Today I’m going to review the RunKeeper workout tracking app. I’m using the free version but you can upgrade to a more advanced version.
I use it for running, cycling and walking at least a couple of times a week.
What does it do?
On your phone:
- “Start” aka tracking your activity.
On the front page of the app you can choose what type of activity you’ll be doing. Your options are: running, cycling, mountain biking, walking, hiking, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, skating, swimming, wheelchair, rowing, elliptical or other.
Then you can choose a workout program. There are 3 options here: training plans, one offs, target pace.
Under training plans you have:
Do a race – many variations of 5K, 10K half and full marathon plans,
Learn to run – beginner 5K, sub-30 minute 5K etc,
Get fit plans – Quick Fix 4 week plan, Love to lift plan etc or
Lose weight plans – running 4 fatloss, first 5K in 8 weeks with runcoach and more.
Note that some plans are free, others will cost you 9–27€.
The One Offs are interval training plans. There are 3 options available and you can always add your personalized intervals.
The last very useful option is setting a Target Pace.
You can also add routes if you map them out on the runkeeper.com webpage, music from your phone playlists or upgrade.
Last thing on the Start page is the option to manually log activitie and your weight.
- “Training” aka find training plans.
RunKeeper offers you traning plans to follow a schedule, made by a real coach and meet your personal goals. Training plans are the same as under Start page.
“Friends” aka a wall of activities.
You can add friends and then see their activities on this wall. It also has your feed, personal records and activities. I really like this page a lot to see my own records on a timeline.
Pretty self explanatory. You can pair RunKeeper with a heart rate monitor if you have one. I unfortunately don’t, so I don’t know much about this option.
Then you can set which cues you want to get (time, distance, average speed, average pace, current speed, current pace, split pace, split speed, average heart rate, current heartrate and heartrate zone (the last 3 options if you have a heart rate monitor set up) and when (on demand, at certain time points or distances). You can also set the audio cue volume.
Then comes the primary display: choose between pace or speed. I keep it on pace. Distance units can be either miles or kilometres depending on your preference. Some people also find countdown delay and auto pause useful but I don’t need them really.
Then there’s basic info like your name, date of birth etc.
Last you can set who can view your activities and connect RunKeeper with FaceBook and Twitter.
- “Me” aka sum it all up.
Compare data from this and last week/month: distance, average pace, number of activities, calories burned, elevation climb and time spent. You can also view this data by different types of activites: if you only want data from running, you can check this option; if all activites, check that etc.
View all of your activities, personal records by activity types, view time until you have to reach a goal you’ve set on the webpage, workouts per weeks and insights on distances (only if you upgrade).
On the webpage:
All kind of personal settings, connecting with apps like FaceBook, Twitter, ShapeUp Club, FitBit, FourSquare etc, export data into .zip files.
The option to get RunKepper Elite. It offers you extras: broadcast workouts live, longtime insights, compare workouts side by side, premium customer support.
Log activities manually and get heart rates from your Polar watch if you have one.
“Me” is the page of your profile. A rather large section. There are 6 subsections on this page:
- Dashboard. Your overall information, add goals, see total calories burned and total distance, also completed goals and your weight.
Reports. By time: last 30 days, 3 months, a year, lifetime or custom and activity types. Really useful page in my opinion to get an overall but also in detail view of your workouts.
Training. The same training plans again: Get Fit, Lose Weight, Learn to Run, Finish a Race.
Activities. View separate activites in detail. This page shows you distance, time, average speed, calories burned, your route on a map and the ability to make it a saved route, total climb, speed and climb by splits.
Friends. Find your friends and see how they are doing.
Routes. If you have routes saved, you can compare the duration, pace and calories spent on this routes by activites. Nice to see if you are improving or making any progress.
Your activites all on one page. Click on them to get more of an in depth view (directs you to “Me” Activites page).
What does it cost?
The original version is free as I’ve mentioned. You can upgrade to RunKeeper Elite for $5 per month of $20 a year. I haven’t found that to be that necessary but if you want even more information, you can. Personally I think the info I get for free is more than enough.
Would I recommend it?
Absolutely! It’s a great app and has impressed me quite the bit. On a couple of occasions it has failed me by going crazy (showing me a speed on 30 km/h while starting my walking) and I’ve had to restart but overall I’m thoroughly satisfied.