The Garmin Forerunner 620, it’s chock-full of coaching power!

I ran 8 easy miles around the neighborhood this morning. I’m seriously loving my new Garmin and all of the information that it gives me. It’s helping me to keep my pace slow and easy, which I should do more often, and it’s helping me with my running form. I know I’ve talked about it in pieces on the blog before, but I thought I’d give you a more thorough overview of the things you can do with the new Garmin Forerunner 620.

Garmin forerunner 620

First off let me just mention that this new Garmin has a touch screen and a color display. It’s awesome, not really necessary but awesome nonetheless and I also have the Heart Rate Monitor. Without the heart rate monitor, you won’t be able to utilize some of the features that I am going to tell you about so if you’re thinking about purchasing the forerunner 620, I highly suggest you get the HRM.

The 620 is just like having a running coach, it has a recovery advisor, race predictor and it estimates your VO2 max. With the heart rate monitor, you can track your cadence, your vertical oscillation and your ground contact time. It even works when you’re running on a treadmill but I haven’t used it on the treadmill yet so I can’t really say how well it works in that capacity.

This morning I put the heart rate monitor on, hit the start button and started running. At 8 miles I hit the same button. The 620 then asked me if I wanted to save or discard the info, I touched save and then a bit later I uploaded the info into my Garmin Connect account.

And this is the data that I got:

info from Garmin Connect

In the lower right you can click on details and that’s when the info gets interesting. The first thing you’ll see if a summary of your data which includes distance, time, avg. pace, etc. Under the summary is where you’ll see the details along with graphs on the right.

garmin forerunner 620 summary

garmin heart rate graph

This first part of the data is your Timing. This tells you your total time, your moving time, elapsed time, average pace, average moving pace and best pace. This is great data but it’s about the same data you get from other forerunner models, not really any more advanced.

data details garmin connect

The next data is the elevation breakdown which is nice especially if you’re doing hill work but again this is nothing really new.

Now the data gets interesting because the next section is heart rate. This tells you your average heart rate, max heart rate and your training effect. Using your heart rate, the training effect tells you if the exercise you do is maintaining your current fitness level or improving it. With that information, you can vary your intensity to achieve your goals. For more information about heart rate training you can read my post here.

Next you can analyze your running dynamics. You’ll see your Average run cadence, Max Cadence, your vertical oscillation and average ground contact time and even your stride length. The running dynamics graph displays a color gauge for the primary metric. The color gauge shows you how your running dynamics data compares to those of other runners. The color zones are based on percentiles.

cadence graph

The Garmin Forerunner 620 also tells you your VO2 max and lets you compare it to others. This is one of my favorite things because I can actually see myself improving over time and it motivates me.

My VO2max

You’ll also be able to see your splits and information about the weather. All very useful information.

You can also choose from optional training plans within garmin connect and download them to your 620. I haven’t used any of the plans but I think they would be great for a first time marathoner.

Garmin Training

You can also set goals and the 620 will help you to achieve them.

training goals

With Forerunner 620, you don’t have to guess how much recovery time you need between workouts. Based on your heart rate data, it factors this against your last workout and then shows how much time you need to rest so you’ll be ready for your next workout.

When you’re wearing the HRM, the 620 provides a recovery check, which tells you your state of recovery within the first several minutes of your run. This feature kind of freaks me out a little bit because I haven’t exactly been following the recovery portion and a few times when out on a run the 620 vibrates and when I looked down it said, FAIR. It makes me feel like it’s giving me a bad grade and it sort of is because the recovery time shows how long you should rest before you run again and it’s another valuable feature of this watch that I really should be using more often.

I’m really enjoying learning how to use this valuable tool to help me become a better runner and I’m discovering new features everyday. I tend to be a little on the geeky side when it comes to technology so I may be posting on this subject quite often so consider that a warning… 🙂

Do you use a Garmin to train? Which Model do you use? Will you be upgrading to the Garmin Forerunner 620?

