Color Gauges and Running Dynamics Data

The running dynamics screens display a color gauge for the primary metric. You can display cadence, vertical oscillation, ground contact time, ground contact time balance, or vertical ratio as the primary metric. The color gauge shows you how your running dynamics data compare 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. More experienced runners tend to exhibit shorter ground contact times, lower vertical oscillation, lower vertical ratio, and higher cadence than less experienced runners. However, taller runners typically have slightly slower cadences, longer strides, and slightly higher vertical oscillation. Vertical ratio is your vertical oscillation divided by stride length. It is not correlated with height.

NOTE: The color gauge for ground contact time balance is different (Ground Contact Time Balance Data).

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

Vertical Ratio

Ground Contact Time Range



>183 spm

<6.4 cm


<218 ms



174–183 spm

6.4–8.1 cm


218–248 ms



164–173 spm

8.2–9.7 cm


249–277 ms



153–163 spm

9.8–11.5 cm


278–308 ms



<153 spm

>11.5 cm


>308 ms