The low 160s with a 1.4 m tried was at my easy distance pace which typically ranged from 6:40 to 7:10.
As my speed increase as my speed increased, both my cadence and my stride length got longer. Four example, I ran a 5k at 5:02 pace and I was at 175/1.8m. I ran a 15K in a little under 5:20 pace and I was at 174/1.75m. At marathon pace 5:50), I was at 170.
Again, this is not something that I ever focused on and I always just relied upon my buddies inclination to end up in the right place. I think I will continue to do that if I was a 5000/10,000 m runner still because my body could handle stress of the little bit of bounce in my stride at the volume required to raise effectively at that distance. As a marathoner, I need to run much more volume, so I wanted to see if I can reduce the amount of stress on my body as a result of my bounding.
Wow...low 160s for 6:40 mile pace. That's interesting. At that pace mine is easily in the 170s.
I guess the moral is at such a slow jog I shouldn't need to worry.
It got me wondering whether getting to the point where all my training is at a pace where it's comfortable to run at a cadence near race pace (excluding shorter distances), would have some added benefit. Like total hours spent training at a certain cadence encodes neuromuscular efficiency at that cadence whether one is running at 6:00 mile pace or 5:00 mile pace. Maybe it doesn't work like that. lol