Category Archives: iPhone App

Real Food: Hot, Healthy, and Homemade

As runners, we’ve all made a commitment to good health.  But to be as healthy as we can be (not to mention perform our best as athletes), we need to eat the right stuff, even for Thanksgiving. Real runners need real food.  

As we’re gearing up for the Holidays we should remember that our love for food should not supersede our love for running. Ever go out for a run after a big meal? Not the best feeling, huh. Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with family and friends, but it shouldn’t drain your running routine.

The recipe for this week, Butternut Squash Tomato Posole, comes from Eating Well, a great site for truly delicious meals that are healthy and tasty. This hearty stew will not only fill you up, but help boost your energy. Packed with 9 grams of protein,  335 calories per serving, and 100% guilt free yumminess. Continue reading

RunHelper Connect 30-day Free Trial Membership

You asked for it and we delivered: Trial RunHelper Connect accounts are available now.

Experience the benefits of a RunHelper Connect membership with a free 30-day trial. It’s quick and easy to register—No credit card required . Plus all free-trial members will enjoy all the same benefits as paid members.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Automatic workout backups
  • Weekly progress emails
  • Ability to export all your training data
  • See your entire workout history across multiple apps

Turn your training history into actionable information and see how much you have improved. Continue reading

RunHelper Connect Launched

Last night we released version 3.3 of Power Walk, Bridge to 10K, and Ease into 10K apps. The update for Ease into 5K and the rest of our apps will follow early next week.

This update brings something we’ve been working hard on for quite some time: we are thrilled to announce RunHelper Connect the companion service for our training apps.

We’ve talked about the upcoming RunHelper Connect release and some of the features earlier this summer. Continue reading

Facebook and Twitter Integration

What happened?

This morning we learned that posting to Twitter from our apps stopped working. It turns out Twitter has changed their API, which means that the now old way of posting does not work anymore. They have announced this change on their website but unfortunately we have failed to notice it.  Continue reading

Big Giveaway: Prizes from Bluefin, Rock My Run, and Hal Higdon

Good news, runners!  We’ve got a great giveaway kicking off right now that’ll give you a chance to win some great prizes and also get to know a couple of our friends in the fitness community.  We’ve teamed up with running legend Hal Higdon and training music aficionados Rock My Run to offer a fun prize package.  To earn entries, all you have to do is follow Hal, Rock My Run, and Bluefin on Facebook and Twitter, then confirm that you did via Rafflecopter, below.  The grand prize includes…  Continue reading

10 Ways to Bootcamp

Back during New Year’s Resolution season, we talked about how much runners can benefit from working circuit training (like our Bootcamp app) into their training program.  That said…one thing we can’t help but admit is that it’s hard enough to find time to run without worrying about finding time to Bootcamp.  

Well it turns out that it may be easier than you think.  Here are ten (10!) ideas for squeezing a quick Bootcamp workout into your busy schedule.

