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How to Display Power and Non-Power Metrics on a Single Garmin Data Screen

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. 

Run Power Icon
Look for me!

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. 

Run Power in the ConnectIQ Store
Click Download and then allow the requested permissions.

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.

DevicesMultisport?
945, Fenix 5X, Fenix 5 Plus, Fenix 5S Plus, Fenix 5X Plus, 735XT, 935, Fenix 5, Fenix 5S, Fenix 3, 920XTYes
245 Music, 645 Music, 245, 645, Vivoactive 3, Vivoactive 3 Music, Vivoactive HR, 230, 235, 630, VivoactiveNo

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

Garmin 935 connected to a power meter
You should see something similar to this after adding your Stryd as a power meter (note: I renamed mine to Stryd).

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 Foot Pod.

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). 

Looking up Stryd's ANT+ ID on a Garmin 935
Grab the ANT+ ID from this screen.

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. 

Stryd Power data field settings
Save your ANT+ ID in the Stryd Zones settings. Don’t forget to save it in the Run Power settings as well.

Step 3: Configure Run Power Settings

Depending on the watch you have, Run Power supports a differing set of features and metrics (based on tiers). 

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: ...LapLast Lap
  • Dropdown 2: ...AverageMinimumMaximum3s Avg10s Avg, or 30s Avg
  • Dropdown 3: PowerTimeDistancePaceHR, etc.
3s Avg Power - Run Power Data Field
Display 3s average power in Data Field 1.

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. 

MetricDropdown 1Dropdown 2Dropdown 3
3s Power... 3s AvgPower
Lap PowerLap...Power
Average Power (entire workout)...AveragePower
Power Zone (current)......Power Zone
Last Lap PaceLast Lap...Pace
Distance (entire workout)......Distance

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. 

Power Zone and FTP Settings - Run Power Data Field
Make sure you set your zones and FTP value properly if you’re displaying metrics that rely on them.

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 Run Power

Now you’re ready to go run and enjoy all your new power-based metrics! 

Run Power data screen on a Garmin 935
These are the metrics I display on my Garmin 935.

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.

Random trivia fact. This post literally answers the very first Stryd question I ever Googled (and subsequently asked in the Stryd Community Facebook group).

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