There are many ways we can all improve our running form.
In much the same way that coaches teach swimmers about their stroke & kick and cyclists about their pedalling & balance, better posture and leg-action will inevitably make us more efficient runners thereby reducing our energy needs. This in turn helps us to be less prone to injury.
The area I have been working on in particular over the last few weeks is my cadence.
In the past I never really gave it much credence. I figured my cadence of 160 foot-strikes per minute was close enough to the recommended 170 – 180pm and that it didn’t matter a great deal.
And then, when I read about it again in another book more recently, I decided to pay the subject more attention.
I still don’t entirely understand why it’s so beneficial. The theory is that the greater number of foot-strikes per minute forces us to shorten our stride.
I suppose the end-result is that we land less on our heel and more on our mid-sole.
And we spend less time in contact with the actual ground each time our foot strikes.
Ignoring any of these factors can often lead to many lower-leg injuries, especially plantar fasciitis, medial tibia stress syndrome (shin-splints), patellofemoral pain syndrome (runners knee) and metatarsal stress syndrome.
Although some people debate the need to run at a strict cadence, I must admit that it seems to be working for me. For example, the pain I had in my right foot has diminished significantly.
For more information on the topic of cadence I suggest you read this article.
Kim | marathon runner