WHAT’S YOUR DIS­TANCE?

Inside Sport - - RUNNING GUIDE -

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.

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