How to Take Advantage of Your Garmin – Part 2

I’ve been using my Garmin 305 for a few months now and thought I’d share some details on things I’ve found helpful in using it.

Check out my previous post on how to take advantage of your Garmin.

Speedwork & My Garmin

So I know that there are more detailed features on how to utilize your Garmin for speedwork & intervals, but I’m still pretty early on in planning out interval workouts. Mostly, I either attend a group training session where interval work is done, or I go out for a run and plan the intervals as I go. 

Last week, I went out on an unmotivated run and decided to try and spice it up with some speedwork. It worked – my mood improved & got in some miles…  How did my Garmin help?

So normally I have my Garmin set to auto-lap after each mile, but I manually set splits after my warm up. I had the idea to do some Yasso 800’s.   After a warm up, you run 800 meters (1/2 mile) in your goal marathon time. I was trying to run mine around 4:40. You recover for that same amount of time, and then repeat.  Since it was my first week, I did 3 repeats. Next time, I’ll do 4. 

After each 800, I pushed the “lap” button to save the speed & time for that particular distance, so that it’s easier to track later.  That’s how you can see that in my splits, most are not the same as my normal 1.00 mile splits. 

imageYou can see by the red circles what my times were for each of the three “800’s” that I did.  The first is longer because I did a full lap of my park rather than measure for 1/2 mile exactly.  

We’ll see how this works for today – if I go out to do another set of 800’s!


1 thought on “How to Take Advantage of Your Garmin – Part 2

  1. Terri

    You know, I won a Garmin last year and still haven’t figured it out completely. This series of posts is right up my alley! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by my blog!


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