I promised and here it is my review of the new running app that I have been using.
Also my weekly update. It’s pretty short so I added the review it to bulk things up a bit.
This week has been a week of changes for me personally, I got a second job! My first job is currently going through renovations, so isn’t operating at the moment. Which means that I haven’t been going to work or bring in any money. It has been driving me crazy. So this week I have been able to pick up some evening work a couple of days a week, that will keep my occupied and bring in a little money till my other job gets up and running again. And when it does I’ll have extra income as well.
But I was able to get a quick run in at the beginning of the week before new job craziness too over.
Avg. Speed: 5:52 min/km
Max. Heart Rate: 155 b/m
Run Score: 94
I have no idea what the run score is for, little reading up is needed. But overall I am happy with my short little run. I have no races on the horizon, so I don’t see the need for pushing myself at the moment. Especially with my new job and having to develop a new schedule for myself to work around my new commitments.
The new app I’m using is MiCoach (downloaded for free from the Google play store), but there is also a website. This is a Adidas app. I decided to stop using my last app Sportstracker because it had started to play up, it wasn’t tracking my distances very well for one. I have a 2.5km track that I like to run, I know it is 2.5km, but sportstracker starting telling me it was only 2km or 1.5km. Which when I’m amping up my training to run 5km is a little annoying.
WH suggested I try MiCoach, I had told him the issues I was having and he did so research for me. Love him for that. I looked at the app in the Play store and I liked the look of it and liked that it would play music from the Play app through the program (I’ll go into what that means a little later).
Once I downloaded it and set up an account for myself and had a look through the accompanying website. I have found that setting things up like training programs and goals is easiest through the website over using the app. You have more control over exactly what you want to achieve. I really like the option of being able to get up weekly goals (great as I’m setting up a new schedule with my new job), and use training plans to help with time goals. As of yet I’m not using a training plan, just set myself the weekly goal of running a couple of days a week.
Clean & clear opening screen with info on my last run
There is certain information that I like to be able to see about my runs, distance, duration, average speed & maximum heart rate. All the information I share during my weekly updates & I get all that info.
All the info I need
I can also look over my route which is nice. I do put my maximum heart rate in the notes section because I don’t use a heart rate monitor that links to this app (there is a range that do, mostly Adidas brand ones).
The little flame icon is my run score. I have no idea exactly what that means. Might have to search around the website for that info, once I figure it out I’ll let you know.
The app keeps a clear easy to read run history as well.
Easy to find history
The feature I like the most and was one of the things that drew me to this app was the integration with Play music (Google’s music app), I can play my running playlist through the app and when the app speaks it quietens the music so I can hear the voice then brings it back to the volume I had it at before. Nice.
Now what I don’t like. GPS is a little difficult, the app takes ages to find a GPS signal and has lost it again shortly after. Most annoyingly this happened during the Twilight Bay Run, it never found the signal for the whole race and I had no idea how far I had run or the speed it which I had run each 1km stage.
And the lack of flexibility in the training plans when your using them from the app. I was hoping to use the 5km training plan to continue to improve my time, but via the app I was going to be running 5kms for 3-4days a week. No thank you, not what I had in mind. There are more option via the website.
Hope that review was helpful, so far I’m liking the app (except for the whole GPS thing) but if I change again I’ll let you know.
Pray that your running journey is going well.