Description*** runzi personal running coach and running injury prevention***
Whether you are training for a 5k, 10k, marathon or ultra marathon, it is not only important to get out and run, it is very important to refine your running style to maximize your efficiency and minimize your chance of injury.
There are many techniques for runners, often contradictory, that claim to prevent injury such as barefoot running, chi running, POSE, midfoot strike, heel strike, forefoot strike. Independent of which running technique you choose, it is important to understand how your choice influences the stresses that your body receives. Runners that produce a lot of start and stop activity will produce larger jerk forces which can affect injury rate and running efficiency.
The runzi personal running coach app will record the amount of impact that a runner's body takes while running, jogging, hiking or walking. Impact is determined by the average change in acceleration (known as the jerk force in physics) detected and is displayed as "Impact". runzi will coach you to run with lower impact through an audible readout of your impact and cadence.
Using runzi I have refined my running style to reduce mean impact and I am now running the longest distances I have run injury free for the first time. I can also conclude that running styles that reduce impact also improve running efficiency. As a result of lower impact running, I improved my previous best 5k pace from 10 min/mile to 8.5 min/mile in the course of a week simply from adjusting my running style to minimize impact.
-- Monitor average impact, step count and cadence
-- Built-in metronome to help you attain your target cadence
-- GPS distance and pace tracking
-- Create splits on demand or at preset time intervals
-- Automatically pause when cadence drops below threshold
-- Run statistics for each split are read aloud
-- Save your run data to the phone and track progress
-- Export all summary and splits data through email
-- Share results on twitter (#runzi)
-- App can run in the background so that your run data will continue to record
while you play music or use other gps running apps. Has been
tested to work simultaneously with Endomondo, Nike Running, MapMyRun, Runtastic and
RunKeeper. Probably works with others as well.
For best results you should have your phone firmly attached with an armband or waist belt.
So, if you are experiencing running injuries then try coaching yourself to run lighter by monitoring the impact of your running style. Track your impact values over time and adjust your style. Whether your injuries are related to your foot, calf, knee, hip, or back, reducing impact could help.
!!!Disclaimer - Do not take anything I say as medical advice and use this app at your own risk. Consult your doctor, not this app!!!
This app uses the accelerometer on your phone. Many phones will incorrectly disable the accelerometer when the display is turned off. While the app is actively collecting data it will disable screen shutoff. Additionally you should NOT put your phone in sleep mode by pressing the sleep button. As long as the screen is on (okay to be dimmed) then the accelerometer will work fine. Some phones work properly with the screen off. If this is your case you can allow your screen to shut off through the app settings