As a running fan, maybe you watched the 2016 Paris Marathon from your window (if you’re a Parisian, that is) or on social networks or even on TV. However, running yourself into the ground like that may not really be your thing. The Collective has been thinking of you and came up with this selection of five free apps for a run that is fantastic, fun-filled, friendly – and even useful!
Earning money by the sweat of your brow is now a real possibility with My Money Time. After Running Heroes, here’s another app that converts your efforts into rewards. How does it work? Once downloaded, it connects to your favorite sport app (Fitbit, Runtastic, Strava, etc.). The distance you run is converted into discount vouchers that can be spent at partners such as Adidas, Burton, Reebok, Roxy, Oakley, Skins, The North Face, and so on.
Get a free app for learning to run using a heart rate monitor, masterminded by one of the doyens of trail and ultra running. Philippe Propage, the French team coach for these disciplines, has developed a comprehensive program backed by Kalenji, the Decathlon group’s running brand. He’ll be right there whispering his valuable advice in your ear. More than a match for the heavyweights in the field, this app can, for example, select training programs for starting out at a low intensity before going flat out, and offer advice on the target you’ve set yourself.
Start running and the music adjusts to your pace: that’s what the music streaming giant claims that its app, Spotify Running, can do. And it delivers on its promise. As you start pounding the pavement, it translates your pace into beats per minute (bpm) and instantly offers you playlists to match your tempo, compiled for you by new artists, recommended based on your previous history, or categorized by genre (Power Run, Country Running, Total Metal, and so on). What else does it do? It can also connect to the Nike+ Running app.
The desperate hunt for a running buddy is now over. Now you don’t have to jog alone: just download this app from the Sport and social category. SportmeUp uses geolocation to help you do your favorite sport in company. Users enter their GPS position, city, sporting activity, level, and even the gender of the fellow #geekrunner they are looking for, if there is one nearby. One slight drawback: iPhone users will have to do without. Just for now.
This app describes itself as the first discovery running app that can turn your exertions into expeditions. With Seety’s audio-runs, you become an explorer of town and country, and an informed sightseer. Running audio guides in light/live mode deliver 176 minutes’ worth of audio commentary, 413 unusual routes (slam circuit, fictional or botanic garden runs) and 4,140 kilometers explored by contributing ‘Seetyzers’… except for Android users, because the app isn’t yet available for that operating system.