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Garmin Coach Review

13 weeks ago I started my Garmin Coach 5K plan together with Coach Greg and my Garmin Vivoactive 3. It has been a journey. This article will focus on what I learned and gained from this training plan to help you figure out if it’s something for you. If you’d like to learn more about how to setup Garmin Coach or any general tips, see my article on Garmin Coach Tips

Accountability

This has been the biggest plus for me regarding this training plan and it’s something that most training plans don’t have: accountability. Every time I performed a workout well the Garmin Coach confidence level increased. Whenever I didn’t do well or skipped a workout, Garmin Coach was ruthless and the confidence level dropped. This gave me just that little extra motivation to get out of bed and go for my run. I couldn’t disappoint Coach Greg, could I?

Comfort

Or laziness. The training plan provides a no research solution to running with a training plan. The Garmin Connect app will show you which workouts to do and when. You are even able to reschedule workouts based on your personal schedule (or mood). Having a plan and not needing to think about this myself was really helpful in getting myself out of bed every morning. 

Adaptability

This training plan adapts it’s workouts based on your input beforehand and your output during the training. You will only be able to see the planned workouts for one week up front and your future workouts might change if your efforts are below your virtual coach’s expectations. 

Sometimes life just happens, you get busy, sick or simply aren’t able to go for your regular run as consistently as you’d like. When that happens Garmin Coach advises you through it’s confidence level if the goal you set is still achievable or if you should maybe reschedule your goal race and/or time. You can make these changes during your training plan without losing your progress and it will effect the calculated confidence level. 

Summary
The Garmin Coach 5K plan is not for everyone. If you love analysing training plans and fitting them to your needs, go for it. If you are already able to run a 5K faster as 25 minutes, you should skip this plan as it’s not possible to set a faster goal time. But, if you are like me and could benefit from the consistency and accountability this training plan gives you and want to train for a 5K time anywhere between 37:30 and 25:00 minutes, this might be just right for you. I think my earlier posts on how I started with Garmin Coach, my weekly Garmin Coach updates and my race result speak for themselves, but I loved training with Garmin Coach and how it helped me become a better runner. 

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