Hey friends!

It feels strange to be comin’ at you on a Monday, but I’ve got a lot of things to share this week so I figured we should get started early 😉

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a company called Vima to test out their running app. This was perfect timing since I was on the hunt for a new one! The faithful app I had been using since I started running became glitchy, at which point I switched over to Strava.

Now let me start off by saying I love Strava – the competitive part of me loves seeing how my time compares with other locals for some of the more common routes. But what I don’t like? Running out of data 1.5 weeks into the month. Strava drains data like there’s no tomorrow, and when you’re out on one, two, or even three-hour long bike rides and runs it adds up REALLY quick.

So I hoped my use of Vima would stop the “um…why are we almost out of data?” texts from my boyfriend 😉

The Features

Vima comes in both a free version and a premium version, however when you first sign up you get to test 10 days of premium for free. A really cool feature is their referral program; the app generates a link for you to share with friends, and for every friend that signs up you will receive an additional 14 days of premium for free. Your friend will also benefit with 14 of their own days! If you’ve already paid for the app the 14 days will be added to your subscription (the app is priced yearly as opposed to a one-time fee).

Something that’s really important to me in a running app is voice feedback, which the premium version has. I don’t have a fancy Garmin and I really rely on maintaining a steady pace to keep this old IT band in check. You can customize the app to speak to you at 5, 10, or 15 minute intervals, or at every 1/4, mile, or 5 mile mark. I haven’t tried out the time feedback option, but I love being told every time I complete a mile, what my pace is, and how long I’ve been running for!

While I’d like to see something like voice feedback available in the free version, if you’re looking for something simple to track the mileage during your runs the free version definitely delivers. The interface is very simple, you can maintain a log of your last 5 runs, you can see how much elevation you gained, and if you’re super fancy you can use it through the Apple Watch.

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The premium version will give you all of the above, in addition to the aforementioned voice feedback, the ability to see your split times after your run, colour-coded running maps that depend on your pace, AND a shoe tracker. Yes! You can enter a pair of shoes and record how many miles you’ve run in them! This is perfect for those who are keeping track so you can buy new runners as soon as possible 😉 Vima also makes a cycling and walking app, and purchasing one will get you all three.

The Verdict

I enjoyed my experiences with the premium version of the Vima running app so much that I opted to purchase it for $5.79CAD once my trial was up. This app has just enough cool features too keep me interested, without so many that it becomes over-complicated. I might not be able to compare my laps around Lost Lagoon with other Vancouverites, but I can run and cycle to my heart’s content without chewing up all my data!

If you’d like to learn more about Vima Fitness Apps you can check out their website, or purchase the app directly from the iTunes store.

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Do you have a favourite running app? Or do you run with a watch, or nothing at all?

Please note: I was compensated for my time by Vima, however all opinions expressed are 100% my own. You guys know I would never lie to you!

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  • Margo
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    Hi! This looks like a great app to try for walking and cycling as well. Thanks for posting!

    • Ariana
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      You’re welcome! I haven’t tried the walking or cycling versions yet but I’m sure they’re great.

  • Amy @ Will Run For Ice Cream
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    I’m always looking for new apps, and I hear you on the data hogs! I’ve never heard of this one. I’ll have to check it out. I usually use my garmin, but I also use MapMyRun from time to time.

    • Ariana
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      MapMyRun was my go-to but it got all weird and buggy for me. I hope you like this one if you ever get to give it a shot!

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home
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    Right now I’m using my Garmin, but I just got an Apple Watch, and plan on playing with it…after the marathon!

    • Ariana
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      Yes! Don’t try anything new before the marathon 😉

  • Reply

    ooh voice feedback sounds great I think I would like that! Thanks for the review

    • Ariana
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      You’re welcome! The voice feedback is my fav 🙂

  • Kathryn @ Dancing to Running
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    I love my Garmin, and sync it to RunKeeper so that I can also track my other cardio stats there as well.

    • Ariana
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      Wow, I’m always so amazed by all the things you can do with technology!

  • Jenn
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    That sounds really cool. I run with my Garmin. I don’t like having my phone running the whole time I am out.

    • Ariana
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      Yes I could understand that!

  • Mar @ Mar on the Run
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    I use my Garmin but it can be challenging holding a charge and grasping a signal. I use MapMyRun a lot which is awesome and has voice over as well.

    • Ariana
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      I used to use MapMyRun for years but then it stopped working properly for me! I’m not quite sure what happened.

  • Cristina
    Reply

    I run with just a watch. Un;ess it’s over 6 miles. Then I take my phone!

    • Ariana
      Reply

      Sounds like you’ve got the best of both worlds!

  • Reply

    I don’t really use an app on my phone because It drains the battery. I stick with my watch.

    • Ariana
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      They can suck up your battery life, for sure.

  • Nicole @ Fitful Focus
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    I love that it keeps track of the mileage on your shoes! I keep a little journal with all my shoes and how many miles they have. It’s kind of a pain to keep up!

    • Ariana
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      It’s a good alternative! I have been using a note in my iPhone and I always worry that one day I’ll accidentally delete it haha

  • Marcia
    Reply

    Sounds like a great app! I use a Garmin and also RUnkeeper.

    • Ariana
      Reply

      Seems like that’s a popular option!

  • Toni
    Reply

    Sounds like a great app, I am always on the hunt for new running apps yo try. I will have to check this one out.

    • Ariana
      Reply

      I hope you like it!

  • Carmy
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    Seems like an interesting app – however I hate using apps on my phone. Non-unlimited data on phone problems. Haha

    • Ariana
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      Haha yes they can definitely put a damper on your data! I was horrified with Strava haha

  • jill conyers
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    I run with my garmin. I’m not much of an app person. I’ve even stopped downloading no matter how cool they sound because I never end up using them.

    • Ariana
      Reply

      I hear that! I used to have a ton of unused apps on my phone.

  • MCM Mama Runs
    Reply

    Looks like a cool app! I use my Garmin, so I don’t really use any apps on my phone to run, but I’ll remember this one if I forget my garmin someday.

    • Ariana
      Reply

      Awesome! I definitely plan on investing in a Garmin in the hopefully not-too-distant future.

  • Becki S
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    Oo this looks like a good alternative, my running app also eats alot of date. I agree voice feedback is super important =)

    • Ariana
      Reply

      The voice feedback makes all the difference!

  • courtney @ eat pray run dc
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    i run with a watch. apps drain way too much battery life when you are training for a marathon 🙂 though i do load my runs to starva!

    • Ariana
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      I can only imagine how much data it would eat if I was training for a marathon!

  • Patty @ Reach Your Peak
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    Interesting, I have never heard of this app but I’m always experimenting with running aps. I do hav a Garmin, but I sometimes forget to charge it so I will rely on my apps haha. Thanks for the suggestion! Also,r andom Q but how to do you the “you might also like” bar to show up within your blog post?

    • Ariana
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      You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

      I believe it’s called Inline Related Posts…I searched for one for awhile and this was the best option!

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