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Garmin Coach FAQ

This article contains the most frequently asked questions regarding Garmin Coach gathered from over 4.000 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:

Frequently Asked Questions

Garmin Coach

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 specific coach or goal. All training plans with a time goal have a confidence level and some plans with a completion goal as well.

You can find which plans have a confidence level in this overview. 

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.

Or, check this article for a complete overview of each coach, goal and distance.

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.
What happens if I skip a workout or pause the plan?

That depends on what type of workout you skip and how you’re doing overall. Read more in this article on skipping workouts or pausing the training plan.

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, you can. See this page for instructions on how to start a Garmin Course while doing a Garmin Coach workout.

Can I use PacePro with Garmin Coach?

Yes, you can. It’s a little difficult to reach though, I’ve written step by step instructions on how to setup PacePro with a Garmin Coach workout. 

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. 

For more information on Garmin Coach, check out these links below: 

118 thoughts on “Garmin Coach FAQ”

  1. Dear all,
    I‘m a Garmin user and fan since vivoactive 1. The coach-function worked out perfect for me for 10k and a half-marathon.
    Now I would love to use the coach function for a marathon or triathlon (Olympic distance). Do you have Future plans to offer this too?

    1. Hi Alexander, I’m just a fan too, just one who likes to write! I’ve heard rumors about a marathon plan, but nothing official and it’s probably not happening on short term. Triathlon would be awesome, but since there are no cycling or swimming Coach plans yet, it’s unlikely to happen in the near future.

  2. Great articles about Garmin coach, thank you. This actually should be put up by Garmin somewhere as they don’t provide any detailed description on how to use it.

    I have one doubt maybe you can help me with that. I recently started garmin coach training plan and it’s going along nicely. This is my first sport watch and first time using this kind of training.

    When I have for example interval training I have to run at specific pace for some periods of time. Between those intervals I’m just jogging or running significantly slower. The problem is when the interval starts I get vibration with pace lower then I’m currently running, as it was calculating it from the jogging brake. After few seconds (ca. 20) I get another vibration and the pace is still too low, covering the average from the jog brake. After about a minute the pace is finally calculated correctly.

    It’s really hard to target the right pace, especially when the interval is short or you have some small pace range. Besides it’s really annoying, when you have to speed run for 1 or 2 minute and during it you get few vibration notifications.

    1. Hi Yaatzek! That’s exactly why I wrote all this stuff, because Garmin did not. Glad to hear it’s helpful!

      Your watch needs time to adjust to your new pace, I think that’s only solvable with a foot pod. I’ve gotten to know the paces a bit so I go by feel and the audio feedback in my headphones after the lap is done. It tells the average pace of my last interval and I’ll know if I should go faster or slower for the next one. Not ideal, but it works for me. Good luck!

      1. Thanks for the reply. Yes, I already got used to it but it was very annoying at start. It actually is an issue only at short intervals, with normal running you don’t need to know the pace every second.

  3. Great advice on here, thanks!
    I have a question. I am doing a 5k coach training programme and during some of the workouts there is a ‘optional run’ that I’d sometimes rather skip and go straight to warm down…any idea how to skip it?!

    1. Hi Clare! You can skip any part of the workout by pressing the lap button, it’ll move to the next part of the workout, in this case to the cooling down. On my FR645 it’s the bottom right button. And in your run settings the manual lap must be turned on.

  4. Hi,
    Interesting blog.

    Just a question. Does confidence level vary among the same colour? I’m having the same confidence image (same 3/4 green at the 3rd week) and I was expecting the confidence level to go / up down in the same colour. Any way to see a numeric number?

    Thx & BR,


    1. Thanks Gorka! Yes, the confidence level will move within each color, but there is no number. You can see the difference after each run a little better in the webversion of Connect, but over time you should see it in app as well.

  5. Great articles about Garmin coach, thank you for posting.
    I often run to and from work, and I wonder if it’s possible to do 2 workouts in a single day? If not possible to schedule them on the same day, what if I just do one workout on the same day after the other, scheduled workout is completed?

