Ask the Ultrarunner: Why is 90 strides per minute ideal?

February 13, 2012

On this episode of Ask the Ultrarunner, Lucho answers your questions on signs and symptoms of overtraining and when to take a break vs. when it’s OK to keep going; why is 90 strides a minute ideal for running; heart rate issues on long runs; training camps for ultrarunners, improving run performance with cross training at the gym on bike, rower, elliptical, etc; thoughts on the Crossfit Endurance/4 hour body approach to ultramarathon training; structure a training plan for a A race trail marathon, monthly half marathon trail races, a 50K trail race in June and weekly 5K cross country series; thoughts on the Maffetone method; will a bigger drop in a shoe help running; and more?

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Comments (2)

  • Jason says:

    First of all… Thank you so much for addressing the cadence issue. I have been very curious about this issue for a while. Is the stride rate directly related to the speed of the runner? For example, while observing very fast runners (5-6 min/mile) their stride rates maybe closer to 100. While I am running at a 9 min/mile pace I can't get above 84. When I run at 7:30 – 8 min/mile I comfortably can get to 86-87. What are you thoughts on this? Do you recommend drills to increase your cadence? Cheers and thank you for your time!

  • Chris says:

    Pretty sure the heel drop question is a troll. The givaway is when they say 650 wheels are like riding downhill all the time..

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