I ran a TON when I was in the Marines. I was clockin the 3 mile run in the low 19 minutes. Then I blew out my knee and the times whent up (partially due to the fact that Iwas somking like a chimney). Got out in 04 and hadn't ran, until Monday. I quit smoking over a year ago (most have seen my thread by now) and decided I needed to lose some weight (6'2" 250lbs, YIKES). I slapped on a new pair of ascics and went for a mile and a half run. Tuesday wasn't feeling sore so, ran again this time I pushed myself to a have a smother pace. Yesterday sore as hell. Today I am gettin back on it because I'll be going to the Strasburh gam tomorrow and will be unable to get the run in.
I am starting to look forward to my runs which I thought was never possible after the Marines.
What is artificial about cadence in your opinion? I have had both running coaches and physical therapists point out the value both in terms of performance and injury prevention. Ultimately I do agree that if you avoid over-striding you will run in an efficient way...with a higher cadence. If you run with a higher cadence you will run in an efficient way...and avoid over-striding.
I only buy into the argument that it's more natural because they showed slow-mo video of these rural african kids (Kenyan) who run without shoes and their natural landing surface is midsole/forefoot. But like Corc said, none of us is doing this for a living so there's really no push to change your running style.
My main sport is soccer and I use running as conditioning. There is something to be said for having stronger feet (which is what barefoot running and those simulator shoes can help with) in my sport.
Some of you are ex-smokers? I hope to be ex-overweight someday soon!
Good luck with the weight loss! Something tells me if you are out there running you are well on your way!
Believe me, I never knew I was "running wrong" until I was well into my 30's. Adjusting form eliminated shin splints and sore knees from running experience. That and I got a little faster. By no means am I fast...or would even be competitive at the local 5k.
I certainly didn't mean to discount the barefoot running experience. The only "bad" thing I have heard/read about is to go out and go too far too soon and end up hurting themselves. If you give it a try I would love to hear your results/experiences with it.
Based on a number of factors the 'recommended' cadence of 180 may not be right for you and trying to maintain that (rather than a more natural higher or lower number for you) can lead to injury. Again, running so that your foot strike is under your body and maintaining a reasonable turnover will be more likely to get you running efficiently and injury free.
To repeat another point, if you think of the impact area , your midsole and forefoot have many bones and a wide area to spread the impact. If you land on your heel bone that's a lot of energy in a small space and will probably result in shin, knee or hip pain.
And sort of on the subject, here's a video in slo mo (and super slo mo) of the leaders at the Boston Marathon.
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