Last updated on October 1st, 2015 at 12:59 am
About 2 weeks ago, I wrote a post about finding a discrepancy between two of my favorite running apps on my iPhone. With miCoach, I was running at a pace of close to 5:35 minutes per kilometer, while with Nike Running, I was slower, at 6:30 minutes per kilometer. That’s a huge difference. So I attempted to see which one was more accurate
My first attempt at deciphering which app was more accurate was a big fail. I tried using both apps while out for a run. Turns out they can’t share the gps. I had Nike running in the background, while miCoach was on the screen. The miCoach app recorded my run well, however, the Nike Running app just recoded time, not distance. So, on that respect, the time of both apps was relatively the same.
I decided to use the Nike Running app on my 5km race on Sunday (see race recap for the Run for the Grapes here). So, I started my app just I was leaving the start. At the 1 km mark, I checked the distance, Nike Running recorded only 0.78 km. Again, I checked at the 2 km marker, it only read 1.70 km. I checked again at the 3 km marker, but unfortunately, I must have paused it at the 2 km marker because it hadn’t recorded any distance or time! However, that was enough for me to see that the distance on the Nike Running App is off.
Adidas miCoach is the great big winner
Now, I still don’t know why Nike Running isn’t accurate for distance. Perhaps they use different reference maps?. My twin sister has more consistent results between these two apps than Ido. Perhaps it has something to do with some settings on my phone? I have to admit of being disappointed with the Nike App, since it is a brand I love. But I’m not ready to quit on them yet. Perhaps when I upgrade my phone soon, the accuracy will be better. Until then, I will continue to use Adidas miCoach!