V.O2: Running Coach 4+

With Adaptive Training Plans

The Run SMART Project, LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 4.9 • 3.3K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Coaching app for athletes looking to take their running to the next level.

*** Update: Now including V.O2 Apple Watch companion app ***

How it works

Athletes: Get an invite from a coach or choose one coaching option.

• Adaptive Trainer (14-Day Free Trial)
• Goal Race Plan
• Match with a Private Coach

Coaches: Start your 30-day free trial and learn how to manage your athletes at https://vdoto2.com/vdotcoach

Popular Features

• Assess your current running fitness (VDOT)
• Built-in personalized training paces
• Sync training calendar with GPS data from Apple Health, Coros, Garmin or Strava
• Sync workouts/pace targets to Apple Watch, Coros or Garmin for real-time guidance
• Adapt your training based on your improvement
• Work with your coach, communicate and adjust training

Truly Personalized

Unlike most running apps, VDOT knows you. It understands the type of runner you are, what you're training for, and how to maximize your efforts. It also gives you more control over your training, leveraging your feedback to deliver real-time data which fine tunes your training and leads to continuous progression. With fully automated, truly personalized and highly-adaptive training, VDOT helps you achieve measurable improvement — all in an effort to make you the best runner you can be.

Intelligent Training

With a focus on training over tracking and coaching over running, VDOT offers access to the highest quality, Olympic-style training for runners of all levels-right from any mobile device. Designed to help runners train correctly and more intelligently, VDOT elicits maximum benefit while reducing the required effort. These high-quality workouts promote healthy, responsible, and beneficial sessions while simultaneously preventing overtraining.

Olympic Pedigree

V.O2 was built from the foundation of a scientifically-validated training methodology. Based on former Olympian, author, and legendary running coach Jack Daniels’ exercise science principles, the methodology not only benefits runners of all ages and abilities when it comes to improving their running fitness but it also serves as the best measure of running economy across a variety of runners and events, making it an ideal way to compare performances. High-school, college, Olympic and non-elite runners have all trained, ran, and succeeded with the VDOT methodology.

-”Dr. Jack Daniels has had a bigger influence on training-for-running than anyone. He might be considered the Albert Einstein of the sport." - Runner’s World Magazine

What’s New

Version 4.48

* Bug Fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

TonyRoslund ,

Like Having A Personal Coach

The app is fantastic for establishing workout plans no matter what your fitness level. It’s somewhat adaptive in that you can add a race to the calendar and the program will adapt to prepare you for it. Syncs perfectly with Garmin and Coros watches to guide you on workouts. The only thing I’d like to see is an even more adaptive update that would actually increase speeds & mileage automatically based on past performance. Currently, you have to manually tell the app you’re ready to level up. Trainer Road does this very well as a cycling app, and I’d love to see V.O2 do the same.

If you have a coach, the app will allow your coach to upload workouts and make changes based on your performance, which makes this app sort of a one-stop-shop for your running career.

One thing I don’t really understand is why I have to mark workouts completed in the app when the app already syncs with my watch and has all the data from the workout I just completed. It already knows the workout is completed! Why isn’t this step automatic?

Overall, great app, simple and easy to use.

Zach - Bucks and Bulls ,

Front runner training app, with some big bugs to work through.

I’ve had this app for a couple of weeks as I’ve been training and I just have 3 problems with it.
First, that I can’t edit a workout after it’s been added and synced, So I can’t say “no this is the activity that I want targeted!”, it picks first and doesn’t let you change it, more freedom to edit would be wonderful.
Second, you have to act like your own coach planning workouts, I can’t just say “workout tomorrow” it has to be a set amount of reps and distance, but I can’t say that because I have no idea until I’m about to do it!
Third, I can’t add an easy run after I already ran it, they won’t connect and it won’t add to my training log, instead if I push “completed easy run” it doubles my distance for that run.
Overall great app and so smart, I’m learning a lot from it and it’s good for organizing my training and keeping track, but more freedom is necessary for this app to work right. Or you have to strenuously plan, add, keep track, and try to keep up, but if you would free it up for editing on runs and workouts, it would become the greatest organization, training, coaching app out there. Good luck

mipinz ,

Dream for interval running

This app solves the absence of strong interval tools in more popular services like MapMy. There’s a lot of sophistication around run design, with great audio cues based on time and distance. Really complex routines are easy to plan. I can’t imagine interval training without it. The coaching plans are good, especially if you run year-round and get bored with rote schedules.

A few minor complaints:

1. I think the GPS is short. My intervals often appear unrealistically fast. When comparing the same run in much more wifey used and monitored running apps, V.02 seems to sometimes register a mile in as little as 0.91 miles. I don’t think that’s a problem for routine training, but may harm target training for races.

2. The UI remains kludgy. Creating a “library” of intervals ends up being messy because, for example, I’ve had to create a bunch of 800m intervals with different target paces and recovery times.

3. The Apple Watch app is junky. The primary thing I imagine most runners want during an interval is the remaining time or distance. I haven’t figured out how to make that the dominant visual element, or to stop my podcast app from taking precedence on the display. This is not a problem with MapMy, so it is solvable.

What I’d really love is to see MapMy or another major running app pay the V.02 team a zillion dollars for their great work and then integrate this tech into their better-designed interface.

App Privacy

The developer, The Run SMART Project, LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

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