    1. Thanks Darko! It’s possible. You can’t schedule 2 workouts in 1 day, but you can select the workout for the first run in the normal way and then for the second run select your workout through the Coach widget or via the settings in the run activity. I’m not sure how this will effect the rest of the plan though as it’s not meant to be done this way. Good luck!

  6. Hiya! Thanks for the great info!
    I was wondering – will the confidence level go down if I don’t do the “optional” runs at the end?

    Thank you!

  7. Excellent article! Just curious about accuracy of pace. It seems the pace isn’t correct when I’m in the coach plan vs just doing a run. Is there a way to improve this? I also have the same issue when running on the treadmill and wondering if the foot pod will improve this? I do use the HrM strap along with the forerunner 645 and love the data.

    1. Thanks Gab! Pace accuracy will be trusted to the watch or pod you are using and is not affected by the coach plans. Be aware though that when doing a coach plan you are being shown your average pace of your current lap. Treadmill pacing on your watch will be a bit inaccurate as it can’t use gps. A foot pod is the best way to fix that.

  8. Nice article. Ran this morning starting with the training coach on my watch, as I always do. At the end of the run the coach asked me the typical question “How was your run?”, all seemed normal until I noticed that the run was not registering as apart of the training program. it just logged as a Move IQ Event. Your article suggests that there is no way to change this now, so how do I stop the coach for continuing to tell me I need to complete a run I already completed? Frustrating!

    1. Hi Whitney! It sounds like your watch did recognize it as a Coach workout. Have you tried forcing a new synchronization via Garmin Express/desktop or via your watch. If that doesn’t work, you can just delete the planned workout in the Garmin Coach tab. Select the workout, click on the 3 dots and select remove.

  9. You then set the parameters of your plan indicating, for example, which days of the week you are available to train. Even though the plan is adaptive it will not tell you to run on a day you ve said you can t run. The parameters can be changed part way through the coaching program eg your available days to train might change.


    hi I’m on 4 week of 10K with coach Jeff
    the pace he suggest me to run 8 x 800m is too fast for me having set a goal time of 50 min
    so I tried to modify the plan changing the goal time to 53 min
    But this change did not affect the pace time of the weekly workouts
    Have I to wait for next week to see the change of the pace time ?
    Or have I did some mistake?

    1. Hi! Yes, you’ll need to wait until next week for the paces to update. The current workouts are not being updated when you change the time goal. I think it’s a bug though as in the past it would update those workouts as well. Give the speed repeats a try this week. They seem daunting, but you might surprise yourself!

  11. Hi! Thanks for all the insight you provide on the Garmin coaches. Just finished my last training run this morning with coach Amy. Good times…

    I noticed that the actual race is on my Garmin calendar. On that day, will my watch ask me to “Do Workout” like my other training days? My worry is that if so and I select, “Do Workout”, my watch will count to the half marathon distance and then automatically stop the activity like the other training runs. Since the race distance often differs slightly to the GPS distance, I do NOT want this to happen. Just wanted to hear from you what the watch coach training plan behavior is on race day and what you did. Thanks!

    1. Hi! Glad your enjoying it! Yes, that’s exactly what will happen. I personally don’t use the Coach workout for races for that reason. Simply tell the watch no when it asks to do the workout (skip should be an option) and choose a regular run. That way you can also set up your own pace alerts if you want to. The training plan will still show as completed, so there really is no added value to doing the Coach workout on race day.

      Best of luck on your race and enjoy!!

  12. Hi and thanks for the useful information.
    I started a half marathon training with coach Greg last week. All is going good except the fact that I can’t choose a pace faster than 6 min/km. This doesn’t match my time goal so I’m basically following the training but doing it at a faster pace than the recommended.

    Am I doing something wrong here? Is there a way to fix this?



    1. Hi Lara! That doesn’t sound right, could be some miles vs km’s confusion. Have you tried changing your time goal through the webbrowser of Garmin Connect? That often works when the app doesn’t.

  13. Hiya, thanks for the article – I just started the plan and it answered loads of my questions!
    Just one more…. in your experience before starting the plan I was trying to follow the Garmin recommended “Rest Periods”. Do you know if the coach also considers the “rest Periods” and updates future runs accordingly?

