Free apps… for runners
Strava appeals to “fierce competitors” with its Live Segments feature, which lets you identify a particular stretch – a section of pavement, say, or a loop of a park – and see how your time compares with that of other users (Android, IOS). Runtastic offers a broad range of features: it lets you keep track of the mileage on your running shoes, for instance, so you know when it’s time to replace them. It also acts as a personal trainer, creating track fitness workouts (Android, IOS, Windows). Zombies, Run! takes the form of a game in order to make running more enjoyable. Every jog becomes a “mission” in which you have to escape zombies and keep other survivors alive (Android, IOS). Google Fit is particularly well-designed. It provides basic information on your runs – but comes into its own when used with other health and fitness apps, aggregating the information into a single interface (Android).