Apple Watch + Nike Run Club Pains!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ser968, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. ser968 macrumors member

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    I have been running with the Apple Watch for the past 3 months and I have some gripes. Note that I run indoors on a treadmill with my watch only - the iPhone is normally elsewhere in the house.
    • No way to calibrate run from the Apple Watch - you need to calibrate from the Nike Run Club app on the iphone
    • Heartrate data does not show in the Nike Run Club app on the iPhone. However, heart-rate information does show on the website and ironically in the Android version of the app! As such, it looks like this is a problem with the iOS app
    • I have had two issues with runs:
      • There was one occasion when no mileage even registered on the phone (and no heart-rate info either). This was shortly after an app update, so I am writing this off to a reboot needed
      • I have had several occassions where the run did not appear in the iOS app and I had to wait until the next run for the previous run to be pushed to the app. Very strange behavior. For clarity sake, I ran (Run #1) and that run didn't show up in the NRC app. I then ran a second time (Run #2) and after the run, but runs showed up in the NRC app.
    • Runs do not automatically sync with the Nike infrastructure - aside from the issues above, I find that I need to manually go into the NRC app, select the run and go into it and then back out and then I see 'Sync Pending' for that run. I then need to keep swiping down on that page to try to push the Sync through. Kind of a pain to do each time!
    • One of the widgets on my Apple Watch face is total miles this month. When I click on that widget, it brings me to the Nike app on the watch. However, there is a lag in getting the total miles in the month updated after a run, sometimes up to 24 hours! For example, if the widget shows 20 miles and I run 3 miles, it will not update to 23 miles until sometime the next day. I do not know what triggers the update. FYI - the third screen on the watch app also does not update (which contains number of runs and number of miles).
    Is anyone else experiencing issues/annoyances like this? Any resolutions?
     
  2. scriptkitten macrumors regular

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  3. ftaok macrumors 603

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    NRC is such a complete disaster of an app. Nike used to have great, reliable apps and decent websites. But they've really gone downhill over the last 5 years. If it weren't for the fact that I have years and years of data stored on their servers, I'd have switched to something better.

    So to answer your question, yes. I have the same experience as you where the iPhone app doesn't show information that is clearly recorded and sent to the Nike servers. Heart Rate and calories are hit/miss on the app.

    I've attached some pics showing the same run on three different interfaces. iPhone doesn't show HR or calories, but you can see the HR in the Overview Detail screen. Nike website shows both HR and calories. Smashrun does as well.

    Complete garbage, just like my running times.

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  4. consultant_on_journey macrumors regular

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    Same here. I have same problems. I really want to use nrc but if they do not fix that fast i will use apples Training app more and more.

    One of the biggest Problems is that Heart Rate is shown so minimalistic small on Apple Watch.
     
  5. blasto2236 macrumors 6502a

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    Question: I don't use this app but if the service sucks so much why not just switch? I'm not really a serious runner but just can't understand why that data would be so valuable that you wouldn't just start over with a better app.

    Edit: to be clear I am really not trying to be snarky here. I'm starting to get more in to fitness tracking w my Apple Watch and am genuinely curious.
     
  6. consultant_on_journey macrumors regular

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    Some their running history at Nike.
    For me also and I have Apple Watch Nike+ and nrc is deeply integrated
     
  7. scriptkitten macrumors regular

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    8 years of run records, shoe records, routes, personal bests, injury notes...
     
  8. Julien macrumors G4

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    Not ideal for many but if you carry your iPhone anyway run the NRC app on your iPhone and Workout on your :apple:Watch. I have been doing this since Nike+ app came out. The iPhone app works very well. The only caveat is you need to start the NRC app (on your iPhone) first and then start the Workout app on your :apple:Watch.
     
  9. ftaok macrumors 603

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    Good question. Part of it is that I keep holding out hope that Nike will get it one day and make the app as good as it once was. Part off it is that i have years of data that isn't easily accessible to bring over to another app. Lastly, I'm cheap and Nike is free. Other apps charge for premium features.

    If Apple has better or more complete metrics on their workout app and if they allowed for a web portal, if switch in a heart beat.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 18, 2017 ---
    When you do this, does NRC get the HR data from the watch?
     
  10. Julien macrumors G4

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    No, it doesn't.
     
  11. passedpast macrumors newbie

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    The AW2 GPS is flawed when it comes to instant pacing. I can be running at 8 pace and I'll look at the Watch one sec and it's at 10 pace, then 11, or 9:30, while my Garmin stays spot on. Also, Apple won't let's 3rd party apps recognize Bluetooth chest strap HRMs. I want to retire my Garmin Watch, but....
     
  12. consultant_on_journey macrumors regular

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    I think you can use Bluetooth hrms
     
  13. Julien macrumors G4

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  14. xDKP macrumors 65816

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    I have been using Nike+ since the first iPod Nano, but since their first app on the Apple Watch S0 was a complete disaster, I have switched to use the build in app on the watch - it's actually pretty good, even though I miss the massive online pool of data and annual comparison, but the apps are just horrendous.
     
  15. jbachandouris macrumors 601

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    Fortunately, I didn't have that much data to lose when I switched. I'm using the Garmin app/website now. My data does transfer from the Garmin app to the Apple Watch. How accurate is the transfer? Who knows.
     

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