Double Run + Running Apps

So, guess who went running twice today?

I did.

This morning I woke up at 5:30 am (ahhh!), forced myself out of bed and out the door for a run.

In the dark.  And I didn’t love it as much as I look like I am loving it, but I have a really hard time not smiling in photos… My forehead has a really hard time not being shiny, also.

But it wasn’t bad, and I completed about 4.5k in just under 28 minutes.  And of course afterwards I felt goooood!  I find that running in the morning makes it easier to be on the go for the rest of the day.  I have more energy, and don’t mind being busy!

When I got home from work today, Ando was about to head out on a run of his own, so he asked me if I wanted to come along.  I’m not sure why…but I said yes.

Which takes me into running apps.

Ando used to run a lot, and he was my running buddy when I was first starting out…but when I started to get more seriously into running, he got out of it!  The last time he really ran was with me on my practice 5k.

Though running comes fairly easy to him (I am always jealous of boys about this, because it does NOT come easy to me), he gets bored pretty easily and likes to have a goal to work towards to keep him into it.  He also has hurt his knee in the past by running too fast too soon, so this time he is following a program to slowly build his endurance.  He downloaded the Couch to 5k app on his phone to use while he is running.

If you are just starting out with running, I highly recommend using the Couch to 5k program, whether you use the app or not!  C25k is designed to transform couch potatoes into runners by having them follow a three-day-a-week workout program for nine weeks.  By the end of the nine weeks, you will be able to run a full 5k without stopping!

I am by no means an expert, however I used to want running to die, and now my feelings about it range from mild hate to almost love.

It transformed me, the biggest non-runner of all time, into a runner, so it is tickety-boo in my books.

When I was starting out with running, I wish I had known about this C25k app, because I think it would have been ridiculously helpful.  I’m pretty sure you can get it on any smart phone, and the app lets you listen to your own music while giving you audio alerts according to the C25k intervals, telling you when to run and when to walk.

I used a timer to track my intervals when I was starting out with C25k and this would have been so much better!

In Andrewski’s case, I know he could already run 5k, but I also know he has trouble staying motivated (who doesn’t?) so I think this program will help him as well.  When we used it today, he was only on the second day of the program, so it alternated between 120 seconds of walking and 60 seconds of running.  We did about 4k in total and it was nice and relaxing, and we were able to catch up on our day during the walking intervals.

My Fave Running App

There are tons of apps for runners that track time, distance, pace, etc, and for anyone who is already a runner, you probably already have a fave.  I want to share mine with you.

I have tried a few running apps, but RunKeeper has so far been my favourite.

It tracks my time and distance…

And breaks down my time per kilometre (splits)…

It also tells me how many calories I’m burning (though who knows if that’s correct or not), and my overall average time per kilometre.

Annnnd the GPS maps my route!

This route is from my 5k race.  I am careful about posting information about my actual house location on the blog.  I don’t want any stalkers!

You can also set your audio cues so that a little voice comes on while you’re running (if you want it to) and tells you how fast you’re going (or how slow you’re going, in my case).

And you can add a running playlist, coaching, and use it for other activities, like cycling.

This app keeps me motivated, because it saves all my runs and I can go back and compare my time and distance.  I like it :).


Since this is a lengthy little post already, I’ll just share my dinner with you!

Nelly Frittata!

A frittata!  This frittata includes onion, garlic, green pepper, and asparagus.  I made it the same way I made my very first frittata, only with different ingredients.  It was yummy, and good post-run food.  I need to make these more often!

I’m out friends, have a great evening!

What is your favourite running app?


20 responses to “Double Run + Running Apps

  1. I used the Couch-to-5K running program when I first started out and I really liked it. I didn’t have the app, just printed it out off the computer and kinda memorized it before going out. I liked it and whenever I’ve trained since then I always used some sort of similar program.

  2. Wow, two runs? GET IT GURRRRL 😉

    I haven’t found a running or biking app that I like yet (for b-berry)…they all shut down my music when I run them, so I always end up rolling with the tunes instead of GPS…

  3. I use the Nike running app that came built into my phone, but had to buy the chip for my shoe. I used to use RunKeeper when I ran outside, but since I don’t anymore, I can’t use apps that run off of GPS.

  4. Hey you were running right near my work! Next time run on over and say hi! Haha.

  5. Both of those apps sound great! I’m not a big runner so I’ve never used any app or program. Your frittata looks super yummy :). Hope you have a good night!


    and you go girl, two runs in one day?! whooooop!

  7. So proud of you girly! It’s crazy hot up in this city. I almost died biking so major props to you!

  8. Thanks for the review. As you know I’m getting back into running so the review was great! I can see myself using an app like run keeper as I want to know all those things (time, distance, etc). I think the couch to 5km is a little to leisurely for me but sounds great. I will have to find something similar. Any suggestions?

    • well when I did the couch to 5k I skipped ahead a couple weeks into the program. You’re running for longer periods quickly so it gets more intense by even the second week, so that worked for me! I noticed with the app you can start the program on whatever day you want. Maybe go back from how many weeks it is until our zoo run and start there 🙂
      Btw, I am so excited for the zoo run!!!

      • Good idea! Thanks. Will do that. I’m going to start running this week and sign up. Yay! I’ll let you know how it goes.

  9. Two runs!? That’s amazing. I feel like I weigh 300lbs when I try to run twice…. as in… my legs can’t handle it lol.
    That looks like a cool running app! I just use Nike+
    And I would slather ketchup all over that frittata…. so I’m going to make one soon.

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  11. Congratulations! Glad to hear that you like the Couch to 5k plan too…

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