Running websites and apps serve a variety of purposes. Whether you’re looking for an app to track runs, nutrition, or where you’ve run, there’s likely an app out there for you. Listed below are some of the most popular apps and websites being used by runners across the globe.
If you haven’t heard of Strava, it is a social media and activity-tracking app for athletes. The app is currently used by 95 million active users worldwide, making it one of the largest fitness apps available.
Strava can not only link to your smartwatch and automatically upload your runs or workouts, but can also be used as a separate tracking device as well. This makes it a great option for anyone just getting into running, who may not have a smartwatch for tracking runs.
As it is a social media site, you can link up with athletes from all over the world, and give them kudos on their workouts (and vice versa). There is also an almost endless list of virtual challenges to join, from fastest 5k to cumulative mileage per month.
MyFitnessPal is the largest fitness app available, boasting over 200 million users. Originally designed as a way to track weight, it has become the go-to app for easily tracking calories and weight gain/loss.
The app is designed to be quick and simple to use, with thousands of different food entries pre-entered. This allows you to track your caloric intake very easily, and adjust accordingly. It will also allow you to show your coach or nutritionist exactly what you fuel your body with.
Runkeeper is a very popular app if you are looking for a way to track your runs. It provides a large selection of metrics and also has a variety of training plans available as well. Similar to Strava, it also has many different challenges and the ability to comment on friends’ runs.
As with a lot of apps on this list, there are both a free version and a paid premium version.
CityStrides is a website designed to help you run different streets in your area. Once synced with your fitness tracker, CityStrides will keep track of all the streets you’ve run in your city, and any other cities you’ve run in too. It will even give you a percentage of the number of streets you’ve run in each city. If you are someone who loves a good challenge, check out CityStrides and see how much of your town or city you can run.
Whether you are new to trail running, or just trying to find somewhere new to run, AllTrails could be the app you’re looking for.
AllTrails is free (although there is a paid version) and gives great information on every trail, rates its difficulty level, and shares reviews and photos as well. It will also give you directions on how to get to each trail, which is especially handy if you are headed somewhere unfamiliar.
Map My Run
Map My Run is the perfect app if you are looking for a simple, easy-to-use app without too much clutter. Between its simple user interface and the fact that it only gives you basic statistics, it is perfect for new runners who feel a bit overwhelmed by all the numbers.