There’s nothing you love more than going for a run--except of course finding ways to digitally optimize your run. Here, four apps to download now.

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BEST FOR TRACKING: NIKE+

This free app is a game changer when it comes to clocking your distance and time, but thanks to its GPS and record-keeping features, it also creates a detailed (and shareable) map showing the ground you covered, complete with a coach who cheers you on every time you surpass a mileage goal.

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BEST FOR TRAINING: 5K RUNNER

Get in shape with this app, designed to help you train to go from the couch to running your first 5K in just eight weeks. It’s $3 to download, but comes with an easy interface--not to mention tons of features to get you moving (like interval training and a coach that tells you when to walk and run). 

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BEST FOR COMPETING AGAINST YOUR PALS: STRAVA

See how your goals align with other runners when you download Strava, a free app that comes with a feed of leaderboards--and real-time data--so you can see how your time and distance stack up against friends and locals who are covering the same ground. (We’ll beat you yet, Trisha.)

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BEST FOR NOT GETTING BORED: SPOTIFY

Hello, music is the antidote to soul-crushing hills. Download this free app…then let the inspiration Beyoncé reign. (You can go commercial-free for $10 a month.)

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