I wanted see how various minimalist shoes affect my ground contact time, stride length, vertical oscillation and stride rate.
I ran outdoors, approximately 0.3 mile at about a 6 minute pace. I also included a barefoot run at about the same pace, but only made it 0.10 mile, as I am not used to running barefoot on asphalt. I took average readouts for each 0.3 mile loop.
The biggest difference I can see from various shoes is the vertical oscillation. The only outlier is when running barefoot there is a noticeable decrease in GCT and stride length, even at the same pace.
Here is my data:
|GCT (ms)||VO (cm)||Cadence (spm)||Stride Length (m)|
|Vibram Trek Sandal||220||9.3||187||1.46|
|Vibram Bikila Evo||221||9.0||188||1.45|
|Vibram Trek Ascent||218||9.2||186||1.45|
|EarthRunners Alpha X||220||8.9||188||1.47|
|xero shoes amuri z-trek||223||8.9||186||1.44|