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ChipperT Pro 101 posts since
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Jan 5, 2012 8:30 AM

Running apps

I recently purchased my first smartphone, a Droid x2.  I am impressed with the number of running apps out there, both free and paid.  But I find that none of them quite meet my needs.   I have been running with a Garmin 305 for quite a while and I love the fact that I can define my own intervals, etc for my runs.  The only problem is that I have tinnitus (ringing in the ear) that prevents me from hearing the beep cues from the Garmin that tells me when an interval is over, so I have to constantly check the Garmin.  In addition, I like to run with music, which also prevents me from hearing the cues.  Are there any Android running apps out there that not only track your run with GPS but will allow you to define your own workout?

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  • erik-k Expert 36 posts since
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    1. Jan 5, 2012 8:55 AM (in response to ChipperT)
    Running apps

    RunKeeper lets you do all that, you can listen to music, it tracks your run with GPS, and it lets you create runs with 'coaching' intervals based on either time or distance, slow, medium or fast. The web reporting interface shows the intervals you created, and your pace in each.


    Probably others too, but that one I've used.

  • erik-k Expert 36 posts since
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    3. Jan 5, 2012 11:18 AM (in response to ChipperT)
    Running apps

    Go into RunKeeper and select coaching, create new workout.


    Then add intervals, what you had above would probably look like 3 minutes slow, 1 minute steady, 3 minutes fast.  Repeat the last two intervals.  Save the workout, and select this workout.


    On your RunKeeper startup display, your new named workout should be listed next to coaching. When you start, you'll get an announcement, "next interval, 3 minutes, slow". And so on.

  • erik-k Expert 36 posts since
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    4. Jan 5, 2012 11:49 AM (in response to ChipperT)
    Re: Running apps

    Or, easier, you could create a workout where you pick 1 minute slow, 3 minutes fast, pick "repetitions" ten, and then click the warm-up check box.


    Warm-up is pre-defined to 5 minutes, but otherwise it's a whole lot less clicking.


    They also have classes you can load to your phone.

  • erik-k Expert 36 posts since
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    6. Jan 5, 2012 12:14 PM (in response to ChipperT)
    Running apps

    On the phone, start RunKeeper.  You should be on the "Start" tab with "Input type", "Activity type", "Route", and "Coaching".  Input Type should be set to GPS, Activity Type to Running, Route probably to None. Coaching is at the bottom, right above the Start Activity button.


    There's only one version of RunKeeper at this point, so if you downloaded it from the Android Market that should be it. You don't need get a subscription to use Coaching.


    You can only set this up from the phone, not on the web site. Web setup would be nice, but no.

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