Getting Ready to Hit the Pavement
As the New Year approaches and you begin to take on new endeavors hopefully running is at the top of your list. If running is on the top of the list your first step would be to choose a running training plan. Smartphones (Iphone or Android) have made this an easy process because there are various free apps and upgrades that you can utilize. There are two apps that I have found to be very beneficial in this area. The Nike + Run Club and PEAR running apps.
This is a free app that provides various run programs from getting started which is a 4 week plan and will give you the motivation to take the first steps to start running and continue to run. This program will help you with the basics to build strength and speed. If you are already running and you are now ready to run you first race or increase your distance the Nike + Run Club app can also provide you with various distance training programs 5K; 10K; 15k; Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and a Full Marathon program (26.2 miles). I used the Nike+Run Club app to train for my first Half Marathon race (I was very ambitious so I skipped the 5K and chose the couch to Half Marathon) and I loved it. I like the calendar that sends reminders every night or early morning, whichever you prefer to prepare your mind for the upcoming run. Nike has also upgraded this app to provide social media postings of your daily accomplishments, which you will find to be very important and encouraging. Who doesn’t love a good picture after a great or not so great run.
The PEAR App
This is also a free app with limited programs but for an additional monthly fee or per program fee they also offer various training programs from beginners to Full Marathon programs. I have not used the PEAR app for a complete training program but I have utilized this app for interval; speed training and long runs. What I find most beneficial about this app is the guided coaching during the training sessions or runs. I find the information from correct form to correct breathing very helpful and encouraging during my runnings. PEAR will provide you with your current pace and mileage during your runs. It will also benefit you to invest in a heart rate monitor for this app for the most accurate training advice. This is a great app.