I’ll be honest, I prefer zombies, run as an app as I’m not a professional runner and I like things to keep me motivated. I downloaded this app because it said it worked with zombies run. It does not. I’ve been trying to synchronize my runs for a week now and I haven’t been successful. This is important because there is a challenge that I signed up for where you have to run 5k 13 times by a certain time period. It does not count manual entries. I have to manually put in my workouts since my runs don’t synchronized with this app. So the four I did this week don’t count. I do like you can choose different voices to tell you times. I am disappointed that the drill sergeant voice is so nice. A “is that all you got?! my grandmother can run faster than you!” Type feedback would be preferable than what he currently says. I wanted a voice that would make me work harder, the drill sergeant voice failed to deliver on that front. I do like you can keep track of your shoes and how many miles you’ve put on them, but it won’t allow you to really edit the miles you put on it directly. Training programs must be paid for which is 40 a year instead of zombies run’s 8 a year (and you can technically unlock features for free). Overall, I’ll stick with zombies, run! App. It lacks some of the few features I like from Runkeeper, but is more engaging for newer runners, is 1/5 the price a year, and has a story.
Great app for staying motivated and tracking your runs
I’m only using the free version so I can’t give it 5, not knowing what it’s like to have the full version. For the free version, it does a great job of keeping track of mileage and average pace and the number of runs or other exercise activities you've completed. The reminders to run are also great for keeping you motivated. Using the average pace is better than having it notify you of current pace at intervals, which seems more inconsistent and unreliable as it gave me wild variations throughout my runs. I like the challenges too. I run anywhere from 3-9 miles on a given day, about 3 times a week. It also has a training schedule if you need one to train for a marathon. I wish the list of alternative activities would include an option for me to customize and add one to the list instead of just having to pick "other" but maybe that comes with the paid version. Overall, the perfect app for a novice or avid runner. Not sure if it’s perfect for the regular marathoner but I used it on my half marathon and thought it was great. I like the more recent feature of it automatically detecting a pause in your workout so you don’t have to manually do it every time and refresh it when you start up again. That was a nuisance before. Glad they included that now.
I don’t want to create an account - deleting Runkeeper
I previously rated this app with 5 stars (see below) Since it will no longer allow use of the app without creating an account and logging in, I will be deleting Runkeeper and finding another app to use. There are many running apps out there to choose from and I am willing to pay for a one-time purchase - as long as logging in is not a requirement.
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Love this app. I opened the app for the first time, pressed start, and took off running. Every 5 minutes, it reported my time, distance, and rate in minutes/mile for me to hear while I run. While running, it displays a map following my tracks. Also it displays stats during the run - which r not really needed to look at since I hear them every 5 min. When finished running, i pressed stop and it recited a summary of my workout for me to listen to while I warmed down. Then allowed me to write notes about the workout before I saved it. There was no learning curve for using this app. It was very intuitive. I can call up saved runs and view the map of my tracks as well as the stats. It also compares all my runs and displays my best in a summary of all runs. I have not created an account. And I'm still on version 5.5. There are many more features in this app which I have not felt the need to use yet.
By Sail and Run
Used to be excellent. Paid again for premium service. First marathon coming up in 3 weeks. Been training using Runkeeper app to log training runs. Apple Watch 4 not predicted to last a full marathon for typical runner. Must carry phone to ensure recording full distance with all features and sharing location with others. But, since watch and iPhone 11 are no longer synced, no heart rate recording on phone Runkeeper app. Have to take phone out of armband to get any in-run data and then get phone back in armband, because watch no longer is synced. Real distraction causing slowing of pace.
Another problem is that training programs are rigid. If you don’t train the exact number of weeks they prescribe, it won’t even let you start their program. Thus, no value in premium subscription Also, the map of your run will not go full screen on Safari, but does work in Firefox. Another app a friend in Japan has will allow an animation of your run over time, route, and elevation. Very sorry to say, avoid Runkeeper if you’re a serious runner. There has to be a better app, this is so useless given the most recent upgrade. Maybe they are planning on discontinuing support for Apple products because the app is becoming worse, not better. Truly regret relying on Runkeeper. I’ll switch the day the marathon is over.
Been using 6 Years, It’s gone way downhill
Started using this app in 2013. I’ve logged 1,349 activities. But in the past two years, the app just randomly quits in the middle of a workout. I’ve tried uninstalling, RE-installing. I’ve tried on my watch and my phone and on various versions of iOS. There’s only one consistent thing about it... crashing. This evening I was going for a PR on running distance. I have a long sordid history of injuries so getting back out and running any kind of distance is big for me. Hitting a PR is an especially tall task given the fact that my orthopedist told me I’d never run again. I’ve overcome a lot to get to the point where I am today. 1 mile away from my goal and the app crashed. My watch battery was good. My music app was streaming music fine so I know I had a solid data connection. The app did what it does on just about every workout... it just randomly stops tracking the workout. This problem started about 2 years ago. At first it was random and rare. Then, it started happening more often. This year has been the worst since I’ve been using it. If ASICS didn’t have the capital to stand behind the product they shouldn’t have invested. I’ll have to try the PR again but record it on a reliable app.
