Once you start actively training with a Stryd foot pod and power, it won’t take long before you realize the out-of-the-box functionality is limited when it comes to displaying power metrics in real time.
With the Stryd Zones Connect IQ (CIQ) data field, you are limited to just showing two metrics at a time and those metrics have to be power-based (i.e. pace, distance, and time metrics aren’t supported).
The challenge is most runners will want at least two power fields visible (e.g. current power and lap power) along with distance or time fields.
So, how do we get more flexibility than the Stryd Zones data field?
You install another CIQ data field called Run Power by FlowState. Not only is it one of the most flexible data fields for running with power, but it’s free and supports a wide range of Garmin watches.
The rest of this post will show you how to install and get started with the Run Power data field.
Step 1: Install Run Power by FlowState
On your phone with Garmin Connect installed, click on the button below.
Alternatively, you can manually search for “Run Power” in the CIQ Store. Look for the app with an orange lightning bolt. You’ll see one called
Run Power and
Run Power (B). Choose
Run Power. The B version is if you want Run Power on two different data screens with each version showing different data.
When you’ve got the data field pulled up in the CIQ Store, click the
Download button and allow the requested permissions. Once you sync Garmin Connect to your watch, Run Power will be listed under the Data Fields section.
Step 2: Save ANT+ ID or Add Power Meter
What you do from here depends on whether or not you have a multisport (triathlon) Garmin watch.
If you’re not sure, here’s a basic breakdown.
|945, Fenix 5X, Fenix 5 Plus, Fenix 5S Plus, Fenix 5X Plus, 735XT, 935, Fenix 5, Fenix 5S, Fenix 3, 920XT||Yes|
|245 Music, 645 Music, 245, 645, Vivoactive 3, Vivoactive 3 Music, Vivoactive HR, 230, 235, 630, Vivoactive||No|
For a more comprehensive list, check out Run Power’s Device/Feature Tiers table. Keep in mind, some watches support running and other activities (e.g. lap swimming) but are not considered multisport watches. In this context, the surefire way to know if you have a multisport watch is if it supports cycling activities.
I have a multisport watch
In order to use Run Power with a multisport watch, you need to add your Stryd as both a foot pod and power meter.
Assuming you’ve added Stryd as a foot pod, adding it as a power meter follows the same process. The only difference is you’ll choose
Power as the sensor type instead of
I do not have a multisport watch
If you configured the Stryd Zones data field according to Stryd’s instructions, then you should know your ANT+ ID. Similar to what you did in the Stryd Zones data field, go into the Run Power data field settings and input/save the ANT+ ID.
This is needed so that the Stryd Zones and Run Power data fields are able to connect to your Stryd foot pod and pull in power metrics.
As an added benefit, this prevents your watch from unintentionally reading power data from a neighboring Stryd (a rare possibility but one nonetheless).
If you don’t know your ANT+ID, go to the
Sensors & Accessories settings on your watch and look for a sensor prefixed with
FP - (for foot pod).
Assuming you haven’t renamed the sensor, the numbers shown (e.g.
12019) are your ANT+ ID. Jot them down. If you’ve renamed the foot pod, you’ll have to remove it and re-add it to view the ID.
Once you have the ANT+ ID, go the the settings of both the Stryd Zones and Run Power data fields and input/save the ID.
Step 3: Configure Run Power Settings
For the sake of simplicity, I’ll only highlight the most common ones here and let you explore the others on your own!
Choose Data Field Metrics
By default, Run Power displays six metrics. Rather than choose the metric you want in a long list of available metrics, each target metric is “built” using three dropdown lists that mimic natural language.
- Dropdown 1:
- Dropdown 2:
10s Avg, or
- Dropdown 3:
Dropdown 3 is required since it’s the base metric. Dropdowns 1 and 2 narrow down the base metric and are optional (
... represents no value). It’s a bit tricky to explain but intuitive once you understand how the dropdowns work.
Perhaps these examples will help.
|Metric||Dropdown 1||Dropdown 2||Dropdown 3|
|Average Power (entire workout)|
|Power Zone (current)|
|Last Lap Pace|
|Distance (entire workout)|
Set Power Zones and FTP
If you display a metric that uses power zones then you’ll also want to define your zones in the settings. Similarly, if you display %FTP or Intensity Factor metrics, enter your current FTP value.
Step 4: Add Run Power to a New Data Screen
Once you’ve saved Run Power’s settings, sync Garmin Connect with your watch and add Run Power as a data screen. When adding a new data screen, choose
1 Field layout. Under
Field 1, go under the
ConnectIQ Fields section and choose
Now you’re ready to go run and enjoy all your new power-based metrics!
One Thing to Note
If you want the FIT file storing power metrics (e.g. power, ground contact time, vertical oscillation, form power, and leg spring stiffness) so they can be viewed or analyzed later, you have to have the Stryd Zones data field added to one of your data screens.
If you have a Tier 4 watch or higher, Run Power has the option to record power to the FIT file without needing the Stryd Zones data field. However, that option will only record power and not secondary metrics like ground contact time or leg spring stiffness.
As of right now, Garmin watches only support two CIQ fields at a time. So in this context, Stryd Zones and Run Power would take up both slots.
If you don’t really care about those secondary metrics and have a need for that second CIQ slot then feel free to replace Stryd Zones with another data field. However, most users should always keep Stryd Zones on a data screen.
It doesn’t matter what metric the data field shows, it just has to be viewable on one data screen.
Run Power Alternatives
The best alternative is probably Datarun Premium by Joop Verdoorn. It might be the most feature-rich data field of the bunch. The only downside is it’s a paid data field. It requires a license after 15 minutes of activity.
The reason I generally recommend Run Power over Stryd Zones or Datarun Premium is because it’s free and still feature-rich.
And that’s a wrap. Happy running (with power)!
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.