Running Cadence Sensor – Anyone Got One?
I wouldn’t get one just to measure cadence, it’s a fairly easy thing to count for 1 minute (and a distraction from the suffering). It’s like having one on a bike, once you get a feel for what 90RPM or SPM is then you know if you are going too fast or slow and never really look at it.Posted 4 years ago
Yes, usually I look at the Garmin and count footstrikes for 20 seconds and multiply by 3. However, I don’t have a watch so carrying the Garmin is proving to be annoying.
I can either buy a watch, or buy a GPS watch with cadence sensor. Guess which one I want to do? 🙂Posted 4 years ago
I’ve got a small beeper thing that I can set to beep a certain BPM. I use this every now and again if I want to do some training on cadence. Not sure how useful something that measures the cadence when I’m running would be as it’d be difficult to monitor and run at the same time.
Edit… one of these…
As a training tool I reckon it’s better than something displaying cadence on a watch.Posted 4 years agospandoMember
Yeh I’ve got one for my German forerunner 60. The foot pod is great , it’ll tell you mph, min/ mile, distance run and cadence. Its accurate to 10% and can be calibrated but I wouldn’t bother. I find it pretty much spot on. It really is a great tool and I fully recommend it.Posted 4 years agospandoMember
I no longer feel the need for hr monitir, got a good handle on how each zone feels now. The only info I have on my watch screen while running is; distance, time , pace and speed. I have my splits set for every mile which is all the info I feel I need. On the end of a run I check my cadence to confirm efficiency. Usually 88 to 94.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve checked. The Edge 800 won’t pair with the footpod Garmin sell.
I know what people mean about training through feel. HR training on the bike I do by feel, but I had to use the gadget to get a feel for the zone first. I don’t know if I could do it the other way around. Same with bike cadence.
I’ve tried the “count for 20 seconds and multiply” method, but it just doesn’t work on the longer runs. I’ve got enough to focus on without trying to make sure I’m counting footstrikes right and remembering which second I began counting from. Simpler to buy the gadget.
The 910XT is crazy money. I was thinking about the 610 + Footpod. Good to hear people are having positive experiences with them.
@mrblobby Isn’t the beepy thing annoying?Posted 4 years ago
Well I use it specifically to do cadence training drills so I wouldn’t have it on for a longer runs (when it probably would be annoying!) And it’s easy enough to turn on and off on a run so you can pop it on periodically for a minute or two just to check your cadence.Posted 4 years ago
3 steps per second?
I have experimented with it, and 3sps seems ok but I find it better to take fewer longer strides. My gait seems better and if my push off foot is further back I seem to put more energy into going forwards rather than up.
With long strides I can’t keep up 3sps.Posted 4 years agorichardkMember
For a first pass on your cadence, go to Podrunner and try out some of the cadence podcasts and see what works.
I started at 160bpm, and this works for slow, long runs, but I’m now up to 175bpm mixes for the quicker runs. Surprisingly, it does make a difference to speed (I track speed with a GPS watch).Posted 4 years ago
Lifting your legs rather than pushing off
Hm.. doesn’t feel good to me. I feel quickest when I get my foot far behind me.. I sort of lead with my hips like XC skiiers do.
I don’t know what you mean by running from glutes though. Lifting legs… hmm.. that sounds like some kind of pythonesque silly walk.. I’ll try to video it 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Er.. well.. after a hard run my tendons ache all over the place, my muscles don’t really. But in the hours afterwards it’s my hip flexors that are knackered, and they are definitely the ones that tire first when I try and go fast for any distance.
Leaning forward seems very hard work for me. It works if I go relaly fast but that’s more of a Mo Farrah pace and needless to say I can’t keep it up for more than 20 seconds 🙂Posted 4 years ago
POSE… not really, it’s just good running form. Like what runners do.
If your hip flexors feel knackered and based on what you’re saying.
1) You need to get greater mobility in your hip flexors.
2) You’re relying on them too much to pull your leg through.
Try using your hamstrings and glutes to lift your feet and legs more. This will mean a smaller lever for your hip flexors to pull through.Posted 4 years ago
Yeah that sounds reasonable. I always assumed it was because of too much cycling and being generally too heavy. I have very heavy legs 🙂
I’ve done flexor stretches, they are my favourite stretch and make a big difference to my running – but generally because they allow me to push off further behind me…Posted 4 years agozilog6128Subscriber
I have the Garmin footpod. I got it when I started running because everyone I asked (who knew what they were talking about) mentioned the importance of a high cadence. Keeping it up was much harder than I expected 🙂 but I gradually built up to 90 per foot.
As said above, once you know what it feels like you don’t really need it, although I suppose it’s interesting from a stats point of view, you can see how tiredness/hills/etc, effects your cadence. Also as mentioned it allows you to collect data when used indoors or on a treadmill, personally I’ve never used it like that though.
I also have a clip-on digital metronome as pictured above, basically allows you to do the same thing. It’s a lot cheaper but you get funny looks sometimes when you’re ticking loudly as you run past people!Posted 4 years agoAtomizerSubscriber
I’ve got a cadence sensor for my Garmin Forerunner. Very good for hitting the sweet spot of 90 strides per minute. I’ve been running barefoot style in Merrell Trail gloves for a year or so and getting the cadence up is crucial to running well in these.Posted 4 years ago
Analysing on Garmin Connect is good especially as it shows you how much variation you get in cadence.
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