Monday, June 01, 2009

Tips for Running on the Beach - 4 Runs of 3 miles last week

Got in 4 nice runs ranging from 3 to 4 miles last week. Mostly running up and down Boynton Beach at the shoreline. Many stops to pick up sea glass. Total multitasking, combining my loves of running and sea glass collecting! I love running on the beach, although it cab actually be tougher than running on pavement, especially if you're running on the dry sand. But being able to jump in the water after you're finished with your run makes it worth your effort. Here are some tips for running on the beach:

Start on wet sand. If you're new to beach running, start out on wet, firm sand -- it's much easier to run on than the soft, dry sand. You can slowly add 2 or 3-minute intervals on the softer sand, with longer recoveries on the wet sand. As you get used to the dry sand, you can start running on it for longer stretches. Find those inbetween spots where the surface and sand consistencies change and its like running on different beaches

Stick to flat ground. Avoid running along a beach that's sloped because it can lead to injuries in your knees and ankles. My knees have been killing me if I end up running on the slopes

Ease into barefoot running. Barefoot running is a greatway to build up strength in your feet. But because we're used to wearing shoes all the time, our feet are not nearly as strong as they could be. If you start running barefoot on the beach too fast or too frequently, you could injure yourself. Begin with short runs -- just 15 minutes or so -- to build up some strength in your feet. And, of course, watch out for broken glass and shells (if you see broken sea glass, send it right to me.

Anyways, that's what I'm up to. Time to go run ON THE BEACH!


RunnerDude said...

Hey man! Just recently returne from a family trip tot he beach and did some nice running on the beach as well. Great tips! Right on the money. Between the wind and teh sand resistence, they are tough!

natalie said...

Wow! Thanks for the tips. I did not experience running on the beach yet, though some of my friends are encouraging me. Maybe next month, thanks for this!
Looks like you really enjoy it! Happy Running!

natalie marmot

CharieT said...

Very good tips. There is nothing like the feeling of the sand on your bare feet! I would'nt do it though without my Garmin Forerunner 110. Cheers!