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12/06/2009 at 10:29

Open Garmin Training Centre, under File choose import, choose workouts, navigate to where the file is (Make sure you select .wkt files in the dropdown Files of Type box, click open. (I always download to desktop so that I can find things. If its not there look in My documents.)

After that it should work. You should be asked if you want to include the files in your calendar.

26/07/2009 at 22:05

Hi can anyone help me here please? I have a 405 and have downloaded the half marathon schedule. It has all downloaded ok via the Training Centre version 3.4.3 and uploaded to the Garmin

I have set my Max Heart Rate at 180BPM and the schedule tells me to run at 79-84% of MHR. However it then tries to keep me in a band of between something like 156 and 162. I work 162 out to be 90%. I have checked the Garmin and 180max heart rate is shown in the profile.

Is there something I don't understand about the Garmin?


30/07/2009 at 10:35


Are you sure the schedule is looking at MHR% (Heart rate / Max Heart Rate * 100) not WHR% (working Heart Rate)?

Working Heart Rate is "Max Heart Rate - Resting Heart Rate" and Working Heart Rate % is ((Heart Rate - Resting Heart Rate / Max Heart Rate - Resting Heart Rate)*100)

Assuming your Max Heart Rate = 180, you are correct in that 162 is 90% of 180

but if look at WHR (assume your resting heart rate is entered as 62 and Max Heart rate is 180) your working heart rate is 116 (180-64), using this WHR a heart rate of 162 would be 84% ((162-64/180-62)*100)

 Clear as Mud?


30/07/2009 at 11:06
I think the Garmin HR workout goes by what you have set your Max HR to be and does not take into account the resting rate, so if you say 180 then 84% will be 151 so check the workout before downloading Garmin Schedules 
30/07/2009 at 16:55
Also check your profile settings in Training Centre (Center)! It could be that there is a difference between your 405 profile settings and your T C software.
31/07/2009 at 15:39

Thanks for all your responses - On the Garmin Schedules it says either choose the Hear Rate Version or the Pace version. If unsure choose Pace.

 So being new to this actual "training" idea and having only been running for a year or so i thought i'd go with the Pace version. So I don't know why it then tries to keep me within a certain HR zone? Or am i just being dense?

Am I best off downloading a Heary Rate Version and using that.

Cheers, Gary

01/08/2009 at 15:52

Did you check your profile settings in Training Centre? To see if there is a default max heartrate which disagrees with your max that you inputted into your watch profile?

Like the pace schedules, heart rate training will ask you to run in a zone as you will find it impossible to run at a fixed pace, or a fixed heart rate. Hills, wind, time, passers-by, traffic, etc etc means that you will be varying your pace somewhat (and therefore your heartrate) The zones are good because you can slacken off to the bottom of the effort or push on to the top, depending on how you're feeling and whether or not there's a babe running towards you (coz you'll puff your chest up and run quicker) So pace training will put you in zones too. 

01/08/2009 at 21:25

Hi Dominic,

Yep I checked the profile settings and both the Training Centre and Garmin match. I think Thomas's explanation of WHR maybe valid as I have a resting HR of 60. I'm going to do a few tests and see if i can get to the bottom of it.

I always wondered why the HR went up out of the zone when running towards a babe!


22/09/2009 at 20:24
Do these files only work with Garmin Training Centre? Or can I use them with Connect too?
31/10/2009 at 17:06

This thread started out talking about Garmin Training Center on Macs not being able to import RW marathon schedules (.wkt files).

I've banged on about this for ages and recently posted on the Garmin forums.

It appears .wkt files can now be imported into GTC on Macs.

Here's a link to the thread where I was told it was now possible:

Garmin forums

I can't try it until next weekend but if anyone wants to give it a go, please let me know if it works.


Edited: 31/10/2009 at 17:06
01/12/2009 at 19:47

I have the same question! Anybody know if the Marathon Training plans work with Garmin Connect?


12/12/2009 at 13:38

In case any Mac users had missed this, the latest beta version of Garmin Training Center for Macs recognises .wkt files.

Import the file then send to device. No problem. 

02/01/2010 at 22:03

when I try to transfer the marathon schedule to my 405 it tells me that I am trying to transfer more workouts than my device will support and that I need to select the workouts I want to send without exceeding 100%. Unfortunately this isn't possible.... Anyone else come across this?



02/01/2010 at 22:07
Scratch that, I was just being thick...
06/02/2010 at 11:58
Spartacles, as you appear to be the fount of all knowledge re macs and the forerunner, can you help me? I have the sub 4 Garmin ready schedule on my mac and have exported the workouts to my device. When I fire up the Forerunner on any given training day, I have to select the appropriate workout from a list of 65 workouts. Is that normal or should the Forerunner 'know' what workout I am supposed to be doing on any given day without me having to select it...?
29/07/2010 at 00:28

Hi anybody using a 305 know what brisk 3m wu/cd means ?

or 1.5m x 3 fast sr ?


29/07/2010 at 09:10

@Joe Bond - on my schedule (sub 3h15m marathon) "Brisk 3m wu/cd" means a 1 mile warm-up at 5m20s, then three miles at 6m40s/mile, then a 1 mile cool-down at 5m20s.

"1.5m x 3 fast sr" gives me a 1 mile warm-up, then 1.5m fast (4m30s I think) then a slow recovery (400m?) three times, then a 1 mile cool-down.

If you load them on to your 305 you can check in more detail by hitting "Mode", selecting "Training", "Workout", find the workout by browsing through by "Date", hit enter, then "Edit Workout".  That'll show you the steps in the workout.  To exit without altering the workout just hit "Mode" again.

04/11/2010 at 06:56

Does anyone know if the running plans are also correct for the Garmin 310XT??

And if they do, which would be the best plan to get?? 

I have just signed up for the Brathay Windermere run and was getting a 310XT when I get back from currently being abroad.  All help is appreciated as it is all for charity.



18/12/2010 at 17:19

Has anyone tried these plans on the new X10 series of devices (110, 210, 410)? 

I need to buy a garmin to use thse plans but I would rather get one fo the 2010 models.


12/01/2011 at 19:03

Can anyone help? I'm trying to import one of the RW marathon schedules to my Garmin 405 and failing miserably I've managed to import it to Garmin Training Centre, but whenever I try "send to device" I just get "there is a problem communicating with your device, check it is connected and try again". But I know it is connected because I can transfer data to the computer no problem.

There is probably a simple way of doing this but I'm not very good with technology! Any advice would be welcome, thank you.

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