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bencallis

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The application is now on the AppStore - https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/watch-to-5k-running-program/id1517914828#?platform=appleWatch

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During lockdown I finally started to run and couldn't find a simple Couch To 5K app that worked well independently on the Apple Watch. So in the end I decided to create my own and use it as a learning oppturnity to learn more about WatchKit and SwiftUI.

The Couch To 5K Programm is a running program to get beginners up to the point where they can run continuously for 30 mins ~5k.

More Details here: - https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-running-with-couch-to-5k/

The application is an independent Watch App that requires WatchOS 6+. It gives you the full program on the Apple Watch. You are notified when to run with haptics and voice prompts (if using bluetooth headphones).

The application is nearly feature complete and I'm at a point where it would be great to get some TestFlight beta testers. Please let me know if you fancy taking the app for a run and I will send you a test flight link.


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I'm running WatchOS 7 Dev beta 1 on an Apple Watch Series 4. I've just recovered from a small injury and already downloaded me a program to start running again from scratch to 30 minutes so this app would be perfect. I can test from couch to 5K for you :) My girlfriend has a Series 5 with WatchOS 6 and she'll be running with me as support but she's in a way better shape than me.

If you're interested, feel free to PM me and I'll give our AppleID's.
 
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bumbo

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Amazing!
I've just completed C25K and was so annoyed there was no watch app. I had to record all the runs, edit them with my music and transfer to my watch!

I'll give it a try to test out if you like
 
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bencallis

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Amazing!
I've just completed C25K and was so annoyed there was no watch app. I had to record all the runs, edit them with my music and transfer to my watch!

I'll give it a try to test out if you like

Yeah It relly annoyed me. I ended up taken my phone but to annoyed with having to cary it with me when I was wearing a watch! I'll PM you a link now
 
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richinla

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I would like to test it. I have been walking and was thinking about switching to C25K recently.. Does it allow music or podcasts in background?
 
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bencallis

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I would like to test it. I have been walking and was thinking about switching to C25K recently.. Does it allow music or podcasts in background?
Yeah this is one of the key features I have been working on. I've sent you a link to the beta. Would be great for you to try it with your bluetooth headphones and music/podcast app.
 
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During lockdown I finally started to run and couldn't find a simple Couch To 5K app that worked well independently on the Apple Watch. So in the end I decided to create my own and use it as a learning oppturnity to learn more about WatchKit and SwiftUI.

The Couch To 5K Programm is a running program to get beginners up to the point where they can run continuously for 30 mins ~5k.

More Details here: - https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-running-with-couch-to-5k/

The application is an independent Watch App that requires WatchOS 6+. It gives you the full program on the Apple Watch. You are notified when to run with haptics and voice prompts (if using bluetooth headphones).

The application is nearly feature complete and I'm at a point where it would be great to get some TestFlight beta testers. Please let me know if you fancy taking the app for a run and I will send you a test flight link.

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I'd love to try it!
 
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I'd love to try it if you still have room. I was just working on doing the timing using an interval timer I can use on my watch, but I'd much prefer an app!
 
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wicked271

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I would love to try this! Will this record eve with the apple watch run app open though? I like to compare data from other apps with the apple run data. Also will this record treadmill runs?
 
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bumbo

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Yeah It relly annoyed me. I ended up taken my phone but to annoyed with having to cary it with me when I was wearing a watch! I'll PM you a link now
I haven't had a link yet? Not sure if you've sent it already...

Also, does the app let you select the 'coach'?
 
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richinla

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Yeah this is one of the key features I have been working on. I've sent you a link to the beta. Would be great for you to try it with your bluetooth headphones and music/podcast app.

Worked great this morning. I had a podcast playing during the entire workout with no issues. The two features I'd like to see is to have it also include the warmup and cool down walks (5 minutes each). I started a 'walking workout' for 5 minutes before this, then another walking workout after to make sure it was all captured in the activity app. Second would be to have it notify when halfway through. Without those it is still great (after one run), but with them would be easier for me.. not sure about other's preferences.
 
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bencallis

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Worked great this morning. I had a podcast playing during the entire workout with no issues. The two features I'd like to see is to have it also include the warmup and cool down walks (5 minutes each). I started a 'walking workout' for 5 minutes before this, then another walking workout after to make sure it was all captured in the activity app. Second would be to have it notify when halfway through. Without those it is still great (after one run), but with them would be easier for me.. not sure about other's preferences.

