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- "It tells me how fast I'm going, gives *okay* GPS tracking to measure how far I've gone, and let's me set goals for running a marathon, etc." in 10 reviews
- "My favorite part is that you can make your own workouts - What I do is have it tell me every time I've gone 0.25 miles, so when I'm struggling, I can think, "Ok, just .25 more miles!"" in 9 reviews
- "Keeps track of all your runs and allows to compare them and it's just an awesome way to see if you've improved or if you're on your way to accomplishing what you want!" in 9 reviews
- "I set it to let me know every 5 minutes, my average pace and the time and distance (you can change it to whatever you want) and I love it!" in 8 reviews
- "This is my favorite running app, I have been using it for over a year and love being able to schedule training plans and track my progress." in 8 reviews
The app will show your position on a map as you run, including a marker for where you started. Hit an arrow, and you'll see how long you've been running, the distance you've gone, your average pace for the run, and the pace you're running at now. The instant pace can be a little wonky at times. Last night it said, at one point, that I was running at a 25 minutes per mile pace. A couple seconds later, it changed to 12 minutes. That's really not uncommon in GPS watches, either, and knowing my current pace isn't hugely important to me right now.
The distance was fairly close - at least as close as most mid-range watches I've seen reviewed. Once my run was completed, the map shown online was extremely close to my route. I could even see where I went just a little out of the way to go around a puddle. I use the app on a Samsung Galaxy S3 which seems to be fairly spot on, GPS-wise. However, I should mention that I was running in an open area without heavy tree cover or tall buildings, and I ran in a fairly straight line.
I don't know exactly what's different on the pro version, but you can't track mile splits on the free one. Again, this isn't something that I'm terribly concerned with right now, but I know that a lot of runners will absolutely want that information available to them.
Once I start getting ready to run a half marathon, I'll move up to a GPS watch. There's just no way the free version of the app will give enough information for the 'serious business' type of running, and trying to hang on to a phone and deal with unlocking it anytime I need information is an annoyance. However, for everyday running and basic information, this is a great little app that I'll be using for a while.
It also lets you put in stats manually.
I really enjoy that I can keep track of my running, cycling, and swimming. I also like that you can use it on a stationary machine such as a treadmill, bike, and elliptical machine.
I used to have the NikePlus watch, and shoe device and I was unhappy because I lost a lot of my syncs. I switched to Runkeeper because for my friends it was more reliable. After a year I actually updated to Elite Status which was 19.99 for the year. You get discounts on any of the classes you decide to sign up for.
Also it can sync up to plenty of other apps as well. :)
Over all I've been very happy with Runkeeper!!
Edit: Apparently classes are free, I don't know if it's because I'm Elite or if they changed their policy. But FYI!!
There are still a few quirks in the system that I don't like. For example, your pace and time may not always be correct. If you go over any part of the route that you have done before or if the gps cuts out, then it can short change you on time. The app also seems too complicated at times. This is good for a person who wants a lot of data. I'm not one of those people.
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