An App To Get you Ready for Marathon

If you have an iPhone and you are into race distance, you have to check out SmartCoach iPhone app  that was recently released by Runner’s World magazine. It creates customized training guides for race distances between a 5-K and a marathon.

Users can input their most recent race time, weekly and long-term distance goals, training level (maintenance, moderate, hard or very hard), the day they’d like to schedule their long runs and the amount of time they’d like to train for (up to 16 weeks) to receive their customized plan.

The app suggests a running distance and pace that varies each day, increasing in distance and speed and then tapering off shortly before race day.

The plans are based upon the work of exercise physiologist Jack Daniels PhD, who co-published two equations that relate oxygen consumption to the speed and length of various running performances. These equations, the app’s Background section explains, have helped shape nearly every training program since developed for runners.

The app is available in two versions: one for $0.99 , and a second for free.

The app would also benefit with the addition of iCal and Google Calendar integration, as well as a timer and GPS-based distance meter which could automatically be saved in the app and on my calendars.

Another app that offers the great value, is Revolver’s $0.99 Run Coach Pro. It offers flexible scheduling, the ability to track runs (both distance and location) and graph your progress, eight-32 weeks of personalized training schedules reportedly designed by a team of Olympic and professional runners, and more.

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