5 best apps for running beginners

With gyms closed and nothing better to do, there is no better time to start running

Written by Liv Grady

January 15, 2021

Running apps - girl wearing loungewear

We all had big plans to get back to the gym, start eating healthy and embark on a self-love mission in January, but unfortunately lockdown ensued. If you still wanna make a start on your fitness journey, don’t let anything stop you. Running can be daunting, especially if you are not an avid fitness fanatic, but if you want to get your trainers on and head outside, we have some helpful apps to get you started. Keep reading for our 5 best apps to help you get into running.

5 best running apps

  1. Couch to 5k
  2. Strava
  3. Nike Run Club
  4. Human
  5. Charity Miles


Couch to 5k is designed for people who have never run before. The app helps you build yourself up to a 5k run, using gradual walking and running intervals to help you build up your fitness over an 8 week period. It lets you pick a celebrity voice coach to guide you through.

Couch to 5k app for running logo


You’ve probably noticed all the pro runners posting their Strava routes on FB, but it is great for beginners too. You can find and create popular routes in your area, according to the distance you wanna run.

Strava logo running app


Ever thought running could be relaxing? Well Nike Run Club has a feature called “Run With Headspace”. The guided headspace workout helps you to combine running with mediation techniques.

Nike run club logo


Human tracks your activity constantly and works to help you get an achievable move goal of 30 minutes per day. You can compare your activities to those around you and compete against them or just use it as a daily target.

Human running app

5. Charity Miles

If you have ever needed some more motivation to get up and move, charity miles is the app for you. Just download it and choose one of the 42 non profit charities. For every mile you move, the app donates money to your chosen cause. You can also create fundraising teams with friends, join leaderboards and more.

Charity miles logo running app

Not sure what to wear when running in Winter? We can help you with that one, read our handy guide on how to layer whilst running in the cold.