Although there appear to be several marathon trainers for the iPhone, if you enter “marathon” in the android market there are only a couple of applications: Triathlon and Marathon trainer by Ontri and Race Trainer by CRE. Since the Ontri application is free (instead of $1.25) I decided to go with that one.
- I just have to enter the date of my race and the type of race and it calculates what I’m supposed to do each day
- I just have to log a workout on my phone and it publishes it to facebook (because I’m vain like that although I’d prefer twitter)
- It sends a weekly update with the miles logged that week
- There is a web community, although I’ve never used it.
- The UI could use some rework. Many of the runs have a specific technique that should be associated with certain times. Beyond a few lines it’s cutoff. Also it takes some reading to figure out what today’s workout is. It’s at the middle of the screen and is not highlighted
- The training plans are done in time instead of distance. As a slow person I should focus more on distance since my 2 hour run doesn’t cover the recommended 10 miles…more like 7-8. Shorter runs have no suggested distance.
- The weekly long run falls on a Wednesday/Thursday for a weekend marathon instead of the weekend which is when I have more time for a 2 hour run.
For a free application it definitely meets my needs. I can quickly punch in a new race date and it recalculates for me.
I have Endomondo to track my runs with a GPS so when I run outside I use that in conjunction with Ontri, but since I mostly use the treadmill Ontri is my main system of record.
Another solution would probably be just to find someone with a google calendar or something of suggested trainings and sync that to my phone. That doesn’t have automatic facebook integration though. Having everything on my phone means I have no excuse for not knowing my next workout.