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Running Index

Description

This Datafield calculates your Running Index based on your heart rate and from speed data collected with your Garmin device. The Running Index shows you how efficient you are running and is close to the Running Index of Polar TM (see here https://support.polar.com/en/support/tips/Running_Index_feature). The higher the value, the better is your running performance. The following link helps you to estimate your best running pace for a given distance with Running Index: https://www.polar.com/en/smart_coaching/features/running_index/chart</p>

What’s New

Version 1.01: Fixed problems for devices without barometric altimeter </p><p>Version 1.02: index shown with one decimal place, some editorial changes </p><p>Version 1.03: New Garmin Devices added</p><p>Version 1.04: New Garmin Devices added</p><p>Version 1.05: New Garmin Devices added, foot pod functionality test (beta phase)

Additional Information

Permissions

This app requires access to:

  • Send/receive data via ANT radio to/from third-party sensors
  • Run in the background when it is not active (potentially affecting battery life)
  • Record additional information into activity files
  • GPS location
  • Sensor data (i.e., ANT+, heart rate, compass)
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Average Rating: (12 Ratings)

bdemers23
May 26, 2020 | Version 1.0.5 beta

Cool field. Never used polar before, but this seems similar to a vo2max calculation? Garmin Connect does graph the running index per run but not over time. If you use GoldenCheetah you can create a user metric and average the index for each day then graph from there.

Developer Reply
May 27, 2020, Rider68

I was looking for that but apparently Garmin does not support such figures from customised values like the running index; sorry...

marmotta♌
April 22, 2020 | Version 1.0.5 beta

Is it possible to get it on cycle works?

Developer Reply
May 7, 2020, Rider68

Unfortunately the algorithm is not suitable for cycling, only for running.

Alexey Brodkin
April 14, 2020 | Version 1.0.5 beta

As already mentioned that's a killer addition to a Garmin watches for people coming from Polar ecosystem. And for me even absolute value being calculated here matches what Polar used to calculate for me - that's really awesome. So thanks so much for doing it, really appreciate! And now I have 1 suggestion for improvement and 1 question. 1. I guess it might be helpful to add a note in the app's description that Running Index is being only calculated if corresponding "data field" was added to one of the activity's data pages. I.e. it's not enough to just install this app from here. 2. Is there a way to graph Running Index in Garmin Connect? In the app and even more importantly in Garmin's web-service. In the same way as in Polar Flow I may see how Running Index changes with time.

Developer Reply
April 18, 2020, Rider68

Many thanks for your feedback. I have updated the description accordingly. To my knowledge there is no way to graph Running Index in the same way as in Polar Flow for trending. I am also missing this but unfortunately this seems not to be supported by Garmin Connect!

Robin KH
February 15, 2020 | Version 1.0.4

Thank you! What is the formula/expression for calculting RI? Just trying to understand how it can be improved.

Developer Reply
February 20, 2020, Rider68

Here are some useful explanations for understanding the algorithm: https://github.com/thomaschampagne/elevate/issues/704

KaRol
January 29, 2020 | Version 1.0.4

I just installed it on vivoactive 4s, where it's gonna appear?

Konstantinos Dratzidis
January 17, 2020 | Version 1.0.4

I get no result with Treadmill profile. I currently use Stryd and Polar H10 with Garmin Fenix 6. Does this work only with GPS?

Developer Reply
January 17, 2020, Rider68

Yes, it works only with GPS

Robert Persson
September 27, 2019 | Version 1.0.4

Interesting, calculation seems to be quite correct

Marijn Tulp
May 17, 2019 | Version 1.0.2

Will this be available on the Forerunner 945 soon?

Developer Reply
May 19, 2019, Rider68

Yes, an update is available, see Version 1.03.

Guillaume
March 29, 2019 | Version 1.0.1

I come from Polar and I missed Running index ! Thanks a lot, it works perfectly on my F5X !

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