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Fun Running Apps You Should Try!

Kick your routine up a notch with the latest running apps for your smartphone!

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Kick your routine up a notch with the latest running apps for your smartphone!

FLEETLY

Looking for some new exercises? Check out Fleetly to find loads of workout routines aimed to target various muscles groups necessary for different sports. Workouts are complete with videos and tips to succeed, along with an area to log your progress. Users can join the community and become part of open challenges to compete against people from all over the world (who can run 500 miles in 2013?). Free; fleetly.com.

CRUISE CONTROL

Combine musical motivation with a personal running coach and you have the Cruise Control app. This smartphone system scans the music on your iPhone to find songs with an appropriate tempo (or beats per minute) for your workout. At the beginning of each run, simply activate your goal (free run, pace, heart rate or cadence) and the app will use its patented algorithm to speed up or slow down your tunes in real time. The beat will help you regulate your footfalls, which will help you achieve your goal. Don’t worry – as the tempo increases and decreases, the music’s sound and pitch remain unchanged (no Chipmunks here!). $4.99, cruisecontrolrun.com.

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MISSILE WARS

Remember childhood summer days playing Sharks & Minnows (or Marco – Polo)? Now you can play the grown-up running version of tag with Missile Wars. Grab a couple of friends and head to an open area, such as a nearby park. Have each person open the smartphone app and identify surrounding users. Someone then launches a missile and the target must run for safety within 60 seconds. Take turns launching and sprinting for an impromptu speed session, that’s sure to leave everyone sweaty! Free; missilewars.com.

ZOMBIES, RUN!

Picture a scene from Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video. Now place yourself in that scene, except you have running gear on and you’re ready to sweat. You’ve just imagined the experience you’ll encounter when you use the iPhone and Android friendly app, Zombies, Run! This ultra-immersive app pumps an audio challenge through your headphones as you run for your life! Walk, run, jog or even complete interval training as you try to avoid the zombies hot on your trail! $3.99 – 7.99, zombiesrungame.com.