June 6, 2020 at 12:39 pm #8016
So… I have the Stride Academy Plan loaded onto Training Peaks, and my Shoe Cue has arrived in the mail!
But, how do I get the best out of the Shoe Cue Runs? Information from the manufacturer, and others, is confusing at best.
Looking back in my library I see that Matt Fitzgerald’s “Brain Fitness for Runners” included four Proprioceptive Cues that may be useful: Running on Water, Falling Forward”, Pulling the Road, and Running Against a Wall.
I’m inclined to start with the Running on Water cue, but I’d like to know what the idea was from the author(s) as to how to get the best from the program…June 6, 2020 at 7:27 pm #8021Matt FitzgeraldModerator
Hey, Charles. The beauty of ShoeCue is that it takes the place of proprioceptive cues like those prescribed in my book. It’s the same thing only better. When you replace your stock insoles with ShoeCue and simply run without even thinking about your form, you will run differently (and, over time, better). It’s really that simple!June 8, 2020 at 5:27 am #8031
Thank you. I see what you mean.
I did an slow, easy run with the Shoe Cue to get familiar with it. When I compared my running dynamics to comparable run the prior week on Garmin Connect I saw a very significant improvement across the board.
I think that the improvements will be less observable on harder runs since running dynamics naturally improve with pace, but my first impression is that the six week training cycle will surely benefit my running performance.June 8, 2020 at 6:50 am #8032Matt FitzgeraldModerator
Interesting bit of early proof of concept there with the running dynamics. After six weeks you should find that your running dynamics with regular insoles are altered.June 10, 2020 at 9:29 am #8044
A more mindful run today, RF1. My first run was a social run, this time in line with my training routine and paying attention to effort an form.
The Shoe Cue did reinforce my attention to proper form. I found that I was being induced to drift into the higher running zones, since the effort did not seem to be excessive I ran out the time.
Post analysis confirmed my intuition, my heart rate TSS was nearly identical to my prior RF1 session, but my running TSS (rTSS) jumped nearly 10% higher with the Shoe Cue. (Training Peaks calculates my planned TSS from heart rate zones, so my planned and completed hrTSS is usually nearly identical and completed rTSS usually higher).
The large jump in rTSS with the Shoe Cue is exciting – almost like getting something for nothing.
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