Meet Your New Best Friend: THE LAP BUTTON

Meet Your New Best Friend: THE LAP BUTTON

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece on how to set a workout on your Garmin Forerunner watch; today I will introduce you to another feature that many Garmin users are unaware of: the lap button, which is located in the lower right side of most Garmin watches. It’s that little loopy arrow down there.

The lap button is located in the lower right corner here.
The lap button is located in the lower right corner here.

When your watch is in GPS mode and you are running, the auto lap alert will go off every time you hit the distance that the alert is set for. If you have never changed it, the auto lap alert will go off every mile that you run, basically it’s just the beep you hear every time you hit a mile.  You can change this setting inside the activity menu and make the alert go off every half mile or every two miles.

My lap alert is set to one mile
My lap alert is set to one mile

But! You can also change the lap alert as you are running. Every time you hit the lap button, the watch will give you a time since the last time you hit the button. It will then go off one mile from the moment you last hit the button. So what does this mean?

Let’s say I wanted to do a workout that was 2 miles warm up, 4 miles tempo, 2 miles cool down. I got to mile 2 and realized I wanted to add another half mile of warm up. I could hit the lap button at the 2.5 mile mark and the watch would reset the mile lap alert and I could go into my 4 tempo miles knowing my exact pace and distance for the tempo. The lap alert would then be at 3.5, 4.5, 5.5, and so on.

You can use the lap button for fartleks and strides; begin the interval by hitting the lap button and press it again once the interval is done or when it’s time to rest or recovery. You will be able to see the pace and time you ran in that interval on your Garmin Connect read out: image1(2)

You can use the lap button to get your time and pace for track workouts. If you program an 8×800 (400 rest) workout into your watch and go run that workout on a track, your intervals will be slightly off, GPS is just like that when you are running around and around in an oval. But, if you are on a track, you can use the measurements on the track itself and simply hit the lap button to begin each 800 and press it once more when you cross the 800 finish line, giving you a more exact time and distance.

So get out there and start lapping!

Going the Extra Mile

Going the Extra Mile

 

“Almost.”

“Close Enough.”

“Meh…rounding up!”

Have you ever let these thoughts creep into your head during a run? They worm their way in and try to convince you to shave off a little distance from your goal, trying to convince you that “this far is enough.”

It’s almost like being back in college. The idea of skipping class occurs to you…maybe when you wake up in the middle of the night and class is at 9:30AM. I could just skip. And there it is, that thought, and now it’s like you have no choice! You are simply doomed to skip class.

I learned that I need to fight these thoughts when it comes to running.

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Strides

Strides

Want to have faster leg speed? Want to run faster overall? Training for a 5k? 10k? half marathon? Marathon? well, then you should be doing some strides.

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You don’t need a GPS watch or a track to do this workout, just use a stretch of road.

Strides are a running workout where you accelerate to your sprint/1 mile race pace and run 60-100 meters and then slow back down again to recover. Typically they are done in sets of 5-10, and they are most beneficial when you fully recover between each one, jogging or even walking for at least a minute.

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