The Nike Vaporfly 4% running shoes are supposed to improve running economy by 4%. Wouter Hoogkamer, PhD, is one of the researchers who found out that this improvement is actually legit. What’s more, he has researched how much faster that improvement in running economy could make you. In today’s episode we discuss the Vaporfly 4% shoes, running shoes in general, running economy, breaking two hours for the marathon, and more.
IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
- The Nike Vaporfly 4% shoes, and how Wouter and his colleagues at the University of Colorado verified that they can reduce the energetic cost of running a given speed by 4%.
- Running economy, and how improvements in it translates to improvements in speed. Slower runners may benefit more from the 4% shoes than faster runners.
- Footwear in general, and the tradeoff between cushioning (which is good for running economy) and weight (which is bad for running economy)
- The impact of drafting in running – how much energy can it save you?