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Garmin Coach FAQ

This article contains the most frequently asked questions regarding Garmin Coach gathered from over 800 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! 

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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. 

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.

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. 

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