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13Apr, 2018

Running Economy & the STRIDE Saga

April 13th, 2018|

Economy can be defined on multiple terms. For the runner, let's start with this: Economy: prudent management of available resources. On a biological level, a runner's economy (RE) is often associated with VO2 Max and Respiratory Exchange Ratio (RER) (i.e. breathing capacity). For the purposes of the STRIDE Running Clinic, we're going a little bit beyond this, incorporating self-controlled abilities into the mix. A basic review of components of accepted [...]

26Mar, 2018

The Runner’s Secret Weapon: Discernment

March 26th, 2018|

"Become who you are." Without getting too far on the philosophical & psychological spectrum (at least in regards to this blog post), knowing yourself and how you operate internally- and externally- is the secret weapon to running well. Decision making is the difference, and discernment is the guidepost. To keep it simple, anybody can run badly, but it takes an understanding of who you are and how your body responds in order [...]

6Mar, 2018

Running Intensity: quality over quantity

March 6th, 2018|

Every superhero has their strengths. Some are strong, quick, witty; some can fly, and some are just plain fast- like The Flash. Why is The Flash so fast? Let's let physics answer that for us: Intensity is power per unit of area (basically). When measured, it's usually watts per square meter (watts/meter2). Power is essentially the rate of work, or the amount of energy used over time (force x velocity). The Flash has superhuman speed. [...]

27Feb, 2018

Rhythm: the spring of proper cadence while running

February 27th, 2018|

The Tarahumara (or Rarámuri) people are a tribe in northwestern Mexico renown for their ability in long-distance running, brought to light by the book Born to Run (Christopher McDougall). You can seek out a good amount of their extraordinary abilities- but here are just a few: for one Rarámuri literally means "runner's on foot". Their culture has no history of heart disease, the men (and hunters) are known to run up to [...]

19Feb, 2018

Tactility: the body’s amazing sense of touch

February 19th, 2018|

Your body is extraordinary. It's ability to move & perform acts of amazing feats (like running!) is due largely to the underlying complexity of your nervous system. One particular aspect of this is your sense of touch. Last week, strike pattern and a lot of mechanical influences on your gait were in the spotlight. Today, we're going further into the incredible capacity your body has to sense change, and thus make important [...]

13Feb, 2018

Strike pattern: when your foot hits the ground, everything changes

February 13th, 2018|

Feet. Heel strike. Forefoot strike. Mid-foot strike. Barefoot running. Minimalist shoes. Arch support. Motion controlled. "Natural fit". Any of this ring a bell? In the running world, there's a lot of dialogue when it comes to feet. Depending on who you talk to, multiple opinions about your feet are going to weigh in on what's best for them. Physical therapists, physicians, podiatrists, shoe salesmen, chiropractors, professional runners, writers, researchers, and [...]

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