All runners’ strides are different, and will further differ depending on speeds and terrain, but it’s common knowledge that a cadence (the number of steps taken per minute) of around 180 is a good target.
But how do you know what cadence you’re running without staring at your watch and counting all day? Simple, sing songs!
Seriously. By singing songs to yourself (you don’t necessarily have to sing them out loud—but this does make it more fun) that are around that 180 beats per minute tempo you can get a really good gauge of your cadence. Then adjust your stride accordingly. Alternatively, you can always put together a playlist of songs all around this tempo.
So here are some great songs to get you started:
Mrs Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel – 184 bpm (or double 92 bpm)
Give It Away by Red Hot Chili Peppers – 183 bpm
Hound Dog by Elvis Presley – 178 bpm
Foot Loose by Kenny Loggins – 177 bpm
Monkey Wrench by Foo Fighters – 175 bpm
Basket Case by Green Day – 176 bpm