Free apps… for run­ners

The Week - - Leisure -

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).

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