Feb 14

Should I use pause / auto-pause on my watch / app?

Category: FAQs

The simple answer is no, please try to avoid pausing the recording of your runs on your sports watch or phone app.

In order to fully understand your fitness and response to training, TrainAsONE analyses every second of your run in a multitude of ways and its relation to proceeding and subsequent seconds. Consequently, rest periods are important data points. The problem is that all 3rd party sports watches and phone apps, when in pause mode, stop recording data. This leads to loss of valuable data, and a recording that does not reflect reality, and in turn will affect analysis.

As an extreme example, many people could run a 2 hour marathon if they run 100 metres at a time with enough pauses.

There are two main issues with not pausing:

1. Its effect on elapsed vs active duration and average pace (as reported in other platforms).

TrainAsONE currently only reports total elapsed duration and the activity’s average pace is based on this. We recognise that for some people the resultant drop in reported average pace is important. As such (and as we already know your rest periods as an artifact of our existing analysis) we do intend to surface elapsed vs active metrics in the (near) future. Please bear with us.

2. Following guided workouts on a 3rd party device becomes problematic when running to duration as times when you would wish to pause are being considered as training time.

Two possible options for this are to either alter your settings so that workouts are guided by distance, or use the TrainAsONE mobile app for workout guidance as this copes with pauses.

Consequently, if you are not using your watch/device for guided workouts we would suggest no pauses. And if you are, then only pause for long periods (e.g. 2 or more minutes) or swap to distance-based workouts.

About The Author

Dr. Sean Radford, the Founder & CEO of TrainAsONE, is a medical doctor, IT expert, coach and podium finisher in international endurance events. He has dedicated more than 20 years to the research of health, fitness and social well-being of the general population. He has been developing Artificially Intelligent (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) tools to help tackle some of the world’s leading health issues. Dr Radford is a Tech Ambassador for the UK, considered a leading expert in his field, and is a regular speaker at key events, as well as an author of numerous research publications.