Perfect for new and OG runners!
I wanted to start running again since i used to in highschool and needed an app to track my progress as well as monitor my vitals/pace. I would say im a novice runner. Ive been using the NRC app for about two months now and I really like it! Its tracks most of the important stats (especially when linked to fitness monitor in my case AW4). Keeps me accountable! and theres a bunch of different challenges and achievements to unlock if you are that kind of person.#goals I love them personally. It makes me want to run more and more. I cant say i love it since for some reason the new Cadence monitoring feature isnt working for me. I figured it would sync with my applewatch for cadence but i guess not. Ive resorted to using the built in "outdoor run" under activity app to track cadence among other things and compare both apps after. Little extra work but i dont mind. All in all great app to track your progress and keep you accountable, the guided workouts are probably amazing but ive never used them. Give this app a try, if you are using it with a fitness tracker, setup app and device properly! or you will end up with missing info.
Only other gripe is sometimes it doesnt show my heart rate throughout run. It does on my other app so in not worrying too much, could be since im running both apps at same time to track my vitals.
Changed my life
To put it lightly, I’m an anxious person. I use the headspace app to find some clarity and that is where I first heard about the Nike running club app. I’m also a curvy woman. I thought “ yeah right there is no way I can jog for longer than five minutes”, but with the help of the guided runs I could! It turns out I’m a great runner and I love running! I just didn’t know it. I thought I had to look and run like someone else to be a runner, but I was dead wrong. I just needed to be trained to run smart and listen to my body. Don’t get me wrong, it took a while to get there, but It was possible because I wasn’t alone. The coaches and athletes that lead the guided runs help me stay on track and maintain my excitement for the sport. I feel so much better. Running has changed my mental and physical health. It’s given me a deep well of resources like endurance to tackle my daily challenges and celebrations. I’m deeply deeply thankful to Coach B for giving me the opportunity to enjoy being happy in my body and relaxed in my mind. Lol I’m literally tearing up right now writing this. I’m so grateful for his words of encouragement and his beautiful inclusive perspective of running. I hope that one day I can help someone feel as empowered and strong as his words make me feel. Thank you so much Coach!!!! Also thanks to Nike running for keeping this app free!
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.
I have used this app for years and have finally reached the final straw. I’m disappointed because I like the guided runs and training plans the app offers but I can no longer overlook it’s other issues. I have an Apple Watch series 3 and it is nearly impossible to sync my runs between my watch and phone. Lately any run that I start from my watch is deleted which is especially annoying with speed runs in which it is much easier to start and stop intervals from my watch. I’ve lost my running streaks because of this inability to sync and any adaptability in my training plans. When runs are started from my phone my watch fails to sync and provide useful stats throughout or after the run. As I said previously, I love that the app offers free training programs for various goals. I used one of these to train for my first half marathon. However, I do have a few gripes. I understand that incorporating Nike Training Club workouts into plans gives both apps use, but it is difficult when you already have a plan on the NTC app. It would be nice to have the option to exclude these workouts from training plans or link your current NTC workouts. It would also be super useful to allow for the training plans to be customizable. Plenty of other apps already offer this feature. Until Nike can properly track and record my runs, I’m done.
From hating running to 80 total miles
In July this year I decided to start running, and downloaded this app because it had good reviews. I only wear leggings with pockets, so this was ideal for me. The distance and pace tracking works very well, and as a video game player I’m a fan of the achievements feature. I really look forward to seeing the “fastest 5k” badge show up with a new time. It’s also nice seeing my total miles.
The guided runs are also great. Sometimes I enjoy just running with music and losing track of time, with the occasional update on my distance, but other times I really need the motivation. There are distance or time based runs, and they’re built in a way where anyone can do them, no matter of skill level (though I guess I can’t speak to higher level, since I’m still building endurance).
The only thing I would change is that the weekly and monthly challenges don’t count past runs. I rarely see them on the first day of the challenge, so with the monthly ones I end up several days behind even though I did track miles on the app in the beginning of the month. That’s really the only criticism I have though! I’ve only had it bug out once out of 40 total runs!
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.
Finally found the perfect running app!!
NRC is the perfect companion to someone who struggles to get out and go run; the support Coach Bennett offers through the guided runs is just what I’ve been searching for. I’ve previously used both MapMyRun and Runtastic and the “coaching” provided by both doesn’t amount to much more than telling you your splits, distance, and when the pace changes on intervals. It’s done by a computer generated voice and just doesn’t have the real person connection. Coach Bennett will relate to you and motivate every step of the way while not being overbearing and in your ear the whole time. There are minutes set aside during every run where it’s just you, the music, and the run. It gives you time to reflect on what Coach has said let’s you focus in on what you are doing. The last thing I’ll mention are companion playlists, while most of the songs are some form of pop or pop/Rock they are upbeat and provide a nice soundtrack to run to. Even for me who isn’t a big pop fan, I’ve added a few songs to my personal library thanks to NRC.
So, if you’re like me and struggle to find motivation to get out and get going, give NRC a try and hopefully you find it as great as I do.
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 🙏🏼
Great app, but lots of glitches
I would gladly give this app 5 stars, if it weren’t for the numerous glitches and anomalies that it has. Overall I have always been happy with this app. I love the features, the guided runs, the integration with Apple Watch, the coach, etc. However, I feel like I am constantly dealing with synching issues in one way or another. For example, I am using the coach to train for a marathon. I always start the runs directly from the coach screen, and complete them, and mark them for the appropriate workout in the coach schedule. But once in a while after doing that, the next time I open the app it will show that workout as incomplete. There is no good way to fix this - and it most recently happened on a benchmark run that is supposed to be used by the app to set your schedule going forward. I contacted tech support - which is another great thing about Nike - I’ve always been able to get ahold of a person for support. But she pretty much told me this was a glitch and she couldn’t fix it, and had no guarantee if it would get fixed by someone in a different department. I also had an issue with runs not synching from my watch. Had to uninstall and reinstall the app on my phone. This type of thing happens a lot and can be frustrating when using these features. Other than that, great app.