10 Workouts To Improve Form and Cadence
A new series featuring the best sessions to improve every part of your running armoury
Time to focus on those all-important – but often neglected – aspects of running
The last few months of the year are a good time to work on key running skills, which are often neglected in a target-oriented race-training schedule. But by spending time working on your form, cadence, pace and sense of effort, you’ll be setting down the building blocks for future running success.
Improving your cadence – the number of steps you take per minute – is beneficial, as a quicker stride rate tends to encourage lighter form and reduces the risk of overstriding. ‘As you increase cadence, you tend to bring your landing foot closer to your centre of mass,’ says Peter Larson an exercise physiologist and author of Tread Lightly (Allworth Press).
The ability to sense how hard or fast you are going is an essential racing skill, but even if you run simply for fitness, a reliable pace sense is valuable, as you’ll find it easier to lock in to the intensity needed for different workouts.
Add some of these workouts to help you become a more savvy, efficient and resilient runner.
Improving your cadence encourages a more efficient form and cuts down the risk of overstriding.