Runtastic has probably the best running app on the market.
And there’s no shortage–Strava, MapMyRun, Endomondo, Runkeeper, etc.
I’ve been using Runtastic for a couple years now–first on an iPhone 5C and now an iPhone SE. Runtastic is cross-platform: it has an Android app, as well as a Web interface you can access from any Internet-connected device.
Runtastic: the iPhone App
Even if the user interface doesn’t look “native” to the iOS world, the layout is clean, intuitive, and easy to read at a glance.
Here’s what it looks like mid-run:
You may notice that screen says “Internet not reachable.” That’s because I have a highly limited data plan, so I use the app with my data off. Still, the GPS tracking works remarkably well, even without Internet or cell data. This is impressive.
The app updates everything in real time–your map, your current pace, your average pace, your distance, and your duration. The Premium version of the app (more on that later) also has auto-pause, which detects when you’ve stopped running and automatically puts tracking on hold. (Not every running app has this.)
Here’s what it looks like when you’re done:
Again–everything is really easy to see at a glance. You can even see your spits:
And–what’s amazing to me–drag your finger across the line to see what your pace was at any given moment in your workout:
You can even customize how your splits occur–whether miles or minutes:
The history screen (easily accessible when you open the app) looks great:
And you can compare statistics (by week, month, or year). I find this motivating:
There’s more–you can track how many miles you’ve run in a given running shoe:
Which also permits a more detailed view:
The voice coach is even customizable, and gives you audio markers for different points in your run:
Runtastic does a great job tracking your personal records, and letting you know when you’ve beaten them. One lack is that a personal record does not pop up automatically within the app once you’ve gotten it in a given activity. You have to wait to check the Website or receive an email (automatically generated). Record notifications look like this:
I loved getting this email!
The Web Interface
It’s not perfect, but it shows you a ton of information. The home screen looks a little cluttered to me:
Even with Runtastic Premium, which removes ads, I have an item on the top and everything in the right sidebar that just look like, well… ads. They’re all in-house, but I could do with less. You also still get pop-ups (rarely, but more than expected) like this on the phone:
You can set everything to private, though, so no one knows when, where, or how fast you’re running, except you.
This activity view on the site is much cleaner (minus the vexing “Report a Problem” pop-over that I can’t close out):
The site allows you to see some cool stats, too. I loved knowing (and was grateful Runtastic tracked it) when I most often work out!
You can also easily import a workout (either a GPC or TCX file) from another app. This process is pretty easy and smooth. You can export a single workout from Runtastic elsewhere, but there is no bulk export option. If you do a bunch of workouts in Runtastic, it’s not so easy to later migrate all that data elsewhere. Other apps are proprietary like this (some accuse this kind of thing as a sort of “holding your data hostage”), although Runkeeper allows you to bulk export your data. Runtastic should add this feature.
You can also have a weekly fitness report delivered your way, which is cool:
There’s a lot more I could mention, as this is a really great app. You can set yourself a duration and distance goal and track your progress in real time. This has made a couple of my runs better! Here I am meeting my pace goal:
But then I fall behind:
I didn’t make it that time:
The next time, however….
To Premium or Not to Premium?
Easy. Premium. You get ads removed (except for in-house stuff that I’d like also to be able to remove), free training plans, free “story runs,” the aforementioned records tracking, a free 3-month trial to Runner’s World, accelerated response to support queries, and more. (Details here.) It’s a subscription model, so you just have to decide whether you’d use the premium features. The price is definitely reasonable for what you get in return.
I’ll have a Runkeeper review posting soon, so will be able to better compare, but from what I’ve seen so far, Runtastic (especially in its Premium version) is the best running app I’ve seen. Check it out here.
Thanks so much to the folks at Runtastic who set me up with a trial of Premium so I could review the app!
I’ve recorded a 12-minute screencast on how to read a book in Accordance Bible Software.
I highlight four features:
- Hyperlinks, hyperlinks, hyperlinks!
