Garmin Running Stuff

Garmin Running Dynamics Pod
I picked up a Garmin Running Dynamics Pod this week to get more data out of my runs. I was not interested in the running dynamics metrics as much as I was in the fact that the RD pod is able to measure running power. At $60, the Garmin RD pod is a much cheaper way at getting this data when compared with the Stryd pod which costs $219.

The running power that I am getting out of the RD pod is neat to look at – and it does reflect the amount of perceived effort that I feel from each run. The other running dynamics are neat, but they aren’t that actionable. Ground contact time and vertical oscillation seem like a different way of looking at cadence. I do like one metric that comes out of it, it’s the one that shows which foot I am spending more time on (I seem to lean right).

Getting the RD pod working was easy. I paired it to my watch like any other ANT+ device. By doing that, it allowed me to get the running dynamics metrics: ground contact time and vertical oscillation. In order to get running power, I had to install the Running Power app from the ConnectIQ Store. After installing the app on my watch, I had to add the Running Power data field to my activity. Without the data field, the watch will not capture running power.

Double Fenix - Fenix 6 Sapphire + Fenix 5X Plus

Here are my two running watches. The left is a Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire and the right a Garmin Fenix 5X Plus. And yes, I love orange watch bands.