I'm slightly confused: several sources define a given cadence (normally around 180 steps per minute) as ideal, but without mentioning the pace.

For instance, Garmin Connect says:

An often-citen target for running cadence is 180spm.

However, if everybody should run at 180spm, the difference between a person runnig at 4:00min/km and another one running at 5:30min/km or 7:10min/km or whatever other pace can only be the stride length.

That doesn't seem to be right... am I missing something here?

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    I believe I found a good explanation here (explaining that the adequate cadence does indeed change according to the pace), but I'll wait for proper answers. Sep 7, 2021 at 3:08
  • You can always answer your own question as well. :D
    – C. Lange
    Sep 7, 2021 at 13:26
  • The vast majority of runners self select the cadence that is appropriate for their pace. As the article says, they counted the steps of elite runners mid race. Hardly a good representative sample.
    – JohnP
    Sep 7, 2021 at 14:59
  • I've read in Daniels' book that the cadence among average to elite (long distance) runners is indeed comparable. So yes, the pace correlates mostly with the stride length! Sep 8, 2021 at 8:31


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