I’ve been a longtime user of Garmin for my running. They provide easy to use GPS watches that provide you with all the details and history you want. I also now have my FitBit as another tracking device when I run.
So, while several people encouraged me to try RunKeeper, I was hesitant. How many trackers for the same activity do I need? But, I started carrying my iPhone for music while I ran so I decided to give it a try.
I like it.
So, the question is why?
- It talks to you. While looking at my Garmin is pretty easy, the RunKeeper app speaks into my headphones while I’m running to tell me when I’ve completed a half-mile, what my total time is, what my average mile pace is, and what my last split was. I can certainly calculate all that and see it on my Garmin, but this is very easy.
- It gives you reinforcement and now some badges (through Foursquare which I don’t use). But, I do like the reinforcement – i.e., that was your longest run, that was your fastest run. Simple but positive.
- It has a nice GUI (graphical user interface) or app. It tracks my data. It’s easy to read.
So, if you’re like I was, I’d recommend trying it.