Whether you are an experienced jogger, want to train for a marathon(s), like to stride along a river bank, or simply want to loose weight, this new downloadable iPhone and Android application allows runners to pace and track their distance with high accuracy. This application created by Simple Programmer is available for $3.00 at iTunes and it is very easy to install and use. This price is hard to beat since it is much cheaper than pedometers sold at Walmarts and other electronic stores. PaceMaker was originally created for Android phones but has been recently upgraded for the iPhone and includes the following unique features:
1. Alert Notifications - Tells you to speed up or slow down based on a target speed average that you set during your run.
2. Thresholds - Configure thresholds to determine when to be alerted
3. History - This is a nice feature that allows you to record and log a complete history of your run on Google maps (supports miles and kilometers)
4. GPX - Tracks your current location and runs are automatically saved to a GPX file on your phone.
5. Twitter - This feature is really nice which allows you to post quick updates to your followers via Twitter automatically
6. Facebook - This feature is really nice which allows you to post quick updates to your friends via Facebook automatically
7. Dailymile - Post your runs to Dailymile.com along with your route, it also averages your distance per day, week and month
8. Pause - Pause and resume your runs.
9. Voice enabled- That is right, you do not need to reach down your pocket while you are running since your iPhone will let you know of your progress via the internal phone speakers.
10. Set target pace- Some of us like to jog based on timing and not distance. This feature allows you to actually set distance goals that you want to achieve and records your progress. Chart your progress by looking at line graphs and transfer your data to your laptop.
11. Dailymile.com- Social site for Facebook users who like to post their running progress and network with other joggers!
If you are interested in reading more about iPhone applications, this article posted on this link summarizes some of the latest calorie counters for people with diabetes.
JogStats Application for PalmPre
On a final note, if you happen to have a cell phone that uses the OS system such as the Palm Pre series cell phone, I will highly recommend to give JogStats a try (available for a free month trial). This Palm Pre application is very similar to PaceMaker with the exception that this neat application is better at processing a whole bunch of stats. These statistic features include: average speed, top speed, lowest speed, distance covered, GPS points, approximate calories burned based on your weight, GPX maps, altitude, minutes/mile, acceleration and it will send your stats to Facebook and Twitter. Just download this application directly from the "Application" catalog section.
Enough said, download it, give it a try and enjoy running while summer lasts!