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A faster half marathon – Last long run and more speed work
A faster half marathon – Last long run and more speed work
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A faster half marathon – Speed repeats and sunrise runs
A faster half marathon – Speed repeats and sunrise runs
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A faster half marathon – Back to training, resuming the Garmin Coach plan
A faster half marathon – Back to training, resuming the Garmin Coach plan
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A faster half marathon – More speed work and pausing the Coach plan
A faster half marathon – More speed work and pausing the Coach plan
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A faster half marathon – First speedwork and Friday Fun Run returns
A faster half marathon – First speedwork and Friday Fun Run returns
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A faster half marathon – Another time trial, PB and my first long run
A faster half marathon – Another time trial, PB and my first long run
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A faster half marathon – Time trials and low heart rate running
A faster half marathon – Time trials and low heart rate running
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A faster half marathon - Garmin Coach setup, benchmark and first runs
A faster half marathon – Garmin Coach setup, benchmark and first runs

Garmin Coach 5K, 10K and Half Marathon

Today Garmin has introduced the 10K and half marathon distance to the Garmin Coach plans. I was personally really happy with the Garmin Coach 5K Plan as you can also read in my Garmin Coach Review, but I’ve been looking to increase my distance now and the static training plans Garmin provided were simply not the same. There is very limited adaptability and no accountability (love the Garmin Coach’s confidence levels!). 

With this update there are also some changes made to the original 5K plan and initial setup of the plan. I’m sure there are more changes done in the background which I’m not able to see as well. 

 

Check out the Garmin Coach Runners Community on Facebook! It’s a growing community filled with other runners around the world working through their training plan. Here you can ask and share everything Garmin Coach, setup or coaches, specific workouts, brag about results or confidence levels or simply to connect with other Garmin Coachers

New 10K and half marathon distance

The new 10K plans will either get you safely to your first 10K distance if you choose a completion goal or help you beat your current 10K time by choosing a time goal. The fastest 10K time you can select is 44:00 and the slowest is 1:15:00. Unfortunately you can’t select a time goal outside this parameter. You can select a completion goal which will not take into account a goal pace and provides a little more flexibility. 

For the half marathon distance the fastest time goal available is 1:32:00 and the slowest goal is 2:40:00.

Increased time goals for 5K plan

Previously the goal time parameters were up to a 25 minute 5K plan. Many runners had problems with this setup as you won’t be able to benefit from these plans if you are already running a 25 minute 5K. As of today you’ll be able to setup a time goal up to 22 minutes.

Coaches

The coaches you can pick to guide you through your training plan remain the same. Greg McMillan, Amy Parkerson-Mitchel and Jeff Galloway. Which coach you choose will impact the number of workouts you’re doing per week and the type of workouts you’re given. Garmin provides introductory viideos to all the coaches, but if you’re still not sure I wrote a guide on which coach to choose for your Garmin Coach plan.

Summary

These Garmin Coach 10K/half marathon plans are exactly what I’ve been looking for in the past weeks while trying to determine how to continue after my Garmin Coach 5K plan. Garmin Coach has ease, flexibility, adaptability, accountability and so much more. I have started my half marathon plan with Coach Greg at the beginning of June (check out the weekly updates on the Garmin Coach 5k Plan and Garmin Coach Half Marathon Plan!) and I think it can be beneficial for many runners out there. What do you think of the new Garmin Coach plans? Will you be using them? Let me know below in the comments!

23 thoughts on “Garmin Coach 5K, 10K and Half Marathon”

  1. Thanks for posting this! I only wish I would’ve read it a week ago. I started the 5k coach plan a week ago and for the average running pace question, I entered my race pace. Needless to say I’ve been running my butt off for the last week! I was starting to think coach Amy was nuts if she thinks I can run this fast. Lol! So today after my long run which was more like a tempo run pace, I thought just what you told us to be aware of. That indeed the average pace you enter should be your easy pace and NOT race pace. They should really word the question differently. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Chris, your time goal could also have an effect on your easy pace. This is something you actually can change after you started the program. Consider joining our Garmin Coach Community on Facebook, lots of great people and thoughts there.

    2. Keep in mind the plans are made for you to be able to adapt your goal as you progress through the weeks. If you notice it’s too tough, lower the goal and if it’s too easy you can increase it.

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  3. Mats Johannesson

    “7. Long run day” still does not work for me, now starting week nine with ‘Greg’ and the Half Marathon plan. I chose Saturday while running Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat but so far it has been almost exclusively speed work at the weekends and easy runs on Monday and Wednesday.

    “Confidence level”. Everybody seem to begin with the arrow (ring) at the midpoint of the green segment. Then, for me at least, it slowly, so very slowly, advanced to the purple segment; which I entered at week six.

