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158: The Importance of Cadence in Running

running form Sep 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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