Finally, I appreciate that the watch automatically detects workouts after a certain period of time. I use this feature daily when I go to and from the subway and around my neighborhood. After 10 minutes, vibrating intersections, with a message asking if I would like to record an outdoor tour. The answer is always yes, and the clock fortunately includes the last 1
But what about running? In short, you get the basics and not much else. You can see your distance, calorie burn, heart rate, average pace and also rolling pace, which is your pace over the last mile at any given time. You can also set temp warnings – a warning that you are moving faster than you thought for example. Given that this is an Apple Watch, you can also stream music or podcasts if you have the mobile modulated LTE model.
Because the clock has a GPS sensor, you can leave your phone at home while driving – which is not There is no alternative in previous versions. Of course, no two watches of running watches will offer exactly the same distance reading on a race; In fact, my friends' watches and mine often disagree, even though we drove the same route side by side from start to finish. That said, my anecdotal experience is that Apple Watch often says I ran longer than other watches would, which means my average pace is also faster than I expect. The last metric is the real red flag: You can convince me that I ran a fifth of a mile longer than I think I did, but after a point it's hard for me to think I ran as fast as Apple claims. I know my limits.
On a lighter note, the Apple watch integrates with some treadmills and other exercise equipment, thanks to a two-way saving process that essentially trades notes between the device and the exercise equipment, formulates a more accurate estimate of your distance and effort using the shared data. The technology, called GymKit, is compatible with equipment made by Life Fitness, Matrix Fitness, TechnoGym, Cybex, SCIFIT, StairMaster, Star Trac, Schwinn and Nautilus. Support for Woodway, True Fitness and Octane Fitness is coming soon too.
In my experience, the clock usually tunes with the treadmill of how far I ran, which is not always the case with other wearables. As such, although I sometimes suspect that Apple Watch overrides my distance on outdoor races, I have greater confidence in their ability to accurately track treadmill exercises.
Whether you're driving indoors or out, all your statistics are listed on a series of pages that you swipe from left to right. In my early days with the Series 4, it was tempting to use Digital Crown as a stopwatch, similar to how I use all other running watches. This urge has mostly subsided as I have become more comfortable with the user interface. Series 4 has, like many of its competitors, an automatic pause option, which I often use in start and stop workouts.
All said, this is a fairly limited list of statistics, without much room for customization. There is no interval training mode, either by time or distance. It is not much of an attempt to quantify your exercise level, progress or effort of the workout or exercise load. None of this will be a dealbreaker for more informal runners. Ditto for distance tracking; It sometimes seems a little to me, but it might be good enough for someone to just try to get the credit for their races.
For more detailed tracking, the best option is to experiment with third-party iPhone running apps, such as Strava, RunKeeper, MapMyRun, Nike Run Club and others. It's through trial and error that I finally found an app with Watch support and time intervals. But at the end of the day it's easier to have a purpose-built running watch when running outdoors, sync my data to Apple Health, get the training and standing time credit, and watch Apple Watch back at the first chance I get. However, if you can only afford a smartwatch for exercise and life, there is a strong case for choosing this one.
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music
Garmin is for many of the marathons I know, the gold standard in running watches: the device is functional, easy to use and has a long life, I have lived with the company's Forerunner 645 Music watch for ab out a year now, it is the highest model in Garmin's running style, and as the name suggests, it has inside built music storage ("up to 500 songs," says Garmin), including niceties. It is worth noting that if $ 450 feels like a lot to spend on a running clock (or if music flow seems unnecessary), Garmin offers cheaper devices like 245 that share much of the same DNA.
Although the 645 music has the word "runs" in his name, I should clarify that this is actually another multisport clock, with the ability to track swimming, cycling, weight representatives and more. Like many of its competitors, you allow you to customize your screen data pages and have features such as auto pause, auto-lap, manual lap, heart rate zones and alerts and configurable intervals based on time or distance. As a training track, there are many steps taken, calories burned, floor climbed, intensity minutes, sleep and one's overall stress level.
Things become more advanced as Garmin tries to assess both your training level and the effectiveness of your training. The clock calculates VO2 Max – an indicator of both endurance and cardiorespiratory fitness. At the same time, the clock also anticipates marathon and half marathon times, but in my experience (and what everybody I know) these times are more than a bit ambitious. As with this writing, 645 Music projects a 3:45 marathon for me; I would be happy to just break my personal best of 4:52. Garmin also uses VO2 Max to calculate a "training age" in its iOS / Android app, which is flattering than anything else. At 34 o'clock I tell you that I have an "excellent 20 year old". Thanks!