This may end up being more of a rant . . . for Christmas I got the Garmin Forerunner 235 HR; but the heart rate monitor did not work. I wore it for a few days and while I enjoyed the other “smart” features I knew of a product that could do the same but better. So I changed to a series 2 Apple Watch using the NRC+ app to track my runs.
Initially everything was great, then my miles increased and I started having problems. The app would only include certain data (pace, elevation, heart rate). As the miles increased even more the watch would die or I would lose large chunks of data. Because I read all of the reviews and understand battery life I always have heart rate and music turned off for the longer runs (over 8 miles). This did not help. I tried initiating the run on my phone, I tried initiating the run on my watch – still incomplete data at the end of a run. I interacted with the apps tech support on multiple occasions and the information was just gone.
The marathon day arrived. I put my phone on do not disturb, turned off music and heart rate, initiated the run on my watch . . . it died and left NO RECORD WHAT SO EVER of my run. It was my first marathon but somewhere along the way I learned that my experience was more important than whatever data I would have collected. I was still upset but put it in perspective and could get over it.
Today I ran for the first time in 2 weeks, a local 10k (NO high rise buildings to block signals, moderate crowds vying for signal but an urban area with adequate signal none the less, and short distance). First problem: for some unknown reason the app would replay the same song over and over again so I had to go into the music and forward to the next song. There may be an easier way to do this and it is not impossible that I did something that made this happen but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to undo it and this is not something that should so easily be engaged (this happened throughout the summer, I just forgot about it during my brief hiatus). About mile 5 I saw the second major problem: the circular dots of the app loading . . . followed by the “START” screen, so now my watch and phone are NOT synched and as predicted I had two copies of the same run. UGH!!!!
So, I may have a deep appreciation for Nike’s aesthetic appeal but I do not love their app developers. Apple I’m also mad at you for allowing another company to brand your product without making sure that their stuff is up to par. I CANNOT recommend the Apple Watch/NRC+ combo for anyone training to run a marathon and question its usefulness for shorter distance training. Like a pair of dedicated shoes, it looks like I will have a dedicated watch for running.