I love trying new apps. Recently, I discovered a new iPhone app called App of the day. This iPhone app lets you download the App of the Day for free which you would normally pay for. Usually they offer games, but once in a while, they offer a true gem for free.
When I saw Runtastic Pro was up for free one day, I jumped on the opportunity and I wasn’t disappointed.
I believe that Running apps are a definite game changer for runners. They help motivate you since you can see your progress. You do all the running and the phone keeps all the stats for you. Running apps such as Runtastic, Nike Running, and miCoach help you with achieve continuous improving. You become your own competition.
Tracks your Run
The basics of every running app is that it tracks your runs. While running, the main screen shows your some stats such as average pace, calories burned, distance traveled (you can choose your preferred units of measure, I use Km). You also see a map of where you are running. A nice feature about this app is that you can select your playlists from iTunes, select inspiring stories from Story Running or pick your Power songs for extra-boost to listen to while running.
If you are in the mood for some interval training, Runtastic Pro provides a few options for you. I haven’t tried this feature yet, but I will definitely be using it when training.
Here is another feature I love about Runtastic. You can set your run to reach a certain goal. Is your goal to burn 500 calories, or run 5 km or is it to run for 30 minutes? What ever your goal, you can reach it using Runtastic Pro.
Runtastic offers various training plans from 10 km races, half marathons, marathons and even a Bikini Body Pres. Here is where the app turns sour for me. This might seem like a great feature, but when you try to select the start date, they want $25. Now, $25 doesn’t seem much for a training plan, but I’m not sure what I’d be getting so I’ll stay away from this feature.
Live Tracking another interesting feature. The first time I used Runtastic, I did not realize that Live Tracking was on. While running, I would get some cheering sounds through my earphones. Weird I thought. I later found out that the app added links to Facebook and Twitter, encouraging my followers to cheer me on and track my run. Although it is an interesting feature, I have since turned it off because, as a female runner, safety comes first. Around the same time I was listening to a promo on the radio for a TV drama where the premise of the show is about a stalker who follows his prey using social media. Enough said!
You can link your account to you MyFitnessPal account, where you can track calories in and calories out. Runtastic Pro also pushed data to the iPhone Health App. I’m still new using the Health App so I’m not sure yet how it will work, but I’m sure in the future this might be very handy info to have.
There are so many other features that I’m still just figuring out on Runtastic Pro. So far, I’m really liking this app for running. The measurement of distances seems accurate, unlike Nike Running (which I still would love for it to work properly) and it offers many other great features. The downside to this app is that even though you purchase it, there seems to be lots of opportunities to grab your hard earned dollars.