Testing my running form - Feedback please

Monday, December 10, 2012

Before I get serious about training for my next half-marathon in early March I wanted to make sure that my form has not deteriorated.
So we took a short video of me running on the treadmill.
incline was 1, speed started at 4.5, then 5 mph when seen from the back,
sideview started at 5 mph, then 6 mph, then 7 mph
I am running in minimalist shoes, vivo barefoot this time, no heel, no cushioning, no arch support, extremely flexible.
Current training pace which caps my heartrate at 135 (Maffetone method) is 4.6 mph at incline of 1.
I'm hoping to get some feedback from experienced runners and/or running coaches.
Questions are welcome as well. emoticon
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    Your cadence seemed too slow to me so I counted: 160 footstrikes per minute (at least during the 1st minute of the video when I was counting). Every recommendation I've ever read says that's too low and you should aim for 180. Remarkably consistent recommendation for all types of distance runners (from beginners to veteran).
    2503 days ago
    If you need a professional opinion, you should post this question in the exercise and fitness forum. Add a link to this blog so that the regular SP runners can take a look.

    Zorbs, Sergeantmajor, Papamike, etc... they can tell you if you have good form or not. You could also ask for Coach Nancy's opinion since she is a runner and a running coach too.

    2506 days ago
    Your forms looks comfortable and natural to me.
    Nice and economical!
    2506 days ago
    I'm not a runner either, but wanted to let you know I think you look great doing your workout. Thanks for the vlog.
    2507 days ago
    Unfortunately I'm not a running expert (just an enthusiast who has also done a Half) but from everything I've read about "barefoot" or "minimalist" running it looks like you're doing it right. Your strides are short and you're striking at the forefoot/midfoot at higher speeds. At the lower speed it looked like you were smacking your heel a bit on your left foot but I doubt that's something to be too concerned about. Looks like your doing great! Good luck on the next half-marathon! I hope a running guru can give you some more feedback.
    2507 days ago
    I just came across your VLog and I have no comment to make on your running form because I am not a runner. I just wanted to wish you the best of luck for next March's Half Marathon. Keep going, keep going!
    2507 days ago
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