Launch these nifty apps to start running at your best
Letshego Zulu, fitness fundi and ambassador for Wings for Life World Run, reveals her top five running apps
Running is one of the most accessible sports to participate in, but there’s no denying that the road to becoming a runner can be challenging, particularly when it comes to keeping yourself motivated to stick to it and finding events to take part in. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, you need the right tools, and smartphone apps are a quickfire way to receive performance-enhancing advice and inspiration.
Letshego Zulu, fitness fundi and Wings for Life World Run ambassador, believes every runner needs an extra little push to reach their full potential. She shares her favourite apps that have motivated her to keep going during months of training on treadmills, tracks and on the road, and believes using these apps will get you from newbie to pro in no time.
Catch Me If You Can
This one is for the ladies. It is one of SA’s most popular, all-woman running community, connecting ladies of all ages, shapes and sizes. The app encourages women of various fitness levels to join a community where they feel comfortable to find groups in their area. From beginner to advanced, the app provides a platform for women to build lasting friendships while helping them improve their health, fitness and wellbeing.
Every runner’s best friend, this app lets you track your workouts, set goals, follow a plan, keep motivated and stay up to date with progress. It strikes a perfect balance between keeping you focused and providing access to the entire RunKeeper network. Over-and-above its functionality, it provides statistics and your friends’ running feed, which is great if you are super competitive like me.
Runtastic Running App & Fitness Tracker
This ultimate fitness tracker monitors distance, time, speed and calories burned for jogging, marathon running and walking. Get an overview of your entire run using the mile tracker, walking distance tracker or running distance calculator. A voice coach gives you audio feedback for the first mile on your running routes, and the live tracking and cheering keep you motivated by receiving cheers from your friends.
While no run would be enjoyable without music to keep you going, putting together a playlist ahead of every run can be time consuming. For me, staying motivated is heavily dependent on workout music, and RockMyRun works with the world’s best DJs to craft mixes and playlists that react with the body’s movements to keep you going.
There are many running apps to inspire, motivate and challenge any runner.