Ready Steady is an Apple Watch app made for your training runs on the track:

An accurate and reliable stopwatch that records heart rate and pace, and lets you easily time your rests. What’s more, Ready Steady fully understands and supports the concept that several runs are one training session.

Plan your runs

Set the distance of your run(s) by tapping the distance field and turning the watch’s crown wheel. You can also set the distance to 0, and it will show as “—”, i.e. no distance set. The pacemaker helps you keep the desired pace. The watch will play a “ding” repeatedly after the given time.

Timing the rest (recovery)

Between the runs, you can see the current rest so far as well as the target. You can adjust the rest by tapping the field and turning the watch’s crown wheel. You can also set the rest to 0, and it will show as “—”, i.e. no rest set. To proceed to the next run, click the forward button, or let Ready Steady proceed automatically when the rest is over (see below). The bluetooth icon next to the current heart rate is a confirmation that an external heart rate sensor is currently used. Tap on the icon to show the exact name of the connected device.

During the runs

You will see the seconds count up, and as you tap the screen, the stopwatch will stop and show you the exact time. Tap again to return to the rest screen. We recommend to set the wake duration to 70 seconds. To do so, go to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, choose Display & Brightness, then Wake Duration. If the watch is awake, Ready Steady will stop the time immediately as you tap the screen, without the need to raise your wrist during the last few steps before the finish line, which gives maximum accuracy.

Results list

The app shows you the times of the previous runs and rests. The heart rate shown for each run is the maximum during the run, or up to 20 seconds after the run, as in practice, the maximum occurs shortly after the finish line. For the rests, the minimum heart rate is shown.

Starting the run: options

If you choose to start the run instantly, the stopwatch will start running as soon as you push the forward button – in contrast to many running watches that start the stopwatch only as you release the button, which makes the measurement unnecessarily inaccurate. To further improve the accuracy, why not make the stopwatch give you a starting command? If you select the countdown option, Ready Steady will give you an acoustic signal to let you know when to start. If you set a rest time (see above) you can let Ready Steady automatically proceed. This mode is helpful if your training session has short rests between the runs.

Review your training session

The Ready Steady iPhone app shows you the measurements in more detail. Edit the track title to suit your needs. To zoom into the heart rate and speed diagram, pinch with two fingers. Tapping on a run or rest in the list below will automatically zoom and position the diagram. Note: the average heart rate and speed shown below the diagram refers to the portion shown in the window above.

Ready Steady was developed by Tim Ahrens of Just Another Foundry GmbH, Garching, Germany.