- The expandable/collapsible Table of Contents sidebar
- Search Fields to better focus your search
- Advanced: Amplify/Research to get from the book you’re reading to the rest of your library
You’ll never read or study a work of theology or biblical studies the same way again. Accordance makes Kindle look like a codex.
Here’s the video:
I mention these resources:
Thanks for watching!
Thanks to Accordance for access to the Interpretation modules shown in this screencast review. See my other Accordance posts (there are many) gathered here. I recorded the tutorial using the app Capto.
This post is a giveaway of three months of Todoist Premium. First, some background.
While OmniFocus has been a constant task-tracking companion for the last two years, a couple of unacknowledged and then acknowledged-but-still-unfixed bugs have been just vexing enough to send me back to other productivity apps.
I mass exported all my data from OmniFocus to 2Do (easily the best aesthetic of any task tracking app), which has been my new go-to.
However, the pull of Todoist is strong. (See my review from fall 2015 here.) I can, for example, write:
Take out the trash every Thursday at 4 #church
And it uses natural language input to set up the time (and a recurring task, no less) and project.
No need to manually go through my projects or a date and time picker. It’s fast.
Todoist Premium adds more features: labels (which are tags, essentially), filters (which are saved searches that can help you sort your tasks in really neat ways), and a lot more.
My “Todoist Karma” (I know, cheesy… but I like having a continually rising score to track my productivity) got high enough that Todoist sent me a free code for three months of Premium. They also sent me a code to give away.
Here’s how you can get that second code.
I’ll randomly select a recipient from the comments below. For one entry, simply answer the question, “What app or system are you using now to track tasks and projects?” For a second entry, share a link to this post on Facebook or Twitter (or whatever the kids are using these days), and come back here to the comments to tell me you did. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, March 25.
Readers of this blog (yes, it’s alive!) may recall my immense appreciation for commentaries and other works published by The Jewish Publication Society. You can find a host of JPS reviews and book notes I’ve written here.
JPS has just released Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics, by Jeremiah Unterman.
Biblical justice has been a recurring theme in our congregation this past school year–both in my preaching and in our adult Sunday school classes. I’m eager to dig in to this volume.
Here’s the publisher’s description:
Justice for All demonstrates that the Jewish Bible, by radically changing the course of ethical thought, came to exercise enormous influence on Jewish thought and law and also laid the basis for Christian ethics and the broader development of modern Western civilization.
Jeremiah Unterman shows us persuasively that the ethics of the Jewish Bible represent a significant moral advance over Ancient Near East cultures. Moreover, he elucidates how the Bible’s unique conception of ethical monotheism, innovative understanding of covenantal law, and revolutionary messages from the prophets form the foundation of many Western civilization ideals. Justice for All connects these timeless biblical texts to the persistent themes of our times: immigration policy, forgiveness and reconciliation, care for the less privileged, and attaining hope for the future despite destruction and exile in this world.
Here are few more links to explore:
- A short history of Septuagint Day
- A review of Karen Jobes’s guided Septuagint reader
- If you’re flush with cash and/or need to refinance your loans for advanced textbooks (just kidding, DON’T GO THAT FAR), T. Muraoka’s new LXX Syntax looks excellent
- Why I think you need the Septuagint
- Yet more reasons from James Aitken
- An interview by William A. Ross of aforementioned Prof. Aitken
- Will Ross interviews (today!) Septuagint scholar Dr. Natalio Fernández Marcos
- First Bible of the Church: a good monograph to get started on Septuagint reading
- A fairly thorough comparative overview I wrote of Septuagint studies resources in Bible software platforms
- How to make sense of the Göttingen Septuagint: part one and part two (part three is in the purgatory… get it, purgatory? Septua–sorry.)
- A look inside the print edition of the Genesis volume of the Göttingen Septuagint
- Website for the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies
In honor of Black History Month, Baylor University Press is offering 40% off + free shipping on select titles.
The entire list is here, and it includes Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus. There’s also a new-ish book that I plan to order called Muslims and the Making of America. Prices are cheaper than Amazon, and this way you can support the publishers (and authors) more directly.
The sale is good for February with discount code BFEB.