I recently returned to running, having not seriously run since High School (30+ years ago). I used the “Couch 2 5K” plan from c25k.com to train for my first 5K. Just before the race I read about ChiRunning and thought that it made a lot of sense, as it agreed with many things that I have learned from other exercise disciplines.
I got the ChiRunning app, and used it on my final training run before the race. I found that I could not maintain a 180 cadence so I lowered it to 170. However, even at that rate it seemed to be too fast and not very efficient for me, and I struggled to complete 5K in 30:33.
On race day I tried to follow the ChiRunning Foci, but I decided to not use the metronome for cadence and let my body determine its natural cadence/stride length. I finished the race in 28:24, and felt pretty good afterwards.
On my next training day I went back to using the app with the metronome at 170, and again found it very difficult to maintain that rate, completing 5K in 29:29. I feel that my legs are moving too fast at that rate, and that if I just lower the cadence and lengthen my stride I will be able to run with less effort.
So (finally), down to the questions. I’m 6’2” – should the cadence be lower for taller people? Or is there an “adjustment period” with ChiRunning that I just need to work my way through and then things will seem easier/more efficient? On the whole I agree with the ChiRunning Foci and can feel the benefit of “the lean”, but I am struggling with the whole cadence thing.