Gear Shed

Q:

Best Coaching App for Power-Song Junkies: Nike+ Running

I have a marathon coming up in a few months. How can I get online coaching tailored to my ability? Oh, and how can I get it for free?

Nike+ Running.     Photo: Courtesy of Nike

A:BEST FOR POWER-SONG JUNKIES
The integrated music player on Nike’s app slings adrenaline mixes like none other. While you follow Alberto Salazar's training plans, the app tracks your progress and announces your splits with canned voices. (Too bad you can’t get the voice of the notoriously grouchy Salazar himself, which would probably say things like, “What the $#!*?@? You haven’t hit any of the splits.”) Sadly, Salazar’s coaching methods are reduced in this application to a one-size-fits-all plan. It’s too generic for anyone to implement well.

THE COACH
Arguably the greatest American running coach alive (cf. the accomplishments of American track runners in London last summer).

THE VOICE
Celebrity athletes offer peppy encouragement; generic computer voices announce splits.

Free; for iPhone and Android.

Ask a Question!

Our gear experts await your questions. Go ahead, ask them anything.

By submitting above, you agree to the Outside privacy policy. * We might edit your question for length or clarity.

More at Outside

Comments