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7 Apple Watch Tips for Runners



Whether you're an experienced runner training for your race or just starting your jogging journey, the
Apple Watch
($ 345 on Amazon Marketplace) can help you with that.

Although the Apple Watch is not a dedicated watch, it's packed with features that earn you miles and keep you motivated while you're running. You just have to know how to find them.

Here are a few tips to make your Apple Watch a better running buddy.

Update your statistics

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First things first: Make sure the Apple Watch knows who you are. That means gender, weight, height, age – basically all the indicators the watch needs to accurately measure distance and calories burned.

You may have set this up in your health app when you set up your Apple Watch for the first time. However, if you have not done so or your weight has changed since then, make sure your profile contains the correct information.

Access the Watch app on your phone and select Health at the bottom of the My Watch tab, and press Edit at the top right to make the changes.

Calibrating the Clock

Another important part of the "Getting Acquainted" phase is Calibrating the clock to your individual speed and stepping to get a more accurate distance indication when you leave your phone behind or GPS is not reliable.

If you've never done this before, you might just want to start with a clean waistcoat. On your phone, go to the My Watch tab in the Watch app and click Privacy and select Reset Fitness Calibration Data.

To recalibrate, Apple recommends jogging the watch on a flat, open surface to get a good reception. Series 1 users must take a phone with them on this first run. Next, start an outdoor run or run in the workout app on the Apple Watch for at least 20 minutes. If you do not have more than 20 minutes, you can do it at 5 or 10 minute intervals. You only need 20 minutes for the exact calibration.

If you have logged the first 20 minutes, you can turn off the phone and continue your normal running. The watch will continue to learn about your step and to calibrate over time.

Tighten the Band

Once you have figured out step and distance, you must make sure that you're getting an accurate reading of the heart rate. The Apple Watch uses heart rate (along with other readings) to calculate burned calories, and the gadget can be used to keep you at bay during exercise or in a race. However, the heart rate monitor must be in direct contact with your skin for accurate reading. This means you may need to tighten the strap before jogging to make sure the Apple Watch stays in place while swinging your sweaty arm up and down. Just do not overdo it and cut off the blood circulation on your hand – and maybe dissolve it when you're done.

It's also designed to work best on your wrist. Therefore, it is counterproductive to attach the sensor to the bottom of the wrist (where you would normally take your pulse). I carried it on the wrong side for months before I finally found it out, so save some time and learn about my mistake. If you want to be more precise with your reading, you can combine with an external heart rate monitor .

Match Your Readings

For outdoor runs, the Apple Watch can monitor eight different readings, ranging from average speed to altitude gain, but that does not mean you have to see all the information on the screen while you run. Find the numbers that pump you and then customize your workout interface from the Watch app on your phone.

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In my case, for example, the distance is in front and in the middle, while active calories are hidden in my activity app.


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Scroll to the workout option on the My Watch tab on your
iPhone
($ 1,000 at Cricket Wireless) and once you're in it, click on Workout View above. Next, select the Outdoor (or Indoor) Run option, click Edit on the top right and add, delete or reorder as you see fit. You can only display five readings at a time.

Set Goals

You can also set goals before each run in the Workout app on the Apple Watch. Click the three dots next to the type of run you select and set your goals based on distance, calories, or time.

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Set Running Goals from the Workout App to the Apple Watch


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Enable Auto-Pause

This feature is important for surviving city runs without having to set your clock at each traffic light. You can enable the automatic pause from the Watch app on your smartphone or directly on the Apple Watch itself.

On the clock, go to Settings / General / Training and turn on Auto Pause. If you are in the Watch app on the iPhone, select the My Watch, Exercise tab and enable the Auto Pause option. This works for outdoor races and on a treadmill, so stopping light or water break will not decrease your time and speed during a run.

Maximize battery life

As you've probably learned the hard way, runtimes are not good. And if you're a night-jogger like me, you might run empty. Or worse, the battery may die before you finish running – meaning the run will not appear in your activity log!

If you drink dangerously low levels of juice, try activating energy-saving mode before you start. This is unlike the "power reserve" option that you get when you have less than 10 percent, which turns off all functions except time. Energy Saver mode is a preventative step that allows you to extend battery life while retaining most basic tracking features.

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Enable sleep mode via the watch or over the phone.


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To enable Sleep Mode from the Apple Watch, go to Settings / General / Training and toggle the Sleep Mode option. You can also do this via the watch app on your iPhone and disable it once you have completed your run.

You can see a slight change in calories burned, as this mode also shuts off the heart rate monitor, but you should still get an accurate reading of your run.


UhrOS
5 brings even more runnability

Runners also get a number of new tools in WatchOS 5 to speed up their training. The update, which is expected to launch in September, will add the cadence (steps per minute) and rolling-mile tempo (how fast you've run the previous mile) to the list of metrics to track on a run. It also brings custom tempo warnings (via haptic feedback) as you go below or above your target pace. Here are some other great workout features that you might want to preview while waiting for the official WatchOS 5 update.

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