Strava has become one of my most used apps for running and all around fitness. What is the Strava app? Why do runners love it? How can it help you with your running goals? Let’s dive into the answers to all of those questions and more.
What is the Strava App?
Think of Strava as a free complete online workout log of every activity you do as well as a social app. You can track and record all of your runs, cycling, yoga, strength, and Peloton workouts in one place, therefore, providing you with a plethora of data and an accurate record of your efforts.
You can upload photos, notes about a particular run and have accurate data on training cycles or race efforts. Or, just use it as a training log that you can refer back to and have information on specific runs or routes. You can also found local routes while traveling from the huge database of runs.
Most major smartwatches (Apple, Garmin, Polar) are compatible and will push your data straight to Strava so you have everything in one place. Apps like Peloton will also push all of your cycle, strength, yoga etc right there as well. That way, it’s easy to get a snapshot of your week. A great tool to analyze your overall fitness routine.
Most Useful Features of strava for Runners
Digital training log
Literally, keep track of everything you need to know about a particular run. Your pace, mile splits, elevation, route, etc. You will also see previous runs you did on the same segment and be able to instantly compare your results. Segment PR’s and “second fastest” attempts at a route are great bits of info to have.
Keep track of how many miles you have run with a particular pair of shoes. You will get a nice little reminder when it’s time to swap them out.
Set weekly, monthly, yearly mileage goals
Set weekly or yearly mileage goals and have a “running” tally of where you stand from week to week.
Follow your fellow running friends and have a place to give them “kudos” on a run or workout. You can comment “nice job” or just follow along. Depending on your settings, you can find other runners in your neighborhood to run or connect with. There are also options to have all of your data private and skip this aspect altogether.
Join Run Clubs
There are tons of virtual clubs you can join to connect with other runners with similar interests. For example, New York Road Runners or Females over 40 to name a few. Some clubs have in-person get together in their communities to help people find running buddies.
Participate in monthly challenges
Every month there are free challenges to join. These are things like “10K in May” or “run 100KM” in one month. Many are also sponsored by companies like Lululemon that send you a discount code if you complete the challenge. It’s another way to motivate yourself to “run the extra mile”. You will receive digital rewards and badges as you complete them.
Strava will keep track of “segments” you run often and instantly compare your own efforts on previous runs. For example, “Main street to South Street” might be a fun stretch to do some Fartlek runs on. You will have data on just that segment to work on. Once you run a particular stretch a certain number of times, you may even become the “local legend”. Can you maintain your status?
Overall, Strava is a fantastic online training log for runners that analyzes and stores all of your running and fitness data in one place. There are so many features for runners who love data and it just might help you train smarter.
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