RunCadence was developed by two physical therapists to help the running community apply step rate to running via real time step rate notification and metronome. RunCadence App accesses the HealthKit on your IOS device that you already use and enjoy.

Cadence refers to the number of steps per minute (spm), and is a simple metric to help runners reduce their step length to help reduce the shock of impact at landing. Over the past few years,studies have emerged that highligh the role of cadence to correct common running related injuries (RRIs). As little as a five percent increase in step rate, while keeping running velocity constant, has been shown to reduce shock absorption at the level of the knee by 20 percent. Additionally, increasing cadence by 10 percent above preferred leads to a wider step width and a more level foot placement, which can afford distinct benefits for runners regardless of foot strike pattern.

Start using RunCadence to get more in tune with your running. While no shortcuts or “hacks” to running exist, gait retraining using cadence is the next best thing.

We encourage runners to go through the one-minute baseline test under “TEST” to determine your unique cadence.Upon completion, you’ll receive cadence values of +2.5, +5%, +7.5%, and +10% above preferred, which are meaningful values based on scientific consensus. These values can then be used as targets during training.

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Disclaimer: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. **For use on iPhone 6 and newer.

What’s New

Version 1.0.3

- Runcadence Learn renamed to Runcadence Test
- Adds +2.5% setting to Test summary
- Adds ability to change distance units from mi to km
- Updates watch app's haptic metronome to beat in full time
- Fixes issue that caused audio metronome to not sound while running in the background
- Fixes audio to mix with other audio sources from other apps

Ratings and Reviews

2.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Dngva ,

Limited use

It doesn’t provide me with beat to sync my run. Since many running apps can used with watch alone without the iPhone, this app would be useful if we can get tempo beat through headphones connected to Apple Watch. Until then this app is off no use. You have free running apps which tell your cadence during and after run.

stopthatthisinstantbob ,

High hopes...

It seems the developer has abandoned this app. It hasn’t had an update in over a year. I am fairly tech savvy, so I began using RunCadence thinking I could apply the correct permissions required to make it work right. Unfortunately I cannot make it work either. I would really like for this app to work right because it is exactly what I need. I am willing to work with the developers to get things setup right however I do not see any options for support.

ddavies801 ,

Not very useful

It is simple as advertised, but it doesn't really do much-just gives ave cadence at the end of your run. It would be much better if it indicated current and ave cadence periodically during the run so you would have some inclination on how to alter cadence. It would be better if it gave a summary at the end of the run of how cadence changed during the run. The app also should keep a history of cadence during various runs in the past. As it stands this app is not very useful to me.

Developer Response ,

The RunCadence app gives current cadence on the screen the entire run. If your phone settings are set to go to sleep quickly then you will only see the cadence when waking your phone. The metronome will alert you to when you are out of your chosen desired cadence.


RunCadence, LLC
24.7 MB
Health & Fitness

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
© 2016 RunCadence LLC


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