The smartwatch options runners have to know

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We love keeping track of our runs on our smartwatch, but there are a number of helpful features for runners that we miss while setting it up. We've shared the features we believe all runners should know …

We know how great our smartwatches are for running – they track our route, time, heart rate, and some even play music for us when we walk. But there are plenty of other things our wrist technology offers that often make us drift by in our excitement, put them on and take a run. Here are the ones we believe are worth your time so you can run happier, safer, and maybe even better.

stay safe

If you've heard our podcast, you might have heard us talk about runners' falls – we all had our own fair share! Although our watches unfortunately cannot pick us up again or produce plasters, they have a whole range of safety features waiting for us to stay safe while we are running.

For starters, most watches can place a call for you. Some need to be paired with your phone and have permission to access your contacts, while others can make their own call as long as you have your contacts saved. Even if you have your phone with you, using your watch can save precious time when you need help, or at least make it easier to get help without fumbling around in your spindles – especially if your hands are down!

We hope it's never more than a trip, but some watches also have an emergency SOS feature that can either be activated by the wearer or activated by yourself if the watch detects that you have fallen and not got up again . These functions too often need to be set up in advance. So make sure you know how to use them and that your emergency contacts are all stored in the right place.

Here are some helpful guides to getting them all set up:

Garmin

Apple Watch

Samsung

Track your hormone health

With increasing research suggesting that our cycles can affect our training, it's never bad knowing where you are on your cycle before you run. Whether it's a built-in tracker or an app that you can download, many smartwatches will notify you when you switch between menstrual phases, and some even offer suggestions for possible symptoms and advice about exercising.

How to start tracking:

Garmin

Apple Watch

Fitbit

Samsung

Protect from moisture

The last thing to worry about when heading out on a rainy run is breaking your watch. While some smartwatches are waterproof and ready to use, others have a water lock that you need to turn on before you start to fully protect your watch.

You can find more information about waterproof watch settings here:

Garmin

Apple Watch

Fitbit

Samsung

Coaching on the go

While we may not be able to have someone to cheer us on every run, we can get there halfway with our watches. In many cases, apps can be downloaded, and there are some great apps out there that can help you get training plans, timing goals, and coaching while you run. We've shared a few of these below, but there are many – try to find the one that works best for you.

Watch on 5K

Nike Run Club

Adidas Runtastic

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