Stop Taking Splits During Workouts
Let your watch do the work for you
Let’s get that Garmin watch working for us instead of the other way around!
I know not everyone is a Garmin watch wearer like most of us. And that’s cool. You might have your Coros or your Apple Watch and yeah, that’s okay, I guess. This post is going to focus primarily on how to get your Garmin watch to take splits for you. First, I’ll tell you what I’m talking about, then I’ll explain why it’s cool that you can do it + situations where it’s good to use, and when you’re better off taking splits on your own, then finally, I’ll show you how to do it.
Garmin Watch Auto-Splits
Garmin has a feature that allows you to plug in your workout - 12 x 400, a ladder workout, 6 x 1 mile, 5 x 1200 + 5 x 200… You name the workout, you can program it into Garmin, sync your watch, then do the workout and your Garmin will take splits (and recoveries) for you!
What’s So Cool About Auto-Splits?
When you’re out on the roads doing a workout, it’s cruel to always be looking at your watch for when you need to split your watch. It’s hard enough running fast, but running fast plus looking at your watch is just too much.
This feature, available to everyone, allows your watch to do the majority of the hard work for you.
This is good to use when you’re doing workouts on the road (as opposed to on a track). I wouldn’t recommend using this on a track because you have built-in splits and it makes more sense to take splits after you cross your distance.
But on the roads, where splits are not pre-measured, it’s good to have the watch take control.
How to Program the Watch
Go to Garmin Connect, then More, then Training, then Workouts. Go to Create a Workout. From there, you’ll want to hit Run. I always include the warmup and cool down.
If you are running repeats, like 6 x 800 you’ll hit Add Repeat.
If you are running various distances, like a ladder or a combo workout, you’ll want to hit Add Step.
Remember to include rests (time or distance).
Hit Save at the top. Then sync your watch.
I tend to call workouts by either the date or what the workout is so that it’s easy to find it on my watch.
Still have questions? This post from my blog may help!
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