Running Power

Garmin® running power is calculated using measured running dynamics information, user mass, environmental data, and other sensor data. The power measurement estimates the amount of power a runner applies to the road surface, and it is displayed in watts. Using running power as a gauge of effort may suit some runners better than using either pace or heart rate. Running power can be more responsive than heart rate for indicating the level of effort, and it can account for the uphills, downhills, and wind, which a pace measurement does not do. For more information, go to

Running power can be measured using a compatible running dynamics accessory or the watch sensors. You can customize the running power data fields to view your power output and make adjustments to your training (Data Fields). You can set up power alerts to be notified when you reach a specified power zone (Activity Alerts).

Running power zones are similar to cycling power zones. The values for the zones are default values based on gender, weight, and average ability, and may not match your personal abilities. You can manually adjust your zones on the watch or using your Garmin Connect™ account (Setting Your Power Zones).

Running Power Settings

Hold Menu symbol, select Activities & Apps, select a running activity, select the activity settings, and select Running Power.


Enables or disables recording Garmin running power data. You can use this setting if you prefer to use third-party running power data.


Allows you to select which device to use to record running power data. The Smart Mode option automatically detects and uses the running dynamics accessory, when available. The watch uses wrist-based running power data when an accessory is not connected.

Account for Wind

Enables or disables using wind data when calculating your running power. Wind data is a combination of the speed, heading, and barometer data from your watch and the available wind data from your phone.

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March 2024