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

The various workout options in the Workout app on your Apple Watch provide you with multiple options for engaging in exercise that can be measure and saved by your watch. 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.

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%.


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. In order to update to WatchOS 4 from your iPhone, you will need to be using iOS 11. You can read this article to find out how to update your iPhone to iOS 11.

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.

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

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

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

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

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