  1. First thing in the morning.  Yes, we know this is one of those “easier said than done” things, but even if you’ve struggled to run in the morning, you may find that Bootcamp comes a little easier in the wee hours.  You can stay inside and don’t need to worry about what you’re wearing.  Roll out of bed and make it happen.
  2. Before bed.  When you’re winding down for the day, lacing up your sneakers and jogging off into the night might not be realistic, but pounding out a quick Bootcamp circuit may be just the ticket.  Give it a shot, especially if the day gets away from you and didn’t get to run.
  3. Before any shower.  Getting showered, dried off, and dressed can  be kind of a chore and is often the deal-breaker in getting a workout in during the day.  But if you’re headed to the shower anyway — in the morning, after work, whatever your routine may be — you might as well get sweaty beforehand.
  4. After work.  Work can be stressful and chances are you have some kind of wind-down routine that helps you make the transition into being home for the evening.  Powering through an intense workout can a great way to let go of stress and set your mind on relaxation.  Try hitting the gym on your way home or doing your circuit work as soon as you get home for the day.
  5. During lunch. If you have access to showers during the day (at home, at work, at the gym), chances are you have time during your lunch hour to to a Bootcamp routine, cool down, and get cleaned up.  Try sneaking a workout in at lunch a few times a week and pay attention to what it does for your energy level and general attitude for the rest of the day.
  6. Before dinner.  Depending on your particular schedule, you might find yourself dealing with an awkward space of time between the end of your work day and the beginning of dinner.  Don’t let that time slip away.  Bootcamp!
  7. After dinner.  Okay, working out might not seem like a delightful idea right after a big meal, but you might find that Bootcamp treats you a little better than running when it comes to post-meal training activities   Give your food a little time to settle and then reenergize with some circuit work.
  8. On the weekend. Even if you just aim for one circuit workout a week, you can still see substantial benefits.  If you run all week long, consider taking the weekend off from pavement pounding but staying active with circuit work instead.
  9. After your run. You’re more than warmed up.  You’re already sweaty.  You’ve already conquered the big motivational hurdle of getting off the couch in the first place.  Finish off your workout right by adding a circuit.  It won’t add that much time and will keep you from having to find another time to do a dedicated session.
  10. When you’re feeling burned out.  This is huge.  If you ever feel like you’re hitting the wall with your running, don’t let yourself end up off track because you aren’t feeling motivated to run.  Reset your brain by giving running a rest but stay active with a circuit.  You might even spend a week staying off the road altogether — whatever you need.

The bottom line is that adding circuit training to your fitness arsenal is a great way to build strength and ultimately make you a better runner.  Even if you just keep it in the back of your mind for occasional cross-training, we think it’s well worth adding to your stable of fitness apps.  

Bluefin Blog: Shark Week Edition

Well, everybody…it’s Shark Week.  And while we probably could have let it come and go without recognizing the wildly popular event (we are a running blog, after all), we figured it’d be more fun to take a day to look at all the shark-related information and entertainment swirling around out there and point out some ways that — as runners — we could all stand to be a little shark-like in our training.

Here are four ways runners can think like a shark.

1.  Keep moving.  You may have heard that sharks can’t stop moving, requiring constant motion to get water through their gills to keep them alive.  That’s not entirely true, as there are a number of sharks who barely move at all.  None-the-less, there are some species of shark that pretty much have to move all the time.  We could stand to be more like that.  Running is obviously a big part of our fitness routine, but what about the little opportunities through the day to take more steps and be more active?  We’re talking about things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, moving around the living room instead of passively watching television, and parking farther away from your destination to squeeze in some extra steps.  Don’t just sit there — keep moving!  Here’s a nice post from Suite101 that can help you take more steps every day.

2.  Make things happen.  A baby shark doesn’t just sit around waiting for someone to come along and let it out of it’s little shark egg.  In some cases, these things will actually figure out that it’s time to start making life happen and bust themselves out with no help from either parent (who are occasionally willing to eat the little guy given the opportunity).  A successful runner is the same way.  You can’t just wait around for a perfect opportunity for a run…chances are it may never come.  We’re all busy and need to make time to get out there and do our workouts throughout the week.  Check out our “Time Slots” series for straightforward advice on successfully carving out time to run at various points throughout the day and week.  

3.  Be flexible.  Sharks don’t have bones.  The stuff that looks like bones is actually cartilage, which makes them flexible and able to maneuver around in tight circles (watch out for that!).  Just like a shark’s flexibility helps make it perform best as a shark, your flexibility is going to help you perform better as a runner.  You probably don’t need to swing your head around and bite anyone on a moment’s notice, but flexible muscles are stronger, recover faster, and are more resistant to injury.  Even though conventional wisdom has for a long time been that it is important to stretch out before a workout, it’s actually just as critical to stretch afterwards — maybe even more so.  Check out our post “Three reasons to stretch after your next workout” for more insight.

4.  Find your theme song.  Da-dum.  You know what that means.  The iconic theme from Jaws is enough to make the bravest swimmer a little uneasy, delivering more of a reaction in two quick notes than some films can pull off with a two-hour script.  Da-dum.  That’s pretty intense.  Well obviously sharks didn’t pick their own theme song and probably wouldn’t care one way or the other if they heard it, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from the idea.  If Spielberg managed to train an entire generation to swim for shore when they hear such a simple tune, imagine how you could condition yourself to respond to music during your training.  Choose a warmup song and play it every time you get your workout started.  Over time, it’ll become your body’s trigger to get down to business.  Spend a few dollars on yourself and see if you can’t find your new running theme.

