Runners: What is your practice for running/tracking with AppleWatch?

JuryDuty

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 22, 2014
320
31
Texas
I just got an Apple Watch and I'm a runner.

I know there is a Health app on here, etc, and I usually use Runkeeper on my phone along with Spotify (which I may give up for Apple Music when it comes out).

But I'm curious--what is your practice for running/tracking with the Apple Watch?

Do I need to make sure certain apps are started, etc, when I go out for a run?
 

Julien

macrumors G4
Jun 30, 2007
11,270
4,222
Atlanta
I have a Garmin 620 and I also run the Nike+ App on my iPhone. So I use 3 recordings (and 2 watches:eek:) at the same time counting the :apple:Watch Workout App.:cool:
 

geoffm33

macrumors 6502
Dec 27, 2010
308
145
I just got an Apple Watch and I'm a runner.

I know there is a Health app on here, etc, and I usually use Runkeeper on my phone along with Spotify (which I may give up for Apple Music when it comes out).

But I'm curious--what is your practice for running/tracking with the Apple Watch?

Do I need to make sure certain apps are started, etc, when I go out for a run?

Do what you normally do, but be sure to start an outdoor run workout on the watch to get exercise credit.

It's my understanding that watchOS 2.0 will allow 3rd party apps on the watch (and phone??) to contribute to your workout activity without starting a workout.
 

zaneliu

macrumors 6502
Jan 27, 2013
323
101
Berkeley
I currently just map out runs using map my run and then I run the watch fitness outdoor run app.

Also as an FYI, on watchOS2 split distance/times are given for runs
 

Julien

macrumors G4
Jun 30, 2007
11,270
4,222
Atlanta
if using the nike running app on the watch do I need to start the workout app aswell?
As of now you will not get any Move or Exercise credit in the Apple Activity App from a 3ed party App. So if you want your Rings you need it use the Apple Workout App. This will change in 2.0 (September-ish).

I just run Nike+ on my iPhone. For now the :apple:Watch Nike+ App is more of a remote control for the iPhone App and is very buggy.
 

ReardenMetal

macrumors regular
May 1, 2015
236
98
Los Angeles
I just got an Apple Watch and I'm a runner.

I know there is a Health app on here, etc, and I usually use Runkeeper on my phone along with Spotify (which I may give up for Apple Music when it comes out).

But I'm curious--what is your practice for running/tracking with the Apple Watch?

Do I need to make sure certain apps are started, etc, when I go out for a run?
I generally log about 40 miles/month. Previously used the Nike+ app before my watch arrived. Switched completely to Apple's workout ecosystem to make my data flow properly. I will reevaluate in the fall when third-party apps get their proper integration. I don't miss Nike+ as much as I thought I would. That said, I'm also not a competitive runner, etc.
 
Last edited:

Sgt_Sharkey

macrumors member
Jun 15, 2015
48
13
Manchester
I have ordered my AWS SG 42mm and wondered do you take your iPhone on your exercise or do you leave it at home and let it sync when it pairs?
 

thefredelement

macrumors 65816
Apr 10, 2012
1,142
559
New York
If you calibrate your watch first you'll get proper passive tracking.

I don't use any watch exercise apps while running, I use the Nike + Running app and it's "remote" interface on the watch. I always get credit for my run from the watch without ever putting it into outdoor Run. It doesn't make sense too, if a 3rd party app is using GPS on the phone the watch app will not be able to use it.
 

zaneliu

macrumors 6502
Jan 27, 2013
323
101
Berkeley
I have ordered my AWS SG 42mm and wondered do you take your iPhone on your exercise or do you leave it at home and let it sync when it pairs?
I definitely don't like bringing my phone. I'm a bit crazy with my running so I don't even like listening to music when I'm seriously running but the fact that the watch allows you to bluetooth stream music, there's little reason to actually bring your phone. The hassle of having to bring other large items really interferes with running I think.
 

Julien

macrumors G4
Jun 30, 2007
11,270
4,222
Atlanta
I have ordered my AWS SG 42mm and wondered do you take your iPhone on your exercise or do you leave it at home and let it sync when it pairs?
I have been running with my iPhone since 2007 (for music). Have been using iPhone GPS mapping Apps since 2008 and started with iTrail App. Still have a lot of my runs from 2008.
 

JuryDuty

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 22, 2014
320
31
Texas
I went running this morning with my iPhone and Apple Watch for the first time.

When I started, I launched Runkeeper and started the run, then I launched Activity and started the run. When I finished I ended both. I'll look forward to when one can feed into the other. That said, it looks like Runkeeper IS pushing into the Health app, just not the Activity app...?

