Training for running events like Ruckus can be challenging. And sometimes it’s nice to have a coach, workout buddy or motivator to help you push yourself to train a few times a week. Unfortunately, many of us do not have coaches or personal trainers to help us keep track of our progress. But we do have accessibility to many mobile apps, online tools and new gadgets that can help us get in tip-top shape for Ruckus!
In order to keep your momentum going before and after any mud run, we’ve compiled a list of the best running tools available. These tools will help you keep track of your routes, your times, your speed and more.
MapMyRun is a great tool for tracking your running routes. You can trace a new route on a map to see how long your run will be or you can search for pre-existing routes in the program. In addition to being able to map routes, there are also running groups, nutrition information and even training plans. If you’re looking to learn more about the world around you while keeping track of your regimen, this is a good place to start. Cost: Free for basic, $2.99 on iOS, Android and Blackberry.
2. Garmin Forerunner
Based in Olathe, Kansas, Garmin changed the navigation industry by creating affordable technology for everyday people. In addition to a slew of other innovation areas, Garmin has created the Forerunner, a watch that allows you to record your distance, time and pace as you run. Additionally, Forerunner allows you to monitor your heart rate. The strength of Garmin’s navigation ensures that you will always have signal and consistent data. Cost: Starting at $152 on Amazon.
3. Couch to 5K
Couch to 5K is designed for beginners who don’t know where to start when it comes to running. The application includes a rigid training program that, if followed, will prepare you to run a 5K. Integrating motivational talks with custom music preferences, this application also gives users a discount on local 5K races once they are ready to race. This is a great application to share with friends who are interested in getting active but don’t know where to start. The Couch to 5K structure inspires self-discipline and dedication. Cost: $1.99, available for iOS and Android.
4. Zombies, Run!
Sometimes running away from something can be just as motivating as running toward a finish line. If you’re willing to suspend disbelief for a while and have fun doing it, Zombies, Run! will create a unique running experience for you. Choose from over 40 storylines (“Hundreds of lives are counting on you. You’ve got to help your base rebuild from the ruins of civilization by collecting critical supplies while avoiding roving zombie hordes.”), choose your playlist, and while you run, your music will integrate with story elements to provide a unique running experience. Zombies, Run! is a great app if you’re training for a 5K, 10K, mud run or even an obstacle course like The Walking Dead Escape. Cost: $7.99 on iOS, Android and Windows.
5. Ghost Race
One of the most motivating forces is the idea of beating ourselves. Ghost Race will keep track of all your data and provide you with graphical representations of your progress in beating yourself. If you are curious about where you are in your run but don’t want to stop to look at your device, you can set up Ghost Race to give audio cues for status updates. Knowing you are beating your personal best is a satisfying feeling and Ghost Race will help you do so with clarity. Cost: Free for Lite version, $.99 Pro version available for iOS and Android.
There are many applications, tools and gadgets available for runners these days. What’s more important than finding just the right application is that you remain dedicated to working hard and continue to grow as a runner, which we are confident you will do!