Let Gipis Create Your Perfect Running Program

Whether you’re looking to start running, or looking to run your fastest race ever, Gipis Running can deliver a plan specifically for you. Just set your running goal and the app will handle it from there. Gipis will provide you with a training regimen to complement your running experience (if applicable), your goals and your schedule.

Then all you have to do is … run! Log your runs using the app, upload your workouts and then kill it out there on the track. That’s all there is to it. Come on, click “more” and I’ll show you how it all works.

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On Your Mark

As far as account setups go, Gipis Running’s takes a few more seconds than average, but it’s not enough to make you close out the app.

You’re prompted to complete a short survey, which includes providing information such as your height, weight, age, body fat and favorite sports/activities.

After providing some information about yourself, the app will ask you for a distance-based goal.

After providing some information about yourself, the app will ask you for a distance-based goal.

That out of the way, you can get down to the business of setting your running goal. First, tell Gipis Running what you want to run — 3K, 5K, 5 miles, 10K, 10 miles, a half marathon or a marathon. Next, tell the app what you recently ran. Note that the response “nothing” is an option if you will be a total beginner.

If you’re not a total beginner and instead selected the distance of one of your recent runs, you must now provide the time (given in minutes and seconds) in which you ran said distance.

To create your program, the app will need to know what kind of a runner you already are, including if you don't run at all.

To create your program, the app will need to know what kind of a runner you already are, even if you don’t run at all.

And finally, you will let the app know which days you are available for training — you’ll be asked to select two to four days of the week for training. Gipis Running will then build your training plan with that schedule in mind. In other words, even if your running experience and goal factors remained the same, the app would deliver a different training plan for two training days per week than say, four.

Mark the days of the week you want to work out and Gipis will create your plan and display the end results you can expect.

Mark the days of the week you want to work out and Gipis will create your plan and display the end results you can expect.

Get Set

Your training plan includes a “Building Up” phase at the very beginning. This is to establish a solid training base from which you can start working toward improvement. In other words, Gipis Running needs to make sure you can continuously run for a certain number of minutes, or cover a certain number of back-to-back miles, before it asks you to step up your game. The “Building Up” phase, while recommended, is optional, and you may choose to skip it if you’re a longtime, confident runner.

The training plan overview displays your weeks vertically. Tap any workout to log that day's run.

The training plan overview displays your weeks vertically. Tap any workout to log that day’s run.

Your plan snapshot is displayed vertically and broken down for you according to Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and so on. The number of total weeks will be determined by your current skill level, your goal, the number of workout days you choose, and how quickly or slowly you make progress. It’s important to note that your training plan adjusts to your progress and automatically updates every time you track a run.

Go

When it’s time for your workout, tap on the corresponding day and workout for more information, including the duration, distance and pace. You’ll also be provided with a description of the workout and what is hoped to be achieved. Then, just tap Go Workout and start running. Of course, to get the most out of the app, you will need to carry or wear your iPhone somewhere on your person while you run; you’ll also need to approve sharing your location with Gipis Running so it can chart the distance you’ve covered.

As you run, the app will provide you with some audio cues to give you some idea of whether you need to pick up speed or slow down to stick to your training plan. I used the app while running outdoors as well as running indoors on a treadmill to really put the cues to the test, and by doing the latter discovered that the audio cues were not as accurate as I had hoped they would be. For example, I would set a faster pace on the treadmill, but instead of telling me to slow down, the app told me to speed up. The opposite occurred a few times as well.

Completed workouts receive checkmarks. Tap on any workout for a description and minute-by-minute breakdown.

Completed workouts receive checkmarks. Tap on any workout for a description and minute-by-minute breakdown.

When finished, tap Pause or Stop and then upload your workout to your Gipis account. The details of your run are saved, including a map of the distance you covered, your duration, your pace and energy used. You can view these details at any time by tapping on the workout on your training plan. Completed workouts will feature green checkmarks next to them.

If you’re into sharing your training plans, workouts and stats, you can do so via Facebook, Twitter and email.

Recap

The workouts I completed with the app were up to 40 minutes long and I found the app did not drain my battery life dramatically.

I like the convenience of choosing which days of the week I exercise, and it’s nice that the app will allow me to make up a missed day if something unexpected comes up and I can’t carve out the time for a run.

One of the best things about Gipis Running is it just tells you what to do, so you don’t necessarily have to worry about things like threshold pace, heart rate, maximum oxygen consumption and other advanced terms, you just have to follow the instructions the app provides. But, if you’re an experienced runner who wants to pay more attention to those things, you can take your time learning how you are progressing in each of those categories.

My biggest beef with the app is that the audio cues were less than reliable. I depended more on my own personal monitor to keep track of my pace. And considering that the pace at which you run is kind of the foundation for all the workouts, this issue will require improvement. On the other hand, if you approach the workouts more casually and are just looking for a training plan that will hold you accountable to making time to run, Gipis Running is easy to use and extremely customizable.


Summary

Set your running goal, get your personalized training plan, and start tracking your runs to make progress.

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