The smartwatch features runners need to know | Women's Running

The smartwatch features runners need to know

Read Time:   |  April 7, 2021

We love tracking our runs on our smartwatch, but there are a whole host of helpful features for runners that slip us by when we're setting up. We've shared the functions we think all runners need to know...

We know how amazing our smartwatches are for running – they track our route, our time, our heart rate, and some will even play us music as we go. But there are plenty of other things our wrist tech offers that often slip us by in our excitement to put it on and go for a run. Here the ones we reckon are worth your time, that will  help you run happier, safer and maybe even better.

Stay safe

If you’ve listened to our podcast, you might have heard us talk about runners’ tumbles – we’ve all had our own fair share!  While our watches sadly can’t pick us back up or produce plasters, they have a whole host of safety features ready and waiting to help us stay safe as we run.

For starters, most watches can place a phonecall for you. Some will need to be paired with your phone, with permission in place to access your contacts, while others will be able to place their own call, as long as you have your contacts saved. Even if you have your phone with you, using your watch could save valuable time if you need assistance, or at least make it easier to get help without having to fumble around in your Spibelt – especially if your hands have taken the fall!

While we hope that it’s never more than a trip, some watches also have an Emergency SOS function which can either be activated by the wearer, or self-activated if the watch senses you have fallen and not gotten back up. Again, these features often need to be set up in advance, so make sure that you know how to use them and that your emergency contacts are all saved in the right place.

Here are some helpful how-tos to get you all set up:

Garmin

Apple Watch

Samsung

Track your hormone health

With mounting research suggesting that our cycles can have an impact on our training, it’s never a bad thing to know where you’re at in your cycle before you run. Whether as in in-built tracker or an app you can download, lots of smartwatches will give you notifications when you move between menstrual phases, and some will even give suggestions of possible symptoms and exercise advice.

Here’s how to start tracking:

Garmin

Apple Watch

Fitbit

Samsung

Protect from wet

If you’re heading out for a rainy run, the last thing you want is to worry about breaking your watch. While some smartwatches are waterproofed and ready to go, others have a water lock feature that you need to turn on before you go in order to protect your watch fully.

Here’s more info on waterproof watch settings:

Garmin

Apple Watch

Fitbit

Samsung 

On-the-go coaching

While we might not be able to have someone spurring us on for every run, we can get halfway there with our watches. Many allow you to download apps, and there are some great ones out there that will give you training plans, timing goals and coaching as you run. We’ve shared some below, but there are plenty out there – give some a try to find the one that works best for you.

Watch to 5K

Nike Run Club

Adidas Runtastic

Written by

Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Loves a muddy trail run with her dog in tow

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