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Popular fitness mobile software, RunKeeper, has received a nice little update today implementing a brand new Goal Coach feature to keep you motivated, a personalized goal dashboard to go with it and more.

RunKeeper is great for the active types interested in tracking the pace of their runs, measuring workout distance, charting weight loss and what not.

Unlike some of the other health and fitness-tracking apps for the iPhone found in the App Store, RunKeeper is available free of charge. The new 4.5 version is now live so give RunKeeper a whirl if you haven’t already and say ‘hello’ to the new you…

Your goals are now found under the Goals tab. Here you can access the new Goal Coach that will recommend specific exercises and workouts tailored to your own self.

Just pick your preferred activity and answer a few basic questions about your habits and preferred exercises and Goal Coach will create personalized training goals for you.

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If you’re serious about following your established workout routine, Goal Coach offers personalized insights into your goal progress “to help you stay on track no matter where you are with your training.”

RunKeeper explains:

  • Ready… First, tell us what gets you going! In the new “goals” tab (previously labeled “training”), enter your motivation – whether it be a race, target weight, anything – and a corresponding picture as a reminder of why you’re putting in all this hard work.
  • Set… Then, Goal Coach will help you set the right goal and training program that is challenging, yet within reach. Goal Coach does this by intelligently combining everything it knows about you and others like you, to make recommendations that are specific and effective for your needs and lifestyle.
  • GO! Get moving! Use RunKeeper to log your workouts, track your progress, and keep you motivated to hit that goal out of the park.

Goal Coach is free for every RunKeeper user, though a subscription to RunKeeper Elite is needed to make the most out of the feature.

Next, the new Personalized Goal Dashboard is where you create fitness goals and check the status of your training plans all from the same place. RunKeeper recommends uploading a photo that represents your motivation to achieve your fitness goals.

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Download RunKeeper 4.5 for iPhone free in the App Store.

The app requires iOS 6.0 or later and offers advanced features and training routines via In-App Purchases.

Other fitness apps have received updates today as well.

Runtastic Pedometer Step Counter [Free, $1.99 Pro] has been localized in Russian, Polish and Portuguese.

Nike+ Move [Free] has a new home screen animation and is now available in German, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese and Simplified Chinese.

And Nike+ Running [Free] has corrected a minor issue with run visualization to keep your run log as accurate as possible.

And in case you haven’t heard the news already, Facebook is buying Helsinki, Finland-based Moves app creator ProtoGeo Oy. As a result of the deal, Moves has gone free for a limited time (was $2.99).

That said, now’s the perfect time to download this nicely done app and start tracking yourself without having to do anything at all: just leave the app running in the background and let it do its magic.

On the iPhone 5s, Moves will utilize the M7 chip in a power-friendly manner as I’m sure you are aware by now that Apple’s  motion coprocessor has minimal impact on the battery.