So, with the Licorice & Olives Virtual 5k race series kicking off in a little over a week I thought it might be wise to share some of the top apps and GPS watches on the market. In case you haven't worked out what you are going to use yet, or are looking to try something new. I would suggest trying out a new app or device prior to doing your race. Then you can play around with how it works, how to stop/start it, how it sync's etc. You can also make sure your track is 5km (3.1 miles) if you like!
Now, I am by no means an expert. However, numbers speak for themselves and so do the real experts like DCRainmaker so here are a few things that you might like to use.
Smart Phone Apps
There are so many Smart Phone apps out there at the moment, so I thought I would just share some of the top ones that you may like to use. I am not the only one who thinks this either, these ones are pretty universal as the top 5 apps!
RunKeeper - By far the most popular, simple and easy to use it is no wonder.
Strava - My personal favourite as you can distinguish between walk, run, cycle, even swim if you like. You can also upload your Garmin or other GPS watch feed into this. The best part? There are segments all over that other people have set up (and you can too) where you can compete against everyone who had ever run that segment. You get medals for doing your own best times, trophies for being on the top 2 or 3 of the leaderboard and a crown if you are King or Queen of the Route!
Nike+ GPS - This is a paid app but it will link with an existing Nike+ account if you have one. I love that you can get medals and rewards and it is easy to see your longest/fastest/furthest runs but you can't
Map My Run - you can also track your food in this app, so whilst I prefer My Fitness Pal for my food, it would be handy as an all encompassing app to help you with weight loss or if you want to look back at what you ate before a great run to repeat that!
Zombie Run - I haven't really bought in to this whole zombie drama situation but some people like it. Frankly I am way too much of a scaredy cat to even download the app. I have bad dreams after watching The Blacklist and Bones.
For general running, Garmin's seem to win hands down in all categories.
Garmin Forerunner - there are a variety of different levels of this device, personally I have the Garmin FR 410 and my husband has the Garmin FR 610. Best in class according to DC Rainmaker is the FR 620. However for moderate or budget running you are best with the FR220 and FR10 respectively. Honestly, go Garmin and just work out your budget is the best advice I can deduce from here. I love my Garmin and apart from some teething issues with syncing when I first got it (my computer was the issue), I now run with it all the time!
Nike+ Sportswatch - this one seems to be a popular choice in runners, I know I really like the Nike+ interface and the fit on the wrist is very slimline.
Timex Marathon Watch - This is by far the most affordable option, with just the basics but if you aren't sure whether you will use a GPS watch and want to try one out this might be the watch for you.
What will you be using to track your runs?
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