This is a step by step guide on how to share your run data from your Garmin GPS watch and submit it on the 100 Days of Running run data submit page (not yet live). Do note that most of you will not be required to go through all the below steps if you already have your watch setup and syncing to your phone or your computer. In that case, you can directly start from Step 7 or 8 below.
Step 1: Buy a GPS watch if you don’t already have one
You can get one from Amazon India here. There are all sorts of watches with different feature sets. Take some time to browse, look at your requirements and budget, and then take the call. Options start from the entry level Garmin Forerunner 35, to middle of the range Garmin Vivoactive 3 or Garmin Forerunner 235, to the high end Garmin Fenix 5, with several models in between to choose from. Caution: Do not opt for a non-GPS fitness band.
Step 2: Create a Garmin Connect account
Go to at connect.garmin.com and create an account. Once you create the account and login, read instructions on how to install the Garmin Connect app on your mobile or Garmin Express software on your computer, and how to sync data on the how-to-sync page. You can choose to do any one of these, or both if you wish to sync from either phone or computer (phones are usually more problematic, but also much easier to sync if it works).
Choose either of Step 3 or Step 4 below, depending on whether you want to use the Garmin Connect mobile app for data sync, or the Garmin Express software from the computer.
Step 3: Install the Garmin Connect app on your phone
Install the Garmin Connect app on your mobile phone (available for Android, iPhone or Windows phone) and login to your account using the account you created in Step 2 above.
Set the privacy option on your mobile or computer to public, so that you can submit your runs as “public” activities readable by everyone when you submit this data on 100 Days of Running website.
To do this from your mobile, go to to your profile section in the Garmin Connect mobile app (visible right on top when you login, visible as your profile photo if you have set one up). In the Profile section, click on the “Edit” link on the top-right of Profile page, and then in the Activity section, change value to “Everyone”.
Step 4: Install the Garmin Express software on your computer
Instead of syncing via mobile, you can sync your watch activities to your Garmin Connect account using your computer. Install the Garmin express software from:
Login to your account, and connect your GPS watch to set it up.
Don’t forget to update your Privacy settings for your account from your computer to make your runs public for “Everyone”.
To do this from your computer, go to:
and under Privacy Settings > Activity, set the value to “Everyone”.
Step 5: Go out for a run using your Garmin watch
Step 6: Sync the data from your Garmin watch to your mobile or computer
If you have installed the Garmin Connect app on your phone, and your phone bluetooth is on, some Garmin watch models sync automatically. If that does not happen, open the app on your phone and it should start syncing your run data in a few moments.
If you have installed the Garmin Express software on your computer, connect your watch to the computer USB port using the provided cable and open the Garmin Express software to start syncing data to your Garmin Connect account.
Choose either of Step 7 or Step 8 below, depending on whether you want to use the Garmin Connect mobile app for data sync, or the Garmin Express software from the computer.
Step 7: Get the activity link from your phone
On mobile, open the Garmin Connect app, go into Activity Stats > Running and click on your recent run activity. You will notice the share icon, click on it which will open up a Share section with two options (1) Photo with Stats (2) Web Link. Click on Web Link and select the option called “Copy to Clipboard” (on Android, this might be named differently on iPhone or Windows phone). The public activity link is now copied to your clipboard.
Step 8: Get the activity link from your computer
On the computer, open the Garmin Express app, allow the data sync to happen, and then click on the Garmin Connect button which says “view your activities on Garmin Connect”. Garmin Connect will open in your computer browser. Click on the “Activities” section, locate your run activity and click on it. Once the activity details open up, click on the share icon, then “More”, and your activity link will be displayed right on top below the big “Share” title. Copy it.
Step 9: Paste the activity link on 100 Days of Running website
Go to the run data submit page (not currently active, will be made live when event starts on Apr 28th) on 100 Days of Running website (on your phone or computer), and paste the activity link there.
Note: we noticed that if you copied the activity link in your mobile app, it also includes some comments and then the link. Remove the comments part after pasting the entire copied text.
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