Over the past week or so, I’ve been trying something new with my running and I’m so excited to share it with you guys!
The people at Milestone Sports sent me their newest MilestonePod to try out. I have heard about these things before, but never actually given it a shot so I was really excited to review one of them! In case you aren’t familiar, it is a small device that you attach to your shoe and it tracks everything and anything about your run.
So everyone, meet Alfie (my pod):
I know what you’re thinking —> why would I need this when I have a Garmin, phone apps, etc.? Because it goes beyond what those apps can track, which I think is pretty awesome.
The MilestonePod syncs up with an app on your phone (and I love that I don’t have to have my phone with me on the run to do so). Some of the data points that the MilestonePod can track include:
So you have the ability to understand your foot strike, cadence and how long your foot stays on the ground as you run. It also shares with you how your foot impacts the ground. There were a few things that I’ve learned as I’ve been tracking my runs over the past week or so:
—> I am such a foot striker. I kind of already knew this, but the MilestonePod confirmed — on every single run that I did with it — that I am a 100% foot striker.
—> My cadence is right around where it needs to be. Cadence is the average number of steps that you take per minute, and 180 spm is considerd ideal for most runners.
—> I need to work on my stance time, or the amount of time my foot is on the ground. On average, I am in the high 270s and it should be much lower. Elites, for example, are often below 200ms!
—> When I focus on lifting my ankle from the ground, my leg swing is much higher (which is better). Without this focus, I am all over the place.
—> I can improve in my runficiency… my “best” is 84 out of 100, but I usually am around the high 70s. So yes, lots of room to improve!
For under $25, you can get one of these handy little things, pop it on your shoe and have access to all the data you could ever want about your run. In today’s data-driven world, having access to this information at your fingertips is so awesome! People used to pay SO much money for this and now, you can just access to it by just going for a run.
I would definitely recommend the MilestonePod to anyone that wants to get some quick wins and improve on their running, as well as anyone that just wants to know this type of information (I know I always did!). [Find more information about where you can buy your own MilestonePod HERE.]
Please note, while I did receive a free MilestonePod to review, all of the thoughts and opinions in this blog post are my own.
What type of foot striker are you? Have you ever modified your foot strike? I have no desire to change… I know that the heel strike is the most inefficient, but the idea of changing scares me because it can cause so many injuries and I would basically need to re-learn how to run!
What type of data do you want to know about your running?
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