4 Reasons Why RunKeeper is the Best iPhone App for Runners

Running across Petworth
I’m a runner. I love to run. And I run around the world. But I really dislike most of the run tracking tools.

For the longest time, I lived by the Garmin Forerunner 205 but as cool as it is to track my runs with GPS, the watch was a pain to use. It always took forever to get a fix and sometimes it would loose GPS tracking in the middle of a run. Worse, the run tracking software is crap.

Then I found RunKeeper, by the way that its been most influential on my running – a Facebook post. I saw a cool run map on Justin Thorp’s profile and clicked through to what is an amazing iPhone application.

Here’s the 4 reasons why Runkeeper has bettered my runs:

  1. RunKeeper is quick and easy: As an app on my iPhone, I don’t need to track yet another gizmo or its power cord. And its just too simple to use – tap on the app & tap on “Start Activity” – and off you go!
  2. Runkeeper starts up fast: The Garmin always took 3-5 minutes to get a fix – no fun on a cold day or when pressed for time. The RunKeeper app is working before I can decide which way to run
  3. Speed, Distance & Pace shout outs: I cannot stress how motivational this feature is. Every 5 minutes, Runkeeper tells me my progress, which has helped tremendously with keeping up my pace and quickening my overall run. Its empowered my inner coach to keep me going and make me faster.
  4. Facebook integration with maps!: Like I said at the begining, RunKeeper can post cool maps to your to Facebook, which are my most popular Wall posts. Knowing that my friends are watching my workouts is great peer pressure reinforcement to run faster and more often

Now RunKeeper can do even more than this, but these 4 features have me hooked already. And its so much better than Nike+, where I have to remember to put a doodad in my shoe – hard when you run in multiple pairs of shoes.

So enough of me rhapsodizing on how great the iPhone app is – get Runkeeper today!

PS: This is an honest love for Runkeeper – I don’t get any benefit from them for writing this post or you clicking on a link. I just want you to run better & more often