That's great to hear!

Thanks for the suggestions regarding features. I will definitely look into having a have way point announcement. Was it clear how the colourful bar under the run signified progress?

I did consider having the 5 minute warmup and cool down timer but I wasn't sure everyone would use it.

For example I usually did my warm up by walking to the nearest park which is ~7 mins away. In this case I wouldn't want to the warmup to end after 5mins and for the running to start straight away. I did consider having a button to start the run after the 5mins warmup was up (allowing you to do a large warmup if you liked). but felt this added an extra step to just getting on with the run.

Also would you want the warmup and cool down part recorded as part of your activity? It would result in a much lower avg pace overall.

What are your thoughts?
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Worked great this morning. I had a podcast playing during the entire workout with no issues. The two features I'd like to see is to have it also include the warmup and cool down walks (5 minutes each). I started a 'walking workout' for 5 minutes before this, then another walking workout after to make sure it was all captured in the activity app. Second would be to have it notify when halfway through. Without those it is still great (after one run), but with them would be easier for me.. not sure about other's preferences.

Sorry I must have missed you off. Currently there is only one "coach" voice and only one onscreen animated runner/walker. I may consider adding more in the future.
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I would love to try this! Will this record eve with the apple watch run app open though? I like to compare data from other apps with the apple run data. Also will this record treadmill runs?

As far as I am aware the Apple Watch can only run one active workout session at a time.
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I’ll join in too!

Does it feed back all the info into Apple health?

Yeah it does. Everything is recorded and added into HealthKit so will be viewable in activities and apple health.
 
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richinla

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That's great to hear!

Thanks for the suggestions regarding features. I will definitely look into having a have way point announcement. Was it clear how the colourful bar under the run signified progress?

I did consider having the 5 minute warmup and cool down timer but I wasn't sure everyone would use it.

For example I usually did my warm up by walking to the nearest park which is ~7 mins away. In this case I wouldn't want to the warmup to end after 5mins and for the running to start straight away. I did consider having a button to start the run after the 5mins warmup was up (allowing you to do a large warmup if you liked). but felt this added an extra step to just getting on with the run.

Also would you want the warmup and cool down part recorded as part of your activity? It would result in a much lower avg pace overall.

The bar under the run was great for signifying progress. I was looking at it randomly during the run and could tell how far of the way through I was. That was how I decided where to turn around and it worked great. If there was an audible cue for halfway through the workout, I just would not miss it even if not looking at the watch.

For the warmup and cool down, I like the activity to be tracked, but not sure how that could happen without affecting the average pace. I see this issue with that and had not thought about that.. I did not have a problem doing it the way I did this morning (2 short outdoor walk exercises). I've gotten into the habit of filling my rings daily and the walks were a good help with that.
 
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The bar under the run was great for signifying progress. I was looking at it randomly during the run and could tell how far of the way through I was. That was how I decided where to turn around and it worked great. If there was an audible cue for halfway through the workout, I just would not miss it even if not looking at the watch.

For the warmup and cool down, I like the activity to be tracked, but not sure how that could happen without affecting the average pace. I see this issue with that and had not thought about that.. I did not have a problem doing it the way I did this morning (2 short outdoor walk exercises). I've gotten into the habit of filling my rings daily and the walks were a good help with that.
So what did you do? (I just downloaded the app and haven’t tried it yet.). Start your walk in the native app, then start the c to 5k app, then when that finished start the native workout app again?
 
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Worked great this morning. I had a podcast playing during the entire workout with no issues. The two features I'd like to see is to have it also include the warmup and cool down walks (5 minutes each). I started a 'walking workout' for 5 minutes before this, then another walking workout after to make sure it was all captured in the activity app. Second would be to have it notify when halfway through. Without those it is still great (after one run), but with them would be easier for me.. not sure about other's preferences.

I agree with you on adding the warm up and cool down walks along with the halfway indicator. Also, I mentioned to Ben that the haptic feedback seemed to only happen when I had the app visible. When I was walking/jogging and not looking at the watch, I received the audible alert but no haptic feedback. Did you notice anything like that? Or it could just be the way my watch notifications are set up. This is a really nice app! Great job Ben!
 
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