    1. Hi Duncan! The Garmin Coach plan only looks at the workouts you do and at what pace. Heart rate, suggested rest periods, etc are not taken into account. If a session was extra hard and this is confirmed by a longer rest recommended rest period, just skip a training or reschedule it. Make sure you listen to your body, that’s more important as following the plan blind. Good luck!

  14. Thus is great info! Thanks so much. I have been loving the Garmin coach and training plan and have been using it towards a half marathon race in early May. However, the Corona virus has now resulted in a postponement of the race. As a result, my training plan will obviously be out of sync. I was hoping to just pause the plan, but based on your info it seems the plan will just end when the original race date passes. Are there any work arounds you know of? Thanks again!

    1. Hi Ryan! My plans have been interrupted as well. You could try pushing back your race date as time goes by, but depending on when your race has been postponed to you could also choose to cancel your current plan and go with a 10k plan for now. When it’s time to start training again, end the 10k plan and start a new HM plan.

  15. Hi there, I have a Garmin 245 and was wondering if there is a way to extend the warm up within the Garmin coaching plan. Currently, it is 2:00, but I would like to run a full mile before getting started. Without having to log two different runs, is there a way to do that?

    1. Hi Riannon! A 2 minute warm up is very short indeed. Which plan are you doing? My warm ups are usually longer, except for the benchmark run. You can only extend the warm up for specific runs where you need to press the lap button to continue.

  16. Hi! So glad I found this site, lots of great information! I just started a 10K plan, did my bench mark run yesterday and the next workout has me running 50 mins easy…I’m not really a beginner runner but getting back into it, I’ve only been running 1-2 miles a day the past few weeks. Is this normal? I’m around a 9:30-10min/mile and thinking that will be higher mileage to jump into right away?

    1. Hi Laura, it’s sounds like you set up a time goal for your plan. When you do that, the algorithm assumes you are already familiar with the distance. In my opinion it’s a flaw in the algorithm as it ignores the current average mileage that you put in. You should remove the time goal, it’ll give you a much slower build-up.

  17. Hi, thank you for your informative post! I am following the 5K program by Amy, which is working very well for me. There is just one point that really bugs me: twice already I have aced a run, but it gave me a ‘room to grow’. When looking at the lap data, you can see the data is messed up. It created an extra lap, one of which of 0:00,4 duration (?? less than half a second). The lap order is also strange. It displays from top to bottom as 2: run; 1: warm up (the made up micro lap), 3: cool down; then 4 –. Have you seen this before? And perhaps any ideas on how to fix this? It is messing with my training plan and confidence level. Thanks!

  18. Are you able to restart a training plan once you have quit out from it? I accidentally quit it and now cant find out to rejoin it

  19. Thanks for your response. I was hoping it would stay at the two mistakes. By now it has already happened 4 times (in exactly the same way), of which the last 3 times in a row. It makes the whole program kind of pointless unfortunately, so I’m going to quit it. That kinda sucks, because it was very helpful for me while it worked. At least it helped get me started though, so now I’ll just have to find something else that works 🙂

  20. Hi, I’m currently 3 workouts into coach Greg 5k plan with a target of 24min. All going well so far except I have a niggle with the average pace as it includes your warm up and cool down parts of the run. Ran the 15m tempo section at 5mpk but my run recorded an average of 6.20 which is a bit demoralising. Any way that the plan can not include the warm up and cool down in the data?

    1. You can skip any part of the workout by pushing the lap button, it’ll automatically go to the next part of your run. As far as I’ve been able to tell it won’t affect your confidence level, though you’ll probably get a video to tell you about the importance of warming up and cooling down properly.

    2. Hi. I had the same issue. And there is another way.
      You run everything as the watch say. Efter your shower you go on the phone and edit the run .
      The three dots. “Edit run” -> “Shorten aktivity” Trim start, trim end.
      And you can do it on time og distance
      So i only save the 20 min run.

