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I don’t know about you, but I run similar routes every time I lace up and head out the door. For my longer runs, I usually meet up with a group of local runners for a set route (generally e-mailed out a couple days ahead of time).
With the group route in mind, I will map out my unique route, including my out and back from home as well as the group run loop/loops… I either use an online running application on my computer or create route on a different phone app and then hope that I remember the correct turns to take so that I get home with the correct amount of mileage planned!
Have you ever got home and you are a couple miles short?! Frustrating…
I was given the opportunity to try a new app called the RunGo App. There are a few great features that make this app amazing for all runners!
1 create a new route
Firstly, I like that I can create my route from either my phone app or my computer on the RunGo App website.
From my phone :
From my computer :
By opening up the app on your phone or website on your computer, you are able to just click along your desired route, undo as needed, and save!
If you are one to just set out and run without a route, you can also use the RunGo App to track your run. Later, you can use the same route with the additional features of the app… (keep reading!!)
2 global running routes
Another great perk of the RunGo App is the large library of 80K+ routes that have been verified and built from RunGo and certified local run groups. There are 200 new routes created everyday!
I look forward to using the RunGo App on my phone when we travel to Colorado next month. I am not familiar with the area where we will be staying, but I will be able to find routes easily on this app! And if I am in a route wasteland, I can create a route on the fly and find my way back easily…
“How are you going to find my way back if you don’t know where you are going??”
3 turn-by-turn navigation
The BEST perk of the RunGo App is the turn-by-turn navigation!
YEAH!! I know…exciting!!
I don’t think I am the only one that has been waiting for this technology to exist!!
The RunGo’s turn-by-turn allows you to enjoy your run without worrying about when and where you are supposed to turn, the app will tell you when and where to turn! And…it will also tell you if you have strayed from your set route!
4 run analytics
The RunGo App will also let you know different information throughout your run. I didn’t change the default programming before my first run, but it prompted :
- the mile markers
- the “top of the climb” on at least one of the hills I ran
- the halfway point of the created route
- several “halfway complete” (or the like) prompts
If you choose, you can activate voice prompts for :
- course pace
- points of interest
Once your run is complete, you can save the run into your “logbook” so you can run the same route again and check your progress! I will totally have to try this route again and see if I can get faster and more efficient on those hills!
Since I forgot to turn on my GPS fitness tracker for my first run with the RunGo App, I was able to use the information from the “Run Summary” to plug into my other app!
5 …the ease of use!!
Lastly, the RunGo app is super easy to use! I talked to my running group about how easy it is, and they were impressed with how accurate it was from tun-to-turn and every prompt in between!
First Test Run
I first tested the RunGo App on my first long run after my first 50 miler. One of our group run members maps out the routes on a different website, so no one ever really knows where to turn unless they remember the route or break out their phone and check if they are still on course. There are many turns on the 6 mile course, so I programmed the run in the RunGo App! Since I programmed this run ahead of time, I had it saved and ready to go!
The RunGo App worked great! Within 300 feet of the turn, a prompt would come up telling me the turn was ahead and which direction I needed to go to stay on route (video from above). The guy I was running with got a kick out of the prompts whenever they would come up.
Second Test Run
On my second test, I set up my route on the fly RIGHT before I headed out the door. I had some intervals that I planned on running solo and some easy miles after with my running buddy. I set up the route, saved it, and started it within minutes!
I also started my Garmin with the programmed intervals. I headed out with a 15 minute warm-up, 2 minutes fast/1 minute recovery (x 5) and then a cool-down. When I finished my first mile, I headed off my created course for an out-and-back of intervals…the RunGo App soon prompted me that I was “running off route and “still running off route” a little bit later. Once I got back on my created course, the app was happy and we continued happily…
Side Note : I believe this is where I messed up and the app later revolted on me. Since my Garmin was set to a 15 minute warm-up, I decided to cut that short to just my first mile. When I skipped ahead my workout, I thought that I paused it on accident (but I didn’t), and then tried to restart it – which just skipped my intervals ahead 1 set… Shoot! After my “last interval” on my watch (only #4 of 5), I timed a 1 minute off and then set my phones timer for 2 minutes to run… In doing so, it screwed up my RunGo App timer/course/whatever and when the self-timed interval was over, the RunGo App started a new route for the rest of my created route… Just a funny little hiccup…
One thing that I found interesting about the RunGo App is that it is better to create your route points on roads and not intersections… I guess my finger was a little too far into an adjoining street in some cases and the app would tell me to turn on a street that I new I wasn’t supposed to turn onto… I followed the directions at least once to see what it would say and after 10-20 feet, it would tell me to make a u-turn on the road… No biggie – but could get annoying if you are on an unfamiliar route…
Following Test Runs
With the first two experiences in mind, I was able to successfully create routes manually for several other runs! No messed up interval funniness…and no random turn and u-turn fun. Overall, the RunGo App has been wanted by the running community for a LONG time! I look forward to searching for new routes (or making my own) at home and in new cities as we travel in the coming months!
Mark your calendar for the upcoming Twitter #BibChat on October 31th! Join the conversation with BibRave and RunGo App – I will be there as @livinglovingrun. Chat along for a chance to win one of two giveaways! You can also, check out the RunGo App on their social channels :
What apps do you use on the run?
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