Benefits of training with an Apple Watch
By pairing your Runna plan with your Apple Watch, you’ll be coached through your workouts live as you run. For example if you’re doing an intervals session, you no longer need to remember and track the specific distances, paces and rests. Instead, your watch will automatically tell you how much further is left to run, what your current pace is and how that compares to your target. It’ll notify you when you need to speed up/slow down and even count down your rests so you know when to start running again. Once you've completed your session, you can then compare your runs against what your Runna plan set you!
Pairing your Apple Watch with your Runna plan
To pair your Apple Watch with your Runna plan, click Connected Apps and turn on the Apple Watch connection. You’ll be prompted to accept some permissions and the workouts will be synced automatically to the Runna app on your Apple Watch. When you switch plan or edit your current plan, we’ll automatically update your workouts for you. And when you mark a workout as complete, we’ll remove it from your watch too. Please note that your Apple Watch workout will appear in the same unit of measurement as your Runna plan.
Our Apple Watch integration will automatically sync any future unlocked weeks to your Apple Watch app. For users on a free week, you'll get access to workouts from that week only. For Runna Premium users, we'll automatically sync the next two weeks of workouts to your Apple Watch app.
Our Apple Watch app also supports audio prompts so that you can get coaching live as you run! To enable these, swipe right on the homescreen to access the settings menu and turn on Audio Cues. You can adjust the volume of these cues too.
The Audio Cues will play out of different places depending on how your Watch is connected:
Watch and phone are not connected to headphones - Audio Cues will play out of the Apple Watch speaker
Watch is connected to headphones - Audio Cues will play through the headphones, dimming the music
Phone is connected to headphones - Audio Cues will play through the speaker (this is an Apple limitation, sorry!). We recommend downloading any music/podcasts to your Apple Watch and connecting your headphones directly to get the best experience
Tracking your progress
After you’ve completed your run, your completed workout will then be stored in your Runna app, Apple Health profile and optionally synced to Strava if you have enabled the connection. You can then analyse your post-workout stats and compare them to the pace targets that you were set. If you’re consistently beating, or not making, your pace targets then we suggest editing them to make your targets challenging yet achievable.
If you have any questions about using your Apple Watch with your Runna plan then please don’t hesitate to contact us. If it’s a problem using your watch, including technical issues, we’ll try and help as much as we can, but you may be required to contact Apple directly to get support.