Run data lost! Repeatedly!
I tried Runkeeper, really I tried. Over the years I've had an Apple Watch I tried to rely on the watch app. I live the GPS tracking and the robust data in the phone app, but I simply can't use an app that is unreliable.
Specifically, when I use the native watch app I will regularly lose runs. I'll finish the run and try to stop it on the watch and the app will not Jake pausing, stopping and recording the run. At various points in the process it will just crash to the first screen and the run will not be recorded. This had happened MANY times and is utterly frustrating. This NEVER happens with the Apple Watch Workout app. It's not as fancy and detailed as Runkeeper, but it works reliably. At the end of the day that's more important.
The dad thing is that after leaving Runkeeper years ago due to this problem, I came back to it after getting a new Series 4 Apple Watch, certain that they must have fixed these problems over the years. Nope, still randomly loses runs. Doesn't crash as much which is good I guess, but the point of a fitness tracker is to accurately and consistently track your fitness. When it can't do that then it's worthless. Makes me sad, but later Runkeeper. Maybe these issues will get fixed in another 5 years or so...
It’s great but was really great before ASICS.
It was awesome before ASICS came along and made a bunch of GUI changes as well as sone other things that I can’t remember because it’s been so long. I’m sure there are way better running apps out there but I’ve only been sticking with this one because I have over 800 long distance activities logged and I can’t wait to screen shot my 1,000. Ran nearly everyday for the past 5 to 7 years. The longest I had to go without running was unfortunately this year when I was in a severe accident fracturing multiple bones including my left foot. Happy to say I’m back on the pavement post fractured as of just a few days ago and I’ve already logged 4 out of 5 days. I’m starting slow easing back into it running for now only 3 miles at a time. It I’m sure in another couple of weeks I will be back into double digit miles! Can’t wait! I’m also originally from Boston but how in South Florida. When the startup was just a bunch of you guys and gals from Boston I was all in. Love this app but like I said loved it slightly better before some if the ASICS changes.
Good Apple Watch App, could be better
This app is probably the best Apple Watch app I have used so far in terms of accuracy of distance and current pace when your not using your phone. Although the current pace jumps back and forth a little much, it is very close to my actual pace. The face of the app in the watch can be changed while you run which is good and bad depending on if you accidentally hit the screen. The reason I did not give the app a five star is because it still can be improved significantly. You cannot customize the watch app on the phone app which can be frustrating. I’ve tried to change it so there is no countdown before the run but there still is a 3 second delay anyways. When you first start a run the display takes a couple seconds to come up, and is also hard to stop when you are tired. I like the activity apps way of stopping and starting runs where you simultaneously press the power button and home button on the watch much more. This will make speed and interval workouts much easier to track.
Great experience until it stopped being reliable
By Lance Murdock
For a couple of months I’ve been using Runkeeper and loved it. It’s simple but rich watch complication was just perfect. But over the past two weeks I’ve had three runs that I’ll start from my watch and see distance increase. However at a later time, like say when I know I’ve hit my next mile, I’ll check my time and the distance will have reset to 0.00. The timer is still going and luckily I run the same route in my neighborhood so I just have to get on a computer to fix my distance. But the point of this review is for users to beware that this app will spoil you and when it doesn’t work, it’s quite frustrating by comparison. I will keep checking for updates both firmware and AppStore hoping that this issue disappears.
Tracked a 5K this morning from my watch, reviewed the stats as my 2nd fastest 5K on my phone. Then I went to my dashboard to see my week stats and the activity changed to a 0.09mi run lasting 35 seconds. So I’m officially done trusting this app. I will leave my rating because it really was awesome when it worked well.
Runkeeper Ruined There App
Runkeeper went from having the best running app to having the worst. With the release of version 10.3 they ruined a great running app. Their intent with version 10.3 was to monitor your run using just the Apple Watch independent of your iPhone. The Apple Watch is supposed to provide a few of audio cues. Heart rate is not one of them. At best on a 5 mile run your lucky if you get 2 audio cues. When you finish your run you are supposed to sync your Apple Watch with your iPhone. Syncing takes at least 15 minutes if it syncs at all. If you try to monitor your run with your iPhone you can no longer sync your iPhone with your Apple Watch. So no heart rate stats while using your iPhone. No way to visually look at your stats on your Apple Watch. If you look at the reviews since the release of version 10.3 you will see they are almost all negative. Runkeeper responds by saying they are working on the bugs. If they are working on the bugs, which I would say is really a beta version of their app, why not retract it and bring back their previous version which was an app they can be proud about. When they get 10.3 straighten out then re-release it. Why continue to embarrass themselves and ASIC?