Using an app is probably the last thing you think about when you go on a trail run but there are definitely benefits to using them. Whether you are looking to improve your technique, track your performance or follow a new route there's an app for you.
Here are 5 of our favourite trail running apps.
Probably the best known run and cycling tracking app, it maps out your run recording information about elevation gained, distance, speed, and calories burned. You can check this information as you go on your phone or analyse your performance afterwards on your computer.
The app is compatible with most GPS watches and heart monitors for full smart integration. It also connects you with friends and other runners in your area to meet up for runs or compete against each other on segments or distance challenges (insanely addictive!).
The Run Experience
If you are new to trail running and are looking to run anywhere from 5km up to a marathon then this may be the app for you. A team of experienced runners and coaches provide you with a daily workout to help you progress toward your selected goal.
New videos are uploaded on a weekly basis which cover a range of topics including running technique, strength and conditioning, injury prevention and recovery and race preparation.
View official OS Landranger (1:50,000) and OS Explorer (1:25,000) maps from your phone without the need for a mobile signal. The app allows you to see all roads and streets for free. When you want to head off-road for a trail run you can purchase a map tile (1 tile =100km2) for £1.99 Explorer or Landranger £0.69. It allows you to plan your route path and tracks your live progress using GPS so you’ll never get lost (provided you have plenty of battery life!).
One of the best parts of trail running is that it takes you to quiet, remote areas off the beaten track. However this isolation can be a problem if you injure yourself. Neveralone+ is programmed to contact a phone number of your choosing if you remain on one place for a set time, sending a pre-programmed SMS message along with your GPS location.
Nutrino helps you to build a nutrition plan that is specific to you and how much running/exercise you do. The app analyses the information you enter and suggests meals that fit into your lifestyle and nutritional needs. It also enables you track what you have eaten and progress toward muscle growth or weight loss.