  21. Thanks for the reply, so I’ll do a warm up in practise but wont activate the workout on my watch until it’s completed and immediately skip the warm and do the main part of the training and the skip the cool down on the watch but donut in practise?

    1. If you want your workout to be recorded, you should just not start the workout when you start your run activity on your watch. Then finish the run (warm-up) and start a new activity for your Coach workout.

  22. Great article thank you, it’s super helpful!
    I completed my first Time Trial yesterday but am slightly confused on when I should be pressing the lap button, and how many times. After the 3km warm up before going into the time trial, it said Other: Lap Button Press so I pressed my lap button (lower right on Vivoactive 4), and then again after the 1.6km trial was over and it said Workout Completed, even though I should have had another 1.6km cool down? Then instead of my watch vibrating at each KM, it would automatically after the next lap…. which then throw my splits and laps all off in Connect. Any advice please?! Thank you!!
    (And sorry for the long post)!

    1. Hi Charlotte!
      Glad it’s been helpful for you!
      You only press the lap button once, to start your time trial. In some workouts this appears so you can make sure you’re 100% ready to start with the next part. After the time trial it automatically moved on to the cooling down, no need to press the lap button. When you pressed the lap button for the second time your training moved to the next lap. As it was your final lap, your workout ended. For the last part, do you have autolap per 1K turned on? This can give you strange looking laps in Connect. I always turn it off when I’m doing Coach workouts.

      1. If you shouldn’t have your autolap set to 1km, what should you have it set to? I am confused with the “other, press lap”
        in the half marathon training. Thanks

        1. You can have it on, I just prefer autolap to be off during a Coach workout as the workouts are already divided up. When you reach the part of the workout where it says “Other, press lap”, you need to press the lap button. On watches with 5 buttons it’s the bottom right button. This will progress you to the next step of the workout and is often used to start intervals or time trials. If this button doesn’t work and takes you back to your normal watch face you need to turn the manual lap button on.

  23. Why cannot we reschedule workouts that passed? I was supposed to run yesterday, but I want to do it today instead. I didn’t know until the last moment I will not make it yesterday and now I cannot do it at all despite having time. Can you introduce the possibility to reschedule workouts that passed within i.e. 1-2 days? This would prevent rescheduling workouts from weeks before but still allow flexibility in the schedule. Otherwise, I will just mark that I want to run every day to always have opportunity to do the training that is a bit missing the point. Thanks!

    1. Hi Justine! I’m just a user like you, so if you want to suggest changes to the software I recommend you contact Garmin directly. I do think it’s by design as they say the plan is adaptive and will update when you miss a run. If you keep on rescheduling there is a risk of overtraining. Setting all days as available run days won’t solve your problem as there is a maximum number of runs per week. You might still be able to find the workout in your watch if you go to run activity > settings > workouts. For the future, plan ahead if you need to reschedule.

  24. Great to hear. I made a long way around and just created myself a new workout and going to run it today anyway 🙂 I just need to remember to reschedule it a day before but sometimes life is life and well… Other things comes first 🙂 cheers!

  25. I was interested in a GymBoss, but I found a great app called “Seconds” which can be used to set up all kinds of interval training. You can use it for free, or pay one time to save your custom setups.

  26. Hi, I like the idea of this Garmin Coach and it is a great tool to improve the performance. Thanks for the information here above.
    However there are some issues with the app.
    For example it happened to me that if you do a training that was not planned for the day (by selecting it in the watch directly via workouts) it doesn’t appear in the workouts as completed but only in the activities. Lots of people complained about this but it seems Garmin isn’t doing anything for this.
    Also as mentioned here above, you can’t reschedule a past event. If you are a triathlete like me this is very frustrating because sometimes you just want to do a bike training instead and it’s not possible to have that missed running training back on.
    So basically you have to reschedule everything in advance (be careful with the mandatory rest day) if you want it to show properly.

  27. Nicola Wright

    Thanks for the article – helpful in clarifying some limitations! I run with friends occasionally, and am in the habit of pressing ‘lap’ when someone stops for a photo/drink etc. in a training run. That ‘obviously’ moves me on to cool down when i didnt mean to. Is there any way of restarting a workout when youve messed up?!

