There are several apps designed to get you through the program. I used this one and my husband used this one. Both did the trick, but I am only going to cover the one I used in this post.
- Lets you set up your own playlists
- Does the timing for you - a voice-over tells you when to run or walk
- Easy to use interface - you can scroll through each day to see what's coming up next
- Twitter/Facebook integration keeps you accountable/let's people know what you're up to (Great for motivation)
- Very customizable settings
- You can re-do a day or a week if you don't feel ready to move on without the app (I never valued this enough until I started using the 100 Pushups app that screws up if you try to redo the program.
- Must carry a bulky iPod Touch or iPhone to use it
- Hard to operate with gloves on (I started my program in February when gloves were a must)
- Not always safe to run with headphones/earbuds (my hubby got around this by doing the program with a group and just using the speaker on his iPhone)
- Not a free app. Costs around $3.
It is a pretty app. Gentle colours. Easy to use interface. No real glitches (something I've found to be rare in my iPod app usage)
I really liked this app and I do recommend it to people who ask me about learning to run. It takes the guesswork out of those intervals and, if you are running alone, it kind of becomes a little like having a running buddy. For all of the joy that I have gotten out of running, I wouldn't have had it if I hadn't spent the $3 to get me started with this app!
I only used the app for the first 6 weeks...I feel I should put a disclaimer in here. Once the program has me running 25, 28, and 30 min stretches, I no longer felt the need to carry the bulky iPod with me. I switched to a much more runner-friendly Nano and ran on my way! Nowadays, I don't run with any music, but using a bit of technology at the start was great for motivation and learning. It certainly got me off my couch and made me into the runner I am today!