How to Change the Time or Distance on an Apple Watch Run

Are you trying to change one of the settings for a run on your Apple Watch, but you are having trouble figuring out how?

Some of the information on the watch can be tough to find, especially when it involves changing an existing setting.

Luckily you are able to adjust this information so that the workout you are about to start will more accurately reflect the metrics that you are targeting.

Our tutorial below will show you how to adjust the time or distance goals for an Apple Watch run.

How to Edit Run Settings on the Apple Watch

  1. Press the digital crown button on the side of the watch.
  2. Select the Workout app.
  3. Touch the three dots next to a workout.
  4. Choose one of the goals.
  5. Adjust the value.
  6. Tap Start to begin the workout.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to change the time or distance of an Apple Watch run, including pictures of these steps.

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In older versions of the WatchOS software, it was very easy and obvious to change the metrics for the workout, but that has changed slightly in newer versions of WatchOS.

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Fortunately, you are still able to change the goals that you want to reach with your workout.

Our tutorial below will show you how to set a target distance, time, or caloric burn for your workout so that you can try and get that 100%.

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How to Adjust the Goals on an Apple Watch Run

The steps in this article were performed on an Apple Watch 2 in WatchOS 4.3.2.

The interface for the workout app changed with WatchOS 4, so it may look different on your watch than it does in the screenshots below if you are using an older version of WatchOS.

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Step 1: Press the crown button on the side of the watch to get to the app menu, then tap the Workout app icon.

You can also open the Workout app from your watch face if you have a complication for it.

open apple watch workout app

Step 2: Press the icon with the three dots on the workout for which you wish to set a goal.

tap the settings button on apple watch workout

Step 3: Choose the goal that you wish to set for this workout.

how set workout goal apple watch

Step 4: Select the goal distance, time, or calories, then tap the Start button to begin the workout.

change the goal value in apple watch workout

You can end a workout by swiping right on the watch face, then tapping the End button.

how end a workout on apple watch

Now that you know how to edit the settings for a run on your Apple Watch you will be able to more easily customize your workouts.

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