When I was a newbie to running, downloading the Nike+Run Club app on my cellphone seemed like an easy alternative to track my progress. Investing $300 on a Garmin was not something I felt ready to do. After two years, I might be ready to invest in the Garmin but I also LOVE the Nike+Run Club App. So I thought I’d share my main tricks and tips with you guys, in case you’re starting your running journey or you just forgot to charge your watch the day before your long run.
Please keep in mind that this post will not be a comparison between Nike+ Run Club and the Garmin watch. If you’re looking for a convenient/alternative way to track you progress by using your cellphone then this might be the post for you. Furthermore, all the opinions stated here are the result of my own experience with the app over the last couple of years. This is not a sponsored post.
Nike+ Run Club: What you need to know.
1. Nike+ Run club works as a social media platform. You can add your runner friends (who also use this app) and track their weekly/monthly miles. Actually, I’m at the second place of this rank right at this time.
2. Nike+ Run club is a free app. However, they do offer 4 and 8 weeks plans to make you a better runner. I haven’t tried any of those and I’m not 100% sure these are paid.
3. The app will keep track of your overall progress such as monthly miles, personal records, total runs, overall average pace, and Nike Milestones. I’m at 14 miles to reach the Green Milestone.
4. The app will also keep records of each one of your runs: The course, duration, average pace per mile, estimated calories, elevation gained, effort (which you have to log), weather, splits, and even the shoes you ran in (which you also have to log).
5. You can also keep track of the miles you run on the treadmill, isn’t that amazing?
6. You can find local runner clubs on your city and get connected with a huge community of runners through the main hashtags they’re using on social media.
7. Finally, this app also allows you to share pictures from your run to any of your social media platforms. It also gives you customized stickers with the distance and duration of your run.
Knowing all the features of this app, here are my main tips and tricks in case you ever decide to use it.
– Hold the phone with your hand, in case you don’t want to use an armband. In my opinion, it’s easier to check my pace when I’m holding the phone with my hands. I know it might be uncomfortable for some, but it’s a matter of getting used to it.
– Enable the treadmill mode before starting your treadmill run. On the other hand, disable the treadmill mode before starting your outdoor run. If you don’t do the appropriate set up, the app will not record the distances accurately.
– Add friends! Get competitive. See where you at compared to them. Have fun. If you don’t think any of your friends is using this app, sync it to your Facebook contacts.
– Log in every single detail you can from your runs. Including how you felt and what was the purpose of that single run. Accumulating data like this might allow you to get important information in the future.
– Log in the miles you put on your shoes. This is what accurately indicates me when it is time to change my shoes (which is always around the 300-400 miles). By the way, you don’t need to have Nike shoes in order to use this feature.
Alright my friends! these are all my takes on this app. I really hope this post has been helpful to you and your running journey. If you have further questions please leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you.
Thanks for reading.