Tracking laps with Apple Watch

I was really confused on how to, or even if the Apple Watch could track laps using the standard Apple Watch Outdoor Run workout.  It sure seemed like I should be able to tell the watch that I had finished a lap and have it mark that.  It’s a pretty standard feature for most all GPS and Running watches…

However, I didn’t know how to do it, even after some poking around at the watch while on a run.

I’ve found repeatedly over the years in using Apple products, that when I think of some task or option that the device or software ‘should’ do – it probably does.  I just have to find that most Apple of ways – usually with a good search on the web.

For lap tracking, I found my answer today.  From the Apple Support page:

Mark segments in your workout

To mark a segment in your workout, double-tap the screen, then wait for the segment summary to appear. For example, in an Outdoor Run workout on a track, you could mark each lap or distance. In a 30-minute Indoor Cycle workout, you could split the session into three 10-minute segments.

To see all your segments after a workout:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Activity app.
  2. Tap the Workouts tab.
  3. Tap the workout, then scroll down.

Because your screen locks during swimming workouts, you can’t mark segments.


As usual, pretty simple.  I’ll give this a try in my run later today.