How to Use the Nike App to Become a Better Runner

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Nike Run Club is just one of the best-known running apps you can download for the Apple Watch and one of the many Wear OS smartwatches you can get on your wrist right now.

If you’re a runner and Apple’s Workout app doesn’t do it for you, or you’re not won over by Google Fit, you can track your indoor and outdoor stats, take challenges and find motivation with the Run Club app instead.

It also offers a powerful community and training-focused experience on the watch and a smartphone app to dig deeper into your stats.

Whether you’re packing an Apple Watch or a powerful Wear OS smartwatch like the Oppo Watch or want a better sports tracking experience on a sleek option like the Skagen Falster 3, here’s our breakdown of everything you need to know about Nike Run. Club and how to get the most out of it.

How do I get Nike+ Run Club?

For people who don’t mind running with a smartphone, the Nike Run Club app is available for iPhone and Android smartphones and can be downloaded for free.

If you own an Apple Watch, you can download the app from the App Store, while Wear OS watch owners will need to head to Google Play, either on your phone or from your watch, to get started. use.

It’s worth mentioning of course that there’s a dedicated Apple Watch Nike edition of the Series 6 and SE, which comes with a custom Nike band, has Run Club pre-installed, and includes exclusive Nike watch faces with support. complications (widgets).

Does Nike Fuel still exist?

It’s been eight years since Nike launched its original fitness accessory, the Nike Fuelband, and with it the Nike Fuel Points system that converts all of your activities into one fitness currency. By translating all moves into a centralized score, the idea was that it would allow effort from different sports to be compared and reward a wider range of effort.

While the Fuelband is dead, Nike Fuel lives on in the Nike+ Run Club and Nike+ Training Club apps, but in reality it now seems a bit lost.

10 ways to use Nike Run Club

We’ve been using the latest version of Nike Run Club for a while now, and we’ve pulled out the features that we think can make the biggest difference to your performance, motivation and enjoyment of running.

Develop your running knowledge: opt for a guided run

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Running is often considered an easy-to-start sport. You just need a pair of shoes and some time, right? While that’s true, getting out there for the first time and becoming a better runner takes a little more than just lacing up and putting one foot in front of the other. That’s where Nike Guided Runs come in.

At the time of writing, the number of guided races is in the double digits and is largely focused on supporting new runners or those getting back into shape. Each exercise comes with full written instructions for a session and a downloadable audio guide so you can be coached during your workout.

The workouts are designed to help runners improve their strength, speed and endurance while having fun. Plus, intervals are automatically marked along the way, so all you have to do is press start and go. Here is an example of what to expect:

First run: A 20-minute beginner-level introductory audio-guided run designed by a Nike Run Club Head Coach to help you overcome the early challenge of just getting moving.

First gear run: 8 1-minute intervals at a 5k pace created as an introductory interval run for those new to speed work.

First Fartlek race: Introducing runners to the benefits of alternating between easier and harder efforts, this run includes a 7-minute warm-up followed by a 10-minute fartlek run.

If you use Guided Runs on a smartwatch, you can access these Guided Runs directly from the watch.

Get running assistance: enable Cheers

Supporting friends, family, and running buddies while running is a great way to keep you motivated when you’re on your toughest runs.

To turn it on, just tap the Settings cog on the run screen, click Audio feedback (this is also where you can set your preferences for the style and frequency of voice feedback on your runs) and toggle on or disable Nike + Run Club Cheers as desired.

When both of these are enabled, Nike posts to your feed to let people know you’re going, and they can simply like or comment on the post to give you a nudge on the ear while you run.

Find a Competitive Advantage: Join a Challenge

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If you’re a runner who’s ever been on Facebook or Instagram, chances are you’ve seen one of those motivational posts that says something like “It’s not about you versus them, it’s not about you it’s you against you”. While we salute that spirit, there’s nothing like a little friendly competition to get you to work hard when you just want to lay on the couch and eat chips. This is where Nike Challenges can help.

