Garmin for Intervals

After reviewing numerous training plans I noticed a common theme fartlek training, commonly known as interval training.  Some training programs use timed walking breaks at regular intervals. For example, during a long training run, the program may instruct you to run for 3 minutes, then walk for 1 minute, and repeat. Some people say that it is difficult to regain momentum after a walk break, but I find that it is invigorating and significantly reduces fatigue especially on my long runs. While you can adjust your run/walk intervals I find that it is really important to find your magic ratio. For me I do really well at a run 3 minutes, walk 1 minute. Garmin 610 has finally figured out how to incorporate this portion of your training into an easy set-up directly on your watch with  run/walk alerts.

So for all my less-geeky-than-me running friends, here’s how to set it up, if you are using a Garmin Forerunner 610:*

1. Select > Training > Options > Alerts.

2. Select Run/Walk > Run/Walk Alert > On.

3. Select Run Alert, and enter a time. 4. Select Walk Alert, and enter a


Each time you reach the alert amount, the device beeps and displays a message. The run/walk alerts will repeat until you stop the timer.

*These directions originate from the Garmin’s online Forerunner 610 Owner’s Manual.

QOTD: Do you find that interval training is a help or a hinderance? What is your magic ratio?

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