In this Runtastic review, I’ll compare the free vs the paid version and see if we can use this awesome app without necessarily upgrading to premium.
Before we look at the Runtastic cost, first let’s check out what’s so special about this running app, shall we?!
What’s Special About Runtastic?
Similar to Nike Run Club, Runtastic has created the “Story Runs” to guide you through your run. If in NRC, you mostly hear professional coaches, then with Runtastic it’s a mix of trainers and community members that pushes you forward.
Runtastic has a wonderful community and some members who have years and years of running experience share their stories, mistakes, and tips. It’s not annoying or anything. Instead, it’s more to distract you from the unpleasant and encourage you to keep going.
The community, the stats, the challenges, and all other features of Runtastic are there to help us reach our goal whatever it may be. Mine was to gradually run longer distances after recovering from knee surgery (More on my story Here). What’s yours?
So far we’ve covered the community and story runs, now let’s look at the cost.
How Much Does Runtastic Cost?
Runtastic has a free and paid version available. The paid plan comes at $9.99 USD a month while the yearly subscription is $49.99 USD.
With the free plan, you get:
- Real-time tracking with GPS that shows your avg. pace, speed, calories burned, duration and distance;
- A few free Story Runs from the library;
- Basic running stats like your weeks’ activity etc;
- Access to the community & blog posts;
- Ability to join challenges.
The paid plan gives you:
- Deeper stats like tracking your personal bests, etc;
- Access to all Story Runs;
- Targeted training plans.
With the free plan, you’ll have a chance to be part of a wonderful community but if you have a specific goal in mind that must be reached, maybe try the premium.
I look at it this way – if I would be preparing for a marathon, I would go with the premium Runtastic. Other than that, the free plan was perfect for basic stuff.
Runtastic Review: Pros
- The app connects with Polar or Garmin trackers;
- We can easily connect with our friends from Facebook, and join friendly competitions;
- There are live challenges by the community organized regularly;
- You can also log outside activities and track more sports than just running;
- Runtastic syncs with Adidas Training app too;
- Has a cool “shoe-feature” that tracks the miles;
- It’s both iOS and Android-friendly;
- Has a 7-day free trial to try out the Premium Plan.
Runtastic Review: Cons
- The running app is battery demanding;
- We cannot modify the training plan;
- You cannot delete the voice as it can be annoying for some runners;
- No option for creating a run before;
- Minor issues with the GPS signal even with mobile data on which stops the tracking.
Final Thoughts on the Runtastic App
After reviewing Runtastic, I would definitely recommend it to all runners regardless of their running goals. It’s a very thorough and comfortable running app that works well on both Android and iOS.
My favorite part was the live voice coach who regularly updated me on the distance, calories burned, and my running pace. This might be useful for runners who have a specific goal in mind.
I also feel that Runtastic works well for people who just want to simply jog with the community. As long as we make running enjoyable, it’s worth it!
Get Runtastic for Android Here
Get Runtastic for iOS Here
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