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Best iPhone Running Apps For Fun and Motivation in 2012

Running for pleasure or for exercise has become more enjoyable and effective with modern technology. There are numerous applications for the iPhone, iPod or iPad that will take your running experience to a higher level. Here’s a look at the top applications for casual and die-hard runners.

The Most Fun

Zombies Run! is by far the most enjoyable running app on the market. This app allows runners to immerse themselves in a fantasy world where zombies chase after you for their next meal. The app is designed to entertain you while you run, walk or take a stroll on the beach. Special sound effects and pre-recorded messages make you feel like you are in a zombie movie. The app comes with 30 missions and over 40 different runs for you to participate in. Running has never been this fun before.
• Compatible – All iDevices
• Price – $8.49

The Total Package

RunKeeper is arguably the most well known running app on the market. It’s the complete package that meets all of your running needs. The app has many features like GPS, tracking of distance, maps, and other essential running tools that will definitely improve your running workouts. You can also integrate this app with your music and custom build playlists for each run. The  app has options for various workouts like interval training and target pace training. You can even manually input workouts like cycling, treadmill work, sports and more. And the best part of all of this, is that the app is Free.

• Compatible – All iDevices
• Price – Free

Best Interval Training App

Interval training is a great way to improve your overall conditioning, burn more calories and lose weight. Interval Run is the best running app for this type of running workout. The app guides you with vocal cues that let you know when to walk, run, sprint and more. Each cue is based on an interval of time. In total, there are over 8 different types of interval training methods included in the app. Another great feature of Interval Run is the pre-designed running workouts. This is very helpful for beginners who are still learning how to design a running program or unfamiliar with interval training.

• Compatible – All iDevices
• Price – $1.99

The Best Coaching App

It would be great if we all could have personal running coaches to help us with designing programs, motivation and accountability. Unfortunately, unless you are on a track team or have a personal trainer, you don’t have access to a running coach. Run Coach Pro attempts to answer this problem by providing a running app that helps to motivate you with predesigned running plans. All of these plans are personalized and last 2 to 8 months. Run Coach Pro is an in-depth program that tracks your workouts, charts your progress, and defines your goals. This app is like having your own coach in the palm of your hand. 

• Compatible – All iDevices
• Price – $5.99

The Best Timer

UltraTimer is the most thorough timer application on the market. The app allows you to set up individual timers for your workouts or multiple timers if you want to track various distances, speeds, elevations and more. Additionally, you can set up group timers that will track a list of multiple timers. If you run with a friend, or know anyone who has this app, you can exchange your timed data and compare the results. You can also use a friend’s timed run as motivation for you to beat. The app is simple to use, has a smooth design and can run in the background if desired. 

• Compatible – All iDevices
• Price – $1.99

The Best Map App

MapMyRun is the best mapping application for runners. It’s a comprehensive program that will track your runs, display them on maps, and much more. The official website has over 26 million different mapped runs that you can browse through. These runs will challenge you and perhaps even show you a few new routes in your neighborhood. Additionally, you can always come back a few weeks later to check out your previous runs and compare your progress.  This app also tracks your pace, calories burned, distance traveled and changes in elevation. It’s the most complete mapping app out there.

• Compatible – All iDevices
• Price – Free

Other Running Apps to Check Out

Race Finder helps you to find nearby organized races to run in.
RunInjuryFree helps to diagnose any pain or injuries from running.
iRaceMe tracks all of your runs and allows you to race against yourself for added motivation.