Long Distance Runners Beware: Watch App On S2 Is Useless
By Vince Viloria
I suppose if you’re a casual runner of shorter distances this app is serviceable. If you’re even slightly more serious, read on.
I have an Apple Watch Nike+ S2 and the Watch app is absolutely horrible. Laggy all around. Every swipe takes a second to register, every tap happens a second later. Tapping to start a run takes seconds to actually begin. If you have a run countdown and the countdown does not complete before you drop your wrist the workout will not actually begin. Double tapping the screen during a run is supposed to pause your workout but you have to raise your wrist to wake the screen and then give it a few seconds to update the display before you can do so. Even then it can take a couple of attempts. And last but certainly not least if you finish a long workout (double digit miles) and attempt to save the workout the app crashes. If you restart the app it resumes the workout forcing you to pause the workout (adding time to your workout in the process) and try again. Sometimes it works, sometimes it terminates and saves nothing. Yesterday I lost a 19 mile run. Gone. It’s far from the first time and I’m not going to go through it anymore.
I have given this app too many chances over years of it getting worse. I’m embarrassed to have pre-ordered the Apple Watch Nike+ S3. Even when it comes I will absolutely not be giving this app another chance. If you’ve read this far, consider yourself warned.
Challenges with friends and running
By Commander Daddy
Hey my name is Danny, but I go by “commander daddy” I have been using this app for years. I’ve always been going on runs and eventually decided I should figure out a way to track my miles. I stumbled onto this app early on. So as time went on and I continued running I eventually would post my runs to my Instagram, and eventually found out I had some friends who ran as well. We were able to share our miles and times which was cool to us. Then just before the new year was coming up I decided to make a challenge for my friends to participate in. The challenge was run 365 miles in a year. It’s not a crazy challenge for the average to everyday runner, however that’s not what I can categorize any of my friends as. They all have full time jobs and we’re are all athletes in other categories (skaters, climbers, fighters, etc). So anyways, everyone joined and we’ve been running and tracking even harder ever since. It’s even become pretty competitive which is my favorite part. I think if you got a friend group even if you wouldn’t call yourself a runner you should download this app and try it. It’s good for growth of all kinds. Oh and now after this is all said and done I think I am considerably a runner.
Good but need a little improvement
By Alex Bum
I love how it’s been helping me train for my first 10k! It adjusts its workout to meet me where I’m at in my running experience which is really nice.
A few things I wish they’d improve on:
1. Explaining their workouts a little. For example today I needed to run 4 intervals of 400m however I just had the workout going the entire time in between. I wasn’t informed that I needed to pause the workout in between intervals so by the time I was done it looked like I only completed 1 interval.
2. There are still some glitches they need to work through. There have been multiple times when I’ve gotten on the app and gone to where my “coach” should be for my 10k training and nothing is there so all of my training has disappeared and there’s no evidence of it ever happening. Typically if I exit the app and try again 30 mins later my training will show up again. However I didn’t know that the first time it happened so I just started a whole new training plan which was a little frustrating.
3. Sometimes I’ll begin one of the scheduled workouts but when I finish it, it log it in/ appear as if I completed or even started it from the weekly overview screen. So if I want my plan to be marked as completed that day I’ll have to manually go back and add another workout simply enter in my progress from the workout I just did.
STILL, YES, STILL GARBAGE
By No Nickname, very sorry
Update after update Nike is adding useless features yet they still can’t make this app work properly on an Apple Watch. Ridiculous that this app is still an “Editors Choice” to boot when it’s just simply NOT WORKING! Same annoying problems as months ago when I last used it. Not synchronizing with my iPhone so my runs are lost, ending the tracking of a run in the middle of it, stopping and restarting the tracking of a run in the middle of it for no reason, not responding when trying to stop a run upon completion... Yes, it’s still complete and hopeless garbage. I’m amazed that so many other users seem to have similar problems yet the developers of this app still can’t find their way out of a paper bag and have it work properly on an Apple Watch. I’m also surprised that this app gets decent reviews. Are all those positive reviews fake? Come on, if it’s not synchronizing with your iPhone and you’re loosing the data relating to your runs, it’s just not working and it deserves ZERO stars, not even one star.
Fortunately, I also rely on my Apple Workouts app so I can still track my activities even when the Nike Run app malfunctions. Given that the Apple Workout app has gotten better over time in terms of the features and analytics it offers, and is stable as a rock, I’m going to switch completely to it. No more frustration in dealing with this ridiculous piece of Nike garbage and, big bonus, I’m going to be freeing up 700MB of storage space.
Great potential, but held back by bugs and poor audio guides
I’ve been using this app before it was called Nike Run Club. I love it and it’s part of my daily routine. That being said there are some serious problems with the app that have sprung up. The Facebook cheers feature which many people have actively reported as not working still hasn’t been fixed after years of not working. But that’s not my major problem with the app. The guided runs usually involve this guy called “Nike Global Head Coach Bennet.” I don’t think Nike could have picked a worse person for this job. His voice sounds like a high schooler trying his best to sound like a cool adult, and he is constantly speaking in this strange cadence and trying to deepen his voice to sound more inspirational. He says the most scripted, cheesy, lame uninspiring things completely taking me out of the zone. All this “you’re awesome, you’re already so great, and you’re getting better with every step you take” gets old really fast and is no way to motivate you to get better. If I’m already awesome why am I running? Please Nike, get us a mature, intelligent and charismatic guide to get us through our runs. Something actually inspiring and epic, not this drab, monotone mess. (Sorry Bennet.) You know who was awesome? Eliud. That voice and run was amazing, UNTIL coach Bennet had to come in and say something pointless. Ugh I’m done.
