I decided to follow up with my original blog post titled “Create Garmin Forerunner Course from GMaps” with the steps to do the same in MapMyRun. The goal of this exercise is to provide an easy way to create a course on your Garmin Forefunner watch that you have never run before. This is really great when you plan on going travelling and have mapped out a course in advance for your enjoyment.
This method requires a few less steps and I generally like the mapping tool better on MapMyRun (Classic) compared to the GMaps mapping.
The steps are as follows:
1) Map the course on Map My Run. Here is a link to the Boxing Day Snowman Run in Hamilton – December 26, 2010 (16.26 km) which I recently had the pleasure to be part of as a sample for this tutorial. What a fantastic run that was!
Save the Route and select the “Export this Route” Option
Pick the GPX option as the CRS option is no longer available on the newer MapMyRun.
Then save the file on your computer to use on the next step.
You should now have a GPX file of the map created in Gmaps Pedometer saved on your computer and ready to be converted to a Garmin Training Centre course.
The fine people at GpSies will now do the hard part :). Please visit their Convert Tool developed using the link provided and upload the GPX file you just created to their site. So click Browse on their site, locate the file you just created and it should now show up in the white box as being selected. Change the convert to option labeled “Track” drop down box to Garmin Course TCX.
Click the “Show Options” button to set the title of your new course and the speed you plan to run it. Please ignore the fact that it says MPH if you have your Forerunner and Garmin Training Centre Software using metric. I found that it will use Kilometres per hour if you use Metric units or Miles per hour if you use Statute units despite what the GPSies screen says. If you plan to run 11 km/h then just out that into the box provided as per my example. It is important to set this appropriately as it will be used for the course settings.
You are almost there! After you click the convert button if all went well you should now be offered to save the Garmin Course TCX File. Simply save this file onto your computer and you are now ready to load it into the Garmin Training Centre to upload to the Forerunner GPS or use it elsewhere.
This will open with a window to save the file for later importing into your training software. Save it in a place that is easy to find and load up your Garmin Training Centre software.
Click on File – Import – Courses and navigate to the place you saved the file.
Then simply select the file you saved in the previous step and you should now have the course in your courses list.
Sync the new course to your watch after naming it properly and now you are ready to go running….