If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I really do not enjoy running on the treadmill at all. In fact, I will avoid it at all costs really. When I was asked by Run Social to check out their new treadmill running app, I was a little hesitant but with winter coming I know there will be days I will need the treadmill. So I took to the ‘mill to test out Run Social a few times all in the name of public service. LOL Anything for you all!
Run Social is a free app that allows the user to run virtually on 15 different routes in locations all over the world. You create an account, choose an avatar and then select your route. The app allows you to do a short “test run” to get the feel of each location and then you have the option of purchasing the full route from Run Social. Routes are anywhere between $1.99 and $9.99 depending on length.
Cool features of Run Social:
-You can set either a time or distance goal for your run.
-After you set your pace on the treadmill, you can calibrate Run Social at the same pace. That way, when you look a the screen it is, in theory, moving at the same pace that you are.
-As you are running, you will see other “runners” avatars running the same route. This is great motivation to pass them or just run up at the same pace i.e. “Run Social”.
–Run Social allows you to create virtual runs with friends so that you can actually be running the same routes at the same time on your own treadmills.
-The full London marathon & Prague marathon routes are available to download and run so if you are training for those or would like to do a marathon course, Run Social is a great training tool to have in your arsenal. Not ready to run the full 26.1? You can run smaller segments of the routes as well.
-The App is easy to navigate and will store all your information and also upload it to MapMyRun.
Some of the other iconic locations you can run in are: Death Valley, Tuscany, Banff & The Swiss Alps. All of the locations have different distances associated with them which ends up giving you lots of choices to spice up your treadmill runs.
I was given a great ipad holder to keep my ipad in place while testing out Run Social in exchange for an honest review. I was also given access to the full 1ok Swiss Alps route which kept me entertained for a few miles as I watched the scenery. I even passed by a few cows and dogs along the running trail before being passed by a few other runners.
If you’d like to check out the full Swiss Alps 10k route free of charge on your next run use the code DeborahRS12 at RunSocial.com/promo. You must first download the app on i-tunes.
Run Social provided me with some much needed entertainment on the treadmill. It was fun to see the other “runners” and the explore The Swiss Alps from my basement if only for an hour.
Who knows if I will ever run the real London Marathon or have the opportunity to explore the Swiss Alps on foot but with Run Social I can at least pretend for now. If you are looking for some treadmill motivation this winter give Run Social a test run.