Benefits of training with a Garmin watch

By pairing your Runna plan with your Garmin watch, you’ll be coached through your workouts live as you run. For example if you’re doing an intervals session, you no longer need to remember and track the specific distances, paces and rests. Instead, your watch will automatically tell you how much further is left to run, what your current pace is and how that compares to your target. It’ll notify you when you need to speed up/slow down and even count down your rests so you know when to start running again. Once you've completed your session, you can then compare your runs against what your Runna plan set you!

For general training, you can use your Garmin watch to track your runs, cycles and other activities (watch dependent) and view all of your fitness data post-workout such as paces, heart-rate and progression.

If you're considering which Garmin watch to choose, check out our support article on Recommended Garmin watches for any runner.

Pairing your Garmin watch with your Runna plan

To pair your Garmin watch with your Runna plan, click Connected Apps and turn on the Garmin connection. You’ll be prompted to login with your Garmin Connect credentials and the workouts will be synced automatically to your Connect App. When you switch plan or edit your current plan, we’ll automatically update your workouts for you. And when you mark a workout as complete, we’ll remove it from your profile. Please note that your Garmin workout will appear in the same unit of measurement as your Runna plan so we recommend making sure your Garmin account is configured to use that same unit of measurement.

Our Garmin integration will automatically sync any future unlocked weeks to your Garmin connect profile. For users on a free week, they'll get access to workouts from that week only. For Runna Premium users, we'll automatically sync the following two weeks of workouts to your profile.

Syncing your workouts

To sync your workouts from your Garmin Connect app to your watch, please open your app and navigate to ‘Workouts’. This can typically be found under More > Training > Workouts. You will see all of the workouts from your plan here and can click on each one to see more details. To send it to your watch, click on the workout and select press the below button to send it to your watch. You’ll then need to sync your watch to make sure the workout is copied across.

Garmin sync button

To start the workout from your watch, the exact steps will depend on the model that you have. For most Garmin watches, the steps are:

  • From the watch face, press START

  • Select ‘running’ by pressing START

  • Press UP/DOWN and START to navigate to Workouts/Training > My Workouts

  • Select your workout and select Do Workout.

  • Press START to start the workout

Setting up your Garmin to get the most out of your workouts

There are a number of settings that we recommend configuring in order to make the most out of your Runna workouts when downloaded to your Garmin watch.

Turn off auto-lap

By default, your Garmin watch will automatically create a new ‘lap’ every 1km or 1mi. For the longer splits that we set you (e.g., 2km repeats) this means that the splits will automatically be lapped (split into a new step in your run) mid-way through which makes analysing your average pace afterwards difficult. We recommend turning off auto-lap when following your Runna workouts, but also recommend to turn it back on again if you’re going for a casual run, time-trial or race so that your watch will keep you updated on your pace.

Turn off auto-pause

Auto-pause will automatically pause your workout when it detects that you’ve stopped moving (e.g., at traffic lights). However, this can be a problem when running interval workouts since while you’re resting, even if walking around, it can detect that you’ve stopped running and pause the workout including the timer to start running again. We recommend turning off auto-pause and getting into the habit of manually pausing and resuming the workout when you are forced to stop running temporarily (e.g., at traffic lights).

Turn on audio prompts

If you connect your Garmin to headphones to listen to music / podcasts then it can be helpful to receive pace and audio alerts through your headphones too. On your Garmin app head to your watch settings (image of your watch at the top of the home screen) and click Audio Prompts and enabled Workout Alerts, Activity Alerts, Lap Alerts and Pace/Speed Alerts. See what you get on with and feel free to enable/disable as necessary.

Tracking your progress

After you’ve completed your run, your completed workout will then be stored in your Runna app, Garmin Connect app and optionally synced to Strava if you have enabled the connection from within the Garmin app. You can then analyse your post-workout stats and compare them to the pace targets that you were set. If you’re consistently beating, or not making, your pace targets then we suggest editing them to make your targets challenging yet achievable.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about using your Garmin watch with your Runna plan then please first check out our support article I'm having issues syncing my Garmin, what should I do? If you have any further questions or problems, don’t hesitate to contact us. If it’s a problem using your watch, including technical issues, we’ll try and help as much as we can, but you may be required to contact Garmin directly to get support.

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