Making good use of your Garmin - Track run
In our regular training group in Whatsapp we talk about training and gadgets on top of all the bullshit discussion, this is some of the topic I seem repeating from time to time especially some of us still not making the most of our expensive training tools - Garmin, in our Monday track session at Happy Valley.
The built-in Run function of Garmin come with the default setting of GPS-On, Auto-lap-Enabled. It’s good to go for our long run with the lap split km by km. However, if we keep this setting for the structural run set, then the lap split will be screwed up.
In any structural run set, we wouldn’t be restricted by the distance. The run set was designed based on the venue and time available for our athletes and the objective of our training. It would be 10x300 fartlet, 10x800m, 10x1.1k or 6x1.4k….etc
Inner lap 1.1k
Outer lap 1.4k
When you run the track set with auto-lap enabled
Take last Monday session for example:
1.1k warm up
10mins dynamic stretching
3 set of (
2 x 1.4k zone 3,
1 x 1.1k zone 2 as recovery,
rest 2mins between lap)
When you run the track set with auto-lap disabled
Old School Myths
I don’t care, it’s all about how much and how fast I really run.
Yes, but it’s the modern world of data, it’s a few thousand device we should make the best of use and helping on our pace awareness that’s the end goal of all training and so leading to a smarter race execution
New School Myths
I only replied on the GPS telling me the pace….
GPS accuracy is not 100% guarantee, GPS spike commonly found especially we got surrounded by lot of tall building. At the end of the day, run speed is all about the time over distance….
Social Media Myths
Including rest time made us look slow on Strava
……………The race will tell!
The Smarter Way - How to
You can replicate the Run function into Track function on Garmin.
Take Fenix 5 for example, go to Run function > Menu > Copy Activity > Rename it as Run Track > there you go ‘Run Track Settings’ > Auto-Lap - Manual only
You can also configure your Run Track Data Screens to include the Last Lap Distance, Last Lap Time, Last Lap Pace/km, and Lap Time as below