Running in Paris without pollution is now possible!

Poor air quality is often used as an extra excuse not to go running outdoors. But now, you can happily run in the city without worrying about pollution!

Did you know that runners absorb twelve times more air particles than walkers? This means that although running is supposed to be great for keeping fit and healthy, city running can actually prove harmful when air quality drops. But panic not! Runnin’City has the solution!

The Runnin’City app now offers 40 Smart Runs in Paris. What’s new? The fact that each route is updated in real-time according to levels of pollution. So now you can have the perfect runner’s body as well as healthy lungs!

And there’s more! We have also added new features to make every Smart Run even more enjoyable!

These new features were developed in partnership with the Paris city council as part of the DataCity challenge. The new features are currently only available in Paris, but keep an eye out, as they will soon be launched in other towns too.

✅ Breathe easy

It is common knowledge that we cannot see fine particles. So how can you tell what the air quality is like on your run? Runnin’City has the answer. The app indicates each route’s air quality in real time, warning you of spikes in pollution. Finally, some clear and reliable information on pollution!

✅ Don’t waste time

Have you ever found yourself in a street full of roadworks, where you’re forced to slalom between diggers and jackhammers? Or ended up stuck outside a park just after it closes? To avoid such mishaps, the Runnin’City app will alert you to roadworks impeding your route and to park opening times. Nifty isn’t it!

✅ An all-round training session

Torn between heading outside for a run and hitting the gym? Get the best of both worlds with Runnin’City! To work the entire body, without running on a treadmill, take a look at the map: the running route incorporates exercises at the city’s outdoor gym stations. Who’s up for it!?

✅ Everything you need

Running makes you hot. When you’re hot, you need to drink plenty of water. Simples! So good news – the map points out all the nearby water fountains, perfect for staying hydrated in summer!

✅ Ooze intelligence

After all, sport isn’t everything. With Runnin’City, work both your legs and your brain! Each of the 550 running routes around the world offers cultural anecdotes about the monuments passed en route. So you’ll have plenty to talk about at the next dinner party, or maybe win that weekly pub quiz!

 

📲 Get the Runnin’Paris experience here: http://bit.ly/courir-a-paris

How to handle sports injuries

Knee problems: one of the most common running injuries.
Knee problems: one of the most common running injuries.

When we encounter pain during exercise, we tend to imagine the worst. Just a simple pain in the ankle or knee, and we immediately fear a sprain. As runners, we do not always think to find the cause of the problem, so here is an outline of good practices to follow, and some tips on what to do in case you do hurt yourself during a training session.

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Top 5 Smart Runs* you liked most in 2017

2017 is coming to an end, so we thought we’d have a look back at which of our 350 tourist running routes were most popular in 2017. Fasten your seat belts, we are about to take off…

* Smart Runs: tourist running routes, audio-guided by GPS and with tourist info on the (free) Runnin’City app.

#5: Along Sydney Bay

Sydney

With its warm weather and iconic landmarks, the city of Sydney offers great panoramic views over the ocean. This 15km Smart Run in Sydney was the 5th most used on the Runnin’City app in 2017. Congratulations!

🏃 🌍  Sydney, Australia | Distance: 15 km | Ascent: 351 m | Level: Medium

#4: Amsterdam’s City Centre

Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s typical canals, bicycles, rows of townhouses and hipster neighbourhoods are admired from around the world. No surprises then that the capital of the Netherlands made it to the top 4 of Runnin’City’s most popular destinations this year. This 10km Smart Run guides users through the city centre, passing by landmarks such as Anne Frank’s house and the Red Light District.

🏃 🌍  Amsterdam, Netherlands | Distance: 10 km | Ascent: 78 m | Level: Easy

#3: Lisbon, the City of a Thousand Colours

Settled just in front of the ocean, and overlooked by the Alfama and Bairro Alto hills, Lisbon is a true Atlantic gem. Its beautiful panoramas earned this 5km route 3rd place in this year’s list of top Smart Runs.

