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Position the HR Monitor
The heart rate (HR) monitor should be worn directly
on your skin, just below the breastplate. It should be
snug enough to stay in place during your workout.
When positioned correctly, the Forerunner begins
receiving heart rate data automatically, and the heart
rate icon changes from ﬂashing to constant .
Be sure to stand at least six feet away from another
heart rate monitor until the Forerunner begins
receiving heart rate data.
To position the heart rate monitor:
1. Push one tab on the strap through the slot
in the heart rate monitor. Press the tab
2. Wet both sensors on the back of the heart
rate monitor to create a strong connection
between your pulse and the transmitter.
3. Attach the strap to the other side of the
heart rate monitor around your chest.
4. Tighten or loosen the strap as necessary.
NOTE: Be sure to position the heart rate monitor so
that the lettering on the front is right-side up.
Charge the Battery
Before you can use your new Forerunner, you must
charge the battery for three full hours.
To charge the Forerunner:
1. Turn the Forerunner over and
remove the weather cap from
the USB port on the back of
2. Locate the A/C Charger that
came in the product box.
Plug the mini USB end of the
charger into the USB port on
the unit. Then plug the A/C charger into a
standard wall outlet.
When the battery is ﬁnished charging, the Battery
Charging Complete message appears.
When the battery is ﬁnished charging, you should be
able to use it for about 14 hours before recharging.
You can also recharge the Forerunner using the USB
cable and your personal computer. See the Owner’s
Manual for more information.
Enter User Information
Set your time zone and user proﬁle so that the
Forerunner 301 can record accurate workout data.
To set your time zone and user proﬁle:
1. Press mode to access Menu mode.
2. Press to highlight Settings and
press enter. Then highlight General
and press enter.
3. Highlight Set Time
and press enter.
4. Highlight the Time Zone ﬁeld and press
enter. Choose the correct time zone from
the menu and press enter.
mode one time to return to the
General settings page.
6. Scroll down to highlight Set User Proﬁle
and press enter.
7. Highlight the
Gender ﬁeld and press enter.
Then choose your gender from the menu
that appears and press enter.
8. Continue to press , , and enter to
change the Date of Birth and Weight
ﬁelds. When you are ﬁnished, press mode
repeatedly to exit.
Acquiring satellite signals may take as long as 15
minutes the ﬁrst time you use the Forerunner (or if
stored for more than 3 months). For troubleshooting
information, refer to the Owner’s Manual.
To acquire satellite signals:
1. Go outdoors to an open area, away from
tall buildings and trees. Then press and
hold the Power button to turn on your
2. Wait while the Forerunner 301 searches
for satellite signals. As the unit acquires sig
nals, the bar ﬁlls from left to right, and the
Satellite icon ﬂashes. When the Forerun-
ner 301 has acquired enough signals, the
bar ﬁlls completely and disappears, and the
Satellite icon stops ﬂashing.
After you charge the battery and acquire satellites,
you can take your Forerunner 301 outside and
immediately begin your workout!
Choose Your Sport
To change your sport mode:
1. Press and hold the mode
button. The Change Sport
2. Use the
to highlight a sport. Then
press enter to select.
Start Your Workout
To begin your workout, press the mode button to
view the Timer mode.
Heart rate detected
• Press start/stop to start or stop the timer.
• Press lap to lap the timer.
• With the timer stopped, press and hold reset
until the message disappears to reset the timer.
• Press and hold mode to change sports.
• From Timer mode, press the and arrows
to view other data pages: the Lap page, Heart
Rate page (appears when receiving heart rate
data), and Custom page. See the Owner’s
Manual to set these data pages to scroll
Heart Rate Page
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