Get off the sofa. The London Marathon looms: best free running app to get you jogging along.

Are you training for the London Marathon on 23 April, or starting out on your first 5k for a beach-worthy body? Downloading a good running app is the easiest and cheapest way to get you off the sofa, keep you motivated and get fit.

Unlike other running apps that require a monthly or in-app purchase, My ASICS Run Coaching app (made by the trainer company) offers a free and personalised training schedule.

The My ASICS Run Coaching App, which works on both iPhone and Android, offers customised plans for 5k, 10k, 5-mile, 10-mile, half-marathon or marathon runs. Enter the date of the race and the time in which you hope to complete it and the app calculates a training plan to tell you when and how much to run, at what pace and when to rest until race day. The training plans range in length from 12 to 33 weeks and 2 and 4-day training schedules. The real-time GPS means you can use it outdoors and it will show your location on a map and also your time and miles. You can save your routes and sync your runs with an online logbook. You can choose audio feedback option if you wanted to keep your phone in your pocket (use sturdy running headphones) and it will shout out updates regarding your distance, pace and time.


Those who download the app swear by its method; two out of three My ASICS runners beat their goals. The app works with Apple Watch (track your progress on your wrist) and the SONY Smart B-Trainer (their wearable headset allows you to playback music at the right tempo to keep you on-pace). What the app won’t do is team up with other apps that hook up to a heart rate monitor. But, for a free running app with a personalized training schedule, it’s up there with the best. Run, Forest, Run.

Download the app on iTunes.

April 2017