    1. Hi Nicola! When you mess up like this, like we all have, you can end the run. Make sure to choose discard and start a new activity. Normally your workout should show up again, if not go to settings > training > my workouts and find it there. Unfortunately there is no way to go to the previous lap.

  28. Cherry Purihin

    Hello, I completed a benchmark run.It was recorded as Benchmark run under the activities but not recorded as benchmark completed under the Garmin Coach. Do you happen to know any resolution on this? Thanks!

    1. You can try to reforce a synchronization, for example through Garmin Express on a computer. But in most cases the best option is to run it again. You might want to quit the plan and restart it again first, for some people that was the only solution.

  29. Hi,

    I’m trying to move the race day by one day…there isn’t actually a race…just me against myself. I missed a work out today and want to bump everything by a day, which I can do all training runs this week, but not the race day itself (I’m in the last week).

    1. Hi Nic, your race date is determined through the setup of the plan. You should be able to change it when you edit the plan: go to the Garmin Coach tab in your Connect app, choose the 3 dots menu, then edit.

      Good luck on race day!

  30. Hi, I did an easy run today. The description was 20 mins with an optional 10mins at the end if you were feeling good, but when I got to the end of the first section it went straight to the warm down and missed out the 10 mins. Do you know if any reason for this?

    1. Hi Ellen
      The only thing I can think of is that you accidentally pushed the lap button. That will move you to the next part of the workout, in this case the cooling down.

  31. I’m just popping in to say thanks for the article and the replies to all the questions! Every concern and query I’ve had has been answered in both sections. I really appreciate your time on this. Thank you

  32. Hi – I accidentally quit my half marathon plan during the garmin outage (I was playing about trying to get back in to it :(… ). I was on week 8.. is there any way to get this back?

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  34. Hi there,
    I’m working through a 10K pb training planning with Coach Amy.
    I’m on week 11 of a 17 week plan, and have noticed that my ‘goal pace repeats’ that are scheduled for next week are at a much slower pace than usual. I haven’t had any struggle with the plan, and manage to hit every target. The pace that they are set for are actually slower than the pace I would do in an easy run. Does this seem odd?

    1. Hi Laura, that does seem odd. Goal pace is goal pace and that never changed in the plans I did with Coach Greg. I haven’t progressed enough in Amy’s plan to judge it, but I really can’t imagine it’s right. I’m guessing it’s a bug in the plan and would go run my actual goal pace.

  35. Hi. I’ve just completed the McMillisn 5K program. It started out with fairly short easy runs and professed to longer easy runs, upping my weekly mileage to about 15 miles per week.
    If I sign up for another 5K plan, does the new plan continue where I left off as far as mileage, or does it start completely over with the short easy runs and less total weekly mileage.
    I assume that if I put in a new goal 5K pace that it will adjust my training paces, but I’m curious if the new plan takes into account what mileage I’ve been doing.

    1. Hi Roz! In my experience the first week always starts of a little slow. But since you are entering your current mileage and pace when you setup the plan, that information is taken into account for the build up of the plan. A time goal versus a completion goal also influences how quickly you’ll dive into the plan.

  36. I have just started using Garmin Coach and I’m a new Garmin user in general – would you be able to tell me how I can view my pace etc while doing the Garmin Coach runs? At the minute it just shows the distance countdown, I tried swiping across while running last time but it didn’t seem to change. Thanks!

    1. Hi Shannon! You should be able to move to different data screen by scrolling. If you have a touchscreen you swipe up or down and if you have buttons use the up and down buttons on the left side of the watch. Next step is adding or changing the data screens. This can be done in the run settings > data screens. Good luck!

  37. I started a 5k plan earlier this week but switched to the half marathon plan. Is it possible to use the data from my benchmark run earlier in the week for the new plan?

  38. Hi, I like to run with headphones in as music helps me focus. Do I need to be able to hear my watch if I’m using garmin coach?

    1. You don’t need it, but it can be helpful. Depending on your watch it can give you a short beeping countdown towards the next part of the workout. This is especially helpful when doing short speed intervals as it will let you get up to speed before it starts.

