For those who would prefer a more straightforward approach, the hashtag challenges can feel like an unnecessary change.
But they also make it easier to check out what runners elsewhere are up to in the same way that they make it easy to peek at travel locations on Instagram.
As far as coaching features go, users aren't so much upset with the new coaching features as they are with the lack of backwards compatibility: all data from previous training plans was inaccessible in the new app, and Nike's solution was to provide it in the form of PDFs -- not the most convenient format.
Others have lost other random bits of data -- shoes in the app's shoe tracker or miscellaneous notes.
It's got between 10 million and 50 million installs on Google Play, and I'd bet on it being even more successful on i OS.
But recently (and very randomly), Nike decided to take a gamble and overhaul an immensely popular smartphone app from scratch.
It's now called Nike Run Club and, well, let's just say that the reception hasn't been very positive so far.
Despite a tagline claiming the new version was made "for runners, by runners," many old Nike users are livid with the sudden switch and the loss of functionality and features that made Nike Running feel so vital.
I still miss the "notes" section though, which I regularly used to write down treadmill incline settings at the gym.
Android users are upset that the app is reportedly no longer compatible with the Samsung Gear S2.
The company is working hard to address the many individual complaints on the company's Facebook page.
There's some praise mixed in here and there about the app's new look, but for the most part it's page after page of "you've ruined an app I loved." Brutal.
To be fair, Nike's team seems to be working overtime in response to the swell of criticism.
Challenges with other runners in the Nike community also still exist, but are more geared towards a social media world.