Oatmeal Runner Reviews... Zwift Run

Disclaimer: I received a Zwift RunPod to review the Zwift running platform as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

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I’ve been spending a lot of time on the treadmill lately. Normally, I run outside through the winter no matter what so it’s so different spending most of my miles on the treadmill. But since I found out I’m pregnant in late November, I’ve been more cautious about running outside. My weeknight runs have all been on the treadmill due to how dark it gets outside (I’m so waiting for it to sunset to be closer to 5:30 pm and some warmer temperatures to get back outside after work) and I’ve even been on the treadmill on the weekends due to icy sidewalks or it being too cold.

So it was perfect timing that I got a RunPod from Zwift to try out their running platform as part of being a BibRave Pro! I’m spending so much time on the treadmill and it gets boring after a while so it was exciting to have something new to try out (instead of watching just watching Netflix).

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So what is Zwift? It was originally a cycling trainer program, released in 2014. At the beginning of 2018, Zwift introduced a running experience to the virtual game and it’s been growing since then! There’s a couple of ways you can join in the Zwift running platform:

Additionally, you’ll need an iOs or Android phone/tablet or Mac/PC to run the Zwift app. I used the Android app on my Galaxy S8 without any problems (besides that the screen is smaller). The Android app is currently in beta testing but I had no problems with installing or using the app. I did try installing it on my husband’s Android tablet but since it’s an older tablet it wasn’t able to handle the app. But I’ve been perfectly happy using my phone with it!

I will say that my first run with Zwift was not successful but it was completely operator error on my end. I didn’t tighten the battery cover enough (aka I didn’t follow the clearly written instructions) so I went up not using Zwift for that run since I didn’t have a coin on me. I now have a coin in my gym bag and I double check to make sure the RunPod didn’t loosen itself in my bag between runs.

My second run went perfectly and so has every Zwift run since then! After setting up my account on the Zwift website, it takes no time for the app to pick up my RunPod and get started running. I find that I spend more time selecting which course to run than I spend connecting to the RunPod.

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Zwift has really made a difference in my treadmill running and has helped me not become bored with all the indoor running I’m doing this winter. The top three reasons I love this app are:

  • Variety of courses in five different locations (plus you can make choices of which way to go along the course)

  • Easy to follow workouts (I'm varying my speed now rather than running at a constant pace, without having to plan it out!)

  • You level up and get new items for your avatar! When else will running just give me clothes?

There’s also group runs and workouts set up through the Zwift community but I haven’t jumped in on one of those yet. The times don’t work well with my normal running schedule since most are during the workday but I would like to jump in on a weekend run (or maybe the next day I’m off from work I’ll make it work). There’s always lots of cyclists when I do my runs but I don’t see too many other runners so it would be great to be out there in a pack of runners.

Want to try out Zwift for yourself? Use code “BibRave15" for 15% off the cost of the Zwift RunPod at Zwift.com. It is good for 1,000 Pods only so jump on it and let me know what you think of the platform!


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