Garmin Coach FAQ

This article contains the most frequently asked questions regarding Garmin Coach gathered from over 2.000 Garmin Coach users. Most questions have been gathered from the Garmin Coach Runners Community on Facebook. Join the group to ask your question if you don’t find it here! 

I’ve already written a lot about Garmin Coach, so check it out:

The runs are building up too fast, what’s wrong?

If you are new to running a certain distance, you need to select ‘completion’ as a goal and don’t select a time goal. If you select a time goal the plan’s algorithm will assume you’ve already ran the distance, regardless of the average mileage selected, and build your plan aiming to improve your time. The build-up will be much slower if you select low mileage and a completion goal.  

My long run is not showing up on the correct day, how do I fix this?

You can set your long run in the “Edit Plan Settings” within the Garmin Coach tab in Garmin Connect. It can happen though that your long run will be planned on the wrong day. 

You can fix this problem by changing the long run day in your settings to a different day. If the long run is showing up one day too late, change it to the workout day before your actual long run day and it should work itself out. For example, if your long run should be planned on Sunday, but it’s actually being planned on the workout day after Sunday, set your long run day to your workout day before Sunday. 

Be aware that any changes you make in the settings of your Garmin Coach plan will cause a recalculation of your already planned future workouts. 

My long runs are really long! Should I trust the plan?

Yes and no. Regardless of the distance you’ve selected, all plans come with long runs and they are a necessary part of your training. However, Garmin Coach is just an algorithm that relies partly on the information you provided and makes a few assumptions based on that. 

Most of the coaches will have you running more as your goal distance if you select a time goal, but especially Coach Jeff can have you running extremely long runs. Be aware that the Coach plan of Jeff Galloway is intended to be done with run/walk intervals. 

Don’t blindly trust the plan, in the end it’s an algorithm providing you with a training plan and specific workouts.  

Can I resume the workout after I receive the “Workout ended” message?

Yes! When the intended workout is over, your watch will automatically pause and give you a message stating the workout has ended. Your watch will ask you what to do next, these options depend on the type of watch you own, but you usually can select at least save or discard. On some watches you’ll also see the option resume, but on some watches this is a bit less obvious. However, on all watches you can resume your workout by simply pressing the pause button of your watch. Within your workout a new lap will be created. Whatever you do after resuming the workout is not taken into account for your Garmin Coach plan. 

Why am I not seeing a confidence level?

A confidence level will only be provided if you have selected a time goal. You can change your goal later on in the plan if the other data you provided meets the criteria, but you probably selected a completion goal for a reason. 

Will the rating I give after each workout affect my future workouts?

No. This data is for your and Garmin’s information only. Garmin states to collect this data anonymously to improve the training plan. 

Can I reschedule a workout?

Yes, you can reschedule your workouts if needed in the Garmin Connect app. Go to Garmin Coach, select Workout Schedule and select the workout you’d like to reschedule, select the options menu and choose Reschedule. Be careful though, because you can’t schedule two workouts on one day, if you do so it’ll delete the old one. So if you want to swap two workouts you first need to schedule a workout on an empty day.

You can’t reschedule a workout once the day you were supposed to do it has passed. 

Can I see which training steps are expected for a specific workout?

You can preview your workouts in the Garmin Connect app on your phone or in the Garmin Coach widget on your watch up to one week in advance. Here you can see how long your warming up will be and what your goals are for the workout. You’ll see a distance or time goal for each step and the expected pace. In some cases a lap press is required to advance to the next step, if that’s the case it’ll also be shown here.

It’s not possible to change the steps of your Garmin Coach workout.

Can I assign a run done outside of Garmin Coach to the training plan?

No. The Garmin Coach workouts are created specifically so the algorithm behind the plans can take the relevant parts for the determination of your confidence level and future workouts. Garmin Coach is not able to determine the relevant parts for any regular runs done. 

Which Coach should I choose?

Only you can answer that question. Watch the introductory videos, read this article on the differences between the coaches and make your choice. You can still change your coach after you’ve started the plan. 

My Coach says “Good job”, even though the confidence level went down?
The Garmin Coach plan will give you only two types of comments on your workouts: “Good job” or “Room to grow”. If you did anything remotely close to what was asked of you, you’ll likely receive a “Good job” comment. If you skipped a big part of the workout or ran at a much slower pace as intended, you might see “Room to grow”. If you skipped a small part of the workout or ran part of the workout slower as intended, you might get a “Good job”, but it can still negatively impact your confidence level. 
I can’t watch the videos from the coaches in my Garmin Connect app, are they important?

The videos and articles provided by your Coach that are shown as you progress through your training plan will give you guidance on how you should be approaching the workouts and the plan in general. If you can’t watch them in your app, try logging into Garmin Connect via a webbrowser and open your training plan and the video from there. 

I’m sick or injured, what do I do?
You can temporarily pause the plan if you are not able to perform the workouts for some time. Open the Coach screen in Garmin Connect and click on the three dots, here you can select Pause. When you’re ready to restart the plan you can unpause it here as well. The plan will adapt for your missed workouts. 

Be aware that the plan considers your race date the end date of your training plan. Even if you’ve paused the training plan, it will turn to completed as soon as the set race date has passed. When the training plan is completed you will no longer be able to make any adjustments. 
The workout says “Other: Lap Button Press”, what should I do?

The goal of this part of the workout is to make sure you are ready to proceed to the next part. Check that there are no traffic lights coming up or dangerous crossing to pass, press that lap button and continue your workout

Make sure manual lap button is turned on in the run settings or pressing the button will take you back to your normal watch face instead of proceeding to the next lap. 

My run/walk alerts are not working!
For some reason there are no run/walk alerts possible during Coach workouts. This is especially frustrating for those who chose Jeff Galloway as a coach, since you’re actually supposed to run/walk during the long runs. It’s unclear why this is, but you’re best option is to either set up alerts via an app on your phone, or buy a Gymboss


Can I use Garmin Courses with Garmin Coach? 

Yes! Simply select your Garmin Coach workout like you normally would, through the Garmin Coach widget or by starting the run activity and selecting your workout. Next go to settings > navigation and select your course! Start your workout and your workout will start as normal, but with turn by turn navigation. 

Can I skip part of the workout?

Yes, it’s possible to skip part of the workout and skip ahead to the next part. Each Coach workout is setup in different laps, for example: warming up, easy run, cooling down. You can skip (part of) a lap by pressing the lap button on your watch. If you press the lap button 10 minutes into a 15 minute warming up, you’ll move to the easy run lap. The workout will continue as planned as long as you don’t press any more buttons. 

Make sure manual lap button is turned on in the run settings or pressing the button will take you back to your normal watch face instead of proceeding to the next lap. 

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