iphone apps

Training pace calculator

Apps, Running

Maybe you’ve taken up running during the COVID19 pandemic, so many people have started running training while gyms are shut. With many of us working from home your lunch break, or the time you would have been commuting, can now be used to get out for a run. So now you’ve got the running bug you might be starting to think about trying to run a certain distance, or improving your running training to run a distance faster. Rather than doing a load of maths, try Pace Me our simple training pace calculator. You can use it as a :

  • 5km pace calculator
  • half marathon pace calculator
  • 10km pace calculator
  • marathon pace calculator

At the moment it is a very simple app, that just shows you your 5km, 10km, half marathon, and marathon times if you run at the pace selected. However we are currently working on an upgrade that will make it more useful as a training pace calculator. Download it for iOS here, and keep your eyes open for updates soon.

running pace calculator app

Some people like to work in minutes per mile, some like to keep a track of their running pace in minutes per kilometre – this pace calculator app let’s you see both. By adjusting the slider to your current, or target running pace, you can see your predicted :

  • 5km race time
  • 10 km race time
  • half marathon race time
  • marathon race time

… will be.

Running pace calculator – target heart zones

We are soon to be releasing a new upgraded version which will also show you your target heart rate zones and your running pace times to help you run faster. As you start reading running training guides you’ll read about going on tempo runs and threshold runs. Which is lovely and all, but how do you know what your tempo run pace should be?! The new version of the Pace Me running calculator will work it all out for you after you enter a few key bits of info.

Tracking your running pace

You might also be wondering how you know how fast you’re running, if you are new to all of this. You can just do it the old school way, and time your run with a wrist watch. As long as you know how far you’ve run you can work out how long on average each kilometre took you. But it won’t show you your split times (the time you took to run each kilometre). And you won’t know what your heart rate was during your run, which can really help with your running training.

You can use an app on your smart phone to track your run, Strava being one of the most well known. But there are plenty of others that do similar – Nike+, MapMyRun, Garmin. However, I do love the way Strava shows your time compared to others along certain segments and it also tells you when you’ve just run a half mile PR for example. That’s along with full split time, analysis. If you want to know your heart rate then you’ll need to either get a heart rate monitor which you wear around your chest, or a sports training watch which can also measure your heart rate.

Running heart rate data & maps

A few years back everyone was talking about Garmins and Apple watches but I found a Tom Tom sports watch which I have loved and still use to this day. It not only let’s me track my runs, and heart rate, but also enables you to store music on the watch and listen using bluetooth headphones – no phone needed! When you get back from your run you sync the watch with a Tom Tom app on your phone. Then you can see the full map of where you ran, the distance, heart rate and full analysis. I have the multi sport version so can also swim and cycle, track gym workouts too. It also tells you your resting heart rate, hours of sleep, and of course steps. It genuinely has blown me away what it does for the money, and there’s lots it does that I haven’t described here. I think the model may have been upgraded a bit since I bought it, but here is a link to the product on Amazon, along with an overview of lots of other sports watches.

I also have it set up to automatically upload each run to Strava, so I get the benefits of what Strava has to offer too. So, using this data you can see how fast you’re running and what your current running pace per km is – then use the Pace Me running training calculator, set the slider to your current pace and then you can see what your predicted race times will be at your current pace. In the next upgrade you will also be able to get your target tempo and threshold running paces to help you with your running training.

Have you got any other ideas of what you’d like me to include in the next release of the app? Please email suggestions to hello@brainstormcreative.co.uk.

The Best Weather Apps For iPhone & iPad – That We Know Of!


With all this hot weather – and the possibility of a spanish plume and big thunderstorms forecast for the next few days – I thought I’d put together a review of what I think are the best weather apps for iPhone. Being a storm lover, and loving interesting weather of any kind there are a few weather apps I’ve found myself relying on a lot ever since I got my first iPhone.

So what are the best storm tracking apps? And what are the best weather apps for iPhone or iPad? Note – I’m not reviewing Android weather apps because I don’t have an Android device and believe they vary a fair bit from the iOS version. 

1. Weather Pro App – FREE & £1.99 Pro Version

best weather app iPhone ukMy favourite, and certainly the weather app I use the most, has to be the Weather Pro app. This is my go to iPhone app for general weather. The free version is really good but I’d definitely recommend upgrading to the paid version to get detailed radar, 2 week forecasts and more extras. The app includes a live lightning tracker, rain / snow / hail forecasts, and the weather forecasts themselves are super accurate. I quite genuinely can’t imagine life before this app!

2. Home And Dry Weather App by MetDesk – £1.49

Best weather apps review - Home and Dry appThis has absolutely fantastic animated maps and a brilliant user interface. It feels slick and easy to use and combines real radar data with forecast rain data to give you an all in one animated weather map. It’s a useful app when there are heavy showers about and you want to know if you’re about to get wet or not!


3. Dark Sky Weather App – £2.49

iphone weather app dark skyOne of the two most expensive weather apps I’m recommending but this is a really fantastic piece of user interface design and a couple of unique features which make it a top pick. Notably it includes a customisable alert setting where you can ask the app to sound an alarm shortly before rain (or snow) is about to arrive at your location. You can even adjust it to only alert you when the rain is heavy, rather than moderate or light. I’d like to see this expanded to thunderstorm alerts. It also includes a mesmerising animated radar map – on a globe which you can rotate, and zoom in on.



4. Forecast.io – £0.79

forecast.io weather for iPhoneA beautifully designed app, especially the elegant animated icons. But I’ve found the actual forecasts to not be quite as accurate as our other apps so I’d recommend having a look at this weather app but don’t rely on it for deciding whether to plan a BBQ this weekend! This one actually feels very similar to Dark Sky – if anyone has any info on if these are related I’d love to know.



5. BBC Weather App – FREE

bbc weather app ukThe BBC weather app feels BBC, looks BBC and delivers reliable BBC forecasts. Sometimes wonderfully detailed and accurate – sometimes a shade off the mark but a great one to rely on and after all it’s FREE! It’s missing two things for me, an animated radar, probably the most useful bit of any weather app, and weather warnings should be delivered as push notificatioons too. One other thing, I’d also love to see the weather symbols fall off the screen occasionally. Or am I showing my age saying that?!



6. Met Office Weather – FREE

Met office app for iphoneThe Met Office weather app is appealing from the point of view it offers a unique interface compared to the other weather apps, includes localised weather alerts built in (as long as you have push notifications switched on) and is accurate, as you’d expect. From a personal point of view I don’t like the radar as much as our top two – it doesn’t feel as slick and zooming in feels awkward so when I’m trying to figure out if I should walk or drive to the park with the kids today I don’t rely on this app. I also don’t find the user interface quite as intuitive as some of the others. Defintely has it’s uses though and worth a look.


So in summary I’d say the best weather app for iPhone overall is WeatherPro, and that probably ties for best free weather app for iPhone with the BBC weather app. So which is the best weather radar app? I’d have to say that this is a tie between the Home and Dry app and Dark Sky.