The Best Running Apps of 2014

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  • Everyone’s a Runner!

    Everyone’s a Runner!

    Running is on the rise. According to the nonprofit Running USA, more than 19 million people finished running events nationally in 2013, up nearly 300 percent from 1990. As more and more people make running part of their lives, technology is keeping pace. A host of apps are available to support your running goals, whether they‘re targeting endurance, losing weight, or boosting motivation with some friendly competition.

    Here are our picks for the best running apps to help you hit the road. 

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  • Runtastic

    Runtastic

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 7,082 ratings – Free
    Android – 4.5 stars with 183,209 ratings – Free

    Map and monitor your runs with this feature-rich personal training app. Runtastic keeps a detailed log of your progress with route maps. It also graphs results, including heart rate, distance, speed, and elevation. Set goals and upload your progress to the Runtastic website, where you can join an online community of runners to get tips and challenge each other.

    Make your run even more social by photographing and geotagging cool sights on your route. You can also get cheered on by Facebook friends as you run. Weather and sunlight data helps you pick the best time for a run. Enter post-workout info to record your mood and rehydrate properly.  

  • Running Club

    Running Club

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 20 ratings – Free

    Harness the power of group exercise wherever you go with this “virtual running club.” Create an activity with a set time and distance, and then invite friends to join. It doesn’t matter if they’re across town or across the globe. You can also search for existing events to race in.

    Track your progress during a run and compare it against others’ in real-time. A visual “dot race” tracking all runners will keep you on your toes. You can create a soundtrack to keep you moving with an integrated iPod that links to your music library. A breakdown of results shows stats and rankings of all participants after an event is finished.

  • Tempo Run

    Tempo Run

    iPhone – 3.5 stars with 92 ratings – $2.99

    Never let a mismatched tempo break your stride using this innovative music sorting app. Tempo Run organizes your music library according to tempo and arranges songs from levels 1 to 10. Choose songs from a lower level for slower runs, or amp it up a few levels for a faster pace.

    Sick of your own music? Tune into Tempo Run’s streaming radio and select a station based on level and genre. The app also tracks your running history with basic stats, including distance, time, and calories burned.  

  • Get Running (Couch to 5K)

    Get Running (Couch to 5K)

    iPhone – 5 stars with 4,451 ratings – $2.99
    Android – 4.5 stars with 245 ratings – $2.99

    Want to run but don’t know where to start? Designed for beginning runners, this app follows the popular “Couch to 5K” training program. Interval workouts combine running and walking to help you build up to 30 minutes of straight running in nine weeks.

    Supportive training recordings keep you on track, and a scheduling feature helps you plan your next run. Log your progress and share milestones through Facebook, Twitter, and an online forum full of other novice runners.    

  • Runmeter

    Runmeter

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 4,060 ratings – Free

    Runmeter is designed for those who love loads of data. It records and stores a wealth of running stats including time, distance, pace, elevation, and even weather. The app syncs with Google Maps for detailed terrain and traffic info so you know what to expect on your route.

    Track your progress visually with cool charts, graphs, calendars, and maps. Unlike apps that interface with a website, Runmeter stores your running history right within the mobile app. Compete against yourself or against other runners by importing friends’ stats. And if that’s not enough, an elite upgrade has many extra features for $4.99.

  • Endomondo

    Endomondo

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 3,842 ratings – Free
    Android – 4.5 stars with 183,527 ratings – Free

    Based on the premise that “when something’s fun, you’re more likely to do it,” Endomondo aims to make any type of fitness social and enjoyable. Start off with a fitness test, then let the app help you create a training plan and set personal goals. Endomodo tracks distance, calories burned, and degree of improvement for every workout. Friendly audio alerts let you know if you’re lagging or setting a personal best while you exercise.

    Share your progress with a global online community and cheer on others. A premium version comes with expanded features.

  • Nike+ Running

    Nike+ Running

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 41,962 ratings – Free
    Android – 4.5 stars with 208,346 ratings – Free

    Whether you’re a beginner or training for your tenth marathon, keep track of your running progress with this popular GPS-powered app. Log your stats including time, pace, and distance, and get real-time audio feedback so you can keep your eyes on the road. Listen to friends cheering you on through Facebook while you run. If your energy is lagging, a Powersong provides an instant boost.

    Share your progress with the Nike+ running community and invite friends to race in a custom challenge.   

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