      Your watch can also give you short summaries after each lap (part of the workout), but that works well with headphones and music.

      There is no spoken feedback specific to Garmin Coach during the workouts.

  39. On the 245 frontrunner music I cannot find the run setting to turn on manual laps.
    Am I right in thinking that turning off auto laps does the same thing?

  40. Thank you for sharing all these tips. I love the coach plans, currently doing the Coach Greg 10k. On workouts I hit my pace targets, but on my easy run days I prefer to run significantly slower than it recommends – aiming to stay in zone 2. I have not found a way to disable the pace alert vibration on my 245 Music. Do you know how this can be accomplished?

    1. Hi Kirsten, as far as I know you can’t turn it off. I’ve been doing the same and have learned to ignore the alerts. With each lap you’ll get 3 alerts as long as you stay outside the zone and don’t pause your workout (that’ll test the counter). It’s possible that turning autolap off could make it less annoying too.

  41. I have a problem whereby, after an initial section of a workout (e.g. warm up for a mile) my Fenix 6 will display a screen telling me what to do next and then dump me back to my normal running screen. If I am doing something like Hill Repeats, or Goal Pace Repeats, it gets really difficult to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing at any given time. Do you have any idea how I can get the workout screen back without affecting the workout itself?

    1. Hi Peter, are you trying to keep the written text shown? You can scroll to this screen via the up or down button. It should go back to that screen after the pop up on your next step. Downside is that you don’t see the pace gauge though.

  42. Hi – I’m new to the Garmin Coach function, and basically new to running. I have opted for a 5km training plan. I did my second session this evening. It included a 10min warmup, 6x400m pace runs with a 200m slow jog in between each run. Should I have pressed the lap button after each pace run and then again after each slow job, or does the Garmin watch do that automatically after each interval? Possibly a stupid question, all new to me. Thanks

    1. Hi Brandon, normally the workouts progresses to the next step automatically. It can be needed to use the lap button at the start of the intervals or time trial to ensure you are ready to go. I’ve also seen it with hill repeats as not every hill is the same. You’ll see it in the workout mentioned with lap button then. If all your steps are shown in Connect, everything should be okay.

  43. Thanks so much for doing this blog, some of the questions are very relevant to me and your answers are very
    helpful. I started on the half marathon plan with Greg and mistakenly put in a time goal. Having never run a half before this was not right and I understand why now, so changed to completion. I previously tried contacting Garmin ‘customer service’ to ask about some of the functions – that was pointless! It can be confusing at the start to understand the lap button press etc but I am ok with that now. If you are new here and browsing, good luck, this page will definitely help you!
    I was going to ask how I can see what pace I am running at during a session as it just counts down but I see from another question and your reply that I may be able to swipe screens (Vivo Active 4). Off out soon on a 50 min run, so will try it!

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Paul, thanks a lot for your comment! I’ve had a similar experience with Garmin’s customer service where the people I spoke to did not seem to know much about Garmin Coach. In some cases what they said was simply wrong. I’m glad to hear my website is helpful! Enjoy your plan and check in if you have any further questions!

  44. Hi,
    I’m about half-way through Amy’s 10K plan right now. So far, I’m doing OK, although I’m not confident I could currently complete a full 10K (hilly-ish, trail run) at my target goal right now. Two or three miles – sure; but the full 10K?
    When I set the plan up, I stated that I had 6 days available for training (Amy’s plan only needs 4), with a long run on a Saturday (for me, a “long” run is normally between 10-miles and a half-marathon).
    So far, I have never seen a long run scheduled by Amy – I have assumed that she has left this up to me? I have seen Tempo runs scheduled for the odd Saturday, but these are clearly not “long” runs.
    Any thoughts?

    1. Hi Peter, in a 10K plan you’ll long run will probably not go upto HM distance (unless you choose Coach Jeff). I think Amy calls them runs and might vary them with steady state runs. They can be anywhere between 8-16K I guess. Feel free to extend them if you feel it’s not long enough though.

