This post aims at helping you understand how to use each metric in your daily training.
What is stride length?
Let’s make things simple: a stride incorporates two steps (left and right). Stride length is therefore the distance between the ground contact of one foot and the consecutive ground contact of the same foot (i.e. heel to heel if you’re a heel striker).
The science behind stride length.
Stride length has been widely analysed by scientists. Here is a list of key facts:
- Increasing your stride length while keeping the same pace will make you run faster.
- Decreased stride length increases leg muscle activity. (1)
- Reducing stride length decreases knee load (even more than minimalist shoes) (2)
- Influence of minimalist shoes is caused by modification of stride length. Not by the shoes. (3)
- Overstriding can cause injuries (especially at knee and ankles)
How should I use it?
Running speed is calculated with Cadence x Stride length. Increasing your stride length will increase your running speed if you keep he same cadence. But overstriding can cause injuries. You should first try to increase your cadence and only after work on your stride length.
How can I measure it?
There are not many tools outside of running labs to measure the stride length. You can get filmed to get those metrics. Being the ultimate running wearable Tiemppo provides you best in class cadence measurements with key insights and exercices to help you find your perfect stride length to improve speed and stay injury free. In next article, you’ll know more on how FeetMe Sport can help you run more efficiently and injury free.
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