Let me back track to Sunday. A few of the TTP members ventured to Sackville to run the Frostbite 5 Miler route. The Sackville Club, known as the Lakeshore Runners, also had a few members show up to run with us. I think there was a total of 20 or so....enough to have cars looking as we started our run. LOL
The course has a hill at the beginning that is a little daunting but other than that, it is a relatively flat course and should be a good run in February. There are baked beans served at the end of it. :-)
Okay....now to this week. Last night I had my 3D gait analysis at Nova Physiotherapy. What is a 3D gait analysis?
|Love that they provided me with Saucony's to run in.|
I do have homework....I need to do 10-15 minutes of research and reading on cadence. Mine is falling about 160 and the ideal is about 180. What is running cadence you ask? Running cadence is the number of times your foot hits the ground in a minute. A scientific study found that elite athletes, regardless of age/distance, would strike the ground 90 times per minute with each foot, thus 180.
New runners are often much lower than 180 as they take longer strides, and this was the case with me as well. 2 years ago, I consciously tried to increase my cadence on my physio's recommendation. Why is a lower cadence bad? The longer the strides, the more time an athlete stays in the air and the more impact they will feel when they hit the ground. More impact = more injuries. So how do we increase our cadence? We practice, practice, and practice some more. Research says a runner should set aside a couple minutes at the beginning, middle, and end of their run to measure their cadence. As runners become fatigued, we tend to get sloppy in our stride, and checking in every now and then is a good reminder to remain in good form. As you are running, measure how many times your left foot hits the ground in a minute. Multiple by 2 to get your cadence. Tada!
On a different note, we are expecting another blizzard here in Nova Scotia. Looks like I have to pull out the Yaktrax again. Here is a view from our snowfall on Sunday.
Do you know what your cadence is? Test it and let me know!
What is the weather like where you are?