Color Gauges and Running Dynamics Data

The running dynamics screen displays a color gauge for the primary metric. You can display cadence, vertical oscillation, or ground contact time as 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.

Garmin® has researched many runners of all different levels. The data values in the red or orange zones are typical for less experienced or slower runners. The data values in the green, blue, or purple zones are typical for more experienced or faster runners. Less experienced runners tend to exhibit longer ground contact times, higher vertical oscillation, and lower cadence than more experienced runners. However, taller runners typically have slightly slower cadences and slightly higher vertical oscillation. Go to for more information on running dynamics. For additional theories and interpretations of running dynamics data, you can search reputable running publications and websites.

Color Zone

Percentile in Zone

Cadence Range

Vertical Oscillation Range

Ground Contact Time Range

Purple Purple


>185 spm

<6.7 cm

<208 ms

Blue Blue


174–185 spm

6.7–8.3 cm

208–240 ms

Green Green


163–173 spm

8.4–10.0 cm

241–272 ms

Orange Orange


151–162 spm

10.1–11.8 cm

273–305 ms

Red Red


<151 spm

>11.8 cm

>305 ms

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