Mile Mapper is Queen’s University Belfast student Stephen Laide’s first app, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the quality.
The premise is simple – it will suggest a random route of your chosen distance (up to 10 miles) to and from your current location.
As you’re running (or in my case, walking) it’ll do all the usual fitness tracking things of pace and calories burned.
It gives a nice bit of variety to your routine as well as helping you explore the area around you. The routes can be stored, so you can go back a particularly good one.
Stephen had previously studied architecture and was able to bring that design experience to the app by making his own custom UI rather than rely on the stock iOS elements. One complaint I’d have though is that some of the sliders are a bit finicky to use.
There is a limitation in that only 5 routes can be generated a day (this is because of limits on the free Google service used to generate them). Still, I found it enough to get a reasonable route each day.
Mile Mapper is available for free on the App Store.
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