Why you should add Running on sand to your training routine!
When we dive into thinking about the beautiful beaches of our planet - be it Caribbean white sands or the deep black shores we'll find close to Volcanos - the next thing that comes into our mind usually has something to do with leaving the daily work routine behind to relax, getting that super-hot skin tone or just spending a nice day with family & friends with fun activities on land and in the water.
Well -usually - but runners will surely have something different in mind, too! What must it be like, running on sand?
As we love to do, we did some research for you to find out more about this alternative way of exercising the various parts of your body, with some astonishing results! This comes as a logical continuation of our previous blog about Why Running on Vacation is a Good Idea.
Capitalize on it!
Not everyone of us lives close to the seaside - sadly - so if we get the lucky chance to spend our vacation on a tropical island (among other places) with dreamlike coasts, we should definitely seize the opportunity and go running.
You might have noticed, that despite distance and time being the same, you'd feel much more exhausted than when running on a regular surface. The reason lays in the loose composition of sand beaches, meaning that your below-the-knee muscles have to generate more force due to a higher demand in motion than when doing the same on harder surfaces.
Consequently, your body's energy consumption will increase - it's estimated to be around 1.6 times as high as on solid ground. A great way to combat that vacation bacon!
The tide is high
Depending on the water level, you'll actually get quite different surfaces, since sand is a very flexible material. Running close to the water provides a harder ground because the recently dried sands will remain firmly stuck together for a while.
The sands further away from the water might be softer, but pose a much higher challenge - even a short run will leave you quite exhausted. Changing between the two types of sand likely presents the most balanced option, but try it out for yourself! Long runs, however, unanimously are recommended on the still a little wet sand.
Leaving your shoes on the rack can be incredibly liberating and connects you even more with the nature surrounding you. However, you should consider walking barefoot for some time before going for a run - not everyone's feet adapt to the direct contact with mother earth instantly and the risk of injury is definitely higher. We suggest starting with a low mileage for the very same reason!
Without question, beaches can be pleasant - but sometimes treacherous surfaces! The charming sea shells that fit so perfectly in your souvenir cabinet in this case can become your feet's sharp-edged nightmare as well as glass or other hidden traps. In this case, it's important to evaluate the terrain first and decide afterwards.
We don't recommend running barefoot on sand but neither do we discourage you from doing so! It's a type thing and you should reflect about it first.
And don't forget to...
...avoid the hot midday sun, go running when it's a bit cooler, put some sunscreen on your skin and you are ready to go! Have fun on your beach running day!
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