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Got me Garmin woo hoo


Well that was a mission in itself and i was beginning to think the universe didn’t want me to buy a garmin

Anyway after driving a bit and getting lost a bit and ending up at the service entrance of the back of Argos and tracking round to the front then still having to ask someone who said it’s through that door there we picked up the one i reserved yesterday and brought it home

I have a Garmin Vivoactive 4s and after a couple of hours it’s all set up with music from Amazon and i’ve downloaded a playlist it’s charging now as i’ve run the battery down

I’m still unsure how to set it up for a run and does it give me a map? or do i need Strava as well?

I will figure it out but the booklet that came with me is so small that i maybe needed to spend the money on new glasses instead lol

Happy running everyone

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WooHoo well done. I think you'll like your new Garmin :-)

It should be fine for you running 'out of the box' you just need to find the button to select the activity, select Run, and then when you're ready to go press start. It will then look after you all the way round telling you your pace, average pace and elapsed time. There are lots more you can do with it but I'll not spoil the fun of Googling :-)

You do however need to connect your 'Garmin Connect' account to Strava. Then you don't need your phone at all. When you've finished your run and clicked on Save, it will automatically end up in Strava.

Have fun.

WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Brian-P6

Thank you that was exactly the knowledge i needed i shall download strava now

Brian-P6Graduate in reply to WillowandSola

This will help

WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Brian-P6

Thank you it did


Oh how exciting a new Garmin.

Have you downloaded the Garmin connect app on your phone yet .

Then you can link it up to strava also.

I'm not sure how you track your run as I have a garmin 35 . But if you go in to YouTube there are lots of videos to help. Good luck and enjoy 😊😊⌚

WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Buddy34

Thanks Buddy, I’m having fun so far just with music and looking at my stats but i haven’t been for a run yet, ive had a sore calf muscle and i think it’s healed now, i have 2 more days at work and then a week off so lots of running and lots of learning to do


Wayhay! Go you with your fancy new Garmin! I have the Vivoactive 3 and don’t think I’ve really got to grips with all it can do yet but I do like it! There is a user manual on the Garmin site which can be downloaded or printed off which gives more information than the guide that came with it - I expect there is something similar for your model too. Happy running!

WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Oldgirlruns

So mine and yours are very similar yours is bigger though, i know where to come to for tips

I think it will take a while to work it all out and google is very helpful

OldgirlrunsGraduate in reply to WillowandSola

Mine needs to be big so I can read it when I’m running without my glasses 🤓

WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Oldgirlruns

I’m hoping no one at work will notice mine so went for the smaller one, I love the watch face but not so easy to see the time i will make changes over the coming weeks and find out what suits


I'm getting slightly envious here. I just go with my Fitbit which I haven't had long 😩

WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to 59er

I love my fitbit, but after dropping my phone on my new year run i decided to get one with music and gps there was a lot of deliberating


Enjoy your new toy!

WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Rhedeg2019

Thank you


Lovely! I hope you get many hours of running pleasure from it.

WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Maddee_6333

Me too I’ve struggled a bit since boxing day and sore calf but it’s better now and from Saturday i’m off for a week so lots of running

How excited. I was going to say are you happy with it, but of course you are, it's a new toy 🤣.

Who doesnt like new toys.

Been a hectic few days so I've not been to look at the Samsung watch, but if I cant get Amazon music on it, it's a deal breaker!

WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to RunningMigster

Amazon music is a must isn’t it? What is good is taking music without having to carry the phone which now has a nice new screen

RunningMigsterGraduate in reply to WillowandSola

I must admit, I would love to have my Amazon Music without my phone.

Let us know how the stats compare to you fitbit. I'd be really interested in that.

WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to RunningMigster

Yes i will do, so far i love it, ive been medium stressed today with a resting heart rate of 72 which compares to fitbit heart rate, mine goes up and down with psoriasis flares

I’ve downloaded a playlist plus an album i bought from amazon years ago but not been for a run


Congratulations enjoy your new toy.

What fun! I hope you enjoy it :)


There are some useful videos on YouTube to help setting it up for a run. I got a Garmin Vivoactive 3 on Black Friday. Through Google I got the link to a video on YouTube showing how to set it up for running eg my pace, laps etc. Really helpful and easy to follow x

WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Time_Lord

Thank you

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