    However, the last workout of week eight (an unusual 45 minutes “Easy Run” which I judged “Moderate”), where the ring had been at the end of the purple segment for perhaps a full week, saw the ring bounce back all the way to the end of the green segment!

    Do not know if this was due to a software bug, or my habit of marking the runs according to my actual fatigue level (where even an Easy Run can be labeled as “Very Hard”) finally made some overseer manually dial the level back.

    1. My experience is that it doesn’t really matter what I pick for fatigue level, maybe I haven’t been paying attention enough. When the watch increases my estimated VO2max, the confidence level went up. When I missed a few workout it went down. I’ve assumed the fatigue level is more for your own benefit, but could be wrong.

  4. I started the 10k plan with Amy. I did the benchmark and it showed up as done. Today I looked to see if I had a new workout and it said I had to do the benchmark. It’s like it started over. What the heck?

    1. That sounds like either an issue with synchronization or the workout was not properly selected on the watch. Did you get an alert when the warm up ended?
      If it’s synchronization, try forcing a sync through your watch, Garmin Connect and Garmin Express.

  5. I am in week 6 of Galloway 10 km training plan. I have hit 10 X 800 m speed repeats in the 10 km plan, and I see from others in the Garmin forums that this may increase with additional repeats, which does not seem beneficial. Last long run was 9.95 miles with warm-up and cool down, which also seems like over-training for a focus on increased speed and intensity at a 10 km distance. I am not sure how to address this issue, and I am frustrated by the inability to look ahead in the plan to explore whether the trend of “over-training” will continue. I don’t want to injure myself and would also like to understand better how to manage the cross training that I am doing on what are labeled in the plan as four “rest days.” I wonder if you or your readers have, likewise, been surprised by the training load associated with the Galloway plan and whether you have any advice for how to use the Garmin coaching system without over-training and promoting injury.

    1. Hello Eric, yes this is something I’ve heard more often. I have no experience with Galloway’s Coach-plan myself, but many people have reported the long runs as being extremely long. My advice is to be smart while doing the plan and don’t follow it blindly. If you don’t think you should be running 9,95 miles for your 10k plan, don’t do it. The other coaches are a bit less extreme with the long distances, so that could be an option as well. I’m sure there is a reasoning behind the plans, but in this case it’s not completely clear to me.

  6. I have been using Jeff as my coach on Garmin 45 for the last 2 weeks. Given that the method is “run-walk-run” and the cadence drills and AG’s are not very intense, my Vo2 max score has reduced from 47 to 44. Is there a way to make sure that the Vo2 max is not impacted by the training program?
    My score of 47 was determined earlier based on my cycling activity. I have recently started training for half marathon using Jeff.

    1. Hello ravishankar! In my case my vo2max has improved since I started running with the Coach plans, but I follow the plans with Coach Greg and no run-walk-run. It can also be caused by the new watch still getting used to you. When I first got my watch it was overly optimistic, but then settled on a lower, more accurate vo2max, which has since improved. I also know a cycling vo2max can be different from a running vo2max. If you select trail running instead of running as an activity, it’s not counted towards your vo2max, but I don’t think that’s the way to go here. Good luck with your plan!

  7. Curious if they would ever shorten their weeks, for example I do an annual 10k in the beginning of May but with the weather its hard to start running outside (no indoor option) until 8-10 weeks prior, all the current plans are a min 12 weeks.

  8. how do you get the F45 to show the coaching pace in KM and not miles? all settings already set to metric – a bug?

  9. Hi Eric
    I have identified exactly the same problem and by just playing with the numbers a bit, it seems to me that the plan is confusing miles with kilometers. I am on week 10 of the same 10k plan and I have been asked to run 20.92 kilometers at very slow pace. Because I think this is nonsense, I converted this number to miles and guess what: Number 13 comes up. If I go back a few weeks, the 17 point something Km I was asked to run converts to 11 and a few weeks before to 9… I am assuming these are the distances we were supposed to run in km… but they are being given in miles… this is actually dangerous, exactly for the reasons you mentioned.
    I am losing faith to this program of Mr Galloway… is it 800meters repeats or actually 500meters and the input is done again wrongly? Terrible service. I am very unhappy about that.

  10. Donna Goodaker

    I just started the 10k training with Jeff Galloway as coach. I can’t figure out what the “other” segment is supposed to be on the drill work out days? There’s no overall mileage target, just 10 min warm up, “other”, 2 sets of drills, cool down. What is”other”?

    1. Hi Donna! Other is just meant for you to get ready for the next step. Avoid traffic lights or Cristina, etc. and press the lap button as soon as you’re ready. I usually do it straight away unless there’s an obstacle on my way. Good luck and have fun with the plan!

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