iPhone App Review: RunKeeper

Category: Health & Fitness
Price: Free
Release Date: Updated June 9, 2012
Version: 2.5.4.0
Seller: RunKeeper LLC
Rated: 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Link to app

TiP Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

App Store Description:

Join the more than 10 million people who are using RunKeeper to turn their phone into a personal trainer in their pocket! Track your runs, walks, bike rides, hikes, ski runs, and more using the GPS in your iPhone.

Summary:

Whether you’re training for a marathon, out for an evening jog, or just squeezing in some laps at the local pool, RunKeeper provides you with stats, progress, coaching, and support throughout your activity.

Review: 

Running season is upon us. We’ve already taken a look at 5K Runner and Out Tri, but in case you like options, here’s another fitness app for your consideration.

RunKeeper has something for everyone, whether you’re training for a marathon or fighting through your first run. One thing all runners love is encouragement, and this app has plenty of it. The coaching feature chimes in throughout your run to announce your pace, current time, how far you’ve run, and other vital fitness stats — this option can be turned off if you prefer to run uninterrupted.

One of my favorite features of RunKeeper is that I can listen to and control my music from within the app. You can shuffle through your entire music library, or you can create running-specific playlists. When I’m outside, I don’t have patience to swap out one app for another just to skip past a song.

RunKeeper isn’t just for runners. The app keeps track of a variety of fitness activities, including hiking, cycling, swimming, skiing, and so on. Before you start your activity, you can switch the type of activity from the Start screen so the app accurately tracks your progress.

If you find that you’re not able to access your GPS signal, or if you’re running on a treadmill, you can change the input type from GPS to manual where you’ll be able to insert your running time and distance afterward.

The app will report back stats around your pace, distance, calories burned, time, and will even notify you of personal bests and milestones. You can follow detailed workout plans, or turn any activity into a route so you can do it again later. It also keeps a detailed history of your activities so you can look through past runs and check out your progress.

RunKeeper also integrates with other fitness apps, including Fitbit, Zeo, Garmin, and more. You can post activities, achievements, and workout plans to Facebook and Twitter, or supporters can watch live maps of your workouts and races through runkeeper.com — but only if you’re a RunKeeper Elite subscriber.

Overall I had a really great experience using RunKeeper — although I have yet to actually utilize the website portion. The app is extremely user-friendly and it provides me with the most important details about my run. If you’re looking for a handy running companion app that doesn’t cost a ton of money, I recommend taking RunKeeper for a test run.. 

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  • bottlethecrazy

    @billday You’re very welcome!

  • http://arrowbids.com/ Candy Sherwood

    We’ve already taken a look at 5K Runner and Out Tri, but in case you like options, here’s another fitness app for your consideration.

  • Guest

    I’ve been using run keeper but the stats are never correct. It’s also very sporadic at finding a gps signal. I’ll be running and it will say (for instance 2 miles) and then for no apparent reason it will jump to 3 miles. Inhale tried reloading. I do think the time is right but it is so frustrating that the distance and pace are never right. And I mean NEVER!