158: The Importance of Cadence in RunningSep 17, 2020
You want to run fast. You want to run far. You also want to look amazing as you run along the trail or down the street. Maybe you have heard that you are born with your running form. Maybe you have heard that running more will naturally fix your running form. This is only somewhat true and somewhat misguided. The truth is you can improve your form. Running is a skill that you can train. Today we are going to discuss the concept of cadence and how it is important, but that one size does not fit all.
Highlights of the Episode
Running is a skill that comes naturally at first
Living on hard surfaces and in shoes has adjusted our natural form
Just because you can run, does not mean you are maximizing your ability
The importance of cadence
The pitfalls of overstriding and shuffling
The “magic” cadence number of 180
Why it is difficult to think your way to better form
A simple method for increasing your cadence
Challenge of the week: Cadence Challenge
🔢 Count how many steps you take per minute.
You can either count left, right, left, right as 1, 2, 3, 4 or you can count only one foot and multiply by 2.
📌 For example: If you count the number of times the right foot hits the ground and you get 80, multiply by 2 to get 160. That is your cadence, or steps per minute.
What's your number❓
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