WHAT’S YOUR DISTANCE?
Essential information on your running performance, such as speed and distance, can be tracked with the Polar M400 and V800 heart rate monitors. Cadence and stride length can be measured using the additional Polar Bluetooth Stride Sensor.
The distance between your right and left foot touching the ground is called “stride length”. As speed increases, so does the stride length. Improve stride length by undertaking specific strength work like running hills in soft sand or up steps.
Don’t over-stride! The most efficient stride length is the one that feels most comfortable.
“Cadence” tells you the number of times your foot hits the ground per minute. To develop it, train your nerve-muscle connection by running regularly. A session of cadence training a week is a good start.
If you’re training for a half-marathon or a marathon, work on increasing your leg speed at expected race pace to keep your legs from tiring mid-race. Set your Polar watch to show pace and cadence, and try to shorten your stride and increase cadence while holding that pace.
Polar’s V800 heart rate monitor tracks your speed and distance.
The M400, like the V800, boasts a Bluetooth Stride Sensor.