Run with your Apple Watch

Get the most from your run with Apple Watch. And learn how to save power on long runs. 

An animation of the countdown to start a workout on an Apple Watch.

How to start a running workout

  1. Open the Workout app. 
  2. Scroll to Outdoor Run or Indoor Run. 
  3. Tap the More button the More icon to set a calorie, distance, or time goal. To set a pace alert for an Outdoor Run, scroll down, tap Set Alert or set your time, then select Average, Rolling, or Off.
  4. Tap Start.
  5. Wait for the three-second countdown. To skip the countdown, tap the screen.

To check your progress, check your watch face. Pace alerts are available for Outdoor Run only.

How to pause your run

To pause your run, press both the Digital Crown and the side button at the same time. To resume, press both buttons again.

You can also set indoor and outdoor running workouts to automatically pause when you stop moving.

  • On your Apple Watch, open the Settings app, then tap Workout > Running Auto Pause. 
  • On your iPhone, open the Watch app, tap the My Watch tab, then tap Workout > Running Auto Pause. 

How to end your workout

Swipe right, then tap the End button the end workout icon. When your workout ends, your Apple Watch shows you a summary of your workout. To see more, check your workout history in the Fitness app on your iPhone. 

How to track your progress

Customize the metrics that you see when you work out, and see your past workouts. 

Choose which metrics to track

  1. On your iPhone, open the Watch app. 
  2. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Workout > Workout View.
  3. Select a workout, then tap Edit.
  4. Change which metrics you want to include:
    • To remove a metric, tap the remove button  next to it, then tap Remove.
    • To add a metric, tap the add button  next to it.

You can choose up to five metrics for each workout. You can also touch and hold the Change Order button the accordion icon to change the order.

A map of an Outdoor Run workout on an iPhone. 

View your route

  1. On your iPhone, open the Fitness app.
  2. Tap Show More next to Workouts.
  3. Tap the workout that you want to view, then scroll down.
  4. Tap the map. The colors show your pace, with green the fastest pace and red, the slowest.

To see the route, you must have an Apple Watch Series 2 or later or have your iPhone with you during the workout. You must also turn on route tracking: On your iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services, tap Apple Watch Workout, then tap While Using the App.

Get ready for a long-distance run

With Apple Watch, you can choose how to get ready for a long-distance run, like a marathon. Check out your options below:

  • Power Saving Mode disables the Always On display, the heart rate sensor, and cellular data during walking and running workouts. When the heart rate sensor is off, calorie burn calculations might not be as accurate. For longer workouts, you can choose to use a Bluetooth chest strap instead of the built-in heart rate sensor. Learn how to turn on Power Saving Mode
  • You can sync music, podcasts, and audiobooks directly to your Apple Watch ahead of time, so you can enjoy your content even when you're out of range of your iPhone. Learn how to sync content to your Apple Watch.
  • Bring your iPhone with you. If you bring your iPhone with you, your watch can use Bluetooth for battery-intensive functions like connectivity, streaming music or podcasts, accessing Siri, and more.
  • If your long-distance run is later in the day, you can preserve battery life by turning off cellular and the Always On display in the hours before your run. Learn how to turn cellular on or off and how to manage Always On settings.
  • Learn more about battery performance

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