Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wisdom From The Running Store: Part Seven

Welcome to the September edition of Wisdom From The Running Store. If you are new to this series, let me explain. I work part time at a running store, because of this I am getting asked tons of questions. Some of which are really good! I know that these people cannot be alone, so I decided to start this blog series. The questions will be a mix of blog readers and customers at the running store I work at.

This months question is from Mel.

"I own a Garmin Forerunner 230 and I cannot figure out how to upload a custom workout from Garmin Connect. Help!"

Awesome question, Mel! This is actually one of my favorite features on my Garmin Forerunner 230. It is available for most Forerunner models, just make sure you check in your Garmin Connect app that it is compatible with your watch.

I'm going to show you how I programmed my first group run for the Couch to 5k program.

Step 1: Make sure you have a Garmin Connect account. It is free and does tons of really cool stuff. It has a ton of preloaded training plans and you can join challenges with friends or strangers to keep yourself motivated.

Step 2: On the left hand side of the page, click the picture with the three little lines. Scroll down to the bottom and locate the Workouts tab. Click on that tab.

Step 3: Select what type of activity you are making the workout for and click Create A Workout.

Step 4: Name your workout! I usually use the date or if the workout has a specific name. For this, I will use C25K W1. Make sure you click the blue check mark to save the name.

Step 5: Start entering your workout. For this specific workout I have a five minute warm up. Then 60 seconds of running with 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes. Since that would be eight repeats I clicked the Add Repeats button on the right. I added my steps in and made sure everything looks correct. If I was trying to hit a specific pace for those steps, I would add that in. The watch will actually tell you if you are going too fast or slow. It's pretty cool.

Step 6: When you are finished click the Save Workout button on the right. 

Step 7: After you hit Save Workout two new options will show up. Click Send To Watch.

Step 8: A window will pop up and will prompt you to open Garmin Express. Allow it. This is how it actually gets to your watch.

That's it! Your watch will sync and your step by step workout will be waiting for you on your watch! It's the coolest thing ever. No more wondering how many reps you have left or if you are going too fast or slow. I love it!

Thanks so much Mel for the question! If you have any questions you want answered, just email me or tweet me! I would be more than happy to help!

Do you build your workouts on Garmin Connect? 

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