RunHelper Preview: Workout Reminders

RunHelper is coming soon!  As we prepare to go live, we’ll be using the blog to share some of the exciting features of the new service and give everyone an idea of what’s to come.  Today we’re talking about workout reminders…our way of integrating your training schedule into your everyday life the same way you keep track of everything else (with your phone).

Life can get crazy these days, with more commitments, appointments, reminders, and to-do lists swirling around in our heads than ever before.  For a lot of us, a smartphone is at the center of the storm, keeping everything straight and our lives on track.  Why not tackle your training schedule the same way?

With RunHelper, you’ll get a mobile reminder if you haven’t been keeping up with your workouts, giving you that little nudge you need to get back in the swing of things before you get seriously off track.  Whether it’s picking up the milk or sneaking in a run, sometimes we just need a reminder to keep things on our radar.  RunHelper is coming to do just that.

Have you signed up yet?

If you haven’t already, sign up to be notified when RunHelper launches and get regular updates with more details on all the great features in the works.  You’ll also get a special link that you can use to share with your friends for a chance to win one of 50 subscriptions we’re giving away to celebrate the launch.

Stay tuned!

RunHelper Preview: Take your data with you

As you know, RunHelper is coming soon — a new Bluefin service that will help you consolidate all of your training data in one easy-to-manage location.  As we prepare to go live, we’ll be using the blog to share some of the exciting features of the new service and give everyone an idea of what’s to come.  Today we’re talking about exporting data…letting you take your training beyond your mobile device.

From the new RunHelper site, you’ll be able to review and analyze all the workout data currently stored within your apps.  But that doesn’t mean all that valuable info needs to be trapped on your computer, either.

With RunHelper, you’ll be able to print out your workout history whether you want to hang it on the wall or share it with your doctor.  You can also export your info in CSV (comma-separated value) format that you can load into Excel, Numbers, or whatever other software you like.  From there you’ll be able to do pretty much anything you can imagine with your data, including keeping a super-detailed training log on your PC.

And are you ready to really get the lay of the land?  Export a GPX file of your workout to interact with your route directly in Google Earth.

Have you signed up yet?

If you haven’t already, sign up to be notified when RunHelper launches and get regular updates with more details on all the great features in the works.  You’ll also get a special link that you can use to share with your friends for a chance to win one of 50 subscriptions we’re giving away to celebrate the launch.

Stay tuned!

Coming Soon: RunHelper – Your Bluefin Data; All in one place

Are you a data junkie?  Do you take pride in scrolling through your completed workouts and admiring your progress as it unfolds from week to week?

We know that a lot of our users would like to take their training data beyond their mobile devices and dive deeper than ever before.  That’s why we’re excited to be launching RunHelper, a new Bluefin service that lets you consolidate your training in one secure, easy-to-access place.

Sounds great.  What’s next?

We’ll be launching the new RunHelper site in the next few weeks.  Subscriptions will be available via in-app purchase through supported Bluefin apps for iOS — Ease into 5K, Bridge to 10K, Ease into 10K, Power Walk, and Hal Higdon.  Support for Android apps will follow soon after the website launch.

If that sounds awesome to you, we need your help spreading the word. In exchange for your help, we are doing a promotion where we’ll be giving away 50 (fifty) 3-month subscriptions to RunHelper.

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Sign up to be notified when RunHelper launches.
  2. Use the special link you will receive to share the news with your friends online.
  3. Every person who signs-up to be notified with your link will be counted as an extra giveaway entry for you.

On the day of the RunHelper launch, we will randomly select 50 winners and notify you via the email. For example, if you refer two friends you will have three entries in the giveaway (one for signing-up yourself and the other two for your friends).

Stay tuned to the blog for launch date, features and promotion winners.