80/20 HR Marathon plan, Garmin, and HR zones

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    Hi all. I recently just switched to a Garmin 265s from an Apple Watch. So far so good, although I’m finding the app to be a bit difficult.

    I’ve asked in Garmin forums and searched the seven seas for an answer on this and thought I’d try here.

    When completing the scheduled runs, my watch wirll ping and vibrate with any new HR zone. This is annoying as heck because HR is so variable. Is there a way to turn this off? I’ve considered switching to the pace version of the plan, but would that give me a similar problem?

    Happy Easter everyone!


    I’m assuming you are referring to the alerts that you are outside the scheduled HR zones. If that is true, it sounds like you are using pace as your primary metric for the runs anyway. I’d recommend switching to the pace plan.


    I was similarly annoyed by excessive alerts from my Garmin, that I just don’t follow structured workouts anymore. I will still do the workout as prescribed, I just don’t load it to my watch. You could even say there’s a benefit to this, forcing you to stay focused on your workout and not totally disengage and go on mental autopilot. Even in complicated multi-pace interval workouts, I’ve never really had a problem with forgetting what I’m supposed to do or losing count.


    I too gave up on my Garmin Vivoactive 4 alerts (pace). Mine gives me alerts that I’m outside my zone when I’m right where I’m supposed to be. I still load the structured workouts and use them to guide my workout but simply ignore the alarms and only pay attention to when it alerts me I’m to the next step of the workout.

    That being said, my HR alerts on my Edge 520 Plus for the bike work flawlessly.

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