Best app for beginner runners?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ra4oasis, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. ra4oasis macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2010
    I used to use an app on my iPhone, I think it was called Ease into 5K, or something like that, that would tell me to run for 2 mins, rest for 30 seconds, run for 3 mins, rest for 45, that sort of thing. And it would gradually work you up to running a 5K. Anything for beginners like that for Apple Watch?
  2. klymr, Jun 21, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2017

    klymr macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2007
    A quick search in the iTunes store and I came up with this app here (pro version here). In fact, it seems that searching "running" in iTunes pulls up plenty of apps similar to what you describe.

    I'm not a runner myself, but I've often thought about starting. Maybe this will also help me get going.
  3. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    NIKE run club, and it's free. You can have a coach coachs you on many things: just running. 5K. mini marathon, half marathon etc.
    Most major running app has coaching, I presume. I know Strava has one too.
  4. iPhysicist macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2009
    Nike run Club. You have options for starters and advanced runners. Combine it with Nike training club and your set to become a fit person. You do not need more than those two (free and well built) apps and some willpower to overcome obstacles in the first weeks.
  5. csurfr macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    I echo this statement, but be advised that I f you want the coach audio you must take your iPhone with you and start the run from it as well.
  6. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    There are a lot of knockoffs, but I think the original is "Couch to 5K" or "C25K" for short. There is a forum/subreddit/community of C25K'ers on Reddit. See for more details.

    The idea is that it is a program specifically designed to get even a couch potato with no exercise to be able to run a 5K in 9 weeks time. It has intervals just like you describe.

    I believe that these are the guys who started it:

    I think this is their official app, and it has Watch functionality.

    I plan to buy running shoes this weekend and give it a try.

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