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5 apps to help you train for a marathon

Perhaps you have set your sights on 2019 as the year for completing your first marathon or half marathon. If so, you’ll be well acquainted with the dedication and commitment to your exercise routine that is required to see things through.

It doesn’t hurt to mix things up a little, though, and these marathon-training apps might just help to take your current training schedule to the next level.

1. RunKeeper

This app features a training programme specifically for marathons and half marathons, and also gives users the options to set their own goals and challenges. RunKeeper stores your best times, and it is easy to see your most recent times, as well as the time you ran the past week, month or year at a glance. Download RunKeeper on iOS and Android devices.

2. Motigo

This app allows friends and family to record 30-second motivational messages to keep you going along every kilometre. You can record your own short motivations, too, or simply listen to a list of pre-recorded motivational sayings when you need a pick-me-up. Download Motigo for free on Android and iOS.

3. Final Surge

If you have a run coach, this app is great. Your coach will be able to post your workouts directly to the app, and give feedback on completed sessions. You are able to comment and share reviews, and the app also synchs with Strava and Garmin, so all your data is easily accessible. Get it on your Android or iOS device.

4. Headspace

Any long-distance runner knows that training your mind is just as important as training your body. Headspace helps you to practice mindfulness in the run-up to your marathon and to learn mantras that will get you through it. Download it onto you iOS or Android device.

5. MapMyRun

Some routes are just a lot more pleasant to run than others, but in the spur of the moment, we sometimes forget to make a mental note of that perfect course. Not with MapMyRun. This app maps all your routes, so you’ll know which ones to run (or avoid) the next time you go on the road or trail. Download it on iOS and Android devices.

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