New running apps are popping up all the time. Here are five you should consider adding to your digital dashboard.
Localeikki is a crowd-sourced database of publicly accessible and locally recommended places to run, walk, hike or ride. It allows people to make more informed decisions about where to work out, with details about what a location looks like and what amenities are available. www.localeikki.com
There are a lot of GPS run-tracking apps available, but this one stands out because of its ease of use. Run data is displayed in large, easy-to-read numbers on the main screen, while mile splits are just a swipe away to a secondary screen. Mapping, music, social media and interactivity with other apps are also included. (The basic app is free, but add-ons and training plans cost $5–$30.) www.runkeeper.com
I'm a Runner
I'm a Runner is a new social network designed just for runners. With the ability to integrate with Twitter and Instagram, it allows you to interact with other runners in your network, post workout details, share race photos and generally be more in tune with running. www.imarunner.com
A fast growing community of competitiveness, Strava lets you track your runs and rides via your favorite GPS device or smartphone. Once the data is uplaoded to Strava's website, there are various means of analyzing and quantifying your performance. Follow the training of other runners (even many top pros!) and motivate yourself to get out and rock your next run. Free to sign up and use, a premium membership is available for $59 annually and provides a breadth of goal-setting and analysis features. www.strava.com
OK, this is a gratuitous plug, but it’s the chance to get a lot of the content you’ll find in our magazine and website at your fingertips, including articles about training, gear and running news, a pace calculator, route finder and a comprehensive race calendar. Best of all: It’s entirely free. www.competitor.com/ios7