Friday, February 27, 2015

5 Things I Love About the Nike Plus Running App

I am an app person.  If there’s something to be done in life, I probably have an app for it installed on my phone.  

One of my favorite apps is the Nike Plus Running App.  It does more than just log my miles; it also helps motivate me to keep on running.

Here are the top 5 reasons I love the Nike Plus Running App:

1)  It tracks my overall mileage.  I love opening the app and immediately seeing the number climb up to my total mileage to date.  That visual reminder is really a huge motivator – it helps me see how far I’ve come and gets me excited to keep adding to that total.

2)  It has a great GPS system.  I am a huge fan of finishing a run and feeling as if I’ve accomplished something.  Seeing a big yellow outline of the course I just ran is so powerful.  It brings me so much satisfaction knowing that I ran that distance and that I can definitely do it again!

3)  It allows people to root for me.  There is a feature on the app that submits a post to Facebook whenever I head out for a run. If one my friends “likes” the post, the app automatically plays applause and cheers in my earbuds.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on a particularly difficult part of my run, struggling and tempted to give up, when a cheer comes in.   It gives me just the boost I need to keep going and finish strong.

4)  It lets me challenge myself and others.  Running is usually an individual sport, but it can still be really fun and inspiring to connect with running buddies.  The Nike Plus App allows you to set up challenges with your friends to see who can cross the finish line first – choose a distance, find friends who are also using the app, and then get running.  A little healthy competition never hurt anyone, right?

5)  It has a built-in running coach.  Training for a half marathon? Want to start with a 5K?  If you have any kind of running goal in mind, the app’s built-in “coach” is a lifesaver.  You select the distance you want to reach, and the app will populate a personalized calendar to tell you exactly how far to run each day.  It takes all of the guesswork out of training and lets you focus on getting to race day in the easiest way possible.

The app is available on iTunes and Google Play.  Give it a try!

Today, I'm joining the Friday Five Link Up (hosted by DC Bloggers MarCourtney, and Cynthia). 

Do you use the Nike Plus Running App?  What is your favorite running or fitness app?


  1. I recently just got a new phone and it already has the Nike app downloaded. I have never used it yet. But looks like it has lot of great features. -L

  2. I've used the Nike+ website and app ever since I started running. Love it too!

  3. I'm a big fan of the Nike app! When I was looking for a gps watch, that's why I decided on the Nike watch, (because I didn't want to start over with collecting mileage)! Their running coach is really well done as well.. I've used it for 3 marathons so far. :)