Looking at my running dynamic stats on Garmin my Vertical Oscillation gets red dots across the board, my average seems to be 12.5cm and I believe Garmin is suggesting it should be nearer 10cm.
I’ve been aware of this recently and have made a conscious effort to try and reduce it, but having a look at the stats I can’t see it’s made any difference.
My cadence seems slightly on the low side (163), and I assume there is some correlation? I’ve tried to increase this but it seems to send my heart rate up.
Is this something I should try and focus on, will lowering it result in significant efficiency improvements?
My made up maths/science would say if I can reduce the height of each stride by 2.5cm, that energy could result in an extra 3cm to my stride length. 163 strides a minute, that’s almost 5m, so over an hour gains me 300m.