The following section will further explore some of the above options and teach you which might be best for your situation. So, let’s take a look:
1. For Everyday Running
While the above apps could work for everyday casual running, we firmly believe Supersonic is the best option in this category. Here are four solid reasons why:
The app is straightforward to set up and use. Once you install it, the setup process takes a couple of minutes, and you’re ready to start your first run.
The app does a fantastic job of breaking down the intimidating task of running into simple, manageable run-walk cycles. That way, beginners can gain momentum and build better habits without feeling overwhelmed.
The app emphasizes gradual progression, allowing everyday runners to build endurance and reach milestones each month.
Despite the simplicity, Supersonic never feels like it lacks essential features. It has everything a runner might need to start, including an effective running plan and ongoing guidance.
So, if you’re interested in making running a habit but aren’t sure where to start and don’t have the endurance to run for 10, 20, or even 30+ minutes without a break, consider Supersonic. The app will simplify the process and help you turn running into a habit.
2. For Athletes
The primary candidates in this category are Runna, Strava, and Peloton. Despite the tough choice, we will go with Runna, and here is why:
Strava is incredibly popular and undoubtedly a fantastic app for running and cycling, but many of its features might not be necessary for an athlete who does multiple types of training: endurance, power, agility drills, resistance exercise, skill training, etc.
Peloton is also a great app, but it’s mostly suitable for using cardio equipment, such as a treadmill or stationary bike. (Don’t worry––we’ve covered that category below.)
This means Runna is likely the best option for athletes who enjoy running and need to do it to reap the benefits without solely focusing on this exercise modality. The app simplifies the running experience and offers guidance for those who don’t want to think about progression and other details.
3. For Professional Runners
This section might seem similar to the previous one, but there is an important distinction, as athletes aren’t necessarily professional runners. As briefly discussed above, running might only be part of an athlete’s training.
In contrast, professional runners generally focus on this type of exercise, given the specific adaptations to imposed demands (SAID) principle.
This category is a bit more challenging to figure out because we are talking about peak running performance, so any app we recommend here would have some big shoes to fill. In any case, we believe Strava is a great candidate if not the best option.
Those capable of covering 20 or even 30+ miles without a break might seem alien to us, but they are just people who do things just like everyone else. The main difference is they’ve been far more persistent for far longer and can now boast about their relaxing 5-mile runs.
Strava is great for peak running performance because it has everything these people might need: progress tracking, in-depth analysis of performance, running route recommendations, etc.
4. For Mapping Out Running Routes
Unsurprisingly, Map My Run by Under Armour is our top choice here because it does a great job of suggesting running routes to users.
First, the app is intuitive and allows runners to easily plan their route before heading out, which is particularly beneficial when visiting new places and wanting to cover a specific distance.
Second, the app has a vast library of routes users can share, use, and rate. Given the app’s massive community, you will generally find good running routes, regardless of where you are.
Plus, the app offers the option to download maps for offline viewing in case you’re going to run through areas with spotty or non-existent internet access.
5. For Indoor Running
Peloton is more than just an app––it’s a company that’s made a significant impact in the last few years with its ingenuity, fantastic products, and the engaging workout experience people can enjoy even when working out alone at home.
Here are a few solid reasons why Peloton might be the best app for indoor running:
a) You gain access to various interactive and uplifting classes. Pick the ones that best fit your available time, workout preferences, and style. Runners can join live classes and interact with real experts, making the workout experience much more fun.
b) Even if live classes aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy a variety of on-demand workouts ranging from leisurely jogging to full-on HIIT.
c) Like most other apps, Peloton allows users to track important metrics and see how their performance changes over time.
d) There are integrated music playlists users can freely listen to during their workouts to make the whole experience even more fun and engaging.