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Virtual Run Coach app review



Training for a marathon can be pretty difficult especially if you're doing it on your own. The Virtual Run Coach can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone as your own personal motivator throughout your training. The app offers customized full and half marathon training regimens that range in length from 12 to 32 weeks. This is a user-friendly way to go about your training in a logical way that will ensure you meet your goals. 

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Virtual Run Coach


Get a Customized Plan

The Virtual Run Coach app is all about providing users with a plan that is easy to understand and customized to their needs and also providing them with the motivation they need. The plans allows you to choose your difficulty level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), the ability to choose between five to more than 40 miles per week that you will be running, and how many times a week you will run (three, four, five, or six days). As mentioned the training plans range in length from 12 to 32 weeks and really work with your needs and abilities. This is the kind of app that is advanced enough for those professional runners and non-intimidating for those beginners.

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The app hasn't been updated in more than a year now with its' last update addressing a few minor bugs. The app has four out of five stars from users so the lack of updates doesn’t seem to be hurting it. Users’ comments are positive for the most part as they seem to really like the customization features however some feel the app could be more user-friendly.

Provides customizable run plans
Provides customizable run plans

Training with the App

The Virtual Run Coach app offers a number of features to help users train in an effective manner. For starters the app will help you stay on track and motivated by providing you with a daily reminder to do your run. There is a pace calculator that is built in that helps identify your best time and again this can then act as a motivating tool. At the end of your run there is a detailed description, there are tips that are provided to you in order to help you reach your personal best, you can analyze your results through the weekly, monthly, and yearly reports, and you can share your runs on Twitter.

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I do find the user interface to be quite fluid and simple, it's not high-tech but at the same time it is very effective.

View analysis reports
View analysis reports

Virtual Run Coach


Pros and Cons


  • The app is user-friendly and easy to navigate
  • The app will provide you with daily reminders to do your run
  • Choose your type of marathon that you are training for
  • Choose your difficulty level
  • View analysis reports to take a close look at your progress


  • The app is quite basic; there aren’t a ton of features

Virtual Run Coach screenshot
Virtual Run Coach screenshot

Final Words

The Virtual Run Coach app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone can help you achieve your goals when it comes to training for a marathon by providing a selection of basic and customizable tools.


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