3 mobile apps for runners

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Marathon season is here and running fever is in the air. While it's too late to start training for the New York City Marathon, it's not too late to start running.

Couch potatoes can ease into running with Couch-to-5K. This app helps to build up a beginner's stamina with training courses over several weeks. Virtual coaches keep you motivated with audio cues to let you know when to run, when to walk, and thankfully, when to rest. Automatic logs easily keep track of your progress from a wheezing wreck to a race finisher.

If you like the thrill of a chase, then download Zombies, Run! Listen to a zombie episode through your earphones and start "running" through your mission. You will be coached through a post-apocalyptic world where you will hunt for supplies and outrun zombies in the process. You can even customize your chase with music from your own library. The app keeps an extensive log detailing your runs as you escape your way to safety.

Starting a running program on your own may sound like a daunting task. Perhaps making a charitable commitment to others can inspire you to hit the pavement. Running can be a rewarding experience with the Charity Miles app. Corporate sponsors donate 25 cents for every mile you run to a charitable cause on your behalf. There are a variety of charities for you to choose from. Every step you take goes a long way to helping others. This app helps to make running good for your body and your soul.

Here are some other apps for runners: