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Re: Can someone school me on running shoes?
« Reply #30 on: September 05, 2010, 01:33:20 PM »
For distance running, you should, optimally, have ~180 foot strikes per minute, i.e., each foot should hit the ground 90 times in a minute.  Speed over distances comes from the distance covered between strikes getting longer, both as a result of a more forceful push-off and a longer stride.  Forcing either harder push-off or longer stride can mess you up; your body will gradually acclimate to each as it gets faster.

Coaches who yell at their charges to take longer strides don't understand biomechanics (there's that word again!) worth a damn.  If you get serious about really wanting to improve your running, there are some books out there that are fantastic guides to not only how to train, but *why* to train that way, without all the woo-woo "magick Injun tribe" stuff in Born to Run (which I'm still reading off and on, but the woo-woo gets to me).  One of them is written by Jack Daniels, PhD, so you know it's gotta be good.