So what does it all mean? And does it really matter?
The warm up asked everyone to work on to parts of the running stride.
1. The lift phase
2. The contact phase
With many an interpretation of running methods out there, we are consistent to coach physical engagement and never deliver opinion that asks someone to unsubscribe from how they are already moving.
The aim is to strengthen, lengthen, speed up, empower and improve our clients body and mind.
A simple exercise of counting to 4 (or 8 or 16 and so on) and repeating it to one self at a particular point in the stride cycle WILL enhance control, power, efficiency and endurance.
The stats can help and it does tell us something that can be utilised.
The regular stride rate of the client from the first graph is 170 steps per minute. 85 per leg turning over on the longer runs. Fine, not a problem. Injury free and enjoying the outdoor efforts.
During the sprint drills the cadence has increased to 178-182 spm. The group were only asked to employ the count to initiate lift or in time with contact. No one was asked to ‘speed’ up their tempo.
Awareness of each lift is actually helping them to fall quicker to the next step, and the power of the lift increases stride length. Likewise, placing focus into the contact phase is allowing the power of the hips and leg muscles express themselves, also increasing turnover and stride length. Fuller recruitment which WILL enhance the ability at steady state pace.
Win win. Practiced often enough and the individual will experience the benefits crossing over into endurance runs and faster splits over 1-3 miles.
If this approach to run training has been of interest then come and join us at our group training sessions in Poole or contact Madmule for training advice and training programme support.
Best in training & health