  45. Three weeks into a 5k plan – the sunday workout was a 1 mile time trial. I completed the workout but the training program has scheduled another 1 mile time trial for the following sunday and no long run. Seems a little strange, is this a mistake in algorithm or is there some coaching logic around it?

    1. Are you sure it’s either 1 mile trial? I remember getting a 5 minute trial the week after the first 1 mile trial. But, I also had an issue where the plan made me run a 1 mile trial two days in a row, something didn’t registered right. Could be a bug, I’d definitely run it again though!

  46. Thanks for this info! It’s really useful, esp with so little from Garmin… quick question about pace for speed work if you don’t mind me asking… I’m on week 2 of coach greg 10k. I set a goal pace of 44mins (7:05mi pace). It has my easy pace between 8:05 and 9:05, which can be tough because where I live is hilly but manageable (not easy?!)… and today I had my first strides, which just said run hard for 20s x 8 (I near died reaching 5:30 for 20s, and ended closer to 6:30). However on Tuesday it has me doing 1min speed repeats, 5x 1min@6:10-6:30 pace then 1min@4x 5:25-5:45… I may just about be able to hit the first range, but seriously have no chance of the second… the pace seems insanely fast… just wondered what you thought/your experience, do you think this is a bug? I don’t wanna get injured and this pace seems off the scale difficult on week 2. Thank you!!

    1. The target paces are based on your time goal, it might be set too ambitious. It can also be that your perceived effort doesn’t match with the calculated paces. When I set up a plan, the easy runs are a little too fast, but the speed workouts are way too slow for me. I aim for getting the perceived effort right. An easy run should be easy, and if Greg says no sprinting… Well that’s hard, but I try!

  47. Thanks – I did and managed to avoid killing myself after 400m and improve time by 15 seconds so maybe there is method to coach Greg’s madness!! thanks for your reply

  48. Hi, I’m on week 7 of the half marathon training programme with Greg. I’m concerned whether or not to trust it as I haven’t had anything except goal pace runs and easy runs for the past 4 weeks, whereas in week 1-3 I had long easy runs, stride and speed repeats and tempo runs as well as these. I’m not sure whether i somehow messed it up by changing the days I wanted to do a long run and the number of times I wanted to run per week? What should I do?! I don’t want to blindly follow it and there’s no information on what a typical Garmin coach plan looks like so I’m just worried I’m wasting time where I could be improving at a fast rate.

    1. Hi Klara, are your workouts per week exactly the same? If so, your plan is likely “stuck”. You could try to pause and resume your plan to force a recalculation, but got me that didn’t work. I had to abandon the plan. Haven’t gotten the same issue since though.

      1. Hi, yes they’re exactly the same- just 2 goal speed and 2 easy runs per week- how do I pause and resume the plan? If you abandon a plan is there any way to skip to week 7?

      2. Hi, yes they’re exactly the same- just 2 goal speed and 2 easy runs per week- how do I pause and resume the plan? If you abandon a plan is there any way to skip to week 7?

      3. Hi, yes they’re exactly the same- just 2 goal speed and 2 easy runs per week- how do I pause and resume the plan? If you abandon a plan is there any way to skip to week 7?

      4. Hi, yes they’re exactly the same- just 2 goal speed and 2 easy runs per week- how do I pause and resume the plan? If you abandon a plan is there any way to skip to week 7?

  49. I normally run outside and use the gps for the Garmin Coach goal pace repeats of a half mile, but due to weather I had to use a treadmill. When I am outside, everything is fine, but on the treadmill it says I have completed half mile intervals way too soon and automatically switches to the walking recovery. Is there a way to extend the interval mid run or to make it a manual lap button press rather than an automatic switch so I can make the watch match reality?

      1. I’m new to Garmin Coach and running into this issue now (over a year after this comment was originally made). My treadmill says I’m running at an 11:30 pace, but my watch measures it at 8:00. With the adaptive Garmin Coach program it will advance my workouts faster than I can handle. From reading around a bit it sounds like the ideal solution would be to go buy a foot pod and use that to get a more accurate distance/speed measurement, however the foot pod was discontinued and I can’t buy one anywhere. Is there a current solution out there somewhere?

