Run Your First 5K

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A 5K might just be the perfect race: long enough to offer a challenge, but short enough that training won’t consume all your free time. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed couch potato or a seasoned runner, these apps will help you cross that finish line.

The following apps make those tough initial runs a little more bearable and your training plan a lot easier to stick with. Your efforts will be rewarded, so lace up and get going!

Step 1: Find your trainer with...Aaptiv and Nike+ Run Club

Aaptiv offers custom workouts that aim to emulate traditional one-on-one coaching. Pick a workout based on your goals and duration and a trainer will pipe into your headphones over the top of a custom workout soundtrack, pushing you through the entire run.

Got an Apple Watch? With the Nike+ Series 3, you can access run tracking, custom workouts, and playlists, all while leaving your phone at home.

Pick a training plan in the app, and Nike+ Run Club feeds you a curated workout plan to help you meet your speed and endurance goals. You can also find local Nike running groups through the app or ask training or product questions of real human experts.

    Aaptiv: #1 Audio Fitness App

    Personal Training for Everyone


Step 2: Push farther with...Runkeeper

Runkeeper tracks your workouts, and it helps build weekly fitness routines that match your fitness level. Stack up your workouts from different weeks next to one another and notice how your speed and endurance have improved.

Once you you hit your goals, be sure to share them with the community of 50 million runners.

    Runkeeper—GPS Running Tracker

    Best Run Tracking and Mapping


Step 3: Stay hydrated with...WaterMinder

As your miles start increasing, so does your need for extra hydration. WaterMinder makes it easy to log your water intake throughout the day, so you can make sure to head into a workout fully hydrated and ready to perform at the highest level.

Set your gender, weight, and activity level, and WaterMinder will help notify you throughout the day to help meet your customized goal. Say goodbye to dehydration forever.


    Daily Water Reminder & Tracker