Friday, October 30, 2009
How High Do You Run?
Sammy Wanjiru, Olympic Marathon Champion
As runners compete in the marathon, they bounce up and down about 3” with each stride. Since the average runner takes about 1,000 strides per mile, a marathon consists of 26,200 strides. When you multiply 3” by 26,200, you get 6,550 feet, or 1.24 miles. This means a typical marathoner runs more than a vertical mile during the course of the marathon. -somaxsports.com
MY COMMENT: Practice running with a shorter stride to decrease vertical bounce.