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How to use Garmin Courses or PacePro with Garmin Coach

There have been many questions about the final race day workout of the Garmin Coach plan and if it’s possible to use Garmin Courses or PacePro during the race day workout, or any other Garmin Coach workout. This article will explain how to set it up.

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What is Garmin Courses?

Garmin Courses allows you to send a route to your watch and follow that path with on screen instructions. Garmin has two versions of Garmin Courses, a basic version and full navigation.
The basic version of Garmin Courses will only show you a path on your watch screen. It’ll tell you were to go left and right, but you don’t see the actual map or surrounding paths. This makes it a little harder to navigate in areas with lots of different paths. 

Watches compatible with maps and navigation have a lot more navigation options and detailed maps right on your wrist. 

In both cases you’ll be able to create a course in Garmin Connect and send it to your watch. Your watch will tell you how to get to your route, how to follow your route and how to get back to your right should you deviate from it.
Compatible watches
According to Garmin, these watches are compatible with Garmin Courses at the time of writing this article.

D2
D2 Bravo
D2 Charlie
D2 Delta
D2 Delta PX
D2 Delta S
Descent Mk1
epix
fenix Series
Forerunner 245 Series*

Forerunner 645 Series*
Forerunner 735XT*
Forerunner 745*
Forerunner 910XT*
Forerunner 920XT*
Forerunner 935*
Forerunner 945
Instinct Series*
Marq Collection
tactix Series

*supports only Garmin Courses and no on device navigation

What is PacePro?

PacePro allows you to set a pacing strategy for any activity, synchronize it with your watch and receive pace guidance during your run. You can also combine it with Garmin Courses to take into account elevation changes on the route. 

Compatible watches
Descent Mk2 series
Enduro series
fenix 6 series
Forerunner 245 series
Forerunner 745
Forerunner 945
MARQ collection
quatix 6
tactix Delta series

What is Garmin Coach?

Find out here: what is Garmin Coach?

How to use Garmin Courses and PacePro with Garmin Coach

While some regular Garmin features don’t work in combination with a Garmin Coach workout (Hi Garmin, we’d like run-walk alerts, please). Garmin Courses and PacePro do work simultaneously  with Garmin Coach.

Step 1: start your Garmin Coach workout as normal. This can be done in multiple ways: 

  • Start a run activity and accept the proposal to do today’s planned Coach workout
  • Start a run activity, go to the training calendar and select your Coach workout
  • Go to the Garmin Coach widget, select a workout and select which running activity to use


Step 2: add Garmin Courses and/or PacePro to your activity

Go to run settings by long pressing the middle left button on your watch, select Navigation, Courses and find your Course. Select the Course and then either choose ‘Do Course’ or ‘PacePro’. 

  • Do Course: the route will load and you can start your run. You now have both the Garmin Coach workout and your selected Garmin Course in your run activity. 
  • PacePro: select the PacePro strategy you created in Garmin Connect, or set it up right on your watch. It’ll ask you if you also want to enable course navigation.

You now have a Garmin Coach workout with a Garmin Course and PacePro strategy.

How to use PacePro with Garmin Coach

There is only one way I’ve found to get a Garmin Coach workout to work with a PacePro plan if you don’t want to create a course and it’s a little tricky. Make sure you do each step in the correct order.

Step 1: ensure PacePro Plans is in your latest selected options in the run activity you’re about to start. 
When you first start a run activity, you can press the up button to access a shortcut menu. Check to see if ‘PacePro Plans’ is already in your shortcut menu. If it’s not, long press the left middle button to go to settings, go to ‘Training’ and select ‘PacePro Plans’. This will put the PacePro feature in the shortcut menu. 

Step 2: start your Garmin Coach workout as normal. This can be done in multiple ways: 

  • Start a run activity and accept the proposal to do today’s planned Coach workout
  • Start a run activity, go to the training calendar and select your Coach workout
  • Go to the Garmin Coach widget, select a workout and select which running activity to use

Make sure you select a run activity that is supported by PacePro or it won’t work. 

Step 2: add PacePro to your activity

Go to your shortcut menu by pressing the up button once you are in the running activity and your Garmin Coach workout is loaded. Select ‘PacePro Plans’ and select the plan you’d like to start.

You now have a Garmin Coach workout with a Garmin Course and PacePro strategy.

During your run

Garmin Coach, Garmin Courses and PacePro will give you extra alerts and data screens.

Data screens:

  • Garmin Coach: four extra screens with text instructions and lap guidance.
  • Garmin Courses: four extra data screens with a map of your course, distance and estimated time remaining and other relevant data for your course.
  • PacePro: one extra data screen that shows your split pace and how much you are ahead or behind your target.
Alerts:
  • Garmin Coach: depending on the workout you’re doing, you will get alerts when you are outside the target zone. Your watch will alert you three times per part of the workout. If you reach the target pace again, the three alerts reset.
  • Garmin Courses: your watch will alert you shortly before and at each turn on your course. If you deviate from the course you’ll get a more apparent alert.

Conclusion

Even though the options are a little more hidden away then usual, you can use Garmin Coach together with Garmin Courses and PacePro. I do recommend trying it out before your actual race day so you know what to do and what to expect. 

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