Half Marathon Training with Apple Watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by RyCan3, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. RyCan3 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2010
    So I just signed up for my first half marathon and should be receiving me Series 3 LTE watch today. Does anyone have any experience using the apple watch to help them train? What apps did you use?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010

    It can coach you running mini marathon, half one or full.

    Not sure if the watch app is complete with all the coaching stuffs but you can take iphone along if you want voice feedback. I just looked at what it want me to do that day and I did that with only a watch.
  3. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
  4. MajkJaro macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2013
  5. wesselya macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2012
    I sold my Apple Watch and waiting for I stock Apple Watch 3. Apple Watch always gave me motivation to run. I didn't use an app just the regular exercise trainer. When you run you will challenge yourself to keep or beat your pace. It viabraites every mile so you will challenge yourself to run one more vibration. I used to run 1-2 miles. My longest run was 9. Usually when I run I don't wear myself out.

    3 hours lte is great as a half marathon should only take you 2:20 hours. The issue is how long battery will last with lte and Bluetooth headphones. If it's 3 hours then your good. For full marathon you will need pockets for gel packs so running with a phone won't be the end of the world.

    I've lost some will to run without my watch. Just use the activity app and get a 12 week training schedule.

    Good luck when I get my AW3 I'm sure I'll be running 5-6 times a week again.
  6. deeddawg, Sep 22, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2017

    deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Plus LTE plus Bluetooth music playing to headphones.

    On my AW2 I see typically about 20%-25% per hour battery usage using GPS and BT music playing while out for a run. LTE would of course pull battery down more depending on what you're doing.

    So while full marathons would be a problem for many, that should be sufficient for halfs and shorter distances for most folks.
  7. mk313 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2012
    If yo get the cellular model, you might want to turn off cellular access when you are doing longer training runs. My series 2 lasts about 5 hours of exercise on a charge. The linked runners world article inly got 3 hours. I'd bet that the difference is the cellular access.

    Also, the Nike run club app will be updated soon and it's supposed to include some traInning programs built into the watch so you might want to check that out once it updates.

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