I used an apple watch for running for years before I switched to my Garmin watch. The apple watch series 5, for instance, is a smartwatch, that wasn’t only designed for running. So is the Apple Watch any good for running? The answer is not quite easy. Are you an avid runner or are you looking for a tracking device of your daily workouts? Let me explain the pros and cons of the Apple Watch for running after 4+ years running with an Apple watch:
How accurate is Apple Watch GPS for running?
Of course, we love our paces and routes to be accurate. Obviously, tracking with the running watch has to be correct. The GPS of the apple watch (series 3 and up) is great. Especially the most recent Apple Watch 5 series has an even better GPS.
If we talk about the heart rate its a different story. The HR of the apple watch is bad. There is no sugar coating. It’s just not accurate. When I used to run with an Apple Watch, that’s where I found the Apple Watch to suffer most. The measurements are wildly inaccurate for me. The first mile was always off with a much higher heart rate than I actually experienced. While running with an Apple Watch you should run with a chest strap to get more accurate results.
The Apple Watch for running: The hard facts
If you can’t decide if you should buy the Apple Watch for running or rather have a Garmin GPS watch please check out my comparison of Apple vs. Garmin. From a runner’s perspective, if you already own an Apple Watch and you’re running here and there but not too serious, the Apple Watch will do its purpose.
It’s also great if you do a little Yoga here, have a gym workout there and run a few times a week. Overall you can keep track of your activity level with the workout app on your iPhone.
When I was debating if I should switch to Garmin I kept track of how many runners are actually using an Apple Watch for running and it wasn’t many. Most runners, especially those who are training for marathons and other big goals, are running with a running watch such as the Forerunner 45, the Garmin vívoactive® 4, or the Garmin fēnix 6.
What is the best running app for Apple Watch?
- Adidas running app
How do you use Apple Watch while running?
The usage of the Apple Watch during your run is simple and easy. Besides the problem, that rain is not great for the touch screen and gives you issues using it, the Apple Watch is easy to use. Here the easy steps to us Apple Watch while running:
- Open the Workout app on your watch
- Scroll to Outdoor Run or Indoor Run if you are running on the treadmill
- Tap the More button (to set a calorie, distance, or time goal)
- Tap Start and then wait for the three-second countdown
- To skip the countdown, tap the screen
Not convinced to buy an Apple Watch for running? Check out which is the best Garmin running watch in 2020.