April 19, 2014

Five for Friday: Android apps for tracking a run

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So you’re training for a half marathon eh?  What are you using to track your progress or to give yourself goals?  You are using your Android device for this, right?  Time for another weekly dose of apps that you need to be checking out.  This time we’ve put together a list of apps that will help track your runs, jogs, walks, and other exercises.

We know there are tons of other fitness and running-related apps to help users log their workouts, but we simply couldn’t squeeze them all into one post.  As the headline tells you, we’ve got to stick with five. To that end, we ask that you tell us your favorite apps for tracking a run.

This week: Android apps for tracking a run

Endomondo Sports Tracker

Make fitness fun with this personal trainer and social fitness partner.  Endomondo is the highest rated app of its kind on Android and ideal for running, cycling, walking and any other distance-based activity. Join more than 11 million users and start freeing your endorphins!

Not only does Endomondo let you track your running, but it keeps log of darn near every other physical activity one can think of.  Enter in a few physical characteristics and let the app keep a tally of calories burned, miles run, elevation, elevation, and much more.  Share your workouts on Facebook and let your friends pep you up with real-time feedback!  Complemented by a great web experience, Endomondo is one of our favorite Android apps, period. Let’s not even talk about the PRO version  which, at $4.99, is full of additional value and features.

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Runtastic

Your personal tracking app for running, biking and other sports activities!  Take your fitness to a new level with runtastic.  runtastic uses GPS to map your fitness activities – running, biking, walking – and track your progress (distance, speed, calories, and more). Be part of a global fitness community that is both fun and motivational.

Map your runs and other workouts in real-time using your Android’s built-in GPS and track your progress, including distance, speed, time, pace, and more.  Switch things up and check out the 3D Earth View and see where you are relative to mountains, buildings, and other landmarks. Additional features we like are the ability to set goals for times and distances, social network sharing, and support for manual entry for treadmills.  Be sure to check out runtastic.com as well as the other apps offered by the developer, some of which are also free.

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Runkeeper

Track, measure, and improve your fitness.  Join the more than 10 million people who are using RunKeeper to turn their phone into a personal trainer in their pocket!

We like the simple design and view for checking detailed histories of the things we’ve done in the past.  Running in a place you really like and want to do it again?  Turn it into a route and gauge yourself against your previous times.  Speaking of which, we love how the app notifies us of new personal bests and milestones.  Extra credit for the ability to integrate activity data with 70+ apps and services including Fitbit, Withings, Zeo, and Garmin.

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Sports Tracker

Turn your mobile into a social sports computer with Sports Tracker – now finally for Android!  Track and analyze your performance, share workout data and photos with your friends, and most of all – get fit and stay healthier.

Details include the ability to track and analyze performances and monitor progress across a myriad of activities.  Keep a personal workout diary of everything you do, including calories burned, average speeds, distance, and more.  Have friends using Sports Tracker?  Check out their profiles, comment on workouts, and view photos!  Bonus points for a full-featured online service and the enhanced experience that comes with the Sports Tracker Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor.

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Map My Run GPS Running

MapMyRun+ tracks the route, distance, pace, and more in real-time using GPS.  MapMyRun brings you its mobile app for Android-based devices! Now owners of Android 2.1 or higher devices can track the route, time, distance, speed, pace and calories in real-time for their fitness activities using their GPS enabled mobile device.

Use the location based feature of your handset and search nearby to find new and exciting places to run.  Filter results based on length or type, and get a snapshot of elevation and current leaders.  Pull up the history tab and see how well you did today as compared to the first time you ran in the park.  Be sure to look at the host of additional Android apps from MapMyFitness as each caters to a different activity!

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Your turn!

What’s your favorite Android for tracking your runs, exercises, and workouts?  What do you like most about it?  Leave a comment below and share with the class!

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