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Running Cadence - It's Not About Fast, It's About Efficiency!

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When talking about the idea of increasing run cadence to my customers after performing a gait analysis, some would reply that if they could run faster they would have a higher cadence. This is a big misunderstanding about cadence and how to achieve the ideal stride length or leg turnover per minute.



The example above outlines the very idea that running faster equals a higher cadence is simply not true, this is not to say it cannot happen, buts it's not the rule and it is certainly not the requirement.

I searched this data from Garmin reports and found the perfect comparison as the mileage and time completion are fairly similar.

The top left hand box shows my run pace at 8:33 per mile with a run cadence of 180 steps per minute, shown in the top right hand box. The bottom left hand box illustrates a slower pace for this run at an 8:56 Minute Mile with the right hand box revealing a higher cadence than the faster run at 185 steps per minute.

Take note of the Average Stride Length f…