Operation Skinny Jeans: There's an app for that: Running Edition

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

There's an app for that: Running Edition

Some people love running. It is like therapy for them. It clears their minds and makes them feel like beasts and I hope to one day be one of those people. For me, running is still really hard. I have never once run a mile. I have always hated running. In 7th grade, the first age we had to run the mile in gym, I was the slowest kid by FAR. I ran as much as I could, which wasn't much, but I was way behind the others. I distinctly remember other kids after finishing running back to me to encourage me to keep going.

I honestly don't remember anyone ever teaching me how to run. Sure it seems obvious, and the legs part of it is, but I still don't understand how to breathe when I run. When I was younger I would hold my breath when I ran. That's not right lol. So I feel like a COMPLETE beginner when it comes to running, but I know that the accomplishment I feel after even running a short amount makes me want to keep going. I know I could be one of those happy running people. But until then, I need a little help.

Enter my iPhone.

I love apps. I am always looking for a new app to make my life easier or more fun. I was perusing instagram (my most recent app obsession) when I came across this app.

Zombies, Run! is an interactive game on your phone that you listen to through headphones. You go on missions to gather provisions during the zombie apocalypse and you have to literally run from the zombies. OMG isn't this genius!?! This is absolutely a game I could get behind! It is $3.99 so I am waiting to buy it from the app store, but I really can't wait to play. 

Ok this one is a little less boring, but it is very helpful. Nike+ Running is a great way to track your runs.  It will plot your run on a map and show you your speed throughout the course. It connects to Facebook so people can cheer you on as you go, and you can listen to music while it works. My favorite feature is that you can track treadmill runs too. Most running apps only work for outdoor runs, so it is really helpful that Nike+ does it all. This one is free :D

 If you are like me, you love to listen to music while working out. Running is certainly no exception. If you are also like me, an upbeat song makes you run faster and slower songs sometimes set you back. If so, pace DJ is for you. it helps you find songs that match your pace in beats per minute. That way you can run to the beat and keep the same pace, or increase it every other song, or really whatever you would like. It adds one more element of personalization to your run. This one is $2.99

There you go! 3 new apps to add to your smart phone. All of these work on IOS, Android and Windows phones. Let me know if you use any of these! I personally have only used the Nike+ one, but the other two sound awesome. I wasn't paid or perked to write this or anything, I just thought they sounded cool :D


  1. Oh my gosh, how funny! A co-worker just told me a few days ago about the Zombies, Run! app. I bought it but haven't used it yet. I'm looking forward to trying it out also.

    I'm also happy you found that DJ Pace app. What a great idea. I'll have to try that one out as well.

    I'm that person with like multiple running apps going. You know, just in case... haha :)

    1. Lol I feel ya. More things keeping me going, the better!

  2. I was totally going to blog about Zombies, Run! You beat me to it. :p

    Just a note: it probably works better with an iPhone than with an iPod touch. I went a whole 40 minutes once on the treadmill with it until I was notified of a zombie that I had to run from.

    Also, I found the first "level" a bit confusing. I'm assuming that when the music starts playing you're supposed to run and when they tell you there's a zombie, you're supposed to run faster, but they don't clarify that.

    I'm interested to know what you think about it!

    1. I am going to get it this weekend so I will let you know!

  3. Zombies Run is one of my favorite running apps too. I wish I had known about PaceDJ when I first started. I was always trying to find songs that were fast enough to keep me motivated but not so fast that I couldn't keep up. Lately I have been listening to audiobooks instead of music, though. It's the only way I get to "read" for fun!

    1. That's a great idea, listening to audio books! I will have to try that!

  4. Oh gosh, I want that zombie app! That sounds hysterical!!

    If you're just getting into running, check out the 5K Runner app. It's basically the couch to 5K program, but your phone tells you when to run, walk, etc. I've been following it for a few months now and it's really helping me build my endurance. I think the first like two weeks of training is free, then after that you have to pay $2.99 or so. Definitely worth the money.

    And definitively try the whole running thing! I am still trying to get that "runner's high" that everyone talks about - I know some day I'll get there. When I ran - and actually rannn - that first mile, I literally almost started crying right there in the gym. It is the best feeling everrrr!

    Good luck!!

    1. Good to know! I definitely want to try to start running more, and I don't really follow a formal plan right now so that is a good idea for sure!


  5. I'm not much of a zombie lover, however I feel I need to start watching the Walking Dead to see what all the fuss is about....I think the music app would be the one for me....I'm not really much of a runner though, I keep end up injuring myself, and then wondering why I keep trying to run!

    I nominated you for a Liebster award, go check out my blog post today for the details.


    1. You really should watch Walking Dead. My husband and i were not into zombies at all until we started watching, and it is such a great show.

      You have to be careful with running, it does put a lot of impact on your joints. Good luck!

  6. A friend recommended Zombies Run to me! I LOVE The Walking Dead so I'd probably like it! I haven't tried paceDJ but it sounds similar to jog.fm. I use jog.fm to find songs that match my pace but I'm too cheap to pay for the app for it! Thanks for sharing these. I might check out Zombies Run for my run tomorrow! :)


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