I haven’t run on a treadmill for years. I don’t know about you but I can’t stand the monotony and boredom, I love running outside and all the rewards that it brings, I just feel like I lose the love if I have to take my running indoors.
I can see the benefits of using a treadmill, perhaps during inclement weather, during winter if you don’t feel safe going out in the dark, if you are travelling and don’t feel safe running, or if you really want to nail a speed workout and like me are rubbish at judging pace outdoors. I’ve found the only thing that makes me stay on a treadmill in the past is doing an interval workout as having to focus on changing the treadmill speed and incline keep my mind occupied. I didn’t think there was any way I could make treadmill running more interesting, but what if there was a way I could bring my love of the outdoors and it’s spectacular scenery indoors? Well that’s where RunSocial comes in.
RunSocial is the only app in the world that combines social running with incredible HD videos of spectacular running routes to spice up your indoor training. You can explore new running routes with friends/groups, wherever you are in the world. The videos are virtual world environments where you can run alongside others in real time on 13 different routes, from the streets of the London marathon to the stunning Swiss Alps, or several American national parks which have taken my fancy. The app gives real-time data from other runners, and you can share progress and encouragement on social media channels. You can even participate in global marathon events individually or as a team- not sure I’m quite hardcore enough to run a marathon on a treadmill, but I can definitely see me being on one for longer with RunSocial.
RunSocial’s CEO and co-founder Marc Hardy said: “Our mission is to help make fitness more fun.” This is definitely something I can get on board with. For me that’s what exercise is all about, if you aren’t enjoying it then why are you doing it?
You can download the app from the Apple App Store, and it’s compatible with iPad Air, iPad mini and iPhones with the latest OS. All routes, along with free demos, are available for download within the app.
Run Social have kindly given me a code (poweredbypbRS12) to share so you can download a free route in the app. To get your free route simply download the RunSocial app, go to the website and create your free account and enter the promo code, then log into your account on the app, go to the Swiss Alps route and select Run Sample, and you will shortly be running in the Swiss Alps-I might see you there! I haven’t had a chance to try the route out yet as I’ve been suffering with a knee injury, so hopefully I will be able to give it a go soon.
RunSocial are also running an exciting competition to win your dream running trip and experience a RunSocial route in person. The competition closes on Monday 7 September 2015 and the winner of the main prize and runner-up prize winners will be selected and announced by Monday 14 September 2015. For the full Terms and Conditions click here.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a code to try out the RunSocial app, all opinions are my own.