What it is: Automatic playlists that sync to your running speed
It’s easy to get burnt out on your workout playlists -- after all, the same 20 pump-up jams on rotation can only pump you up for so long. That’s what makes Spotify’s Running playlists so brilliant. Spotify syncs with your phone’s accelerometer and creates a customized set of tunes whose beats-per-minute tempo matches your pace. It’s not all Tiesto and garbage EDM, though -- it's a grab bag of genres. To access them, tap the Menu button, select Browse, find Running, and tap the playlist you want.
What it is: An app that finds cool running routes and tracks your progress
If you’re getting into running, MapMyRun is the virtual coach you need to stay on track. It records your progress and occasionally interjects to turn down your music and read out your real-time pacing stats, which sounds simple and ineffectual, but is actually a powerful motivator. Plus, if you prefer running outside instead of the gym, you can pull up the Route Genius feature when you’re in an unfamiliar spot -- it’ll plot out a variety of routes other users have tracked nearby.