What makes our running stride more efficient? Check out this recent study cited in Runners World.

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What makes our running stride more efficient?  Check out this recent study cited in Runners World. If you run and compete, you are no doubt concerned about your running times and pace.   While there are many apps and watches that can help, the truth is that your running pace and stride is dependent on your efficiency. Bad habits such as hunching your shoulders can reduce this efficiency and it is likely to affect your running timing and your times as well.   This common compensation is seen with those of you who overpronate on one foot, which will cause you to under stride.  The most common compensation is to shrug your shoulders. A recent study done at Loughborough University, in Britain evaluated 97 runners with 10K season-best times ranging from 29:32 to 56:49 through a series of treadmill tests while using 3-D motion capture to analyze 24 different variables related to the motion of various body parts. Their findings suggested that there were certain variables that determined your running performance. It is likely that this new information can help you improve your running form, and speed. Check this article out What Makes a Running Stride Efficient? A comprehensive new study zeroes in on pelvis motion and leg angle. By Alex Hutchinson FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017, 7:42 AM It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what makes a running stride “good,” as we’ve learned from an endless succession of inconclusive and often contradictory biomechanics studies over the years. Still, if you stand on the sidelines of a big road race and watch the runners go by—first the effortless elites, then the dedicated locals, then the casual fitness types, and so on—you’re left with the impression that there are some clear differences in how well people run. So what factors really matter? Read more