Did You Know You Can or Have To Set Your Garmin 305 To Record Splits? [Consumer]

by on January 3, 2012

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Garmin Forerunner 305Setting Splits on Your Garmin Forerunner 305… it doesn’t come out of the box recording splits automatically, but did you know it can be set to record splits?

I’ve owned a Garmin 305 since I did my Garmin 305 Product Review in March of 2010. It’s one of the best toys a runner can have.

Before owning a Garmin GPS tracking computer, I used to run predefined courses and then map them out on either Google Earth, Map My Run, and now, lately, if I do this any more, over on USATF America’s Running Routes.

To be honest, after a good run, the last thing you want to do is sit down and tinker on the computer.

So I snagged a GPS 305 back then because it was on sale for a ridiculous price on Amazon.com. Today I took a peek and today I noticed a Garmin or two on sale for around $180 at the time of writing this article. (Garmin GPS Watches on Amazon.com)

Since my introduction to my Garmin, I’ve been loving the premise of turning on my Garmin 305, putting it in the window sill until it catches the satellite signals, and taking off. This works out great because the watch needs a few minutes to find the sky and I use that time to load up my running fuel and water bottles. By the time I’m done with that, my Garmin is ready.

But after approximately 200 runs, I’ve been doing what’s known in the Garmin as my “1 lap” run. Which is great in and of itself, since the moment I get to my finish point, I stop the timer and I can check out my overall pace for my run on the Garmin screen.

Garmin Forerunner 110But I’ve always been a bit miffed that I had no splits in my database. But then the other day, somehow, after tinkering around with my wife’s Garmin Forerunner 110, I hit upon how to set my own 305 to record splits! Whoo hoo!

Here’s the thing… the 305 can do it, but once you set it up, you won’t have your entire run’s pace available to you on the screen like I used to have.

But that’s OK too, because I can upload my run to Garmin Connect (Garmin’s free mileage tracking site) or use my Excel Pace Tool that I programmed/wrote to check out my pace pretty fast! (I also have a Pace Calculator Droid App from Byron Palmer that also does the trick.)

Here’s how you get your Garmin Forerunner 305 to record splits:

  • Bring up the menu, then go to
  • training…
  • training options…
  • auto lap…
  • distance…
  • Set it to 1.00 mile

And that’s it. You’re off to the races… now with all your splits being recorded.

Sure… it seemingly took me awhile to figure this out, but I wasn’t necessarily looking for it. (It might be handy to open the manual every now and then too, but that’s a guy thing.) But it’s now nice to have!

I’ve been recording my runs and only posting my “1 lap” runs to my database up until now, but now, I can track my negative splits throughout my runs! Hoo ya!

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