As a runner, a way to log my time or distance is a must. If I can’t keep track of my distance (in an efficient way!), it makes following a training plan, for anything, sort of difficult. As I don’t have the budget for a fancy GPS watch that tracks all I need, I figured I’d give an app on my phone a try. I have gone through a couple apps that I just generally did not enjoy, and also neglected to try some as they weren’t free. I went back to the always trusty Nike, as I really enjoy their Training Club app. And they did not disappoint.
I cannot express how in love I am with the Nike+ Running app. Clean, smart and very good at what it does, it’s perfect for any runner, whether super serious or just jogging every once in a while. Here are a few of my pros and cons (a pretty small number of cons, I must say)…
- It’s free: Unlike many other running or cycling apps on the market, that while pretty great, cost money, Nike+ Running is free. Which is great if you want to save a couple of bucks, and still receive great quality.
- It’s easy to use: I have used this app on every run, from an easy 3 mile jog, to a tough 11 mile workout, and the ability to simply press “Begin Run” and go is really helpful.
- There are a lot of customizable workout options: Once you click “Begin Run”, you can decide from a few different options
- Basic Run, which is the preset option if you have no particular time or distance in mind
- Distance Run, which allows you to select your distance, and also tells you the estimated time it will take you to run that
- Time Run, which is great for when you have a certain time to run, but no particular distance in mind
- Speed Run, which is something I haven’t used yet, as I haven’t done a ton of speed work (I know, bad on me. I just hate interval training so much guys!), but will tell you records to beat for a 1K, 5K, etc.
- The app is aesthetically pleasing and easy to read: I place my phone in one of those armband-thingies, so I can just glance over and see my distance, without needing to stop and look. The new update made the colors a lot easier to see too and the overall app is just very clean and organized, with specific sections for everything.
- It records what you need, and more: Nike+ Running goes above just taking record of distance and time. After the run is over, it will tell you splits, average mile pace, provide a map, tell calories burned, and even lets you log what shoes you wore and how you felt during the run.
- Bonus features!: You can connect this app to your social media to share photos, get ‘cheers’ or compare progress with friends. Personally, I don’t use that aspect, as I tend to run individually, or with people that wouldn’t want to connect via the app. But I can definitely see the motivation bonuses of that. You can also hook up a playlist or any music and jam out while you pound the ground. As Nike has a wide array of apps, there are a few other features on there that I have yet to explore, but I am excited to soon!
- Expect battery drainage: I usually keep the screen on so I can glance over while I am running, which I am sure contributes, but if you are considering a very long run, keep in mind that the constant running of the app will drain your battery. (I ran 11 miles last Saturday, and within an hour and a half, had a battery percentage of 20%, as compared to the 96% I started with!)
- In run audio updates: Personally, I find a little voice telling me my mile pace and distance a teensy bit irritating, as it sort of interrupts my focus. Luckily, there is an option to turn off that feature, if you also dislike it.
- There are occasionally GPS issues: Though pretty rare, the app does sometimes get off on tracking distance and where you are…though last time this happened to me, it was because I was weaving in and out of neighborhoods, and I think the app had trouble tracking just have much distance I was going.
I’m sure there are a few things I forgot to mention, that I’ll most likely remember when on my next run. Nevertheless, I hope this was helpful for those looking for a new fitness or running app for their phones! Do you know of any fitness apps I should try out?
*This is not a sponsored post, and all my opinions are my own, as always.