Hoping my new Garmin Forerunner 620 will help me outrun wild and exotic animals!

Happy Friday! I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas.

I have been sick with a bad cold since Monday. When I woke up that morning I knew I wasn’t feeling great but I didn’t really have too much time to dwell on it. By Christmas Eve, I was completely stuffed up and I was having a hard time breathing through my nose but, I pushed through. I ran both Monday and Tuesday and by Christmas morning I was toast, which seriously sucked, because look what the Kid got me:

Garmin Forerunner 620

Uh, that’s the GARMIN FORERUNNER 620 BAYBEE! Yeah, I know. I have the best kid ever!

I didn’t get to run on Christmas and the day after I was so excited to try out the new Garmin but I had forgotten to charge it after playing with it on Christmas and the battery was dead. I’m ending the year on such a good note, right? Finally this morning I got to use it, and it is the coolest thing ever!

Garmin Forerunner 620 info

I have a lot of learning to do just to get used to it, but I already know I’m gonna love it.

Unfortunately I probably won’t be using it again for quite a while because MacGyver has decided to drag me off to the cabin until the New Year. You may remember this post where I told you a little about the cabin we built. We still aren’t finished with it, in fact, we aren’t even close and we need to get it finished because if I let MacGyver leave something half finished for too long, it won’t get finished in this decade. (See: Kitchen Backsplash 10 years, 2 months)

Unfortunately, I just don’t want to go. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t like the cabin it’s just that going to a Cabin with no electricity, no running water and a bathroom located down a dirt path leading to a large hole in the ground, which may or may not be infested with venomous snakes, is not exactly the perfect place for me to go when I’m so sick I don’t even mind that MacGyver’s dirty socks are laying on the coffee table. Besides, if you’ve ever read more than 2 or 3 post on this blog, you know about my encounters with exotic and wild animals. It’s a little freaky. Want a little proof? Here is the latest bird to take up residence in my backyard and apparently, he likes the firepit.

New resident of backyard

I WAS going to burn all of our wrapping paper and make a little fire but the new bird had other ideas and screeched so flippin loud he almost burst my ear drum.

Anyway, about the Cabin….MacGyver wanted to leave today but I am finding all kinds of creative ways to delay the trip. Today I made it rain. Okay, not actually, but since it did rain, I convinced him that there was no way we could get any work done in the rain and he agreed, thankfully. I’ve got tomorrow covered by conspicuously placing an ad for a Saturday auction on the top of his desk because he can never miss a good auction. I’m currently working on Sunday’s delay.

Anyway, that’s my week.

So, how was your Christmas? What’s the best present that you got? Do you have any plans to celebrate the New Year?

Still dreaming of the Garmin Forerunner 620 and a crazy Business Function.

This morning I ran 4.5 miles around my neighborhood. This was a ‘you need to work on your running form’ kind of run. I was supposed to do 6 miles but it’s very hard to run and keep track of your cadence and your bounce and all that jazz so I gave up and quit at 4.5. This is precisely why I NEED the new Garmin Forerunner 620….Garmin? Are you listening to me?

Later in the day MacGyver had a business thing at the Marriott…and guess who got all dressed up? ME!

Business Attire

I’m still not clear exactly what the function was for but it was fun…This is the hotel:


Marriott Hotel

There was a pretty sweet buffet…of course this is all that really mattered:

Brownies and Blondies

And because I am a healthy eater and I always eat healthy things there was no way that I could eat that brownie……….


So I ate the blondie instead.

Here is the pool deck area:


And that’s where we’ll find MacGyver…with a Corona


We had a pretty good time but the best thing by far was the Photo Booth, check out these two idiots:

Photo Booth

Oh Wait, there’s more…

Photo Booth

Yeah, that’s really how we roll. You can dress us up but you may not want to be there for the aftermath….just sayin.

What’s the last business function you went to? Did you run today? Did you use a Garmin?