Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Feature Request from Garmin

I had a biking accident last November and I wasn't able to do any outdoor activities for two and a half months. But now that I have my doctor's clearance, I can go back to running and cycling.

Out of the gate, I wanted to do a 10k. I want to be challenged. I don’t want to restart my running at 5k…

So, part of my 10k training are speed runs. Ok, ok, my version of speed runs! Before and after my accident, my speed run can be considered somebody else’s version of really slow, relaxed run...

But I digress...

When I do speed runs, I use two things to guide me:
  • the Nike Run Club app where I make my program
  • my Garmin Fenix 5, of course

However, after the run, when I analyze my efforts, there is a not-so-slight difference between my achievements between the two apps.

As you can see from the photos below, my average pace is slower in the Garmin Connect app than in the Nike Run Club app.

You see, for this particular speed run (ok, let me call it interval run from now on...), I walked for 5 minutes or so to warm up, alternated between a 400m run and a 30s rest period where I jogged or walked. After 5 repeats, I then cooled down by walking again for another 5 minutes.

For the Nike Run Club, my average pace was 5’46”/km. However, for the Garmin Connect app (and therefore the Fenix 5), my average pace was 7’57”/km. This is because the Garmin Connect app includes the rest periods and the warm up and cool down times in getting the average pace. I wish it would exclude those the way the Nike Run Club app does...

So, for my feature request, please, please please Garmin, only use the “run” part of the interval training in getting the average pace. Or at least give us a “speed”-only pace.


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