To have the ability to run fast you have to have what is called an excellent running economy. This is defined as being as the amount energy is needed to run at a specified velocity when moving forward. Any kind of energy that is wasted on pointless actions or movements may be a poor running economy. Some of these is often such things as a clumsy or excessive arm swing or even a poor running technique. If those issues with the way a runner runs may be improved, then a lot more energy could be available for running faster and much more economically. This really is such an important theme for those serious about the topic of running science that an episode of the live, PodChatLive was focused on the main topic of running economy. PodChatLive is a regular continuing education livestream for podiatrists which goes live on Facebook and is later published on YouTube and the audio edition is made accessible as a podcast. It is hosted by Ian Griffths from the United Kingdom and Craig Payne from Australia.
In the episode 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 discussed the way the body self-optimises on its own for running. The issues of if we ought to alter the approach we take to run for performance results and if these modifications are worth it. There was also the concern of what impacts on overall performance may be if we are changing running technique in the framework of injuries. In addition they reviewed running footwear and the affect that they could possibly have on running economy. Even the issue 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. Her research pursuits have been in how and why we move the way we do. Her major research currently is targeted on running gait retraining for efficiency and injury reduction. She is also advising a number of businesses on injury reduction and management approaches.