What's the No. 1 New Year's resolution? To lose weight and get in shape, of course. What's one of the best ways to do both? Running.
If you're a novice runner, an app like Couch to 5k is a great place to start. But for anyone who's already accustomed to hitting the pavement, I've yet to find an app I like better than RunKeeper.
The Pro version normally costs $9.99, but from now until the end of January, you can get RunKeeper Pro absolutely free.
Way back in July 2009, I called RunKeeper the
The app tracks your physical activities: running, walking, biking, skiing, and even gym-based stuff like treadmills. For most of these it relies on your iPhone's GPS to monitor your location, speed, distance, time, route, and so on.
When you're done with, say, a run, one tap is all it takes to upload your data to the RunKeeper Web site, where you can review your route on a map and check all your statistics.
Along the way, RunKeeper can pipe your chosen playlist and/or provide audio cues, like your time, distance, and average pace. It also offer "coaching" options (target pace and interval training) and geo-tagged photos (which are a pain to take while running, but still cool).
In short, it's nothing short of a killer app for runners. There are countless others, but I haven't found any reason to switch. It's definitely worth $10, so getting it for free is like getting a belated holiday present.
While we're on the subject of fitness, be sure to check out my previous post on