Anyway, as nice as it was to be able to reference the watch during the run, I don't think I could go out without my phone. Phone adds GPS tracking where I run and Spotify music. It's possible the music will be a non-issue when Apple Music comes out as it may allow saving offline to your watch. Then I might go without my phone and just forego the GPS tracker.

I really need to settle on one tracking service. I've been with DailyMile for a long time so I still post with them, but I prefer Runkeeper's training plans, and now I have Apple's Activity and Health...ugh. Enough already!
 
Last edited:

Julien

macrumors G4
Jun 30, 2007
11,270
4,222
Atlanta
I went running this morning with my iPhone and iWatch for the first time.

When I started, I launched Runkeeper and started the run, then I launched Activity and started the run....
I assume you mean you used the :apple:Watch Workout App. The Activity App on the :apple:Watch and iPhone is the one with the 3 Rings.;)
 
  • Like
Reactions: zaneliu

JuryDuty

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 22, 2014
320
31
Texas
I assume you mean you used the :apple:Watch Workout App. The Activity App on the :apple:Watch and iPhone is the one with the 3 Rings.;)
Yes, you're correct. Sorry, still getting used to the new app names! :p

It's just funny because some of the apps--like Workout and Activity work together, but others don't when it comes to running. I'll be glad when they all do.
 

doublex14

macrumors regular
Jul 25, 2014
106
2
PA
I have a Garmin running watch but have been using my SG38mm watch for the past couple of runs. I really like it, but I forgot to calibrate it (bring my phone for the first time) so my stats are a little off. I would recommend using the apple watch.

(I am a high school cross country captain, running roughly 30-35 miles a week)
 

zaneliu

macrumors 6502
Jan 27, 2013
323
101
Berkeley
I think Apple should implement an easier pause/end option during running. Make the lower side "friend" button a quick pause. Having to force touch is ridiculous mid run. Especially when you're trying to be on pace. And the fact that my hands are all sweaty and gross doesn't make me want to be pressing my screen any more.
 

chadsteruw

macrumors member
Jul 14, 2007
84
10
Seattle, WA
As of now you will not get any Move or Exercise credit in the Apple Activity App from a 3ed party App. So if you want your Rings you need it use the Apple Workout App. This will change in 2.0 (September-ish).

I just run Nike+ on my iPhone. For now the :apple:Watch Nike+ App is more of a remote control for the iPhone App and is very buggy.
This isn't entirely true - I still get my Move and Exercise rings credit if I don't use the Workout App. As long as you're moving, you'll get credit. The Workout App just adds some extra data to your daily activity like continued heart rate monitoring during your workout.
 

chadsteruw

macrumors member
Jul 14, 2007
84
10
Seattle, WA
I went running this morning with my iPhone and Apple Watch for the first time.

When I started, I launched Runkeeper and started the run, then I launched Activity and started the run. When I finished I ended both. I'll look forward to when one can feed into the other. That said, it looks like Runkeeper IS pushing into the Health app, just not the Activity app...?

Anyway, as nice as it was to be able to reference the watch during the run, I don't think I could go out without my phone. Phone adds GPS tracking where I run and Spotify music. It's possible the music will be a non-issue when Apple Music comes out as it may allow saving offline to your watch. Then I might go without my phone and just forego the GPS tracker.

I really need to settle on one tracking service. I've been with DailyMile for a long time so I still post with them, but I prefer Runkeeper's training plans, and now I have Apple's Activity and Health...ugh. Enough already!
My routine is to start the Workout App (Outdoor Run) on my Apple Watch, then start RunKeeper on my iPhone. Then end both at the end of my run.

As for all that data going to the Health app, you'll want to go into the settings and decide which data you want the Health app to prioritize. I was noticing I was getting double credit for my runs because I was using both Workout app and RunKeeper.

Right now, the only reason I use the Workout App for my runs is because some of the Achievements require the use of the workout app. Otherwise, I'd stick to just RunKeeper.
 

Suture

macrumors 6502a
Feb 22, 2007
964
182
I'd like to not have to drag the iPhone with me, but I want to know the distance, and am currently doing intervals. Can the watch estimate the distance you've gone? I'm using RunKeeper, FWIW.
 

thefredelement

macrumors 65816
Apr 10, 2012
1,142
559
New York
The below is all easily avoided if you just calibrate your watch first.

Take your watch and your phone (pref in an arm band or holding it in your hand) outside for a 20 minute walk or run on a clear day in an open space.

