Appropriate stride length is one of the key components of safe and efficient running. Over-striding is the most common form issue, particularly among long-distance runners, and can lead to injury. However, a short stride will produce a less than optimal running efficiency. So, in order to maximize your running efficiency and prevent injury, it is important to measure your stride length to determine if changes need to be made.
Things You'll Need
- 400-meter track
Run one lap around a 400-meter -- one-fourth of a mile -- track .
Count your steps as you run, but only between the start and finish points.
Divide your total number of steps by 1,308 to get your stride length in feet.
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