Yesterday morning I had a short run with my new running shoes from Topo, a softer shoe with a low heel drop of 3 mm.
Heel drop is something that is widely discussed now among runners because of the barefoot running phenomenon a few years ago. Although some still stick with running minimalistic, most producers have kept key ideas and supplemented them with more conventional cushioning technology..
This creates a shoe with a low heel drop, wide toe box and good cushioning, and for many people this is the dream shoe to run in.
I haven't tried running in these kinds of shoes yet, before yesterday, and the experience was very special. As a comparison to yesterday's run, I have the data from two days ago. A similar length run, but on a different route.
This graph shows my cadence when running (the amount of steps per minute). A higher cadence number is often associated with a lower ground contact and less vertical oscillation. 180 steps per minute is considered to be close to the optimal for runners.
There is a clear difference between these two runs, but mostly in the amount of steps taken (look at the color).
Running with the Topo clearly shows that I managed to keep a higher cadence without even trying to (so many blue dots).
This is though a topic that needs a lot more research, whether this was just coincidental and whether running with a low heel drop actually is good for you. More stuff to come at a later time.
What do you think? Is a lower heel drop the key to less injuries? Does it improve your running economy?