Distance: 4.45 miles
Rate: 11:07 per mile
Blah blah, fast fast, Saturday Saturday. Actually, this was a great run. I was huffing a bit, even through the first and second miles, but I didn’t feel like anything could stop me. I just kept pushing through and I got home before my head felt like exploding. Should’ve worn my hat, but I didn’t! Silly me.
The main differentiator this time around was that I got my Samsung Gear Live yesterday. It’s different than their previous Gear smartwatches because it runs the new Android Wear OS, so it augments all the notifications on my phone natively, plus apps use it right off the bat. In this case, RunKeeper takes advantage of Android Wear, so as soon as I hit “Start Running” on my Nexus 5, I tucked it away and got to glimpse at my pace on my watch, rather than relying entirely on the audio cues. Those cues still help because I’m able to monitor split pace, whereas the watch extension will only display overall time, distance and total average pace. I haven’t found any way to configure this, but maybe that’ll change in time.
The big deal for me, aside from being able to glance at my pace and that, is that it serves as a remote for the app, so you can pause or stop a run by simply swiping on the watch face and tapping a button. I’ve only tried it this once, but when I tried it a first time, it actually booted me out of the RunKeeper watch app, so I needed to swipe back down, get back into the extension, then swipe over and stop again. This is all very new, but it added a few seconds I wasn’t expecting. Also, in waiting to address the full app on my phone, RunKeeper did its thing where it simply saved the run, rather than letting me add a note about it or submit it to the site. SO, if you’re not on top of things - which is something RunKeeper does anyway - you’ll need to manually submit your run to the RunKeeper site, then from there, manually submit it to Facebook or Twitter. I guess I just need to be quicker on the draw. I’ll report more tomorrow when I run my five-miler tomorrow! Hopefully today didn’t wreck me…