Undertsanding why running economy is important for runners

To have the capacity to run swiftly you must have what is called a good running economy. This can be defined as being as just how much energy is necessary to run at a specific speed when moving forward. Any kind of energy which is burned on unnecessary actions or motions can be a poor running economy. Some of these could be things like a clumsy or excessive arm swing or a poor running technique. If those complications with the technique a runner runs may be improved, then more energy will likely be obtainable for running faster and much more economically. This is such an very important subject for anyone serious about the issue of running science that an episode of the livestream, PodChatLive was dedicated to the main topic of running economy. PodChatLive is a monthly continuing education livestream for podiatry practitioners that goes live on Facebook and is also later published on YouTube and also the audio version is made accessible as a podcast. The show is hosted by Ian Griffths from the United Kingdom and Craig Payne from Melbourne, Australia.

In the live on running economy they had on as a guest to talk about running economy, Dr Izzy Moore out of the Cardiff Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. In the show they pointed out the way the runner self-optimises on its own for running. The challenges of if we should change the approach we take to run for performance increases and if those changes are worth it. There was also the dilemma of the negative effects on overall performance could possibly be when we're modifying running technique in the context of injuries. Additionally they spoke of running shoes and the impact that they may possibly have on running economy. Even the concern of the barefoot running craze was mentioned. 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 are in how and why we move the way we do. Her main research at this time concentrates on running gait retraining for performance and injury prevention. She is also advising several organizations on injury reduction and management techniques.