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What you'll need - 

- A smartphone or MP3 player

- Earphones to run with

- A metronome app

- Someone to count your baseline number of strides per minute  (ideally!) 




First of all you need to work out a start point - your natural baseline cadence in strides per minute (spm). The easiest way to do this is to get somebody to count for you so that you can run as naturally as possible. Count for 15 seconds and multiply by 4 rather than counting for a whole minute. You can also just count one foot and multiply by two if you find this simpler. A treadmill is the easiest place to do this but can be done outdoors too. 

With this data, work out what a 5% increase from your baseline number is and program this in to the metronome app. 

For example - if you count your natural baseline cadence as 160spm then you will be running at 168spm when increased by 5%.  

Again a treadmill is the best place to start with this as you can make sure that you are running at the same speed but a higher cadence - the biggest and most common mistake that people make at first is increasing their spm by running faster! 

Start with small intervals eg. 30secs with the metronome set at 5% increase, 30secs rest or run with no metronome. This will allow you to get used to the change slowly. Gradually increase the time with the metronome with each run and use this as a warm-up or part of your warm-up protocol before your main session. There is really no need to do longer than 10 minutes with the metronome to make a lasting change. 



During your main sessions try to focus on keeping a high stride rate without following the beep. 

Once the 5% increase feels comfortable then build from there. It's normal at first to feel a bit less efficient when running at the same speed but a higher cadence - don't worry, this will pass and you should end up with better form and eventually be a more efficient, less injury prone runner.


 


Comments

18/07/2016 7:10am

Oh, thanks a lot, I will try to focus on keeping a high stride rate without following the beep!

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10/04/2017 11:21am

Working out requires a lot of courage within yourself. You also need to discipline yourself in order for you to manage it. I tried once at the football field near our small town, I think I did it wrong because the day after I ran, I got a lot of muscle pain. I then realized that, I lack exercise, because I easily grow tired even in small runs. No matter how balance my diet is, I also need to hold a proper exercise. I will next time ask assistance from some expert runners that I recognize so that I won't suffer any muscle pain again.

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22/09/2016 3:17pm

Hmm, I think you are right. Cadence is very important. I like this information.

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18/10/2016 7:59am

Nice, now I knoe the mistakes I need to avoid! Your help is unreal! Now I will try to run right!

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03/12/2016 2:23pm

You are right. Cadence is extremely important. It's a good article.

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These tips are so much helpful for those who wanted to improve and challenge their inner selves. We may be doing good but, but we can always do better, and soon we can be the best! A 5% increase seems quite little, but it will be very beneficial along the process. Treadmills have been good partners for our fitness goals, and upon the discovery of this study, this is the perfect time to make this additional to your routine possible!

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04/03/2017 3:26pm

hello sir, after I read the article you get to the bottom, It is very interesting to see, its content can provide benefits, and also the lessons, I really love it.

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24/06/2017 5:40am

Running is very important to train our breathing, also to keep the body healthy and strong. I also do it with time so I know how long I run. Many people who already do not have time to do sports but we can do it at home. There are sports equipment used to run and there is already available speed you run. I have more information than this, this tool will make it easier for you to keep exercising even at home. Please visit their site at www.fitnesskoerier.nl/fitness-apparaten/loopband/loopbanden-xterra for more information.

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