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 😉
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.
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.
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!Check out this new #running app! via @arianafotinakis #runchat #runtech #sweatpink Click To Tweet
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!