Saturday, October 30, 2021

Improving My Running Cadence

Cadence! That's the topic for this blog post, ladies and gentlemen, having just finished an easy 5-mile run. 

The optimum cadence -- or "steps per minute" -- for runners is 180. My cadence has always been significantly lower than that. But in my running of late, I've focused on improving that number by taking shorter strides -- smaller, quicker steps. 

This goes hand in hand with reducing heel striking so that your feet are landing more underneath you than over-striding. Looking forward to more training days like this one to see if I can become a more efficient runner. We need to have a higher cadence in order to run faster. The more contact with the ground we have, the more opportunity we have to propel ourselves forward.  

Always learning and improving, that's for sure!