  50. Thanks for this FAQ !
    I am struggling to follow my garmin coach plan (Jeff 10k plan), especially today (I gave up on the 7th 800m) :
    The schedule of the two last sessions was very strange :

    Friday : 10x800m speed repeats. This session is especially hard and the body needs some days to rest (around 16kms. I did it well , but it was very hard.

    I was very surprised that the next session was also a 10x800m speed repeats on monday ! only three days after the last one. I couldn’t achieve it, I was too tired.

    It could be a bug ?
    Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Laurent, those repeats do increase like that, but as far as I know there should be a week in between. Sometimes the week planning of the workouts gets a little messed up. It can help to pause/resume the plan or just reschedule the workout to the correct day.

      1. Great info here thanks

        After completing a workout, is it possible to see the description of it. Yesterday I completed a tempo run and I can’t see what pace I was supposed to run.

  51. Hi, firstly as so many others have said, thank you for all of this information, it is incredibly helpful – and great of you to do so when you are just a ‘user’ like the rest of us!

    I don’t know if you can answer my question though (I have tried looking everywhere!). I have my first marathon in September, and I will start a Garmin Training Plan 16wks prior – I’m aware this isn’t an actual ‘Garmin Coach’ plan. In the lead up, I have recently started a Coach Greg 10k plan, to finish on the day my Marathon training starts. Question is, have you any idea of the expected performance level one should be at before starting a Marathon plan? I honestly don’t know whether I should aim for a ‘Beginner’ or ‘Intermediate’ plan? I have decided I will use a HR plan, as I am loving the integration of my watch into my training so far!

    PS if you have a thread on the Garmin Training plan setup as well, then even better!

    1. Hi Paul! Unfortunately I don’t have experience or info on the regular Garmin training plans. But, I believe you can preview the workouts before committing to a plan. My advice would be to check out the first 4 weeks and decide for yourself if they are doable for you right now.
      If you never ran a marathon, beginner is probably the way to go, but if you regularly run HM’s or more an intermediate plan might suit you better. Hope this helps!

  52. Hi! Great blog – super useful info!
    Is there a way to accommodate other training into the plan? Specifically I rolled my ankle so won’t run on it for a few days but I will walk/bike/row/swim – could these replace an easy run for example? (I suspect that the answer is no – the plan carries on after paused, plus it’s geared to getting you through running miles?)

    Also a thought for your blog: is it possible to sort the comments so that the most recent appear directly under the article? It seems more up to date that way when reading – to me at least!

    Thanks again, keep this up as it’s awesome info!

    1. The answer is indeed no. Runs done outside the plan are also not taken into account.

      Thanks for the tip! I agree on some of these articles the comment section has gotten a little messy!

  53. Thanks for the FAQ. I recently edited my coaching plan just to see how it would change my training schedule, from a 1:58:00 half marathon goal to a 1:55:00 goal. Then I changed it back. Doing that radically changed the overall plan: it went from an upcoming pace run with an 8 min mile built in and a 100 min long run BACK to a run schedule from a week ago with a cadence workout and a 90 min run. Then I changed it again to try to get it back to the original plan, and it changed my plan even further back to two weeks ago with 30 min easy runs, and dropped the 90 min long run to 80 min. So it looks like every time I edit the plan it reverts to previous weeks. Is this a glitch? Can it be fixed? I was excited to be making progress and now the plan doesn’t match what I’m feeling I can do!

    1. Hi Bryan! For the most part I recommend not making too many edits. It often doesn’t go well. Go with the flow and trust the plan! You can simply extend your runs for now, the plan will probably catch up.

  54. Is there a way to use the lap button without it advancing through the workout? With the winter months and snow, more running inside on a track. I use the lap counter to keep track of miles, but if I hit the lap counter, it advances the workout when I don’t want it to.

  55. Great blog – thanks for the info. Is it possible to edit the default data fields on the watch face during a coach drill? Am using a FR245 and am working through Galloway’s half marathon plan.

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