How it Works


[Watch start screenshot] [Watch countdown screenshot] [Watch running screenshot
[iPhone start screenshot] [iPhone screenshot]

MileTime is designed to let you get running quickly, with a minimal user interface. As soon as you launch it, you're ready to run. It tells you the current GPS location accuracy, the target distance it's set for, and gives you a big green Start button.

(If you want to target a different distance, there are two ways to adjust it: you can tap on Settings on your iPhone and pick from a list, or you can rotate the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch to scroll through the choices. Your iPhone and Apple Watch automatically keep in sync with each other.)

When you're ready, press Start, and get set during the three-second countdown. MileTime gives you a tap (on the watch), then starts tracking your run. You can cancel this if you need to, but there aren't any other controls; in particular, you cannot pause a race with MileTime, just like you cannot pause any other kind of race!

MileTime shows your distance, the elapsed time, your current measured per-mile pace, and an estimate of your overall race time. But if you're taking time to look at your screen during the race, you could be running faster!

MileTime on the Apple Watch also taps you periodically when you complete a segment. For example, a 3-mile run taps you every mile; a 1-mile run taps you every quarter mile; a 5K run taps you every kilometer. These taps are meant to let you strategize your work rate.

After your run, it will save your time. It automatically keeps your time history, and tracks your top times. MileTime lets you know when you hit a new PR (personal record) for the current target distance, and marks those times with stars in its Best Times and History displays.

Canceling a Run

[Watch cancel-menu screenshot]

Sometimes you need to cancel a run after it's started. Maybe you hit a trail detour and won't have a good time. Maybe you just aren't feeling it, and want to shift into a training run.

On the Watch, press firmly on the screen; a Cancel button will appear. Tap it.

On the iPhone, there's a big red Cancel button.

Race Distances

[iPhone settings screenshot]

MileTime offers a fixed set of race distances to choose from. Keeping race distances to a fixed menu makes it easier to compete with yourself and compare with others. The default is one mile, but a variety of mile, meter, and kilometer distances are offered.

Other Modes

[Watch times menu screenshot]

From your iPhone, you can quickly view your best times or your most recent times, and you can go into Settings to configure a few things.

From your Apple Watch, firmly press on the start page to get a brief menu to view prior times. Here, you only see the five best or most recent times for the current target distance.

HealthKit and Activity Rings

If you grant MileTime permission, it will save any runs as workouts, so you may view them in your Activity or Health apps. (If you do not give permission, MileTime will still keep your run history, but they will only be visible within MileTime itself.)