I Didn’t Know My Garmin Could Do That – Pt. 1

IMG_0841.JPGIf you have a Garmin running watch you already know how handy they are for tracking your activity, steps, workouts, runs, but did you know all the other awesome things that most (though not all) Garmin watches can do? From receiving notifications from your smartphone to setting up those crazy workouts, your Garmin can do that and so much more!

In this two part post I’ll be sharing some of the coolest and most useful features I’ve come across for my Garmin.  I’ll also be sure to list which watches each feature works with so you can check it out for yourself!  Most of these are available through either the settings on the watch or by using the Garmin Connect website on your PC.  (Note: if you have a Garmin and you aren’t using the Connect app/website you are seriously missing out!)

Far and away the most useful feature of my Garmin Forerunner 230 is the ability to program those very specific, interval, speed, or fartlek style workouts into my watch so I don’t have to make them any more difficult than they already are.  Simple workouts can actually be programmed directly on your watch but if you have varied interval or speed goals I would recommend programming it on your computer.

To show you how to set up a simple workout from your watch I’ve made a quick tutorial video but I’ve also listed out the step-by step instructions for you as well!

  1. Press on the RUN button, then DOWN to access the menu.
  2. Scroll to the TRAINING menu and select,
  3. Then choose INTERVALS and select.
  4. Scroll down to EDIT the workout.
  5. Select DURATION to set the length of your interval, for example, 5 minutes or 1 mile.
    1. You can select the type of Interval by scrolling to the TYPE menu under DURATION. Your choices are TIME, DISTANCE, or OPEN.
  6. Once your interval duration and type have been confirmed scroll down to REST to set your recovery time before your next interval. (You will follow the same process as you did to set your initial interval; choosing both duration and type for your REST.)
  7. Next you will choose how many times you would like to REPEAT your interval/rest combination. You can choose as few as two times or as many as 99.
  8. Finally the WARM UP and COOL DOWN steps can be turned on or off. When in a workout, use the LAP button to get to the next step of the workout.

Once you have the interval workout created, you are ready to use it on your next run!

  1. Press the RUN button
  2. Scroll down for MENU and select.
  3. Scroll down to TRAINING and select.
  4. Scroll to INTERVALS and select.
  5. Now choose DO WORKOUT
  6. Press the RUN button again to start the workout.

See, that wasn’t so bad! The menus are a little different on all the watches but you can set up some form of this basic interval workout on all Garmin Forerunner watches from the 10 and up!

Now let’s say you will be doing a FARTLEK workout and you want to program that into your available workouts.  With the varied interval and recovery lengths its requires a little more time but when you’re out on the road or track doing your workout you will thank yourself for setting it up in advance!  (NOTE: The advanced workout features are only available on the Garmin Forerunner 220 models and up from there.)

I’ve  made a screen sharing video below to show you a real-time example of how this workout editor functions or you can see the screenshots with steps below!

 

To set this up you will need to use the USB charging cord for your watch and connect it to your computer.  Then head on over to the Garmin Connect website and login.connect-1

Once logged in you’ll see your Dashboard.  Don’t worry if your’s is different from what you see on mine.  That’s ok and doesn’t really matter anyhow.  Head over to the menu bar on the left nav and click the menu to pop it open.connect-2

Scroll all the way to the bottom of the menu and you will see a WORKOUT option at the very bottom. connect 3.jpg

Select that and it will pop up the WORKOUTS page.  As you can see on mine I have several pre-programmed workouts set up on my watch.  All of which I can access anytime once they’ve synced to my watch.connect 4.jpg

To set up a new workout you will click the drop down menu to the left of the CREATE WORKOUT button and choose your workout type and click the CREATE WORKOUT button.connect-5

For this example I will be setting up our fartlek workout we have planned for this week which, written out, looks like this:

  • 5 minute warm up
  • 1 on, 2 off
  • 1 on, 2 off
  • 2 on, 3 off
  • 2 on, 2 off
  • 2 on, 3 off
  • 2 on, 2 off
  • 1 on, 5 off
  • 5 minute cool down

That’s a LOT to keep track of which is why this feature is so nice!

So once we’ve opened up to the workout editor page you will see three fields have automatically been inserted for you.  Warm Up, Run, and Cool Down.

You can change the type of interval (warm up, run, recover, rest, cool down, other), then set the type of interval (time, distance, pace, cadence, or heart rate zones) and it will pop open the appropriate value field. You will also rename your workout here so you can select the right one from your watch once synced! connect-6

connect-7Once you’ve put in your duration you move on to the next step by clicking add step over to the right, rinse and repeat!connect-10

When you’ve completed adding your steps, click the Save Workout button to the right of the screen.It will give you two hyperlinked options, the first to Review and add comments and the second, Send you your device.  You’re going to want to choose the second.connect-12

It will give you two hyperlinked options, the first to Review and add comments and the second, Send you your device.  You’re going to want to choose the second.connect-8

It will then pop open a window to select your watch.connect-9

Once you’ve chosen your watch you’ll click Send Now and, if it’s connected, it will automatically sync.  If not, it will sync the next time you do have your watch connected.

Follow the same steps as above to access the workout on your watch and you’re good to go!

  1. Press the RUN button
  2. Scroll down for MENU and select.
  3. Scroll down to TRAINING and select.
  4. Choose to MY WORKOUTS and select the appropriate workout.
  5. Now choose DO WORKOUT
  6. Press the RUN button again to start the workout.

I hope this post was helpful for all you Garmin users out there.  Stay tuned for next week when I show you some of the other really cool added features that these watches have! You won’t believe all the capabilities they have!

Until next time, Happy Running!

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4 thoughts on “I Didn’t Know My Garmin Could Do That – Pt. 1

  1. Thanks! I set mine up today for our fartlek tomorrow night. Do we meet at Seneca?

    Sent with Good Work (www.blackberry.com)

    From: Turtle Goes for a Run <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Date: Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017, 5:06 PM To: Cheryl Carl <Cheryl.Carl@syb.com> Subject: [New post] I Didn’t Know My Garmin Could Do That – Pt. 1

    lorrianne83 posted: “If you have a Garmin running watch you already know how handy they are for tracking your activity, steps, workouts, runs, but did you know all the other awesome things that most (though not all) Garmin watches can do? From receiving notifications from you”

  2. This is so cool! Okay, so I have to say it: I didn’t know my Garmin could do that! Got myself all set up for Fartlek training on my Forerunner 35, and now my mind is buzzing with all sorts of other custom workout possibilities…
    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Pingback: I Didn’t Know My Garmin Could Do That – Pt. 2 | Turtle Goes for a Run

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