Best running app on Android?

I'm recently changed to an Android phone and am currently using Google Fit to track my runs. Which Android app do you use and which features do you find most useful? Thanks
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  • CrazeeTCrazeeT ✭✭✭
    Endomondo is very good, and if you subscribe you can link your fitbit to it !
  • I like Runkeeper, and I have heard great things about Strava too
  • Strava for me. 
  • I don't use anything now, but I did use runkeeper - it's was great for tracking rate and route.
  • I use Endomondo since years and it's perfect app for me :)
  • Tim DTim D ✭✭
    This is an interesting write up about how to find the best running app taking into account the quality of the data that the app produces.

    http://training.smashrun.com/running-apps/

    They also have tested lots of apps and have rated them according to how well they fit their thoughts on quality data.

    http://en-gb.smashrun.com/running/apps/android
  • Tim DTim D ✭✭
    I would recommend Smashrun as a training log. It does nice things with statistics on each run as well as nice overviews, graphs etc.

    http://smashrun.com/timdolan/invite

    (I don't gain anything if you join via the link above other than a virtual badge)
  • Strava is the only app for running. If it's not on Strava, it didn't happen. :smiley:
    Jake Fricker (Author of "I am a Runner" and qualified coach)

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/AM-RUNNER-marathon-months-training/dp/1520530323/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488549043&sr=8-1&keywords=i+am+a+runner

    PB’s
    5k- 19:03
    10k- 39.28
    HM- 1:28.25
    M- 3:07.59
  • I find Runkeeper excellent.

    One thing that (I think) sets Runkeeper apart from other apps is the spoken prompts for training sessions.

    At the moment I'm following a sub 2hr HM program and although I don't run with headphones for straight runs (7 miles steady for example), for something like 5 miles steady, 1 mile fast, 2 minutes slow, 1 miles fast etc it's really, really neat that you can have the lady or man saying "beep - next mile fast" or whatever.

    Maybe other apps do this, but nothing that I have tried does.
  • Strava
  • Strava is a great community (facebook for runners). The 'sections' is a great feature where you can run against other athletes who have run the same routes as you in the past.

    I pay for the premium service, but you get everything you need on the free version (I just pay because I think it is so good and worth the £40 a year to invest in future features).
    Jake Fricker (Author of "I am a Runner" and qualified coach)

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/AM-RUNNER-marathon-months-training/dp/1520530323/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488549043&sr=8-1&keywords=i+am+a+runner

    PB’s
    5k- 19:03
    10k- 39.28
    HM- 1:28.25
    M- 3:07.59
  • The "segments" feature of Strava is really useful, because you can, as Jake mentions in his above post, compare your times over the same segments with other runners. I find the free version to be adequate for my needs. Strava also enables you to enter challenges and join clubs. I'm a bit of a dinosaur regarding technology, but have found Strava to be quite straight forward to operate. 
  • This was a question i wanted to ask. Personally I wanted an app that could connect to a heart rate monitor. Beep at me when im in a zone (ie 85% max) and keep me in that zone say for 30s before beeping again. Basically for sprint hiit training. Any ideas.
  • I wouldn't do this with a phone. You need a Garmin with a heart rate monitor- ideally a chest strap as the wrist monitors are not overly accurate. Forerunner watches are some of the best in the Garmin range. 
    Jake Fricker (Author of "I am a Runner" and qualified coach)

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/AM-RUNNER-marathon-months-training/dp/1520530323/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488549043&sr=8-1&keywords=i+am+a+runner

    PB’s
    5k- 19:03
    10k- 39.28
    HM- 1:28.25
    M- 3:07.59
  • JGavJGav ✭✭✭
    I wouldn't do this with a phone. You need a Garmin with a heart rate monitor- ideally a chest strap as the wrist monitors are not overly accurate. Forerunner watches are some of the best in the Garmin range. 
    Phones can also connect to HR monitors (my phone has ANT+ built in).  
  • So would the garmin definitely have that setup. Its a bit expensive though. I would prefer a phone app but which app would do what i need. 
  • Ive actually brought a tomtom runner 2 cardio music. This seems to tick the boxes and has interval training. I brought it from tomtom outlet store it seemed to have quite a big discount. 
  • Sounds like a good option. Don't forget to go in to Strava and add your tomtom account so your data automatically synchs with your profile... You will then be able to compare your stats against friends and other runners. 
    Jake Fricker (Author of "I am a Runner" and qualified coach)

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/AM-RUNNER-marathon-months-training/dp/1520530323/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488549043&sr=8-1&keywords=i+am+a+runner

    PB’s
    5k- 19:03
    10k- 39.28
    HM- 1:28.25
    M- 3:07.59
  • Thanks Jake, I was wondering if I could upload the data to more than just a tomtom app so that answers that question. A friend of mine also gave the same advice. Im particularly interested in recovery rates as a measure of fitness. Are there other tomtom friendly apps or sites that can get at that data? I haven't tried the tomtom app yet so it might well have this function. 
  • Strava for me but I am using iPhone so can't say what it is like for sure on android. Would expect it still to be pretty good.
  • bally74 said:
    Thanks Jake, I was wondering if I could upload the data to more than just a tomtom app so that answers that question. A friend of mine also gave the same advice. Im particularly interested in recovery rates as a measure of fitness. Are there other tomtom friendly apps or sites that can get at that data? I haven't tried the tomtom app yet so it might well have this function. 
    Hi Bally- there are lots of apps out there you can sync your GPS data with- run keeper, Nike+, but you will find Strava to have the best community and all the stats you need. 
    Jake Fricker (Author of "I am a Runner" and qualified coach)

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/AM-RUNNER-marathon-months-training/dp/1520530323/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488549043&sr=8-1&keywords=i+am+a+runner

    PB’s
    5k- 19:03
    10k- 39.28
    HM- 1:28.25
    M- 3:07.59
  • Strava
  • HercHerc ✭✭
    Does anyone one best ENTIRELY FREE android running app?
  • Hi there, I'm new here. I use the Nike+ Run Club app. Very accurate mapping and the audio feedback gives you your splits every mile and tells you if a workout has paused, because you've stopped. There also challenges to get you motivated and get to unlock achievements as well. You can listen to you music in another app as well, the feedback fades it temporarily.
  • I used to use the Nike+ Run Club app, but since i discovered Strava I havent look back and wished Id used it sooner. Great App, and really good to see which segments you improve on for runs and compare with locals in the area.
  • the only problem I see with these are my phone is way too big to carry with me, I mean where would I put it?
  • I have iPhone 5 that I carry only on runs. I use Runkeeper on iPhone. But I have runkeeper on Android phone, and it sucks there
  • I like Endomondo. I did try Strava, but I like the Endomondo stats better.
  • Here are no app like or iOS "Nike Run Club" ?
    In god we trust
  • > @momi said:
    > I have iPhone 5 that I carry only on runs. I use Runkeeper on iPhone. But I have runkeeper on Android phone, and it sucks there

    On the iPhone it sucks too?
    In god we trust
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