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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Fitness Apps [Running/Jogging]

WP Central Round up of Jogging/Running Apps

WPCentral's roundup of running/jogging apps for your Windows Phone

Several months ago the popular fitness app RunKeeper was pulled from the Windows Phone Marketplace. The reason was simple, the developer decided to drop support for the app and focus on other platforms. This opened the door for other fitness apps to step up and fill the gap.

We decided to take a peek at the popular fitness apps that concentrated on running/jogging to see what alternatives are out there. Plus Dan just joined a fitness center and is looking for a good jogging app.

After reading user reviews on the Marketplace and taking a peek at the apps ourselves, we've narrowed the field to five.  All five have similarities with online components and making use of your Windows Phone's GPS.  One even adds a storyline and a bit of suspense to your workouts.  As always, if we missed the running app that you think is the bee's knees, jump in below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Runtastic

Runtastic (free version/$4.99 pro version): Rated with 4.5 stars Runtastic covers a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities that includes running, jogging and walking. Training is tracked via GPS by automatically recording times, distances, speed, and elevation. Runtastic will also let you know how many calories you've burned, display your routes on Bing Maps, and create a training history so you monitor your progress.

There are two Runtastic versions available.  There is a free, ad-supported version and a paid, pro version. Runtastic Pro has a few more features than the freebie version that include voice feedback on your workouts, live tracking to share your progress with friends/family, in-app music player, a heart rate measurement and a split table feature to compare your lap performances.

And if that wasn't enough, you can upload and track your performance online through Runtastic's website (registration (free) required). The website will also give you detailed analysis and stats on your runs.

You can find the ad-free version of Runtastic here and the $4.99 Runtastic Pro here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Sports Tracker

Sports Tracker (free): Sports Tracker is part performance analyzer and part social networking type app.

Sports Tracker does require registration (free) to make full use of the apps online components. The performance tracking will tap into your Windows Phone GPS to record distance, speed, elevation and map your routes on Bing Maps. You have two views during your workout. You have a map view that will show your duration, distance, pace and a thumbnail map. Then there's the data view that replaces the map thumbnail with additional stats such as altitude, max speed, and calories burned.

The social aspect of Sports Tracker allows you to share your performance progress over Facebook, Twitter and email. Much like Runtastic, Sports Tracker's online component will offer analysis of your runs along with stats to show how your exercise has progressed.

Sports Tracker is a free app that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

RunSat

RunSat (free version/$2.99 version): RunSat is a simple, straight forward way to monitor your runs. It may not have all the bells and whistle of the other apps in the roundup but it does a decent job of it.

RunSat covers outdoor activities such as running, walking, cycling, skating and other exercises. During your runs, RunSat will monitor your distance, time and speed as well as map your route.

At the conclusion of your runs, they are saved on a diary page for review. You can also upload them to RunSat's website to view online (registration required).

There are two versions of RunSat available. A freebie that you can find here and a $2.99 version of RunSat that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Endomondo Sports Tracker

Endomondo Sports Tracker (free): As with the other apps in our roundup, Endomondo Sports Tracker uses your Windows Phone location services to track fitness activities that includes running, cycling, walking and other distance based exercises.

Endomondo has large controls to start, pause and stop your workouts and will track your distance, duration, average speed, average pace and calories burned. Your routes are mapped out on Bing Maps and a History Page will display your workout history. Workouts can be shared on Facebook and you can follow your friend's workouts as well (see who's burning the most calories).

Add audio feedbacks for every mile, the ability to set distance goals, and Zune play integration and Endomondo is a rather attractive fitness app. As with other apps in the roundup, your exercise data is sent to a personal training diary that can be accessed through an online component (Endomondo.com) to help you analyze your training routines.

Endomondo Sports Tracker is a free app that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run! (free trial/$7.99): Okay... so Zombies, Run! isn't your traditional fitness app. It combines the functionality of a fitness tracker with a role playing adventure.  The app adds a storyline to your exercise routine.

With Zombies, Run! you play the role of Runner 5 who is part of a community of humans who have survived the zombie onslaught. Your runs are missions to gather supplies that will help your community survive and grow. As you run, the storyline is narrated with various motivational moments where you have to pick up the pace or get your brains eaten by zombies.

Zombies, Run! will reward you with vital supplies during your runs that can be applied to your base camp at the end of your run. The supplies will be used to strengthen and grow your group of survivors and help defend against zombie attacks.

As a fitness tracker, Zombies, Run! will track your distance, duration and pace. Zombies, Run! contains thirty missions with over forty runs worth of game play or exercise. There is a free trail version available to let you try things out before buying. The full version of Zombies, Run! is currently priced at $7.99 and you can find it all here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

WPCentral's Running/Jogging Roundup

While Runkeeper will be missed there are plenty of alternatives available to fill the void.  Each of these apps, save Zombies, Run!, are very similar in functionality and features.  Each track your runs by way of your Windows Phone GPS, each will track your running history, each will map out your routes, and each have an online component to help you analyze and track your fitness progress.  Which one is the better?  Our best advice is to download them all and take them out for a run.  I'm partial to Endomondo (not that I run a lot) but you may want a little more adventure and opt for Zombies, Run!

As mentioned before, if we've missed a fitness app that focuses on running feel free to sound off in the comments.

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Fitness Apps [Running/Jogging]

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Thanks for this post George!  I'm a big fan of Endomondo.  Dumped (was forced to dump) Runkeeper after they dropped support for WP.  Their excuse was pretty lame, maybe they will try it again now that WP8 is upcoming. 

What about Livescape? Haven't used it a lot, but I know there's a setting for tracking your running.

