Watch to 5K-Couch to 5km plan 4+

5K beginner run training coach

Spaceman Digital Ltd

    • $3.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Watch to 5K will help you gradually work up towards running 5K in just 9 weeks. The running plan is for absolute beginners. It involves 3 runs a week, with a day of rest in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks. By the end of the program, you will be able to run 5km in under 30 minutes.

• Runs independently without the need for your iPhone.
• Watch face complications are included allowing you to monitor your progress and quickly launch the app.

• An iPhone companion app is included to allow you to track your progress.
• View a breakdown of your previous runs, including health data and run route.
• Achievements are awarded as you progress through the plan to celebrate milestones such as running continuously for 5 minutes or running for a certain distance.

• Sessions are stored in Apple Health and count towards your activity goals.
• WatchTo5K tracks your route, distance, calories, average speed and heart rate so you can easily track your progress.

• Works alongside your preferred music player or podcast watch app, automatically ‘dipping’ the volumes so you can hear the instructions and updates on your progress.
• Signals the halfway point, so you know when to head home!
• Easy to follow countdown timer that uses sounds and haptics, so you know how long you’ve got left of each run.

• Ability to repeat runs, allowing you to go at a pace that suits you.
• Track your progress and awards trophies.

• WatchTo5K is a one time purchase with no ongoing subscription or in-app purchases.

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Watch to 5K integrates with Apple Health using HealthKit to store your run activity.

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What’s New

Version 4.6.0

• Enhanced the completed run map with smoother route lines.
• Minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
451 Ratings

451 Ratings

mistikefr ,

Exactly what I’ve been looking for

This app is everything I’ve been looking for. I’ve completed the program a few times (!) using different apps and none of them come close to this one (including the one from Active). This is a native Watch app, as opposed to an afterthought for a phone app, and it shows. No fluff, everything that you need and nothing that you don’t.
I hate running with my phone. With this app, I can just leave it in my car and go. No setup, no fiddling for 5 minutes. No endless confusing settings. It just starts, and it just works. The prompts are clear as day and to the point, the voice is not annoying (I do appreciate the GB accent!). Integration with the Music app and my bluetooth headset is flawless.
Lastly, the Watch screens are great. Easy to read, and again, to the point.
Integration with the Health app just works. I really like that it logs separate workouts for warmup/run/cooldown. But maybe that should be an option.

I’m in week 3 and haven’t found a bug yet.

The only improvement I’d ask for would be to be able to see the workout details before doing them.

Oh, and a Watch to 10k app :)

There’s nothing like putting on your running shoes and just going out with nothing but your car keys in your pocket.

Thank you. I would have gladly paid more.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the positive review. I’m glad you are enjoying the app.

In the Watch app, you can see the workout details before you start the run. Select a run from the list, then scroll down on the run details screen to see all the run and walk segments. We plan to add this functionality to the phone app in the future too.

Good luck with the running!

Lord of the Ochre Keep ,

A really well-designed app

So far I’m not impressed with a lot of apps for the Apple Watch. I bought the Watch with cellular connectivity specifically so I could go exercise without my phone. Other exercise apps seem to really want you to either bring your phone with you when you run, or require all sorts of options and configuration. All I wanted was an app that told me when to run, told me when to walk, integrated with Apple Fitness, and worked reliably. This app is it! It works great! I love that it logs the warmups, cool-downs, and runs as distinct workouts, so Apple Fitness knows to report something as a walk and not a run, etc. The display is intuitive and informative. The interface is dead simple. tl;dr: it just works, and it works well

Developer Response ,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a positive review. Good luck with reaching your first 5K!

A2 soe grad ,

Simple and Effective

This is a super streamlined application of couch to 5k, perfect for the watch. It's an uncomplicated way to free you of the phone. All the analytics are available in the Apple Fitness app, so it's fine that it doesn't have all the bells and whistles.

If I could, I'd give it 4.5 stars because the volume on the voice prompts is too low. It doesn't dip the background music enough and it doesn't seem to match the volume setting. It also logs the warmup, run, and cooldown as separate workouts in the Fitness app. It's annoying not to be able to see the total distance and route in a single workout. And you can't see your route for the warm up and cool down because it logs it as a walk which doesn't record the route.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I'm glad you are enjoying the app so much! I'm afraid the voice prompts and audio dipping are as much as we can do on the watch. The voice prompts should be matching the system volume.
The reason for the 3 separate tracked workouts is your main run segment is going to change and improve over time. Whereas the two warmup walk will be consistent over the program. I hope this helps. If you have any further questions please contact us via email

Best of luck with the running.

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