To increase my cadence, I flex my hamstrings downward so as to prevent my feet from rising too much. Less vertical motion increases cadence, but my hamstring muscles sure feel funky when I do this.
Other than hamstring flexing, what are different ways to change cadence?
I think the benefits of higher cadence:
- Running is both vertical and horizontal motion. The vertical motion does not get me moving forward. It is wasted energy. So, I focus on keeping feet low to the ground.
- With each stride, I go upwards, then crash back to earth. The higher I go, the more wear and tear on my ankles, knees, hips. So, feet low to the ground.
- With my feet so low to the ground, I don't cover much distance with each stride. Therefore, I need a high cadence.
- And, with my feet so low, going fast, with weight forward, it'd be very easy to faceplant. No accidents so far.
On youtube, there is an awesome 20-min video about different running styles titled "Gliders vs Gazelles". I try to be a "glider".