I’m very pleased to announce that Run Ranger has been thoroughly updated just in time for 2014. I’ve added some new features which I hope you will love. I approached the improvements and new features as probably the biggest user of Run Ranger (As you may or may not recall, I run about 15 marathons a year, so I need help keeping my training straight. It’s the reason I developed the app in the first place!) The update has been submitted to the Windows Phone store and should be released before the end of December.
Let’s take a look at some of the new and improved features, and bug fixes.
- Scheduling! I’m not a fan of over-the-top punctuation, but this new feature really makes Run Ranger shine. When you swipe over to the “prepare” tab, you’re presented with the workout tiles as before, pre-loaded with the proper paces for optimal training. (These are, as before, based on the distance/time you ran through the pace calculator tab.) But notice the little calendar icons. They’re buttons. Tap the button on the workout tile of your choice, and you’ll navigate to the scheduling page, where you can enter a distance (in the case of easy runs, long runs, tempo runs, or steady-state runs). If you’ve chosen an interval workout, you’ll be prompted to enter a number of repeats. As you enter a distance or interval number, you’ll see the distance and duration information update just below. Select a time and date on the right. Click the check button (OK) and Run Ranger brings up a pre-populated appointment on your phone’s default calendar. The time block corresponds to the time the workout will take (including warmup, cooldown, and recovery intervals, in the case of speedwork). Hit OK and your workout will be on your cloud-enabled calendar, available across your devices. If you want to invite friends to the run, just add attendees, as you would on any other normal calendar item. If you’re coaching a track or cross-country team, this would be a quick and easy way to send your team members individualized workouts. Just plop the runner’s best recent effort into the pace calculator, choose the workout, and send.
- Context list for the distance input box. Press and hold in the distance input box and you get a menu that lets you select marathon or half marathon – for those who have trouble remembering the distance out to the decimal points. (Me!). This existed in prior versions, but wasn’t well known, and it had a bug that made it enter an invalid number (using a point for decimal separator) if you were in some locations. That should be fixed now.
- Memory! Run Ranger now remembers the last distance/time or distance/pace combo you used in the app, saving you the trouble of entering it next time you open it up to check on your mile repeat pace.
As always, thanks for using Run Ranger. I’ve got more improvements on the way – stuff that I, as a runner like you, would find useful in a running app.