It's lovely to know that we've got things right enough that you want to continue using Get Running (even without GPS!). The question is, what should we do next?
We really want to make sure that what ever we build is an Application that you want to buy (we're smart like that, see), so we're extremely keen to get your thoughts and suggestions.
I should say right now that not every idea will make it in to what ever we build, sorry. We've got to make sure we don't create a Fanken'-App or Swiss-Pocket–Tool-Shed-App (take a look here if you're not sure what I'm talking about – http://bit.ly/auvKOT).
Also, we might not build another application! Maybe by talking about it, you'll show us (and all your other running companions) that there are already brilliant applications out there to continue running with. If that's how things are, then at least we'll have got a good list of Apps to run with in future.
So – in summary, please post with ideas, or simply features in other Apps that you think work really well, or even things that work badly and should be avoided or improved on.
Previously I was running ~10k but ended up with knee pain from over doing it and had to take a few months off. This time I decided to build up slowly by doing the c25k, and chose your app as my coach. I liked that I could trial the first week for free to see if the app did what I wanted - and it did. I chose Get Running because of the great reviews, I liked the way it looked, I liked the voice prompts (nice voice, very encouraging tone) but especially I liked that you don't have to play music to use it. I don't run with music/headphones and love that I can carry my iphone in a bum bag and clearly hear the prompts. I would/will absolutely buy the next program, (even without GPS tracking, which would be nice but not necessary), hopefully it will be ready when I finish c25k in 4 weeks!
Enjoy your last few weeks with Get Running, and keep a look out here – I'll definitely announce the Get Running sequel here!
All the best,
I think one of the advantages of the application is its name. It does not imply its only limited to C25K and this in my opinion is something you should leverage.
If I had a magic wand this is how I would transition the application:
1) Make the application free (bare with me on this).
2) Add paid unlockables that enable different modules.
I would give away the first 2 weeks of C25K as the free portion of Get Running. I would then make it that you pay the current price and it unlocks the full C25K program. This allows you to continue on with the program you started.
By going down the downloadable paid content path, you only have to maintain one application. When a user finishes a program (say C25K) you do not want them looking in the app store to see whats next. Thats giving your competition applications a chance to take your users. Keep them within the application and let them unlock the next program they want to follow.
After C25K, i'd offer GW8K, 10k, half marathon and full marathon options. Obviously thats a long term goal and would take serious time to research and implement.
One program helps keep the familiar feel. You don't have to maintain other applications and you don't have to worry about the popularity of other applications in your range. All your work can remained focus on the existing application.
I hope this feedback helps in whatever direction you decide to choose.
I see Get Running being a permanent running companion rather than something you complete and move onto another running application. I've become quite used to how things work and would rather not switch to Run Keeper when all I really need is audio cues.
I am no where near the end but I agree with MikeL. One of my friends has a different app (she doesn't have an iphone or itouch) and hers has no prompts and I think she finds it harder than I do.
I think I would really like to have prompts. Maybe there could be some options as to how frequently you have them as I am sure some people don't need them as often as others....or maybe somedays, when things are hard...a prompt is great - on the days when all is well with the world - maybe music is enough. _ have found myself to be very pro the promp!!!