Nike+ Running is a free run tracking app for iPhones and Android devices. It offers a slick, simple interface without sacrificing functionality or the data on current and cumulative runs it produces and integrates well with maps and music.
- Great-looking, easy-to-use interface
- Does everything I could want from a run tracking app
- Easily accessible music and map
- No support for rowing, biking, or riding in cars
- Stopping the music also stops the workout
I starting using this app in the past month after some Canadian on Twitter posted a run using the Nike+ app.
I had been using iMapMyRun for years.
Sorry; I can’t say, “iMapMyRun,” without thinking of this song.
And while I made the switch almost solely based upon how neat and shiny her screenshot looked, I was pleasantly surprised to find that beneath the slick, wholly intuitive interface lay the heart of a monster — a helpful monster that provided useful, comprehensive data about my run in progress and past runs, factoring in my body type and terrain. And while the heads-up display had big, legible readouts of distance, pace, and time — all of which you can have a friendly voice speak to you at intervals of your choice — a big pause/stop button, and no unnecessary clutter, access to a map and my music was easily accessible with a quick click or swipe. From what I can tell, its GPS tracking works fine anywhere and the app has yet to freeze or crash on me.
It can be integrated into social media, but I don’t really use this. You can add friends who you compete against for miles ran in a month, post at the start and stop of runs on Twitter and Facebook, and get cheers whenever someone likes your post.
It also isn’t terrible on battery life; I’ve used it on a 13-mile run and ended up with 60% of my battery, after constantly checking my pace.
It’s got a couple mild annoyances — it can’t be calibrated for biking like iMapMyRun could and I haven’t yet figured out how to stop the music without also stopping the workout (NB this is almost certainly my fault) — but all in all, I’d happily recommend this to anyone.
I’ll add a photo essay of what a normal run might look like to someone using this:
Disclosure: There’s nothing to disclose. It’s an app I use. Neither Nike nor Apple is giving me money to say nice things about their stuff. But maybe they should…