This app has everything to be hands down the best running app out there. However, starting the app on your phone won’t track your distance unless your phone is on you, EVEN IF you’re wearing your watch. Apple Watch S3 was designed with one of their main focus being phone-free workouts (Keep reading).
Now, you can start the app on the watch without a phone BUT if you don’t have the AirPods, you won’t be able to hear anything while running, not mentioning you won’t be able to listen to music either unless, you know, buy wireless headphones. *** ****
To add on, when running the treadmill I like to put my phone on the dashboard so I can look at it while I run and keep my eye on my stats BUT this won’t track my distance because again, even though I’m wearing the watch the phone needs to be held in my hand or be strapped on my arm.
I then start the run on my watch and WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I OPEN THE APP ON THE PHONE TO LOOK AT MY STATS? I get a message saying opening the phone app while the watch app is in use will start a separate run. Can’t win. I know the stats will display on the watch but having your phone in front of you is better stuff.
About every single running app in the App Store will let you use both your watch and phone as one and use the watch as tracking device whether the app was started on the phone or watch. Please listen and make an improvement 🙏🏼
Last Run Not Syncing to Account After IO13.1.1 Update
I’ve used the Nike+ when it was a sensor on my shoe in 2009. Now, I’ve upgraded to the Apple 3 watch and iPhone8. The NRC app has worked well over the years and haven’t had any problems with the latest app upgrade. However, I’m have difficulties with my last run syncing to my phone and watch. I’m wondering if anyone is experiencing the same problem after the latest updates for Apple.
My NRC phone and watch apps have my last run on Wednesday for 5 miles. I performed the OS update on Friday for my phone and watch. Saturday, I ran 9.30 miles with my watch. The app was working fine and recorded my run details and heart beat. I closed my watch rings for Move and Exercise and it recorded my run with NRC on my workout log.
I tried to sync the run with my phone and nothing updated expect the update time. I’ve tried rebooting each device, deleting and adding the app, and checking the settings. Nothing seems to work. I’m glad my phone’s Health and watch Activity apps recorded my run. But I’m missing out on completing my Weekly NRC Challenge and record of my run. I hope it gets resolved soon since I have a half marathon coming up and would like to use my watch and not my phone on my race. Thank you for your time.
Pretty good, but minor bugs
I’ve been running since middle school and I always used Running2Win to log my runs, but since that site is a bit clunky and the app is garbage, I figured I’d try this one out. Since I’ve been using it, I’ve fallen in love with the UI and how easy the app is to use. The workouts from the “My Coach” seem a bit easy, so I do my own and just substitute them, but otherwise the runs are great. I especially like the guided runs because it actually feels like someone is beside me and running with me, which is always a nice feeling when running alone when back from school.
However, this app is not without some minor bugs, most notably in the guided runs themselves. For whatever reason and on multiple occasions, the guided run will simply stop and stay frozen at a certain time (usually 4’37” when I use it). While it could be written off as a problem deriving from another issue, I have an XS so it definitely shouldn’t be a hardware issue. Like I said, I really like the guided runs, but when they stop 4 minutes in, it gets a little annoying. Otherwise, pretty great app that I would recommend to people just getting into running or seasoned runners looking for an easy way to log runs (and keep track of shoe mileage)!
It’s getting better
I love running, I believe in what Nike stood for, from its humble beginnings until now. A run is about being just a little bit better then you were the day before, it’s about freedom. About leaving stress, or the things that “bog” you down behind. At least for that little bit of time you’re running. I feel like those statements also hold true for this app. The app is better then it was, and I believe it will continue to be better. In the future however I want to see the interface be more intuitive, less “bogged” down. I want the freedom of what a run feels like to translate into this app. I love the coach runs, I love the podcasts with coach Bennet. I love the challenges. Running is about the individual and as soon as I log Into this app the center of it all should be about me/ the individual. Then secondly: intuitively be more apart of my friends running. One example is, I would like to see their run color, and be more interactive with them (I do like the “cheering on”) and their trophy’s. Also I definitely want to see the run club be more local. Or be able to set up a run club meet locally through the app. I have a love hate relationship with this app, I have a billion ideas for this thing, but totally have faith that they will get it right. That it will be better tomorrow then it is today.
GPS distance us broken starting in v6.2
I am a four year user of this app and I use it only on the iPhone (currently iPhone XS on iOS 13.2) not the Apple Watch. Starting with the update to version 6.2, the app has been recording dramatically longer distances than reality. I run the same routes frequently, and I have been recording runs with NRC, Strava, Endomondo, and RunGo over the years, and I know exactly how long each neighborhood route I run is. NRC is now recording tracks that are approximately 15% to 20% too long. An 8.5 km route this morning got recorded as 10.1 km by NRC. This weekend, I ran 21.1 km (not in a race) and NRC recorded 24.3 km. This completely destroys my pace calculations and I’m sure is not helping my NRC marathon training plan to adjust properly. My other trackers do not have this problem. When I look at the NRC GPS tracks, they are crazy jagged, looking like I am crossing the street back and forth every few meters, running into the middle of a house and back out to the street, etc. On all my other trackers, I can tell the side of the street I was on, and the tracks are nice and smooth. If I run down the sidewalk, the GPS track looks like I’m running down the sidewalk. With NRC it’s like every GPS datapoint can be randomly 5 to 10 meters off from my real location and it makes me look like I was staggering drunk. This all began with the upgrade to 6.2. Please fix ASAP.