The Best Way To Measure Your Running Cadence

Cadence is the number of steps you take per minute (SPM). Your height, fitness level, weight, stride, and leg length determine your cadence.

To measure their cadence, runners have counted their steps in their head, or run to a metronome. These methods can be cumbersome and inaccurate.

Luckily, Weav Run measures your cadence for you! Take the following steps:

  1. Download Weav Run, and choose “Match My Stride”

  2. Go for a one mile run at your standard pace (try to keep it even - 11:00 mile, 10:00 mile, 9:30, 9, 8:30, 8:00, etc.)

  3. Once you finish, save the activity and take a look at your average steps per minute

This number is your baseline cadence.

For beginners, it’s best to have a cadence greater than 160 steps per minute. While each runner has a different 'sweet spot,' a cadence around 170-180 will reduce injury risk and increase your speed.

Want to know how to optimize and improve your cadence? 

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Use our adaptive music to optimize your form, which decreases injury risk and boosts performance. 

Tech Admin