Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Decent Running App for the Track!?

When I got to the track today, I realized I forgot my Garmin.
(Rookie mistake, I hope NEVER to do again!)

I wasn't going to pass up an opportunity to do my track workout (I live out of town and am 30 miles from the closest track!) , so I went to the nearest WiFi (starbucks) and looked for a running tracking app with the ability to do laps for a track workout. 
Something seems to be missing from this picture.

After I googled running tracking apps, I saw Runnersworld.com had a few suggestions. In a short time I found one that not only could be manually lapped, but could also export to Garmin connect and Strava (and a whole list of other sites!).


Wahoo fitness tracker was easy to use, simple, and only took me a few clicks to figure out how to operate using lap or auto lap. It also has an option for voice prompts or silent, and an optional countdown mode. 

It also operates with Bluetooth devices, which I did not bring with me. With a Bluetooth heart rate monitor or cycling equipment synced (yes, it does cycling too), this app would make it simple to keep track of all sorts of data. As it was, I was satisfied with just getting a split for each 400 and 800m lap!

I'll ALWAYS prefer running with my Garmin watch over using a phone app (Way too many reasons to list here); but, I was HAPPY to run my planned workout in a pinch and still send it to my log and favorite social sites.

Do you use a watch or an app to run? 
Have you ever ran a track workout with an app? Which is your favorite?

(Note: This is NOT an ad, or a sponsored post. I just stumbled on the app like anyone else would in my situation.)

8 comments:

  1. I came this close to going to the track sans Garmin yesterday. Since I've been wearing mine in the pool, it ends up in all kinds of strange places. I have used the Wahoo Fitness tracker and I like it!

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    1. I'm hoping to be able to upgrade to a Garmin that works in the pool soon too.. Then I can join you! Lol

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  2. Wahoo is a new one to me. I have used phone apps though when I have to had my Garmin with me. I have a pedometer app that tracks pretty well actually, I wore with my Garmin to compare and it was close.
    It is nice Wahoo will upload to Connect, that is where I keep all my notes.

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    1. That's awesome Karen! My main thing is being able to see my instant pace during intervals... And I like to look over the data on strava, but strava only does mile laps with the app. Unless they have changed something

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  3. Nice little review. I only use my Garmin and if I forget it then oh well. I know my run still counts anyway. 😊😎
    Vince

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    1. The run ALWAYS counts.. But you can't prove the splits without Garmin data!

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  4. Cool! Very resourceful! My phone has a stop watch and a talking stop watch app so I'd probably have used that and remembered my splits. I remember a few times in the old days when I didn't have my casio watch, using a wall clock. I left home on an even minute and allowed a minute or so for getting out and in the door. Kid you not. Near enough to a minute was good enough.

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    1. This is true. And I have used a regular watch, Timex kind, before I ever got a Garmin. But, I was terrible about remembering my splits and forgetting things. And I didn't know when to stop for my recoveries because I only had Road markers back then. I didn't go to the track! Things have changed.. Ha

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