Health and Fitness

Undertsanding why running economy is important for runners

To be capable of run fast you have to have what is known as an effective running economy. This is thought as being as how much energy is required to run at a certain velocity when moving forward. Any energy that is lost on unneeded actions or movements is really a poor running economy. Some of these may be things such as an awkward or too much arm swing or even a poor running technique. If those complications with the way a runner runs can be improved upon, then additional energy will probably be readily available for running faster and much more economically. This is such an fundamental subject for those interested in the topic of running science that an episode of the livestream, PodChatLive was devoted to the subject of running economy. PodChatLive is a monthly continuing education show for podiatrists which goes live on Facebook and is also later published on YouTube and the audio edition is made available as a podcast. Each episode is hosted by Ian Griffths from Cngland and Craig Payne from Melbourne, Australia.

In the show on running economy they had on as a guest to go over running economy, Dr Izzy Moore out of the Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK. In the live they reviewed the way the runner self-optimises itself for running. The difficulties of whether we ought to modify the way we run for performance results and when these improvements are worth it. There was also the concern of the impacts on overall performance can be if we are changing running technique in the context of injuries. Additionally, they talked about running footwear and the affect that they can have on running economy. Even the subject of the barefoot running fad was discussed. Izzy Moore is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Medicine, specialising in lower limb biomechanics at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales, United Kingdom. Izzy's research interests have been in how and why we move the way we do. Her primary research at this time concentrates on running gait retraining for efficiency as well as injury avoidance. Izzy is additionally advising a number of organizations on injury prevention and management methods.