Running in the lab versus running in the real world: why they differ and what to do about it

My article from a few weeks ago on Emile Cairess’ training before his 3rd-place finish at this year’s London Marathon was one of the most popular articles I’ve written in a long time. However, it actually wasn’t the only article I published that week! A few days prior, one of my dissertation studies was published, and it was titled:

Are Gait Patterns during In-Lab Running Representative of Gait Patterns during Real-World Training?”—and the answer is “not really.”

I’d like to go over both what we did in this study and what implications it has for people (like me!) who want to apply findings from biomechanics research to real-world training.

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