With marathon training season kicking off for so many runners, Jess and I thought this would be an ideal time to provide everyone with some extra resources that could be helpful for training. We checked in with some of our running friends to see which apps they recommend. Let us know in the comments section which one is your favorite!
Favorite running app: Garmin Connect (it’s a free app but you need a Garmin device for it to be used!)
What does it do: It pulls the data from all of my Garmin devices (I use an activity tracker 24/7 and GPS when I run). It gives me a wide range of info for each of my runs – pace, distance, elevation, heart rate, course, time, temperature, etc.
Why is it your favorite: The newer watches have bluetooth capabilities which allows the data to be automatically uploaded to Garmin Connect on your phone – no more wires or cables or having to sit in front of your computer to view it all. I can see all the data moments after I finish my run!
What does it do: The app allows you to track a variety of metrics for your run–time, distance, pace, calories burned, etc. to help you reach new goals. It also syncs to watches and has a social component.
Why is it your favorite: I like using the Nike app because it acts as a diary
of my training workouts and milestones. Each run is saved as a map of your route, so you can revisit your favorites later.
What does it do: I use it to log my miles on the road, compete with friends, and track the wear and tear on my shoes.
Why is it your favorite: I love it because it’s social. Lots of friends are on it so I can see who’s got the most miles each month–which inspires me to stay on top. And it’s got just enough data to keep me going without too much to make it all science and no fun.
What does it do: For every mile you run (or walk or bike) you earn money for a charity of your choice, courtesy of their sponsors. As you walk, run or bike, the app will track your distance and you’ll earn money for your charity: 10¢ per mile for bikers; 25¢ per mile for walkers and runners, all up to $1,000,000.
Why is it your favorite: If you run, walk or bike anyway, I cannot think of why you wouldn’t use this app! You can help others while also hitting your own personal fitness goals.
* This post was written by Race Pace Training Diaries Blogger, Jess D.
I’m super excited to announce something I’ve been working really hard on this summer. For a long time I’ve tried to come up with ways I can coach more runners and add value to your training for free in a way that’s different from what you can find in other places. In mid-June a light bulb went off and I had the idea to start the Race Pace Run Club(RPRC).
RPRC is free and open to everyone no matter where you live! It’s both an in-person and virtual run club. And I want YOU to be a part of it.
Weekly Workout Assignments
Beginning in August, members will receive an email from me weekly with an assignment or workout that will enhance their training no matter what plan they are already following.
Become a better runner, build a new network of friends, earn rewards for meeting your monthly goals and get in-person advice from me. This isn’t just an ordinary group run. Meet at Athleta Flatiron each week to learn something new, make a new friend, celebrate your goals and get expert advice.
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