Another important change that arrived with Nike Run Club, you now use hashtags to get involved in a whole series of existing global challenges or to create your own.

To create a new #hashtag leaderboard, simply create your unique hashtag and share it with your friends. Then it’s up to you to spread the word by including the hashtag in your post-run posts on the Nike+ feed.

It should be noted however that there are limitations. The only metric you can use for your challenge is most miles and whereas in the old Nike+ Running app you could create challenges just for your own group of running buddies, with this new hashtag approach, everyone everyone can join your challenge. And it can be a bit #annoying.

Capture the feeling: take post-race notes

The Nike+ Running app lets you add notes to your saved runs, and it’s never a bad idea to do so. Yes, you can choose a smiley face that best represents your post-run mood, but adding your own notes gives you a much better picture of your progress so that over time you can find out what kind of workout is most effective for you.

Train with your other running tech: How to connect Garmin to Nike Run Club

If you don’t have an Apple Watch or Wear OS smartwatch but use a Garmin, Polar, or alternative GPS running watch, you can still connect them to Nike Run Club and sync your runs in the app. Each race has a logo to make it easy to see which device was used to track the race.

To connect Nike Run Club to, for example, a Garmin watch, follow these steps:

STEP 1: Open the Nike Run Club app on the phone. Tap the Settings cog in the corner.

2ND STEP: Tap on Partners. Select Garmin.

STEP 3: From here, you will be prompted to log in to your Garmin Connect account to connect the two services.

You can do the following with Polar Flow, Wahoo and TomTom, if you still use a TomTom running watch.

Be honest with yourself: remove the automatic pause

Autopause is a liar. If your Auto Break shows that you ran a 10k less than 40 minutes, but during that run you stopped every 5 minutes to cross a 2 minute road, then your 10k PB is no longer 39:99. It is 39:99 plus the time you have been stationary at red lights. To accurately reflect what you are capable of, it is essential to find a place where you can run relatively uninterrupted, closer to race conditions.

To disable this automatic pause, do the following:

STEP 1: Open the Nike Run Club app on the phone. Tap the Settings cog in the corner.

2ND STEP: Tap Runtime Settings and find tracking options.

STEP 3: Tap Auto-Pause Run to turn on and off.

Soundtrack to Success: How to Sync Spotify or Apple Music with Nike Run Club

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Purists will disagree, but for many people, running without music is unthinkable. You can connect Nike Run Club to Spotify and Apple Music. This not only lets you control your music from the Nike+ Run Club smartphone app or on your Apple Watch, but you can also access weekly Nike+ Run Club playlists.

To connect Spotify or Apple Music to Nike Run Club, follow these steps:

STEP 1: Access the run tracking screen on the phone app. Tap the music note icon.

2ND STEP: Choose the service you want to connect to.

STEP 3: You will be prompted to connect to this music streaming service to start playing music from it during runs.

Run with Discipline: Use Nike Recommended Spotify Playlists

Music isn’t just helpful for the sections of your runs where your brain tells you to stop, it’s also a great way to make sure you’re running at the right pace, whether it’s fast or slow. Matching music to your desired output is a smart way to stay on track and now Nike has recommended playlists to provide better company on your runs.

Once you have connected Nike Run Club to Spotify as explained above, when you go to track a run, the music note app will now be replaced with a Spotify icon. Tap it and you’ll see a feed of your own playlists, but also Nike’s own recommended playlists to tap into as well.

Access your hidden gears: choose a powerful song

We’ve all had those moments during races where we desperately need a boost. You might need an extra boost to get home with a personal best or just a little punch to get through a bad patch, whatever you need the right track can do the trick. . One of the long-standing features of Nike Run Club is the Power Song. You assign the only track that can unlock your additional player and you can play it with just the press of a button from the app.

Add Strength: Sync Your Nike Workouts

If you’re also using the helpful Nike Training Club app, you can sync all your workouts to your Nike+ dashboard for a more complete picture of your overall training.

Follow the steps explained to connect a Garmin or Polar watch above, but instead choose Nike Training Club to connect the two apps together.

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