App for interval running

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    App for interval running

    Im currently using the Nike Run club app to train for a 15km run in about 2 months and some of the training days are 6x200m sprints generally with 1 min of rest in between the sprints. The issue I have is that the app doesn't tell me when I've run 200m so i can't really go full pace as I have my phone in my hand checking the distance to see when I've hit the 200m. It seems to track distance well on every other sort of run but on the speed training days it is useless.

    I have a 1.5km route i run along and its hard to mark out 200m. The nearest park is too far away to get to unfortunately.

    I was wondering if anyone has an app is good for training intervals, where I can set the distance and rest times so I could put in the numbers from the Nike app. Even if I can't find one that tracks distance well I'd be happy with an app where I could set timed intervals to help with training. so I could set run for 30 seconds then have 1 min rest. Or if anyone has a really good alternative solution let me know.

    I have an android phone and would ideally like a free app but if someone has a great suggestion for a paid app I'll check it out.

    Thanks


    #2
    I program the timings with the android app "exercise timer" , same I use for HIITs. Which makes that I have exercise timer going on for the intervals, the nike app to get afterwards my map , distance and speed, and spotify for music to groove on If there are better options, I am listening!

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      #3
      I used to use Mapmyrun set to quarter mile intervals (it would give me an audible signal every 0.25 miles) that did really well, I'm not sure how tight of an interval spacing you can set it for in km but it might be worth checking out.

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        #4
        Thanks Azercord, I will check this app (not yet "married" to Nike run club, LOL)

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          #5
          Thanks, I'll try mapmyrun and see how it goes if not I'll use exercise timer

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            #6
            I like Runkeeper - you can choose whether the reminder activates once you have been running for a specified amount of time (every X minutes) or distance (X meters/miles). You can also create a workout by choosing intervals (time/distance) but the only downside to this is that you can't set a rest interval as such, you can only choose between fast, steady and slow (I use slow, but then it messes with the overall speed, you can, however, check individual splits and see how you did). Maybe the paid version has more options. Overall, I think it's a decent running app so maybe you can give it a try.

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              #7
              Ann-Core I used runkeeper today and it works perfectly! Thanks for the help it was exactly what I wanted

              It lets me see how fast I ran in each of the intervals and that is what I want to see so it doesn't bother me that I can't set a rest interval.

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                #8
                I ran across this post as I was google searching the same question. I found an android app that does this and felt I should share. Created a profile here for this reason.

                the app is called Endomondo. I can set the intervals on distance, not just time. Even set it to less than .25 miles. For example, i have to do 100meter sprints alternating with 100 meter jog for a total distance of 1.6km.

                The con, you have to pay a subscription to be able to access this level of customization, but there is a 30 day free trial.

                Any other pluses and minuses I'll highlight later, most likely in a new thread. Probably use my laptop to do it as well so I can type better than with my phone.

                Hope this helps. I should go fill out my profile for darebee now.

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                • #9
                  I joined just to share my frustration at this TERRIBLE fail by Nike Run app. I started my second week of their 'coaching programme' and it's RUINED by this HORRIBLE fail. Just like you, I'm trying to sprint my 4 x 200 metre splits for 'fastest run' while staring down at my waist-pack and trying to identify when it hits '200 metres'. Utter, utter fail. Unforgiveable. No reason why the app can't cut to rest period when it hits 200 metres.

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                    #10
                    I'm gonna second runkeeper! I use it to do long runs so I can walk a warmup for 5 min and then it will tell me every 5 min I have been running. I was looking for a free app just to be able to do 5 min warmup then a run and know when to turn around to come back without awkwardly fishing it out of my armband while trying to jog and it works like a charm.

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                      #11
                      Personally I use a sport watch even if I have my phone with me when I run.
                      GPS precision is far better, and the options you have to create personalized activity with alarms, threshold and so onare really huge. There are cheap ones that are complete indeed.... Garmin, Polar, Suunto, each brand has a cheap solution.
                      There are also a loto of apps, Endomondo, Runkeeper, Strava, Nike, Runtastic... each with pros and cons. Usuallythe "basic" version is free, with limited functions.

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