Couch to 5k Alternative Made for the Apple Watch

Couch to 5k Alternative Made for the Apple Watch

Mark Kennedy
Founder of None to Run
December 1, 2023

Couch to 5K type running plans are perfectly suited for running with an Apple Watch.

And whether you’re a seasoned runner or a beginner, the Apple Watch is a great tool to take your running to the next level.

For beginner runners looking for a Couch to 5K alternative with a standalone app that was made specifically for the Apple Watch, None to Run has you covered.

If you’re new to None to Run, you may want to read “3 Flaws in The Couch to 5K Running Plan (And a Better Plan for Beginner Runners)” first.

None to Run Apple Watch App

None to Run’s Apple Watch app has become popular amongst the N2R community.  

Probably the biggest benefit is that you have full access to every workout within the beginner, 5K and 10K plans AND you can leave your phone at home!

Want to wear a heart rate monitor?  No problem!  

With the None to Run Apple Watch app you can pair a Bluetooth heart rate monitor to keep tabs on your effort.

You can even listen to your music when you connect your Bluetooth headphones to your Apple Watch.              

Couch to 5K Apple Watch

Here’s what some of our users have to say about the None to Run Apple Watch app:

Actual reviews from the App Store

Love this app! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

After cancer surgery in June 2021 it was important for me to improve my overall health. I had used Couch to 5K in the past but after surgery I knew I needed something that was less aggressive and safer for my still healing body. With the blessing of my health care provider to start running, I decided to try the N2R app. N2R has been perfect for me so far. The app is intuitive. Works seamlessly with my Apple Watch and has progressed me from running 30 seconds at a time to 20 min. at a time in 10 weeks. I still have a couple more weeks to go, but I am looking forward to “graduating” to the 5K program, also included in the app, soon. The strength training does an excellent job of rounding out the workouts and supporting a healthy start to the running journey and the focus on time running rather than speed or distance has made staying motivated and not discouraged much easier.

by Tbamommy, Mon, Nov 29, 2021, Canada

Realistic pacing and easy to use ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Love this program. Couch to 5k programs weren’t realistic for me and led me to give up on them. The pace of this program is great. The app is easy to use and love that it works with any of my music or podcast apps playing. Just got an Apple Watch and love that it works well on there too!

by Welshyone1, Fri, Jan 8, 2021, United States

Love this app ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

When you get this app, you also get an incredible, supportive community as well. The app itself is solid, with a Apple Watch app that works seamlessly. It’s great for anyone who just wants to start running or for those where traditional couch to 5k programs were too difficult. Layout is clean and easy to understand. Love this app.

by Lacrimaeveneris, Fri, Jan 8, 2021

Great standalone Apple Watch app ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Straight forward and simple to use. I love their Apple Watch app which works on cellular so you don’t have to carry your phone. The Watch app allows you to select which week and day you want to start on and lets you customize volume and toggle voice cues. 1000% better than Zenfit’s C25K watch app, which doesn’t let you do any of this. I also love that the overall app is straightforward with no bells and whistles.

by happypea, Wed, Oct 7, 2020

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And if you want to try out the None to Run Apple Watch app, you can download it from the App Store or click here to learn more.

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