Ground contact time, stride length, vertical oscillation, and stride rate amongst various shoes

I wanted see how various minimalist shoes affect my ground contact time, stride length, vertical oscillation and stride rate.

To do this I used my Garmin 920XT paired with the newest Garmin HRM. You can see the raw data here.

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Garmin 920XT vs 620 vs 220

Garmin 920XT is a huge improvement over the Garmin 620

A few key features:

  • Daily activity tracking
  • Sleep tracking (with built in accelerometer)
  • Smart watch features (see emails, text and other notifications)
  • Indoor run tracking through accelerometer
  • VO2 max estimates
  • Race predictor based on last runs HR and pace
  • Large easy to read screen
  • Vertical Oscillation tracking (with HR monitor)
  • Ground contact time tracking (with HRM)

Running: Skill or Innate?

Is running a skill, or something that we are born to do?

According to the recent book, The Running Revolution by Nicholas Romanov, running is a skill that needs to be practiced. Romanov claims that running technique needs to be mastered through rigorous practice.

To me, it seems unlikely that mother nature would’ve forgot to hardwire humans with the ability to run properly. Every living creature on the planet learns to move properly without  instruction; so why would we need to be taught to run?

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