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Ben Barrows
RE: Another thread about 180 spm cadence. But this one is different...
I’ll throw in another data point. I’ve never had anything to track cadence in the past, but I recently got a GPS watch, so it’s been interesting to see some of the data.

I’m a little over 6’2”, and my cadence has consistently averaged between 170-172. I haven’t done anything very quick since I got my GPS watch, but most of my running has been between 6:30 and 7:30 pace and occasionally up to 30 seconds slower/faster. Doesn’t seem that my cadence has fluctuated much within that range.

I used to be really bad with overstriding, but that has changed for the better. I still probably overstride a tad, but I don’t think it’s by enough that would put me up to 180 spm if I were to shorten my stride a little bit.

I don’t put a lot of stock into cadence. I know that at any given pace, changing cadence/stride length while staying at the same speed will inversely affect the other, but it just makes more sense to me to focus on changing stride length rather than cadence. If you’re running at your easy pace and not overstriding, then I don’t think there is a problem with running at 160-164 spm.

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