When I run I take short quick steps. I was told it’s better form for speed and that the greater cadence (# of steps per minute) helps to minimize the chance of injury.
While most runners take about 160 steps/minute, we are encouraged to have a minimal cadence of 180. In comparison, this spring I calculated my cadence to be a whopping 216!
In the past I’ve had my steps compared to those of a hyperactive dachshund.
In polite company I’m told that my gait is “unique”.
I’ve seen myself running on video. I move with all the grace and fluidity of a manic Weeble:
But the kicker was bestowed most recently when my gait was likened to that of Fred Flintstone bowling.
So it is that I will never be viewed as a “pretty runner”.
And I’m ok with that.