Have you ever been tempted to skip a run because it was too hot, rainy or ice outside? Do you believe that a run un-tracked is worse than no run at all? (I can answer yes to both!) If you have a Garmin Forerunner 220, here’s a quick trick that will let you run indoors or on a treadmill while still capturing data — almost like you’re running outside!
How does it work? The watch includes an internal accelerometer which measures both pace and cadence, which means you don’t need a separate foot pod. (This is also helpful if you’re running through a tunnel outside.) It involves a few steps but it’s quick and easy once you get a hang of it!
How to use your Garmin Forerunner 220 Indoors:
1. Turn your watch on – your Garmin might lock on to the satellite while you’re indoors, but if you want an accurate recording of your run, keep following these steps!
2. Press the down arrow on the left side of the watch to navigate to Settings. Press the purple ‘running man’ button to select.
5. Press the down arrow once and select ‘off’. This is what switches your Forerunner from outdoors mode to accelerometer only mode. Now you’re ready to run inside! Just a few more steps to get you back to the home screen.
6. Click the lap button (bottom right) 4 times to return to your main screen. My watch beeps and buzzes when I get ‘home’. You can see the satellite symbol now has a red line through it, which lets you know you’re no longer using GPS.
A few tips for using your Forerunner 220 Indoors:
- This won’t be quite as perfect as using GPS outside, but if you like to have as much data as possible it’s a great option.
- The watch functions as normal when using it this way — you can still use alerts for pace, run/walk intervals, or laps.
- You’ll get the best results after the internal accelerometer has auto-calibrated with outdoor runs using the GPS (so don’t expect this to be 100% accurate right out of the box).
- Your watch is measuring cadence based on your wrist (not a footpod), so it may be impacted by things like drinking from a bottle or tying your hair up in a ponytail. If your wrist isn’t moving along with your body, you may see inaccuracies in your data.
- This is also compatible with a footpod, which will give you even more accurate cadence and pace data
You can see the pace isn’t quite as smooth or pretty as it would be while running outside. You can also see the increased cadence where I upped the treadmill’s speed around the 2.5 mile mark. While the data isn’t smooth, the average pace matched the treadmill’s average right on the mark.
Do you ever run on the treadmill? I try to get outside whenever possible, but sometimes the weather has other plans in mind!