Start the run or walk activity on the watch. Do NOT use any other apps on your phone or watch to track anything.

It will calibrate it's own instruments by using your movement and the GPS data from the phone.

Then, your watch should know your stride and how much distance it covers over the earth, while it won't map you, you will get accurate exercise credit for calories & movement.

Meaning that when you run you can just run with whatever 3rd part app you'd like to and the watch will pick up on the activity and give you credit accordingly.

Do what you normally do, but be sure to start an outdoor run workout on the watch to get exercise credit.

It's my understanding that watchOS 2.0 will allow 3rd party apps on the watch (and phone??) to contribute to your workout activity without starting a workout.
if using the nike running app on the watch do I need to start the workout app aswell?
As of now you will not get any Move or Exercise credit in the Apple Activity App from a 3ed party App. So if you want your Rings you need it use the Apple Workout App. This will change in 2.0 (September-ish).

I just run Nike+ on my iPhone. For now the :apple:Watch Nike+ App is more of a remote control for the iPhone App and is very buggy.
I went running this morning with my iPhone and Apple Watch for the first time.

When I started, I launched Runkeeper and started the run, then I launched Activity and started the run. When I finished I ended both. I'll look forward to when one can feed into the other. That said, it looks like Runkeeper IS pushing into the Health app, just not the Activity app...?

Anyway, as nice as it was to be able to reference the watch during the run, I don't think I could go out without my phone. Phone adds GPS tracking where I run and Spotify music. It's possible the music will be a non-issue when Apple Music comes out as it may allow saving offline to your watch. Then I might go without my phone and just forego the GPS tracker.

I really need to settle on one tracking service. I've been with DailyMile for a long time so I still post with them, but I prefer Runkeeper's training plans, and now I have Apple's Activity and Health...ugh. Enough already!
My routine is to start the Workout App (Outdoor Run) on my Apple Watch, then start RunKeeper on my iPhone. Then end both at the end of my run.

As for all that data going to the Health app, you'll want to go into the settings and decide which data you want the Health app to prioritize. I was noticing I was getting double credit for my runs because I was using both Workout app and RunKeeper.

Right now, the only reason I use the Workout App for my runs is because some of the Achievements require the use of the workout app. Otherwise, I'd stick to just RunKeeper.
 

chadsteruw

macrumors member
Jul 14, 2007
84
10
Seattle, WA
The below is all easily avoided if you just calibrate your watch first.

Take your watch and your phone (pref in an arm band or holding it in your hand) outside for a 20 minute walk or run on a clear day in an open space.

Start the run or walk activity on the watch. Do NOT use any other apps on your phone or watch to track anything.

It will calibrate it's own instruments by using your movement and the GPS data from the phone.

Then, your watch should know your stride and how much distance it covers over the earth, while it won't map you, you will get accurate exercise credit for calories & movement.

Meaning that when you run you can just run with whatever 3rd part app you'd like to and the watch will pick up on the activity and give you credit accordingly.
I know that - but the watch and workout App doesn't map your run unless you have your iPhone (along with a 3rd party app). So yes, you get credit, but if you also like to see where you're running, you're going to need your phone and an app that will map your route for you.
 

phirstube

macrumors regular
Aug 20, 2011
245
6
Ohio
I start the exercise app on the watch and start runkeeper on the watch. In runkeeper, on the phone, I make sure to select my spotify playlist and activity type before i start it on my watch. Before I leave the house is where I select my activity type in runkeeper on my phone. Then I drive to the track with my phone in my pouch and never have to take it out. just start the exercise app and runkeeper on the watch and off i go.
 

jbachandouris

macrumors 601
Aug 18, 2009
4,944
1,911
Upstate NY
Still using the Nike+ GPS running app with foot pod as I do treadmill runs during the week. Looking forward to using the Apple Watch to replace it, but it's not looking too good.
 

ryanovelo

macrumors newbie
Apr 28, 2015
27
3
My routine is to start the Workout App (Outdoor Run) on my Apple Watch, then start RunKeeper on my iPhone. Then end both at the end of my run.

As for all that data going to the Health app, you'll want to go into the settings and decide which data you want the Health app to prioritize. I was noticing I was getting double credit for my runs because I was using both Workout app and RunKeeper.

Right now, the only reason I use the Workout App for my runs is because some of the Achievements require the use of the workout app. Otherwise, I'd stick to just RunKeeper.

AND RunKeeper cannot give you heart rate. Not until OS2.
 
  • Like
Reactions: chadsteruw
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.