s one of the most minimalist sports in existence, essentially requiring nothing more than your free will and desire to run. The following apps are designed to make the most of your running capabilities, charting, and mapping your progress along the way.
Endomondo will log speed, distance, and a dozen other metrics, as well as act as a virtual coach to give you a bit of extra motivation. It even allows you to race against your own virtual ghost and receive real-time audio pep talks from your friends.
Zombies, Run! ($4)
In this story-based workout app, you’re Runner 5. Your mission? To help rebuild civilization by retrieving critical supplies outside of your virtual base. The app keeps track of your distance, as the story and instructions play out, but fear not, you can still listen to your music as you run.
Run Keeper (free)
Runkeeper uses GPS to map your runs, while logging the speed and distance run. Users set goals, then get audio distance and time updates during the run. There’s great music integration — you can listen to your favorite playlist and switch tracks within the app.
Charity Miles (free)
Run for charity with this app. Running this app before beginning your exercise routine will earn 25 cents per mile for your selected charity (bikers earn 10 cents per mile). You will, however, have to share your activity on Facebook for the charities to receive the donations.
The app accurately tracks distance, pace, and gives a robust workout summary that you can save and share. The app also counts calories burned and charts your elevation profile. The best part: You can control music and incoming calls while in the app.
Great for beginners, C25K is specifically designed to to train non-runners for a 5K. The app provides a training plan that has a mix of running and walking. The designers claim you’ll be able to run a 5k within eight weeks if you stick to the 30-minute schedule three times a week.