Technology: 5 Running Apps Worth Checking Out

Put your fancy, touchscreen phone to good use on your run. Photo:

Got a smart phone? Put it to good use on your runs.

Running used to be simple. All you had to do was head out the door with a pair of shoes and a watch. Now, however, most runners have added GPS devices, heart rate monitors, and smart phones to their list of essentials.

A Nielsen Company study on smart phones concluded, “Most Americans can’t imagine leaving home without [them].” Runners are no exception.

But the study also argued that the No. 1 problem for smart phone users is finding relevant apps amid the thousands in the marketplace.

That’s particularly true in the crowded fitness space, where there are apps for every health-related thing you can think of and plenty you can’t. Here’s a list of five (well, six) running and fitness apps that are worth checking out.

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