You may not have noticed, but running is a thing these days.
Kidding, of course, you’ve noticed, half of your office—possibly including you—is posting their routes and running times on Facebook.
While there is no way to estimate how many people actually run (virtually everyone), Running USA has estimated how many people make it to the finish line in running events, and they gathered data for a 25-year stretch!
In 1990 that number was just short of 8 000 000. In 2015 it was just a bit over 17 000 000. Not a bad rise in numbers. Also, not a bad market, especially when you realize that those are just people who compete, and moreover, a portion of those who actually finish the race.
And let’s be honest, there are a lot of apps catering to that market, but hey, there are a lot of apps for just about everything.
So we picked Strava Running and Cycling GPS apart, the app that seems to have won over many runners and that keeps popping up in our Facebook feeds.
Social network for runners. Or GPS. Or score keeper. Or your personal trainer.
Don’t let the name fool you, the app is about so much more than GPS. It keeps your score, follows your tracks, lets you keep your gear in check, connect with other runners, as well as share your routes on social media — because if it’s not on Facebook, it didn’t happen.
There are also premium features, like training videos, personalized coaching and live feedback. All in all, a pretty good set of features.
It also integrates with both Apple Health Kit and Google Fit, and the GPS game is pretty good, so there are all those integrations to think about.
Firebase has got your back
Just like in WhatsApp DECODED, we used Firebase for all the communication features, so you don’t have to go fiddling with servers and back end.
Integration of Firebase doesn’t take long at all, and it saves you some serious time and money when it comes to development.