+1. I prefer Marathon for its better voice feedback and overall flexibility. After trying Runtastic for a while I had to go back.

Another vote for Marathon! Found both the free Endomdo and Runkeeper have huge errors in my track GPS track logs, but not so with Marathon. Logged over 300km with Marathon and happy with the app so far!

Marathon is easily the best! As an avid runner and cyclist, I've found no better choice than Marathon. Flexible voice prompt settings, integration with centralized server (no extra fee), and achievements make this both practical and fun to use. The double sided live tile quite elegantly displays your latest record, achievements, and total accumulated distance. And the whole thing plays well with Zune over bluetooth headset. For more info,have a look at the website www.marathon-mobile.net.
Cheers

I run extensively in an area with large buildings around. I have bought almost all of the paid and downloaded all of the free fitness apps. For me Running Mate is been the most stable and accurate. It's not rich on features but whatever it does, it does brilliantly. There are some nice features like GPS noise reduction and split notifications for interval training. Endomondo is the second best.

So glad that Endomondo is on WP; I'm currenlty using that on my N8, and I like it alot!  I will be trying MiCoach (by Adidas) today to see how that fares (not sure if MiCoach is on WP).  I've used SportsTracker as well; it's not bad, but I like Endomondo moreso.
 
I can't see myself purchasing a fitness app with such great free alternatives available.
 
 

Do you find the voice feedback on Endomondo is at maximum volume and there's no way to adjust it seperatly from music audio? Becasue I'm having that problem so I haven't used the app in a while. 

I was using RunKeeper. It was buggy and I didn't like it so I ditched it. (Later it was pulled from Marketplace) I started using Endomondo and boy it is good. Works perfectly and looks beautifuly. Those big buttons and clean UI are perfect for me. So +1 for Endomondo to discussion from me ;)

Great roundup! I'm really loving Runtastic as of late, will have to check out Endomondo. Don't forget about "Run the Map" it seems pretty popular on other platforms as well.

I'm currently using Endomondo because I like the clean and minimal design, and it makes it very easy to use while jogging (don't have to try and fidgit with tapping the wrong buttons). I don't care for the social aspect of sharing my workouts, but other than that, the app is awesome!

How do you guys run w your phone? Did you buy iPhone varying cases because I see very few options at sporting good stores besides the iPhone stuff. I'd love to try out a few of these apps with my trophy but I'd like a nice way to strap it down if possible.

Yeah, I bought one for iphone, or maybe the galaxy s 2? I don't remember which one, but it works really good. It even has a "window" that you can use the touchscreen through so you you don't have to pick it out of the pocket.

So far I've just made sure to run in shorts with deep-enough pockets to hold my phone securely. One has a zippered pocket in the back. I can set the app to give me voice feedback if I need it.

Thanks for the tip re: Marathon... will try it later today!
My current favorite is ProAktivo (with a "K" ) Sports Tracker.  Works well, very clean. Nice audio feedback on runs that can be set for any chosen time or distance. Only negative is that for sports like cycling where one takes bathroom breaks or eating breaks... there is no auto-pause. You must do it in the app, which does work fine.
Have used Endomondo, audio feedback on runs works well, but is limited to only every 1 km or 1 mile. There is an auto-pause feature, but it is VERY flakey.  Keeps saying "workout paused" and then 2 seconds later says "workout resumed".  I have had this happen consistently both while riding my bike @ 15 miles an hr or so and also when I was already stopped and definitely not moving!  If they can ever fix that, it is a great app ///

after runkeeper pulled out (i wrote a nice googbye letter to them, not that it matters) i tried a few (like runtastic) but finally settled with Running Mate... it's not the best looking app but what it does it does it very well and the developers are pretty open for any suggestions so just go ahead and bombard them with feature requests; i hope they don't slow down and keep the app updated

Marathon is easily the best app when it comes to traking via GPS. I use it all the time, and just this weekend ran a 5K with it, and it was super accurate

I have tried a few myself. Two that I have been using recently are:
1. SportsTracker. Seems to have low accuracy. Running a set course several times, but would get varying results between 3.80km to 3.91km. I would ensure that my course was run exactly the same each time. Interface is great, easy to use, has ok set of features. Have had a few suspect times as well, which seem to be related to when screenlocks out. Times of 16mins when I normally run a 21 to 22 mins.
 
2. ProAktivo: Good accuracy performing same test as above. Results of 3.88km to 3.90km each time. Also screen does not lock out which is good. Interface is good and easy to use. Overall not bad.
 
Will perform the above test using Runtastic and Endomondo next. To be honest I still think the built in sports app on my old Sony Ericsson's were great. Loved how I could overlay previous results to a run to see if I was ahead or behind. Was great for my training.

I've been using Runkeeper for years with my iPhone and then Windows phone, and it was a pretty good app. Or the last version was anyway, since they've ironed out some prevous bugs. It's too bad they haven't added audio feedback as the iOS and Android versions have and it really sucks that they're not developing for Windows Phone but hopefully there's a Windows Phone 8 version. I just haven't found another running app that worked and looked so good and the companion web site is really well done. Thankfully I still have the app on my Samsung Focus. 
If people keep requesting it they'll see there's demand and make another version I'm thinking.
Support@runkeeper.com 

Currently I use Sports Tracker, but they have lot of sync issues recently... also some workouts won't save because the app crashes... recently I started using Endomondo, it's more stable. I would love to see Strava (Running/Cycling) app for Windows Phone.

Running Mate for me. I have been using it for over a year now and very happy with it. Wish it had sync or backup feature.

How do you keep these apps from shutting down when they aren't in the list of the recent apps? I've tried Endomondo and after a while, it stops running bc other apps bump it off the list.