Running Performance…Running Workouts Simplified

As a runner, sometimes — or even most of the time — you just head out the door and start running. Simplicity is indeed beautiful. But when you are interested in improving your running performance, you generally think of workouts as being purpose-specific. There are many ways to look at running workouts, and many of those can be quite scientific.…

Running Performance…Optimal Stride Length for Runners

Now this is a fascinating topic! A very commonly asked question that I receive often from clients is “How long should my stride be?” As with many things, the answer often starts with “it depends.”  However, for any running body at a given speed, there is an ideal length of stride that optimizes running economy and efficiency. That’s where we…

Running Performance…Video Gait Analysis Part 3 (Interventions)

Welcome to the 3rd and final part of our “series within a series.” I’m of course referring to our focus on the components of video gait analysis within our summer Running Performance Series. In Part 1 we reviewed how to take good footage so that you can capture a reasonable representation of your running mechanics. In Part 2 we touched…

Running Performance – Video Gait Analysis Part 2 (Characteristics)

This is Part 2 of Video Gait Analysis and we are going to go over a few things to look for when examining your gait video. In Part 1 we reviewed the techniques and tips for getting good footage, and now we’ll take a look at a few of the components of running gait.  It’s important to recognize that when…