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May 09

Many of us starting out with one of the Garmin GPS watches don’t realize just how powerful and how many tools there are these watches.  I recently talked to someone that hated having to figure out when to run and walk during interval training and run walk distance runs.  This person had a Garmin 305.  I currently own the Garmin 305, Garmin 310xt and my wife has the Garmin 405.  Hopefully this will help you out when trying to set up your interval training runs.

Garmin 305 Garmin 305

  • Press the mode button until you come to the main menu.  History, Training, Navigation and Settings will be your options.
  • Highlight Training and press Enter
  • Highlight Workouts and press Enter
  • Highlight Interval and press Enter

This is where you will get a list of interval types that you can choose from.  I set my watch up for Time / Rest Time.  On my runs over 14 miles I do the Run Walk Run method.  I set my Time running at 4 minutes and my walking time for 1 minute.  Here are the steps to set up this mode.  One you have reached this point the set up is the same for all of the options.

  • Highlight Time/Rest Time and press Enter
  • Highlight Time and select on of the preset options or Custom if you would like an interval that is not listed.  I use custom to select 4 minutes.
  • Once you are done repeat the same steps for setting up your Rest Time.
  • Set the number of intervals you plan on running.  For my long runs I set this at 99 just to make sure the watch doesn’t finish the workout before I do.

Turn the volume up so that you can hear the beep and you are set.  It will beep when you after each interval.

Garmin 310xt

  • Press the mode button until you come to the main menu.  History, Training, Navigation and Settings will be your options.
  • Highlight Training and press Enter
  • Highlight Workouts and press Enter
  • Highlight Interval and press Enter
  • Highlight the Type field
  • Highlight the Type of run interval you want, Time or Distance and press Enter
  • Highlight the Time field and select on of the preset options or highlight Custom if you would like an interval that is not listed.  I use custom to select 4 minutes.
  • Highlight the Rest Type field
  • Highlight the Type of walk or rest interval you want, Time or Distance and press Enter
  • Highlight Rest Time and select on of the preset options or Custom if you would like an interval that is not listed.  I use 1 minutes.
  • Set the number of intervals you plan on running.  Again, for my long runs I set this at 99 just to make sure the watch doesn’t finish the workout before I do.

5 Responses to “Set up intervals on Garmin 305 and 310xt”

  1. mickb Says:

    how do you turn up the volume on a 305?

  2. Noemilag Says:

    Ihow do you sync this activity on your Garmin Connect account? I can see the run on the History tab on my watch, but it won’t sync with my Garmin connect…

  3. Ironprincess Says:

    OMG…THANK YOU SO MUCH….I’ve been trying to find out for two days if the Garmin 310xt did intervals. You would think they’d list it on the website. Duh! Thanks again.

  4. Bill Says:

    Great blog thanks 🙂

  5. kinsmen Says:

    I have programmed intervals of equal lengths eg: run 10, walk 1, x 2, but now I want to add a third interval of run 3 min which will be increasing every week by one minute. Is this possible on the 305? Love this garmin!

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