My Running Cadence? 166. What’s Yours?
HAPPY FRIDAY! I hope it’s not a big surprise to you that I took my new FR220 out for a spin last night!
Obviously, I had to deck myself out in purple and pink to match the band of the watch : )
The weather was a nice and cool 81*, the sky was just beautiful and my legs felt great!
The FR220 was an excellent running companion. I love the big screen! The only thing I didn’t like was the auto pause feature which I have turned off.
There are two stop lights between the bridge I run over to get to the beach and the actual running path at the beach. Most evenings I get caught at one of them if not both.
It took the Garmin a good few seconds to recognize that I had come to a complete stop at the lights, and then after I started running again it took a good 5 to 7 seconds to re-start. Oh well, I’ll just continue to manually pause the watch.
One SUPER cool thing about this watch is that it measures your cadence – my FR210 did not do that. I’ve heard that 180 cadence is the optimal number to shoot for, and last night I averaged 166 cadence which is much closer than I was expecting it to be.
As I was Google’ing around I came across this article in Outside magazine that says 180 may not be the magical number. Dr. Bryan Heiderscheit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison says the actual best cadence is still completely unknown:
“If you show good running mechanics, you’re landing on your foot more underneath your hips, you have a relatively ‘soft knee’ at landing in which it’s bent at about 20 degrees – if you have those elements, and you come in with a step rate, say, of 172, that’s fine.”
Hmmm it still seems like something around the area of 180 is best. I’m interested to see what my cadence is like during speedwork.
If you don’t have a GPS watch or other device that measures your cadence, you can find your number by doing this:
Competitor suggests once you find your number that you should set a goal to increase it by 5-10%:
I’m extremely data-driven (it’s a part of my job that seeps into my running life) and am excited to now have the ability to track this new stat!
Do you know your cadence? Or even care? Is it just another somewhat useless thing to track?