🏃 🌍  Lisbon, Portugal | Distance: 5 km | Ascent: 193 m | Level: Medium

#2: A Little Stroll in New York

New York

This year, a lot of you tested the Runnin’City app in New York! An international cultural centre, while also home to an iconic marathon, what could be better than a guided run around it all? From Central Park to Times Square, this 5km tour is easily a Smart Runner’s favourite.

🏃 🌍  New York, USA | Distance: 5 km | Ascent: 83 m | Level: Easy

#1: Lyon Essentials

The former capital of the Gauls is home to the silk industry and where the traditional “bouchon” restaurant originated. Lyon is bursting with culture, and Smart Runners from around the world seem to enjoy a sightseeing run there with the Runnin’City app. This year, once again, it was the most popular route on the app.

🏃 🌍 Lyon, France | Distance: 10 km | Ascent: 130 m | Level: Easy.
This Smart Run is brought to you by Rhônexpress

Here are this year’s next most popular  Smart Running cities. Were you there?

Boston (#6) | Geneva (#7) | Paris (#8) | San Francisco (#9) | Bordeaux (#10) | Los Angeles (#11) | Vienna (#12) | Rome (#13) | Sao Paulo (#14) | Seville (#15) | Florence (#16) | Marrakech (#17) | Montréal (#18) | Barcelona (#19) | Mexico (#20).

3 perfect destinations for the holiday season (and the best Smart Runs* in town)

Did you really think you were about to spend the whole holiday season eating chocolate and watching Love Actually?

Runnin’City has a better idea. The free app has got exercise, tourism, culture, and so much more in store for you. And, it’s free!

Let’s focus on three perfect destinations for the holiday season. All of them are pretty chilly, but if you’re about to jet off to bask in the sun, don’t worry! We have over 350 Smart Runs around the world.

* Smart Runs : tourist running routes, audio guided by GPS with tourist info on the (free) Runnin’City app.

Strasbourg

With its iconic Christmas market and lights, Strasbourg is a festive favourite. The Runnin’City app has three Smart Runs there. You can try each of them while running, or alternatively while walking with a mug of hot chocolate!

🏃 🌍  Strasbourg, France | Distance: 5, 10 or 15km | Level: Easy

Reykjavik

Reykjavik

Just lately, the capital of Iceland has become increasingly popular. Since it is rumoured to be one of Father Christmas’ home towns, and where elves are believed to dwell to this day, it has got to be the ultimate festive holiday destination! A quick reminder: if you are planning on going for a Smart Run there, please put warm running clothes on (and send us pictures)!

🏃 🌍  Reykjavik, Iceland | Distance: 5, 10 or 15km | Level: Easy

Moscow

Moscou

Have you ever dreamt of seeing the Red Square under Christmas lights? The amount of snow on the floor could very well discourage you from running, but you can still discover the city while walking with the Runnin’City app! (© Picture: @_tery_pro_ / Instagram)

🏃 🌍  Moscow, Russia | Distance: 5, 10 or 15km | Level: Easy

Palermo, Lyon, Nantes, Aix-en-Provence and Annecy: new sightjogging routes on the Runnin’City app

With hundreds of Smart Runs* available, the Runnin’City app allows you to discover the most beautiful cities worldwide while running. But there are always more and more sightjogging routes added every month! This week, the Runnin’City app releases new Smart Runs in Palermo, Lyon, Nantes, Aix-en-Provence and Annecy. Grab your running shoes and put your headphones on: the sightjogging experience starts now! Continue reading Palermo, Lyon, Nantes, Aix-en-Provence and Annecy: new sightjogging routes on the Runnin’City app

Wholemeal smoothie for breakfast

Brighten up your morning with a wholemeal smoothie for breakfast!

It is a well-known fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It provides us with the energy we need in the morning, and it also helps keep hunger and tiredness at bay. If you are into sports, breakfast is even more essential for fuelling your training sessions. However, if you tend to skip breakfast because you don’t have time or don’t like it, we’ve got a suggestion for you: a wholemeal smoothie. Continue reading Wholemeal smoothie for breakfast