Best running apps

Try these running apps to keep you motivated as we countdown to the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run.

If the upcoming RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run (8 March) has inspired you to improve your fitness, here are some fantastic apps that will help make reaching your goals that little bit easier. 

Nike Run Club

If you’re a fan of the ‘swoosh’, this app will continue your love of the brand. The Run Club app not only provides tracking of your route but offers a motivational voice coach for those who need a little bit of ‘inspo’ when slogging through a run. The app also integrates with Spotify so you can listen to your favourite playlist whilst your coach gives you some tips. 

Cost: Free

Spotify

Sometimes all you need to get you up and running is a perfectly selected playlist that will motivate you to push yourself past your limits. If you don’t have the time to make a playlist of your own, Spotify offers plenty of pre-made lists, some of which are specifically designed for working out. These upbeat songs will keep you motivated to run your very best. Plus, if you don’t mind the occasional advert, Spotify is free to download. 

Cost: Free (with ads) or $11.99/ month for premium

Couch to 5k

As the name suggests, this app will help transform you from couch potato into running star. The app starts you off with a few short 20-minute runs and gradually increases the pace each week to help you prepare for your first 5km run. Like the Nike app, a voice coach can help you stay motivated and guide you along the way. This app is perfect for first-time runners, those wanting to lose some weight or wanting to set some feasible fitness goals. 

Cost: Free

Zombies, Run!

If simply running with music is not exciting enough for you, then Zombies, Run! will spice up your jogging routine. Various missions are available where you must escape a horde of zombies, making you run as fast as you possibly can. You’ll collect supplies on the way which will help you rebuild your base. There are 200 missions to take part in, including premium missions if you’re happy to hand over some of your cash, but from the reviews we’ve read, it’s more than worth it. 

Cost: Free (with premium features available at a cost)

Charity Miles

If running for a cause sounds like an ideal way of motivating yourself, then Charity Miles is the app you need to have. It works by donating money to your chosen charity for every kilometre that you run. The money is supplied by companies wanting to do their bit to help those in need, so you don’t need to worry about the money coming out of your own pocket. 

Cost: Free

Map My Run

Brought to you by Under Armour, Map My Run is the app to have if you want an accurate tracker for outdoor fitness. The app tracks your progress and pace as well as shows you routes that others have run in your area. It will even tell you when you need a new pair of running shoes. By downloading the app, you are joining a community of more than 60 million users worldwide. Now if that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is.

Cost: Free