Last time I mentioned that elite runners tend to have a foot speed of 180 beats/minute or faster, while most recreational joggers have a much slower turnover rate. Some may think that amateurs shouldn’t try to emulate runners at such a high level, but I know from experience that “normal” people can improve a great deal by adopting a faster cadence. I’ll explain why it really does improve running efficiency.
The second picture is me from about 3 years ago, and my form was so bad, I’m striking with my heel and stepping off with the other foot at the same time. Wow, I sucked. Anyway, you can see from both pictures that by sticking the heel out like that, the runner actually creates a slight braking action with each step. Some people believe that the force of the heel strike also causes injuries.
Part 2 will show the right way to do it.